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  •  In the summer of 2008, I changed. Straying from my comfortable life in Orange County, I ventured to Aix-en-Provence, France to take part in a cultural immersion program with twenty other American students. Four weeks: an intimidating group of strangers, a captivating city, and an unquenchable...

    Tags: Europe
  • Families That Scuba Together, Stay Together Pop, pop, pop go the bubbles as they hit the surface of the crystal clear water of the Carribean.  My family of four had descended to sixty feet below the surface into a spectacular world known only to a few.  Some forty miles east off the coast of Belize...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • If there is one thing that all of man kind shares, regardless of race, gender, or religion, it is the unifying urge to (on occasion) relieve oneself. Everyone's got to go sometime, right? Well, that's what I thought; at least until I went to Paris last spring. In April of 2007, I had the amazing...

    Tags: Europe
  • Curled up in a beach chair, I hunt the myriad of specks for a streak. Flanked by two best friends, all fighting for a piece of the blanket, I search for luck in the Shenandoah sky -- a shooting star. To a flat-lander (dubbed so by mountain-folk), shooting for the stars involves a high probability...

  •                In June 2008 my grandma told us that we had to buy used ski poles because we were going to Zion National Park in Utah to hike ‘The Narrows’. What the heck are the narrows and why would we need ski poles in 90 degree weather?                 With grandma’s van packed, we went across...

  • My European trip was not just an amazing experience; it was 19 days filled with many mind-changing events along with hilarious and unforgettable moments. As I traveled with People to People Ambassador Programs I had the opportunity to make the world my classroom. First stop, Italy. We settled...

  • The sky was blue and the weather was nice. We were off to a very competitive soccer tournament in Ohio. It was called the Beaver Creek Classic. I was so excited because I was playing with a group of boys who were all a year older than me. To me this meant I was the best player ever. Much to my...

  • If you read my title, you will know that my most significant trip was my trip to India at 13 years old, so many events happened on this trip that I couldn’t use one single word to describe it. It was a proverbial smoothie of smells, sights, and sounds and I was the blender. I have to admit, at...

    Tags: Asia
  • This is the story of a sweet man who had every dream achieved but one. The youngest of his children made that one dream an accomplishment in the summer of 2005. His daughter took him and his wife, along with her own family for a vacation in the Colorado Rockies. Although the family had some rough...

  • The distinctive memory is in my head like it was yesterday… tears of joy flooding my aunts’ faces while seeing their nieces and nephews for the first time. Having any sort of emotion after 24 hours of flying and layovers was on the verge of impossible, but I instantly knew after stepping off that...

    Tags: Europe

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