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  • Most vacations provide serenity to people. It doesn’t matter where – the lush islands of Hawaii or the elegant streets of France, vacations often offer joyous memories.             But this trip was different. It was an unfortunate surprise for my family. We traveled around Texas in a journey...

  • Alaska…snow, Eskimos, and igloos, right? Well, not exactly. When I first touched ground in Fairbanks, Alaska, I was completely shocked. “This isn’t the Alaska that I see in movies and on posters,” I thought. There was no snow, for it was only July, and there certainly weren’t any igloos! Everything...

  • In April of 2009, the Watkins Overton High School Wind Symphony journeyed over six hundred miles from its hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to fight the odds in the Bluebonnet Classic Musical Festival. The Bluebonnet Classic is a national music competition held in San Antonio, Texas for which high...

  • Earlier this summer, I was fortunate enough to be chosen to attend a Girl Scout "Destination" program to New York City. "Destinations" is a worldwide program that encourages girls to travel abroad and experience new things that they might not have had the opportunities to otherwise. In November...

  • Crying girls, yelling boys, pacing leaders -- these aren't phrases that usually come to mind when people think about their favorite vacation; but most people don't use words such as hypothermia, Swiss nuns, or drowning to describe it either. It began one year ago when I joined a leadership...

    Tags: Europe
  • Several girls shrieked as the plane dipped to the right. I sucked in my breath with amazement as my classmates and I flew over the tropical island of Tioman, where we would be spending an entire week as a part of a team-building exercise. Who would have thought a forgotten island off the east coast...

    Tags: Pacific
  • He picked it up off the ground.  After putting the single Euro coin we gave him in the vending machine, he picked the cigarette up off the cement and began to smoke it.  Yeah.  We watched in disbelief while Anthony walked beside him, conversing in Spanish.  Ian and I didn’t want to take directions...

    Tags: Europe
  •             In the summer of 2009, a small group from my church, including myself, had a great opportunity to fly down to New Orleans, Louisiana as a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, also known as the ELCA.  My small group of six would be amidst thirty three thousand other...

  • On a trip to Cape Cod with my family a few years ago, I went to the Barnstable County Fair. Along with the cotton candy, exotic animals, and midway rides they also had entertainers. One of the acts was a family of jugglers called Bounce, Ooo La La, and Daniel. As I watched them juggle in amazement...

  • Growing up my childhood was characterized by tales of my parents’ homeland of Lebanon. My bedtime stories when I was younger consisted of vivid accounts of the sparkling blue water one saw while walking across the “Mina” (Arabic for boardwalk), and the history that filled the air above the...

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