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  •  There’s a place where all your dreams come true. A magical place where you meet all your favorite cartoon characters, see beautiful princesses wearing gorgeous gowns with their princes who are amazingly handsome, people filling all the narrow streets walking from one roller coaster to another, and...

  • June of 2010, my mother and I embarked abroad from home town Alaska to visit my aunt in Europe. We spent the night at her house in Germany, before hopping on a morning train headed into the hustle and bustle of Paris, France. As soon as my toes touched the ground, I felt transported to another...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • It is human nature to have expectations. Every little girl expects her wedding day to be one right out of a fairy tale. Every high school senior expects life after high school to be the best thing since sliced bread. However, it is a fact of nature that expectations are rarely met. No, your first...

  •              Zambia, Africa, a country of about 11,668,000 people, lying just north of South Africa containing one of the seven natural wonders of the world, a country that I had the opportunity to visit.              As a sophomore in high school, I was young and naïve about the world around me...

    Tags: Africa
  •                                                                    Costa Rica                My name is Josiah Carter and my mom is from Costa Rica. Every year, my grandparents on my mom's side go to visit Costa Rica and my aunt and uncle go with them every other year. Last year, in August, my...

  • A couple of hundred miles off the west coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are little pieces of paradise situated in the Pacific Ocean. As my family and I left our cruise ship, “The Ambassador”, I found it hard to believe I was actually on the little islands I had heard so much about. By then...

  • "Miss?  Time to wake up!  We will be landing shortly!"  I groggily opened my eyes to find a tall, Lufthansa airline stewardess standing beside me.  Confused, I quickly reacquainted myself with my surroundings; I was on a large 747 Lufthansa airplane, on my way to begin a 10-day excursion through ...

    Tags: Europe
  •      I have traded nationalities.  For one week, I tried in vain to become European.      I wandered the plazas of Rome, the alleys of Florence, the canals of Venice, the streets of Milan searching for my inner Italian. I shunned such dastardly American tourist pitfalls of fanny packs, white...

    Tags: Europe
  • It’s Fourth of July weekend!  Yay!  Parades, fireworks at State Fair, sparklers, selling bracelets before the parade, picnic at church grounds, and ice cream cones—right?  Nope, not this year!  This year it was Blue Mounds State Park, bunking out in a cabin, digging for fruit in the cooler, playing...

  • My eyes lock on the rosary dangling from the driver's mirror as he swerves down the foggy mountainside, chauffeuring 17 American teens to the first stop on their community service adventure in Costa Rica.  I say my prayers, hoping this driver's style is unique among the Costa Rican populous.  It...

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