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Have you ever heard the saying,”A picture is worth a thousand words”? To me seeing the objects in the pictures are worth much more. This last summer was my opportunity to see a thousand word picture in person, when I got to go teach in China. There were so many different thoughts that went through...Tags:
On the border of Romania and Hungary, Oradea, Romania is a city of diverse culture, people, and architecture. The remnants of Communism and the beginnings of Capitalism are noticed in the towering clusters of grey, cement, Communist housing lining the downtown streets, but nearby, in the newer...Tags:
The summer of 2008 changed my life. I told my parents I was ready for this trip, but nothing could have prepared me properly for what I encountered in Israel. I experienced my religion and heritage; I loved every minute, even the disturbing events. The B’nai B’rith Youth Organization’s “...Tags:
FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPI had no idea the earth could breathe, which seems strange to me, since I know all things living do. So I stood there, staring at the mouth of our planet, spitting and gnarling like a wild animal. Its exhale had the stench of the devil, so acidic...Tags:
"I'm Eric,'" he said, "I don't chase the paper." Truer words had never been spoken to sum up my three week adventure into the heart of gypsy Spain: Granada. As I lugged my impossibly heavy duffel bag along the dusty Spanish street I would soon be calling home, I couldn't help but wonder, would I...Tags:
“Nngghh…” I groaned as I was dragged from my peaceful slumber. “What time is it?” I questioned, voice slurred with sleep. “Six in the morning,” my dad answered, “so you better hurry up or else we’ll be late.” Why was I waking up so early while on vacation again? Oh yes, because my family and...Tags:
For years I had dreamed of going on a mission trip. A chance to be able to express my love for service and kids was fast approaching. I was walking through the airport with this surreal feeling of happiness, excitement, and little bit of nervousness. It was my first time out of the...Tags:
My trip involved a group tour of Greece, Italy and France. It started at 13 Coins, a restaurant across from the Seattle airport. They serve my favorite dinner –chicken parmesan. As it was about 3 in the morning and I had to get used to a 10-hour time difference, we called it dinner. At the...Tags:
My most memorable vacation was taken when I was age fifteen and involved in girl scouts. Camp Fox Tail offered a wide variety of different camp activities for all ages of girl scouts. I decided to take a two week adventure rafting down the Colorado River. I was terrified to go on this trip...Tags:
Every summer, for as for back as I can remember, I have gone to the beach with my family for vacation. The beach, with its boardwalk and its waves, has become almost as much a home to me as my hose in Maryland. Every year, my family piles in the car and heads off to ocean city for a week. We...Tags: