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Kushiro, Japan I lifted the bowl closer to my mouth to get the last few grains of rice out of the bottom. So did you. As we lowered them back again, our eyes met. You tipped your head forward and shot me a look of seriousness and rage. There was a moment of silence as we stared at...Tags:
Someone once stated, "Progress is the activity of today and the assurance of tomorrow." One that lives in the great United States of America can look around and see that this quote applies to our country directly. This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity of winning an all-expense paid trip...Tags:
Nobody expected what would happen while we there. High school is a mean place, full of cliques and drama. Which is why we were all shocked when none of that followed us to our little oasis in Florida. Everybody was everyone’s friend in Disney World. None of the stupid things that divided us before...Tags:
Quarter Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship September 12, I woke up at 3:30 am. This day was the day that my one dream was coming true. September 12, I woke up at 3:30 am. This day was the day that my one dream was coming true. My dad packed up my suitcase into the car as I went...Tags:
05/15/12 We left at 6 in the evening. The 18-hour journey to Buffalo, New York gave me plenty of time to think. My family and I haven’t been that close lately. Perhaps they’re distancing themselves to prepare themselves for my college-departure. All I know, is...Tags:
While I gasped for air, I made that final step to the top of my climb as perspiration dripped off my body. I could feel the breeze rush past my head, but I couldn’t seem to get any air to my lungs. It felt like I was dying on the Great Wall in China, but I was actually having the time of my...Tags:
Delhi at Noon; peak of its traffic. The bourgeois, prosperous and poor all traveled on the streets, the lunch rush hour. Each breath taken was full of exhaust and the thickness of the air clogged throats at 115 degrees, typical day in Delhi. Being fortunate I could access all the luxuries of the...Tags:
As I sat by the fire watching my host mom prepare dinner, I couldn’t help but look around. It wasn’t an overly critical eye. No, I was in a rural village in Malawi; of course, the amenities that I was accustomed to simply did not exist here. In Wimbe, latrines and sambas, or bucket baths, were a...Tags:
As a 15-year-old, when I heard that my family was taking a trip to the Gardens by the Bay at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, I was far from keen. But as I stepped into the one-of-a-kind Cloud Forest I was transported to a world far from the crowded streets and tall skyscrapers of Singapore. The...Tags:
Gulp. I closed my eyes. With a churn in my stomach, I felt the plane descend towards the ground as it prepared for landing. I clutched the sheets of paper for customs and immigration that the flight attendant had handed me moments before. 17 hours before, I was outside of the local Holiday Inn...Tags: