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  • June 14th, 2011 5:26 PM My first time out of the country. I have arrived in Costa Rica. We exit the airport to loud people with flailing signs that I cant understand. The excitement is exhilarating yet nerve racking. The walk outside is hectic as we try to organize and group together 100...

  • July 3, 2014    9:46 PMI usually wake up to skyscraping buildings and rush hour traffic and I’m used to the sound of police sirens and rowdy Lakers’ fans roaming the streets at night. I live in Downtown, Los Angeles and have spent most of every summer here my entire life. But I have a feeling...

  • Every year in April, all the band and choir students at my high school live out the event they have been looking forward to since the beginning of September. No, it's not some big concert, it's a party -- a 5-day party: the band and choir trip. Last year, we went to Chicago. The city itself was...

  •            In June 2007, I had the amazing experience of taking part in the first ever Lev el Lev (Hebrew for Heart to Heart) teen mission to Baltimore’s sister city of Odessa, Ukraine. Throughout history, Jewish culture has thrived in this area, however, World War II and the Soviet reign...

    Tags: Europe
  • Home is where you hang your heart, and it’s fair to say that my heart has stayed in Scotland since we arrived in Edinburgh (pronounced Edin-burrah to those of you who dinna kent) in March, 2009. We stayed at the Royal Mile Residence, a renovated apartment from the 1700’s with-- get this -- tartan...

    Tags: Europe
  • In June 2007 I went to Italy with a group from my school. Ever since I was really young I had always wanted to go to Italy. Everything you see in movies about the friendliness of the people to the beautiful architecture always appealed to me. Italy’s history fascinates me to no end. I love learning...

    Tags: Europe
  •     When my school called my entire graduating class together I had no idea what they wanted. A representative from college summit came to choose peer leaders to take a journey and live on a university for a couple days. Unsuspectingly, I was chosen to go on the four day trip to Yale University. I...

  • This past summer my family and I left the comfort of our Georgia home and ventured off to the west coast of the United States. In three short days, we visited Albuquerque, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Nevada, Hoover Dam, and the Grand Canyon.   What wasn’t so great was waking up at four am to head down...

  • A city of the unknown, and a state more than one-hundred miles away, and an airplane ride for the first time; these are the first things that came to mind when my chaperone asked me, "You want to go to U.C.L.A. for the Tavis Smiley Leadership Conference for one week with some students from the...

  • I was surrounded by a perpetual state of immediate chaos -- “ -- “people talking, children playing, and everything moving. Colors surrounded me everywhere; it was as if the world I had known before was in black and white. In the air, there was a constant blaring of car horns that created a sound...

    Tags: Asia

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