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  • Provodenciales, or Provo, as everyone affectionately calls it, is certainly not what one would expect of the Caribbean. The entire island chain is, in reality, little more than a glorified spit of crushed coral and metamorphic rock that somehow became populated with life. Scrubby bushes, palms...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • New York City is the epic center of the North of the United States and even though many believe that down here in the South there are only pastures, farms, and wild stock, they are wrong. The South has its own city that could match the greatness of New York City, Atlanta, Georgia.  It has the...

  • Imagine my dismay when I learned that our Summer Vacation Destination was to be Portland, Oregon.  I had previously hoped to vacation on some tropical island and finally even out my tan, so needless to say I was less than enthusiastic.  I recalled from Geography class that while Oregon was indeed...

  • Touring famous cities and greeting relatives in my homeland, we visited Beijing, Jinan, Penglai, Tai’an, Weihai, Shanghai, Wuxi, Xihu and Hangzhou.  Travelling by airplane, train and ferry, we stayed in hotels and homes.   My favourite part about China was the July solar eclipse.  I only...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • I’ll never forget how culturally disappointing my summer of ‘06 trip to the Bahamas turned out to be.  The weeks leading up to the trip were dedicated religiously to fantasizing about the music, food, and other aspects of the Bahamian style that I expected to be enormously different and wonderfully...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Stepping out of that bus and seeing more than a hundred people looking at us was frightening, not because they were staring at us as if we were aliens, but because they looked at us with such amazement and joy. They greeted us with dances and songs in which they were so energetic that I was...

  • As I stepped out of the airport the cold air licked my legs. This is not a place for shorts I thought to myself. Summer in London was nothing like the summer in the US and this destination, our last of three, was about 40 degrees colder. I’m just glad that at least I was the one who had checked...

  • My most memorable travel adventure was really only an hour or so away from my house. The first time I left the elevated train to attend my summer internship at an office was chaotic. A multitude of workers gathered on all sides of me and flooded down the steps in order to exit on the city streets....

  • “Hogar San Francisco? Isn’t that orphanage for the deaf?” I asked anxiously as I stared at my volunteer assignment. “Um… I think so,” the woman next to me responded. “But I thought I was going to practice my Spanish with the kids,” I said frantically. “I mean, how am I supposed to communicate with...

  • My experience with this trip began September 2008.  Zion Lutheran Church’s Sunday school resumed.  Everyone in my youth group was registered and talking about it.  I  had hip surgery in March and we couldn’t predict if I would be able to go.  It was a long recuperation, and I hadn’t gone back to...

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