Africa

  • Towering, white historical doors awaited us on the other side of the glass windows of the bus. Peace met us at the doors along with our tour guide. Two steps and there I was in the slave forts, where many inhumane situations had taken place. The walls were tattered and the white paint was...

  • Did you know that 72 million children of primary school age in the developing world are not in school?! It shocked me because in America, every child has access to education.  Due to my outstanding community service, an organization called buildOn, chose me and 11 other students to help build a...

  • “How do you see Cameroon?”, the natives would ask me. An entire countryside of peaks, hills, and divots, lathered in a patten of brilliant green and deep brown rendered words insufficient to capture the beauty of it all. We traveled through the countryside on roads made purely of dirt that turned...

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  • I lost my camera the moment we stepped foot in South Africa. This wasn’t an ideal start to my trip, especially since this was the Culver Academies 2012 Spring Break in Mission where our group of participating girls, myself included, expected either lions or elephants upon arrival. We received...

  • I’m shy and quiet. Basically, your run of the mill introvert. But when I travel I’m nothing like this. For some reason, escaping the familiarity of my relatively boring, predictable, day-to-day life makes me feel more alive and more outgoing. When I travel, I feel like I’m finally in touch with...

  •     This summer I had the opportunity to travel with a choir group to a remote and desolate part of Africa. I saw a land of wild beauty and grace with a touch of devastation that seemed awkwardly out of place.  While there, we traveled to Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa.  Not having...

  • “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We’d like to welcome you onboard British Midland’s flight 8180 to Beirut …” In all my years on this earth, I have never felt anything quite like this. There was a strange feeling in my stomach – juiced up butterflies flapping their wings at...

  • The taxi bounced down the side street over large rocks and dips in the road.  Through the window I could feel the hot humid African sun beating down…        I slowly opened the car door and when I got out I couldn’t believe where I was standing.  Is this really it? Am I actually here?  The sign...

  • Each city is significant for a distinctive reason. Some are best known for sights thought only to exist in dreams, while others possess history far more realistic than classroom textbooks can describe. Dubai is one of a kind. It has characteristics that make it similar to other cities, but its...

  • I gingerly lower my worn brown boots into the gently rocking boat and duck my head beneath the bright yellow tin roof. I hear giggles and excited squeals as my group begins to slowly move away from the dock. I glance out the window and I’m greeted with the playful face of the decorative dragon...

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