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  • New York City is the epic center of the North of the United States and even though many believe that down here in the South there are only pastures, farms, and wild stock, they are wrong. The South has its own city that could match the greatness of New York City, Atlanta, Georgia.  It has the...

  •  Do you think you have been on a crazy family vacation?  Wait until you read about my family’s vacation to Crested Butte, Colorado in July 2011.  Thirty nine people – two grandparents, seven adult children and their spouses, and twenty-three grandchildren – traveled to Crested Butte for my...

  •            “Ni hao, no, no, pu yao zen.” It’s June 11, 2009 and I am scrambling down the steps of the China Tour bus to cross the bike filled street towards the Beijing Summer Palace, when I am overwhelmed with wenders. ‘” Gucci! Rolex! Louis Vuitton watche fer 10 dollar” another wender offers all...

    Tags: Asia
  • It is truly amazing the lessons you can learn, even when you do not seek the wisdom. Over the summer of 2009, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend a mission trip with my church, St. Andrews United Methodist, to Vancleave, Mississippi. I was surprised with the devastation that...

  • Nigel no Monogatari (The Story of Nigel)   On the humid evening of August 20, 2007, Paul Knieser drove a minivan while his five children rode in the back seats. He drove slowly searching and praying for a gravelly gray opening between two painted lines: a parking spot in Walt Disney World, Florida...

  • Slovakia. No it’s not near Kazakhstan. Nor is it in the Middle East. If your geography is failing you, does Czechoslovakia ring a bell? Actually, Czechoslovakia dissolved almost twenty years ago and if you look at a map of Central Europe, right next to the Czech Republic is Slovakia. Although...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  •   It started like a regular old Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada; school was boring, math project to work on, but luckily, I was going out of town. My parents set up a Cruise America RV trip with my entire extended family, which consisted of 21 people. Although a weekend in a rental trailer did not...

  • Flashing lights, crowded streets and a slight air filled with purpose. This city is known by only one name- New York City. During Thanksgiving Holidays, instead of a boring week of dinners with the company of all-too-familiar friends, we logged on to Expedia.com and firmly decided that New York...

  • Who doesn’t love our nation’s capitol? A diverse mass of cultures, the highest government in the country, and overpriced restaurants all in one place?! Sounds like heaven to me.             This past February, I took a trip with my coalition, YSAP, to the always beautiful Washington D.C. for a...

  • First time out of the country and I was petrified. My parents weren't accompanying me, I had no idea how to fill out the customs form (what is a customs form anyway??), I was bound to forget to take my malaria pills, and a third-world country seemed all too daunting for a little 17 year old girl...

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