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  • You may think I am crazy when I say I spent Spring Break 2010 over four thousand miles away from home, with not my immediate family, but my second family, the Menasha High School Marching Band, in Madrid, Spain.  Let me just say waking up at 3:00 in the morning to drive four hours to Chicago, only...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • Imagine riding in a covered wagon for four days with classmates. For me this was a true pioneer experience. It was an interesting trip that I experienced during my fifth grade year at Lincoln Elementary School.  There were thirty-one of us altogether including kids from Alpha Elementary school;...

  •   Recently, my family and I took a trip to New York City. This was not our first visit to New York City. In fact, it was our eighth. The first few trips were focused on seeing the sights: the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Empire State Building. The most recent trips have been focused on...

  • It was almost pitch black as I began to edge across the slowly swaying bridge that would lead to our campsite.  The river roared beneath my feet, frothing whitewater barely visible in the faint moonlight.  As I inched across the wooden boards, I was taking the first steps of my hike through the...

  •  For one weekend out of the entire year, I see double.  At Twins Days in Twinsburg, Ohio, everyone has a look-alike.  This annual gathering of multiples is the largest in the world, with more than 2,000 sets of twins coming from all around the world.  This festival is held every first full weekend...

  •   The typical summer vacation of a teenaged girl is simple: she lies on the beach, soaking up the sun with her close girl friends by her side. They discuss boys and sing along to popular songs on the radio. In lieu of this common paradise, I spent my summer preparing for an unordinary getaway. In...

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    Tags: Asia
  • In June of 2007, my family and I decided to visit my mother’s parents and family in Bellingham, Washington. We began our trip at five o’clock in the morning. We drove from Van Buren, Arkansas, over through Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, up to Kansas City, Kansas, and drove all the way across Kansas until...

  • My momma passed a hand over her eyes the other night and mumbled, “I need to get out of town.” She’s an artist, you know – one of those pensive, sensitive types. She needs to keep her chakras in balance, her fingers splattered with ink and oil paints, her music entrancing. She needs the beach. Oh,...

  • As we trekked through the forest, the salty Caribbean Ocean meandered through our naive nostrils. Using my peripheral vision to assure I was following the group, my eyes scanned the ground for tree roots and soldier ants. Finally the heavily packed dirt beneath my feet gave way into sand as we...

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