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  • The people here were so…friendly. I looked around me and all I could see were smiles, beautiful and sincere smiles that were contagious to the point where I couldn’t keep my mouth shut, and my cheeks were starting to hurt from how big my mouth was stretching. Did these people ever experience anger...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • As I extend my left leg and push off from the hold, my right arm struggles to grasp the rock above me.  This sport is all about focus and determination, two traits that define my current state of being.  I stop momentarily and look about me; it seems surreal that I am in the center of Alaska’s...

  • Nebraska       I live to hit the ball, run the bases, and score a run for my team. Fast-pitch softball is the sport I play and in one particular summer about two years ago, the game I live to play, turned into a week of ducking for cover from thunderstorms and lightning, covering my face with...

  •   Since I was in first grade, my dad promised to take me to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Every year would come and go, but my dad still hadn't completed his promise to me. Soon enough I began to doubt my dad. The museum then became a mystery to my eyes, and to my heart. What...

  •             This past summer, my family and I went on a vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. This vacation was not only the funnest, but also the most life changing experience I have ever had. I learned about happiness, family, and life in only one week.             The first thing...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • For two weeks in the summer of 2006, I went to Cali, Colombia. From my visit there, I discovered that it is nothing like the United States. My first night there, it was warm, and there seemed to be a celebration going on not too far from my family’s home. There were drums and lights; it was...

  •              I felt the familiar atmosphere welcome me with open arms as I walked out of the Taoyuan airport and into the searing humidity. Even the light breeze had no trace of cold, but I felt right at home.        It is still hard to believe that already one year has passed since I walked...

    Tags: Asia
  • My journey began on July 4, 2007, when my grandparents and I headed down to North Carolina.  They decided that making a trip into the mountains to do some gem mining would be a great way to spend time with their only granddaughter.  For me it was a great opportunity to do something that interested...

  • I am not really a nature-lover person, just the thought of insects crawling up my legs and stepping on gooey mud when hiking up a mountain grosses me out, but this trip was an exception. Seeing volcanic white sand, sparkling turquoise water, and interacting with sea lions was amazing.  It all...

  •      It’s six o’clock in the morning, but really it’s eight o’clock at night. It’s a strange limbo between twilight and sunrise.  It’s the confusion that travelers experience when waking up thousands of miles, many time zones away, from home. I’m sitting in the comfortable gray light, scribbling in...

    Tags: Asia

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