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                Travel on an airplane for 12 hours, to somewhere 5,599 miles away, and you will end up in one of the most beautiful places on earth, the place that changed my life forever.  This once in a lifetime opportunity occurred two years ago, during the summer of 2008.  Before this I was your...

    Tags: Europe
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    Traveling is something that I love to do. To visit new places, see new people, taste new foods, and learn new cultures. But the trip that changed me the most wasn't in another state or country. A museum or some type of historical site; it was in my own neighborhood. I live in Maywood, Il, right...

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    There is one privilege that we living in America take for granted -- availability. Nearly everyone you know can probably be found somehow at any time, whether by phone, instant message, text; there's very little gaps where communication is blocked. When you're traveling, however, this isn't...

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    Going to Brazil changed my life spiritually and mentally. This trip was my first trip out of the country and it was also my first time on an airplane. I went on this mission trip with my pastor and some girls from my youth group. Our mission in Brazil was to bring to light the amzing God that we...

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      “Oh what a beautiful morning. Oh what a beautiful day…” the off tone singing of my former religion teacher trails off down the hall as he attempts to wake up the crew. Unlike my alarm clock at home, this one doesn’t have a snooze button, so I slowly sat up and surveyed my surroundings. In this...

    Tags: Caribbean
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    Five people cramming into a truck full of luggage and snacks, who doesn't love a good family road trip to Illinois?  As my two brothers fought during the 18 hour car ride, I was at peace having the whole back row of my dads Suburban to myself. I was able to stretch  and sleep as I pleased...

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    Tags: Asia
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    My home is found in Alaska, a place of extreme temperatures and dazzling beauty. I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska and have a storehouse of unique Alaskan experiences and memories to show for it! Tourists from all over the world visit my hometown every year, and for good reason! There...

    Tags: Alaska, Exploring, USA
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    As a child, I never acknowledged my mom’s lack of developed English. In fact, I treated the anomaly as a game for my young self to decipher and put together, like pieces of a puzzle. It wasn’t until one of my fourth grade classmates mocked her English did I realize that the discrepancies between...

    Tags: Asia, China, Heritage
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    Every path, no matter how long and winding it can be, has a horizon. Every long walk, no matter how tiring and tedious it is for a small child walking with her parents, ends at an unforeseen destination, like the boardwalk. I was a happy child who tried not to cause too much trouble, but I...

    Tags: Soul Search, USA

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