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  •  In my life I have never been able to travel to exotic places or popular places. A vacation to my family was driving two hours to my aunts house and swimming in Lake Erie. It was not the most glamorous vacation, but it was fun. One year, however, my mother surprised me with a trip to New York City...

  • I will never forget the feeling of the scorching sun beating on our 22 faces as soon as we stepped out of León's airport. I didn't expect the heat to be that sizzling hot. What is ironic is that it was actually winter there. This past summer, I went to study abroad in León, Nicaragua with seven...

  • With my eyes closed I blocked out the other tourists and focused in on the deafening, yet somehow refreshing noise of the gushing waters. It was a little before eight A.M. I had never noticed how bright the sun was by that time, although it may just have been Canada, but, more likely, it was due to...

  • “How do you see Cameroon?”, the natives would ask me. An entire countryside of peaks, hills, and divots, lathered in a patten of brilliant green and deep brown rendered words insufficient to capture the beauty of it all. We traveled through the countryside on roads made purely of dirt that turned...

    Tags: Africa
  • This summer, for some hard-core family time we planned a three-week trip to Australia! We have a pen pal family who live in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney, New South Wales. They visited us in 2005 and helped us plan our Aussie trip, giving advice on what to do and see and how to get there. We...

  •     "Well I am in Peru can you believe it!" reads the first sentence in my journal on July 9th 2008. After all the airports, airplanes, baggage claims, Dramamine, Customs, two buses and a very daring step into a tiny alleyway that nearly killed me because apparently in Peru taxi's do not yield to...

  • In June of 2009, my family and I once again took the long drive over to Ballwin, Missouri, to see my aunt and uncle. Our plans were to go shopping, hang out, and then go to the lake. So that just what we did, we spent the first couple days shopping and spending all of our money. Then it was time to...

  • On February 28, 2008, I got the first stamp in my passport, which showed that I had entered Israel. I could never remove the mark that Israel put in passport, nor could I remove the mark that the Holy land left in my heart.   From the tiny window of the plane, I gazed upon the rippling waves of the...

    Tags: Africa
  • After a long night of packing and deciding if I would need jackets and jeans or shorts and tank tops, I was ready to board the Carnival Fantasy for a 7 day cruise that we took during January 2010. The only thing I was not ready for was the long 13 hour drive down to Mobile, Alabama. We arrived at...

  •      My older cousin, David, lifted our raft above his head and motioned my brother, Ben, to carry the other end. I grabbed the oars, following my parents up the ragged stone path that led to our adventure.             In Deep Creek, Maryland, there is not much to do during a family reunion except...

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