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  • In the dark of the morning, my mother barges into my room, yells in a raspy morning voice for us to wake up. We're ready to go in last night's clothes, disheveled and convince we aren't going to run into celebrities, it doesn't matter if I have a taco stain in a embarrassing spot, we're going to...

    Tags: Europe, France, Italy
  •  This summer of 2009, I went to Santa Monica, California, where I have had many experiences and learned valuable lessons. Each with a strong impact on my heart, body, soul and mind in which I can honestly say matured me as well. I went from a teenage girl to a woman in a matter of 3 months. It went...

  • I closed my eyes to keep the tears from rolling down my cheek. Suddenly, I felt a sharp tug on the bottom of my shirt, as I looked down into the most beautiful eyes I would ever see. I put on a fake smile and asked her, 'Que quieres?' She didn't respond and I continued smiling.   Then, she said...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Goodbye Memphis and Hello Italy! Time to brush up on our Italian, and leave our "ya'lls" behind! Time to board a nine hour flight with my second family, better known as sixty-nine choir students! First stop: Milan; fashion capital of the world, attractive people, and unattractive hostels. None...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • I've had the luxury of traveling to many different places in my short time as a 17 year old and have seen many sites and inspiring people. I love exploring new places and experiencing different cultures. As a result, I've learned important lessons that have allowed me to see life in a different...

    Tags: USA
  • It is crazy to think that it has been four years since my family and I hopped on a plane and went to Hawaii. Every moment of the trip is still fresh in my mind. It seems like it was just yesterday when I stepped of the plane where we were welcomed into the Oaho, Hawaii with leis. I dreamt about...

  •  I'm black, and I have never felt more black than I did when I stepped foot off the plane in Terminal A3 at the Belgrade/Yugoslavia International Airport. I was no longer in my home. I didn't know what to do, where to go, or how to even communicate. I was a fish out of water gasping for those...

    Tags: Europe
  • Over Spring Break 2009, I got the chance to experience a culture completely different from that of the United States by taking a trip to Spain and Morocco with a group of students and teachers from my school.  When I first heard about the trip, I was so excited about going. However, my mom informed...

    Tags: Europe
  •   The first words you see, welcoming you into my state, are “Nebraska... the good life.” You can be sure these words speak truth, as you find a mixture of country, city, and suburban life throughout the state. Home of Carhenge, and Chimney Rock, there are plenty of historical landmarks to visit...

  • Finding Heart in the Desert             Picture yourself sleeping in a room with no roof, pulling weeds in one hundred degree weather, and finding lizards in your bed sheets. Top that off with nearly all communication around you in silence.  What you are imagining right now is exactly where I...

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