By Claire Chelius | Images from her trip to University of Pittsburgh
1. Check the weather for your location. Pack your clothes based off the temperature. Bring layers if you’re unsure, or if it is going to be chilly bring a jacket.
2. Don’t forget toiletries! If you are going to be in the heat pack a lot of deodorant and perfume.
3. Wear the right shoes. If you are planning on walking a lot bring sneakers, but if you are going to a beach bring flip flops!
4. Stuff for your Hair. Most hotels don’t have the best hair products, so bring your own shampoo and conditioner. In addition, anti-frizz spray, as well as dry shampoo, can be a lifesaver in different climates.
5. Makeup. Blotting pads can be a necessity in hot locations. In addition, make sure to keep all liquids contained so they don’t spill.
6. Clothes. Make sure all your outfits are picture ready because based off of your location
you can take cool pictures! Always bring a backup outfit in case your outfit isn’t appropriate for the setting.
Article & Images submitted by Nicole Jancova
1. Go surfing at Waikiki beach
2. Go snorkeling at Shark’s Cove
3. Do the tom tom/ makapu’u trail and reach the puka
4. Try scuba diving
5. Watch the sunset at Waikiki Beach
6. Visit the Dole Plantation
7. Jump off the rock at Waimea Beach Park
8. Try shrimp at the north shore
9. Swim with sharks
10. Try to surf the waves at Sandy Beach
11. Snorkel at Hanauma Bay
12. Visit the Honolulu Art Museum
13. Go to the Aloha Stadium Meet and Swap flea market
14. Try shaved ice at Waiola
15. Jump off the rocks and snorkel at Alan Davis
16. Explore the north shore beaches
17. Get malasadas from Leonard’s bakery
18. Visit the Ko Olina lagoons and try and find the secret beach
By Emma Clopton
Other Handy Tips:
· When you want to order food, you can say je voudrais… which means I would like…
· Make friends! Ask how someone is doing by saying Ça va? If they ask you, reply by saying bien, merci. Et toi? (Good, thank you. And you?)
· If you don’t understand what someone is saying just simply say Je ne comprends pas (I do not understand)
· Confused about how to pronounce a word in English? Don’t sweat! Just ask Comment dit-on… en français?
By Amanda Wisner
In our world, there are many popular countries, many iconic places, and several historic, yet beautiful cities. One of these colorful, astonishing cities is Gothenburg, Sweden. Also known as; in Swedish; Göteborg, this place is Sweden’s chief seaport and and second largest city, one city behind Stockholm. Gothenburg lies along the Göta River estuary, which is near Kattegat.
Back in 1603, Gothenburg was first founded by King Charles IX. The placement of the city was out of strategy, since at the time, the Göta River estuary was Sweden’s only direct outlet to the Atlantic Ocean back then. However, during the Kalmar War against Denmark, Gothenburg was destroyed, but later refounded by King Gustav Adolf II in 1619, and was chartered two years later, in 1621.
Moving forward to the Eighteenth Century, Gothenburg’s prosperity increased with the development of the Swedish East India Company. Later on, during Napoleon's continental blockade, the port became Europe’s chief market for British goods. Another period of wealth rose in Gothenburg, in the year 1832 when the Göta Canal was completed, and a transoceanic shipping service was on the rise.
Gothenburg has a few post-principal exports, which include the automobile brand Volvo, ball bearings, and paper. Along with these, shipbuilding yards on the island of Hisingen (Closer to the north) were important at one time, and the industry had ended in the 1970s. Thanks to the Göta Canal and railway lines, Gothenburg is connected to the rest of Sweden, and also with nearly Landvetter Airports, which support both domestic and international air traffic.
Today, Gothenburg includes magnificent landscaping and beautiful towns, which feature an old, welcoming feel to them, along with a sense of organization and comfort.
Overall, Gothenburg, Sweden holds a great history, along with beautiful scenes that adjectives cannot give justice to. With amazing architecture, welcoming cities, and overall beauty, Gothenburg is an astonishing city with many loveable features.
By Ava Soloff
Photo: Le Champs-Elysee (1998) taken by my dad, Matt Soloff,
when he traveled to France while studying abroad in Israel.
Q: What country did you travel to?
Q: Do they speak a different language there? If so, what language?
A: Yes, French
Q: What was your experience communicating with the people there?
A: The French people were not so nice, especially if you didn't speak French. If you
did speak French, they were nicer, but they were cold to English speakers.
Q: What was your favorite landmark or attraction? Why?
A: Le Champs-Elysee in Paris because I like shopping.
Q: Explain some of the cultural differences or traditions that you enjoyed or thought
were interesting during your time there.
A: Meal time in France takes a lot longer. You eat for 20 minutes and then sit and
talk for 45. It's a lot more community bonding. People at the beaches are not
wearing clothes and that was just normal there.
Q: Did this trip inspire you to want to travel to another country? If so, where would
you like to go and why?
A: Yes! I want to go to Sweden, Turkey, Columbia, and back to France. I have family
in Sweden I’d like to visit. I want to see the architecture in Turkey. I know lots of
people from Columbia and I enjoy the culture.
Q: Do you feel traveling abroad is something that all teens should experience? Why
or why not?
A: Yes, because it opens them to new cultures and helps them understand how the
world works outside of the little bubble of their own country.
Since I haven’t traveled abroad and because I am very eager to, I decided to interview a local teen that has. I was excited when I learned that Mark has traveled to France. I am taking French this semester and I am very interested in the language and culture. We’ve learned about Paris and Le Champs-Elysee in class, so it was awesome to be able to hear from someone who’d actually been there. Mark was very fortunate to have been able to visit France. I agree that teens should have an opportunity to travel to another country. I love learning about history and different cultures and can’t wait for my chance to visit another country. I’m glad I had the chance to interview Mark. He inspired me to travel even more! I’d even like to study abroad someday like my dad did in college. Until then, au revoir!
By Montana Moyer
If you are a young college student who is given the opportunity to study abroad, definitely don’t pass it up. No matter what country it is, studying abroad is truly an experience of a lifetime. I started by study abroad journey in Florence, Italy about a month ago and since coming here I have seen so many amazing things.
Here are some of the top things I suggest doing while studying in Europe:
1. On the weekends, travel to as many places as possible. When you’re studying abroad, most schools don’t assign mandatory classes on Fridays so that you have longer weekends to travel. When you’re in Europe it is super easy to travel since countries are so close together. Since coming here, I have ventured outside of the country once and I have been to two other Italian cities. Throughout the course of the semester, I will be visiting 14 more cities and six more countries.
2. Take advantages of galleries and museums. There are some amazing pieces placed in museums all throughout Europe. Even if art may not be your thing, I would still suggest seeing as many museums as possible because each piece tells an amazing story about history. Trust me, learning history through art is 1,000 times better than sitting in a class listening to a teacher talk for hours. You may even find a piece you really like and fall in love with a something new.
3. Expand your palette and try some local foods! A big part of the study abroad experience is adapting to cultures and becoming one with the locals. So maybe do something crazy and try some lampredotto and gelato in Italy, chocolate and cheese in Switzerland, or even steak tartare and macarons in France.
4. Spend some time exploring your own city. When you find yourself sitting in your apartment with nothing to do, definitely use that time to your advantage and walk to some new places. Don’t use a GPS for this, see where the streets take you. If you do this, finding your way around the city on a daily basis will become so much easier. Who knows, you might even find some hidden gems right around the corner.
5. Do something adventurous! Conquer your fears! I just recently did something super adventurous in Switzerland and I am so happy that I did. I got to paraglide over the Swiss Alps and it really opened my eyes to how truly beautiful this world is. I’m not suggesting jump off a mountain like I did, but if you ever get the opportunity to do something as amazing as this, definitely don’t turn it down. You will not regret it and it will be something you can talk about for the rest of your life.
And most importantly…
6. Enjoy yourself and have the time of your life! Treasure every day and spend your time doing amazing things. Don’t waste a single minute while you’re studying abroad because sooner than you know it, it will all be over.
By Julia Ischinger
In the United States, different states have different laws. There are many strange and bizarre laws throughout America. Here are some strange and bizarre laws from each state that I bet you never heard of before. Which ones are your favorite?
In Alabama, it is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter.
In Alaska, it is illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they are moose hunting.
In Arizona, you can’t walk through a hotel lobby with spurs on.
In Arkansas, it is unlawful to walk one’s cow down main street after 1:00 PM on Sunday.
In California, it is illegal to rob a birds nest from a public cemetery .
In Colorado, it is unlawful to walk under a ladder .
In Connecticut, it is against the law to see a UFO.
In Delaware, women may not drive while wearing a housecoat.
In Florida, it is illegal to eat cottage cheese on Sunday after 6:00 PM.
In Georgia, donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs.
In Hawaii, by law, twins must not work for the same company.
In Idaho, bicycles are not allowed on tennis courts.
In Illinois, it is against the law to make faces at dogs.
In Indiana, it is against the law to pass a horse on the street.
In Iowa, horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants.
In Kansas, hitting a vending machine that stole your money is illegal.
In Kentucky, is it illegal to put an ice cream cone in your pocket.
In Louisiana, “fake” wrestling matches are prohibited.
In Maine, dog leashes may not be over 8 feet in length.
In Maryland, it is illegal to mistreat oysters.
In Massachusetts, it is illegal to read newspapers or books on the streets after 8 PM.
In Michigan, alligators may not be tied to fire hydrants.
In Minnesota, animals may not sleep in bakeries.
In Mississippi, you can’t honk horns because it might scare horses.
In Missouri, it is illegal to honk someone else’s horn.
In Montana, is is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays.
In Nebraska, sneezing or burping is illegal in a church service.
In Nevada, it is illegal to have a spray painted shopping cart in your basement.
In New Hampshire, it is illegal to pick seaweed off the beach.
In New Jersey, it is illegal to slurp your soup in public places.
In New Mexico, it is illegal to carry a lunchbox down a main street.
In New York, it is illegal to shine shoes after 1:00 PM on a Sunday.
In North Carolina, it is illegal to sell cotton lint at night.
In North Dakota, it is illegal to keep an elk in a sandbox in your backyard.
In Ohio, it is illegal for stores to sell cornflakes on Sunday.
In Oklahoma, clothes may not be washed in bird baths.
In Oregon, it is illegal to eat a donut while walking backwards on a city street.
In Pennsylvania, you can’t sit down while watering your lawn with a hose.
In Rhode Island, you may not sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday.
In South Carolina, it is illegal to shine a flashlight on a sea turtle.
In South Dakota, it is illegal to fall asleep in a cheese factory.
In Tennessee, it is illegal to roller skate and listen to the radio at the same time.
In Texas, it is illegal to milk another person's cow.
In Utah, no one may walk down the street carrying a paper bag with a violin.
In Vermont, it is illegal to whistle underwater.
In Virginia, it is illegal to hunt any animal besides racoons on Sundays.
In Washington, it’s illegal to buy a mattress on Sunday.
In West Virginia, one may not walk a lion, tiger or leopard, even on a leash.
In Wisconsin, it is illegal to produce cheese that is not “highly pleasing”.
In Wyoming, it is illegal to take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without a permit.
By Paige Ross
I went to Bermuda last summer on a cruise. This is a picture of one of the towns that I visited called King’s Wharf. The sun was just setting, and the sky seemed to light up the palm trees. It was beautiful!
Interview with Deke Burrell by Olivia Bush
1) Why did you travel to Spain?
I traveled to Spain because I wanted to meet new people, work on my Spanish and experience what it was like in a different country.
2) What were your feelings about traveling to Spain?
I was very excited for the experience, but I was also nervous about being away from my family.
3) What was your first impression of Spain when you arrived?
I was very cool and different. In a way it was different from the town of Idaho I live in, but it had the same idea as Idaho.
4) What were some of the major differences between the United States and Spain?
The language barrier and the types of food they eat and the rules they have in place.
5) What do they have in Spain that you wish we had in the United States?
Their food in Spain is good and we don’t have anything like it in Idaho.
6) What was your favorite food dish you ate in Spain?
My favorite meal was a dish with yellow rice, shrimp, clams, and mussels
7) What did you dislike about Spain?
I didn’t dislike anything! I loved it all.
8) What was the best thing about going to Spain as a foreign exchange student?
Meeting new people and the lifestyle
9) What was so different about their lifestyle from ours?
Well their rules are very different for example, one night I came downstairs for dinner with bare feet and my host family made me go upstairs and put on socks. They cared a lot about me and were very protective.
10) Finally, how long were you in Spain?
I spent three week there.
Travel to Mexico, China and the UK all in one day?
By Jillian Cardinal
Is it possible to travel the whole world in one day? Well believe it or not Walt Disney made it possible by creating Disney’s Epcot. Epcot is a Disney park that showcases 11 countries of the world; Mexico, Italy, Norway, France, United Kingdom, China, Germany, America, Canada, Morocco and Japan.
When it first opened on October 1st, 1982, two people from each of these countries brought a container of water from their nation and poured it into the fountain to show they are all unified. This fountain still stands today and is known as the Fountain of Nations. Epcot is one of the best places to eat because there are all different types of food to enjoy and most of it is very healthy with the exception of desserts. There are over 30 tons of fruits and veggies grown and served in the restaurants in Epcot.
I know that if I go to Epcot one place that I always have to visit is Mexico. Mexico has to be one of the best countries in Epcot because the people in Mexico are the best at making really beautiful and colorful art. Mexico also has amazing food and the servers they are fantastic they are fast and very nice. Mexico also has a ride that a lot of people don’t know about and it’s called the Gran Fiesta Tour and it is a water boat ride I have always loved this ride because it is funny but at the same time relaxing.
China is also a great place to visit in Epcot for souvenirs. When I went to China in Epcot and I got a Chinese fan and I went up to the desk to pay for it and the offered to write my name in Chinese on it!!! So cool! Also, China is one of the most relaxing countries and if you take a close look at the pavilion you will find many amazing carvings that you may not notice at first glance. China is the kind of place that you can look at and just admire all of the beauty.
If you like fish and chips The United Kingdom is the place to go they defiantly have the BEST fish and chips I have ever had. But there is more than just amazing food there! A few of your favorite Disney characters such as Mary Poppins, Alice and Snow White can sometimes be found. Also, I thought that the red telephone booths were so much fun to play and take photos in.
I hope you get the chance to travel through the world in just one day.
Cover Story interview with Cassidy Ermigotti by Olivia Bush
How did you find out about the Zero Gravity jump rope team?
Zero Gravity was started by members of an old team I was on based in Bucks County. I was with Zero Gravity from the beginning because I had the privilege of my friends actually creating and building the team.
How old were you when you started jump roping?
I was six years old and it was the summer before first grade.
What inspired you to start jump roping?
I started through a summer camp. This then evolved to being on the school team the same year. It just grew from there and I will always tell people I will jump until my legs fall off.
What are the different categories of jump rope?
There are many different categories of jump rope, (over thirteen to be exact). Some categories include double dutch, single rope speed, single rope power, and freestyle routines. There are many categories that branch off from these that are all unique in their own ways. These categories are also judged differently so It is a pretty cool system.
What is your favorite category to perform?
My favorite events are singles freestyle and any double dutch freestyle event, especially in pairs. I also recently started to like triples, which is a category under power that you can start at fifteen.
What is the hardest thing about jump rope?
There isn’t really one specific hard thing about jump rope. There are a bunch of little things that you personally can find hard based in your own stamina and endurance. Personally, I find speed events hard and talking myself into doing new tricks. The mental game can drag you down, so you have to have a new sense of trust with yourself.
Is there anything you dislike about jump rope?
There is nothing that I will ever dislike about jump rope. I may complain time to time about a speed workout, but I will never dislike it because it makes me better, and it feels amazing in the end. I get a big sense of accomplishment at the end of practice, so there will never be any dislikes or regrets that I will associate with jump rope.
What is your favorite part about being able to jump rope for others around the country?
It’s extremely refreshing to share my passion and spread education about fun exercise. It’s great to see the looks on people’s faces, especially kids, when you are jumping double dutch or on a pogo stick. I have also had people call me their hero and ask for my autograph, which is really cool and amazing since I know I touched someone in some way.
What is your favorite routine you have performed?
My favorite competition routine I have ever performed was my singles freestyle last year at the regional competition in Maryland. It is my favorite because I got first place and I had just recovered from an injury, so it was hard to practice and super rewarding after awards. My favorite performance routine was at St Joseph’s two years ago because it was the first performance as Zero Gravity and it was during Christmas, so it was like a miracle to see the crowd get so into our routine.
What are some of the coolest places you have traveled with Zero Gravity?
The coolest place I have been to with Zero Gravity is Disney World in Orlando. It was so cool to experience this for the first time with my closest friends. Also, competing in the ESPN World of Sports complex. It was an experience like no other! The coolest place we have ever performed was at Madison Square Garden. It was so cool because it is such a well-known stadium and is like a dream come true to perform there!
I heard you went to the Junior Olympics, can you tell me more about that?
Yes, I went to the Junior Olympics two years ago in Houston, Texas. It was a great experience as a team since it was our first major competition, and everyone did so well! It was also extremely cool because there were other sports competing in the same building, so we were exposed to more unique sports such as cup stacking. Being there exposed us to the competitive world of other sports like cup stacking, as I mentioned, and sports like cheer and gymnastics.
What was the road you took to get to the Junior Olympics?
The process was long and hard, practice was at least twice a week for three hours each. Also, we went to smaller competitions to prepare ourselves since we had never competed before. In the end it was extremely rewarding, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
What was your favorite part about competing in the Junior Olympics?
My favorite part about competing in the Junior Olympics has got to be the feeling of community and utter support from every team there and especially your own team. This competition really opened me up to the world of competitive jump rope where you can be friends with people from North Carolina, Virginia, and even Australia. It got me used to how a competition worked and that is very valuable going forward.
What other competitions have you competed in?
I have competed in various competitions in Maryland and about three regional competitions. The biggest competition I have ever competed in was last year at nationals in Florida. You must qualify at a regional competition in order to go to nationals or junior Olympics and right now my team is planning to go to nationals again.
Do you keep track of all the states you’ve competed in?
I keep a map of the United States on a shelf in my room and I stick push pins in the states where jump rope has taken me.
What is one of the biggest things you have gotten out of jump rope?
Jump rope has been a great way for me to explore many different places in the United States. I have also gotten to see many colleges and even consider some to apply to in the future.
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