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  • I started dancing when I was five. More recently I have been a member of Encore Theatrical Arts Project (ETAP) for 9 years, performing in countless Broadway style productions. As a member of company, we dance about 20 hours a week. Imagine my surprise when on an ordinary Saturday, our director...

    Tags: Europe
  • My family is, to say the least, eccentric; my mother, a high energy, post-traumatic stress disorder patient, my father, a know-it-all, grammatically incorrect hockey fan, my younger brother, the definition of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and me, the sassy instigator, are a rowdy bunch...

  • This July fifteenth through the thirtieth I traveled to Changchun and Beijing, China. I went through a program called the Confucius Institute that was based in Cleveland State University. It was not intended to be a family trip, but I did meet a long lost cousin during a layover in Detroit,...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring
  • I’ve always been a little confused as to why my mother was teary-eyed and even my stoic-of-a-dad developed a noticeable lump in his throat that day at LAX. For my sophomore spring break, I would be leaving my home in the suburban bubble in Southern California known as Cerritos, and visiting my...

  •  Two years ago I did not possess respect for awe-inspiring moments.  I felt that people who claimed perspective could be changed by a single event were capricious and had a tendency to overstate an ordinary occurrence.   However, my belief in moments that take your breath away took a 180 degree...

    Tags: Europe
  • There is a Yiddish saying "Man plans, God laughs". Itineraries can attempt to plan a trip- but how often does the journey go the way we planned? After three trips to Israel, the combination of serendipity and spontaneity has proven to be a most enjoyable travel reality. This particular February...

    Tags: Africa
  • There is no place like home, and the fact that I do not possess ruby red slippers was no barrier to my repeating that phrase as often as possible during my trip to India this summer. It was my first trip there since I had moved to Canada about five years ago, and the idea of a homecoming appealed...

    Tags: Asia
  • One moment can change a life either subtly or exultantly. While on a missions trip about an hour outside of Quito, Ecuador, my team and I stayed in a little camp called El Refugio. The church that I attend sponsors the camp coordinators, which is why myself and nine others were sent to work on...

  •                 There are two things you should know about my family.  The first thing is that we’re from Southern California.  The significance of this is that we’re not well adjusted to the weather common on the East coast.  Our summers are as dry as they are hot.  The second thing is, as much...

  • I spent this year's family summer vacation on a river in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of old people. My parents and I traveled 82 miles in five days via a rubber raft and a river guide. We traveled with 21 people all together, including five river guides with five rafts. We traveled the wild...

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