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  •             Summer vacation has always been a drag for me. There’s no one to hangout with and it’s always too hot. It’s hard to contact friends when I’m always too lazy to call or go outside. Like always, my thoughts for the summer of 2009 were: boring, hot weather, and lazy. But my parents...

    Tags: Pacific
  • Slovakia. No it’s not near Kazakhstan. Nor is it in the Middle East. If your geography is failing you, does Czechoslovakia ring a bell? Actually, Czechoslovakia dissolved almost twenty years ago and if you look at a map of Central Europe, right next to the Czech Republic is Slovakia. Although...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • Kla Ha Ya!  This historical phrase is a term that has been passed down from generation to generation in the rustic, beautiful city of Snohomish.  Kla Ha Ya means “welcome” and can be found throughout Snohomish; be it on house windows, river signs, park benches, or simply in the spirit of the...

    Tags: USA, Washington
  • Throughout the beginning of my high school career I never really knew where I fit in. I’d had my troubles through my freshman year of high school, and I guess you could say I was ready to give up, and just be done with life. But then I got the opportunity of a lifetime: Seven months after the...

  • After many unbearable hours on the airplane, we finally landed in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. My family and I were in a sense of bliss and cheerfulness to be once again reunited with our close relatives. I felt like I was home.   Without any hesitation, we headed towards my...

    Tags: Asia
  • In the summer of 2009, I took the trip of a teenage lifetime.  I went backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  It is a High Adventure base for the Boy Scouts of America as well as Boy Scouts from around the world.  I learned from the trip that with people encouraging you,...

  •       In July of 2008, I received the chance to participate in a mission trip to the African country of Uganda. As a sixteen year old, I agreed to travel on three planes and pass thru three different countries by myself. This was my first real mission trip and my first trip outside of the country,...

    Tags: Africa
  • I shove my metro card deeper into my pocket to make sure it doesn’t fall out. I turn off my iPod and listen to the music of Brooklyn. The wind in the trees, the cars trying to exhale, choking out of their exhaust pipes, the birds who haven’t found the time to migrate south, the children running out...

  • There is no greater gift on earth than hope. From the rich to the poor, all seek hope in a new day, a better tomorrow, and a bright future. It is the root of which motivation blossoms; it is the sparkling emotion which gives humanity its purpose to continue through the hardships of life. Hope...

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    Tags: Europe

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