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Four journeys. Eight plane rides. One fraction. At age two, I flew over the Atlantic Ocean guided by my Senegalese father and part Portuguese, Irish, German mother for the first time. Our destination was Senegal, West Africa. My appreciation for other cultures stems from this early exposure to my...Tags:
The smell of desiccated land and decay fills our nostrils as we set foot upon our designated work site. There was no shadow to rescue us from the hot southern sun, save the thin red and white banner looming above our heads’ exclaiming, “ Amour Ministries: Give Unto Others!” It was summer of 2007,...Tags:
My family has always been the kind to go on the boring, educational type of vacations. When my friends would come home from Puerto Rico and the Bahamas with cornrows in their hair, I would be jealous because all I got out of my trips were museum brochures and achy feet. As I grew older though, I...Tags:
The trip to Austin was exciting, funny, loud, emotional, and hot. After working our way to the top in Area, our Percussion Ensemble received the gold medal and the green light to advance to State. Aside from the fact that on the way to Austin the buses broke down in 100 degree weather, the...Tags:
When hiring a driver while travelling, it helps if he looks like one of the most famous film actors of that country. Murali, the driver during the trip that my brother and I took to South India, looked uncannily like Prabhu Deva, the energetic dancer-turned-movie star who was immensely popular....Tags:
When you hear the word paradise, you probably think of a place with clear green sea water, palm trees, beautiful blue sky, and soothing soft sand on the beach. Like the Caribbean or Hawaii, right? Or maybe you just simply think of a beautiful luxurious scene. Some may even suggest a...Tags:
“Welcome to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!” I don’t think anyone could have said it any better. Something about the south always intrigued me. Maybe it was how people spoke slow or always had something to offer. It could have even been the fact that this place was a milestone in my childhood,...Tags:
All through July the inevitable alarm clock buzz pierced my ears forcing me to get up and ready myself for school. But during this month, I wasn’t the student; I was the teacher. Then after I dragged myself up the stairs and into the classroom, I saw a roomful of energetic kids laughing and...Tags:
The plane landed in Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport on June 24th at 2:37 P.M. I looked around and saw cacti and emptiness. I was slightly disappointed, to say the least. Vast stretches of desert spread for miles. I drove two hours to arrive at a circle of brick houses. Cars were...Tags:
/*-->*/ Mexico was a life changing experience. It taught me how to live. Seeing people strive for happiness with only the simple things made me appreciate my life. In Mexico, 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line (www.mexico-child-link.org). This statistic made me want to...Tags: