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  • Day 1 of my Social Studies class tour to China I planned to explore Beijing  - shopping and eating scorpions and snakes on sticks at the night market. Instead, I’m asking for water and toilet paper through thick double-layered glass in a Beijing hospital quarantine ward. My unexpected detour began...

    Tags: Asia
  •         On July 14th 2009 my mother, sister, and I set out to drive to Niagara Falls. We packed our bags and car with snacks and any necessities we would have needed for the long trip ahead. We left our home in the afternoon and drove to a hotel in Ithaca, New York which leaves us half way. We woke...

  • As I sit in a rental car and gaze upon Boston’s coastline, I admire the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean that is almost as serene and blue as the clear sky above it. On the other side of the road, I see trees and buildings, some been built over 100 years ago, some modern. This city is an enormous...

  • Brandon Baker Leavenworth, Kansas Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Welcome travelers to the beautiful city of Leavenworth, Kansas located just south of the history rich Fort Leavenworth in addition being positioned by the picturesque Missouri river. Leavenworth is the first incorporated city...

    Tags: Heritage, Kansas, USA
  •   My family and I volunteered at an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal for a week in November of 2010. The trip was a truly humbling and eye opening experience. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and yet is so beautiful and full of happy, peaceful people. In 2005, Kathmandu native...

  •             When one thinks of awe-inspiring, inconceivably beautiful vacation destinations, places such as New Zealand, Bora Bora, or France often come to mind. There are so many fascinating places to visit that people often overlook the beauty closest to them. This happened to me in a recent...

  • A Third Hope.    The taxi filled with cigarette smoke came to an abrupt stop, as my eyes glazed outside to see the broken landscape. Quickly, I paid the driver with crooked rotted smile a hundred Syrian Pounds, over double the amount he would charge a normal resident, and got out. I made my way...

    Tags: Africa
  • When thumbing through a vacation brochure, I am utterly dissatisfied by the images of families posing under palm trees or near ancient buildings and the bland facts that accompany the vibrant pictures. The information barely captures the image of a country’s colorful culture for those like me who...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •  I came to Ethiopia with a single objective: sure, it was a new vacation destination for my family and me, but the main goal of this trip for me was running. No, it wasn’t running away from the hippos, hyenas or gelada baboons endemic to Ethiopia. Rather, it was running as a sport; running to...

    Tags: Africa
  • Whoever said Hawaii was paradise was an understatement. Hawaii is more than just paradise it’s practically heaven on earth. With picturesque beaches and gorgeous sights the island of Maui is hard to pass up. Everything from its unique culture to beautiful botanical gardens is truly a sight to see...

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