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As I sat by the fire watching my host mom prepare dinner, I couldn’t help but look around. It wasn’t an overly critical eye. No, I was in a rural village in Malawi; of course, the amenities that I was accustomed to simply did not exist here. In Wimbe, latrines and sambas, or bucket baths, were a...Tags:
The reason that banks created credit cards was because everyone was looking for a solution to get away from that noisy, heavy, constant reminder in their front pocket: loose change. For many, change is something that is almost worthless: Nobody values the $0.11 a cashier hands them after buying a...Tags:
Imagine being stranded in an island- without a comfortable and cozy bed to sleep in. While the rain soaks you up, your stomach growls, crying out for food. What’s the first thought that comes to your mind? Is it your grandma’s unique cooking or the warm hugs from your love ones? Well this special...Tags:
On Christmas Day, my family visited my grand-uncle 'Chiook' (pronounced 'Chook') in Indonesia. He is the psychic medium of our family who performs exorcisms and predicts fortunes. I was sitting on a sofa next to my family, listening attentively to Uncle Chiook, when suddenly he turned to me and...Tags:
On July 4, 2009, I had the privilege of traveling with my family to Alaska. My Alaskan adventure consisted of travelling across the country from Massachusetts to Vancouver, B.C and boarding the Princess Diamond Cruise ship for a seven day cruise visiting such ports as Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway,...Tags:
The jungle of Peten, Guatemala changed my life. On April 9, 2008 I led a team of 31 students and six adults on a service trip there. At 3 a.m., we boarded a bus to JFK to catch our first of three planes, eventually arriving on a small runway in Flores, Guatemala. From there we drove for two hours...Tags:
My trip to Nigeria would definitely have to be a significant experience that has made an impact on my life. My father always wanted me to see my heritage, and has always desired to introduce me to my family. He also wanted to give me an experience that I would not be able to receive in my usual...Tags:
When I decided to travel with Heart to Honduras to the remote village of Robledales for a medical mission trip, I was hoping to gain some medical experience, participate in a new culture, and practice my Spanish. However, I learned something much more valuable. The simplicity of life and the...Tags:
With a depressing sigh, I quit the windowsill with a leap from it, and slowly slumped back onto the couch in the executive suite's living room, my eyes still heavy from the lack of sleep the night before. Of all the days it just had to rain, it had to be today: the day when the family was planning...Tags:
I have been to Chicago many times throughout my life and I didn’t think this trip would be different. It was. This time I saw the city through the anxious eyes of a new driver as I watched my Dad break all the rules my teacher had been preaching! I saw the skyline and I paid attention to the...Tags: