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  •             On August 4th 2008 I went on a trip the wild zoo teen and I will never forget. I volunteer at Rolling Hills Zoo in Kansas, and at the end of every summer we all go on a trip to get out of Salina, Kansas. Last year our trip included Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Cave of The...

  • For 14 hours straight, I flew over an ocean with my family in tow. In June 2010, we visited my uncle in China. My Uncle Mike has been working and living in China since around 2000, spending most of his time in Shanghai. Before flying off, I was nervous about being bored on the flight there. But,...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • “WELCOME TO ARMENIA” the sign in the airport terminal read. What made it special, though, was that it was written in Armenian and I could read it. Too tired from the flight to think, it wasn’t until we had left Zvartnots Airport and arrived at the Ani Plaza Hotel that it finally dawned on me: this...

    Tags: Europe
  •             My family enjoys cruising and it is the type of vacation we take most regularly. Last April we went on a cruise to the Southern Caribbean on the Carnival Valor. It was a lovely cruise, but I want to talk about one particular stop we made and that is the island of St. Lucia.           ...

  •   The first words you see, welcoming you into my state, are “Nebraska... the good life.” You can be sure these words speak truth, as you find a mixture of country, city, and suburban life throughout the state. Home of Carhenge, and Chimney Rock, there are plenty of historical landmarks to visit...

  • Four years ago, in July of 2007, right after I turned 13, my family and I drove up the east coast of the United States and back down it again.  We traveled from Chesapeake, VA to Boston, from Boston to Maine, from Maine to New York, and then from New York back to Chesapeake.  We visited exciting...

  • Throughout my life I’ve had the privilege of experiencing different cultures. Since before I can remember, my family and I have traveled across state and country borders alike to vacation in exotic and unique locations. As people asked about these trips and what experiences I had, I always would...

    Tags: Asia
  • I take a big breath in, and the smells of burning trash fill my lungs. Though it is an unpleasant first wiff it makes my heart smile and all I can think is, "it's good to be back." This is my third time in Haiti, and the day before I had just spent a week in Guatemala. It's hard to take in the new...

  •                 The idea had been rolling around for years. “Let’s drive across the country and see your parents,” my mom said. “Not this year,” said my dad, usually because “I can’t take time off work” or “gas prices are too high.” As I went through the motions of my sophomore year, my parents...

  • My mother is terrified of flying. Her feeling extends beyond fear into a kind of paranoia -- a sickening feeling that humans were meant to be earth-bound, not to traverse the skies. Consequently, I have never been on a plane before, but horrific stories of crashes, hijackings, and bombings have...

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