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My Dad’s eyes are subtly asymmetrical; the right one is open, alert, while the left is slightly shadowed by the brow, a little rounder in shape. On a father-daughter trip to Montreal, I snapped a photo of him standing against a painted wall, the sun perfectly striking his face; the...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:
The class looked exactly like I had imagined. It was small, no place for a claustrophobic person. There were five rows of tables, and each table had six worn down chairs. The walls were old and wearied not only by years but by abuse. When I walked in, the atmosphere thickened with an uneasy,...Tags:
"Stick? Stick? Es muy necesario!" A small boy with impossibly tiny wrists held out a long wooden stick, his dirty face full of hope. Our guide had warned us to look uninterested in purchasing a hiking stick, but my instincts betrayed me. A smile crept onto my face as I gazed at the boy under...Tags:
Duffel bag in hand, I stepped out of the van into the blazing sunlight. My eyes scanned the horizon and clapboard houses around me. How could somewhere so close to home be so opposite from home? I was used to paved streets, brick houses and grassy lawns. I was used to hearing the laughter of little...Tags:
During the spring of my junior year, I experienced a trip of a lifetime. Every three years, the music program at our high school goes on a trip to a location voted on by everyone involved. The group’s task was to choose a place that would be cost-friendly, while still offering a vast array of...Tags:
Located along the historic Santa Fe Trail traversed by pioneers throughout the 1800's, Baldwin City is a small town with big charm, full of activities as well as historical significance. In today's fast-paced world, many families seek small road trips or weekend getaways that offer something for...Tags:
Guyana is someplace that can definitely be considered a third-world country full of poverty and corruption. Filled with humidity and humungous bugs, I considered it to be the serene place on Earth. It is also the place where my parents and grandparents were born and raised after being brought...Tags:
My Mom walked into my room in Colorado saying, “Crystal, you have way too many things, we don’t have room for all that.” Confused, I looked down and only saw one suitcase and two shopping bags packed. Little did I know that the space available was limited; our family was traveling for who knows...Tags:
It was a lonely June morning in our Royal Blue hotel room in Helsinki, Finland. The sound of strange words in an unknown language echoed in my head as I waited patiently for an elevator. The number seven illuminated above the silver doors as I entered. Stillness filled the elevator; I was alone....Tags: