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  •    My cousin, Zack, and I have started this tradition of going on day trips to take photos. The first trip is to the Gainesville Zoo.  For our second photography excursion, we are on our way to TurnerFallsPark in Oklahoma’s ArbuckleMountains. It’s November, the weather is chilly and the trees are...

  •             It all started with an envelope.  An envelope encompassing an opportunity from a group called People to People.  Sixteen days in England and France!  How great does that sound?  At first, I was nervous about traveling 4,000 miles away from home, but after deliberation I decided that...

  • "Think about it, you paid money to come spend eight days working in Honduras,” said my youth pastor, and for the first time I did. Up until that moment this past June, the two weeks I would spend in the Third World country had become just another trip to take. It was an experience to which I would...

  •   An Unanticipated Lesson The dilapidated bus shuddered and shook down the highway. It had overheated five times and run out of gas an hour ago because the fuel gauge was broken. It was the first day of spring break and I was traveling with my youth group on a mission trip down to San Luis,...

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  • It has been said that life is a journey, not a destination. I love to travel, to experience new places, to see the world from a different perspective. I travel quite a bit because of this. This summer alone, I went on an art tour of France and Italy, hiked canyons and snorkeled in Kauai, Hawaii,...

  • Saturday, July first was one of the longest days of my life.  I woke up at 3:45 a.m., spent an hour getting through security at the airport, and missed my plane.  They put me on the next flight out: 7 p.m.  Spending thirteen hours in the airport waiting for the three-hour flight was not so...

  •               Best. Christmas. Present. Ever. We were going to HAWAII!             The last time I had gone to Hawaii, I spent the entire vacation in the hotel with food poisoning, so this was exciting! We would be staying in Oahu, in a condo, right by the beach! It was January, 2009, when we...

  • " Here we are girls! We made it at last!" shouted my mother. Anyssa and I peered out the car window and what we saw before us brought huge smiles to our faces. There was a a sign that showed two cartoon-like children skipping and in between them was a bunny wearing glasses. Below the sign said "...

  •  At the Berklee college of music program I went to this summer in Boston, MA, an introductory conversation would usually go like this: Me: What instrument do you play? Jeff: Guitar. How about you? A singer? Me: No, I’m a bassist. Jeff: Really…that’s interesting. Are you any good? There are two...

  • This past summer, my high school took a group of students to volunteer in Sitio de Mata, Costa Rica, where we stayed in the homes of the local people. There are two major things that I realized during that experience. First, there is much more biodiversity in Costa Rica than I experience on the...

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