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  • My mother's family is ethnically Samoan, so for Christmas 2004, we went to American Samoa to visit family. Upon arrival, I was upset. I was a 13 year old girl in a place with no malls and one movie theatre and no cable. However, after spending a few weeks there with my family, I was severely...

  • My foothold was slipping. Gravity was pulling at me as I hung horizontally from the rock face, struggling to climb out and over the ledge. The cold rock scraped at my bare knees, the sharp mountain wind chilling the sweat as it fell in droplets from my face; my grimy, frozen hands were slowly...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • My first morning on the Cherokee reservation was spent being sardined between hundreds of ecstatic teens from all over of the country on groaning bleachers in a dimly lit auditorium in beautiful Ashland, Montana. A member of the Group Workcamps Foundation stood in the center of the auditorium...

  • Travel is a person’s way of expressing desire for something new, whether you’re conscious of it or not.  People take trips for multiple reasons: visiting family, leisure, exploration, or charity. They seem like incredibly different reasons, and have varying intentions behind them, but you can’t...

  • It is really quite a surreal feeling. My whole life I had been planted firmly in America, having no knowledge of the world outside of my confinements. When the massive airbus 380 touched down in Paris, France my jaw must have gone numb because my top and bottom teeth were no where near each other...

    Tags: Europe
  •   I bet you can’t guess what I got for my eighteenth birthday present?  Well, I do not want to keep you guessing so I will just tell you.  My aunt gave me my very own trip to Europe for my birthday.  I even got to pick the locations, which ended up being Paris, Milan, Florence, and Rome.  I can’t...

    Tags: Europe
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  • While we sailed across the vast Chesapeake Bay in Maryland on our family sailboat, a sleek racing boat sped past us leaving nothing but disturbed waves. Seeing this, I turned to my parents and asked 'Don't you guys ever feel bad when other boats pass you by?' My Mom quickly answered saying that,...

  • As a lifelong resident of South Central Pennsylvania, I am very fortunate to live within an hour’s drive of three All-American vacation spots – Gettysburg, Hershey and Lancaster.  The scenic beauty that exists virtually within my “backyard” defines this special place that people worldwide know...

  • Ever since I was five, my family has owned a sailboat. We started with a cramped 22-foot long skipper, but after years of growing ambitions and a growing family, we worked our way up to the 35-foot Catalina we have today. Her name is Noeta, meaning No Estimated Time of Arrival (A name my dad found...

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