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  • It’s been four years since I was in Bangkok, Thailand again. Coming back to visit family in Asia was something I was looking forward to during my sophomore year. Summer vacation was going to be a good one for sure. We left baggage claim and headed towards the door. My grandparents and uncle...

    Tags: Asia
  • I have been fortunate to have several opportunities to travel abroad. From statistics, we know that only about 20 % of Americans have U.S. passports -- I have had one since I was eighteen months old. Along with my family, I have traveled to India, Africa, Hawaii, London and the Caribbean Islands....

    Tags: Africa, Asia
  • Growing up my parents made sure they kept me safe and out of trouble whether that meant putting seemingly unnecessary restrictions on more or not.  So when I discovered I would be allowed to take a beach trip with my friends this summer I was overjoyed!  Finally I was going to be able to pan...

  •       You know that homesick feeling you get when you're away from home for an extended period of time? You just feel like you're ready to get back into your own bed, eat your own food, be in your own home? Well, I never got that feeling when I went on my ministry trip to El Salvador.       In...

  • I always dreamt of going to another country and doing something to help people, let alone children. The dreaming ended when it finally came true in July of 2009. Before I knew it, I was packing my bags and ready to meet up with my team. It was my first time at an airport and on a plane as well....

  •   The typical summer vacation of a teenaged girl is simple: she lies on the beach, soaking up the sun with her close girl friends by her side. They discuss boys and sing along to popular songs on the radio. In lieu of this common paradise, I spent my summer preparing for an unordinary getaway. In...

  •   At the beginning of the summer my grandma, Rosa, aunts, Corina and Irma, cousin, Ivan, and I went to Las Vegas to celebrate the end of the school year, relax, and have fun. On our way there, while we were there, and on our way home lots of things happened to us. From this vacation my family...

  • For one of my friends’ sweet sixteen parties, she did not want something traditional. Her father, the owner of a limo company, let her rent out a limo for the day and she invited around ten friends to accompany her into New York City.Her birthday happened to fall right around Christmas and driving...

  •  As I stepped off the van at 1419 Clinton Street in Nashville, Tennessee, the first thought that came to my mind was, “Oh my God, look at all the young people!" My heart began to pound with excitement. There were many smiles and lots of laughter as people lined up to register outside of the...

  • It was midnight, but it was far from dark. I rested my head against the glass and tried to sleep. No. I was too excited. I stared out of the tiny window and the quiet wonder of city lights took hold of me. I was in awe of the sparkling skyline, as it got smaller and smaller and eventually...

    Tags: Caribbean

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