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  • An unwelcome intruder upon my sleep rang out repeatedly. I shut my alarm off with a sight, and lay beneath the covers enjoying their warmth before casting myself out into the cold early morning. As we traveled along the sleepy highways of New York, coffee clutched closely to my chest radiating...

  •    Years ago if someone had asked me where Nicaragua was located I would have drawn a blank. I might have responded by saying, "South America?" However, my answer has changed due to the summer of 2008 when I had the experience of going to Nicaragua on a missions trip. My current answer to the...

  • Aspens wave their leafy hands in the air as chirping birds fly above their branches. Deer leap and canter through fields of gold, on their way back to their mountain dens. Water streams down a hill into a clear, blue lake, supplying drinking water to a bright red fox. Bounded by the hogback to...

  • On April 10, 2012 I set out on a trip to France with the French class. It was crazy, fun, stimulating, and an action-packed ten days. For the first five days our group was separated and we began our family stay. My French family consisted of three children, Laëtitia (17), Natacha (15), and Cyril...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • Cuenca, Ecuador and I am zooming past it in the back seat of a dusty '53 pick up. With a cold jugo de mora wedged between overheated legs, I begin to think of home for the first time in 800 miles. As I blow past arbitrary shacks, fields complete with cows, pigs, and the most beautiful sunset I have...

  • This year my family and I went to Mission Santa Barbara. We thought that it would be a unique family trip that we haven't done before. The mission really lit our day up because of all the festivities going on. My brother and I were the ones who brought up the idea of going to the mission because of...

  • My greatest family vacation dates back several years ago in 2004. When I was fourteen years old, my family and I packed up our travel supplies and headed for Miami, Florida. We were going on a Carnival cruise to Cozumel, Mexico and we needed to be there bright and early to make it onto the boat and...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • As I walked into the house, the first things I noticed were the sound of the radio blaring and the sight of baby chicks wandering around the cement floor. A frail woman, seated in a plastic lawn chair, greeted us kindly, welcoming us to her modest home. I looked around the room we were standing in...

  • When my mom first told me we would be going to Nigeria for a month my initial response was shock, “Of all the places? Why?” But you see, the media has a way of perceiving a place the way they want you to see it, they show you what lies on the surface rather than the truth in depth. When I got on...

    Tags: Africa
  • Family is a noun that many teenagers would avoid at all costs, but my heritage rooted with rich history in four countries, makes me want to know and experience more while I can. I knew that I had first and second generation ties to Mexico, Canada, France, and Spain. I truly have had the passion to...

    Tags: Europe

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