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  • Sprint Canoeing might not sound like the most engaging Olympic sport to spectate, but every event has some element that captivates the audience. For example, water polo is possibly the only sport played while the athletes wear bathrobes. Skeptical? During Olympic water polo matches approximately...

  •    One week without phones, ipods, or internet had me worried!  How was I supposed to survive!  My youth group was headed to the Dominican Republic to help add classrooms to a school.  The trip was planned through an organization called Unto Inc., and we weren’t allowed to bring any electronic...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Four journeys. Eight plane rides. One fraction. At age two, I flew over the Atlantic Ocean guided by my Senegalese father and part Portuguese, Irish, German mother for the first time. Our destination was Senegal, West Africa. My appreciation for other cultures stems from this early exposure to my...

  • My mother’s bedtime stories narrated her childhood encounters with fairies and dwarves, her adventures in the meadows of Natternbach (her hometown in Austria, Europe), and her memories of her family of seven, all too familiar with my own siblings, as we are now a family of six. So when we all went...

    Tags: Europe
  • As the Galveston beach drew nearer, I was more excited than I’d been on many birthdays.  I had lived for sixteen years without seeing the beach, but the sea was a prominent figure in many of the fantasy books I loved—an alluring, dangerous, powerful force that fascinated characters, threatened...

  • When most people travel outside of the country, one might get cultural shocked and might even gain a new perspective in life. Well, this is what I went through when I took a family trip down to Mexico in a little town called Tecuala, Nayarit. It was winter break three years ago, and I was excited...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • And so the journey began, a fifteen hour ride from Pennsylvania to Tennessee, this was going to be interesting.  This journey was to see the area and the colleges in Cookeville and Nashville.  Wow, the mountains were huge and glorious in the light of the sunrise.  Tennessee was going to be a...

  •   Jakari Scott   Teen Travel Writing Scholarship                  Maybe you have had some great experiences when visiting other cities, but you have not lived until you have visited the city of Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta, there are many things to do from fun attractions to tasting...

  • It all started with a taco in an Italian restaurant in the middle of Germany (Heidelberg, to be exact). Who knew that by ordering something out of the ordinary, I would spark the best friendships I have ever had in my life? To tell this story properly, I must start at the beginning. In 2007, the...

    Tags: Europe
  •  Can you just picture yourself immersed in the diverse cultures that fill New York State? What must it feel like to walk amongst people from all over the world?  I never thought I would be standing in the middle of Times Square gazing at the bright lights of the gigantic billboards. I had no idea...

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