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  •             On August 4th 2008 I went on a trip the wild zoo teen and I will never forget. I volunteer at Rolling Hills Zoo in Kansas, and at the end of every summer we all go on a trip to get out of Salina, Kansas. Last year our trip included Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Cave of The...

  • The Island of Japan did more for me than be any amazing tourist location. I not only went and stayed in Japan, but I was a foreign exchange student on a full scholarship. I made life long friends, experienced new foods and cultures, and found out characteristics about myself that I never knew...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring, Japan
  • Every year, since the sixth grade, I go to summer camp with my church. The whole reason for summer camp is to get away from our normal lives and grow closer to the lord in fellowship with the others from church. I always had fun but I don’t believe I ever grasped the concept of fellowship. That...

  • I confess to being a hopeless nostalgic. Any food, song, or article of clothing triggers a vivid memory from my childhood (which was only a few years ago). I suffered a memory overload when I took a college tour of the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Downtown Richmond, VA. My nostalgia...

  • Greasy takeout, kung-fu, and Jackie Chan are some of the stereotypes that come to mind when most people think of Chinese culture. Being of Chinese heritage, however, I have experienced the true essence of Chinese culture, especially so this past July when I visited Beidaihe, a seaside city in...

    Tags: Asia, China
  •   I stood at the pinnacle of the mountain, full of awe the marvelous view. From behind me, I heard Art, our teacher, announce, “From here you can see both the highest and lowest points in the continental U.S! Mount Whitney is over there,” he declared, pointing at the tallest mountain in sight,...

  •              When I traveled to Australia in the summer of 2008 with my People to People Student Ambassador group, I learned more than just about Australian culture. I learned that it's not always what you see when you travel, and it's not always what you do, but it's who you travel with. I still...

    Tags: Pacific
  • Minnesota is known for its harsh winters, but what people don’t know is how beautiful Minnesotan summers can be. The Brainerd Lakes Area consists of three towns; Brainerd, Baxter and Nisswa. It is a safe area with many lakes and forests. It is an area of about twenty five square miles. With less...

  • People rarely consider Utah a desirable travel destination. Even when considering travel within the United States, Utah is amongst the least chosen of destinations. While pondering reasons for the state’s unpopularity, a few potential deal breakers come to mind: the state is a desert and the state...

  •             Between corn fields and windmills on a long stretch of wide open Highway I-90 West, chugged along our red rental mini-van. When I tell people I went to Sioux Falls, South Dakota the summer before my senior year, I get the usual puzzled stares and peculiar looks. However, not many...

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