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As the African sun ascends over the rooftops of Jinja, Uganda, I lie in my mosquito net-draped bed, never wanting to leave this country. These past few days in Uganda have been ideal. Well--maybe not ideal for everyone. Sure, the toilets are basically holes in the ground, and common munchies...Tags:
My harness was given its final inspection, the sliding glass doors opened suddenly and then I was stepping outside and onto the platform.QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPLast summer, my best friend and I made a list of everything we were scared of and wanted to conquer...Tags:
Key West, The place that my family prefers to travel to the most, is a place of relaxation and adventure that never seems to get old. Our first visit to Key West got us hooked the moment we stepped off of the cruise ship. I was 13 at the time and since then, we have made an additional 3...Tags:
A steady stream of water trickles down the mountain side, settling itself into the flower beds below. There’s a light mist hovering throughout the atmosphere, carrying scents and flavors of what I find to be most comforting. This is my home, this is Pakistan. Being born and raised in America, I...Tags:
They remind me of tsunami waves, these mountains; frozen mid-air despite the rocketing temperature of mid-August, as though they would unhesitatingly envelope me if they could.HONORABLE MENTION 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPI wonder if this is what losing yourself in nature feels like.The...Tags:
Being a girl from Montana, it’s not uncommon for me to be asked by tourists if I ride a horse to school or if I own a billion pairs of cowboy boots. However, my all-time favorite question is "So do you like it here?” Do I like it here! That’s like asking a fish if it likes water or asking a horse...Tags:
Service is the performance of any duties or work for another. One human being lending a hand to one in need. Someone once said “You cannot do all the good the world needs, but the world needs all the good you can do.” They mean, that any type of aid one can provide is all that is asked for in...Tags:
Imagine a community of people so close knit that every new comer instantly becomes family. Envision a place where a smile isn’t known as a friendly gesture, but a subconscious requirement. Turn your attention to a land filled with Cajun style afternoons and blissful jazz themed evenings...Tags:
As I boarded the plane to Denver, Colorado on June 28, 2009, I could feel the twisting and turning of nervousness in my stomach. Before I knew it, the plane had landed in Denver International Airport and my adventure across the west coast had officially begun. ...Tags:
As I boarded the Ethiopian Airlines flight, I braced myself for life after I landed. It was the summer of 2010 when I traveled to work at an orphanage in Mekelle, Ethiopia, Operation Rescue: Ethiopia with the non-profit organization Fields of Promise. Before my trip, everyone told...Tags: