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  • Approximately 45 minutes north of Chicago there is a small city in Wisconsin named Kenosha.  I walk up and down these Kenosha streets every day.  People greet me and I greet them back.  They look at me and probably only see a common teenage boy walking down the street- nothing too special.  If only...

  •     “I can’t believe you’re finally coming to stay with me! After a whole year! My family is so excited, and my mom is doing crazy cleaning!” Rachael was talking so fast that I could hardly understand her, but it didn’t matter. All that mattered was that I could tell how excited she was, and I knew...

    Tags: Europe
  •                 When on vacation what is it that you look for? Solitude, excitement, historical features, food, or just to get away? When choosing a vacation destination Bridgeport, California has it all. This small little town has as much to do to keep you busy for a week, if not longer. With...

    Tags: Exploring, USA
  • Every summer my friends and I take a trip to go to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. We spend a week at the university and while we are there we take a field trip to an educational place. This summer our field trip was in St.Louis, Missouri.   In St.Louis we visited the Black...

  • Excitement, fear, curiosity, fatigue, the want of food and comfort with a side of adrenaline. It was the perfect concoction of uneasiness and restless that kept me yearning for more as I traveled that year. It was the middle of my 8th grade break and my mom got a goup of local students and I...

  • 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
  • I think I was more excited about my parents’ 25th anniversary than they were. We were going to Cancun! I had never been out of the country before, and I was determined to make that change for the better.   I cut my hair and presented my most winning smile to the passport photographer, which of...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • "WHAT?" I exclaimed. "Your grandparents are taking you to Italy with them this summer." Italy? Europe? 16 hour flight? "WHAT?" I repeated. This meant I would be going out of the country, something I had never done before, twice that summer, and I wasn't sure how I felt about it. In June I was going...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  • Landing was frightening. The fog outside the airplane window swept by so dark and dense, the wings disappeared; I could see the speed at which we seemed to plummet through the gray nothing. Rough turbulence shook the plane hard. My friend painfully gripped my hand with both of hers and hid her face...

    Tags: Asia
  • http://www.swoutfitters.com/oldschool. “Living off the land” is not a very common lifestyle in America today; however, at OLD School (outdoor, leadership, and discipleship school) it’s how you learn to live. Five days full of backpacking, whitewater rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, living in...

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