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  • I couldn’t hold it in any longer.  I retched onto the floor of the plane.  Twelve hours on this crowded 767, and the extreme turbulence wasn’t making it any better.  I retched again, and the woman next to me, whom I had spoken only three words to, handed me the throw-up bag.  Nodding to thank her,...

  • Have you ever experienced something so incredible and unbelievable that you would wake up every morning, thinking that it was a dream? Have you ever wondered how you were so lucky to be experiencing something so amazing? As a seventeen year old girl, I have been able to experience this surreal...

    Tags: Europe
  • Towering steel skyscraper, bustling feet, and churning engines of hundred of cars surrounded me as I walked around in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, also known as the new, commercialized part of this metropolis. The first few days in Beijing were spent touring around the city and shopping...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring
  •          I have lived in South Bend, Indiana my whole life. I know you're thinking, “I'm so sorry," but it's actually a great place. There is plenty to do and see in the city and it’s impossible to get bored here. You just have to know where to look!          South Bend is home to plenty of...

    Tags: Indiana, USA
  • During my sophomore year of high school I took the most life-changing trip of my life.  I signed up for the school-offered Alternative Spring Break trip and before I knew it, I was on one of two Greyhound busses heading to New Orleans, Louisiana with over 60 people from my school.  None of them I...

  • Four years ago, my mother took my friend and me to Six Flags America in Maryland. It was the year I decided to brave Superman: Ride of Steel, the tallest, most imposing roller coaster in the park. Rising twenty stories high at its peak, the Superman was clearly visible from the parking lot. It...

  • Over and over again, I found myself wondering if this vacation would be like the last one or the one before -- the same mounting anticipation, the rush of jet-setting to a different country, and then being slightly crestfallen when I finally arrived. It's not that I didn't enjoy these past...

    Tags: Africa
  • Being from a small town, opportunities to travel do not come up often.  Any invitation to explore someplace different is always thrilling. When I received a letter from Cambridge University Scholars’ Summer Programme, I was ecstatic at the thought of studying in England. Unbeknownst to me, that...

    Tags: England, Europe
  • Living in a place that is known around America is pretty crazy, but not everyone really knows a lot about Dallas Fort Worth, Texas. Of course there are the stereotypes of everyone rides their horses to school in Texas; well the only way you are going to see that is if you visit the Fort Worth...

    Tags: USA
  • I was packing in my room, while my parents told me how proud they were of me. I was so nervous because I had not been on a plane since 9/11 and I was excited because it was 2 weeks away from my annoying little brothers! The next day at the airport, I met our leader, Brandon Swain, and our...

    Tags: Pacific

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