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  • I'm a block away from the Eiffel Tower, about ready to pee my pants, only two minutes before we have to board the bus, and I can't figure out how to use the public bathroom. There's a handful of buttons, all different colors, with leftover letters above them where you can tell the English...

    Tags: Europe
  • How did my family decide to travel to San Francisco in the summer of 2011?  Did we make a list of all the interesting places we wanted to see and discuss the numerous possibilities?  No, it was because we couldn't seem to get Train's song, "Save Me, San Francisco," out of our heads for about a...

  • I was recently visiting family in New York City, a place I love for its excitement and energy.  I had made appointments to tour both NYU and Columbia University, hoping against hope (or hoping against my bad grades) that I might be able to go to school at one of those prestigious universities....

  •   In March of my Sophomore Year, I spent two weeks on a Humanities trip with my school abroad. We visited five countries in two weeks, Germany, England, CzechRepublic, France, and Switzerland. We went to tons of museums, restaurants, and castles, and it was a life changing experience. Experiencing...

  • Israel is a place that means many different things to many different people. When I made my first visit to the Promised Land, I came hoping to gain new perspective on a country that’s experienced so much conflict and strife over the years. But I didn’t really notice anything obvious during my week...

  • A blanket of scorching heat envelops my body, as I sit trapped inside a small boxy room. Water sizzles and sprays up over a fire of burning coals. No, this is not a horror movie, but yet an experience one may call “the most extreme.”  I’m inside a Finnish sauna. My host sister’s goal is to get the...

    Tags: Europe
  • Nineteen days, five thousand one hundred and thirty nine miles later, we finally arrived home.  Schaeffer vacations were never known to be endless weeks of beach resorts; but, even this was nothing like we’d ever done before!  In almost three weeks, we drove from San Francisco, California to our...

  • I love living in Holland. No, not in the Netherlands - though it might as well be! It's a relatively large town on Lake Michigan, nicknamed "Tulip City" for the hundreds of thousands of tulips that bloom here. The conservatism and neatly numbered streets are also suggestive of the strongly Dutch...

  •      This past summer I took a trip that I didn’t realize would change my life forever. I took my first steps out of my country and onto the soil of the Dominican Republic. I went with the intentions of teaching the children there, who are not privileged enough to get the kind of education that...

  •            During the summers of 2013 and 2014 I took a trip to the country of Belize, a country located in central America. Both trips took place as part of a mission trip with my church.  For this blog, I would like to focus on the trip of 2014. We spent months preparing and gathering support but...

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