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  •                                                                  Leap of Faith “3…2” As the bungee master counts down, I cut him off… “Wait, no, you have to start again, I wasn’t ready.” He starts again, “3…2…” I interject “Stop, okay, one more time, I am ready this time.” “3….2…1” As he counts...

    Tags: Pacific
  •      Driving past Rice Park on a winter evening is one of the most inviting sights you could ever see. The trees are festooned with magical twinkling lights that illuminate ice sculptures on the ground below. Laughter and music float through the air, and draws our eyes to the ice rink across the...

  • Israel is a place that means many different things to many different people. When I made my first visit to the Promised Land, I came hoping to gain new perspective on a country that’s experienced so much conflict and strife over the years. But I didn’t really notice anything obvious during my week...

  • For most people, traveling outside the country and making friends from other parts of the world is a chance to expand horizons and worldviews and broaden your point of view. In the summer of 2008, I accomplished not only that but also improved my French, had fun, and made lasting memories as part...

    Tags: Europe
  •  I was born in Los Angeles, California in house with two sisters and a bother. We were not the rich kids on the block but we had enough money to get by. Is funny how you do not realize that when you’re younger. When I ten years old, our family took trip to El Salvador a small country located in...

  • The day had finally arrived. After months upon months of planning, I was finally packing my bags, going over checklists, and running to the store to purchase even more unnecessary items. My bags were heavy (because, of course, I couldn't leave anything behind) as I passed them to the baggage...

  • Have you ever heard of the advice to arrive two hours before your flight is scheduled to leave? Well, that is exactly what my family and I did not do for our flight to Phoenix, Arizona last summer. We tend to live on the “wild side” when it comes to the little things like spices on our food, the...

  • 'Skinny Rat! Skinny Rat!' These two simple words, when put together, mean more to me than any other two words ever spoken. The words themselves are not as meaningful as the energetic eleven-year-old who assigned the nickname to me. During the summer of 2006, I was one of the fortunate few from my...

  • Quarter Finalist 2010 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship One week, no parents, and halfway across the country; what’s not to love? The summer between my eighth and ninth grade years, a trip was offered that took almost 150 of us to Washington, DC. One week, no parents, and halfway across the...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA
  • I have been to the Philippines many of times but I did not get to enjoy all of it's beauty and culture like I did when I went this past summer. The Philippines to me when I was growing up was a strange and interesting place that I dreamed of going to when I got older. I started taking interest in...

    Tags: Asia

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