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Peace Train

When I was 12 years old, I made an unlikely friend from halfway across the world. It was the middle of July, and my mother and I were about to take an overnight train from Paris to Madrid. I had never spent the night on a train before, so I was ecstatic to embark on my new adventure. As we walked along the crowded, noisy platform, my mom explained we would be sharing a room with other people. I wasn’t...

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Breathtaking Burials: Bogus or Believable?

My alarm goes off at 3 AM, and I begrudgingly roll out of bed to go dig up my great-grandfather’s corpse. I find myself tripping down the stairs; I’m not used to the dimly lit hallways because it’s not my home. It’s not even my own country. It is, however, a part of my roots: Guangdong, China, where my great-grandfather grew up. We buried him 13 years ago. In my mind, I do the math: his...

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An Unexpected Village Dance Party

Whenever I travel, I film videos. I always pack my camera, because filmmaking has become my way of keeping a diary. Its entries each preserve little chapters of my life’s journey. But curiously, our brains seem to remember some things yet forget others. When I recall my missions trip to the Dominican Republic, I don’t remember the name of the village we visited. But I remember the little girl peeking...

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Hiking to Meet the Sunrise

I could see my breath under an inky sky when I left the inn at 3 am. Trail-lights illuminated the face of the 7,359 foot Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada), near Dalhousie, Sri Lanka. I was hiking to meet the sunrise. My parents and I had travelled here from the northern town of Trincomalee. The trip by train and chicken-filled buses that went terrifyingly fast had taken us to this sacred place. Along with...

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Home Is Where You Park It

I open my eyes and the metallic ceiling over me is reflecting the morning light. I slowly sit up and look out the window above my bed. The deep blue waves of the Pacific crash against the rocky shore. We are camping on a cliff above the ocean and we are on a real adventure. I never really thought of myself as an adventurer. Then my family bought an Airstream trailer, and everything changed. We took...

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The Feast

The morning before she died, it was clear that she felt the brush of death. That’s why she was so restless, struggling against the rope that was tying her hooves to the wooden pole. Tears blurring my eyes, I watch from the steps of the Big House in our yard. Maybe I was stupid to have gotten attached so quickly to a being that was bound to die for my sake. I had never had to face this back...

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How a Cartoon Chicken Changed My Life

It was a simple sign that dared the onlooker for the adventure of a lifetime-- bungee jumping. This was Australia after all, a land known for deadly spiders, boxing marsupials, and thrill-seeking adventure. I nudged my mom and pointed to the sign. “I’m going to do it”, I said jokingly. “Sure you are”, my mom replied. To further mess with my parents I picked up a AJ Hackett bungee...

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Try the Azores for a Value Fall or Winter Getaway

The Azores islands off the coast of Portugal are a little known and good value family destination, just 4 hours by plane from Boston, Massachusetts. There are nine islands in the group, known as the Eastern islands (Sao Miguel and Santa Maria islands), Central islands (Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico, Faial islands), and Western islands (Flores and Corvo islands). Santa Maria, the capital of Ponta...

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boy covered with the famous powdery white sand of Sarasota
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Sarasota – A Three Ring Tropical Vacation

Sarasota is a little slice of Heaven; full of culture, family fun, luxury resorts, beauty and respect for the natural environment that's sometimes missing in other parts of Florida. I had visited Florida a bunch of times. I had walked along the beaches of the Atlantic dipping my toes in the water, visited some of those amusing parks they have down there, had even eaten Rock Shrimp. So, admittedly,...

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Amanjena, Peaceful Paradise In Marrakech

A day at the Amanjena Resort in Marrakech is like a tour of the palace depicted in the tale "One Thousand and One Nights." Simply put, it's a more refined narrative of Arabian life than is usually available to the average traveler,  even in the elegant and very Moroccan rose-red city of Marrakech. But that is the Aman...

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How To Pick The Right Cruise Line For Grandkids

With so many cruise lines to choose from for a multi-generational vacation at sea, I think you'll need Grandma Molly's cruise reviews to decide on which grandparent cruise to take, and why. So, for your consideration, I present the best options among major cruise lines that welcome or cater to families. All of the following offer cabins outfitted for handicapped passengers and, in general, most kids’...

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Kids on hay bale at Edwards Orchard, Illinois
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Illinois Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

Stick with us while we drive to countryside U-Pick apple farms in Rockford, Caledonia, Winnebago and other regions near Chicago, Illinois then head southwest across the state to Alton to check out the orchards near the Mississippi River and St. Louis, Missouri. In our family, a day...

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