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  • The day I found out that my family would be going on a little vacation I was so excited. I was even more excited when I found out we would be going to the city of Superior in Wisconsin and the cities of Duluth and Two Harbors in Minnesota. We had not been to these cities in about five or six years...

  •   As I hung out the side window of our bus, a small girl brushed my arm and then whipped around to face her mother. “It doesn’t come off!” she exclaimed in astonishment. She spun back and proceeded to rub the “white powder” off my arm with renewed fervor. This incident was not an uncommon one as I...

    Tags: Africa
  • By the end of this adventure you’ll love my city. But first, I’ll give you directions. You are looking at quite a nice solar system. Nine planets – oops, I mean eight – orbit a young yellow star. You’re looking at this majestic timepiece of years and ages, and a little dot catches your...

  • The water droplets weren't the only things that were surprised when they fell off the curvaceous green leaves and into my face. I was too. The last place I expected to find myself was in the middle of a jungle where the trees were so dense that it felt like they were on a mission to strangle...

  • I just spent the best three weeks of my traveling experiences this summer in France. I made the best decision of my life and signed up for an ECI cultural emersion program to stay for 2 weeks with a host family in Lyon France while spending the rest of my days traveling to visit other cities...

    Tags: Europe
  •            As my unexpected, three-month adventure to England was ending, my presumptuous, teenage mind was overwhelmed with the thought of the trip’s grand finale: five days in Paris. While making preparations, I reminisced wonders I had seen and people who I had met. From the elusive past of...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris
  • George Bernand Shaw once wrote, “the reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.” Up until the summer of 2008, when I visited Bangladesh after 8 years, I would have never been able to truly understand or relate to this quote...

    Tags: Asia
  •     When my aunt Laura called from Canada and asked if my sister and I could visit, I did not know what to think. Going somewhere, completely new for the first time can be hard. My sister and I were traveling as minors, so that was also a struggle. During the flight, I met this lady that took so...

  • I wasn't exactly exploding with excitement when I first got on the bus heading for Sky Ranch summer camp. It was in Van, Texas, in the middle of nowhere and possibly the last place in the world I wanted to be. But as is normal for every teen, my mom didn't see it my way. She saw the trip as a...

  • It’s seven-thirty on a Saturday morning.  I’ve been up since about five.  I shouldn’t be tired.  But I am, and my sister’s cough has tried my every nerve.  “Take some cough medicine!” I snap at her.  She glares at me.  She has this icy glare that, when I was younger, shut me up.  Now it only makes...

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