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  • Today I jumped off a bus in the middle of Cairo. Unfortunately, my feet missed the landing and I was momentarily sprawled on a busy street. I quickly gathered myself together and took inventory of the damage - a bloody knee, shaky hands and a badly bruised ego. Oh well, nothing to do but sit and...

    Tags: Africa
  • Kushiro, Japan               I lifted the bowl closer to my mouth to get the last few grains of rice out of the bottom. So did you. As we lowered them back again, our eyes met. You tipped your head forward and shot me a look of seriousness and rage. There was a moment of silence as we stared at...

    Tags: Asia
  •  As much as I am able to appreciate the beauty of the American culture, especially the concept of the American Dream, I am convinced that there's no better place on this planet than one's homeland.  After moving to America six years ago, I had not been able to return to Kyrgyzstan, a small country...

    Tags: Asia
  • I'd always lived in California. I'd never been anywhere else -- not even out of state! -- and I can't imagine living anywhere else. This, I suppose, is exactly why my mother intended to visit her native Taiwan this summer -- and drag my brother and me along. I abruptly fainted. I'll say it right...

    Tags: Asia
  • The white fairyland caught my gaze. I loved the boundless hills that swept over the pure countryside and the charming houses that were encased in a white frost. The majestic cathedrals, adorned with marvelous, angelic paintings and jeweled relics took my breath away. So captivated was I by the...

    Tags: Europe
  •               History. Friends. Adventure. Those are the three words that come to mind when I think of my trip to the nation’s capital, WashingtonD.C. I learned more history than I have in all my school history classes combined, made friends from around the world, and had the most exhilarating...

  • Relaxation. One of the things most of us want, but can barely get. If you seek for a quiet, yet filled with activities vacation Savannah, Georgia is the place. Savannah is one of the most historical cities in the United States. Not only is it a city where you can learn about history, but there are...

  • Nelson Mandela once stated that “there is nothing like returning to a place that has remained unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” After completing a semester abroad in Italy, I’ve come to understand the full meaning of this proverb. Stepping foot inside my house was an...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  •   Stretching out next to my best friend at practice one day, she randomly asks me “Do you want to come to Japan with me this Summer?” I turn to look at her and realize that she’s not kidding. I’ve never had anyone ask me a question like that before but then I became cognizant of how fun it sounds....

    Tags: Asia
  • After an all afternoon trip from Ohio to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, my entire missions group and I were happy to finally enter the city at eleven in the evening. We'd spent the whole afternoon napping and by this time, had become restless. Upon entering the area, our excitement was soon snuffed...

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