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When most people think of vacations they imagine tropical beaches, the warm sun glazing your skin, the feel of the icy ocean water splashing against your leg, a paradise in a sense. I learned that that is not always the case. Some vacations end up meaning more than any beach, shopping trip, or hike...Tags:
When I first decided to write about my past travels, I thought that it would be quite interesting. I have traveled all over the world, from Germany to Egypt and Russia to Turkey. So it's a little odd that my favorite vacation place took place in the United States: Savannah, Georgia. For my 16th...Tags:
Growing up, I always thought life was hard. My friends always had a nicer bed to sleep in and a newer bike than I did. I always felt like the odd one out because Mom could barely afford to send me roller skating with my friends at the local skating rink. As I entered into high school, I still held...Tags:
I held the seat in front of me in a white-knuckle grip as our tour bus negotiated the switchbacks and hairpin turns necessary to ascend from the valley town of Aguas Calientes to our destination in the peaks above. The week I had spent in Peru - a week of churches and museums, altitude sickness and...Tags:
Hola. Como esta. Gracias. Uno. Quesadilla. Adios. Those sparse words that completed my whole Spanish vocabulary sounded rigid with my American tongue. I couldn’t roll my r’s so gracias always echoed as grass-ee-ahs. Though I could only muster “where is the bathroom,” I wanted to see my...Tags:
An anonymous poet once said that “life is measured not by the number of breaths that we take but by the moments that take our breath away.” I want my life so filled with those moments that I can’t breathe, because I believe the experience of those moments are just as necessary as the vitality of...Tags:
I was recently given the opportunity to take the trip of a lifetime. In April 2006, I traveled to Honduras where my ancestors and family lived. During this trip I learned about the history of my family, facts about the country, how my dad grew up, more about him, and what its like to live in a...Tags:
The alarm rings at 4am, but I’m already awake. I know I’m ready; I’ve had all of my donations collected for over a month. Still, it’s been a hectic junior year and I’d spent any free moment on www.orphanage-outreach.org/dominicanrepublic/ eagerly awaiting the week long experience ahead of me....Tags:
When our team leader told us our first mission work experience was going to be a visit to Pasitos de Jesus girls orphanage; I remained trapped in my timid and overly cautious state of mind regarding interactions with the native people. We arrived to a shelter that was smaller than most of our...Tags:
In the summer of 2006, my family and I went on a vacation to Ocean City, Maryland. My family goes on a lot of day trips with cousins and other relatives but this trip was different. We were traveling farther and we were staying there for several days.This vacation was the most fun family vacation...Tags: