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  • It’s that time of year again, the sun is shining, birds are chirping, cornfields are full of nearly-knee high corn; it’s just about the right time for a family vacation, right? This year our destination was first to Mason, Ohio to catch up with our cousins, and then to sunny Charleston, South...

  • It took 4 years of French language classes, a strongly expressed love for French, and a persistent nagging toward my parents before I convinced them to let me travel to France with my classmates in the summer of 2009. It was a voyage dubbed “Allons en France” or “Let’s go to France” by NETC, the...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • As I boarded the plane that July morning, I could feel my heart sink into my stomach as I heard several middle aged men in line for the bathroom whisper their crude plans for Bangkok, Thailand. As I laid back in my seat, I still felt more uncomfortable than I had been in my entire life. My mind...

    Tags: Asia
  • I'm proud to be an Army brat. Based on my father's assignment, I move to a new location every two to three years. I've lived all over the United States, but my most memorable home was in Ansbach, Germany. That's where I met the world. Before we moved to Europe, I never really appreciated foreign...

    Tags: Europe
  •             On August 4th 2008 I went on a trip the wild zoo teen and I will never forget. I volunteer at Rolling Hills Zoo in Kansas, and at the end of every summer we all go on a trip to get out of Salina, Kansas. Last year our trip included Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Cave of The...

  • China is a land both familiar and yet mysterious to me. It is the country of my ancestors, of those people whose footsteps have vanished from the earth and yet whose souls still live on in the hearts of their descendents. On the outside, I am, in every aspect, a full-blooded Chinese: the almond-...

    Tags: Asia
  • This summer my family and I took a trip to beautiful Spain. On the way there, of course everybody was excited. Even waking up at four in the morning did not bother me too much. Spain was everything I imagined it to be and much more. However, I did not expect my trip to change my life. Being on...

    Tags: Europe
  • It was my birthday, I was turning sixteen, and I was excited. I was in the car, on my way to somewhere very special. It was not, however, the DMV, it was the airport, and I was about to fly to Japan. A trip to Japan happens in steps. The first is in the international terminal of Chicago O'Hare. New...

    Tags: Asia
  • When I stepped off the plane at the Heathrow airport in London, I was already enthralled with hearing so many English accents surround me that I completely forgot about the other, more crucial part of my trip: traveling to Scotland. During our trip in London we stayed at the Kensington hotel, which...

    Tags: Europe
  • Summer vacation 2010 presented a dilemma:  Dad had no vacation time available and Mom had too much.  With an economical Prius in the driveway and plenty of time, we decided on a 17 day road trip – just mom and me – covering approximately 4,500 miles, traveling to the Pacific Northwest. Since it was...

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