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  • Vacationing in Carthage, Missouri was not something that just popped in my father's head. It's an annual four-day event called Marian Days, where Vietnamese-Americans make a pilgrimage to practice the Roman Catholic faith, pitching tents and parking RVs on 28 acres known as the Congregation of the...

  • I didn’t understand why my uncle wasn’t shutting the car window as the man walked towards the car with a large stick in his hand. I looked down at the electronics on the middle console in the car, then back at the two young children in the back of the car, and couldn’t help but feel a wave of panic...

    Tags: Africa
  • The Trip of My Life During the summer of 2007, I traveled through 6 European Countries on a choir tour with the Sound of America Honor Chorus.  During this trip, there were so many spectacular things that I was able to see and so many  amazing people that I was able to meet.  I had the time of my...

    Tags: Europe
  •             With city lights below me and the pitter patter of rain on my window, I was ready to see it. I wanted a beaming welcome. I wanted to see the lights of the Empire State saying come on in. I wanted the Chrysler to glisten and tell me I was home. But there was no shiny welcome, just a...

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  • Woshh! The plane lands on the ground and I'm the first one to jump up and start to head out. Was I relieved to get out of that 22 hour plane ride? The answer is YES! I finally entered Pakistan, "Airport of Islamabad". As I proceed my way to the baggage claim area, I see a million eyes staring me up...

    Tags: Africa
  • White stone buildings of exquisite architecture, streets full of people from all over the world. These are the bones and life blood of Paris. The noises of cars honking, people talking and laughing. The street vendors selling all manner of food and trinkets. The familiar signs of American company’s...

    Tags: Europe
  • This summer was amazing! I, Monica Estrada, was able to spend my summer in Trinidad Colorado in a program called Math Science Upward Bound (Also known as MSUB). With MSUB I got to experience the college life and travel around the beautiful state of Colorado. When I left for Trinidad I was...

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  • “Gracias” I replied, as a dinner of unknown fruits and vegetables rolled in a banana tree leaf was placed into my timid hand. I flashed a reassuring smile as the native Ecuadorians anxiously awaited approval. At the conclusion of the jungle meal, Chicha, the local drink traditionally made of chewed...

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