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  • Traveling to Varina, Virginia to attend the Babe Ruth Softball Regional Tournament was definitely interesting.  Oviedo Babe Ruth Softball’s ten and under All-Star team was about to make history.  We drove from Oviedo, Florida to Walterboro, South Carolina the first day of our trip.  We stayed in a...

  • Sweat was pouring down my face as I nervously clenched my hands and exited the airport. I was meeting my aunt, my mother's older sister, whom I hadn't seen in over five years. As I looked for her, my eyes took in the sight of Taiwan and all that came to my head was one word. Beautiful. The tall...

    Tags: Asia
  • Israel is a blossoming new country in the Middle East, but ancient tensions plague the area. These tensions often spill over into modern news.  The fighting paired with footage of old buildings made me fear Israel, so when my mom proposed a trip there for our Spring Break in 2010, I was...

  • On April 6, 2007, I stepped on my first airplane for a direct flight to London. I had spent a year and a half planning for my ten day trip to London, Paris, Lucerne, and Heidelburg. I was nervous about the flight, but too excited to notice.   I was taking the trip with my Aunt Carol, Uncle Rick, my...

    Tags: Europe
  • Vacation: A special trip for the purpose of recreation or relaxing.  While this is true, my favorite reason to take a vacation would be making memories with my family. Every few years my mother and father plan an unforgettable vacation that is full of amazing memories. One of my favorite...

  • When most people think of Brazil, they think of soccer, beautiful models, and the Amazon River.  This summer, five other teenagers and I spent two weeks in Puraquequara, Brazil, a small town along the Amazon, home to a boarding school for missionary kids.  Our group had come to help paint school...

  • "Until this moment, I never understood how hard it was to lose something you never had.” – Anonymous. This was exactly how I felt as I listened to the testimonies of twelve young girls who had lost their parents. I remember feeling a great deal of sympathy for them, but I knew I could not even come...

  • In a song titled Wide Open Spaces by The Dixie Chicks it says “…a young girl’s dream no longer hollow, it takes the shape of a place out west…” This song created a new theme for my life in the summer of 2008. It was a time and a place that will always remain as a paramount event in my life. It...

  • Nineteen days, five thousand one hundred and thirty nine miles later, we finally arrived home.  Schaeffer vacations were never known to be endless weeks of beach resorts; but, even this was nothing like we’d ever done before!  In almost three weeks, we drove from San Francisco, California to our...

  • “Attention passengers, we have now arrived in New York City.” Looking out the window seeing nothing but skyscrapers, now finally understanding that they actually do scrape the sky. A completely different city than my hometown Dallas, Texas. Not a single residential house in sight, just endless rows...

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