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  • Moments of great appreciation within my life took place during my trip to the magnificent country of Thailand. Because I had not visited my parents’ home country many times throughout my life, I did not have any memories to base feelings of pride for my heritage. When my mom announced, during my...

    Tags: Asia
  • That night, I wanted to cry. I walked back from the communal shower room smelling of sulfur and soap scum. Too drained to care that I was getting into a 1 ½ ft wide cot, I pulled up the thin covers as far as they would go. I put in my iPod, tuning out my five roommates. I journaled. “Making...

    Tags: Europe
  • It was 5:00 am on Sunday, August 28, 2005 in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, when I was woken up by my parents and told that we had to leave the house immediately. I asked why. They told me to watch the weather channel.   I ran into the living room, and the weather channel was on. The projected path of...

  • /*-->*/ I began to gag as something slid down my throat; it was long (I had assumed, and really hoped, that it was a noodle) and had nodules on it, much like a tentacle of some strange squid or octopus that only the Japanese would eat. I covered my mouth and coughed a couple of times, thinking...

    Tags: Asia
  • Memory is truly an unfortunate thing. It chronicles our entire life, forms our reality of the past, and defines who we are and where we’ve been, and yet it’s so elusive. It’s transience, it’s lack of definite form, and its subjectivity are all catalysts to a degradation from which we can barely...

    Tags: Europe
  •                 May of 2009, I got to travel outside the country for the first time, traveling to Scotland. My family was picking up my sister, Carrie, from the University of Dundee and bringing her home, having a short vacation at the same time.                 Dundee is not a big city in Scotland...

    Tags: Europe
  •  In my life I have never been able to travel to exotic places or popular places. A vacation to my family was driving two hours to my aunts house and swimming in Lake Erie. It was not the most glamorous vacation, but it was fun. One year, however, my mother surprised me with a trip to New York City...

  •             In the summer of 2009, a small group from my church, including myself, had a great opportunity to fly down to New Orleans, Louisiana as a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, also known as the ELCA.  My small group of six would be amidst thirty three thousand other...

  •                 With a Chipotle burrito warming my hand, the bus driver turned the key to the ignition, and the grey hound bus was inching its way away from our families that we would see, after what we hoped to be a fun, action packed week. Six hours went by, my legs were beginning to cramp and...

  •   Imagine blue skies, clear water, and white sandy beaches. Have you ever been somewhere that you can just sooth yourself in the warm cool air? The island of the Dominican Republic gave me that wonderful experience. The cool breeze was like a hand running through your hair; the rays from the...

    Tags: Caribbean

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