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Returning Home

It had only been a few hours since I’d lugged my overstuffed suitcase off the plane, through customs, and out the double doors of the airport. But now, far from the newly remodeled, sleek corridors of Heathrow, I stared up at the ancient, towering clock whose chime resonated throughout the city. From a young age, I had romanticized what it would be like to roam London’s cobbled streets. Like many...

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Dying to Go Home

It was July 11, 2018 when I stepped into the small hair salon with my new friends and tour guide. As I relaxed into the black leather chair and stared at myself in the mirror, I tried to catch a glimpse of the lower half of my hair, which was soaked in red hair dye. It’s too late to turn back now. I would have been lying if I told you I was not nervous. I had not asked my parents for permission to...

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New York City’s Charm

People rushed around me hurriedly in all directions. Everyone seemed to have something vastly important to do. A smartly dressed woman, briefcase in hand and phone pressed to her ear, marched firmly, unbothered by the city’s mayhem. Each person walked with a definite purpose, their gait calculated, controlled, and steadfast in their pursuits. I could not imagine anyone living here to sit idly by,...

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First Time Going International…try seven countries.

I come from two undocumented parents from Mexico who are not able to travel internationally because of their migratory status. This status kept my family from exploring the massively diverse cultures of the world that my mother so desperately dreamed of. To this day my parents have not been able to visit the places I have been to but I am eternally grateful that they are happy to see me go off and...

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Reconnecting with Isolation; An Appalachian Expedition

Reconnecting with Isolation; An Appalachian Expedition Spring break isn’t often thought of as a time of spiritual exploration, and rarely yields a ‘break’ from the hustle and bustle of the commercialized world we live in. Because of this preconceived idea of cruises and beach parties that typically resonate with ‘Spring break’, I wasn’t especially ecstatic about leaving my friends and...

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A Special Night in the Dominican Republic

The pink and orange hues melted together into the sky overlooking the verdant hills as the sun finally descended to end its glorious day. On the other side of the barbed wire, cows settled into the vastness of nature, moving only once in a while that it felt as if you were stuck in a painting, the beautiful sunset paused for eternity. We simply stared on at the magnificence of the panorama in this...

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The Sinister Site of Sachsenhausen

As I walked through the old iron gate, a chill ran down my spine. This was a doorway to hell. A sign on the gate displayed an old Nazi Slogan: Arbiet Macht Frei- Work Sets You Free. My family visited Germany last Spring Break, and stayed in an apartment in Berlin. Only 20 miles away was Sachsenhausen, a Labor Camp built by Nazi Germany in 1936, near the town of Oranienburg. Between 1936 and 1945,...

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“Fourth” World Travels; Bringing Hope to Haiti

As I stepped off the plane, I could immediately feel the dryness in the air. Haiti had not experienced a decent rain in seven months before our travel there in April 2019. The airport was tiny, but we got our bags loaded onto the church bus and headed to Fort Liberte. The smell of burning trash was throughout all of Cap Haitien and did not fade until we exited the city. There were no traffic laws,...

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Get Lost

As a high school sophomore, I was confident I could take over the world. My goal was always to achieve fluency in Spanish, and traveling to a Spanish-speaking country would be the ultimate way to test myself. When I told my peers I was planning to study abroad over the summer, they threw lots of words around. Maturity. Confidence. Preparation. The word I never heard? Directions. The first time I...

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Humbling History Lesson-A Visit to Anne Frank’s House

Last summer I had the privilege of travelling to Germany and the Netherlands with my family to visit relatives for a few weeks. We had several fun filled days planned such as visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, perusing museums in Berlin, and shopping in Munich. On our last day in Amsterdam, we booked a tour of Anne Frank’s house. I expected it to be mildly interesting and educational,...

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Connected by Coloring

I felt ashamed for feeling uncomfortable when I was around those in poverty. It took courage to venture out of my familiar bubble of suburban Arvada, Colorado into the low-income areas of Houston, Texas. This was my first mission trip. Once we said our goodbyes, it was a long 15 hours in a cramped van with ten other sleep-deprived people. When we exited the air-conditioned van into the humidity...

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Student of the World

During the summer before my junior year of high school, I traveled to Spain with the world language department at my school. I did well in my Spanish class and could speak enough Spanish to order food, and ask where the bathroom is. When I signed up for the trip, I only expected to have fun being in a new environment. Of course, that happened, but I also learned new things that I will carry with me...

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