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    With a staggering length of over two kilometers and a surface water flow twice the amount of Niagara falls, the Iguazu Falls are one of the largest groups of waterfalls on planet Earth.  In December 2011, I had the honor of visiting this natural wonder of the world.  I stayed at the Sheraton...

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    I put down my copy of Edgar Allen Poe’s complete works to look out the window of the plane (fortunately I called window seat before my sister). Below was a sea of yellow taxis and asphalt, separated in precise waves by skyscraping buildings. It was exactly like I had imagined it would look to see...

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    Tags: Europe
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    I had already packed my entire blue and brown suitcase to its limits and was quite proud of myself for squeezing in practically my whole wardrobe. However, when my parents entered my room, they took one look at my overstuffed case and sighed. I was reminded that I would be the one lugging my things...

    Tags: Europe
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    In my eighth grade year, my class went camping in a place in Occidental, California. It was called the CYO Camp; CYO stands for Catholic Youth Organization. This was my first time going to a camp, sleeping somewhere away from my home. The camp took four days. I thought four days would be long, but...

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    With the month of June consisting of nothing but constant rain and temperatures below 80 degrees, I knew that this year Lake Okoboji in Iowa was going to be frigid. And frigid it was. Our first day there, Katie, Angela, and I simply stood on the dock, staring wearily at the lake water below us. We...

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    Authors are awe-inspiring.  They miraculously create vivid images and emotions which depict fierce battles, heartbreaking romance, historical societies, scientific discoveries, suspenseful adventures, and even actual places.  A superfluous amount of knowledge lies within the text of authors as well...

    Tags: Asia, Japan, Vacations
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     Shoes. Most of us have many pairs. I know I do. But what if you only had one or two? This was the case of many of the kids I met in Quito, Ecuador. I went there on a ten day trip in the summer of 2008. My church and I brought down over 600 pairs; each day we washed, lotioned, powdered, and shoed...

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    As a freshman in high school I was really excited to start off on a new foot. I joined the marching band as a way to experience something different. In December, we went and marched in the Gatlinburg Christmas parade. We left Friday, December 3 and stayed until Sunday, December 5. It was a...

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    I shut my door, let out a deafening exhale, and checked the only thing that had been on my mind since leaving the cheerful yet barren room in Doña Rosita’s hostel in the vibrant city of San Cristobal in Chiapas, Mexico. I opened my suitcase,  afraid to look. Then, I unwrapped what was once a...

    Tags: Caribbean

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