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I peered down the airplane window watching the lights glow as I descended into the city of Tehran, Iran. After a long 14 hour flight, I was excited to be landing in the Mehrabad International Airport. As we descended, all the women on the plane rushed to the lavatories, changing...Tags:
So there I was, sitting in the car looking out over the beautiful Los Angeles area, barely containing my excitement for the next day that was coming my way. I had never been on a cruise before and neither have I ever been out of the United States, so this was pretty big for me. We came to L.A. a...Tags:
When you think of spring break, you think of fun in the sun, bathing suits and sunny weather, right? Well, that is definitely not how I spent my spring break this year. My parents surprised me and we were off to New York city for a week. I had never been before and, boy, was my first trip to New...Tags:
For the second time in my life, my mother, sister and I decided to go to Iran. The decision to leave my father behind for three weeks while we explored the cities of Tehran and Shiraz was comprehensive. Iran was listed on the US State Department's List of top ten places not to go if you are...Tags:
During the summer of 2008 I traveled to the Choctaw Reservation located in Mississippi. My church goes there every summer to teach Vacation Bible School to the Choctaw children for a week. Before we go we have to raise money, attend meetings, and volunteer. That part alone taught me about...Tags:
It had been a decade since I last saw the smoggy skies of the Philippines, and I was less eager to be courageous and open to the world around me. The memories that I desperately held onto for all those years were gone, swept away by the monstrous typhoons of time. I could no longer brave the moths...Tags:
What does it mean to travel? To many individuals it would imply a persons adventure to a new and personally unexplored place. It could also mean to create a new set of memories and personal growth. I believe that my traveling experience this summer fits both of these categories. The thrill...Tags:
We were more or less protected from the heat of the sun by the tall trees surrounding the narrow dirt road. The van jolted along over potholes and speedbumps as I read the rusty signs along the path. No stopping.Beware elephants.Drive slow. They all seemed like fair warnings, in case someone’s...Tags:
Waves rhythmically caressed the shore as the sand massaged our feet. The sun painted a life-sized kaleidoscope in the sky while making its lazy departure. As several tanned locals packed up their beach businesses for the day, they shook their heads and laughed at the five pasty tourists frolicking...Tags:
I was silent as we trudged up the cobblestone street. The houses we passed were white, pink and yellow, the walls bright against the dusk of late afternoon. From behind the screened windows I could hear the incessant Spanish banter, vibrant and warm in the fading day. The wet breeze carried an...Tags: