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  • In the summer of 2007 I had the privilege to travel to the island of Jamaica, and work in the mountain at Bethel Christian Mission. I traveled with the First Family Church that is in Ankeny Iowa. Our goal was to implement a leadership training session in the town of Newport Jamaica. Our leaders...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • From the beginning, I knew this trip was going to be different.  Instead of the GPS, my Dad got out a creased map from the bottom of the glove box.  No wild water rides, no Disney daze, no cheap thrills.  We were preparing for a road trip to discover the wonders of the Great Lake State, Michigan....

  • In 2007, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Europe (France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria) for three weeks with the People to People Student Ambassadors (peopletopeople.com). Within those 21 days, I experienced many new cultures and on the way made some mistakes! I hope to share my...

    Tags: Europe
  • Barcelona is a city of contrast. Gaudi's spires rise against sleek modern apartment buildings, and crowded, tourist-geared streets give way to quiet residential alleys. In some areas restaurant staff speak perfect English, and just blocks away they speak nothing but Catalan. For the most part,...

  • Want to visit the future? Especially if it's a clean, green, friendly one? The future is here, now, across the Atlantic, up the English Channel. I've been there, and I've seen how it works. Welcome to the Netherlands! Unlike the present, "the future" is surprisingly uncrowded. The Netherlands is a...

    Tags: Europe
  • Warm tears coursed my cheeks as icy water pelted my body.  As I wept inconsolably, shivering in a small, Holiday Inn shower, I felt I was drowning in grief, anguish, and an obvious realization: I was alone. It was my first trip with the high school band. As a freshman, I didn't know what to expect...

  • I was selected to participate in a summer exchange program to Turkey through my mother's company, Evonik, this past summer. When I arrived in Ankara, my host family was so warm, and my Turkish sister, Esra, and I became inseparable during our four weeks together. The high point of my summer...

    Tags: Europe
  • If you’ve ever been the victim of a relative with a travel trivia book, chances are you’ve had to answer the query, “Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?” For me, that question has always brought a host of fond memories. While I’ve enjoyed every trip I’ve taken as the daughter of a pair of...

  • Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day… I. Was. Devastated. Upon entering the KOA campgrounds, my family had high hopes of enjoying a lovely, once in every two years camping trip. Who would have known the weather man had lied; High 80’s all week long. Ha, try mid 50’s! Above us, clouds...

  • Growing up in downtown Grand Rapids I thought I was used to heavy traffic and lots of people. My first family vacation was a real eye opener for me. Waking up at 3:30 in the morning to catch a flight out of Chicago, me and my family were off to San Fransisco. I had no idea what to expect once we...

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