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  • Gripping my father’s coat, I gazed upon the unfamiliar land with awe and curiosity. My forehead trickled with sweat and my heart raced uncontrollably. Each step became heftier and slower as I approached this land—this mysterious land of Tijuana, Mexico. For a 15-year-old, leaving the “safety zone”...

  •             Some call it their normal summer getaway; I call it a once in a lifetime experience.  It was the beginning of my ninth grade year when I found out that I would get to take my very first trip to the beach.  After dreaming about this moment for so long, I couldn't believe that...

  •    After tireless efforts to persuade my parents, I finally convinced them that I was ready to experience a mission trip to Africa.  I traveled with a group of incredible people affiliated with Gulu Hope (http://guluhope.org/) and ranging from a fifty year old college professor to a recent high...

    Tags: Africa
  • It was July of 2009.  My family was going to our annual trip up to Pennsylvania to visit my Aunt Janet at her lake house.  Our destination: Indian Lake.  Why? to celebrate the fourth of July.  With a family of five, airplane ticket costs were out of the question.  Instead of flying, there was...

  • The sun beat down on our bare backs as we jogged along the water’s edge. I could feel the heat starting to burn my skin, turning its pretty fair complexion into a far more burdening red one. After taking a quick break to hydrate, we continued to jog for about a minute until finally we came back...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •               It was a great surprise when my father announced a camping trip to SebastianInlet on July 13, 2007. Sebastian is a small suburban city on the East coast of Florida. My family was psyched when we learned that we would be staying an entire week at a beautiful campground called...

  •           Growing up, I’ve always dreamed of going to a big university.  However, with my family’s financial status, I knew it wasn’t going to happen any time soon.  I had just finished my first year of high school when I realized that even though it may not be possible for me to attend a big...

  • To me there is only one indication of the real official summer, and that is when I go back to my home country Sweden for summer vacation after schools over. If you let that sink in real quick, you will notice that there are two things that indicates that the summer is coming; That I go to Sweden...

    Tags: Europe
  •               One of my life goals is to travel the world. Spain, Italy, Great Britain. You name it, I’ll go.  I haven’t even been out of the country yet and I’m already seventeen. However, this summer I got the chance to travel across the US and back!             In late April, my cousin Hannah...

  • Going on a cruise was better than I expected. I was sixteen at the time of this cruise. My family arived at the port and I said to my mom, 'Me and the water are not going to work together...' She informed me the cruise ship was a wonderful ship, and I was going to LOVE it.  However, I did not like...

    Tags: Caribbean

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