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  • Beach week is a yearly summer outing, spent with some of the most amazing people ever. It awaits me every year with extreme thrills. You can’t go wrong with a beach week. There is always plenty to keep you busy even if you’re simply simmering next to the pool or taking a snooze. The tradition of...

  • America idolizes the idea of being the greatest country on earth. We are raised to focus on everything domestic, thus becoming ignorant to what is beyond our borders. I traveled into the heart of Europe, Germany, and received a fresh perspective of how the world is connected. We arrived in...

  • Near the end of my sixth week in Japan, my host sister, Yu Miamori, and I were at a photo booth in a Tokyo mall. We took several pictures together and as we were decorating them she wrote "sisters" in Japanese on one photo. The then asked me, "How do I spell "sisters" in English?" I don't have a...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring, Japan
  • For three years I had watched my father leave our family for ten days to go visit some strange land that I knew nothing about. All I knew was that my dad was traveling to a destitute country called Sierra Leone in West Africa. As a freshman in high school I decided that I had to go with him and see...

    Tags: Africa
  • “I have nothing besides this house,” Marie was telling us. She was right. Her use of house as a description for the shack in front of us was pushing the definition of the word. Rather, what belonged to this little lady named Marie was more four concrete walls holding up a series of barely...

  •                 Arlington has it all: the flavorsome food, the eclectic cultures, and the non-stop entertainment. Every day, there's always something new to explore. From theme parks, like Six Flags over Texas, to food hubs, such as Saltgrass Steakhouse, Arlington is a city full of endless...

    Tags: Texas, USA
  • In a song titled Wide Open Spaces by The Dixie Chicks it says “…a young girl’s dream no longer hollow, it takes the shape of a place out west…” This song created a new theme for my life in the summer of 2008. It was a time and a place that will always remain as a paramount event in my life. It...

  • It was my second time visiting Israel, the land of my forefathers, yet inside I was still anxious about going. The constant tension between the different cultures made me uneasy. The logical part of my mind kept telling me that everything would be okay. But the skeptical side of me always had to...

    Tags: Africa
  • After a very delayed four hour plane ride, I finally arrived in St. Paul, Minnesota to be welcomed by my older sister, Mary. As we exited the airport, I was overwhelmed by the early June humidity that seemed to cling to me with my every movement. I was disgusted and the car ride to Mary's apartment...

  • This summer I joined my church’s youth group on a mission’s trip to Kadoka, South Dakota to help out on a Native American reservation. On this trip, we reached out to the Native Americans on Pine Ridge reservations, showing them God’s love as well as our own. Months before the trip we prepared...

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