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  • I had often heard friends of mine compare family reunions to the fifth circle of Dante's Inferno. It should come as no surprise then that I was not exactly relishing the idea of my first extended family gathering. I knew that this particular gathering was for my grandfather. A veteran of the Second...

  • After spending our Christmas at home, three days later my sister and I were invited to travel back east by our aunt and uncle in Columbia, Maryland. Having lived in sunny, southern California for most of our lives, traveling in late December to the east coast was an abrupt change. Since this was...

  • It cost only three Euros to walk through the gold-laden doors. I held my breath as I stepped across the threshold, greatly anticipating what lay inside. As I thought about my now-empty pocket, I began to wonder whether one could even put a price on the opportunity to stand in the presence of such...

    Tags: Europe
  • It was a typical fall day in 2008. My Chemistry class had just completed a lab when the next thing Ms. Fuller asked was if any of us would be interested in taking an educational tour to New Zealand and Australia. I thought to myself, did she ask what I think she asked? I could not wait talk to my...

    Tags: Pacific
  •               The most thrilling thing I did during the summer of 2008 (and probably during my lifetime) was to tour Western Europe for twenty-five days with Explorica Student Tours. This experience with my peers, who at the time were all strangers to me, changed my outlook on meeting new people,...

    Tags: Europe
  • The day I heard my Uncle Jerry moved from San Diego, CA to Great Falls, MT, I was a bit disappointed. Visiting him in San Diego was a blast! Then My dad then told me we were going to take a vacation to Montana to see him. However, first we were going to stay in a condo in Bozeman, MT. As my Uncle...

  • Five people cramming into a truck full of luggage and snacks, who doesn't love a good family road trip to Illinois?  As my two brothers fought during the 18 hour car ride, I was at peace having the whole back row of my dads Suburban to myself. I was able to stretch  and sleep as I pleased...

  • Last summer I went on a family vacation that surpassed all my high expectations. My “frequently cruising” family announced that our next trip would be a Baltic Cruise by Celebrity, and prepared for sun, good food, and amazing sights. Always big on sharing our adventures, my parents invited my...

    Tags: Europe
  •   The Bond I forced myself to look in a direct line down the uneven, brick road. I made a conscious effort to smile; it was a fake, strained emotion across my face. The reality was I had never been more uneasy. I glanced at the pint-sized woman leading me past colorful houses, a simple school, a...

  • We left the small town of Fosston, Minnesota early one morning. There were 12 of us; 9 kids, 3 adult leaders. We were headed to Galveston, Texas to do hurricane clean up a year after Hurricane Ike hit the shore. Texas wasn't our first stop though. Our first stop was YWAM (Youth With A Mission)...

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