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  • “Guys, guess what? We are going to Israel!  Yes, you heard it right, Israel!”  Those were my mother’s first words at the beginning of February of 2011, and she would not stop repeating them. When I first heard Israel, I thought I misunderstood my mom and that she was going crazy, but I was so wrong...

  • As I nervously wait for my first plane ride to begin with my two best friends Stephanie and Kristin. We were going on a round trip flight to Frankfurt, Germany to visit our friend Natalie Heusch who happened to be a foreign exchange student who also played tennis with us the prior school year. I...

    Tags: Europe
  • "Alpha Team, Alpha Team, Alpha Team." "What the...?" "Excuse me passengers. I'm sorry for waking most of you up but for your safety we would like for all of you to please report to an open area for the time being. Thank you." "Mom, is this typical?" "No; this can't be good." And this is how my...

  •    The summer before sophomore year was a pivotal point in my teenage life. Our family trip to Morocco and Spain opened my eyes to the wonderful secrets God has created around the world just waiting to be seen by my ready and receiving eyes. Morocco exposed me to a culture I had never imagined....

    Tags: Africa, Europe, Spain
  • Many would wonder why a redheaded family from Wisconsin would decide to plot an entire trip to Georgia in the beginning of August, and to be honest, I don’t think we knew either as we were planning the vacation.  But when I got to Savannah, Georgia, I realized the beauty of this great state, and...

  • Even as the plane takes off from the Livingston Airport, I already miss Zambia. The past ten days have been some of the greatest of my entire life. As I lean the seat back and attempt to get comfortable I can’t believe it is over. The past five months of my life were dedicated to preparing for this...

    Tags: Africa
  • This winter my dad, a Colonel in the army, had to take a business trip to Germany, so we turned it into a family vacation. We have a close family friend that lives in Kaiserslautern, and he offered to drive us around. The first sight seeing trip we took was to Trier to visit the Black Gate, the...

    Tags: Europe, Germany
  • My parents planned the trip of a lifetime – four weeks in China including the Olympics.  I was 14 and not quite sure I wanted to spend an entire month in the same room with them.  But off we went early one morning from Pittsburgh to Toronto, then straight on to Hong Kong.  Fifteen hours on a plane…...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • It’s the lights, the shops, the street performers, the attractions and the people that make New York City a perfect place to explore. I traveled to NYC with the Moose Lake Concert Choir the summer of 2013 and had an amazing experience. It was bright, loud, fun, and there was hardly a dull moment in...

  •   This past summer was amazing. I traveled to Haiti with a team of twenty-four for about a week on a missions trip, a learned a lot about the culture, living conditions and the spiritual life of the people there. I have never been more glad to have gone on a trip.             On the way to...

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