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  • I left Austin, Texas on the morning of May 28, 2011 with my mom, sister, and grandma. We made stops at Los Angeles, Tokyo, and then to our destination at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was an incredibly long flight but I could not hold in my excitement as the night lights of the city came into...

    Tags: Asia
  •      "Bonjour," mumbled the man behind the glass as he took my passport from my hand.  I searched my mind frantically for the French I had studied just a few hours ago on the plane.  Nothing came to mind.      "Uh... pardon?" I returned, not understanding what he had said.  The man looked up at...

    Tags: Europe
  • 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...

  • For my 15th birthday, my dad and step-mom decided to take me and 2 of my step sisters, Harlee and Shelby to stay at a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa. I don’t remember the name of the hotel anymore, but I know that before we checked in, we went to the Jordan Creek Mall to shop for a little while. Reading...

  • Just recently in June I went to Virginia Beach with my three cousins, aunt, and my uncle. When we arrived there we went to our beach front hotel. We had a suite, so it made the stay nice! Well, the trip was very interesting, exciting, and memorable, one I won't forget. The first two days we were...

  • I decided to take advantage of the biannual class trip to France to brush up on my French speaking skills and also to get to journey abroad under the premise of education. I spent a little over a week in Paris and then went on a road trip off to Bretagne (or Brittany). There is really nothing bad...

    Tags: Europe
  •             In June I experienced the trip of my lifetime thus far – a nine day excursion through England, Wales, and Ireland.  I fell in love with Europe every step of the way and I was certainly blessed, for I was able to witness things that I will never forget.             London, the first stop...

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  • When I went on a mission trip to Monterrey, Mexico. I clearly remember crossing that border like someone stepping on the moon. That's how far Mexico had seemed to me. I had never honestly considered Mexico another country, but when stepped on those cobbled streets, it was another world entirely....

    Tags: Caribbean
  •     This Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of traveling with my parents to Sanibel Island, Florida. My dad had discovered the place 5 years ago, and fell in love with it. He wanted to share the beautiful island, with its original stores (no chain stores are allowed on the island), friendly people...

  • My trip to Africa with the Youth Entrepreneurship Program was a very powerful experience. It was also a life changing experience for me. I learned so much historically, culturally and it helped to enrich my basic life skills. This experience helped me grow tremendously as a person. I am more than...

    Tags: Africa

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