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  • It was April 2, 2009 and my mission’s team of 12 started out from Detroit Metro Airport. Two flights and seven long hours later, I was in Mazatlan, Mexico, packed into an old, rundown van and heading for the orphanage, Rancho de los Niños. It didn’t take long for me to appreciate this new world,...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I was nervous that first day, as my parents helped me unload my suitcase next to the airport terminal. They hugged and kissed me goodbye as I departed into the terminal, not to see them again for five weeks. Twenty four hours later I landed in Damascus, Syria completely exhausted but ready for...

  • Jamaica. I had heard the name of the small island in the Caribbean Ocean throughout my childhood. This was where my father had grown up on the beautiful grounds that are called the Round Hill Resort. Fueled by my dad’s stories of cliff diving and bonfires on the beach, I dreamed of a lush green...

  • Some people travel to the most amazing places and learn so much from different cultures and different experiences that they have. The most amazing travel experience that I had was in the summer of 2008 when I was 16 years old. My family and I went on a Disney Cruise but it wasn’t your typical...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Every shopper glared at us. Brazenly loud English and periodic shrieks at the sight of trinkets couldn’t have concealed our foreignness. Many of us were seeing the night market in Taiwan for the first time. The florescent booths, jockeying vendors, and chaotic atmosphere, however, were all too...

  • It was a lonely June morning in our Royal Blue hotel room in Helsinki, Finland. The sound of strange words in an unknown language echoed in my head as I waited patiently for an elevator. The number seven illuminated above the silver doors as I entered. Stillness filled the elevator; I was alone....

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • Two summers ago I spent four days in Yunnan, China. I had never been there before and had no idea what was in store for me.  On the day of our departure my two aunts, two uncles, three cousins, sister, parents, grandparents, and I lugged our luggage to the bus stop in front of Food World to await...

    Tags: Asia
  • On my trip to India, I experienced much joy and saw the pain of others. A group of teenagers, including myself, and a couple of adults arrived at the Orlando air port before the suns decide to show. We all loaded up into the first plane to go to the John F. Kennedy air port in New York. After some...

    Tags: Africa
  •             My grandparents live a few miles outside of a little town called Big Timber in Montana, and almost every summer, my family and I drive the ten, grueling hours to go visit them.  When we visit, my family and I go up to the top of the mountain and spend a day at a hidden and secret place...

  • There I stood, a child of just 13, gazing up at Michelangelo’s majestic David, still not believing I was actually in Italy. As I glanced around the room, I couldn’t recognize any other works of art, but had a sinking feeling that I was surrounded by countless masterpieces. But how did I end up in...

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