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Would it be worth the ten dollar hours spent scraping gum off the burning sun-baked Californian pavement? A wiped out bank account was evidence enough for the sorry tale, the result of a spontaneous decision to fly to a foreign land. Speeding in a plane above dark waters, these doubts wove their...Tags:
During my first year and a half of involvement with Habitat for Humanity, I volunteered in a leadership capacity at both chapter and regional levels. After being selected for one of twelve spots on an international youth build, I took part in all-expenses-paid trip to Jacksonville, Florida, where...Tags:
The anticipation of finally arriving at your vacation spot seems to grow as the month, week, day, hour, minute & second near. I won't forget the way the way I felt and the excitement that seemed to be racing through my body on our final train ride to our destination. Vernazza, Italy. I didn't...Tags:
The Civil War was a time of great destruction and many lives were lost. Thousands upon thousands gave their lives to their particular causes and in the end gave their due to the war between the states. So what does this have to do with a 14- year old kid from Texas? Well, here's the thing and this...Tags:
The plane lurched one last time and touched down. The brakes wee slammed on and we began to stop and after nearly twenty hours of travel, we had touched down in Skopje, Macedonia. Now just three months before I was one of thirty two lucky students to be selected for Tempe Sister Cities, an...Tags:
“We will be descending into Colombo International Airport shortly,” the speakers supposedly relayed. The lights from the runway offered some glimmer of hope that this pilot could land safely. I watched as those lights got closer and closer, until they vanished under the plane and we bounced...Tags:
This August, my family and I took a seven-day cruise to Alaska. Now I know what you're thinking, we went to Alaska to see wildlife, glaciers, and snow in the middle of August. Are you nuts? We really went to gain fifteen pounds on cruise food and throw rubber chickens in buckets. I mean, who can...Tags:
Boiled brains dangled from sticks, congealed blood floated like Jell-O in thick red fluid, gouged eyeballs and severed feet laid about. No, this isn’t a torture scene or even that of a reality TV show, but merely the contents of dinner tables I have shared. Food goes much deeper than just the...Tags:
I had the opportunity to go to Africa by my private Christian- affiliated school. We went on a mission trip to Mozambique in Africa, to build a new school for the poor young Africans giving them a new life and opportunities. From the SEATAC airport in Washington, we took the Alaska Airlines to fly...Tags:
During my last high school spring break, I took a trip to Spain and England to celebrate my high school graduation and eighteenth birthday. My parents, aunt, grandma, cousin, and I took a flight on Iberia Airlines to the airport in Madrid, Spain. We left LAX ( Los Angeles Airport) and...Tags: