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  • As the daughter of a Boeing employee, traveling has been an important factor in my life. Since my dad was working on the Nimrod Project in England, which was terminated in 2010, most of our living expenses were covered by Boeing. By living expenses, I mean that they paid for the house, our...

    Tags: Pacific
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  •             When my dad, my older brother, and I arrived in Beijing, China, we had no idea what we were going to eat. We cannot speak or read Chinese, so we had extreme difficulty whenever we went to a restaurant. Around the sixteenth day of the trip, we trekked to Yonghegong Lama Temple. After...

    Tags: Asia
  • My ears perked up at hearing a shrill sound.  I glanced up to see a red-faced security guard blowing a whistle and waving his arms wildly in my direction, yelling in rapid Spanish.  I got the feeling that I should probably not be inching closer to take pictures of the llamas and alpacas that were...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • It was only six weeks before my spring break, and I wanted to do something interesting during that spring break instead of being home all day. I told my parents that I wanted to go on a missionary trip with a group from my school, and they both decided they would let me go. So as my spring break...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • 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...

  •  Iran. Mentioning the land once highly revered as the Persian Empire brings images of oil companies, controversial presidential elections, and debates over nuclear weapons. To many Americans, this contentious country represents nothing more than another foreign relations issue mentioned in the...

    Tags: Africa
  • I visited India the summer before my sophomore year in high school.  I was only 15 at the time ,and I was traveling alone.  I was a bit scared to be traveling internationally by myself but I was even more thrilled about the adventures that awaited me.  While I was there I experienced what it would...

    Tags: Africa
  • In August of 2005 my family and I, took a trip around the U.S. in less than three weeks. I would say that it was the highlight of my whole life. We left from San Diego, California on August 3, 2005, and went through 26 different states. When we began, we went thru Nevada to Arizona, and in Arizona...

  • My story begins with an early morning in mid-July.  The air was thick and humid with a temperature creeping near the 100 degree mark, not uncommon for Texas during the summer. Assiduously, my mother and sister coaxed me in to the Dodge “Dualy” that would be delivering us to our destination 1700...

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