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My mission trip to Guatemala in the summer of 2011 appeared to be a way to be experience a different lifestyle than what I was accustomed to in the United States. The idea of also changing the individuals’ lives there was also exciting to me. Before emabarking on this trip I had an idea of what I...Tags:
On the summer of 2008, I was twelve years old when we had a vacation in the Philippines. We visit the Philippines every couple years to reunite with our relatives again and explore the country. The things I miss the most is the family, the culture, the fresh food, the beaches, and the huge...Tags:
The year was 2010. My High School Concert Band was taking a trip to Durango Colorado. My face was filled with excitement, which could easily be recognized, except no one would recognize it since I didn't really have any friends. Still, I packed my suitcase and hopped on the Red Carpet charter bus...Tags:
Two summers ago, I traveled to Park City, Utah. My younger sister plays for a competitive Travel Softball team. This summer trip was her trip to ASA Nationals and I distinctly remember my reluctance to go: Why should I go support my sister, while I am bored to tears? Regardless, I had no better...Tags:
September 13, 2009, 1:30 AM. I boarded EVA Air Flight BR17 at the San Francisco International Airport bound for Jakarta, Indonesia. The purpose of my trip: badminton training for the next three months to qualify for the Inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010. This may seem extreme to...Tags:
“Cuy, quiero cuy!” These were the desperate words that escaped my mouth as my family and I scrounged the Ecuadorian mountainside, searching high and low for the famous cuy; also known as guinea pig in America. Yet, this was not a friendly household pet to take home and brag about to my friends,...Tags:
I left Austin, Texas on the morning of May 28, 2011 with my mom, sister, and grandma. We made stops at Los Angeles, Tokyo, and then to our destination at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was an incredibly long flight but I could not hold in my excitement as the night lights of the city came into...Tags:
Growing up, I had the opportunity to travel the world, see things others could only dream of seeing, and experience things I had never imagined possible. None of my adventures, however, were quite as mystical and astonishing as my trip to India. This trip exposed me to alternate cultures and...Tags:
Over the summers of 2009 and 2010, I traveled across the United States of America to play cymbals in a professional drum and bugle corps. During those months, I learned a ten minute musical performance that demanded every ounce of physical and mental strength to perform. Over the summer,...Tags:
"Wow, that looks like a scene from Under the Tuscan Sun!" I heard a teenage girl shriek. I was sleeping, although doing so quite unsuccessfully. I turned around in my seat to look out the giant window of our bus to see the most gorgeous sight my young eyes had ever seen: the Amalfi Coast of Italy....Tags: