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  • Everything about the 1st of July seemed bright and lively as I got out of my car in front of the American Airlines terminal at Newark Liberty International.  I walked through the sliding glass doors to see a small crowd of teenagers congregating in front of the check in line; chatty and awake...

    Tags: Asia
  • Family vacations are a wonderful thing, especially at a time when families are continually growing apart. A family vacation can bring your family closer and you will enjoy making unforgettable memories with your family members. Time away from the worldly life and put into spending time with the...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Who knew that a trip that I took with my mother to visit my grandparents in Arizona at their fifty-five and up mobile home community was exactly what I needed?  All through high school I had been hearing from my seniors that junior year was the absolute worst-and they were right.  My advance...

  • So what is the 626? The 626 generally covers the San Gabriel Valley area in Los Angeles, California which includes Arcadia, El Monte, Pasadena, West Covina, and my hometown, Monterey Park. This area is predominantly a mix of Asians, Whites, and Hispanics. Monterey Park, which is also known to...

  • The last week of May 2010, my family and I headed off to New York City to board the Cruise ship Miracle. It was the biggest ship I had ever seen in my life. I was shocked to see how many people were on the ship and how big it was. It took about two hours to get our bag checked in, go to the desk to...

  • A group of us sat in the dimly lighted restaurant with watering mouths anxiously waiting for our supper to be brought out to us.  I loved Italian food and was really looking forward to devouring the four cheese ravioli I ordered.  Everything was as good as it looked and a few of us lucky ones...

  • In 2006 I was turning fifteen and entering my freshman year of high school. It would be the beginning of a new chapter in my life, but I had another calling-a stronger one. Instead of idly waiting away my summer days I chose to go to Douala, Cameroon, Africa, on a three month long missions trip,...

    Tags: Africa
  • Kaho'olawe; also known as Kohemalamalama'okanaloa, is translated as "the holy genitals of the Ocean God Kanaloa" and is the only island throughout Polynesia to be named after a God. The following are my accounts of this sacred island, which only allows twelve private accesses per year. I have been...

  • Like a band of Lilliputians, the band of campers converged on my legs, toppling my six foot frame. Amid the triumphant cackles came the voice of their leader, with a brogue thicker than the cold turf beneath our feet. Apparently I had lost their game, but in the scheme of things I let it slide....

    Tags: Europe
  • Who ever knew a line drawn in the sand could really separate night and day? The border between the United States and Mexico does just that. I went to Mexico on a missions trip through an organization called YWAM, Youth With a Mission (http://ywamchico.com/ministries/sto_main.html). Our team met...

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