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  •   Not too long ago, I took a wonderful trip to the place where children's dreams come true - Disney World - this was during the "Year of A Million Dreams" no less.  Well, count one of my dreams to that, and you have the "Year of A Million and One Dreams." During the weekend that I was staying on...

  • Keep Austin Weird! Even if you've never been here, I’m willing to bet you've at least heard the expression. I challenge you to come find out why! The city gives off a spontaneous vibe, with tons of local businesses and attractions (“Keep Austin Weird” is actually the slogan of the Austin...

    Tags: Texas, USA
  • When I turned eighteen years old I wanted to do something truly amazing to signify becoming an adult. Being the dedicated breakdancer that I am, I cooked up a brilliant idea. The Red Bull BC One USA qualifying tournament was going to be held in Chicago that year. America’s best dancers would be...

  • 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
  • The cool, crisp mountain air refreshed me, a Texas boy. An aura of adventure emanated from the lush green slopes, beckoning for the climb, for someone to conquer its legendary path of stone. An hour by bus outside Beijing, the Great Wall has stood for thousands of years as a testament to the iron...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • In the world, there are a lot of great places to spend the summer.  A lot of people choose locations inside the US; therefore, failing to think outside the "box."  Outside the "box," in Southeast Poland, located at the foot of Europe's oldest mountain range, the ÅšwiÄ™tokrzyski Mountains, rests a...

    Tags: Europe
  • Voices, muffled by the din, surround me like an ambush. Questioning, their curiosity of who I am, where I came from, and ­­­­why I am there is expressed. Their foreign tongue speaks at me, but the meaning is lost. I look around, nervous, for someone I know, someone familiar to provide a comfort. In...

    Tags: Europe
  • Imagine being lied to your whole life; being told heinous stories about  your mother and why you were separated from her. Imagine, for over 30 years, being told that you don't have any other family; then one day a group of people walk up to your doorstep and say, "Hi, we're your family from Chicago...

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote that, “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” People say all they look for in life is to be happy and sometimes you find it unexpectedly. I’ve had many adventures in...

    Tags: Asia
  •    Years ago if someone had asked me where Nicaragua was located I would have drawn a blank. I might have responded by saying, "South America?" However, my answer has changed due to the summer of 2008 when I had the experience of going to Nicaragua on a missions trip. My current answer to the...

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