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  • After a hectic year in which cancer, misfortune, and illness infected our lives, my family found it a relief to finally be able to go on a vacation. It had been over a year since we had been out of state - and with good reason too: my mother had been fighting off an aggressive form of lymphoma. A...

  •               When  I stepped off the plane in Zurich, Switzerland, the first thought that crossed my mind  was: "Thank God we made it!" Prior to that flight, I had only flown once before--round-trip to Florida , with my family. Needless to say, I was a little nervous. This was a completely...

    Tags: Europe
  • I saw trash covered corners, ragged barefoot beggars ranging from toddlers to cripples, and streets congested with hundreds of mopeds carrying entire families at a time. Our family in Vietnam, indistinguishable from the multitudes of worn-down locals engulfed my mother, brother, sister, and I in...

    Tags: Asia
  • It’s late afternoon, Saigon. Traffic has eased up a little, but the signature tropical humidity is still unbearably heavy. My mom and I are across the street from our hotel, taking pictures at Ho Con Rua, a circular, concrete area where young couples escape for an afternoon rendezvous. Translated,...

    Tags: Asia
  • St. Augustine once proclaimed that "The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." With blistered feet, rain-drenched hair, and aching bones, my first introduction to the European society was far from luxurious. However, with ten days and a massive dose of culture shock, the...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  •      In April of 2010, my guidance counselor told me that I was nominated to be a delegate from Hamilton High School to Alabama Boys State. I was so excited. It was a great honor for myself and my three fellow delegates from Hamilton to be able to attend this very distinguished experience. It was...

  •             I came around the bend on the wooded path and gasped.  Rarely have I ever seen anything quite as stunning as the view that was before my eyes.  The mountain, the woods, the lake, and the flag were perfectly framed and composed.  The air was cool, the sky was clear, and yet the clouds...

  • Come on down to Strikesville! Formerly known as Strongsville, this suburban city quietly nestled just 20 miles outside of Cleveland, Ohio until it was devastated by a teachers' union strike in the Spring of 2013. The board of education could not be reasoned with, and the teachers were forced to...

    Tags: Exploring, Ohio, USA
  •             95-degree heat, intense humidity, and 480 descending stairs create quite a bit of exhaustion and sweat.  Luckily the plethora of stairs led to a magnificent, 229-foot tall crystal-clear waterfall with cascading frigid water.  Talk about refreshing!  That is right; swimming is allowed in...

  •           This June 2011, I went on a mission trip to Baltimore, Maryland.  This was quite possibly the most eye-opening experience of my young life.  Not only does Baltimore have a lot to offer in the tourism department, but this city houses some of the kindest individuals I have ever met.  I...

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