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  •   Have you ever been so far contained in your comfort zone, that you shunned all other ideas? I was. It never really occurred to me that so much more can happen outside my world. I’ve always had a preconceived notion about places in the world and what it would be like to go there. You could imagine...

  •                  In the summer of 2007, my family decided to go on a trip to Bear Mountain. We got in the car, entered the data of the location of the destination onto the GPS and drove off.                 After a drive of about one and a half hours, the GPS announced that we have arrived at our...

  • By the time November comes around in school, the band room is buzzing with rumors of what the next band trip will be. Last year, countries like China, Italy, and Spain were coming out of the mouths of every other student holding an instrument. So when the tiny country of Poland was announced to be...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • I can remember it like it was yesterday. Saying goodbye was the hardest part about me leaving. I had to leave my best friend behind.   I remember seeing my grandparents for the last time. The terrible look of sadness in their faces worried me,I had no choice but to ignore it. For you see, the only...

  • My name is Lauren Cole and I am a rising senior at Highland School of Technology. This past June, as part of the Gastonia Sister Cities Student Exchange Program, I traveled to Peru where I lived with a host family for ten days in Lima then spent the remainder of the trip in Cuzco. The Palacio...

  • Normal 0 /*-->*/ Yosemite National Park is such a beautiful place to be. It may be a lot of miles away from where I live but the long road trip was worth it. I will never forget my visit because I experienced and seen many new things.             At first I thought it would be a boring...

  • Early in the summer of 2007 my step-mom announced that we had the opportunity to travel to Italy through a company called Adventures by Disney, a family-friendly tour group company. I was thrilled at the prospect of going to Italy, but the thought of having to stay with a group of strangers for ten...

    Tags: Europe
  •  It was dusk when we arrived at the Nürnberg airport so we went straight to the Ritter St. Georg Gästehaus in Erlangen, Germany. In the morning I was greeted with a cheery “guten morgen” and a steamy loaf of fresh baked bread and a selection of meats and cheeses fit for a king. For some reason I...

    Tags: Europe
  • NaMaStae! Good day! My name is Chelsea Cravens and I am currently living in Patna, Bihar, India for three months. Before coming to India I lived in Kazakhstan for eight years. I speak fluent Russian and I will be learning Hindi. My family has been in India for three weeks and we have seen and...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring, India
  •                My sohmore year in high school I joined a homeroom called Watumishi. Our projects focused on the issues in Uganda, such as poverty, clean water, proper food storage and cooking, the education of children and adults.   During the school year we organized a trip to Uganda that would...

    Tags: Africa

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