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  • I never dreamed I would visit China until my choir at Pioneer High School (Ann Arbor, MI) made it possible. After months of fundraising and preparation, our amazing journey began with a 14 hour flight to Shanghai. We visited the Jade Buddha Temple, capturing pictures of golden statues of protectors...

    Tags: Asia
  • My adventure began on July 26th in Omaha, Nebraska. The drive there was three long, gruesome hours in a non air-conditioned van with the scalding humid heat of the Midwest compressing down on me, but I knew that that drive was going to be a little jaunt compared to what was coming next. I boarded...

  • Before I begin my story about my adventure to Europe, I shall first begin with a little background information on myself. I had been in band for six years and while attending an Honor's Band in Richmond, VA the instructor informed us students that everyone in the band was invited to tour Europe...

    Tags: Europe
  • I looked down, watching Victor walk. I had known him for four days, but he still amazed me with his ability to function with no arms, one real leg, and one prosthetic leg. We were walking through Chaclacayo, Peru on our way to the Hogar San Francisco de Asis from the nearby park. The Hogar is...

  • Picture this: a young boy of merely twelve standing atop the tallest Alp in Germany. He’s surrounded by strange people who speak and dwell in a manner entirely foreign to him. The thin cold air stings his lungs, yet it fills him with a feeling of pride; this is the very land his fore-fathers stood...

    Tags: Europe
  • As I extend my left leg and push off from the hold, my right arm struggles to grasp the rock above me.  This sport is all about focus and determination, two traits that define my current state of being.  I stop momentarily and look about me; it seems surreal that I am in the center of Alaska’s...

  •       Redding, California is not usually high on the summer destination list of travelers. Known primarily for the extreme heat (with temperatures reaching upwards of 110ËšF) and not much else, Redding is often bypassed in favor of cities to the north and south with milder climates and happening...

    Tags: California, USA
  • Last summer I experienced one of the most life changing moments I have ever experienced in my life.  Let’s start off by saying that I have grown up in the church, ever since I was born. Being raised in the church I always knew about the power of God, but I had never experienced it at a level that...

  • Dry brush, boulder-filled mountains, and a famous bakery of all-American apple pies, are the day-to-day sites I see in my life at home in the inlands of southern California.  Soon these sites would all change dramatically, and through the wonders of travel, I would alight in the other half of my...

    Tags: Europe
  • When you are adhered to the same general vicinity for seventeen years, you develop an enormous comfort zone with a slight curiosity for the world around you. In my personal case, that curiosity is giant rather than slight. In March of 2012, I traveled to New York City. While there, I took a...

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