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  •      For as long as I can remember I spent summers lounging on beach chairs, but this year I decided to break with tradition and leave my pampered self behind. A ten day Outward Bound rock-climbing expedition offered me that opportunity. On the bus to the Yaoundé mountain range, I asked the boy...

  • "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get." [Tom Hanks] This past summer, a dream of a lifetime came true for me. I've always planned in the future to travel to Europe, but never would I have thought my future plans would happen so soon. When I though about Europe, I...

    Tags: Europe
  • Every year the Belles et Beaux show choir takes a trip to end the competition season. This year we were going to Branson, Missouri. We were scheduled to leave Thursday and return on Sunday. While in Branson we had the opportunity to attend several shows. The Six Brothers, The Duttons, And the...

  • Traveling has always been a dream of mine, to mingle with the people of distant lands, and explore far away jungles and ruins. This might be attributed to my childhood days spent reading National Geographics with Mom and Dad, or maybe it was Indiana Jones movies or my own inherent thirst for...

    Tags: Africa
  • A sparkling ocean of diamonds were scattered evenly on black velvet in front of us, just for us. The lights crawled up and down boulevards, bioluminescent ants navigating hairline streets, their horns and sound pollution reduced to a whooshing static at 1,250 feet. I imagined a 10,000 ton ape...

  • A place exists where it is considered normal for children to not have a father present. A place where mothers who cannot find work turn to prostitution just to bring home a few dollars.   A place where a mother will feed her addiction before her children. Where darkness lurks so abundantly that...

  • Semi Finalist 2010 Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Whether it was the feeling of being overwhelmed or the opportunity to be pushed to my limits in a way that words couldn’t even begin to describe, whichever it may have been, it was very much alive as we took our final steps away from the comforts...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA
  • Chincoteague Island.  On the United States’ eastern coast, just off the Virginia shoreline, this small haven lies nestled beside Assateague Island. I was first introduced to the island as a child through Marguerite Henry’s novel Misty of Chincoteague.  Years later my family spent a weekend there...

  • Last winter break my family took a vacation that was completely different from any other we had taken before.  We went to Israel with fifty other people from our synagogue.  By far this was the most interesting travel trip I have ever been on.                 At the beginning of the trip the kids...

    Tags: Africa
  • In the sweltering heat of the summer sun, I trudged home unenthusiastically. As the bell rang on the last day of school, the others were excited to start their summer vacations that would be filled with excitement. For me, it was just going to be another summer, waiting nearly three months to see...

    Tags: Pacific

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