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  • I sat as first chair in the Honors Band, ready to play an unbelievably difficult saxophone solo. Well, that’s what I visualized in my head at least, but things didn’t turn out exactly that way. I traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona for a second summer at the Curry Music Camp, housed at NAU (Northern...

  •         In July of 2011, I hopped on an airplane and flew 6,543 miles to Incheon, South Korea. The sterile and serious environment of Incheon International Airport was off-putting. Numbers upon numbers of Asian businessmen and women walked quickly and professionally, staring straight ahead in...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  • I am not fond of traveling a lot. My parents never had the opportunity to take me out of town for fun. I have never been to Disneyland,  Knots berry Farm, Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, Golden Gate Bridge, or the beach. Everything changed when I turned 16. My older brother had the chance to...

  •   For years, I wanted to travel to Europe and play my French horn. So last year, when my band director invited me to travel with the Arizona Ambassadors of Music to seven countries over sixteen days, I was ecstatic. After pleading with my parents, they decided to let me go. The trip started with...

    Tags: Europe
  • “Where are you guys coming from?” the patrol officer asked. “El Paso Texas” answered my brother, Allen. “How long have you lived there?” “Seven years” Allen replied. Then the cop said “That’s far. Well have fun on your trip.” And we drove off. If only that’s how that really happened.             A...

  • After finally graduating High School and a Cosmetology Program my family decided I needed a vacation. My family owns a house in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico in a close community called La Cholla, and on June 4th we all got in the car for our four hour road trip. But before we actually hit the road I...

  • Before I started high school, I went on another exciting journey. I was chosen as a People to People Student Ambassador to China. I had never been out of the country before and was quite scared that I would be doing so without my parents or anyone that I really knew very well. We traveled through...

    Tags: Asia
  • It was hot and humid when I stepped outside the airport, but the excitement of exploring the ancient city of Beijing drowned out the heat like a cool summer rain. My friends, Zach and Alisha were there to meet me and thus began my adventure. My friends educated me with the Chinese greeting, “nǐ...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring
  •   If someone told me a year ago that I would be dangling over the edge of a cliff halfway around the world, I would have told them that they had the wrong girl. Heights tended to turn me into a jittery, nervous mess. However a year ago I was presented with an opportunity by People to People...

  • I remember when my mom first came to me with the idea of going to Boston for a vacation. The emotions came quickly. First came excitement. Second came fear. When she said that we were going to Boston, I thought about all of the stereotypes of northerners. They’re all so mean. They’ll yell at you...

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