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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,...

  • I still remember the day that I walked out the steps of the airplane. The fresh breeze blowing across my face, the sound of a new language that dropped my tongue down to the ground, and the many diverse people walking around. Suddenly there was strange people guiding us in a foreign direction and I...

  • When I first arrived in Ethiopia I thought I was seeing true poverty.  Shabby stores, garbage lined streets, and beggars appeared to indicate many people were in desperate need.  It turned out I simply did not understand the whole picture.  The World Food Prize awarded me an international...

  • Each year my father, mother and I go on vacation. Sometimes it is to the beach, sometimes it is to visit my oldest brother in Arizona, but this family vacation was dedicated to visiting the colleges I was most interested in. It was only unfortunate that they were all over 1000 miles to the north....

  • I stared down at what I held in my hand, not able to believe it…a ticket to Disney World. My mom couldn’t hold back her beaming smile. “Your bags are already packed. We’re leaving tonight.” “Tonight?” my brother, Garrett cried. And so our surprise trip to Disney World began. After a...

  • Washington D.C. is perhaps most beautiful during April when the cherry blossoms bloom. People come from all around the country to witness the sight of the blooming buds that cover the vast majority of the trees. Our family was there a few years ago to witness this. I had never been the D.C....

    Tags: DC, North America, USA
  •  Shoes. Most of us have many pairs. I know I do. But what if you only had one or two? This was the case of many of the kids I met in Quito, Ecuador. I went there on a ten day trip in the summer of 2008. My church and I brought down over 600 pairs; each day we washed, lotioned, powdered, and shoed...

  • This was it—the moment of truth. I smiled and shook hands with Señor Caballero, my new host father. “¿Hola, como está?” I said, awkwardly. He responded in a thick accent that was barely intelligible. I could tell it was going to be a confusing two weeks. I smiled at him and nodded in an effort to...

  •                         In the summer of 2008, I had the opportunity to visit Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The slum is composed of over 1 million Kenyans, making it the largest slum in Africa. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is made up of about 3 million people, meaning that Kibera is about one-...

    Tags: Africa
  •   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,...

    Tags: Caribbean

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