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               For a while, visiting Europe seemed like a distant whimsical fantasy, an unreachable desire, a goal yet to be accomplished, and something I could only get an idea of through books and movies. It was two summers ago, that this seemingly distant fantasy became a close reality.  This trip...

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    "I'm sorry, I can't understand you -- you have a bit of an accent. Could you say that again?" I stared, entirely dumbfounded, at our waitress.  We were in Oliver's Pub in Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland, and I was being presented with a problem I had never been presented with before: not being...

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    It could have been yesterday: The tangled stratum of purposeful noises, the primitive industrial pollution, the draft of oriental fragrances, the fluctuating wall of rushed foreign syllables. It was a world of western desire despite the eastern reality. I remember the chaotic bicycle traffic, the...

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    Dry brush, boulder-filled mountains, and a famous bakery of all-American apple pies, are the day-to-day sites I see in my life at home in the inlands of southern California.  Soon these sites would all change dramatically, and through the wonders of travel, I would alight in the other half of my...

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                         The earth is crisscrossed with countless intersecting roadways, some similar and others vastly different. How one views these avenues, changes with experience and time. While on the streets of various places, one can learn about the culture, face one’s fears, and, as a result,...

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    When my mom first told me we would be going to Nigeria for a month my initial response was shock, “Of all the places? Why?” But you see, the media has a way of perceiving a place the way they want you to see it, they show you what lies on the surface rather than the truth in depth. When I got on...

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                As the gates covered in barbed wire opened with a loud creak, I remember thinking that this was not what I had signed up for. I had a short sense of panic when I realized the bus was pulling away from the house to drop each student into his or her own state of isolation. Hastily putting...

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    In August of 2009, I traveled with 13 youth pilgrims and 5 adult leaders to Israel, through an organization called Hands in Healing- a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. When I think of Israel, so many things come to mind. Friendship. Laughter and tears. Love. Culture. Tolerance....

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    You may think I am crazy when I say I spent Spring Break 2010 over four thousand miles away from home, with not my immediate family, but my second family, the Menasha High School Marching Band, in Madrid, Spain.  Let me just say waking up at 3:00 in the morning to drive four hours to Chicago, only...

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                            In the summer of 2008, I had the opportunity to visit Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The slum is composed of over 1 million Kenyans, making it the largest slum in Africa. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is made up of about 3 million people, meaning that Kibera is about one-...

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