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  • I looked out across the sleek modern buildings, the crowded park with throngs of children and joggers, the beautiful light blue mirror of the Mediterranean now fiery in the sunset... and started to cry. I wasn't supposed to be welling up.  I was on a seven-week exchange program to Spain, my first...

  • I didn’t know someone could grow up so fast in ten days. Usually it takes years, especially for someone at my age. My select choir called the RH Singers was invited to tour Vienna, Bratislava and Prague and sing in some of the cities’ most beautiful churches. I’m seventeen years old and now after...

    Tags: Europe
  •  We drop over the big mountain and my stomach falls as I clutch the armrests of the shaky jet.  I turn towards my mom and smile; we land safely on the runway all the locals start to clap.  As I exit the plane I feel a gust of wet wind slap me in the face. It’s about 80 degrees outside, not bad for...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •   I open my eyes to muted light streaming from my windows.  I take a peek out, and marvel at the fluffy snow covering the mountains in the distance.  As I sit and stare, I am wishing that summer would come.  Winter is amazing here, but the summer offers so much fun.  I could go swimming in our...

    Tags: Tennessee, USA
  • Riding the subway is often a stressful experience, especially in a foreign country. The crowded platforms, rushing people, confusing signs, fast stops and sardine packed trains make for a nerve-wracking experience. But there is nothing worse than trying to navigate the London Tube with a 50lb...

  • My fantastic city of Saint Clair Shores often referred to as “The Gateway to the Great Lakes”. You will have boundless access to plenty of recreational opportunities both on land and water. There are three waterfront and ten neighborhood parks to come and enjoy. Where you can sit by the lake or...

  • Where in the world can one experience the quaintness of a small town, yet still be less than an hour away from beautiful beaches in one direction, and from a glimmering city in another?  The answer, of course, is the town of Farmingdale, on Long Island, New York.     First settled in 1687,...

    Tags: New York, USA
  • Ah, the thrill of the city! Distant music from a corner café weaves through the air, pushed along by the wind of a dozen bicyclists rushing down the street. Cars lurch to a stop every few minutes as they compete with the bicycles for their share of the roadway. The smell of curry from an Indian...

    Tags: Europe
  • They came from all over by the thousands.  They traveled for miles.  Some of them even came from neighboring countries. They walked, rode motorcycles, piled into the back of pickup trucks, and crammed themselves into military transport vehicles.  Although each individual was unique, they all...

  •  As I departed from the plane, I left all my worries and concerns in my chair. Walking into the beautiful morning in the Africa sun made me realize that I was at the right place at the right time. My school was there to spread our culture and our love of the arts to the people of Africa...

    Tags: Africa

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