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  •  My first time out of the country wasn’t a family vacation to Europe, or a mission’s trip to Mexico. No, my trip was to beautiful, unique Peru. Of all the places I’d heard people tell me they had been to, I never once had heard Peru on their lists. So when I found out we were going there, I was so...

  • Early this summer I went to Rocky Point, Mexico with my best friend and her family. It was a pretty exciting vacation; we were going to spend a week in a beach house at Las Conchas relaxing after graduation. One would expect me to be ecstatic about this wonderful opportunity to relax after a hard...

  •   Rome, is it too cliché to say it’s the most amazing place in the world? Can anyone possibly have enough view of the world to make that kind of accusation? I’d like to think that after living overseas for 11 out of my 16 years, visiting 5 continents and more than 30 countries, I have a pretty...

    Tags: Europe
  •           It wasn’t really a door; it was an arch in the cement.  Inside, looking around the room, I waited for my eyes to adjust.  The objects began to take shape.  Gradually I realized that this “room” was in fact their entire house.  The floor and the walls were cement: no wallpaper, no ceramic...

  • One of my favorite traveling experiences is when my family drive down to Eureka California for my Aunt Eko’s wedding. On the way to Eureka we stopped a lot along the Oregon and Californian coast. It was so beautiful. All the seaweed on the rocks looked so green and slimy and they added to the...

  • Sometimes we may feel we are hanging on by a thread, and often that thread is the one thing keeping us connected to humanity. On December 3, 2004 as I walked into Dairy Queen I already had a premonition of the weight that was soon to descend upon my shoulders. "Well it looks like we are back at...

    Tags: Africa
  •   In February, I participated in the French exchange program at my high school. I had very stereotypical expectations for the trip which included hot boys and stinky cheese. The only immediate differences I noticed were that the houses were tinier than those in America, and quite cottage-like. As...

    Tags: Europe
  • The Space Program I spent my summer working as an intern  for 8 weeks at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. It was the experience of a lifetime. I got the opportunity to see all the small tasks and jobs it takes to complete a space project. Just one camera on the Hubble is the...

  • My educational journey began on July 6th of this year. My parents and I traveled from Johnstown, Pennsylvania to the small town of Bluff City, Tennessee. My goal was to graduate from the Paintball Training Institute after ten days of rigorous training, learning to repair and service paintball...

  • Good morning Shanghai, my second home. The scattered rays of sunlight that manage to penetrate through the thick smog don't quite do justice to the city, a place better clothed in the sexy black of the night. However, one of the best ways to spend the day in Shanghai is indoors, in one of our...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring

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