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  • It was my first time out of state, and I was heading off to Las Vegas, Nevada. The four-hour car ride from San Bernardino, California to Vegas proved to be garrulous and exciting. I enthusiastically asked my brother-in-law, Patrick, questions regarding Vegas and what I could do there. He simply...

  • In terms of a vacation to celebrate summer break, one immediately thinks of a Hawaii-style beach, complete with swaying palm trees and bikinis. So, one can imagine my surprise when my family planned a two-week vacation in the not-so-tropical areas of Canada. The areas we visited weren't even major...

  • The Caribbean-like blue waters are seen from every angle as they shimmer in the daylight. The city is dotted by small businesses along a bay front that extends for miles without a high rise in sight. Summer months attract thousands of people to the popular Cherry Festival where there are dozens...

    Tags: Michigan, USA
  • As I sat in my room, anticipating the adventurous days ahead of me, I carefully crafted a checklist of items needed for the impending journey. Underwear? Check. Toothbrush? Check. Tickets? Check. Now fast-forward several months. Once again I sat and scribbled, the scene the same, my home, though...

  •                 Our family has been going on road trips for as long as I can remember.  Every summer a new destination is set - an airplane is rendered unnecessary.  Highway 89 and late night stops at Country Inn’s became habit.  While driving may seem like a hassle, I have come to appreciate the...

  • On my trip to India, I experienced much joy and saw the pain of others. A group of teenagers, including myself, and a couple of adults arrived at the Orlando air port before the suns decide to show. We all loaded up into the first plane to go to the John F. Kennedy air port in New York. After some...

    Tags: Africa
  •  The best experience of my life was my trip to the village of San Pedro, Nicaragua. I went to Nicaragua in February of 2009 for 14 days with BuildOn an organization at my school. BuildOn is a non-profit organization that raises money to build schools in third world countries. We raise money through...

  • Welcome to Las Vegas, Nevada also known as Sin City. I know what you're thinking. Why would anyone want to visit a place like Las Vegas when they can visit places like New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, etc? Well, alot has changed over the years and with me as your guide I will make sure your visit in...

  • This summer, I went on a week long service trip to the Dominican Republic.  I can confidently say that this trip was the most significant experience of my life to date.  My team and I went to the town of Monte Cristi, a town on the coast just a few miles from the Haitian border. Our team...

  • I never caught her name; nonetheless, I still wake up thinking about her.  Her pleading gaze haunts me. Although her beautiful eyes shone with hope, her momentary excitement was clouded by something deeper - pain.  For a fleeting moment I felt her agony; in that moment, I felt helpless to save...

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