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  • The relationship between capitalism and communism is something I have studied in history class since the ninth grade. The inherent struggle between the selfishness that fuels accomplishment and the sense of community that prevents such gains has always permeated my courses in some way or another,...

  • My trip to Vietnam was nothing like what I had expected it would be. I was forewarned of the dangers I would encounter, specifically, robbery. My grandmother suggested that I sew a pocket inside my knickers and store my money there. I didn’t encounter any problems. All I knew about my visit to...

    Tags: Asia
  • Night had fallen when 20 of us found ourselves in the middle of excited chaos as we stepped off the plane in Quito, Ecuador. We were a group of volunteers, led by an organization called SIFAT. We had come with a purpose: to love these people, spread hope to them, and to help them in any other way...

  • I guess you could say my obsession with Johnny Depp began the day Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl came to theaters.  After seeing Mr. Depp play the rogue but charming Captain Jack Sparrow I was hooked.  So it was no surprise that when I heard there was going to be a second and...

  • I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel all over the country. By age sixteen, I had visited New York, Hawaii, Florida, and many other  states. However, I had never experienced a true culture shock. Then, during the summer of 2010, I went on a mission trip to Los Caudros, an impoverished...

  •       The best trip my family has ever embarked on was my sister's Make-a-Wish trip. She had mused over what to do for months, and finally concluded that all she wanted to do was see all of our old friends. This was a little trickier than you'd expect, because my family has lived all over the...

  • Some days are always remembered, not because of the laughter or happiness, but because they changed your life forever. Touching poverty like never before, I had the privilege of being part of a volunteer project in the capital of Ethiopia. Words cannot describe what it was like to shake hands with...

  • It was that time again.  Time for the Garcia Family Reunion.  Only this time it wouldn’t be hosted in big city home sweet home San Antonio, Texas but in small town Fenville, Michigan.  This meant one thing, family vacation! Actually, a number of family members took advantage of the travel and...

  • The moment I stepped out of the terminal of the Charles-de Gaulle airport, a great wave -- no, a tsunami - of unfamiliar words crashed upon me. It scattered my senses and left me floundering, my confidence dampened. I had stood contented on my little rock of knowledge of the French language. I...

  •     In 1912 a luxurious ship sailed out of the Port of Liverpool.  The ocean liner, heading for New York, was equipped with beautifully furnished rooms and well heeled passengers.  Four days later, the ship struck an iceberg in a disaster of titanic proportions.  In 1998, the Wilson family set out...

    Tags: Europe

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