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About two summers ago, my mom and I had to fly to Vietnam. This wasn't for fun or for relaxation, it was to visit my grandmother. She is now over 90 years old. Even though this wasn't my first visit to Vietnam, it meant so much to me to see my grandmother. This trip taught me the...Tags:
March 29, 2009 was a week that I will never forget! Every teen hope that on their spring break something new will happen that has never happened before and I was able to experience that feeling. Not only was it something new but I was able to spend time with my family along the way. It was my...Tags:
Walking across the white hot sand, boogie board in one hand and a towel in the other, I picked a spot to lay my things down, put some sunscreen on my skin, and gazed thoughtfully at the vast stretch of ocean that lay before me. I realized again what a beautiful sight the ocean was to see, for it...Tags:
As far as trips go, mine was quite long. I spent five years of my life in Okinawa, Japan. It was amazing. Setting aside the fact that I was there as a military dependent and went to schools on base, the trip was quite meaningful to me. This may be due to the fact that it was some of the most...Tags:
Just a few weeks ago my friend had nudged me slightly as we walked through the hallways of our school. He was staring at his feet with a solemn expression as his silly dinosaur sunglasses bounced atop his head. I smiled sadly and nodded. “I miss it too,” I had said. Everyone has that one experience...Tags:
They day was finally upon us to take the trip to Fort Jackson, South Carolina. My family and I were so excited. It had been a long and lonely nine weeks without my brother. He is in the Army and it was time for him to graduate basic training. We left our home in Concord. North Carolina a day...Tags:
Warm white sand covered my feet as I looked out into the turquoise water of the Caribbean. The Seven Mile Beach of the Grand Cayman Island was just one of the many places my family and I went to during the summer of 2011. This would be our second time to go on a cruise; our first was a “cruise...Tags:
Every day I hear friends complain about their parents; every day I listen to it without having something to add. I may be the only sixteen-year-old I know that would enjoy taking a ten day road trip with my mom, but that doesn't change the fact that it was the greatest time of my life. For years...Tags:
In the summer of 2011, my family arrived in San Antonio, Texas. My brother, Anthony, was graduating Basic Training and becoming an Airman. We got to Lackland Air Force Base and stood in with the crowd where the graduates were going to participate in the “Airman Run.” This run is a victory...Tags:
I stood on the deck of the ferry, closed my eyes and inhaled. I could smell the salt water, and I heard the seagulls calling as they flew overhead. I opened my eyes and stared over the gray New England water at the island. I could see sandy beaches, and if i squinted, I could almost see tiny...Tags: