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  •                 Hey everyone! I am from Elmira, Oregon and am heading up to Redmond in a couple of minutes. That means I have sit in the truck for three hours. And listen to my mom and a couple of her friends talk, boring. Good thing I charged my iPod last night. Well, I have to go load my horse...

  • West Virginia is a small state in the Appalachian Mountains that is often overlooked when planning family vacations, but what people do not realize is that we have a beautiful state with activities the whole family can enjoy. Many people do not even know our state is here. You would not believe...

    Tags: USA
  •   It is early morning as the sun peeks through the small porthole-like window just a little too brightly. I turn on my side but it is too late. My younger siblings are excitedly jumping all over me, speaking a blur of Catalan and English they know I cannot understand. Once up (as if I had a...

  • It came. I knew it would, even before I exited the flight. The small plane had just landed at the Knoxville Airport in Tennessee, and my apprehension had already escalated to a sizeable amount. The seatbelt sign turned off, and it was time to enter a new world. I took a deep breath, hastily grabbed...

  •          Growing up, I had always felt an emptiness deep down in my heart, a constant feeling that something was missing and I never knew what it was. I had always dreamed of the place I call home, a place not only where I am a citizen, but also a country that has shaped my heritage and...

  • People only care about material things. Even in my poor neighborhood, everyone made sure they have the right look by buying Jordan and snap back hats. I begged my parents for everything thing I seen advertised on television. I couldn’t indemnify my needs and wants. But my junior year winter break...

    Tags: Africa
  • The mortar glistened in the sunlight, gray and viscous. I leaned against my shovel, pausing to wipe the sweat from my forehead. My arms ached after completing three minutes of my three-hour mixing duty.   The mortar had to be constantly shoveled to remain moist. I forced myself to remain focused on...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •               A trip I’ve taken as a teenager that has impacted my life greatly is actually a trip I’ve been on 4 times and plan on going on many more. The trip is to a place called Ciudad de Angeles in Cozumel, Mexico. First, let me clear up one issue I have with peoples’ opinion of this trip....

  • Peru was home for two weeks this summer while I worked with a humanitarian group. Ducking a spitting llama and finding out why it’s better to ask “quanto es” (how much is it?) instead of “quanto questa” (how much do I cost?) were unexpected lessons. I expected to work hard in Peru, but I was...

  • Summer is a great way for me to express myself and to share my talents with other people. I always use those two months productively and I try to make each one a lot more adventurous and memorable than the one before. It doesn’t matter to me where I go; on the contrary, what matters is what I do...

    Tags: Africa

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