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St. Petersburg, Russia is a marvelous city filled with rich culture and beautiful architecture. I was lucky enough to travel here this past February, on a mission trip. Not only did I get to help those in need and teach students English, I got to experience the Russian culture and visit the...Tags:
Where in the world can one experience the quaintness of a small town, yet still be less than an hour away from beautiful beaches in one direction, and from a glimmering city in another? The answer, of course, is the town of Farmingdale, on Long Island, New York. First settled in 1687,...Tags:
QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP When I arrived at the Royal Sands Resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico in 2013 with my family, my parents divorce in two years wasn't on my mind. The fact that my brothers would be gone and off to college in four years, was nowhere in my train...Tags:
A marketplace. To anyone else my age, this might be considered “ghetto.” But to me, this is beautiful. The walkway is narrow and composed of smooth rocks, with small steps every few feet to follow the slight upward slope of the path. The stalls alongside me are squeezed together with no...Tags:
My trip began at the Port Of Miami where my petite mother Sharon bustled along trying to make sure everything is in order. My inaudible sister Brigette was ears deep in her head phones listening to the latest hip-hop music. My boisterous best friend Mikhala overjoyed with excitement because this...Tags:
It always seems like whenever you watch a movie or commercial or television show, you always see kids with the most perfect lives, the most perfect houses and most of all, the most perfect parents. I've been waiting for my life to be like that for the past 16 years. What with my mom and dad being...Tags:
Last summer I did community service in Costa Rica for a month. I lived in a small three room house with eighteen other people. We all slept and sheltered ourselves from the rain there, but most of our time was spent outside of the house. An average day consisted of waking up, working on a community...Tags:
It was surreal. The boat skidded over choppy waves as we passed lush, green islands with radiant, sandy beaches. The ocean spray was cool to my face as I leaned over the rail and squinted to scan the horizon. I was looking for the afternoon’s destination, but what I found was my future. We were in...Tags:
As I stared at the teary eyed girls in front of me and fought back mine as well, I realized why I was so upset. I felt as though I'd known them for years even though it was just a few days. The bond was unmistakable and I promised them I'd be back. We all went our separate ways and now all I have...Tags:
We had accepted a quest. A wonderful, seemingly impossible quest that led to much more than what we had ventured out to find: a sweater.FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP My family and I traveled to Ireland one summer because of our Irish ancestry. “A sweater,” proclaimed my mother...Tags: