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  • I used to mistake traveling for leisure, believing that going abroad was simply an intensely exhilarating expedition. However, I learned otherwise last summer during a six-week home stay in Germany. Upon receiving my letter of acceptance, I began carelessly imagining the fun of living in a...

  • This summer I went on a two week trip with National Geographic Student Expeditions to Alaska. I set off on my expedition by meeting up with my group on July fifteenth at the Minneapolis Airport. As we flew to Anchorage, I got to know this hodgepodge of students from around the world. The first two...

  • I wanted a fresh start. I wanted to go somewhere where nobody knew my name, my history, anything. Well, not quite. What I really wanted was to go back to Clara Dunn and see all my friends who have a cleaner past than I do. Driving with my Dad to Brighten Creek for a youth camp for Baha'i's was...

  • This previous summer I embarked on my first international trip to the beautiful, South American country of Peru. I was to meet my missionary sister in the capital city of Lima—as long as I could get through customs. The trip was to be a relaxing two weeks with my older sister Heidi and her new...

  •   While I gasped for air, I made that final step to the top of my climb as perspiration dripped off my body.  I could feel the breeze rush past my head, but I couldn’t seem to get any air to my lungs.  It felt like I was dying on the Great Wall in China, but I was actually having the time of my...

    Tags: Asia
  • In May of 2007, my step mother and I got an amazing, chance of a lifetime. Three months prior to our trip, my father was sent to Okinawa, Japan for the Air National Guard. He would be there for four months which was the longest he had ever been sent anywhere.   A short while after my father had...

    Tags: Asia
  • Who would have thought when my parents moved my family to Crawford in 1998 that my neighbors would be President Bush and Rock-n-Roll legend Ted Nugent. Both men hold a deep respect for the outdoors, hunting, guns and politics, but their contributions to society are to the extreme. As for my...

    Tags: Africa, Europe
  • I stepped off my air conditioned sanctuary and was immediately engulfed in the heat and sweat of my fellow passengers.  It was crowded where I stood but on the island opposite the trees swayed with the breeze, undisturbed and unaware of the tourists who would soon populate below them.   My first...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Sleeping late, playing the latest video games, meeting friends at the mall...that’s what a teen's summer is all about, right? Then how did I find myself painted from head-to-toe, dangling from a roof top by a rope, in a town full of strangers, without a bed or TV (much less a PS2) to call my own?...

  • Late one morning in July of 2009, I woke up to a frantic swear word, followed by “we missed the bus!” Not just any bus, the last bus of the week from Christchurch, to Dunedin New Zealand, and due to hostel plans, and the amount of time we had to do a loop of the whole South Island, we could not...

    Tags: Pacific

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