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  •   Every year since I was in kindergarten all the way up to 10th grade, it seems as though everyone has a story to tell about going somewhere for the summer except for me. I’ve always dreamed about it, but I never really go anywhere. I do the same thing I do every year: tell about what I did at home...

  •            For a while, visiting Europe seemed like a distant whimsical fantasy, an unreachable desire, a goal yet to be accomplished, and something I could only get an idea of through books and movies. It was two summers ago, that this seemingly distant fantasy became a close reality.  This trip...

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  • Something I should have learned from my five years in China is the Daoist principle that one of the most important parts of life is the journey, rather than the destination (but I did notice their temples were at the very top of mountains, thanks to my adventurous parents and school trips to...

  • I was nervous that first day, as my parents helped me unload my suitcase next to the airport terminal. They hugged and kissed me goodbye as I departed into the terminal, not to see them again for five weeks. Twenty four hours later I landed in Damascus, Syria completely exhausted but ready for...

  • All of my life I have wanted to visit France, and this summer I finally got the chance. My family and I spent three amazing weeks in France, in which time we were able to visit Paris and the Loire Valley in Southern France and spend a week touring the French canals. Every aspect of this trip was...

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  •  The jungle of Peten, Guatemala changed my life. On April 9, 2008 I led a team of 31 students and six adults on a service trip there.  At 3 a.m., we boarded a bus to JFK to catch our first of three planes, eventually arriving on a small runway in Flores, Guatemala. From there we drove for two hours...

  • Sweat poured down my face as we passed under an arch. The path was dangerously narrow here and a daring look down the edge showed us a steep seventy-five foot drop hampered only by a couple of shrubs. "Wait for us!" Mom called out from behind. I turned around to make sure my sister was keeping up....

  •     I believe that everyone who lives in a country like ours should visit a third world country some time in their life.  It may not be fun, but it is certainly an eye-opening experience.  You can see how the rest of the world lives and how fortunate we are to live in a developed country.      I...

  • Faith testing, God initiated, and simply unique describe my travel experience. I traveled to Falls Creek church camp in Davis, Oklahoma. This was a life changing experience for me and I am sure for many others as well. I went to Falls Creek for the first time in June 2008 and I go back every year....

  • Friends and family, ladies and germs, welcome to the one, the only, Coney Island! Cue the circus music and the dancing elephants! Bring out the freak show; make way for the bearded lady, and someone get that poor fire-eater a glass of water! Sound familiar? This was the Coney Island of the...

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