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  • The summer of 2008 was not spent as a typical teen spends their summer.  Mine was full of logistics, travel arrangements, driving, and a lot of headaches.  My father is the youth leader for my United Methodist youth group.  In the past years, we have traveled to Tennessee participating in Group...

  •       Traveling is always fun. You learn a lot about different people, cultures and places. The best traveling experience I’ve had is when I went too Lithonia, Georgia for a program called Camp Exposure, in the summer of 7th grade. The main thing I remember it was scorching hot! I went on a tour...

  •        When you think of paradise, what comes to mind? A sandy beach with clear water? A tropical rainforest teeming with wildlife? Quaint and peaceful mountains? Whatever your perception of paradise may be, Costa Rica holds it all within a few hours of one another.        During Christmas...

  •     Two large inquisitive eyes study me in a very strange and somewhat alien terrain. The gelatinous body changes into a quick shade of red and quickly shoots away out of sight into the deep blue. My first encounter with one of the many denizens of reef in the Cayman Islands was a very curious...

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  • Traveling is a great passion of mine, but I never expected it to impact me in the ways that it has. My eyes have been opened to culture, poverty, beauty, and relationships that can not be ended by time or distance. This past summer, I spent two weeks in Brazil. I have never had an experience as...

  •      A huge flash surrounded me, followed immediately by a deafening clap of thunder. I looked across the steep drainage and could see the damage of a split, dead, and smoking tree. The fear already pounding in my heart gave another jolt. My eyes drifted up to the top of the pass, still another...

  • After a long and stressful sophomore year with a lot of complication because of tests, schedule, projects, and then the classes for next year I had a really hard time and the only thing I wanted was for it to be summer vacation. I never felt so exhausted and lost before because I was thinking a...

  • The water sparkles in the sunlight. The mountains stand tall in the city's background. The city echoes with the sounds of movement, of living, of people. Taxis buzz along the streets. Children walk on the sidewalks going to school. Life continues in Montego Bay, unbeknownst to our presence. We, the...

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  • It was in April of 2011 that I visited New York City. I went with my grandmother (Mimi) and my best friend Hilori. We initially decided to make the trek from Orlando to New York because of a theater troupe that was performing in New Hampshire, but our travels brought us to the big city. Hilori...

  • I was asked by my grandmother to go to Virginia for a camping trip. Not wanting to hurt her feelings, I told her yes. On several occasions I have been on a trip with my grandmother and there always seems to be a pattern every time with the beginning of the trip. This time I spent the night over my...

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