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In late July of 2014, I retracted back to my “home” village in the Dominican Republic for a week. By joining the Village Mountain Mission the year before with my mom, and building homes for impoverished and stranded families, I fell in love with not only mission work but also a village called...Tags:
If you ever find yourself standing at the base of a mountain preparing to climb it, I have only one word of advice to you – Don’t look up. No matter how tall or short the mountain, no matter if it’s covered in snow or in trees, one look up will have you convinced that it is highly unrealistic, if...Tags:
A land of curious legends, castle ruins, and cordial people was my destination in the summer of 2010. I have loved Ireland since I was small, thanks to my Irish mother and all of her side of the family. Every year we visit her hometown of Limerick, on the Southwest coast of the Emerald Isle, but...Tags:
In 2007, my mom and I took a trip to Paris, France as part of a performance tour with the string performance group I was in. The group was known as the Vivaldi Strings and I played violin in this group. Throughout our time in Paris, we played several concerts and visited the numerous exotic...Tags:
I have lived in the same house my whole life. I grew up surrounded by eerie corn fields, that I've never been able to trust. Behind those rows of plants, lays the town that morphed me into who I am. A small town, built on flat land. Mason, Michigan is picturesque in theory....Tags:
I step back from the microphone with a smile on my face, letting a small sigh of enchantment and disbelief be drowned out by the song I’m currently strumming. Looking around and taking in where I really am at this moment, I can’t help but feel amazed. My mind wanders and the tropical wind ruffles...Tags:
Getting lost is rarely the goal. QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPAlthough the marketplace was covered by mosaics and completely shaded from the blistering sun, I could feel the heat of the day wafting through the corridors of this maze they call the Grand Bazaar. Bizarre it...Tags:
Gunfire rains down on you from every direction. A sheer cliff looms in front of you, mocking your seemingly futile efforts to climb it. Pre-dawn ocean waves crash against your boots. Your comrades struggle and fall. It is early in the morning on June 6, 1944, in Normandy, France: D-Day. You and...Tags:
A desert by definition is dry. The sun scorches the desert as one squeezes the liquid from a towel. It's not easy to call a place like that home, and it isn't easy to get used to either. But on rare days, I stand on a mountain, overlooking my community. The wind slashes through the strands of my...Tags:
Live Music Capital of the World A great place everybody should visit is Austin, Texas. Why? Well, I’m from Austin, Texas which has a rich history that starts in December 7, 1839 when the city was founded. Austin is the capital city of Texas, which was originally to be located in Houston,...Tags: