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  •   As summer rolled around the annually family vacation arose. Now being in a family of all young adults thinking that those years are the “prime years”, we all felt somewhat embarrassed to go out and hang out with each other. As we sat in the car waiting for my dad to get in pondering on when will...

  • After a two and a half hour drive from Prague, we finally arrived in Dresden. This was the sixth stop for our orchestra’s tour in Germany and the Czech Republic. The bus drove us to the edge of the city, where the Theaterplatz, home of the Semper Opera House, welcomed us. As we hopped off the bus...

    Tags: Europe, Germany
  • Hello. My name is Kyeshia Likely; from Washington. I’m currently, a senior in High school. In November of 2009, I was fortunate to be nominated to attend the National Youth Congressional Forum on Diplomacy and Intelligence and was able to attend the program in 2010.  My journey begun on February...

  • In the summer of July 2008 I traveled by myself to Germany. The company my mother works for offers an exchange program to the children (ages of 16-19) of every employee.  It is a two week exchange, all expense paid trip.  Each person involved in the exchange visits the others home for a period of...

    Tags: Europe
  • The story of this vacation started as the plane wheels left the runway, but the journey to Oregon truly began the moment Mt. Hood decorated the plane windows with snow-covered mountaintops. Here there are wonders that tower far above the reign of skyscrapers; here the pulse of the ocean out-roars...

  • I had just put the last post into the ground when our Ecuadorian guide, Don Rafael, arrived with the barbed wire for completion of the fence. Putting in the posts had taken us several days, largely because we were forced to dig the holes without shovels. Instead, we used “gallos”; a blunt machete...

  • A foreign place is not something one can simply imagine or feel through a book or movie.  In order to grasp the true meaning of "foreign," one must experience it first hand.  During the second semester of my sophomore year, I had the privilege of doing just that.  The Democratic Republic of Congo...

  • Our bus pulled into a quiet parking lot. It was overcast and the beach ahead of us wasn't like the ones back in California. It was quiet, with very few people scattered along the shore. They weren't building sand castles or chasing each other into the waves; they were either walking solemnly or...

  • New wedge heels: check. Suntan: check. Large cup of coffee: double check. Last night was going to be perfect. After seventeen years of coming to Orange Beach, AL, this was going to be the first night that my parents were letting me go out by myself. Well...myself, my thirteen-year-old sister, and...

  •       "White's Only". You may say that most fifteen year olds would not fully understand what that meant as you passed a sign that had those two words on it. As I was growing up, my mother would tell me about the horrible experiences her and her family would go through just to make it in...

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