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  • I took a deep breath, filling my lungs with the clean foreign air a thousand miles away from everything I’d ever known.  I looked out into the peaceful night, my eyes traveling over the tops of Parisian townhouses and the lit Eiffel Tower, illuminating the streets below.  My mind soared out over...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris
  • /*-->*/ Where will this summer take me? Maybe I'll take a dive off the waterfalls of Jamaica where the there is “no problem man”; maybe I'll visit the Big Apple and climb to the top of the statue of liberty and see how big the city is from a birds eye view; Or maybe I'll go to Canada and try...

  • Anxiety filled our spirits as we waited for the mail to arrive to our house. In two days, my mother and I would be flying across the Atlantic and our Eurail pass had not yet arrived. This pass would be our golden ticket for fifteen days, allowing us to ride train upon train to whichever countries...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • When our Bimini Island Air charter plane dipped below the clouds over Great Abaco Island, the first glimpse of our long-awaited destination was not a palm-fringed paradise, but a wrecked plane, not much smaller than our own, mired in a swamp and blurred by pouring rain. I exchanged nervous glances...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • My parents came to the United States in 1990, six years before I was born. Three years after they moved, my grandfather passed away. Although he died before my birth, he was extremely proud that my father and mother made it to the United States and was anticipating the arrival of an American...

    Tags: Asia, China, Heritage
  •   “Do not go where the path may lead,  go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson               As I looked out the window, the runway strip stared back at me, I pondered why did I choose my first plane ride to be to Japan. The plane seemed to be much...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  • The blue-green water plummeted down so fast it formed a gray mist that lingered above the falls. The swirls of churning water tumbled over themselves in a seemingly endless race to the waiting bottom of the pool. Mother Nature had blessed Niagara Falls with this great demonstration of power. My...

  •          Two summers ago, my mother and father decided to go on a road trip to Franklin, Tennessee to visit some family friends. I desperately did not want to go on the 10 hour drive, in my mother's small car, seated next to my 19 year old, older brother. A few weeks before we set off for the trip...

  • Unfortunately, the best moments of our lives are often the ones that we don’t fully appreciate until after the fact. Many people waste their youths by staring too intently at the future, later realizing that their memories are what they cherish the most. The best way for a still-youthful person to...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  •             Our experiences in life determine who we are and who we become as a person. Recently, I had an experience that was very profound for me, in the form of a mission trip to Charleston, South Carolina with Group Week of Hope.             On July 11 some kids from my church’s youth group and...

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