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  •  “All right!” Grami proudly declared, beaming at me from across the kitchen table as she handed me a sheet of yellow, lined paper. “You said you wanted to plan your own trip, so here are the guidelines.” My generous, 83 years young grandmother was giving me an opportunity for the trip of a lifetime...

    Tags: Europe
  • Last December, 2009, we decided to take a trip to India. This was my first overseas trip, so I was super excited. I mean, I had been to Canada before, but that’s not really counted as “overseas”. Anyway, we left on Friday evening. We landed at the New Delhi airport at around 9:00 PM (it was...

    Tags: Asia, India
  • On July 26, 2009, I found myself with my family and three suitcases in Washington, DC, ready to embark on the adventure of my life. The US Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program, funded by the State Department, awarded me a full-immersion scholarship to study one year in Germany. I was one...

  • Several Christmases ago my family and I took a trip down to Florida to visit my Grandma Betty and Grandpa Steve. On the way down my Mom managed to convince my Dad to take a side trip to Washington DC for educational purposes. Unfortunately for us this just happened to be around four thirty, right...

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    Tags: Europe
  • So I’m walking down the hall or buying a sandwich or searching for my keys, and suddenly a person I haven’t seen in over a year is standing in front of me. Like a mind reader, I already know the question they’re about to ask. I see it forming on their lips as their expression stays vacant, like...

  •            Nicaragua is a small country in Latin America that most of my friends couldn’t locate, let alone pronounce. I first found out I was going to Chontales, Nicaragua in March by receiving a phone call from Angelita Rodriguez, member of the volunteer organization, Amigos de las Americas. I...

  • In April of 2009, the Watkins Overton High School Wind Symphony journeyed over six hundred miles from its hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to fight the odds in the Bluebonnet Classic Musical Festival. The Bluebonnet Classic is a national music competition held in San Antonio, Texas for which high...

  • California is more than our beaches. It's more than our Hollywood billboard, our vineyards, or our L.A. Lakers. California is the state of endless possibilities. There is something for everyone. We have our hot summer months down south; We have our cold winter months up north. We have our...

  • Last summer I went on a family vacation that surpassed all my high expectations. My “frequently cruising” family announced that our next trip would be a Baltic Cruise by Celebrity, and prepared for sun, good food, and amazing sights. Always big on sharing our adventures, my parents invited my...

    Tags: Europe

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