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  • “It’s okay, breathe, I won’t let you go! Just step back over the edge and keep your feet on the wall. The first step is the hardest part.” This is what was supposed to reassure me as I prepared to repel down the side of a medieval castle tower, or at least I thought that’s what the instructor said...

    Tags: Europe
  • I stared in stubborn disbelief as the last bar of life drained from my China Telecom mobile phone and, in spite of my furiously tapping fingers, its screen faded to black.  At this moment I realized the bleakness of my situation.  I was effectively alone, in a maze, surrounded by Chinese people...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring
  • It was March 2007 in Gatlinburg Tennessee. My parents, brother, and I were all on our family vacation trip. The car ride there was pretty uncomfortable seeing as how we were all stuffed in our mini van with piles of suitcases for 11 hours. We arrived at the Bluegreen resort in the late afternoon....

  • Early this summer I went to Rocky Point, Mexico with my best friend and her family. It was a pretty exciting vacation; we were going to spend a week in a beach house at Las Conchas relaxing after graduation. One would expect me to be ecstatic about this wonderful opportunity to relax after a hard...

  • The Village People lied. It’s not fun to stay at the YMCA. In 2009, my family and I spent the summer abroad in England with the studies abroad program Dad was leading. During the week we were based in London and on the weekends we went to another city. One weekend was Edinburgh, another was...

    Tags: England, Europe
  • Touch of the Tropics is a Touch of Life                                                   After a 5 hour flight from New Mexico to Costa Rica, my group and I landed in San Jose ready to embark on our quest of Touch of the Tropics, that EF tours has so kindly laid out for us. We retired to...

  • Ten hours, four sets of security, three new stamps in my passport, two take-offs, two movies, and two landings, the bi-annual family vacation to Lyd had begun. For most people the most eye opening part of a trip is the actual trip, the activities, people, events, but for me things changed with...

  • When I was first presented with the idea, I never thought I would actually get to go. It seemed so surreal to me, so unlike anything I had ever done, that I wasn't sure if I wanted to hope for it at all. I hate asking for anything from my parents; they already send me to a private school and ensure...

    Tags: Europe
  •           I just got back from the vacation of a lifetime onboard the Norwegian Epic. The ship celebrated its first birthday on July 2nd and they had a huge celebration! We departed from Barcelona, Spain on June 26th and set sail for Italy.          The first day at sea was awesome. With the...

  • I didn’t expect to be inspired when I visited an orphanage; I thought I’d be weeding a vegetable garden with little time for human interaction. Thankfully, conversation was the norm despite the language barrier. Soccer balls and Frisbees induced communication whenever a translator couldn’t be...

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