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  • Before this summer if someone had asked me where I would love to visit, the University of Alabama would most likely be the very last place on my list -- down there with cattle herding in Brazil. In Alabama there is a bitter rivalry between Auburn and Alabama football fans that runs as deep as the...

  • MMMM.... Dumplings!! The Smell of a Chinese tradition on this bleak February afternoon reminded me of the true meaning of Chinese New Year: family. This holiday was a well-deserved reprieve from the stress of school and work. With a mélange of international students gathered around a friend's...

    Tags: Asia
  • 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)...

  • I sat in the very back of a small plane out of Duluth, Minnesota. My ticket read seat 2A, but the flight attendant asked my family to move due to weight distribution on the plane. So much for a good view out of the window with no plane wing in sight. I sipped on ginger ale to calm my stomach after...

  • My parents weren't going to let the fact that my brother was in a wheelchair stop us from taking what could have been our last trip as a family-ever. They planned our spring break trip of 2007 to be a fun, relaxing time with each other. We had two rooms booked at the Holiday Inn Express in Bend; a...

  • On June 24, 2014 we began traveling to Princeton, West Virginia to see family and surprise them with a chihuahua puppy. By we, I mean my Dad and I. It’s an 8-hour drive so we had plenty of time in the car together… along with two dogs, one Chihuahua puppy and our personal pup Levi. We left early in...

  •     We were six women in search of adventure, ready to leave our Midwestern lives behind for 10 days in Paris – strolling the Seine, savoring boeuf bourguignon, and soaking in the city from atop the Eiffel Tower. It only took a few days until we were reminded just how American we were. The message...

    Tags: Europe
  • “Cowabunga!” Lindsay cried as her frail body splashed into the icy river flowing out of the waterfall. Her head popped out of the pool of blue, and with a sly smile, she looked at me and yelled “your turn!”  Without hesitation, I plowed into the shallow edge of the river, and with that leap my two...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Independence As our strenuous junior school year came to a close, my friends and I were bubbling with anticipation for the upcoming, and much needed summer vacation. While the rest of my friends were excited to spend the lazy summer days lying by a pool, I had already made the most life changing...

    Tags: Europe
  •         An eight hour plane ride and a 20 degree drop in temperature was what kicked off the beginning of my summer. After a frenzied week of packing, my parents and I left on June 17th on a 7:00 pm flight for London, England. We arrived at Gatwick Airport around 10am and immediately set off for...

    Tags: Europe

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