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  • My family and I strolled beside one of Venice's countless canals. On our right, picturesque Venetian houses rose against a blue sky; on the left, the green waters of the canal lapped against the stone walk, seagulls spun through the sunshine, and ornately painted gondolas glided gracefully past. We...

    Tags: Europe
  • I pull aside the wispy ocean-colored curtains - the fabric seems weaved out of air stained green and blue - and open the window. Sunlight the color of custard cream streams in, rich yellow bathing the room with a heavenly glow. Nearly-invisible motes fall and rise on the white sheets and...

    Tags: Europe
  • Dolls. Tons of dolls. Tons of dolls in one large room.   Loads of women squealing over how cute they were, how they were so lifelike and 'Oh my, that one must be a real baby!'. Ugh. How boring. Sure, I'm a girl, but how exciting can a bunch of old women who are obsessed with dolls be? Not very, let...

  • I loved Japan before I visited there-- loved their video games, TV shows, martial arts, and amazing sword fights. But my only contact with Japan was through the Internet. Reading Japanese comic books (Manga) and watching Japanese cartoons (Anime) are my favorite pastime. So on Christmas day, when...

    Tags: Asia
  • One family vacation that really sticks out in my mind is the family trip we took to Kona (the big island of Hawaii). It was my mom, dad, little sister and I who went. When we go on vacations together we aren’t just a family, we are best friends. When we went on this trip we got to do tons of...

  • Rushing pedestrians, innumerable yellow taxi cabs, buildings you can’t see the top of no matter how far you crane your neck – this is the dizzying scene I saw as I stepped out of the bus and onto the sidewalk of New York City, New York. I was there last spring with my school’s dance company on tour...

  • Scampering through the vast plantation, the toes of a young girl embraces the warmth of the earth underneath. The mass of trees encircling her, surrounding her with the sweet scents of the flourishing fruits. As the plants are soaking in the balminess of the nutritious sun rays, the vulnerable girl...

    Tags: Asia, Heritage
  • The white picket fences have become stained with dullness and predictability. The porches and decks have collapsed in coziness, and the SUVs and minivans have lost their new car smell and shine. Even the few authentic pizza joints have become exploited by tourist brochures and Instagram.I have...

  •  Shoes. Most of us have many pairs. I know I do. But what if you only had one or two? This was the case of many of the kids I met in Quito, Ecuador. I went there on a ten day trip in the summer of 2008. My church and I brought down over 600 pairs; each day we washed, lotioned, powdered, and shoed...

  • Scared, nervous, excited, and a little fearful. Everything was so surreal and I couldn't wrap my head around it all. It was actually happening, I was finally going to Israel on my very first missions trip. I would be gone from my family for 14 days, the longest I have ever been away, and to top...

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