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  • This past June, my church Youth Group traveled to Leona Vicario, Mexico for a week long mission trip. Our group of forty-four had never left the country for a mission trip, but spent months preparing for the cultural differences. We arrived at Detroit Metro Airport at 4 a.m. and landed in Cancun...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • My visit to Hong Kong turned out to be a magical two-month hiatus in my life. My father, who had lived in Hong Kong for a year, had asked us to join him as a family there. What optimism I had managed to muster short-circuited as soon as I entered my father’s apartment. Hong Kong is one city...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • Woken up from my sublime nap, I felt the vibrations of the plane’s wheels as we skidded across the runway, to a complete stop. Our luggage, all five members of our family made our way toward the exit. With my first step off the immense Lufthansa aircraft, the smell of heavy smoke with a slight...

    Tags: Asia, India
  • The third week of June, 2007 began the greatest trip of my life. I went on a mission trip to Mexico with my church. We started out from Scottsdale, AZ very early that morning, packed snugly in two 15-passenger vans. Ten hours later, we arrived in Tijuana, Mexico’s border. After the frightening...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Here I am in the middle of nowhere, miles and hours from running water and electricity, surrounded by sunburned strangers who don't speak the same language as I. As a family of strangers approaches me, I can feel their squinty eyes analyzing me. I flash them my signature mega-watt smile hoping they...

  • It was more than a dream... My plane had just landed into Charles de Gaulle after an eight hour plane ride. It was now midday in the city of lights and I only had a little amount of time to explore. Yet, being clumsy me, I bumped into a person within the first half hour of landing, but instead...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris
  • There are many Canadian national parks, but perhaps the oldest and most well know is the Banff National Park, located 110—180  km (68—110 mi) west of Calgary, Alberta. Its large area (6,641 sq km; 2,564 sq mi) features many different landscapes including mountains, glaciers and ice fields, and...

  • A Noisy Silence              There I was sitting in the middle of a cloud forest on a mountain top in Honduras. Unlike the schools in the states, Insitituto El Rey had no walls or doors just a rusted tin roof to protect the students from the afternoon rains that were held up by rust bars. A small...

  • I would like to apologize for this being a day late. Our interenet has been out and this is soonest I could send it. I also prepared a video but it was not in an acceptable format to be uploaded.       “You blink and you miss it!” that is the most commonly used phrase to describe my town....

  • It was the spring of 2009 and summer was just around the corner. Around this time, my sister and I are used to my dad coming up with some great extravagant plan for a summer vacation. One year it was renting a house on a beach in Florida, another was going to Costa Rica for a couple weeks, and this...

    Tags: Caribbean

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