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  • Visiting Europe was the most amazing experience I have ever had.  Going to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain was absolutely fantastic!  There is so much to see and tons of things to do in both cities.  I went with the Spanish classes at my high school, and we went on tour with a company called EF Tours...

    Tags: Europe, Italy, Rome
  • I was so excited to go to my friend's sweet sixteen celebration. She was the last of us to turn 16 and it was a momentous occasion. I could just imagine how cool the pirate-themed cake would look. However, my aunt died a few days before Morgan's birthday on Halloween. We hardly ever go to weddings...

  • Three years ago, I boarded a plane to Portland International Airport as an anxious and intimidated adolescent. I did not expect to discover the landscapes that lay ahead. I sat there, on a Jet Blue flight, squeezing the arms of my seat before take-off, longing for the moment I would exit the plane...

  • A few months ago, some of my fellow classmates and I spent what I consider to be the best week of our lives in England and other countries of the British Isles.  We first heard of this trip from one of our teachers, who was organizing the trip through EF Tours.  We paid a little under two...

  • I take a big breath in, and the smells of burning trash fill my lungs. Though it is an unpleasant first wiff it makes my heart smile and all I can think is, "it's good to be back." This is my third time in Haiti, and the day before I had just spent a week in Guatemala. It's hard to take in the new...

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  •             95-degree heat, intense humidity, and 480 descending stairs create quite a bit of exhaustion and sweat.  Luckily the plethora of stairs led to a magnificent, 229-foot tall crystal-clear waterfall with cascading frigid water.  Talk about refreshing!  That is right; swimming is allowed in...

  • The second I took the final step out of the Franklin D. Roosevelt metro stop and onto the Champs-Élysées in Paris, I knew that I would fall in love with France. I never could have imagined how much of an impact a trip abroad would have on my life. Paris was the first stop on our two week tour...

    Tags: Europe
  •  I look out at the water as I tap my pencil against the blank page. Why Monhegan Island? At the end of my senior year of high school, twelve students including myself and three teachers packed up our gear and headed for a week on Monhegan Island in Maine. This trip was the end to an amazing...

  • On a chilly spring day in March of 2007, I was approached with the most daunting idea. It was my pastor, whom I barely knew, asking me if I would like to join him and the team on a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico. He had seen me volunteer at the church for years, and thought I would make a great...

    Tags: Caribbean

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