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  • It was a warm, sunny summer day when my mother told my sister and I we were going to New York City. I was so excited; this was my first time going to New York. I was filled with so much joy and happiness; that I became emotional. She told us were going to do a lot of shopping, visit the Statue of...

  • During a grammar lesson on my second day at Keimei Academy, my class's English teacher called on me to answer a question. I looked up from my doodling to see her, staring sternly at me. Not knowing what to say - I hadn't expected to participate in class during my visit to a Japanese school -I...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring, Japan
  • I have always been a traveler.  Even when I was a kid, my parents took me everywhere.  However, when my dad told me he would be taking me to Egypt for my birthday, I nearly had a heart attack.  Everywhere I had traveled had always been some country I knew a lot about.  But Egypt was different. I...

    Tags: Africa
  • As water overtook me and filled my mouth, I tried to reach out and grasp the raft. This had to be one of the most scariest moments of my life, and it all happened on my vacation to Eagle Crest resort. The most long-awaited trip we have every year. This time I took one of my dearest friends,...

  • I traveled without the luxury of staying at a five star hotel. A hot shower was jumping in a lake 3000ft above sea level, a comfy bed was under a tent, gazing up at the clear night sky, and bathroom tissue was the foliage around me. To call this travel would be an understatement. A more appropriate...

  • In June of 2011, entering my sernior year in high school, I traveled to Ecuador with 29 of my Iowa City West High School classmates. The reason I decided to go on the trip was because I want to be a marine biologist and we were going to be spending a week in the Galapagos Islands while we were...

  • Last summer, my mother, sister and I took a 14 hour long flight back to our roots in Guangzhou, China. The last time I visited China was three years ago and the wait was long overdue. I mostly travel to China to visit my family, but all of my relatives have immigrated to the United States leaving...

    Tags: Asia, China
  •      This summer, 8 classmates and I traveled to the Tenderloin District in San Francisco, California to work side-by-side with the homeless population for two weeks. We challenged ourselves to fully appreciate every human being that we encountered, no matter how much dirt covered their face. ...

  • My face was tear-streaked as I faced the dreaded crossing into the security check area, not wanting to say goodbye for the last and final time. We were already backing up the line with our prolonged delay, but the continued goodbyes and hugs only made me want to stay longer. In fact, I didn’t want...

    Tags: Asia
  •      HI! I am going to tell you all about one of my most memorable family vacations. I am a senior in high school now, but one of my most favorite vacations was a family one in the eighth grade to Okoboji, Iowa. Since my family has six members, we decided on a destination closer to home that...

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