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  • Gunfire rains down on you from every direction. A sheer cliff looms in front of you, mocking your seemingly futile efforts to climb it. Pre-dawn ocean waves crash against your boots. Your comrades struggle and fall. It is early in the morning on June 6, 1944, in Normandy, France: D-Day. You and...

    Tags: Europe, France
  •  A glow creeps into Jerusalem. The sun behind the Mount of Olives paints black outlines of the rocks and olive trees. The purity of the rocks intertwines with the golden brilliance of the spires of the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene. The church’s walls compliment the marble house that...

    Tags: Africa
  • Not everyone gets the privilege to walk where once a great civilization walked before you, to touch the old stones that provided a home for that civilization, let alone be able to take a part of that experience with you. I was lucky enough to do just that when I set foot in Old Nessebar, Bulgaria,...

    Tags: Europe
  • On the day of our flight to California, I almost spilled my cereal all over myself as I saw my mom stuffing extra things into my backpack, making it resemble a bloated balloon. When we got to Los Angeles six hours later, I could barely carry it. It was a relief to dump our stuff off at the motel....

  • We were in Greece, in a small town called Gerani, where goats and dogs could still be seen wandering the uneven stone roads. The animals possibly outnumbered the people’s population of about one hundred Greek residents. But that didn’t lower my excitement one bit. I could hardly contain all of my...

    Tags: Europe
  •       Many of the places I've been have only been within the United States, so it's easy to say that these places don't count, but when I was thirteen I went to Mexico to live with my grand parents for two months. Luckily enough for this essay I was actually truly changed and shaped from my...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Never in my life would I have thought that I would be invited to march in London's New Year's Day Parade with my school's marching band. It was an unforgettable experience that will be remembered forever. This trip was not an ordinary vacation. It was an invite-only event in which the Lord Mayor...

  • I was chosen as an International Science Fair participant.  That meant that I was going to recieve an all expense paid trip to Reno, Nevada.  Now that might not seem like a big deal to some people, but for a girl from small town USA....that was an extemely exciting opportunity.  I took my best...

  • Devastation and destruction blew its way into the heart of the “Cresent City” late August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina made her way into New Orleans. Buildings were stripped layer by layer more quickly than they were put together, and roads were washed up faster than any car had driven on them....

  • I had never believed myself to be intelligent, or even remotely intellectual.  So when my name was called to receive my ribbon for fifth place in the New York State 4-H Horse Judging championship, my first thought was there had been a mistake.  Each year, the top six individuals all receive the...

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