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  • As soon as you walk off the 777 in New Delhi, India, you realize the place is different. Even after midnight, the air is hot and dry. There are no terminals in India; it is a mad rush full of pushing and shoving to get on the bus to take you to the airport. Such began my trip, my voyage of my...

    Tags: Asia
  • A tomato. Some call it a fruit, some a vegetable. Some call it delicious, others disgusting. Up until the 221st day of my 16th year on Earth, I was a proud member of the “Tomatoes are disgusting!” group. I had to pay $3,000, travel 4,000 miles, get on five busses, one airplane, and pack the largest...

    Tags: Europe
  • In the summer of 2009, I was part of a mission team that traveled to Guatemala. Before I left, I looked forward to the infinite amount of ways I could serve and care for the deprived people of Guatemala.  I pictured broken down people, uplifted by the Christians God brought them.  It didn’t exactly...

  • Last summer before the start of my freshman year, my family decided that we were going to vacation on a cruise to Alaska. In order to know what the trip meant to me, you must know a little about me first. Before I went to Alaska, my life was exiting through the tips of my fingers and gradually my...

  • Uncertainty….. Excitement….. Confusion…. Anxiety…..Optimism…. I was flooded with emotion as the Excursion idled into the vacant parking lot. My heart was pounding, and I wasn’t breathing. After a huge gulp of air, I refocused myself and tried to get control over my nerves. The car sat stationary,...

  • Rockville, Maryland seems too quiet for a vacation spot. Historic landmarks dating from the 1800s are on the same street as the suburban homes and the glass-tiled buildings of companies, and there are no beaches that make Florida and California hotspots. So, just what does Rockville have in store...

    Tags: Maryland, USA
  •   In my parents’ homeland of Bangladesh, I have always felt like a complete foreigner. As a native and long-time resident of Southern California, I have enjoyed a very comfortable upbringing relative to Bengalis living half way around the world. Given my strong familial and cultural ties to the...

  •  Ames, Iowa provides many opportunities to experience American culture and become immersed in American history. Since the mid 1800s, Ames has become a booming college town. Culture has had lots of time to flourish in this time, and evidence of the age of this town can be found everywhere....

    Tags: Iowa, USA
  • The blue-green water plummeted down so fast it formed a gray mist that lingered above the falls. The swirls of churning water tumbled over themselves in a seemingly endless race to the waiting bottom of the pool. Mother Nature had blessed Niagara Falls with this great demonstration of power. My...

  • 2nd Place 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Ohm mani padme hom. Ohm mani padme hom. Ohm mani padme hom. Mantras sold on Kathmandu street corners. For 100 rupees, you can find enlightenment. Incense in my eyes and the fish stand smells rotten. Beautiful white temple, pristine in the rubble...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring

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