Africa

  •  “We are home” my mom said as the plane landed in the Port Harcourt Local Airport in Nigeria. My mom brought my younger sister and me to Nigeria to live. I was not sure for how long but I knew I had to adjust. As we were driving to the house I saw palm trees for the first time. It was quite...

  • Growing up my childhood was characterized by tales of my parents’ homeland of Lebanon. My bedtime stories when I was younger consisted of vivid accounts of the sparkling blue water one saw while walking across the “Mina” (Arabic for boardwalk), and the history that filled the air above the...

  • Last winter I had an amazing experience in Johannesburg, South Africa.  My father and I traveled with a group called Swamp Corps to help set up a church camp.  Swamp Corps is a group from my church, the International Church of Christ.  During that trip I gained so many invaluable experiences and...

  • Though I have had the honor of participating in a multitude of programs throughout my high school career, there is no doubt in my mind that none will ever be able to compare with studying abroad in Ankara, Turkey on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship from the U.S....

  •     Israeli philosopher Martin Buber once said, “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” I have never entertained that notion until my family and I traveled to Alexandria, Egypt in August of 2009. My father had obtained a teaching position on a university-level...

  • It had been approximately 7 years since the last time I'd been there. I'd been just seven years old and it had been about mid-July, right before or after my birthday. Now it was October. I was 15. I vaguely rembered some things that I'd encountered last time, but now I carried biased opinions and...

  • As a child, I entertained a foolish fantasy of visiting Africa. I believed it to be, most importantly, the land where my favorite silver screen character, Simba the Lion (of the movie “Lion King”), resided. My grandparents, two lovely and adoring people, were set and bound to make my dream come...

  • Ten hours, four sets of security, three new stamps in my passport, two take-offs, two movies, and two landings, the bi-annual family vacation to Lyd had begun. For most people the most eye opening part of a trip is the actual trip, the activities, people, events, but for me things changed with...

  • Sweat creeps up my shirt as my lungs fill with smoke, waiting to get through customs at the Baku International Airport. Foreign words bombard my ears and an old man translates the question, “Do you have anything to claim?” Squeezed through a door, I look around, desperately hoping she can find me...

  • As we walked across the taxi parking lot, the hosts of our bed and breakfast introduced us the woman who would be giving us the walking tour of their township. She was a bigger woman, with thick, curled hair tied on top of her head and held in place by a bandana. She wore a black skirt with a...

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