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    When my mom first told me we would be going to Nigeria for a month my initial response was shock, “Of all the places? Why?” But you see, the media has a way of perceiving a place the way they want you to see it, they show you what lies on the surface rather than the truth in depth. When I got on...

    Tags: Africa
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    Two weeks before my fifth birthday, I moved to Columbia, Missouri (http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/) for my dad’s new job. Typical of friendly Midwesterners, neighbors we had just met threw a birthday party for me so that we would feel at home. My family and I recognized right away that Columbia was...

    Tags: USA
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    He was probably in his late twenties when he died. He was a Christian monk and a member of the Knights Templars of the order of Calatrava. He slept in his armor and he rarely bathed. Let’s call him Rodrigo. Next to him lay a pregnant lady and another man with a fist-sized piece of iron in his chest...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
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    A couple years ago, my father asked my mother if he could take me to Mexico to see my grandmother, whom I last saw when I was two years old.  During the minute it took her to make up her mind, I sent her every type of ‘negative’ subliminal message imaginable.  I was not successful and the next week...

    Tags: Caribbean
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    In July of 2006 the youth group at my church, the Revolution, went on a missions trip to Juarez, Mexico. We went with an organization called Youthworks and they handled many of the things that would have been potentially hazardous. They knew the neighborhoods and had several fluent Spanish speakers...

    Tags: Caribbean
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    Most people will advertise their community based on what it has to offer – attractions, restaurants, or cultural events. Yes, Paris is known for its Eifel tour, and Venice is known for its canals. However, I will advertise Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York solely for the people that make up its...

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    “La isla de encanto---The island of enchantment”, the island where the big city meets a rural village and eventually runs into the bright blue sea. Puerto Rico allows travelers to experience these three elements in a quick plane ride. Unlike most destinations, metropolis and paradise are always...

    Tags: Caribbean
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    Boiled brains dangled from sticks, congealed blood floated like Jell-O in thick red fluid, gouged eyeballs and severed feet laid about. No, this isn’t a torture scene or even that of a reality TV show, but merely the contents of dinner tables I have shared. Food goes much deeper than just the...

    Tags: Asia
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    Nigel no Monogatari (The Story of Nigel)   On the humid evening of August 20, 2007, Paul Knieser drove a minivan while his five children rode in the back seats. He drove slowly searching and praying for a gravelly gray opening between two painted lines: a parking spot in Walt Disney World, Florida...

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          In 2007, I was given the opportunity to teach English to students in the Czech Republic during the summer of 2008. I  would help run an English Camp for one week, stay in one of the student's home, and finish up with a day or so sightseeing in Prague. I accepted the opening...

    Tags: Europe

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