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  •   Eleven years later By: Katherine M. Collins Eleven years ago my family and I went to Belgium to visit our family. I've always wanted to go back. Eleven years later my family and I were able to go not only to Belgium but also to London. We had an interesting time on the way to Belgium. I...

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    Tags: Asia
  • All school year, students are looking forward to spring break. Spring break is the last week off before the ever beloved summer vacation. It is a week to hang out with your friends and just have fun without the hassle of school work. Many families, including mine, go on a trip for the week to...

  • Over Spring Break 2009, I got the chance to experience a culture completely different from that of the United States by taking a trip to Spain and Morocco with a group of students and teachers from my school.  When I first heard about the trip, I was so excited about going. However, my mom informed...

    Tags: Europe
  •                 On July 17, 2008, I left Huntsville, Alabama for Osaka, Japan. As a senior in high school, I had the honor of being one of thirteen ambassadors for Daikin America. Flying a total of seventeen hours, I traveled to Japan for ten days as a cultural exchange with a real Japanese family...

    Tags: Asia
  • When most people think of Brazil, they think of soccer, beautiful models, and the Amazon River.  This summer, five other teenagers and I spent two weeks in Puraquequara, Brazil, a small town along the Amazon, home to a boarding school for missionary kids.  Our group had come to help paint school...

  • In 2010 I left my home solo for the first time to embark on a new adventure. This adventure was called Sail Caribbean and the backdrop was the beautiful seascape of the British Virgin Islands. I learned more about myself on that journey than I ever dreamed possible and the experience changed my...

  •   In July of 2010, through a program with ACIS, three of my friends and I were able to go on a nine-day trip to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. And let me tell you, it is a trip I will never forget. Now, let me explain: it's not like we were un-chaperoned. There were many responsible adults...

  • I stepped out of our hotel, the pristine, perfectly air-conditioned Taj Bengal, to the sticky humidity. Already, my hair puffed up around my face. In front of the sleek glass doors, the weather was bearable, but I knew that, after a minute, the dusty heat would overtake me. It was Holi, the...

  • My aunt’s wedding invitation brought news of marriage and news of her divorce. We didn’t go to the wedding, we didn’t know about the baby, and we didn’t hear about her moving to Phoenix until three months after she left.  Saturday morning I awoke to a bustling household.  Apparently the start of...

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