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Voices, muffled by the din, surround me like an ambush. Questioning, their curiosity of who I am, where I came from, and why I am there is expressed. Their foreign tongue speaks at me, but the meaning is lost. I look around, nervous, for someone I know, someone familiar to provide a comfort. In...Tags:
It was smack-dab in the middle of our annual family beach week vacation at Rockaway Beach, when my cousin Renae and I found ourselves face to face with udder boredom. As we listed our options of ways to pass the time, we finally came to the decision that we would go for a bike ride. The goal of our...Tags:
Some teenagers want to go to Hawaii or to Panama City for spring break with their friends. Not me. Some teenagers want to go to Hawaii or to Panama City for spring break with their friends. Not me. I wanted to spend my time in a rural village in Nakuru, Kenya for ten days with the people there. â...Tags:
Graffiti, dirt roads, three legged dogs and kids running around without shoes. Nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced in Zorrillo, Mexico. This past summer, I had an amazing opportunity. A group of thirteen students and seven leaders from Church of the Chimes (COTC) were able to...Tags:
Two years ago I joined a competitive all-star cheerleading team known as Northeast Elite. I started the season off on the Small Senior Level 3 team. Within a couple of months I was asked to be on the Small Senior Co-ed Level 5 team. I traveled to various places including Connecticut, Pennsylvania...Tags:
My family is far from normal. We have definitely had more than our fair share of mishaps. I know what you are thinking, all families are a little weird. Well hold on to your seats because this ride might surprise you. I come from a family with three siblings, all females. I am the oldest, so I...Tags:
Mexico has been a part of me since I was born. Although, I never remember a time where I last went, I dreamed about the opportunity to revisit it again. This day soon arrived when my family and I planned a visit to go to Guadalajara. The airport in Tijuana was filled with people rushing to go to...Tags:
Picture a beach that stretches for miles on both sides, with pure white sand, crystal clear water, and an elegant and friendly ocean side community behind you. Heaven right? Almost, this is the small town of Seaside in the panhandle of Florida. It's right on the Gulf of Mexico so there's a...Tags:
A flustered stewardess comes on the PA while we’re in Newark. “The officials in Shanghai will come onto the plane and check your temperature.” A sea of hands flew to foreheads as worried parents looked at each other and children. The PA instructed us to leave in the next five minutes if anyone was...Tags:
I left Austin, Texas on the morning of May 28, 2011 with my mom, sister, and grandma. We made stops at Los Angeles, Tokyo, and then to our destination at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was an incredibly long flight but I could not hold in my excitement as the night lights of the city came into...Tags: