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I had been anticipating this trip for years. This would be my first time going to Jamaica to see my family and riding on a plane. On our way to the airport my mother started to go hysterical she wondered if she would be able to handle the turbulence. As my family and I arrived at the airport and...Tags:
Have you ever been so far contained in your comfort zone, that you shunned all other ideas? I was. It never really occurred to me that so much more can happen outside my world. I’ve always had a preconceived notion about places in the world and what it would be like to go there. You could imagine...Tags:
The small, flat building they called an airport reeked of African spices. “Welcome to Asmara,” a man in a vomit green colored jumpsuit spoke coldly. I laughed at the way his heavy accent prevented him from appropriately pronouncing the word “welcome.” I was on my way to finding out who I truly...Tags:
On July 1, 2010, I got back from Costa Rica. Back from the hot days and rainy afternoons. Back from the graveyard shift night walks. Overall, the trip with the teen summer program Rustic Pathways was amazing. Although I was slightly apprehensive because of the small group number, the trip was...Tags:
I sat in a curiously speckled kitchen, dotted with trinket cows. They were mounted to the wall, stuck on the fridge, poised on the stove, splashed by the aceite of many a meal. TÃa Alba, as she is known in Chimaltenango, has a knack for the vaca. We were sitting at the fold-out table eating...Tags:
Two summers ago I went to the Bahamas with my two best friends and our parents. It was a wonderful experience. We took a Carnival Cruise from Florida and were soon on our way. It was most defiantly a trip I will never forget. The second we walked on the boat we were lost. It took...Tags:
June 16th, 2015, the day my life changed forever. My mom tried to hide the tears in her eyes as she told me how proud I make her. It was the last time I would see my mom and sister again until August 27, 2015. In front of our apartment was the government car and standing beside it, two soldiers...Tags:
Al-Afadra is a small village in upper Egypt where I first saw dirt roads, a part-time medical clinic, an optional grammar school, and houses built of mud bricks with palm leaf roofs. Several years later, I was told to create a school project that was meaningful to me, whether it...Tags:
I always hear people talking about Spring Break trips with their best friends, and suddenly I find that I have befriended a green monster of jealously. Every year I hoped and prayed that I would be the one talking about their Spring Break trip. Well, I finally am! On March 15th, 2010 I would leave...Tags:
This year my family and I went to Mission Santa Barbara. We thought that it would be a unique family trip that we haven't done before. The mission really lit our day up because of all the festivities going on. My brother and I were the ones who brought up the idea of going to the mission because of...Tags: