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  • Within the summer months between my freshman and sophomore year, I took part in an overbearing, overwhelming trip of faith from my hometown in Arroyo Grande, California to my aunt’s small town community of Ocean Shores, Washington. It should have been a bonding trip, somewhat calm and overall...

  • Summer 2008 I was chosen as a US Ambassador as part of International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) to travel to Japan and represent the United States and our culture. IACE is one of the premier offering of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the US Air Force Volunteer Auxiliary’s aerospace education and cadet...

    Tags: Asia
  • I awoke with a jolt to the beating of drums. Where I was I did not know, and who was creating such a cacophonous out of sync melody I did not want to find out. After rubbing my eyes sleepily, I stole a glance out my car window, and jumped. Staring back at me was a mob of twenty to thirty children,...

  • I always tell people when they ask me about Japan about the plane ride.  Twelve hours may be something to scoff at for the international traveler, but for a squeamish ninth grader from the middle of Kansas, it was all a little too much.  Besides being blocked in my airplane seat by two people that...

    Tags: Asia
  •  Dog sledding.  Whitewater rafting.  Canoeing alongside glaciers.  Brown bears, caribou, and reindeer.  Snowball fights on glaciers.  Quality family time without laptops and ipods. Priceless! This is what you get when you take a trip to Alaska. Three years ago my family and I took a trip to Alaska...

  •   When you hear the word Italian, what do you think of? Do you think of a big, fat tan man with a bald head, waving salami in one hand and a big baguette in the other, shouting "Ravioli!"? The country of Italy, is one of the most unique places I have ever visited. My visit to Venetia, Italy last...

    Tags: Europe
  • I chased after one dream for 6 years, and it teased me. I wanted more then anything to be in Macedonia. Some nights I was, but the mornings brought me back to reality. Slowly this dream was fading, the picture was becoming blurry. The hope of going to Macedonia again became just that--a dream....

    Tags: Europe
  • The summer of 2010 contained an adventure that words alone cannot describe. One trip managed to make me feel wonder, joy, rage, hope, loneliness, and every emotion in between. This trip was just long enough to make me feel like I lived in a hotel and short enough for me to remember what it was...

  • My name is Daniel Johnson, and I live in Hartselle, Alabama. I am 17 years old and a senior at Hartselle High School. This past summer, I was very fortunate to win a trip to visit  Japan, and experience their culture first-hand. I was chosen for this trip of a lifetime by Daikin Industries, who has...

    Tags: Asia
  • The woman handed me a bowl of Kumis and I took it with a nervous smile.  Bringing it to my lips, I almost gagged at the smell, but managed to somehow swallow a small sip, forcing down a grimace as the thick, sour, rancid mare’s milk sloshed down my throat.  I nodded at the woman politely, smiling...

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