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  •  It was dusk when we arrived at the Nürnberg airport so we went straight to the Ritter St. Georg Gästehaus in Erlangen, Germany. In the morning I was greeted with a cheery “guten morgen” and a steamy loaf of fresh baked bread and a selection of meats and cheeses fit for a king. For some reason I...

    Tags: Europe
  • Traveling in Europe was not new to me: I lived there for ten years. I saw many famous sites during those ten years that were not very exciting for my brother and me as children, but now never cease to astonish us. Stonehenge, for example, was just a bunch of big rocks in a circle. God forbid we...

    Tags: Europe
  •  Last Summer I had the experience of a lifetime. My friend and her mom were traveling to England to stay with a friend of the family and they asked me to come explore Europe with them! This is something I will never forget. We arrived in Sheffield, England on July 7, 2009. Just the drive from the...

    Tags: Europe
  • The London Eye. Hampton Court Palace. The British Mueseum.   Blue Men. These are all things I experienced in London, England last summer on a family vacation. I went with my parents and sister and we met up with my uncle and his family. This is the second time we have been to London, and we decided...

    Tags: Europe
  •       Traveling is always fun. You learn a lot about different people, cultures and places. The best traveling experience I’ve had is when I went too Lithonia, Georgia for a program called Camp Exposure, in the summer of 7th grade. The main thing I remember it was scorching hot! I went on a tour...

  • It's a long drive to Santa Cruz, and after any long drive there are three things I want -- quiet, real food, and a chair that stands still. I got the food part. "Family get together" takes on a new meaning with the Ryan family.   I should have known it from the minute I stepped out of the car at...

  • When I boarded the plane that would be transporting our mission team to Dakar, Senegal, I knew that I was temporarily kissing the comforts of America goodbye.  Little did I understand what it meant to be journeying miles away from any fragment of familiar culture.  The entire eight hours of the...

  • Four journeys. Eight plane rides. One fraction. At age two, I flew over the Atlantic Ocean guided by my Senegalese father and part Portuguese, Irish, German mother for the first time. Our destination was Senegal, West Africa. My appreciation for other cultures stems from this early exposure to my...

  • For most people their hometown is boring, but once in a while they discover something truly magical.  This experience usually comes through someone else.  Using emotions we become interested.  This happened to me on July fifteenth while bike riding with my cousin, Alisha.  She was visiting us...

    Tags: Ohio, USA
  • In December 2010, I left Mom and Dad at the Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport and boarded my flight to Okinawa, Japan, where I would be reunited with my Marine-Corps-wife sister after a three-year separation. I was alone for the fourteen-hour journey, and while I was nervous, I was...

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