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'Times Square!' a man cried as he rapidly yanked open the door of a yellow taxi and carelessly tossed our luggage into the trunk. My dad and I hurried into the cave of black leather and we lurched away. A gruff cab driver demanded the name of our hotel as he shrewdly maneuvered through the flood of...Tags:
The following story, as unbelievable as it may seem, is entirely true. During the summer of 2006, my family and I embarked on a cross country trip. We left wonderful Tampa, Florida for fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. This was supposed to be a nice family vacation, but unfortunately what played out...Tags:
Sunshiny Summertime . Strolling casually along the warm water’s edge, the gritty sand gently grabs my feet. Reflecting off the waves rolling onto the shoreline, the sun illuminates shells in the shallow surf. Delivering a whiff of a dead fish, the constant breeze fills the depths of my lungs. ...Tags:
My journey started in April. My Young Life leader at announced that there was a chance to go to Frontier Ranch in for our summer camp. Once I heard about the trip, it was a done deal. I was going and I was lucky to go with 8 of my good friends and three leaders. My leader talked to us on how we to...Tags:
It is instinct that makes a bird leave the nest. From a little weak chick to a great powerful falcon, it would jump off from its nest and extend its scythe like wings, slicing through the air. Each wing stroke it takes is a heartbeat that declares its independence. The falcon has its own freedom...Tags:
I’ve discovered that clouds are, by far, some of the most interesting things to photograph. When you’re in an airplane, above most of the pollution and a lot of the atmosphere, the contrast between the blue of the sky and the white of the clouds is inspirational. I was on an airplane with my aunt...Tags:
The train screeched to a stop at Lauterbrunnen, the village nestled in a valley in which we were lodging, triggering the mad rush to retrieve baggage. My family and I waited, taking our time to drink in the different sights of Switzerland. The lilting tones of Schweizerdeutsch were like a beautiful...Tags:
Last year, my grandparents offered to take me and my brother to Belize on a mission trip with their church. I was beyond excited seeing as it would be my first time out of the country. We left in February leaving behind the cold, wintry, United States for an exotic, tropical, Belize. We went...Tags:
“The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page” (St. Augustine). Indeed, traveling abroad allows one to dust off the timeworn cover and gain the wisdom hidden throughout the world. My family has instilled this value upon me, so much so that this summer we took a month long trip...Tags:
The summer before my junior year in high school I went to Peru on a mission trip with my church, St. Andrew Lutheran Church. My church goes there every two years to visit and help an impoverished town called Pachacamac. I traveled there with my best friend, Ruth, and also many other people from my...Tags: