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  •                 When people think about Hawaii, most envision a place filled with unspeakable beauty, shopping, and delicious food. However, what most fail to realize is that this publicized representation of paradise has a dark secret, one of poverty, filled with adventure and struggle. Waikiki,...

  • My family and I strolled beside one of Venice's countless canals. On our right, picturesque Venetian houses rose against a blue sky; on the left, the green waters of the canal lapped against the stone walk, seagulls spun through the sunshine, and ornately painted gondolas glided gracefully past. We...

    Tags: Europe
  • Have you ever had problems at an airport that ended up making you run through the airport in order to catch your flight? Well, I have and so has my mom. In the fall of 2008, my mom and I traveled to Jamaica for a fun and relaxing getaway. The beginning of the trip didn’t go as planned because there...

  • In the spring of 2008, I traveled to the south of France and northern Italy with my mother, aunt, two cousins, and a friend.  I looked forward to the majestic cathedrals and castles, the landscapes, French and Italian boys, and shopping. But what I dreamed about the most was food, glorious, food!...

    Tags: Europe
  • Nelson Mandela once stated that “there is nothing like returning to a place that has remained unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” After completing a semester abroad in Italy, I’ve come to understand the full meaning of this proverb. Stepping foot inside my house was an...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  • My trip to St. Louis in 2006 has been one of the most fun vacations I’ve ever experienced. Even though I grew up here, being home of the arch and the St. Louis Cardinals meant more to me on this trip back. Everything took on a different meaning and meant so much more, now living in a different city...

  • On June 15th, 2009, I departed on an amazing adventure with a group of people from Raleigh, NC to a foreign land, widely known as El Salvador. They called us the “AIM team,” “Ambassadors In Mission,” or sometimes we were identified as “that group of people with the brown shirts.” Our main goal...

  • Have you ever dreamt of going to a place you’ve only heard things about but have never been? I was told before going to Chicago that the people have funny accents, Chicago has great pizza, and that Oprah lives there. I was incredibly excited, I thought I was going to come in contact with an iconic...

  • With a staggering length of over two kilometers and a surface water flow twice the amount of Niagara falls, the Iguazu Falls are one of the largest groups of waterfalls on planet Earth.  In December 2011, I had the honor of visiting this natural wonder of the world.  I stayed at the Sheraton...

  • A Noisy Silence              There I was sitting in the middle of a cloud forest on a mountain top in Honduras. Unlike the schools in the states, Insitituto El Rey had no walls or doors just a rusted tin roof to protect the students from the afternoon rains that were held up by rust bars. A small...

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