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I am sitting in the right bucket seat of our lipstick-red Ford Wind Star minivan. The first seven of the twenty-plus hour trek from Chesapeake to Branson, Missouri have been slightly less than excruciating. My little siblings remain content--- for the moment: the two little ones (affectionately...Tags:
“Gracias” I replied, as a dinner of unknown fruits and vegetables rolled in a banana tree leaf was placed into my timid hand. I flashed a reassuring smile as the native Ecuadorians anxiously awaited approval. At the conclusion of the jungle meal, Chicha, the local drink traditionally made of chewed...Tags:
On Christmas Day, my family visited my grand-uncle 'Chiook' (pronounced 'Chook') in Indonesia. He is the psychic medium of our family who performs exorcisms and predicts fortunes. I was sitting on a sofa next to my family, listening attentively to Uncle Chiook, when suddenly he turned to me and...Tags:
Tiny sunbeams peak through the curtains and fill my room with a dim light. Slowly, I open my eyes, hearing the waves crashing to the shore just footsteps away from my window. Another full day of sun, sand, and sea awaits me at the Dreams Resort in Cancun, Mexico.Editors Note: The Cancun Dreams...Tags:
Did you know that its possible to travel internationally sans a valid passport? I experienced this first hand when my father and I traveled to Australia to visit family. We packed up and headed to Denver International Airport like any other trip, but when we we reached our exit for the airport, my...Tags:
An Unanticipated Lesson The dilapidated bus shuddered and shook down the highway. It had overheated five times and run out of gas an hour ago because the fuel gauge was broken. It was the first day of spring break and I was traveling with my youth group on a mission trip down to San Luis,...Tags:
Throughout the past years, I have been fortunate enough to go to some pretty cool places. I’ve been to New York City, Mexico City, and Chicago. However, not one of these trips compares to the experience that I got out of my most recent trip, my journey to South America. This...Tags:
In an attempt to discover pieces of myself that may have been hidden, I decided in the spring of 2014 to explore the obscure destinations of a nearby city, Oakland. Oakland has this reputation of being urban, industrial, and sometimes lifelessly gray, but I knew that the city had more than that to...Tags:
It was three years after the horrors of Hurricane Katrina and the director of the Wayne State Trio Upward Bound Program thought it was a good time for us to take a trip to the beautiful city of New Orleans. I have been in the Wayne State Trio Upward Bound Program since I was in the 9th grade and it...Tags:
Going to Brazil changed my life spiritually and mentally. This trip was my first trip out of the country and it was also my first time on an airplane. I went on this mission trip with my pastor and some girls from my youth group. Our mission in Brazil was to bring to light the amzing God that we...Tags: