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  • In the summer before 9th grade, I went on a Mission trip to Cacalchen, Mexico on the YucatanPeninsula.  For a week, I was immersed into a culture that was totally foreign and alien to me.  What struck me the hardest was the poverty and scrappy lifestyle that the native Mexicans were living.  On the...

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  • Just before departing, my sister and I fill our incubator backpack with ice to contain leftovers and cold water. I could hear my brother fumbling through his pockets by the jingle of his coins, and my Dad starting the engine to speed up our pace. After several delays of my brother apparently...

  • This summer I travel through Europe with a group called Sound of America. They take the best singers and musicians in the country and go on a tour through Europe. Our tour happened to occur during my birthday, which I celebrated in Stresa, Italy. My bus stayed at Hotel La Palma, located right on...

    Tags: Europe
  • On June 18, 2012 my family decided to take a trip on our rented, 36 foot RV down the coast of California from Sacramento. We journeyed to Monterey Bay; a wonderful ocean side and city that impacted me greatly. There is so much to do in Monterey, that anyone who is an outdoorsy, ocean loving person...

  • Greasy takeout, kung-fu, and Jackie Chan are some of the stereotypes that come to mind when most people think of Chinese culture. Being of Chinese heritage, however, I have experienced the true essence of Chinese culture, especially so this past July when I visited Beidaihe, a seaside city in...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • We were to depart from Dulles International Airport, at 5:00pm, and arrive at Mexico City International airport at 9:30pm. Those were the simple instructions given to my eight year old sister, my eleven year old brother and me. This was to be our first flight to Mexico by ourselves, without our...

  • Christmas, log cabins and nature -- the perfect combination for an amazing holiday, especially for one that brings people closer together. My week in Gatlingburg, Tennessee for the Christmas holiday was anything but ordinary. The trip did not consist of just my family, but a family from my church...

  • June 1995. A little girl steps out of an airplane. The woman and man on either side of her swallow her small hands in theirs.   As they exit the aircraft, she sees two black men, in green uniforms, holding machine guns in their arms. She leans in closer to her parents, her protective barrier. As...

    Tags: Africa
  • Summer is a great way for me to express myself and to share my talents with other people. I always use those two months productively and I try to make each one a lot more adventurous and memorable than the one before. It doesn’t matter to me where I go; on the contrary, what matters is what I do...

    Tags: Africa

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