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  • I shifted in the metal folding chair, picking at the threads of my shirt. Nervous, I glanced at my host family, who surrounded me in a semi-circle. Thirty eyes stared expectantly back at me. Intimidated, I lowered my eyes back to my hands, which had now unraveled the thread.               I was...

    Tags: Africa, Exploring
  •      I have been traveling my entire life with my family.  This past year I have been incredible lucky to have the privlege of experiencing two foreign countries and going across country.  I went on a Royal Caribbean Alaskan cruise last July.  My family and I panned for gold, fished for Alaskan...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • 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
  • In late July of 2010, I boarded a flight headed to Denver, Colorado. Along with 45 other youth from the Bay Area Episcopal Diocese, I headed to the Standing Sioux Reservation. Every summer, about 50 high school youth from our area go on a mission trip, during which we do construction and build...

  • It was a rather warm summer morning here in Fresno, as I stepped onto my dad's truck. It was around 6:00 am, and my father seemed extremely tired. I could see the countless sleepless hours in his eyes due to his two jobs, and his flu, that he recently contracted. Nonetheless, my father drove me...

  • If you read my title, you will know that my most significant trip was my trip to India at 13 years old, so many events happened on this trip that I couldn’t use one single word to describe it. It was a proverbial smoothie of smells, sights, and sounds and I was the blender. I have to admit, at...

    Tags: Asia
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    Tags: Europe
  • 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...

  • Music is my life, but when I think of 'music' and its various locations, I always seem to overlook Nashville, Tennessee. Last April, my high school band and choir got a chance to truly understand where some of music's roots are. The original purpose for coming to Nashville was to be critiqued on...

  • When I was a small girl my mother would tell me stories of when she grew up in her country. She would tell me of colorful parrots and how they would sing to her while bathing. She'd describe the fruit as if they were edible jewels on treacherous trees. Her stories of swimming in warm beaches full...

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