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We’ve all been in a situation where we did not have a close friend nearby. Picture the awkward conversation, trying to find something in common with a complete stranger. Then imagine being trapped on a boat for a week, shoved in tiny rooms with two people to a bed and eight people to one manual...Tags:
The world is immeasurable in its size. There are so many places to visit and people to meet. Many cities can be found bursting with history, culture and life. A traveler can find the most breathtaking places or the most heartbreaking. I have gotten many chances throughout my life to...Tags:
I spent seven days this summer in Lares, Puerto Rico, building an altar for the International Bible Baptist church—a trip sponsored by my church in Warminster, Pennsylvania. We flew out of Philadelphia at 7 a.m. and landed in San Juan at 11:30 that morning. The weather was rainy -- dark clouds...Tags:
Before this summer I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life. I always had some sort of an idea but it was never as clear as it was after I returned from my life changing trip to New Orleans. The trip started out as something I was forced to go on by my parents so it...Tags:
For the second time in my life, my mother, sister and I decided to go to Iran. The decision to leave my father behind for three weeks while we explored the cities of Tehran and Shiraz was comprehensive. Iran was listed on the US State Department's List of top ten places not to go if you are...Tags:
About three years ago, I flew alone for the first time to visit my Aunt Sue in Wilsall, Montana. The plane ride was really incredible; I had a window seat and could watch the clouds go by. When I arrived in Bozeman, the airport was very unusual. All around me stood wild animals that had been...Tags:
Throughout the beginning of my high school career I never really knew where I fit in. I’d had my troubles through my freshman year of high school, and I guess you could say I was ready to give up, and just be done with life. But then I got the opportunity of a lifetime: Seven months after the...Tags:
Stepping into a room filled with nakedness, I wondered to myself just what I got myself into. Japanese ladies were walking in every direction, into steams of hot baths and scorching hot spring water. Was it awkward to see them without a swimsuit on? Yes. Being a 16 year old from California, seeing...Tags:
I believed that I would naturally fall in love with the Japanese people and their culture. After all, I am half Japanese. When I arrived in Japan, I was disappointed and slightly annoyed by the dangling cell phone charms and Hello-Kitty characters visible on every street corner. However, throughout...Tags:
About three weeks ago, 42 classmates and I all began what we would later know as the “trip of a lifetime” to Europe, courtesy of EF-Tours. We saw some of the most ridiculous sights, tried everything and anything new, and all in all did our best to experience everything that a two-week period...Tags: