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Missing limbs, deadly body burns, and dripping skin. This is the trauma that I saw while on my trip to Hiroshima, Japan. During spring break in my sophomore year I was lucky enough to be a part of a "cultural exchange" program. Our Key Club advisor took a bunch of students from...Tags:
As we pulled through the entry gate of the nearly deserted Nebraska campground, I peered out the car window at the lake— Lake Minatare. It was by far the spookiest-looking lake I'd ever seen. As the fiery sun dipped low and disappeared beneath the water, the surface of the lake darkened,...Tags:
Rachel Carson, an American marine biologist and nature writer, once said, “Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” In other words, people can find strength in the beauty of Earth. Even after all of the wars and...Tags:
In the summer of July 2008 I traveled by myself to Germany. The company my mother works for offers an exchange program to the children (ages of 16-19) of every employee. It is a two week exchange, all expense paid trip. Each person involved in the exchange visits the others home for a period of...Tags:
I just spent the best three weeks of my traveling experiences this summer in France. I made the best decision of my life and signed up for an ECI cultural emersion program to stay for 2 weeks with a host family in Lyon France while spending the rest of my days traveling to visit other cities...Tags:
I went to New York with a mission, and ended up with four coins. Through a turn of fate, my dad took his new wife and pursued graduate studies in University Wisconsin Milwaukee. My sister and I would be born there as they remained in Wisconsin. While I am proud to call myself a Wisconsinite, I...
This summer my schedule was dominated by early college courses and trying to save money, while enduring a crappy business internship, sponsored by my high school’s Academy of Finance. I endured it for a short 3 months. Luckily, I still managed to take a trip to Virginia with my dad to check out...Tags:
As a dependent in the military, travel in my lifestyle has been a constant experience. When you pack your belongings and move away to a new place every three years in a routine fashion, it begins to become apparent that no city, state, or even country is any more exciting than the next. However,...Tags:
Nobody expected what would happen while we there. High school is a mean place, full of cliques and drama. Which is why we were all shocked when none of that followed us to our little oasis in Florida. Everybody was everyone’s friend in Disney World. None of the stupid things that divided us before...Tags:
In August of 2009, I traveled with 13 youth pilgrims and 5 adult leaders to Israel, through an organization called Hands in Healing- a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. When I think of Israel, so many things come to mind. Friendship. Laughter and tears. Love. Culture. Tolerance....Tags: