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“This is the best part!” says Hannah as we watch cheese buyers and sellers haggle. We are at the cheese market in the cobblestoned courtyard of Old City Hall in the town of Gouda, in the The Netherlands.HONORABLE MENTION 2014 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPHannah, 13, is Dutch and has been to...Tags:
I was dimly aware of the train suddenly jerking itself to a stop. I believe I was aware of my Dad’s slow, almost amused voice as he said “Patience, Elie,” watching me wait at the sliding doors like a cat ready to pounce. I may or may not have been aware of my heeled boots on the ground, click-...Tags:
Over Spring Break my family, of seven, decided to go on a road trip to Texas the week after the tornadoes hit Dallas. That was a little unnerving and really exciting at the same time. There we would be visiting my two half-sisters, my dad’s half-sister, and my biological family. I...Tags:
“Now, friends, we are going to the Stupid Pagodas in Dali!” exclaimed our new tour guide through the screeching microphone system as we depart from the Dali Airport. I thought to myself, it’s Stupor Pagodas! as the bus jerked while the driver shifted gears. It was day 5 of our China...Tags:
The French culture has always been present in my life. My fascination stems from childhood; family members and friends constantly told me that the French culture was refined, the people were sophisticated, and that the cuisine was exquisite. Naturally, I began to form romantic views of France; I...Tags:
When you meet people from other countries, with backgrounds and beliefs different than yours, you are able to learn many things that you would not ever imagine. This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Harvest of Hope Leadership Academy (HHLA), at the University of Kansas,...Tags:
In June, 2011 my family and I went to Maui, Hawaii for a week. This was provided to us through Make-A-Wish. My 14 year old brother, Zacahary, is a heart patient and he chose a vacation to Hawaii for his wish. It was in the beginning of the summer so we were surrounded by many people and of course...Tags:
Volunteering in My Native Land June 2008, I volunteered to work with young children in the Central American country of Guatemala.I joined a United States based program called Cross Cultural Solutions.It was a colorful time chocked full of new experiences and long-lasting memories. I arrived in...Tags:
It is a situation that caused me to see much impact because so many children in such precarious conditions, we feel like we can help not only with money but with food, clothing, shoes, etc.., Without neglecting the environment in which these people live and places that are unhealthy,...Tags:
Two years ago, I participated in an international peace project called the Ulster Project. This project helps foster peace between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland and between different races in America. Sixteen teenagers from Northern Ireland come to live with sixteen American...Tags: