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  • Vacationing in Carthage, Missouri was not something that just popped in my father's head. It's an annual four-day event called Marian Days, where Vietnamese-Americans make a pilgrimage to practice the Roman Catholic faith, pitching tents and parking RVs on 28 acres known as the Congregation of the...

  • What is friendship? If friendship is being stuck in a car for eighteen hours, stopping only to use the bathroom and get gas, having your space invaded, and not complaining about it once, then I have the best friendship a girl could ask for. It was our junior year spring break and we were headed to...

  • The scent of thick, tropical flowers, fire in the night, wild rain and the crashing sea fill my memory so vividly when I think about Hawaii, these smells become almost visible. My mother had won a trip to Maui because she was a State Farm Insurance Agent, and she chose to bring along my little...

  • Probably my greatest vacation experience was in 2007 when I went for a month with my family and some more extended family from Seattle to the beautiful island of Gozo, off of Malta. Now, i would assume very few people actually know anything about Gozo, which is sad, because it's truly an amazing...

    Tags: Europe
  • What happens when you find out that you are going out of the country for the first time? Sure, you get excited, anxious, scared, and then excited again. All of the above is what I felt when I heard that I was going to Nigeria. I was going for a family friend's wedding.   I was elated to find out...

    Tags: Africa
  • The waves were choppy, but that didn’t stop me from going to the edge of the boat and drawing in a deep breath before taking the plunge...only to pop right back up to the surface. Life jackets aren’t designed to let you sink. Besides, I didn’t need to go very deep. I was just snorkeling.   â–º...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • My trip to Virginia during the summer of 2009 was one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever been on. It was both exciting and scary, and it changed my life for the better. In August, my mother planned a trip for us to visit Virginia. We were going down there to visit my aunt and also to visit one...

  • Numerous bullets ring through the air like deadly fireworks across the dark sky. Two figures scramble behind cars as chaos once again fills the streets. While my mother and her friend were caught in the middle of a gang shooting in Inglewood, California, I was ready to be born. My mom’s friend did...

    Tags: California, USA
  • It was the summer of 2007 and I had so much adrenaline pumping through me that I hadn’t slept in weeks. I, along with thirteen friends from church, had spent the previous year fund raising to help with the cost of a trip that will never be forgotten. It was the Nazarene Youth Conference of 2007....

  • The college race is an ever-increasing source of stress for teenagers in America. With standardized scores, extracurriculars, essays, and countless other tests of ability to worry about, my peers and I hardly have enough time to reflect on what this “race” is all about. This spring, however, I...

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