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  • Instead of having a traditional quinceañera for my fifteenth birthday, my family and I decided to go on a trip to Italy for twenty days. Finally the day came that I would cross the Atlantic to visit one of the world’s most beautiful countries. On August 5, 2009, my family and I went to LAX to...

    Tags: Europe
  • I spent seven days this summer in Lares, Puerto Rico, building an altar for the International Bible Baptist church—a trip sponsored by my church in Warminster, Pennsylvania. We flew out of Philadelphia at 7 a.m. and landed in San Juan at 11:30 that morning. The weather was rainy -- dark clouds...

  • My aunt had always dreamed of taking her beloved nieces and nephews on a trip across America. After being diagnosed with cancer, she was even more determined to make this dream a reality before her illness worsened. Months later, in a 15-passenger van, 12 of us set out on a 6 week journey which...

  • Featured in a Pure Michigan commercial that aired on national television, Grand Rapids’ art, festivities, food, attractions, and stunning skyline embody the heart of Michigan’s finest travel destination (http://www.grbj.com/articles/77007-video-grand-rapids-stars-in-national-...). Located a mere...

    Tags: USA
  • I started dancing when I was five. More recently I have been a member of Encore Theatrical Arts Project (ETAP) for 9 years, performing in countless Broadway style productions. As a member of company, we dance about 20 hours a week. Imagine my surprise when on an ordinary Saturday, our director...

    Tags: Europe
  • Some say that Amsterdam in the Netherlands is just a wild city, but it is a city full of an amazing range of architecture, museums, and wonderful people. The one experience everyone who visits this city should have is taking a canal tour down the colorful and tree lined water ways. I would...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • In a feminist and misogynist filled world, who’s right? It was a sunny Saturday afternoon about half-way through my Italian foreign exchange experience.  Twenty-two starving teenaged girls lined a lengthy table, eagerly awaiting lunch - the three boys present were responsible for preparation and...

    Tags: Europe
  • All throughout junior year, my default answer to the question of how I’d be spending my summer was “the Europe trip,” which was what I had come to call the 10-day European tour of London, Paris, Florence, and Rome that I had signed up for as a sophomore.  By referring to it by this vague title, I...

  • When most people think of Brazil, they think of soccer, beautiful models, and the Amazon River.  This summer, five other teenagers and I spent two weeks in Puraquequara, Brazil, a small town along the Amazon, home to a boarding school for missionary kids.  Our group had come to help paint school...

  •             With city lights below me and the pitter patter of rain on my window, I was ready to see it. I wanted a beaming welcome. I wanted to see the lights of the Empire State saying come on in. I wanted the Chrysler to glisten and tell me I was home. But there was no shiny welcome, just a...

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