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  • It was no more than a few months ago that I was singing in Thomas Kirche in Leipzig, Germany surrounded by seventy three people that I call my friends. In March 2011 Lakeville North High School’s Chorale received the opportunity to tour through Germany and Prague. Over a week time span we went...

    Tags: Europe, Germany
  •  As much as I am able to appreciate the beauty of the American culture, especially the concept of the American Dream, I am convinced that there's no better place on this planet than one's homeland.  After moving to America six years ago, I had not been able to return to Kyrgyzstan, a small country...

    Tags: Asia
  • I write here not for the traveler, one who is contented with simple pleasures, but for the true coinesseurs of fine travel. When my family launched our bi-annual trip to see our family in Nigeria, I’ll admit I expected the whole thing to be a headache-ridden ordeal of epic proportions. Little did I...

    Tags: Africa
  • My mother is Irish and Italian and my father is Puerto Rican. They are both strong believers that my siblings and I should be proud of our heritage and learn about our culture. So, three years ago we took a family vacation to Puerto Rico. Not only did I learn about the culture and my heritage, but...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” That’s what they say about the bright City of Entertainment. Walking through the famous Las Vegas Strip, I couldn’t help but be mesmerized at how a group of hotels and casinos could distinctly define a small spot in the middle of a vast desert land. Maybe...

  •      In April of 2010, my guidance counselor told me that I was nominated to be a delegate from Hamilton High School to Alabama Boys State. I was so excited. It was a great honor for myself and my three fellow delegates from Hamilton to be able to attend this very distinguished experience. It was...

  • Sipping Hangzhou’s famous Dragon Well tea from a small plastic cup, I hear the company representative through our translator, who talks of the tea’s color, texture, temperature... I turn my gaze from the soft tendrils of steam drifting upwards from my tea, to outside the window onto the hills...

    Tags: Asia, China, Heritage
  • Scalding fountains and multi-colored pools were only a few of the magnificent sights I was encountering. Yet the fountains weren’t man-made, and the multi-colored pools weren’t the work of any earthly artist. I was in an other-worldly place; a hot, barren moon on earth. The memories from those long...

  • The sun dried the sticky layer of salt that coated my skin. I looked out at the sparkling water. Who knew what mysteries lurked underneath the beautiful surface? Costa Rica was a mystery and I felt like Nancy Drew. “Let’s go down under!” said my instructor, Jean-Paul, with a mild Costa Rican accent...

  •   After only a five-hour drive from my home, one can be in a totally different world. In the summer prior to my sophomore year, I was privileged to travel to a village in Baja Mexico with a group of medical students that my father was training over the summer. We served those who were struggling...

    Tags: Caribbean

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