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  • Numerous bullets ring through the air like deadly fireworks across the dark sky. Two figures scramble behind cars as chaos once again fills the streets. While my mother and her friend were caught in the middle of a gang shooting in Inglewood, California, I was ready to be born. My mom’s friend did...

    Tags: California, USA
  • For years, I wanted more than anything to visit New York City. I wanted to shop on 5th Avenue, stand on top of the Empire State Building, be transfixed by the lights of Times Square, and take in the magic of a Broadway musical. My dream became a reality on my sixteenth birthday. After surprising...

  • White sand beaches, the hot sun beating down, and crystal-clear water were what I had longed for. Destination Paradise! A cruise to The Bahamas was just the vacation I dreamed of. The Bahamas were full of culture, friendly people, and exotic foods.             My favorite section was the adventure...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Mississippi, youth group, Katrina, faith, survival, hard labor... to this day, the combination of these words reminds me of the most memorable trip of my life.  The fall of my freshman year, my Mom asked me if I was willing to go on a youth trip with forty kids to Mississippi to help Hurricane...

  • I am from Hawaii. No, I do not go to the beach everyday. No, I do not live in a grass hut. And, no, not everyone here can do the hula. Those are the answers to a few of the questions I get asked whenever I tell someone where I live. I get asked many questions about my home. However, the one...

  • Last summer I went on vacation with my family. Our trip was not some huge ordeal; instead, it was a trip to Utah in order to drop my brother, Taylor, off at BYU. On the way, and once we arrived, we did fun activities that were not over the top, but allowed us to spend time together as a family....

  • I wish you were my sister,” said Emily. I have been a counselor at W. Alton Jones Campus for three years, but never has a child left such an impact on me before. Kids come and go every year, and I of course develop an emotional attachment to almost all of them. Time, however, passes and when they...

  • After such memorable experiences as enjoying boat rides and exhilarating sailing lessons in the Vancouver Harbor and an afternoon at Playland at the PNE, on our final night of my first out of the country, we decided to go to Malone’s, a quintessential Canadian cuisine restaurant. Little did I...

  • Afghanistan, when that country comes in a conversation, people tend to think of hardship, bombs, terrorists, and poverty. Of course there is poverty in Afghanistan, secret groups of terrorists, and hardship is something almost everyone faces in Afghanistan. I was born in Afghanistan, but...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  •                   During the summer of 2009 I embarked on a trip, sponsored by EF Tours, exploring Southern Europe with my high schools’ German club. We visited three countries including: Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. The first stop on this trip was Frankfurt, Germany.             The ride to...

    Tags: Europe

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