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26 Jan 2015 Sky Swing

8/22/2014 - Alliance Redwoods Campgrounds We will soar and we will fly, We must spread our wings and take to the sky. From our flight, We will discover a new found sight. Our minds will grow And our imaginations will expand. There will be sadness though, With happiness these emotions go hand in...

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12 Dec 2014 Learning How to Leave Effective Footprints

As I walked out of the pet store, I had the biggest smile on my face. For one, I felt like Santa Claus. But most importantly, I was taking full advantage of my freedom and doing something my mother wouldn’t have ever allowed. How hadn’t I thought...

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02 Dec 2014 For the Sake of the Story

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” - Patrick Rothfuss Eight-years-old and I’m lying on top of my bedsheets because that is the...

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17 Oct 2014 To my Future Self

This past week, we were challenged to create and share our vision of our Global Citizen Year. My vision of my future self is as follows: By April, I will have a new place to call home. I will have added six new members to my...

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13 Oct 2014 Conceição

I am staying in the beautiful city of Florianopolis for my first month in Brazil. With more than 90 beaches and palm trees lining the streets, I'm sure you can imagine its grandeur. My homestay is in the bairro (neighborhood) of Lagoa Da Conceicao. Translation:...

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13 Oct 2014 Notes for Ecuador

Notes for Ecuador: Don’t let the taxi drivers think that you’re “just another gringo,” we know how much a cab fare should cost. Don’t be afraid to try new things! Want to know how many new types of food I’ve tried? Well so would I! At this...

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12 Sep 2014 My ‘exceptional’ first few weeks

If I were to describe my first few weeks in one word that word would be 'exceptional'. Be careful: By exceptional I don't mean wonderful or perfect or exceeding my expectations in absolute blow-my-mind-into-a-million-pieces-ness. What I mean by exceptional is, characterized by exceptions: things that...

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