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  • I was on my last face off. It had been a long day, and I was almost done. I was looking pretty awesome in my black ninja suit. I was fast. No one could catch me. I was ready for battle, and my opponent looked scared. He was enormous, like the Hulk. He carried a sword that was taller than I. we...

  • "You're going to Ghana?? In....Africa?? That's going to change you." This phrase ran through my head the minute I stepped out of the taxi, when a little girl came up to me and held her arms up, beckoning me to hold her. Then another one came, and another. A feeling of happiness rushed through me...

  • There is an ancient Chinese proverb; “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” I used to wonder how about my journey.  Between juggling responsibilities of helping out my night shift mom take care of the home: do the dishes, do laundry, vacuum the house, and help my sister on her...

  • In the summer of 2007, I left behind a terrible year of eighth grade and opened my door to high school. Part of this process was recovering from a broken foot, beginning to dance again (something I have done nonstop for eleven years), and of course, a family vacation. After months of debate, my...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Berlin, Germany:  A city like no other.  A huge metropolitan area, its history is what draws most travelers to Berlin.  Where else can you go to not only see, but to wander past, history from World War II Nazi control through the Soviet occupation? Berlin is famous for its historical landmarks. ...

    Tags: Europe
  • The plane lurched one last time and touched down. The brakes wee slammed on and we began to stop and after nearly twenty hours of travel, we had touched down in Skopje, Macedonia. Now just three months before I was one of thirty two lucky students to be selected for Tempe Sister Cities, an...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  •                   Standing on the street corner in Brooklyn’s famous China town, took my breath away- a possible result from the dead fish dangling in the sun from the nearby buildings. I shared this experience with my mother, seventeen teenagers and two adults; the mission trip group from Word of...

  •  “My mom is actually from the Philippines, “I thought as I stepped off of the Cathay Pacific airplane and into the Cebu Airport Terminal. I couldn’t believe that after almost seventeen long, strenuous hours we had finally reached our destination. Once I felt that hot, humid air on my skin it was...

    Tags: Asia
  • Dirt roads jolted the rental van like dusty rugs snapping madly to shake off a clump of debris. Houses of varying sizes lined the streets providing pools of shadow for stray dogs to lounge in. From within the van, me and my friends from our Oregon church pored over the unfamiliar Mexican landscape...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Famous dense forests filled with vegetation, legendary pyramids, the close proximity to the second greatest coral reef in the world, and the eminent beaches are only a few of the wonders that the Maya Riviera has to offer. My excitement at knowing that I would have the chance to visit such a...

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