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  • Gliding along the dusty path on my stomach, I grab whatever jagged rock I can reach, dragging my body forward down the deep, dark shaft. Stones jump into my pockets as I scrape my knees along the ground, keeping my head down to preserve the fixtures of sediment above me. I emerge from the mouth...

  • In the summer of 2011, I left home to return home. My destination was Changchun, China, the capital of Jilin Province and my hometown. I stayed at my aunt’s apartment on Yatai Street, a place I ashamedly couldn’t recall from childhood. My aunt burst into ecstatic exclamations the moment she saw...

    Tags: Asia, China, Heritage
  •   Travel towards Lille, France from Phoenix, Arizona took approximately twenty-four hours, including the time difference. Touching down in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport after a connection at London Heathrow, our group of eight students and one French instructor from Cactus Shadows High School,...

    Tags: Europe
  • Nine hours in the air, three airports, a six hour time change, two opposite climates; spring break 2005 in Maui, Hawaii. Every year we went to a different place for spring break, and for the most part the agenda was the same each time. We would fly out of O’Hare International where snow still...

  •      When I was first told that me and everyone on my mother's side of the family (all eighteen of us) were going on a weeklong cruise to Alaska over summer, I was less than pleased. It had always been one of my grandmother's dreams to go to Alaska and she was ecstatic to take us along. Everybody...

  • In April 2011 I traveled to Costa Rica with my aunt and her non-profit organization Finding Mona Lisa. When I first arrived there I almost got robbed by this man at the airport. Luckily my aunt was there to stop him. Immediately I was amazed with the scenery, there were palm trees all around the...

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    Tags: Europe
  • Two summers ago, my family and I traveled to the huge state of California. Many might think we were going to the beaches or going to Hollywood, but we didn’t. We touched down in San Francisco for two days and to start the trip my sister got lost getting onto the monorail after our flight. After...

  • As each person experiences life, they go through situations that change them so thoroughly that they can never be the same. While these situations are rare, they usually make up the core of one's growth and learning. At the age of sixteen, I took a mission trip to Honduras, a country in Central...

  • The plane lurched one last time and touched down. The brakes wee slammed on and we began to stop and after nearly twenty hours of travel, we had touched down in Skopje, Macedonia. Now just three months before I was one of thirty two lucky students to be selected for Tempe Sister Cities, an...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring

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