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  • A trip mixed with laughter, and sometimes wanting to scream.  My mom and I were visiting my father in Oaklahoma who was on business.  Neither of us had flown before.  I was hesitant of flying.  I still was excited about going to a new place.  This trip I went through a lot fo bizzare things even...

  • “Please shut down all electronics before we begin.”   As I eagerly glared at the rows of heads before me, I heard my mother silencing my younger sisters. I noticed a growing smile on her face, an indication that her efforts as a single mother were reaping wonderful treasures. I had recently...

  • Nowadays, it seems impossible to come across someone who doesn’t have internet or an iPod. The technology and modern luxuries that we have are abundant. However, for three summers now, I have put aside the basic comforts of life to work with people living in extreme poverty. Annually, a group from...

  • The streets were devoid of vehicles. Views of the people of Mainz were few and far between as we walked the cobblestone streets. My friend and I were anxious to get to dinner. This was not because we were especially hungry, though I reasoned after a mile or so that my near empty stomach would begin...

  •       Redding, California is not usually high on the summer destination list of travelers. Known primarily for the extreme heat (with temperatures reaching upwards of 110ËšF) and not much else, Redding is often bypassed in favor of cities to the north and south with milder climates and happening...

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  • Kaho'olawe; also known as Kohemalamalama'okanaloa, is translated as "the holy genitals of the Ocean God Kanaloa" and is the only island throughout Polynesia to be named after a God. The following are my accounts of this sacred island, which only allows twelve private accesses per year. I have been...

  • Hurling through the air at speeds defying logic, twisting, turning, flipping upside down, then careening down terrifying heights, screaming until your lungs burn, is not my idea of fun.  Roller coasters have never been a big pull to me.  Why would anyone want to put themselves through that on...

  • My trip to Ocala was a lot of fun. I went with just me and my mom. Her name is Ana, but people call her Tammy. It was my first time going on a trip with just me and her, so it had a lot of significant meaning to me. We went to a few restaurants, traveled around here and there, and just relaxed...

  • Ever felt like most people try to put up a front or are just too egoistical, to be apprehensive towards others? Well, I strongly disapprove of individuals like that; so I’m going to be as sincere as I can. At a very young age, I would associate with people, which others usually consider “cholos,...

  •   Vacations tend to open our eyes to the world around us. Everywhere we go we are exposed to new people, cultures and ideas. No matter where you are in the world, however, there is one thing that remains a constant: poverty. Unfortunately, though traveling can give us the best insight of what is...

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