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  • Two summers ago I spent four days in Yunnan, China. I had never been there before and had no idea what was in store for me.  On the day of our departure my two aunts, two uncles, three cousins, sister, parents, grandparents, and I lugged our luggage to the bus stop in front of Food World to await...

    Tags: Asia
  •     Israeli philosopher Martin Buber once said, “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” I have never entertained that notion until my family and I traveled to Alexandria, Egypt in August of 2009. My father had obtained a teaching position on a university-level...

    Tags: Africa, Exploring
  • The year was 2010. My High School Concert Band was taking a trip to Durango Colorado. My face was filled with excitement, which could easily be recognized, except no one would recognize it since I didn't really have any friends. Still, I packed my suitcase and hopped on the Red Carpet charter bus...

  • 4:00 AM twisting and turning in a plane seat; I am trying to sleep, but the snores around me keep me alert and awake. To my surprise, I look at the screen from the EL AL television monitor, and discover there is only an hour left. No longer irritated; I am anxious and excited for the arrival. I...

  • In July of 2007, my family and family friends traveled all the way from Florida to Italy for two long weeks.  For our first ten days in Italy we were on a guided tour with groups of other families that took us to all of the very popular tourist spots in Italy.  For the rest of our trip we...

  •   Naw-lins. K? Alright, now that I went over that. I was there because I am a Michigan fan. Born and raised in Michigan, and have been a transplant everywhere else that I have lived.  So they were playing in the Sugar Bowl at the Super Dome.  I love this city. It’s stinky, and gross, but...

  • Hi, my name is Enya and I live in a fabulous and wonderful place called Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay has so much to offer, and I urge you to sample some or better yet, all it has to offer. From beautiful beaches to gourmet dinners, dancing to thrill rides, my town will keep you busy and having fun all...

  • There has always been a mountain in the way of a goal or a dream that I have to fight for what I want and believe. I fight is on for me to got to college and be the first one to graduate for college. I want to be a successful person and a good role model for my younger brother and sister. My family...

  • It was a very early morning in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, a modern community of resorts and upscale residences. I was up early. It was, after all, my first morning in beautiful Nuevo, away from dreary weather of late December in Indiana.  The beach was almost deserted. The old man with gray bushy...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • By the time we got to the top of the trail and mountain, it was well worth the hour and a half hike up. There was a beautiful, breath taking lake at the top called Lake McCullough. This all started because my dad had discovered it from another trail but did not go up it. So we all thought we...

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