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  •       "White's Only". You may say that most fifteen year olds would not fully understand what that meant as you passed a sign that had those two words on it. As I was growing up, my mother would tell me about the horrible experiences her and her family would go through just to make it in...

  • It was my birthday, I was turning sixteen, and I was excited. I was in the car, on my way to somewhere very special. It was not, however, the DMV, it was the airport, and I was about to fly to Japan. A trip to Japan happens in steps. The first is in the international terminal of Chicago O'Hare. New...

    Tags: Asia
  •   It is early morning as the sun peeks through the small porthole-like window just a little too brightly. I turn on my side but it is too late. My younger siblings are excitedly jumping all over me, speaking a blur of Catalan and English they know I cannot understand. Once up (as if I had a...

  • Travel is a person’s way of expressing desire for something new, whether you’re conscious of it or not.  People take trips for multiple reasons: visiting family, leisure, exploration, or charity. They seem like incredibly different reasons, and have varying intentions behind them, but you can’t...

  • While I was in India I had the opportunity to visit many different villages and tell them about Jesus. I was able to share my own testimony with some of the women and encourage them with what they are going through. I also worked a lot with the children in India doing things like VBS and fun...

  • Cinque Terra Italy is a real life fairytale travel destination.  Two summers ago, I went to Italy with my family, and Cinque Terra was my favorite place we stayed.  Cinque Terra is in Northwestern Italy bordering the coast, and is made up of five hillside towns: Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola,...

    Tags: Europe
  • So I'm walking down the streets of Paris. Specifically the Jewish quarter. There is a sticky feeling on my back from dew drops of sweat, my legs are like molten metal, and my hair hangs in a black sheet down my neck, unrelentingly hot. My brand new tennis shoes are tracing the cobblestone side...

    Tags: Europe
  • The mortar glistened in the sunlight, gray and viscous. I leaned against my shovel, pausing to wipe the sweat from my forehead. My arms ached after completing three minutes of my three-hour mixing duty.   The mortar had to be constantly shoveled to remain moist. I forced myself to remain focused on...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • In the summer of 2007 my family and I took a trip to Europe. Throughout the trip we explored Berlin Germany, Zurich Switzerland, and Barcelona Spain. Although we had a blast, our main mission in China was to get my mom medical treatment on her back in Berlin. My mother had degenerative, and...

    Tags: Europe, Germany, Spain
  • When Madame Lelong and her son, Baptiste, picked me up at the Eurail station in Valence, I noticed their surprise at the two oversized suitcases I had in tow. Ah, a typical American! I was worried I, an almost fifteen year old girl vacationing for a month in France without her parents,  had made...

    Tags: Europe, France

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