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There I was – in a different school, in a different country, with a different language, in a different hemispheres; I had no idea how I would survive the first day! My mother, who was on a medical trip, and I met with the principal of the high school on Dumagete Island in the Philippines, 8,000...Tags:
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that “traveling is a fool’s paradise” and that “our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.” While indifference suggests an absence of spirit and a sort of state of mediocrity, it directly contradicts what it means to travel and, no offense to Mr....Tags:
Last March my family and I went on a week long cruise to the Caribbean islands. The ship we sailed on was the Carnival Destiny. Besides just traveling with my mom, dad and siblings we also traveled with my grandma and grandpa. The ship departed from Puerto Rico and the ports of call were St. Thomas...Tags:
Today most Americans come home from work or school to walk to the fridge, contemplate the different food choices, heat up a meal in the microwave, wait impatiently for five minutes, and sit down in front of the television. During this time, they complain of the food, their small home, and their...Tags:
Branson My family and I try to take at least one vacation every year to some place new. Labor Day of 2009, we decided to take a trip to Branson, Missouri. It is about a five and a half hour drive from Derby, Kansas where I live. We packed up on Thursday evening and were...Tags:
Brain Confusion Being fully immersed in a language that is unknown to one’s mind sounds a lot easier than it is. As I spent a whole summer in Germany, I was terrified by how difficult it was to listen to a foreign language 24/7. The experience was perhaps the most confusing and incredible...Tags:
I have taken martial arts classes for 13 years, and have been a black belt for 4 years. In the summer of 2007, a partner kung fu school invited our school to go to China for a month. We were thrilled at this opportunity; thirteen students, two parents, and one teacher left Chicago on an exciting...Tags:
In 2008, thirty-six California Central Valley teenagers stepped off a ferry into a new adventure. There was Greece, the country that Homer wrote about, a place of great historical significance. Talk about a journey straight out of the pages of a book! My name is Katie Jaycox. I...Tags:
It must have been the streudl. Flaky and sweet one bite, chewy and savory the next -- each bite seemed to be better than the last, a lot like the different cities my friends, family and I visited this summer. I was nominated for a Global Youth Leadership Conference last fall (2010), and I,...Tags:
Dayton to Chicago, Chicago and back. Dayton to Chicago, Chicago to Hong Kong, Hong Kong to Bombay. In a span of 54 hours, I travelled around over half the world on several United Airlines aicrafts. Going to India is always an amazing journey through spirituality, history, and fun. This trip,...Tags: