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  • At first my trip to Alpine, Texas was one of those great trips that one takes with a straight face so as not to show any negative emotion. But somewhere inside that four and a half hour drive, it turned into one of the most confusing expeditions of my young, uninspired life. I say this because this...

  •   Experiencing the Culture of Spain As my feet scuffled across the cool summer sand, my mind was racing, unable to imagine where my friends were leading me on my last night in this magic place. After the bandana was removed from my eyes a beautiful moonlit scene was revealed.  My friends had...

    Tags: Europe
  •   Travel towards Lille, France from Phoenix, Arizona took approximately twenty-four hours, including the time difference. Touching down in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport after a connection at London Heathrow, our group of eight students and one French instructor from Cactus Shadows High School,...

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  •                   In 2008, thirty-six California Central Valley teenagers stepped off a ferry into a new adventure. There was Greece, the country that Homer wrote about, a place of great historical significance. Talk about a journey straight out of the pages of a book!   My name is Katie Jaycox. I...

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  •       Falling for the Falls I was fifteen years old and more than eager to earn some driving hours towards my license. What better way to accomplish that than with a road trip? My mother and I discussed different places we could go. We needed a place not to far from my small hometown of Clio,...

  • To all my travel aficionados: Today is not another account of my exotic excursions.  Today’s blog entry is about my own backyard.  This story begins with a visit from an old friend of mine.  She came to town with her parents who had business in Washington D.C., which is connected by the 14th...

  • Who says that mission trips have to be all work and no play?  Well, certainly not Global Alliance for Africa (GAA), which combines tourist fun and mission work with local communities in Africa.  It is remarkable what two weeks in a foreign country will do to you!  In March of 2009, I traveled with...

    Tags: Africa
  • I lost my camera the moment we stepped foot in South Africa. This wasn’t an ideal start to my trip, especially since this was the Culver Academies 2012 Spring Break in Mission where our group of participating girls, myself included, expected either lions or elephants upon arrival. We received...

  • I was all nerves as I boarded a bus with about sixty other people headed for Mexico. Until this point my life had been boring. I had lived in a sheltered world where everything was happy and pulled together, but now I was getting the chance I had always wanted…needed. I was going to see the other...

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  • Ever been on a cruise? Well, if you’re a big fan of eating and sleeping with not much in between the two activities, then a cruise is the vacation for you. When my mother announced that she wanted to go on a cruise with some of her friends again, I was prepared for a trip with lots of delicious...

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