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  • It was 8 o'clock sharp and my family and I were right on time for breakfast at the Hotel Marignan in Paris, France. It was only the third day that we had stayed there and we were had already settled into what was practically a home away from home. The old lady who served the breakfast met us at our...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris
  • As a wide-eyed freshman, it was easy to believe that a trip to Puerto Rico with my school choir would just be a way to kick back, relax, and do one of the things I loved best: singing. I didn’t realize that while I was there, I would be touching the hearts and minds of people I had never met before...

  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Imagine fifty two overly-excited band geeks on a smelly coach bus for twenty seven hours. Now can you see why it was the worst of times? We thought we could handle this ride because we were on our way to Florida to perform in Disney World - we...

  • My family and I are close-knit have always enjoyed travelling together; experiencing new places is something we look forward to doing every summer. However, from Jacksonville, Oregon, the farthest from home we had ever travelled to was Phoenix, Arizona in 2003. This summer, we planned to take our...

  •    I stood on the deck of the ferry, closed my eyes and inhaled. I could smell the salt water, and I heard the seagulls calling as they flew overhead. I opened my eyes and stared over the gray New England water at the island. I could see sandy beaches, and if i squinted, I could almost see tiny...

  • I’ve discovered that clouds are, by far, some of the most interesting things to photograph. When you’re in an airplane, above most of the pollution and a lot of the atmosphere, the contrast between the blue of the sky and the white of the clouds is inspirational. I was on an airplane with my aunt...

  • The conditions were miserable. Claustrophobia struck me as I felt the wet arms of my sixteen friends while we rode along the Jamaican countryside in a fifteen-passenger van. I had every reason to complain: there was no air-conditioning; I was tired and hungry; and, of all things, it began to rain...

  • We left the small town of Fosston, Minnesota early one morning. There were 12 of us; 9 kids, 3 adult leaders. We were headed to Galveston, Texas to do hurricane clean up a year after Hurricane Ike hit the shore. Texas wasn't our first stop though. Our first stop was YWAM (Youth With A Mission)...

  • “Whew…sixteen hours on that plane…I’m so tired mom. When are we going to get to the hotel?” As excited as I was about finally arriving in Singapore, the jet lag was really sinking in. Having just finished my first year of high school, I was excited to take a break from it all. Singapore looked like...

    Tags: Asia, Singapore
  • On April 25, 2006 I attended a missionary trip to Ensenada, Mexico with my Church’s Gospel Troupe. We went with the intent to sing and lift the hearts of orphans in the City of Children Orphanage. The mentality that I gathered on the six hour bus ride was that of an ignorant American. As soon as we...

    Tags: Caribbean

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