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Last year, my grandparents offered to take me and my brother to Belize on a mission trip with their church. I was beyond excited seeing as it would be my first time out of the country. We left in February leaving behind the cold, wintry, United States for an exotic, tropical, Belize. We went...Tags:
The cry of seagulls permeating the air. The crisp, salty smell of the ocean drifting lazily into my nostrils. A decadent, five-star hotel before me, eager to welcome me after a long, sleepless night. None of these things greeted me as I exited my EgyptAir plane and stepped onto the arid...Tags:
When I first heard my mom boasting of the fact that we were going to Vietnam as out vacation destination, I immediately dreaded the idea, but honestly I don't know why. I don't know if it was because I was dreading the fact of entering an airport or because I was heading to a destination that I've...Tags:
Founded in 1983 Most teenagers are busy hanging out with friends, going to the beach, vacationing, and getting jobs during their summer vacation. I participate in these things as well but, in addition, I have been lucky enough to meet and work with people like Dizz. Dizz is a person unlike any...Tags:
There I was, an American born Indian boy, from the Texan suburbs, in the middle of rural India. I lay in a cot outside in the humid muggy air staring up at a dark star strewn sky, feeling strange, out of place, but at the same time feeling as though this was my home. I was used to air conditioned...Tags:
You walk past its modern streets and bars and find festive people everywhere. You go through its ancient cities and find cathedrals bigger than castles. You find yourself dancing in the streets along with the Latin guitar music. The beach is where you stand now; clear blue water dances with the...Tags:
About two years ago, my family and I went on my very first camping trip in California. Not only was this camping experience an outstanding adventure, it was also a trip that provided me with an acceptable amount of knowledge on general survival skills. We reached our camp site at 2 a.m and...Tags:
My muscles burned, and I willed myself to carry on, to take one more step. I counted each stair: thirty-one, thirty-two. As I trudged on, I imagined a tragic war taking over my body: thirty-three, thirty-four. The tendons were bitter over their fellow friends who had been sacrificed to the...Tags:
When I was sixteen, I had the opportunity to travel to Austria with my father and many of my relatives for my aunt’s birthday. I was excited, not only to visit another country, but to escape from high school drama and the failing health of my grandmother. I couldn’t wait to spend time with all my...Tags:
The water was as clear as glass, and as I ran in, a massive comforting warmth surged through my entire body. I walked through the beautifully clear water, and the ocean massaged my feet with soft, white sand. I thought to myself what a wonderful place this was! Montego Bay, Jamaica really is a...Tags: