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  • It’s seven-thirty on a Saturday morning.  I’ve been up since about five.  I shouldn’t be tired.  But I am, and my sister’s cough has tried my every nerve.  “Take some cough medicine!” I snap at her.  She glares at me.  She has this icy glare that, when I was younger, shut me up.  Now it only makes...

  •   In October and November of 2009, I was fortunate enough to go to Nigeria with nine of my peers. This trip was made possible by the State Department for a program called Reading Across Continents. Reading Across Continents promotes cultural exchange and literacy for students across the world....

    Tags: Africa
  •           I am a Los Angeles teenager who loved every aspect of the urban life. Los Angeles is a city filled with bright neon lights and gritty music venues. L.A. was my playground; a location where I spent countless hours at obscure rock halls living life to the fullest. I thought was going to...

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    Tags: Asia
  • Those eyes. I'll never forget those eyes. They were a stunning copper hue, seasoned like salt with bits of hazel. They were large, naked, a beautiful piece of artwork unframed with kohl and untainted with added, artificial color. Yes, those eyes were naked, and as I looked deep into them from...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring, India
  • My level of excitement went over the limit when some of my classmates and I arrived at the Jamestown Settlement Park. Everything became surreal after the long two hour bus drive, and I did not have a clue as to what was awaiting ahead of our road. This was my first time traveling without my...

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  • After eight hours of sitting in a cramped space we arrived in London. As we crawled through security, I thought of Europe’s promises: meeting my family from different parts of the world, exploring the legends of Scotland, and getting to try fish and chips! The reunion kicked off with a dinner...

    Tags: Europe
  • It was hot and humid when I stepped outside the airport, but the excitement of exploring the ancient city of Beijing drowned out the heat like a cool summer rain. My friends, Zach and Alisha were there to meet me and thus began my adventure. My friends educated me with the Chinese greeting, “nǐ...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring
  • The trip began badly enough. I staggered out of my bed at an ungodly hour, barely managing to remember to comb my hair into something like a style and put on some clothes so the world would not have to view my disgusting, but comfortable, pajamas. I am usually surly in the mornings, but as the time...

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