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  • I learned a lot about myself on my trip to Italy last February, including the fact that I am apparently very allergic to fish. When I boarded my transatlantic flight to Rome with seventeen of my classmates and three of my teachers, I was happily oblivious to the fact that my trip would end with a...

  • Africa: not a Serengeti wonderland of lions and elephants, but a barren landscape of high grass and termite hills. Sawdust careened into my face, guided by petulant gusts of filthy air. Women walked down the dirt road, balancing buckets of water on their heads, as children ran behind in broken...

  • Arriving in Atlanta at midnight I felt exhausted yet filled with a restless energy. While my friends were socializing I took a moment to myself to let it all sink in. Just months ago we were competing at state competition and here we are almost 2,000 miles away from home competing at nationals. I...

  • It all started on an early morning on December 3rd, 2011, I woke up to the voice of a loud, anxious, yet excited mother yelling, “RISE AND SHINE TODAY IS THE DAY!”  In reality, I didn’t even know if I had really been woken up or if I was still dreaming since I was too tired to even think. All due...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • The day had finally arrived. After months upon months of planning, I was finally packing my bags, going over checklists, and running to the store to purchase even more unnecessary items. My bags were heavy (because, of course, I couldn't leave anything behind) as I passed them to the baggage...

  • 'CHEESE!' everyone yelled as the camera flashed. It was the fourth of July and my family was in California to visit our relatives and cousins. We were at one of my aunt's houses, celebrating Mai's, one of my cousins, TWENTY-FIRST birthday! All of the cameras were flashing every which way, nearly...

  •                 Getting up at 4:00am to go to the Airport is not what I had in mind for my first week of summer vacation. Stuck next a bickering couple on a small airplane for 9 hours just solidified my negative attitude about my 2 week family vacation in Montana. Free wifi, my Ipod and my phone...

  • Spring break was coming up and I was ecstatic! Now was the trip I had been waiting for all year. My church youth group was going on a trip to Juarez, Mexico. I had been on this trip the last two years, but this year my younger brother and my dad were coming with me. I knew this year would be better...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Every summer, my father always tries to convince my mom, sister and me to take a family trip up to the mountains. I cringed at the idea of being away from my creature comforts. However, after seeing my dad downtrodden from my lack of enthusiasm, I decided that this trip was necessary. This is my...

  • Eight hours. Eight long, hot hours. This is how long it took my mother, me and my younger brother to drive to Lexington, Kentucky from our home in North Carolina for the oh, so exciting AAU Boys U-12 Basketball National Championship. But lucky for me, aside from Kentucky being the host to this...

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