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  • We arrived in Italy on Saturday, April 7th.  After over twelve hours of travel, getting yelled at by a German lady, and a bad case of jetlag, nothing felt better than walking outside and being able to look at my friends knowing that we were finally living our dreams... we had finally arrived.  By...

    Tags: Europe
  • Samuel Johnsons once said, “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” As a young, non-experienced traveler this saying didn’t mean anything to me. I didn’t understand the...

  • In June of 2011, entering my sernior year in high school, I traveled to Ecuador with 29 of my Iowa City West High School classmates. The reason I decided to go on the trip was because I want to be a marine biologist and we were going to be spending a week in the Galapagos Islands while we were...

  •    Most girls celebrate their sixteenth birthday with a sleepover, at the skating rink, or by picking out a car; I was extremely blessed to spend my birthday on the length of the Great Wall of China eating chocolate cake! In the summer of 2007, my family and I ventured to Beijing to explore the...

    Tags: Asia
  • Something about breathing the air of the other coast and exploring the other side of America gives me an exhilarated feeling.  On a late July summer night in 2011, I walked to the baggage claim area waiting for my family's suitcases to roll up on the belt. Just as we finally retrieved all our...

  • Landing in the Dominican Republic this past january, I was extremely uncertain. I had never been on a missions trip before, or even experienced much poverty. All at once however, I was being completely immersed in a third world country and its lifestyle. The trip consisted of two weeks, and I was...

  • I visited New York City with my small town choir to attend a national choir festival there. We planned to stake out as many of the city's famous and renowned sites as we could in the short amount of time we had to spend there. The trip was planned by my choir director and was scheduled in order to...

  • When my parents told me that we were going to Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, last summer, I wasn't too excited about it. I was thinking, “What fun can you have in Oklahoma?... In Beavers Bend where there are only outdoor attractions?” Fishing, boating, and swimming in a lake...

  • For our 8th grade trip at Jackson Middle School we travelled to our nation's capital in Washinton D.C. We stopped in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania along the way to see the famous battleground and cemetery where President Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address. The trip was comfortable and relaxing since...

  • The clacking of castanets fills my ears with a rhythmic beat. "¡Arriba, Olé!" echoes throughout the restaurant. Stomp, stomp, clack, clack. This repetitive beat drones on and on. A colorful whirlwind spins in front of me; a skirt that deceptively looks miles wide swallows the flamenco dancer as...

    Tags: Europe

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