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  • CNN recently published their list of the best places to live in the United States, and my hometown of Fishers, Indiana placed number eight because of its low unemployment levels, high quality of education, and low housing costs.  However, Fishers is a bubble that insulates us from the reality of...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Showing appreciation is often difficult.  Loving what one has is challenging, though craving what one does not is simple.  This becomes apparent when traveling through my life-changing experience.             Going home, I planned my strenuous speech for my parents, which was the start to my...

  •  Upon seeing the bright orange Puerto Rican sun rise slowly over the Cordillera Central, my body and mind become almost instantly revitalized. The warm breath of fresh air, the sweet smell of lemons and espresso with steamed milk, and the distant sound of a mariachi performing for the bustling...

  • My Family flew to Cancun, Mexico on vacation last year. Cancun is a busy city full of life. Everywhere you looked there were faces buying, selling, relaxing and experiencing all that the city had to offer.   Mega high-rise resorts stood tall over man made beaches. Still I was struck by the amount...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •   “Are we there yet?” asked my friend Cindy, still groggy from waking up. How she slept through most of the plane ride I have no idea. I was awake for the entire plane ride. The moment I stepped inside LAX I knew there would be no sleep. This was going to be my first airplane ride, EVER, and I had...

  • When I went on a mission trip to Monterrey, Mexico. I clearly remember crossing that border like someone stepping on the moon. That's how far Mexico had seemed to me. I had never honestly considered Mexico another country, but when stepped on those cobbled streets, it was another world entirely....

    Tags: Caribbean
  • This is the place between heaven and earth; the paper-thin line between reality and dreams. Malibu, Canada, is more of a home to me than any other place on this planet, though it lies a whole country away. In order to get to this remote destination, one must travel by ferry through British...

  • It was the summer of 2007 and I stared out the window of a crowded bus taking me from Hefei to Tongling, China (P.R.C.). My life had started here in 1996 and then I was placed in the Tongling orphanage at three weeks old. My birth parents were unknown and this “Homeland Tour” was to bring me, and...

    Tags: Asia, China, Heritage
  •       A tear fell down my cheek as I sobbed quietly to myself and stared out the window. A noisy plane rose into the air and my classmates and I climbed into the clouds. My head was ringing from the commotion going on around me. My tears started to fall faster and my dad who had chaperoned our trip...

  • As the summer of 2005 came to an end, my family of five was about to embark on our annual camping trip to Oregon's Crater Lake National Park, near Medford, Oregon. For those who have not had the opportunity to visit the park, Crater Lake is an enormous lake that was formed ages ago by the volcanic...

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