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My mom loves to travel, and because of her I have had many great experiences. We have traveled all over the world, but my best vacation memories come from a family trip to Costa Rica we took in 2008. We landed in San José, the capitol of Costa Rica, late in the afternoon. The airport was out of...Tags:
Binghamton, New York- the “Parlor City” (nicknamed this for its Victorian architecture) - is the carousel (and pierogi!) capital of the world, but is also the birthplace of Rod Serling and Johnson Shoe factory. What differentiates Binghamton from any other upstate stop-over? In one word:...Tags:
In the summer of 2009, 87 of my peers and I journeyed to Chicago, IL, for a mission trip. We knew that we would teach a Vacation Bible School for children ranging in age in the Garfield Park district. We did not know what or who we would encounter. We did not know...Tags:
Dusty street carts bustled along the sidewalk, passing various clothing and grocery vendors who lined the streets with umbrellas and blankets covered with fruits, vegetables and trinkets. Lao ye (Grandpa) wheeled his rusted bicycle to carry the groceries that Lao lao (Grandma) had haggled down to...Tags:
“Cuy, quiero cuy!” These were the desperate words that escaped my mouth as my family and I scrounged the Ecuadorian mountainside, searching high and low for the famous cuy; also known as guinea pig in America. Yet, this was not a friendly household pet to take home and brag about to my friends,...Tags:
Every time I hear the words “Road Trip” from my family, I get quite a mix of emotions. I feel adventurous because we’ll experience something different. I feel exhausted because I’ll expect a long trip ahead for us. And I feel excited because we’re going somewhere out of Texas. So when our car...Tags:
On May 14-16 2009, I spent an incredible time in New York City with 26 other Fine and Performing Arts students. There were many things I loved about this trip including: I didn't get sick on the 6 hour bus drive down (I'm a senior this year and the last time the FPA students went down, my freshmen...Tags:
I wish that you, The panel of judges, or however the winner is picked for a scholarship, could see my family in action. You would give me the money as soon as possible and say, “ Oh you poor child, take the money and get as far away as possible.” They are crazy. Not in the, “Let's rob a bank” crazy...Tags:
I walked out of the gated yard and into the cobblestone street without shoes on, looking for Joni. It was the summer before my junior year of high school, and I found myself in the country of Albania in Eastern Europe on a mission trip with my church youth group. We were to stay for two weeks, one...Tags:
Whenever I told someone I was going on a cruise, they would look at me in jealousy. Everyone wants to go on a cruise; they want to eat, sleep, basically not have any obligations for the five days you are inaccessible by anyone who might “need” to speak with you. However, as jealous as someone may...Tags: