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  • I didn’t understand why my uncle wasn’t shutting the car window as the man walked towards the car with a large stick in his hand. I looked down at the electronics on the middle console in the car, then back at the two young children in the back of the car, and couldn’t help but feel a wave of panic...

    Tags: Africa
  • We awoke to a promising, blue sky.  That summer’s day in August 2005, my mother and I were loading the car for our 5-day journey out west.  When my mother had told me about the trip, I couldn’t have been angrier.  Besides being an excruciatingly long trip in a stuffy car with hot leather seats, our...

  • "Bonjour tout le monde! Guess what?" exclaimed my French teacher.  "We're going to Canada!"  I'll never forget how excited my class and I were when we heard the news of our French class trip. I've heard so many wonderful things about that beautiful country. I woke up enthusiastically at four in...

  • At first, my family and I were apprehensive of visiting the scenic Thai town of Krabi due to its recent tsunami disaster in 2005, but we were willing to take a chance to see how this tourist hotspot was coping, so we set out for our Thai adventure in the summer of 2011 en route to our final...

    Tags: Asia
  • 07.14.11, left home at 6:00a.m. to drive 317 miles to see a ‘rock’.   Chimney Rock.  I had learned the history in fourth grade, but seeing it and some of the other formations on the way was interesting.  On to Hot Springs, SD, to Mammoth Site.  We were able to dig and be part of those scientists...

  • I can not think of another teen my age who has had the opportunity of a life time to soar across the country and visit their family. Every year during Christmas my family and I fly to New York to visit our relatives. We usually spend a week doing the usual routine: see the whole family ( all 6 of...

  • Anxiously, I await for the sun to peak over the waves. As the sun rises, so do all the animals. Dolphins are gliding and jumping up through the gleaming waves. Hundreds of jellyfish are washed up on the shore from the tide of the night. Scattered all over the beach are all different color and sized...

  • With my trusty sketchbook clutched in one hand and my crumpled plane ticket in the other, I shot my parents one last goodbye glance as I stepped onto the boarding ramp. The destination: Colorado Springs, Colorado. Since all my prior adventures had kept my parents within arms reach, I realized as I...

  • Feelings of excitement washed over me as we pulled out of the driveway, our SUV piled with skim boards, towels, sand castle equipment, and bags bursting at the seams. I figured in approximately ten hours, we would be at the tropical beach paradise of Destin, Florida. Little did I know that...

  • "Flight 34A now boarding," announced a woman’s voice over the intercom. I jumped up, grabbed my luggage, and sped towards the terminal. My family called from behind, telling me to slow down, but I couldn't. Excitement pumped through my veins as I thought about our destination: Thailand. On the...

    Tags: Asia

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