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  • The journey of a lifetime. The breathtaking scene of the rocky mountains painting jagged peaks across the horizon. Experiencing John Denver’s “rocky mountain high” for the first time. This was not a vacation; it was a week-long journey at the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Ranch in Villa Grove, Colorado...

  •             Film production was one of the first industries created with the founding of the first film studio there: Thomas Ince. Two years later, two more studios was built by the names of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (or MGM) and Hal Roach. You might remember a classic about the girl who goes to a...

    Tags: California, USA
  •  “Welcome home,” said the speaker at Independence Hall in Tel Aviv. Even though we all had jet-lag from the twelve hour flight, those two words are probably the most memorable of our entire trip.  We were twenty-four Jewish teens on a twenty-four day National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) trip...

    Tags: Africa
  • “I’m finally here!”  I thought to myself as I stood in awe on the vast marble steps of the Lincoln Memorial looking down across the Reflecting Pool to the Washington Monument.  “Washington, D.C. is a real place!”  It wasn’t that I’d ever doubted the existence of our nation’s capital, but I had...

  • My stomach did somersaults.  The plane was taking off, the destination: Maui, Hawaii.   I had always wanted to go to Hawaii, but never had gotten the opportunity.  So, when my Aunt and Uncle decided to let us use part of their time share, my family jumped at the opportunity.  I knew what to...

  •                   Ever since first grade I have been growing up in the small town known as Haddonfield, New Jersey. Besides being known for its historical charm and poloshed appearance, it is also known by other nearby high schools as a force to be reckoned with. In almost every sport imaginable...

  • I was a month from turning 18 when I stuffed myself, my iPod, my book, and my suitcase in the backseat of my parents' car for a weeklong visit to my aunt and uncle in Rifle, Colorado.  This was no "two hour tour", as my mother insists that driving is cheaper than flying, and that one can only...

  • JULY 2010. It’s a Thursday morning at Tampa International Airport. As I grabbed my bag and gave Mom a hug goodbye she said, "Have fun with Jake!” "Yes, Mom. I'll see you next week," I answered and began to make my way to the security checkpoint to board my flight to Nebraska. That's right, I...

    Tags: Europe
  • Hi, I am Diana. For my trip this year, I went to babysit my four month old niece, Claire, and her parents, Nick and Oana, in Houston. In this trip, I remembered who I was and what I was capable of. Whenever I first arrived in Houston, I was ecstatic to see Claire for the very first time! She was...

  •   It is probably the most well-known monument a I think that it is only fifty feet tall. It turns out that the Arc de Triomphe is one hundred and sixty-two feet tall! I was amazed and could not wait to get close to it. I had to walk under the Champs-Elysees in the special corridor to get to the...

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