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  • "Welcome aboard KLM airlines, flight number 226 direct from Amsterdam to Nigeria. Total flight time is nine hours and 45 minutes. Please refer to your pamphlets in the seat pockets in front of you as emergency procedures."  I peered through the window and gazed at the expansive sky. My thoughts...

    Tags: Africa
  • Five AM                 With a loud annoying buzzing coming from somewhere from the left I sit up, trying my hardest not to wake the other girl in the room with me, I tiptoe myself to the bathroom. On my journey though the dark I notice that the others are not awake, the ones who promised to...

  • One image stands starkly vibrant against a murky background. Hands. Soft and gently wrinkled, kind and very giving. The hands of my grandmother. We called her Nana, and Saturday night was the best night of the week. It was the night she could call and we would get the treat of hearing her talk to...

    Tags: Europe, Ireland
  • The warm, salty breeze stung my nostrils, and the sweet sound of steel pan drums seemed to mimic the rhythm of my heart. Paradise had been found. The beach was the perfect utopia, a completely peaceful and serene getaway complete with Caribbean music and refreshing tropical drinks, Tabyana Beach....

  • I’ll never forget how culturally disappointing my summer of ‘06 trip to the Bahamas turned out to be.  The weeks leading up to the trip were dedicated religiously to fantasizing about the music, food, and other aspects of the Bahamian style that I expected to be enormously different and wonderfully...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • “The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.”-Robert Cushing   When I was offered the chance to go to Vietnam for three weeks to participate in a five day...

    Tags: Asia
  •               The heat blew strongly onto my face as I exited the airport into Guatemala City, anxiously looking for someone holding a “Cross Cultural Solutions (CCS)” sign. A man named Willy, who I soon learned was my group advisor for the CCS Teen Volunteer Abroad Program, soon greeted me and...

  • I sat as first chair in the Honors Band, ready to play an unbelievably difficult saxophone solo. Well, that’s what I visualized in my head at least, but things didn’t turn out exactly that way. I traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona for a second summer at the Curry Music Camp, housed at NAU (Northern...

  • The summer of 2007, my life changed. I was traveling with a delegation through People to People Student Ambassador Programs. I took advantage of the available window when we flew into Shanon. It certainly didn't look like a city – everything was green. Five days we spent in beautiful Ireland. The...

  •      Ever since I was in the fourth grade when I first read about Cleopatra I had always wanted to go to Egypt. The pictures of the ancient pyramids and the temples and hieroglyphics always fascinated me. So when my mom finally bought the tickets to go on a 10 day tour, I was ecstatic. The only...

    Tags: Africa

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