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  • Featuring red, yellow, green and blue cards numbered from zero to nine, Uno is a well-known game. I remember sitting cross-legged on the tile floor in kindergarten as classmates tried to teach me the rules, but I never understood. Who would have guessed that more than a decade later I would learn...

    Tags: Europe
  • In the beginning, I felt quite apprehensive about my family's holiday. Put another way, I was certain that I would absolutely hate hiking up and down big heaps of rock for a whole week. Yep -- this year, we were headed for a backpacking "vacation" in Yoho National Park, part of the Rocky Mountains...

  •       The best trip my family has ever embarked on was my sister's Make-a-Wish trip. She had mused over what to do for months, and finally concluded that all she wanted to do was see all of our old friends. This was a little trickier than you'd expect, because my family has lived all over the...

  •   The year in 2009 was a great experience but also a big change in my life. In June 2009, I was 14 years old and I am originally from California.  When we went to Texas to go take care of my grandma and uncle, and we did it for the whole month until the last days of june I felt so sick, it was...

  • After sitting for three hours on a purple airline seat between two strangers, I could feel the aircraft starting to land. We were starting to touch down in Singapore, a country at first I had never even heard of, to a country which I long for my next visit. I was traveling with my mother, father...

    Tags: Asia, Singapore
  • They say you never really know what something is like until you've experienced it firsthand. That you never know what you've been missing until you get a taste of it. A year ago, I realized what I'd been missing in my life -- all thirteen years, five months of it.   It started out as yet another...

  • Through hard work, perseverance, passion, and accepted understanding, I have helped to change other people’s lives, while shaping my own. Before entering high school I began to go on mission trips, and can truly say that they have helped me to become the person that I am today. The life skills I...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • When reflecting on a significant tradition in my life, I feel sand surrounding my feet and sun rays quickly warming my skin. I hear waves crashing into the shore and I see seagulls flying above, looking for their next prey. The summer of 2007 was one to remember with my family's vacation to Destin...

  • July 17, 2012 I live in South Dakota. Rural South Dakota to be specific. Big cities are not really my thing, and never have been. When my parents told me that they wanted to take a family vacation, mostly because I complained all year about how we never go anywhere, I was extremely excited. So...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA
  • I was pretty excited for my sixteenth birthday cruise to Canada, but when I told my friends about it, they were less than enthusiastic. One of them even said, “Canada? That’s just America’s hat!” I guess if you’re not going on some exotic adventure in the jungle or eating croissants in Paris then...

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