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Bring! Quickly I hit the snooze button on the alarm whose noise had pierced through the silence. As I turned the light on and looked around me, an unfamiliar surrounding stared back: I was in a hotel room, with my mom, grandma, and aunt. Then suddenly it hit me: we were at the halfway point and I...Tags:
Its hard to believe that it was just over seven years ago that I first set foot on Acadia National Park. Now, five years later, I returned to that land. But to me, it wasn’t just another part of the country that I was standing on. It was more like another part of my imagination. I had seen plenty...Tags:
I won't deny my apprehension when first spotting a large group of Palestinians near the edge of the saline wonder that is the Dead Sea. With the media riling for decades regarding the neverending ideological rift between the Jewish Israelis and Muslim Palestinians, I worried about the Arabs...Tags:
Two years ago my mother, my sisters and I went to Leon, Guanajuato in Mexico for Christmas. We did many things. We got to see many of the Mexican traditions. When we went we stayed with my grandmother. (We call her mama Socorro) I love being with her and it is cool because she has a hospital...Tags:
Silence echoed throughout the barren parking lot, broken only by our recurring weeps. We watched through tear-ridden eyes as the school bus drove into the distance, leaving behind a trail of sorrow. It was barely five minutes of enduring those intense intervals of pain and grief that we realized...Tags:
It was almost pitch black as I began to edge across the slowly swaying bridge that would lead to our campsite. The river roared beneath my feet, frothing whitewater barely visible in the faint moonlight. As I inched across the wooden boards, I was taking the first steps of my hike through the...Tags:
During Christmas Break in 2011, a small group from Willow Ridge Church, including my father and I, traveled to Haiti in order to support an orphanage in Port Au Prince which was established by our church. Eight of us traveled 1193 miles from Columbia, South Carolina to Port Au Prince, Haiti and...Tags:
Sometimes I close my eyes trying to imagine the irregularly shaped rectangle of sky my eyes would encounter as I lay my head back on the cool steps leading up to the roof. The dust was nothing compared to the view of the sky, so close it threatened to blind me. What I remember most about Delhi is...Tags:
As I departed from the plane, I left all my worries and concerns in my chair. Walking into the beautiful morning in the Africa sun made me realize that I was at the right place at the right time. My school was there to spread our culture and our love of the arts to the people of Africa...Tags:
In December 2008, my mother, sister, and I visited Orlando, Florida. It was a family vacation we take every Christmas. My mother and sister are fascinated with Walt Disney World. On our vacation, we went to Animal Kingdom (which is one of Walt Disney's theme parks). It was really exciting. While we...Tags: