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  • I looked down at my plate suspiciously, at a dish that I was 100% sure was NOT chicken, despite the leaders insisting otherwise. In fact, I was quite sure the dish was exactly what it was -- duck. I wasn’t opposed to eating something new -- in fact, I had vowed to try just about any new foods the...

  • My face was tear-streaked as I faced the dreaded crossing into the security check area, not wanting to say goodbye for the last and final time. We were already backing up the line with our prolonged delay, but the continued goodbyes and hugs only made me want to stay longer. In fact, I didn’t want...

    Tags: Asia
  • As I stepped out of the airport the cold air licked my legs. This is not a place for shorts I thought to myself. Summer in London was nothing like the summer in the US and this destination, our last of three, was about 40 degrees colder. I’m just glad that at least I was the one who had checked...

  • The vast open mountains welcome me as the pink sunset peers through.  I am breathing Appalachian air. Just this moment makes the eight hour car ride worthwhile. Soon, we cruise on down to the city of Asheville. Our final destination. My trips to Asheville, North Carolina are the peaks of my...

  •   As I hung out the side window of our bus, a small girl brushed my arm and then whipped around to face her mother. “It doesn’t come off!” she exclaimed in astonishment. She spun back and proceeded to rub the “white powder” off my arm with renewed fervor. This incident was not an uncommon one as I...

    Tags: Africa
  • For two weeks in the summer of 2006, I went to Cali, Colombia. From my visit there, I discovered that it is nothing like the United States. My first night there, it was warm, and there seemed to be a celebration going on not too far from my family’s home. There were drums and lights; it was...

  • Last summer, before my Junior year of high school, my father, sister and I had decided to take a trip. As it turns out, our plans fell through. To understand why this was, you'd have to know that my parents are divorced, and I'd be lying if I didn't say there was a void between my father, sister...

  • It’s no secret that I’m an outdoors girl. Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you that the outdoors is the one thing that occupies my mind at all times. Ever since I was a little kid I loved caring for anything natural. Bugs were creatures I looked upon with affection, and any animal found...

  • This summer, I was granted the opportunity to be an exchange student in Nagasaki, Japan. There, I stayed with a host family, who really became a special part of my family. The experiences and knowledge I gained from this exchange will last me a lifetime.  My first day in Nagasaki was, honestly,...

    Tags: Asia
  • No bird, nor insect, nor reptile take up residence here, a place where water is too scarce and the sun is far too hot. The sand is baked so ruthlessly that it forms a crust shield impenetrable to a farmer’s plow or rare flash flood. By early morning, shoes are a necessity. The smell of foolish...

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