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    “ Hazme un favor y vaya al Alto de Tabor.” I foolishly accepted the task before even knowing what I was getting into. However, it was my mother’s wish, and whatever she wanted, I would fulfill, as I had three weeks to do what she hadn’t in twenty years. I was thousands of miles away from home...

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    As I boarded Emirates Flight 222 from Dallas to Dubai, a million things were rushing through my mind. Worries as big as living in an utterly foreign culture for seventeen days and as small as wondering if I packed that second bottle of mosquito repellant dominated my sixteen-year-old brain. But...

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      My brother didn’t ask for a skateboard for his 19th birthday like I thought he would, instead, he asked for a family road trip. I’ll never know what possessed a college freshman to feel the need to be trapped in car with his younger sister and borderline crazy mother on his first spring break...

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    In the summer of 2009, I took a trip to Makati, Philippines, where a new window truly opened up a curious, yet remarkable world for me. Departing off of the plane and stepping into a foreign place, I was thrown off by what my eyes had witnessed. Compared to my small, familiar hometown of Stockton...

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    As we drew closer to the city, the strange dots of light drew my attention away from the Spanish-speaking movie. Below us, life buzzed in the downtown business capital of Ecuador. From the air, it was difficult to imagine that we would be living in poverty. The city of Guayaquil, Ecuador is...

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    It was July of 2011 when I ventured to Garden City, Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, just like I have every summer of my life with my family. But this time, my best friend, Bennie, was included in the week-long adventure. During the crowded, calescent, and chaotic car ride from our home town of...

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    Until two years ago, I had never been anywhere outside the United States besides Canada, and the idea of jungles and wild tapirs seemed like something out of a fairy tale story. However, when my parents first told me that we were going on a trip to Ecuador for three weeks, I felt as if I would be...

  • daniel morgan

    Founded in the 1780s as a courthouse village, Spartanburg, South Carolina, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a city with something for everyone.   QUARTER FINALIST 2013 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP   Like history?  A great place to start your visit is Morgan...

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     I had the opportunity to go down to Kiln, Mississippi in July of 2006, nine months into the aftermath of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Our church arranged a Mission Trip in efforts to help with the Hurricane Katrina Relief. It was the most humbling experience of my life. When I think about...

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    “An di! An di! (Eat more!)” My aunt weaves through the small kitchen carrying bowls of hu tieu:  vercimilli noodles in a warm, savory broth. It is raucous and rowdy everywhere; people are eating cross-legged on the tile floor, children are squealing and running barefoot, and the smell of...

    Tags: Asia, Heritage

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