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  • IMG_3159

    Mixed feelings of excitement and fear filled my mind as I came upon my destination.  I had imagined a town that was like mine, but it just needed a little push to get back on its feet - to get back in the swing of things physically and mentally.  But what I found was a filthy place - literally...

  • Statue of General MacArthur in Corregidor Island

         Going back to the home of my ancestors was now or never. The Philippines, my parents said, was Third World: No paved roads, No streetlights, No running water, Sweat, and Mosquitos. In other words, it was not my typical vacation. No Brandenburg Gate. No Louvre. Would the Philippines have...

    Tags: Asia, Heritage
  • spain group

    Last summer, my school put together a group that was going to go to Spain. We went through a larger, organized tour group called EF Tours. There were at least five other schools from around the US that were traveling with us. Per person, the trip cost about 3000 dollars plus money for food and...

  • Iceland1 (77)

    A cloudy haze hung low in the seemingly rain laden sky as our plane touched down on an early summer morning at Keflavik airport in Iceland. My family made our way through baggage claim and stepped outside to the land known for its rugged beauty. Due to the time difference which created a great...

  • DSC02367_3

                    Last year my family and I took a once- in- a- lifetime vacation to Italy! Our first leg of the trip took place in the hustle and bustle city of Rome. We spent our three days in a cozy apartment we rented off of Flipkey. I was ready to get out and see what the great city of Rome...

  • A Zip-Line 1 km Long, 100 m Above the Ground

    My trip to Costa Rica with Common Ground International was the most amazing experience of my life. First, we visited Parque Nacional de Manuel Antonio, the national park of Costa Rica. The gates (only a block from our hotel) open unto a rainforest. We saw monkeys, sloths, snakes, birds and more. ...

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    Towering, white historical doors awaited us on the other side of the glass windows of the bus. Peace met us at the doors along with our tour guide. Two steps and there I was in the slave forts, where many inhumane situations had taken place. The walls were tattered and the white paint was...

  • mountain

    My family and I have a tendency to go on very long road trips, pulling our pop-up trailer behind a large van. Though we live in Virginia, we drove to Alaska and back, with many stops in between one year. Another year we went up to Maine and through eastern Canada and a few years ago we went across...

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    For my senior spring break trip my three girlfriends and I went to the typical spring break destination, Cancun, Mexico. All of us leaving the country with no parents or guardians, I thought no way my parents will never let me go. But they did. When we arrived we were swarmed with people eager to...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Themel

    I’ve been flying for nearly 5 hours, during which time I've been in small planes that give less than a little reassurance about your safety. As the plane descends, I look out my small and scratched window to see it; the most breathtaking scenery I’ve ever seen. There are abundant green, tall trees...

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