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  • It was a late, rainy afternoon in July when we finally pulled into the driveway at the Wealthy Poor House Bed and Breakfast. My mom, dad, and I had come over twelve hundred miles to Belfast, Maine on our trip up the coast of New England. We had seen the ivy leagues, walked the Freedom Trail, and...

  • Going to Nicaragua this past Febraury was a life-changing experience. I went with my temple, Temple Shaaray Tefila, and Bedford Presbyterian Church, on a trip sponsored by Bridges to Community. The group I was in was led by, Rabbi Jason Nevarez, and the Church's Youth Coordinator, Kathy Files...

  • Traveling is something that I love to do. To visit new places, see new people, taste new foods, and learn new cultures. But the trip that changed me the most wasn't in another state or country. A museum or some type of historical site; it was in my own neighborhood. I live in Maywood, Il, right...

  •       Many of the places I've been have only been within the United States, so it's easy to say that these places don't count, but when I was thirteen I went to Mexico to live with my grand parents for two months. Luckily enough for this essay I was actually truly changed and shaped from my...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •        It has been said many times that the Lord is all around us every day, but it wasn’t until I traveled hundreds of miles to the Central American country of Costa Rica that this expression became a reality. During the summer of 2009, I joined my church family and our mission group to journey...

  •  It was the fall of my junior year and I had just found out that I would be going to Uganda with fifteen other girls from my high school soccer team the following June.  I was filled with excitement as I began my preparations to leave. Time flew by and before I knew it I was in Africa...

    Tags: Africa
  • This June, my mom, my youngest sister Annie, and me went on a trip to South Carolina without my dad, sister, and brother. I was excited to go to a new place I’ve never been, my favorite part of traveling. We had reservations for a place in South Carolina but other than that, we had no other plans...

  • This past summer, I was given the life-changing opportunity of visiting the fascinating city of Tokyo, Japan. I went with ten other teens from my area as part of an exchange program with the Mobile Ichihara Sister City Association. We stayed for ten days with host families in a charming town just...

    Tags: Asia
  • Each year my father, mother and I go on vacation. Sometimes it is to the beach, sometimes it is to visit my oldest brother in Arizona, but this family vacation was dedicated to visiting the colleges I was most interested in. It was only unfortunate that they were all over 1000 miles to the north....

  • As I extend my left leg and push off from the hold, my right arm struggles to grasp the rock above me.  This sport is all about focus and determination, two traits that define my current state of being.  I stop momentarily and look about me; it seems surreal that I am in the center of Alaska’s...

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