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  • santa fe stucco

     When my parents first revealed to me that our family would be spending most of our winter vacation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I was admittedly less than pleased. A great deal of pre-conceived notions about the American Southwest plagued my mind and made it nearly impossible to be optimistic about...

  • oh3 212

    The most memorable trip I’ve experienced was my trip to Syria in 2009. Both my parents are originally from there, but I was born in America and had only visited Syria as a baby. I was raised here all my life so I was entering Syria as a foreigner. As I arrived at the Airport in Damascus, its...

  • DSC08290

    In February, I went on a three day cruise to the Bahamas for my friend Stephanie’s 16th birthday. As soon as we got on the Carnival Imagination, we went up to the pool deck to check out the pool and enjoy the music. The food was delicious and we could tell that we were going to have a ton of fun...

  • IMG_2722

    A few years ago, my family and I travelled out west for the first time. Our normal Florida vacations weren’t as exciting as they first were, and staying within Batavia, Illinois during spring break was not the most thrilling experience. We decided to visit the beautiful Grand Canyon. Since we were...

  • Airplane

         It would be the first time my mom and I would take a long distance trip together. For me it would be the first time traveling by air, for my mom the first time in a water park. Though the purpose of our two-week trip was visiting our family at my grandparents’ 50th anniversary, the memorable...

  • IMG_0034

    My name is Lauren Cole and I am a rising senior at Highland School of Technology. This past June, as part of the Gastonia Sister Cities Student Exchange Program, I traveled to Peru where I lived with a host family for ten days in Lima then spent the remainder of the trip in Cuzco. The Palacio...

  • Bald River_2

      I open my eyes to muted light streaming from my windows.  I take a peek out, and marvel at the fluffy snow covering the mountains in the distance.  As I sit and stare, I am wishing that summer would come.  Winter is amazing here, but the summer offers so much fun.  I could go swimming in our...

    Tags: Tennessee, USA
  • mission trip_0

    This June, I traveled with my youth group from Calvary Baptist Church on June 23, 2012, to Baltimore, Maryland, to share God’s love by being a presence in the downtown area and assisting where needed.   It was very inspiring and encouraging for me to observe how the community responded and most...

  • 39192383

    One day a year or so ago, I had made a terrible and sinister mistake. During the session our family holds for planning out new trips, which was actually us gathered around the television set, I had randomly asked, 'Hey, how about we go to Hawaii?' My parents just glanced at me like I was the...

  • Copy_of_More_Spain___325

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    Tags: Africa

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