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  • I remember my experience with one of the most notorious things about travel: lost luggage. Though I used to not define Strippi as luggage, she was lost. My father and I were traveling back to rural Ohio from Amherst, Massachusetts, and instead of taking a hotel room for the night, we spent the...

  • The people shoved against each other. Gaudy colors flashed out at me as exotic objects caught my eye. All around me, people with black hair and black eyes chattered. I was in the Chinatown of San Francisco with my family. We’ve toured through Fisherman Wharf and Japan town, driven through the...

  • Take it from me, taveling is not just a piece of cake. It takes careful planning and even with that you never know what to expect! I have been to twenty different countries and almost all of the states. My father was in the military -- that's how I got so lucky. When it comes to traveling there...

    Tags: Europe
  • My mother’s bedtime stories narrated her childhood encounters with fairies and dwarves, her adventures in the meadows of Natternbach (her hometown in Austria, Europe), and her memories of her family of seven, all too familiar with my own siblings, as we are now a family of six. So when we all went...

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  • I live in Bemidji, Minnesota. If I were to be a tour guide and show somebody around Bemidji, the first thing that I would show them would be the statute of Paul Bunyan (18-feet tall) and Babe down at the waterfront. These two statutes were built between 1936 and 1937. I would take them to the...

  •  It was the fall of my junior year and I had just found out that I would be going to Uganda with fifteen other girls from my high school soccer team the following June.  I was filled with excitement as I began my preparations to leave. Time flew by and before I knew it I was in Africa...

    Tags: Africa
  • Peering out the backseat window I watch the world whiz by. Five of my six family members are crammed into the confinement of my mom’s Toyota Highlander. Each passing hour the vehicle seems to become smaller and smaller, the aura in the Toyota becomes tenser and tenser. Jamming out to the beats on...

  •                 It started out being a simple trip to CLI, a Christian Leadership Institute camp, along with my two friends from the Core Team at my parish this past July 28th 2009. They were more excited than I was. We were on our way to Santa Barbara all the way from Redlands, here in California...

  • I didn’t know someone could grow up so fast in ten days. Usually it takes years, especially for someone at my age. My select choir called the RH Singers was invited to tour Vienna, Bratislava and Prague and sing in some of the cities’ most beautiful churches. I’m seventeen years old and now after...

    Tags: Europe
  • “Pura vida!” (Pure life) “YOLO!” (You Only Live Once) These were our mottos throughout our adventures in Costa Rica the summer of my junior year.  They describe and represent a myriad of memories which continue to resonate with me.  The mind-set encapsulated throughout our mottos and adventures...

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