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  •  Seventy percent of the world is covered by water.  How many people have taken a second out of their busy lives to truly admire the beauty that lies beneath the surface?  On my trip to Aruba in July of 2009, I learned just how beautiful the world is.  The world beneath the surface is as mysterious...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • My mission trip to Guatemala in the summer of 2011 appeared to be a way to be experience a different lifestyle than what I was accustomed to in the United States. The idea of also changing the individuals’ lives there was also exciting to me. Before emabarking on this trip I had an idea of what I...

  • This summer I entered a world different than me, where the distractions that I am so conveniently accustomed to did not exist.  I have gained a new perspective of the world and a passion for missions as a career through my visit to El Salvador.  I have fallen in love with the breath-taking...

  •                   Who would have thought that four large backpacks, two canoes, five paddles, and a map could make up the best vacation I have ever taken. I have been to Australia, Spain, and driven across the states and none of them compare to the experience I had in the Boundary Water Canoe Area...

  • A salty wind fluttered around my nose, hastily, playfully, as if it were racing the waves underneath the “vaporetto” bus-boat I was standing on. It cooled me off from the hot Italian summer sun as I admired the slowly changing scenery. Palaces, hundreds of years old, ascended out of the rolling...

    Tags: Europe
  • “Yes, French girls shave their legs”, I repeated over and over to my intrigued friends and family. “And no, the French did not invent the word ‘surrender’.” Although the French are usually convicted of these things jokingly by the average American teen, stereotypes still provoke a sense of wonder...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • I have had the privilege to travel to many places with my family, such as Mexico, the Carribean, Alaska, Canada, and Taiwan. My whole life, my parents had talked about visiting Europe some day when my sister and I got older, so on my sixteenth birthday last year, I was estatic when my parents...

  • People always talk about how the United States really is the American Dream because venturing to America provides opportunity and hope. But I experienced this realization somewhere else; London. My school was holding an optional trip to Europe: London, Paris, and Amsterdam. At first, I wanted...

  • The streets are wet. The rain is still puddled in some of the ancient cobblestones, tho the air is clear and dark. Neon signs flash off of dripping asphalt, the whole street is a swirl of color. I hide behind my guitar case as I walk down Bourbon Street. The tourists eye me curiously but take no...

  •   Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been up for an adventure whether it was running a 5K in third grade, skiing at six years old, or going on nature hikes with my dad to look for bugs. This summer, however, would become the adventure of a lifetime. My family and I flew from Virginia...

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