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Here you can read what other teenagers have to say about travel – from day trips to journeys abroad, shopping, eating, coasting, and other activities on vacation. Also, parents can read what teenagers like and dislike about family vacations and destinations so that they can plan a family trip that YOU will enjoy.

 

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Ramah Rockies: The Place for Jewish Teens to Find Themselves

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By Shuli

Ramah In the Rockies, Ramah Colorado, Ramah Outdoor Adventure, in hebrew, אתגר ברמה, they all mean the same thing to me. Home.

I was 16, when I went to the camp for the first time, spending four short, fast-moving, adventurous, and enlightening weeks. I was part of the oldest age group, the camp program, JOLI, I was a part of, was separate and different from being a regular camper.

JOLI, standing for Jewish outdoor leadership institute, focused on how to be a Jewish leader, an outdoor leader, and a Jewish outdoor leader. The days consisted of programs on self discovery/ reflection, leadership skills and styles, and activities and trips full of learning about how to survive adventure in nature.
The program taught me so much about who I am in terms of different ways I identify myself, in all different aspects of my life. It allowed me to gain leadership skills I will use for the rest of my life, and it allowed me to be around people I felt 100% comfortable around, therefore allowing my confidence to grow.

Along with the program being phenomenal and rewarding, the camp itself was just as amazing.
The people, campers and staff are accepting, supportive, unique and fun. Everyone pushes each other to be the best they can be, so that all individual thought and opinion is heard and used to everyone’s advantage. The nature hiking, backpacking, climbing, rafting, biking, horse and farm trips are fun, educational, and well organized. The Jewish learning and roots allow people, campers and staff alike, to have a connection to this religion they are born into.

And of course, one cannot leave out the view.

At an elevation of 8,000 feet in the National Forest Pike and San Isabel in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the nature that one is surrounded by everyday is breathtaking. The mountains and trees are beautiful. The hot temperatures yet snowy mountain tops are incredible. The weather, the rain, is like nothing else. It is god’s constant change of mind. One second, dryness and heat, and the next, god is taking a really wet shower. Being in nature like that makes one feel so connected to the earth, to what is real and beautiful all on its own with no metals or plastics or human change.

Jewish teens out there, listen closely.
Do you want a Jewish camp experience like no other?
If so, maybe my home will end up being your home too.

Guatemala dental mission

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Kayla

Recently I went to Guatemala with my dad and younger sister. We didn’t just go for a vacation although I had did have a lot of fun. We went to volunteer giving free dentistry to children in an orphanage in a small town outside of Guatemala City. To get to the orphanage from the airport, we had three hours of bouncy, twisty, nauseating, and extremely difficult driving. When we finally reached the orphanage, 30 kids started running up to the car because they were happy to see us. I have never seen kids so happy to see a dentist! If kids were happy to see dentist in the U.S things would be a lot different. In addition to the kids loving the dentist, they seem to love waiting on lines! Each kid silently waited their turn in a huge line that must have been about two hours long. When each new child came in to see my father, I noticed how bad the kid’s teeth were. In America parents get mad when their child has even one cavity. In Guatemala even parents have dozens of cavities. IMG_6689
IMG_6734Considering you could be six and they would let you do dental work for them, I was able to help my dad fix cavities and when kids were scared, I calmed the them down. I think it was easy for the kids to calm down when someone younger is telling them it will be okay. Because my dad only needed one assistant at a time, either my sister or I assisted him as the other painted one of the walls of the orphanage. There were two walls we needed to paint. On the first wall we painted an outdoor setting with a tree, flowers, a sun and butterflies. On the other wall we had a rainbow and bunch of the children put their handprints on the wall in different colors. It turned out really nice

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After my trip I have so much more appreciation for what I have. I really think more parents should take their children to third world countries especially when here in America,we have so much.  IMG_6758

Diving Into Seaworld

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You’ve heard of Disneyland, right?  Disneyland is a place where magic and dreams come true, but Seaworld lets you learn about a whole new world under the sea!  Seaworld makes learning fun and has some pretty cool rides too.  This was my first time going to the Seaworld in San Diego and I have never been to anything like it.  I have got to say, I was impressed, I was expecting just some goldfish in a tank and rides that went in circles, but what I got was way more.

 

For those roller coaster lovers they had the new Manta ride that takes you on the journey of a ray.

 

Manta ride

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Did I mention it launches you? Twice!

 

If you’re not a big fan of roller coasters, but still like a ride or two, don’t worry.  Just go on this cool flight simulator that gives the thrill of a roller coaster without feeling those big drops!

Wild Arctic Flight Simulator

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Don’t feel like getting on any rides, no need to worry!  Seaworld is known for their awesome shows and animal encounters.  Go watch the classic Dolphin Presentation or go to the Explorer’s Reef that allows you to touch a variety of fish.

 

The Explorer’s Reef

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Me and my brother trying to touch the fish.

 

Seaworld has something for everyone.  There are so many options that you’re going to need more than a day because I already want to go back. Let’s not forget that there are new rides coming this summer which is another reason to go!  Just go.

 

Poetry Month at Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden

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Lan Su Chinese Garden, a walled garden in Portland’s Chinatown, is running a Poetry Month.

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Classical Chinese gardens bring together aesthetic beauty of all forms, creating an embodied, full-experience for those strolling through the garden. The calligraphy in the garden contains beautiful poetry in the style of Portland’s sister city, Suzhou. The poetry emphasizes, and is centered on, the natural beauty in the garden. The whole garden works together.

An example of the poetry found in this awesome garden:

 Shades of bamboo, layers of rock: dark is the pine’s hue.
Slanted the path, crooked the stream: soft is the water’s song.

Throughout this month, there are various poetry-related activities at the garden. There will be a poetry workshop on April 5th for all people, including those who may see themselves as inexperienced or amateurs. The truth is, everybody is a poet. Why not explore your poetic side to be, like the garden, both full, embodied, and harmonious?

You can also just take a tour. That’s an all the time thing.

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More about poetry month at Lan Su.

 

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

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And we know this much:

  • The Festival kicks off with the opening of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden on April 1. This 17th century-style Japanese house (designed by the renowned Junzo Yoshimura) and garden (including three types of Japanese garden styles) have been essential to Philly tourism and reveal a lot about Japan’s history with the U.S. and Philadelphia in particular. There’s a lot to love about this place, but their koi are very friendly. And there’s a lot of them.
  • Philadelphia’s Queen of Sushi Madame Saito will be teaching how to make sushi. Beginners, feel welcome! This is for all people. Low-pressure, fun, and delicious at 6:30 PM on April 3rd.
  • Wanna learn about Taiko drumming? Well, you can. Really. This Japanese art will be taught by Kyo Daiko. Again, all should feel welcome! No skill needed.

And when it comes to Sakura Sunday

  • There will be Taiko drums.
  • Kanadete Sourou will be performing for the second time at Sakura Sunday. Though this is a rock band, much of their music is inspired by Japanese folklore and kimonos and hakamas often come out in the performances.
  • Another performance that needs to be seen will be KuroPOP, a Japanese and Korean Pop cover group. These four New York girls want “to remind the world that performing with the love of Asian pop culture has no skin tone.”
  • Little Akiba: a whole region of the Festival dedicated to anime, manga, and “other forms of contemporary Japanese culture,” including cosplay. Lots of cosplay. A cosplay fashion show, even. There will also be karaoke, a Harajuku Fashion show put on by the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and other events and stations to satisfy all-things-anime.
  • IchiFuji-kai will be performing traditional Japanese-style dances, led by the renowned Helen Moss. Some have compared their style of dance, Soke Fujima, to that of Kabuki theater. It’s a beautiful, graceful sight, and I encourage you to take a seat and enjoy the dances of Japan.

Looks like it’s gonna be another great year at the Cherry Blossom Festival!

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