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  • Ever since I was a small child, I have wanted to bask in the glory of the Eiffel Tower, feel the true power of God in the magnificent Cathedrals of Europe, and to relax on the seaside of the Mediterranean. I never imagined that during Spring Break 2012, all of those dreams would become reality. ...

    Tags: Europe, France, Italy
  • Paris. What comes to mind? Is it romantic French cafes, filled with soft music and the murmur of good food and even better wine? Is it the roaring Champs Elysees, with its do-or-die roundabout and its tantalizingly expensive French stores? Or is it the icon itself: the Eiffel Tower piercing the...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris
  • At four a.m. I saw the steam from the aromatic maté tea rise up from my mug. I packed light, ate bread and butter, and sipped my tea in a zombie-like manner.  My host mother and I gave swift, yet tender hugs goodbye as I zoomed out to Ollantaytambo’s plaza in the Sacred Valley of Peru. From there...

  •  My family and I moved to Hong Kong in 2010.  We lived there for two years, up until this June (2012).  Living there showed us how beautiful the world is. I have included a few things that helped me to learn to love Hong Kong. It’s a beautiful place, open and waiting for tourists.  They will find...

  • A glow from the neighboring hut caught my attention. They were still at it. Roasting coffee beans over an open fire proves to be unpleasant, so the team processes them under the relief of night instead. Nothing riles the senses like the smell of Jamaican coffee beans being ground. The breeze that...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Ever since I was little, my family has taken a trip to Ocean City, Maryland. But over the years, it's been a little boring and sometimes tiring. On a Saturday every summer at 6 a.m., the annual family trip to Ocean City begins. We've even developed a usual sitting arrangement after many arguments...

  •  I always said I want to see all of Europe by the time I die.  Two summers ago I seized an opportunity to travel to Italy, Greece, and Ephesus, Turkey for two amazing weeks.  This was my opportunity to travel overseas and there was no way I was going to let it pass me by.     From a small town...

    Tags: Europe
  • When American teenagers imagine their perfect summer, they usually incorporate, waking up at odd hours of the afternoon, playing video games, hanging out with friends, and mostly doing nothing. However, this is not the type of vision that I have, someone who needs to be constantly occupied and...

  • Waking up three teenagers is never easy, especially when the reasoning behind it is to visit a beach. Beaches are nice don’t get me wrong. But being at a beach with your family when you’re 16 is by no means the most enjoyable experience.  My father woke us up at four o’clock, a dreadful hour when...

  • The brisk air rushes past my figure as I the metal I am standing on shakes and quivers. Through the cargo mesh I can see a man with a parachute looking at me with a strange curiosity. I cautiously look around and see that I am in a plane and the breeze is actually the back hatch of the plane being...

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