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  • Each summer, my family and I travel to Serbia to visit our relatives in Belgrade and Leskovac, the former a vibrant capital city and the latter a charming town rooted in tradition. We take the opportunity of spending time abroad to experience a new culture as well. The summer of 2008, we realized...

    Tags: Europe
  • This summer my family and I went to Europe. My family loves to travel, and as a result I have been to thirty-two states. Going to Europe though was a completely different experience. We went to Germany and France, both beautiful countries. The reason for our trip was not only vacation; our family...

    Tags: Europe
  • My time in Vietnam has been mostly influenced by my work with my classmate Ramzi & Cole in a service learning project for a rural handicraft village.It is a typically chaotic Monday afternoon: Cole’s computer has been stolen, there is so much traffic on the streets of Hanoi that the motorcycles...

    Tags: Asia
  •  After three steaming days backpacking in a Costa Rican jungle, my thoughts should have been on a more predictable topic. A shower, perhaps. Maybe a memory of scaling waterfalls, or seeking famed tapirs. Instead, I was watching in astonishment as one of my hiking companions writhed in perfume-...

  • I just got back from an incredible missions trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica.  The contagious “everything’s good” Jamaican attitude greeted me upon departing the airport.  The drive to where I stayed was quite an adventure.  In Jamaica, car horns are used like signal lights.  Whenever cars change lanes...

  • Though Lansing is the capital of Michigan, it doesn’t exactly have tourists flocking there.  This, however, does not erase the exciting and beautiful places that people, even some locals, don’t notice nestled behind an imperfect, or even “boring”, reality.  Many travel guides focus in on cliché...

  • The warm sand beneath my feet, the hot sun touching my skin, the sound of the waves behind me. I stop to take it all in. Its my favorite place in the world, its a place I can relax, become closer with my family, and find myself again. My family and I take a trip to Florida once a year since my...

  • For as long as I can remember, my immediate family, my cousins, and I have always camped at a state park for a few days during summer vacation. That’s exactly what I was expecting during the summer of 2011, so when my dad and my uncle decided to break tradition and take us to South Padre Island...

  • My story begins with an early morning in mid-July.  The air was thick and humid with a temperature creeping near the 100 degree mark, not uncommon for Texas during the summer. Assiduously, my mother and sister coaxed me in to the Dodge “Dualy” that would be delivering us to our destination 1700...

  • The first thing that pops in a person’s head when they think of New York is automatically related to the city. I grew up on Long Island so the first thing that pops into my head when I think of New York is home. New York is not the rude state as many think it is. There are beautiful people and...

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