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  • Sometimes it takes traveling 600 plus miles away from home to be closer with the ones that you live with there. That is exactly what happened when my family decided to take a weeks vacation over spring break to Orlando, Florida, to escape the harsh and bitter cold winter of Minnesota. My brothers...

  • When I was less than a year old, my father decided to leave my mom and I with any form communication between him and us. Twelve years later, my mom and I learned from my father's sister that he had killed himself; this was the very first time that my mom and I had spoken to my father's family...

  •  I had the opportunity to travel to London, England during my sophomore year of high school.  Sixteen young men and two English teachers ‘hopped across the pond’ on an 8 day, 7 night journey during our spring break.  We all gathered at our high school and a bus took us to NewarkLibertyAirport on a...

    Tags: England, Europe
  • Turning Lemons into Lemonade When it boils down to it, a trip isn’t about the destination, it is about the memories you created while there. A trip doesn’t have to be an epic journey either. For example, it can be as simple as going to the local pharmacy to buy a comb. That was a particular...

  • A few years back an amazing opportunity presented its self to me.  It was around April of 2008, when David Frederick, my youth pastor, approached me about a trip to Mexico.   Our high school group would be traveling down in June right after school got out.  However this wasn't just a fun vacation...

    Tags: Caribbean
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    Tags: Europe
  • My trip to Costa Rica with Common Ground International was the most amazing experience of my life. First, we visited Parque Nacional de Manuel Antonio, the national park of Costa Rica. The gates (only a block from our hotel) open unto a rainforest. We saw monkeys, sloths, snakes, birds and more. ...

  • I had the worst trip ever when I was in 5th grade. My family and I decided to visit San Francisco, which was about seven hours away by car. On the trip, several horrible things happened, which include my younger brother throwing up, a police car stopping us, getting lost, getting turned away from...

  •        After middle school, my parents and I decided that it would be a good idea for me to go to a summer camp alone. We lived in Turkey at that time so our opinion of a good summer camp for me was a program that would improve my English and include fun activities. After a long search of...

    Tags: Europe
  • Happy Birthday. I couldn't trust what I'd just heard. I felt as if my ears were playing some vindictive trick on me. I couldn't believe it, it was actually true. I was going to see my much loved band, Cursive, live. Tanner merely smiled at me as I stood there not knowing what to do. For my birthday...

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