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  • It's incredible how things can change so fast. Ever had a lifetime experience? I know I have. Who would've known this summer's vacation was going to be last one together, together as in all of us as a family. Let's go back... Hearing the motor turn on at dawn, I loved the feeling of traveling,...

  • On August 5, 2011, my family embarked on an adventure. Our adventure would take us to five continents, 16 countries, and countless cities and towns all over the world. We spat in the face of normal as we packed our lives into huge hiking packs and skipped town for a year, ready to take on...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring
  • On the afternoon of June 13, 2009 I made my way to Heavenly Hills Christian Camp in Twain Harte, California. When my mother, sister, nephew, and I drove up to the camp turnoff I thought to myself that I didn't want to work anymore and I wanted to go home, but I figured I volunteered myself to work...

  •   In late February my mother reminded me and my sister that we were going to Jamaica, with our little brother, to celebrate my great-grandmothers 90th Birthday. My sister and I loved visiting Jamaica mainly because of the hotels and beaches. But, this trip was different my mother let us know...

  • In December 20th of last year, I went with my family to my beautiful country, Cuba; presently thinking about it gets me agitated. I can just close my eyes and image myself been there. I had not been back to Cuba sense my family move to the United States seven years ago.   The trip over there was...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •               Mixing concrete, building mud brick churches, and doing thousands of dishes a day may sound like grunge work. Braving altitude sickness and freezing temperatures, speeding along mountain roads also known as “The Highway of Death” (and for good reason), and eating unidentifiable food...

  •               I have never had to try so hard to hold back so many tears as I did on that short two hour flight from Salt Lack City, Utah to Portland, Oregon.  Minutes earlier I had been clinging tightly to my mother, waiting for the dreaded moment when I would have to board the flight that would...

  • It was the scenery.  The colors in the market in Otavalo to the sun just visible behind the peaks in Maccu Piccu.  But it was also the food.  Fish tacos in a nearly deserted restaurant on the shore of lake Titicaca and chicken heart at the 5-star restaurant in Rio. It was swimming with the sea...

  • 'Life changing,' it's such a cliche phrase. It's used in advertising retreats, different outdoor activities, and other events. However, the trip I went on this summer I would say was life changing; I went backpacking for three weeks in New Mexico. For three weeks I lugged around a fifty pound or...

  • Cuenca, Ecuador and I am zooming past it in the back seat of a dusty '53 pick up. With a cold jugo de mora wedged between overheated legs, I begin to think of home for the first time in 800 miles. As I blow past arbitrary shacks, fields complete with cows, pigs, and the most beautiful sunset I have...

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