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Home is Where the Heart Lies

I suppose the saying is right: Mom really does know best. It took me a three-and-a-half month voyage around the world to come to that conclusion, but here I am admitting that she has been right all along. Santa Barbara … Continue reading

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The End

An aura lingers, making its way through the ranks, flitting, twisting its way to every living being. The aura speaks, it whispers quietly in our ears. Our nerves tense up as we feel its sullen approach. We know what it … Continue reading

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Number One Yum

“What do you mean you have never had sushi?!” “I mean I have never had sushi. That’s what I said, idiot.” The three of us, clad in North Face rain gear, baseball caps and backpacks looked pathetic as we bumped … Continue reading

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Japan

On the morning of my arrival in Japan, I earnestly joined the first group of students disembarking the ship bound for the Kobe home stay program.  It was my third adventure doing a home stay with a foreign family on … Continue reading

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On the Wall

Yesterday, I had a picnic on the Great Wall of China. An elaborate selection of food wasn’t necessary. In fact, the main components consisted of a pack of Chip’s Ahoy chocolate chip cookies, a bottle of green tea and Minute … Continue reading

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The Killing Fields

My throat filled with lumps as I fought to hold back the tears. Skulls and bones of children beaten and tortured lay on the ground. “When they are found, just pick them up and put them into one of the … Continue reading

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China

I was in a paddleboat on the lake in Changsha, China. I had been extreme traveling, Amazing Race-style, for two days. After the sleeper bus had unceremoniously dropped we three students on the side of the highway at two in … Continue reading

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