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  •            For a while, visiting Europe seemed like a distant whimsical fantasy, an unreachable desire, a goal yet to be accomplished, and something I could only get an idea of through books and movies. It was two summers ago, that this seemingly distant fantasy became a close reality.  This trip...

    Tags: Europe
  • Paris forgives, knows, and goes with the flow. And, by example, you learn to value yourself and your dreams.  While I walked along the Seine, my feet were screaming in my boots that I have lived in for about a month. They had hours and hours of meandering through the streets while I peeked into...

  • When my parents first informed my brothers and me that our summer vacation was going to be spent at Sequoia National Park in southern California, I was disappointed. We were going to hop in the van for nine excruciating hours to see what? Trees, trees, and even more trees. Thankfully, I was wrong....

  • Hidden away in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is seemingly just another small town on the road to bigger, brighter places. A person may drive through the town and see run-down houses and boarded-up windows. It’s the type of town that hardly appears suited for living, but, while you’re there, takes...

  • Fall 2009, I was chosen to be on the leadership team at my high school.  I was put in charge of a Christmas shoebox drive for Haiti.  I was excited to help collect shoeboxes filled with miscellaneous hygiene items and small toys that would be sent to children in Haiti. I was even more thrilled to...

  •                  Cactus, mountains, and beautiful sunsets: All memories of a trip I took last October. Upon exiting the Phoenix airport, I was immediately immersed into a new world, a new surrounding, and a new culture. As our bus pulled away, my anticipation of reaching our destination of Show Low...

  •       To travel means to go from one place to another, have fun on trips and tours, to see a change that will last a life time. I too have traveled, it was no ordinary journey, but a little something called a mission trip, only it was not as small as one may think, rather much more of an experience...

  • “We are going to do what?!” Have you ever experienced a moment in time when your heart is suddenly jolted and stops altogether? I imagine mine did as the future of my trip began to unveil before me. Our planned itinerary, given to us back at home, was one which promised to create unforgettable...

    Tags: Asia
  • An obscure sky hung clouds in the distance out the windshield of our car…a good Midwestern thunderstorm. The lightning flickered and rain came in a downpour like the dumping of old feed buckets. This was the only bad part of our family trip a few summers ago. My dad, mom and I all packed in the...

  • Whenever my family travels, the destination is always a careful balancing act between the differing interests of my brother and I. Though we are related, we couldn’t be more different. I live in the world of literature and art, and would love nothing more than to spend an hour staring at a painting...

    Tags: Africa

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