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  •   I remember the summer after I graduated eighth grade. A trip was planned. We were to go to Europe. We would visit every standby—Rome, Paris, London—and the trip would last three weeks. My father had been meticulously planning for the past six months. Every event was scheduled, every hotel booked...

    Tags: Europe
  • I have lived in Iowa all of my life. Some people say that it’s in, or even is, the middle of nowhere. This where I come in. I hope to banish the misconceptions people have about Iowa, and prove that it is a very fun and exciting place to visit and live. I grew up in Marion, Iowa, which is in...

    Tags: Exploring, Iowa, USA
  • More than the Seeing of Sights “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” Miriam Beard describes with impeccable accuracy the transformative power of travel as I discovered this past summer when I had the...

    Tags: Asia
  • Within the summer months between my freshman and sophomore year, I took part in an overbearing, overwhelming trip of faith from my hometown in Arroyo Grande, California to my aunt’s small town community of Ocean Shores, Washington. It should have been a bonding trip, somewhat calm and overall...

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    Tags: Caribbean
  •       A marketplace. To anyone else my age, this might be considered “ghetto.” But to me, this is beautiful. The walkway is narrow and composed of smooth rocks, with small steps every few feet to follow the slight upward slope of the path. The stalls alongside me are squeezed together with no...

  •   Two years ago I boarded a plane with sixteen people some of whom I only knew their names. We came together and planned a mission trip to Punta Gorda, Belize with the help of Praying Pelican Missions. I had never heard of Punta Gorda or had any clue what being a missionary was all about until I...

  •   Seniors Becoming Wise In the Art of Traveling  Four seniors who do not stand out among their friends were able to pull off something that none of them thought would go so well.   Day 1 June 27th, 2011 Destination: San Francisco, CA Time of departure: 6:30a.m Time of arrival...

  • Chasing frantic chickens and enjoying the simple life was not what I expected during my first trip to Vietnam. After snaking through the beautiful, exquisite Mekong River in a wooden boat, my family arrived at small village in Ben Tre that was hidden among luscious coconut trees and surrounded by...

    Tags: Asia, Heritage
  • My alarm clock’s nagging and monotonous beeping blared at six in the morning on Labor Day this year. Getting up eagerly, I exhibited a deep contrast to my usual routine of hitting the snooze button. I was thrilled to visit the University of Wisconsin in Madison! Anxiety and elation battled within...

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