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  • The white fairyland caught my gaze. I loved the boundless hills that swept over the pure countryside and the charming houses that were encased in a white frost. The majestic cathedrals, adorned with marvelous, angelic paintings and jeweled relics took my breath away. So captivated was I by the...

    Tags: Europe
  • In a tiny village called Istiaia on the island of Evvia in Greece, I came to accept the reality of me.My mother spent the first eighteen years of her life trapped in that village, forever under the watchful eyes of a small town, before she found her way to Ohio. She's been trying to get back home...

    Tags: Europe, Heritage
  • I was thrilled when my small-town school announced that they were going to be taking a trip to London England over Spring Break. Thursday March 24thfinally arrived and I met my fellow classmates and friends at the Traverse City airport. After saying goodbye to our parents our excitement only grew...

  •   Sand Dune Doom This past summer, my whole family and I took a trip to the Outer Banks, which is the island off the cost of North Carolina. We rented a beach house on Salvo, which is the ninth town down from the entrance to the island. We rented the house for the whole last week of June, and...

  • As a competitive Irish Dancer for 9 years, I had always dreamed of taking a trip to tour the country of Ireland. I felt that it would help me understand where the roots of my dancing came from, as well as a way to experience a different culture first hand. Therefore, when I was told that my...

  • The most inspirational and motivational trip I’ve taken in my lifetime was my trip to Israel. Being a Jewish young woman, going to Israel was one of those things on my “Must Do” list, but I never imagined the impact this trip would have on my future. As a result of this journey, I became more aware...

    Tags: Africa
  • With a jolt, my family and I were awoken by the piercing horn of the ferry, signifying our entrance into Norway. To my mother, this was a melancholy reminder of the life she had left behind to raise her family in America. My sister, father and I anxiously looked over the crisp waters of the North...

    Tags: Europe, Vacations
  • When asked about my time in Mexico, my first response is, “Where do I start?” Mexico was a time of bold adventures and golden memories. My trip to the Yucatan was not a pleasure cruise, but a class mission’s trip with my junior classmates. While there, my eyes were opened to a different kind of...

  • Thumb! Thump! Thump! Thump! I can still hear it. On January 1st, 2009 my heart raced to the sound of the propellers. At the same time, I looked down at the water knowing in just a few minutes the water would surround me like the air that captivated me then. The very thought of this terrified every...

  • The first thing you notice as you arrive in Costa Rica is all the beautiful scenery. Traveling from San Jose to our host families we drove up and down mountains on winding roads, with lush, green rainforest surrounding us and steam slowly rising from the mountains.  I stayed with my host family...

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