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I believe that there are two Haitis. You would never notice these twin nations when you step off the plane, as both are sweltering hot. Chickens and crowds are everywhere, and even ‘tap-tap’ busses have people clinging to the roofs. It’s a four hour drive from the capital of Port-au-Prince to Les...Tags:
I love flying. I love traveling. No matter how far it is, I will always give a new place a chance. Unfortunately, I’ve never gotten a chance to travel outside of the United States which I will do one day. I traveled to some states for school, some for leisure, and even some for...Tags:
“Put your bags in the car and lets go!” my now agitated mother screamed for the one hundredth time. The clock on the wall read 2:00AM and my brain hadn’t awakened to control my movements, yet miraculously I advanced toward the vehicle. We were on our way to experiencing “the vacation of a lifetime...Tags:
Sweat poured off Patrick Henry's face as he stood in the hot, 85-degree heat, speaking passionately on how he felt about what had just occurred in this town. The hope of rain that we'd had a few minutes before had been snatched away, and the sun was beating down on us once more. It was May, 1774,...Tags:
On April 13th , 2012, I embarked on an amazing service-learning adventure to New Orleans, Louisiana, with 35 other kids from my high school. We spent almost a year fundraising and doing local service work around our home state of Massachusetts in preparation for the trip. On the day we left, our...Tags:
I had never believed myself to be intelligent, or even remotely intellectual. So when my name was called to receive my ribbon for fifth place in the New York State 4-H Horse Judging championship, my first thought was there had been a mistake. Each year, the top six individuals all receive the...Tags:
My heart was beating faster than the speed of light and anticipation was rising inside me. It was the day of my first flight to Florida and to the happiest place of all– Disneyworld. I imagined what I could possibly do first. Should I go swimming in the hotel pool, go sightseeing, or just relax...Tags:
“People get stronger whenever they hit obstacles” is a phrase that was well tested in the disaster that struck Japan this year. On March 2011, Tohoku, the northeastern part of Japan, was struck by a disastrous earthquake and tsunami. This incident illustrated the disparity between the power of...Tags:
“Howzit! Welcome to Sud Africa!” That was the first thing I heard stepping off the 18 hour flight from Washington D.C. It was all so new and exciting, different smells, a new language, a completely new atmosphere, pretty much a new everything. This was only my second time in South Africa in...Tags:
“You never know what you have until it’s gone”. I have repeatedly heard this from peers, teachers and other adults in my life. I understand the meaning but I never thought I would see people go through an event in which that quote would gain metaphorical weight. Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans...Tags: