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  • “Mai, sip-jet bee,” I corrected. The extent of my knowledge of the Thai language only reached numbers and a few incorrectly pronounced words. However, I could still understand that the lady on the train guessed I was thirteen years old. It was a mistake I had gotten accustomed to, but I was...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  •               Sunday, July 19, 2009 – Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.  Daylight.  When I found out earlier in March that my application to enroll in “Hanban’s Confucius Institute for American and British High School Students” was accepted, my initial reaction was that of elation – my fingers...

    Tags: Asia
  • There has always been a mountain in the way of a goal or a dream that I have to fight for what I want and believe. I fight is on for me to got to college and be the first one to graduate for college. I want to be a successful person and a good role model for my younger brother and sister. My family...

  • Traveling is not only a dream in my life but it is also my passion.  So when my parents told me that I would be going to Bangladesh over the summer I couldn’t wait.  This would be an adventure I would remember.  There were many questions that were going through my mind like what would I see and...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  •     When you hear someone say New York City, what comes to mind first? Times Square? Insane traffic jams? Broadway musicals? If you asked me about a year ago, I wouldn’t have much to go on. Ask me now and I could go on and on. New York is teeming with originality that one can only see to believe...

  •      “Mom, can I go? It’s a lot of money but it will be the trip of a lifetime.” That was my plea to convince my mother to let me go to Spain with a few other kids from the Spanish club at my high school. I love Spanish class and I love to travel but I never imagined the amazing experience that I...

    Tags: Europe
  • Going to Nicaragua this past Febraury was a life-changing experience. I went with my temple, Temple Shaaray Tefila, and Bedford Presbyterian Church, on a trip sponsored by Bridges to Community. The group I was in was led by, Rabbi Jason Nevarez, and the Church's Youth Coordinator, Kathy Files...

  • I held the seat in front of me in a white-knuckle grip as our tour bus negotiated the switchbacks and hairpin turns necessary to ascend from the valley town of Aguas Calientes to our destination in the peaks above. The week I had spent in Peru - a week of churches and museums, altitude sickness and...

  • As I'm sitting on the plane watching everyone fidget and complain, I turn to the window and my mind starts to wander.  I mean I’ve been on cruises to different countries but I’ve never actually landed on foreign land. We would be staying in this foreign country where they speak a different...

  • My greatest family vacation dates back several years ago in 2004. When I was fourteen years old, my family and I packed up our travel supplies and headed for Miami, Florida. We were going on a Carnival cruise to Cozumel, Mexico and we needed to be there bright and early to make it onto the boat and...

    Tags: Caribbean

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