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  • Though not a particularly tame one, the title given to this essay fits it to a T. For starters, the reason I used the word “near” is because my mother went on another trip that she described as “pure and utter hell”. As for me, this was by far the ABSOLUTE WORST trip I’ve been on.         To most...

  • Over Christmas break of my junior year, I was able to visit four countries, go on a zip line over the ocean, ride a tube through the rainforest, and swim with dolphins. I did all of these activities on a Caribbean cruise with my mom. Our Royal Caribbean adventure took us to Haiti, Jamaica, Grand...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Two years ago, I had the chance to explore a country completely different from my own. This trip of contrasts ranged from dusty jungle roads to serene nights beneath the most incredible display of stars. From sight-seeing to children’s camps, I played soccer with approximately forty children all at...

  • In July of 2006, Colony High School's and Alaska's first and only marching band packed their bags and set off for our nation's capitol, Washington D.C. Once there we spent a few days touring around the city of D.C. Then, on the morning of July 4th we suited up, got our instruments out and marched...

  •       In 2007, I was given the opportunity to teach English to students in the Czech Republic during the summer of 2008. I  would help run an English Camp for one week, stay in one of the student's home, and finish up with a day or so sightseeing in Prague. I accepted the opening...

  • I remember it was nighttime when our plane arrived in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. My little sister, Lauren and I had been fast asleep when our mom nudged us awake and told us to look out the window. “We’re here.” The name of the resort we stayed at was Paradise Village. Our room was amazing. It had a...

  •  “Whoosh!” The bright multi-colored water pillar shot up into the air to signal the beginning of Disneyland’s World of Color. Along with the many water pillars dancing and changing colors, the occasional bright roaring flames hurled by flamethrowers lit up the night sky for a spectacular thirty...

  • In August of 2009, I traveled with 13 youth pilgrims and 5 adult leaders to Israel, through an organization called Hands in Healing- a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. When I think of Israel, so many things come to mind. Friendship. Laughter and tears. Love. Culture. Tolerance....

  •   During Spring Break, I opened my eyes to a new world. For the first time, I saw a beggar. I saw life pass before my eyes. I saw cries for help that never ended. Most importantly, I saw something that was there all this time, but I never looked up enough to notice.  In one week, I realized what I...

    Tags: Pacific
  • In the spring of 2009, on a beautiful Sunday in May and after church, my mom, dad and I put on our hunting clothes that would protect us as we wandered through the woods. I wore my favorite faded blue jeans with threads shredded on the bellbottoms. I also wore a black t-shirt, and a long sleeved...

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