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  • In May of 2006 I went to Terry Town, Louisiana with my best friend and some of her family. When we got down there it was still destroyed from Hurricane Katrina. Almost everywhere you went there was FEMA trailers and peoples' belongings all over the place. It was very sad. I looked back on all I...

  • I was surrounded by a perpetual state of immediate chaos -- “ -- “people talking, children playing, and everything moving. Colors surrounded me everywhere; it was as if the world I had known before was in black and white. In the air, there was a constant blaring of car horns that created a sound...

    Tags: Asia
  •  Haiti, hidden away on the other side of the Dominican Republic, is a tiny country no bigger than the state of Maryland. Rarely heard of or seen on the news, this little island sits only 800 miles from Florida, and the richest country in the world; yet it remains one of the poorest countries in the...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • The New Experience Log Book represented every journal that I had never finished. Now, with the opportunity of a lifetime facing me, I had to start writing, and become its best friend and confidant during the next two and half weeks in Europe; and I was scared. What really defined a new experience...

    Tags: Europe
  •             At first I tried to write this essay with the idea it would read like a brochure, and in the middle I would come to some sort of epiphany. I never really knew what I had learned from traveling to Spain aside from mastering the language until I started to write about it. It’s strange how...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  •                   For my sixteenth birthday, I thought of many ideas to spend the “ideal age” of a girl’s childhood. I attempted to plan something huge that I knew would be remembered by my peers. My school offered a trip to Europe: London, Paris, and Madrid. I never travelled the world before, and...

    Tags: Europe
  • I believe that Fate had deliberately predetermined, through a maze of calamities, the very hour that our eyes would get to see our dream come true. Fate had thrown every roadblock in our path that it could, flight delays, lost luggage, bodily injuries and even a bomb threat at the airport. What did...

  • It was my first time in London, and we were venturing through the city, taking in all the sites and culture around me. The trip was my Christmas present from my father and we were absolutely enchanted as we walked around the city. From Hyde Park to Piccadilly Circus, we absorbed the history, the...

    Tags: Europe
  • There was a subtle change in the soothing, warm air.  I could tell I was no longer standing in the vast prairies of Kansas.  The sound of traffic filled the atmosphere with a continuous, frantic buzz.  Men and women of all ages, wearing repugnant clothing, were flailing their arms at yellow...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • In the summer of 2009, I took the trip of a teenage lifetime.  I went backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  It is a High Adventure base for the Boy Scouts of America as well as Boy Scouts from around the world.  I learned from the trip that with people encouraging you,...

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