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  •   Sadness. Not a feeling one would associate with vacation. This is why my family and I, all 19 of us, were shocked at how sad we were on our seventh day aboard the ms Veendam.  This Holland America cruise ship took us to two different ports in Bermuda. My family was celebrating our...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Crying girls, yelling boys, pacing leaders -- these aren't phrases that usually come to mind when people think about their favorite vacation; but most people don't use words such as hypothermia, Swiss nuns, or drowning to describe it either. It began one year ago when I joined a leadership...

    Tags: Europe
  • I take a big breath in, and the smells of burning trash fill my lungs. Though it is an unpleasant first wiff it makes my heart smile and all I can think is, "it's good to be back." This is my third time in Haiti, and the day before I had just spent a week in Guatemala. It's hard to take in the new...

  • In school, everyone has the same nature. Although everyone classifies themselves as an individual, there are certain characteristics that encompass the entire student body. Unless put into a situation that exposes this, many students remain blissfully unaware, full heartedly confident in their own...

  • The trip took place this summer.  I got on the plane to New Orleans to go rebuild some houses.  When we landed at the airport I took a taxi to the place I was staying.  I gazed out the window, seeing tall grasses in a yard of broken down and abandoned houses.  On the door, a red “X” marked the...

  •         This past June, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to the largest Bahamian island, Andros Island, on a school trip. With a population of only about eight-thousand people, the beauty of nature really presented itself on this island and in the reefs, looking almost untouched by humans...

  • One night in August of 2008, my family stayed up to watch the Olympics.  I was falling asleep on the couch, but wouldn’t go to bed since it was my favorite sport, gymnastics, showing.  Looking back, I should have suspected something when my mom kept whispering to my aunt in hushed tones.  When I...

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    Tags: Caribbean
  • Four years ago, my mother took my friend and me to Six Flags America in Maryland. It was the year I decided to brave Superman: Ride of Steel, the tallest, most imposing roller coaster in the park. Rising twenty stories high at its peak, the Superman was clearly visible from the parking lot. It...

  •   In October and November of 2009, I was fortunate enough to go to Nigeria with nine of my peers. This trip was made possible by the State Department for a program called Reading Across Continents. Reading Across Continents promotes cultural exchange and literacy for students across the world....

    Tags: Africa

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