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  • "Turn it off." "No." "Fernando!" The stereo blared. "Dad." Finally, Mom took pity on me and turned the music off. It was going on our 11th hour in the van, and I was learning to hate Abba. It was torture to careen down the highway in a monstrous van with nothing but the strains of 'the...

  • Any traveler must know that the only true way to experience a new place is by seeing, feeling, touching, or tasting the area’s spirit. I have been to many national parks and to a few different cities across the nation, but the place I have visited with the most spirit is New Orleans, Louisiana....

  • Four years ago, my mother took my friend and me to Six Flags America in Maryland. It was the year I decided to brave Superman: Ride of Steel, the tallest, most imposing roller coaster in the park. Rising twenty stories high at its peak, the Superman was clearly visible from the parking lot. It...

  • Stepping off the bus, I was hit hard with the hot August air and the smell of burning forests miles away. I looked around this small, forgotten village in the Russian countryside and sensed the sharp contrast between the air-conditioned bus that we had just arrived in and the neglected houses of...

  • My parents and I left for Budapest on the same day as the first major snow-storm of the year. Our flight was scheduled at seven in the evening, but the foreboding weather inspired us to leave for the airport at 9:00AM, reaching at noon. We ended up spending ten hours in John F. Kennedy...

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  •      After several hours of researching cruise lines, I decided on a four day cruise through the Western Caribbean. The thought of a cruise sparked excitement through me. Many of my friends had taken cruises before, and now it was my turn to experience the luxury that cruises boast about. It was my...

  • “Everyone, close your eyes.  Imagine you have lost the closest family member in your life.  Did you have a proper goodbye with him or her?  I really want you to imagine this.  Have you been getting along with this person?”  I did not think my summer camp was going to be anything like this.  I...

  •             My Grandma’s birthday is in July. She has twelve children, forty-four grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren. She has helped everyone out when they have needed it, plus, she always attends plays, games, graduations, and weddings. So, this year, we wanted to celebrate her big...

  • In late July of 2010, I boarded a flight headed to Denver, Colorado. Along with 45 other youth from the Bay Area Episcopal Diocese, I headed to the Standing Sioux Reservation. Every summer, about 50 high school youth from our area go on a mission trip, during which we do construction and build...

  • My early years of school were not ideal. Mom was a single parent, and she joined the US Army when I was very young. I lived with my grandparents until mom married and then I joined her in Germany. Even after her marriage, mom carried the bulk of the load and was unhappy most of the time. Oft times...

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