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  • I have always been told that “friends are the family that you chose for yourself”. Last summer I took a trip of a lifetime with my chosen family. My three best friends and I went on a two week EF Tours trip to France, Italy and Spain. I learned many life lessons and gained a whole new perspective...

    Tags: Europe, France, Spain
  •     When you hear someone say New York City, what comes to mind first? Times Square? Insane traffic jams? Broadway musicals? If you asked me about a year ago, I wouldn’t have much to go on. Ask me now and I could go on and on. New York is teeming with originality that one can only see to believe...

  • We were warned. Miss Wood, the teacher who led the U.S. and Ghana Exchange Program, had spent months hammering Ghanaian culture into our heads. We watched documentaries, looked at pictures, and read National Geographic articles. Having been well educated, I was conscious that in Ghana it would be...

    Tags: Africa, Exploring
  • After landing from a 20-hour flight I was tired and grumpy. Jet lag was weighing down everyone in my family as we crossed customs and collected our luggage. As we drove through the modern city of Singapore to our hotel, I took a glance out the window and saw the Singapore flyer, soaring over our...

    Tags: Asia, Singapore
  • The distinctive memory is in my head like it was yesterday… tears of joy flooding my aunts’ faces while seeing their nieces and nephews for the first time. Having any sort of emotion after 24 hours of flying and layovers was on the verge of impossible, but I instantly knew after stepping off that...

    Tags: Europe
  •   Jersey City, NJ was the only place I wanted to be, despite the midsummer heat, specifically because I had a unique opportunity to lead children from ages 4 to 12 in a week long Vacation Bible School through a program known as Building Urban Missions Project, or BUMP.             When my youth...

  •               Last summer, I went to Lima, Peru, a beautiful city with not so beautiful slums. I stayed at the El Pueblo resort, a beautiful resort with lush, green grass and beautiful pools. Right outside the gate of this beautiful place is a completely different world. Outside my little world of...

    Tags: Europe
  •      Ever since I was in the fourth grade when I first read about Cleopatra I had always wanted to go to Egypt. The pictures of the ancient pyramids and the temples and hieroglyphics always fascinated me. So when my mom finally bought the tickets to go on a 10 day tour, I was ecstatic. The only...

    Tags: Africa
  • Traveling is considered one of the greatest experiences we can have. If you have ever left the country, you know there is nothing like experiencing a new culture, a new set of traditions and a new atmosphere. In 2006, I visited Costa Rica for the first time. Costa Rica is considered to have some of...

  • Magic Kingdom, Disney World, said to be the most magical place in the world. Well it may be for some but not every girl that enters those gates feels like a princess. My Magic Kingdom experience was like none other. I felt the judgmental eyes of many others throughout my trip. Why? Simply because...

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