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All-American Summer Fun!

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A huge part of being in my family involves BASEBALL! My whole family lives and breathes for the sport. My grandpa has been an Oakland A’s fan since he was probably in his mommy’s tummy and he has passed it on to every single person in his family. For our trips as a family, we usually end up going on the Bart (the bay area’s subway station) and going to a game.

This past time, however, we did something we had never done before. As an anniversary gift, we decided to give my grandparents a whole new experience, with the whole family of course, so we reserved a suite/box! (I’m not really sure what to call the box area, but it was amazing).

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As soon we reached our destination, we (all 13 of us!) went up the elevator into our own little (no I shouldn’t say little, BIG) box.

There was a butler/concierge giving us options as to what we wanted to drink and eat. There was a variety of things to eat but a big part of going to a baseball game is going down to the food court and getting the jumbo hot dogs and garlic fries. Yum.

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Although I was the only teenager in the group, I still had lots of fun and the best part was the fireworks at the end of the night. Who doesn’t love fireworks?

Whether you are fortunate enough to be in a box seat or be in the midst of all the commotion, everyone should experience what it is like to be at a baseball game. It is the all-american pass time.

Top 3 in Berlin

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Ich liebe Berlin! The German capital is so steeped in history and culture that it’s hard to walk around without stopping every minute or two to take a closer look – at the stunning architecture, the amazing art pieces, and even the thought-provoking graffiti on the walls all over the city. To my great misfortune we only spent three days there, and I for one am planning to return – until then, here are the three best things we did while we were in Berlin!

1. The Berlin Wall – East Side Gallery

This is an obvious must-see. It’s both immediately sobering and surprisingly uplifting to see and touch the bricks that separated East and West Berlin throughout the second World War – in a single, breath-taking moment, the monument we’ve all read so much about is truly brought to life. It’s bizarre – and in many ways unsettling – for our everyday, contemporary existence to collide with the past and the history lessons, especially during a period as all-consumingly dark as WWII. You can literally still feel the energy of despair, and sense the deep cultural scars left by its overnight construction on every person in every family in the whole of Berlin, all those years ago. But the diverse variety of bright and beautiful art that covers those same bricks today is a true reminder of hope – guaranteed to have you walking away, smiling, as you glance back for one more look.

"Get Human" - East Side Gallery

“Get Human” – East Side Gallery

2. Five Elephants

One of the city’s better-kept secrets, Five Elephants is something of a hidden gem! A specialty coffee shop located in the hidden nook of a quiet neighbourhood, this marks one of my favourite memories of last summer. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you “The Best Cheesecake In The World”!

CHEESE. CAKE.

CHEESE. CAKE.

Believe me when I say I have experienced my fair share of cheesecakes. I’ve eaten cheesecake in Bali, in London, in New York – I love cheesecake. But this – this fluffy cloud of happiness! This gustatory masterpiece! This edible conceptualisation of all that is right in the world! It’s more than just a cheesecake; it is an experience in itself, to say the least, to be rendered so incandescently happy by a single slice of desert food. If you eat one thing in Berlin, let it be this. (And the coffee’s not bad, either!)

3. Pub Crawl

Easily one of the funniest, most spontaneous ideas we had while we were in Berlin! The drinking age in most of Europe is 18, so unfortunately any younger readers will have to skip this one out – but for all those of legal age, I can’t emphasise enough how entertaining it is to go on a good old-fashioned pub crawl. If you’ve never been on one before, the idea is to meet in a fairly central spot with a bunch of like-minded strangers (also tourists), then go on a walking tour of some of the coolest bars and clubs in the city. For around 12 euros, you get free drinks, some snacks every now and again, and – best of all – a free t-shirt! It is hands down the best way to meet other travellers and make new friends while exploring the city and experiencing its vibrant nightlife. Plus there’s a lot of walking (and dancing) involved, so I’d count it as exercise, too! Don’t forget to drink responsibly, and to keep your wits about you – be safe, and you’ll have one of the best nights of the entire trip!

Matrix Club, Berlin

Matrix Club, Berlin

There is so much more to beautiful Berlin, and I hope you’ll get to experience it all somewhere along your journey – and that you’ll keep these Top 3 tips in mind when you do! Safe travels! Bianca x

Travel Beyond Summer

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Summer is the season when most people travel, but let’s face it: the prices for hotels and transportation are way too high. Making vacation plans after the height of the busy season may be out of the question for some, especially with the start of the school year, but there are some great places for shorter or longer getaways that might just do the trick. In short, travel doesn’t have to be isolated within the three hottest months of the year. September and October are great months to travel, so check out one or more of these vacation destinations, if you can.

September

There are no federal holidays after Labor Day in September, so weekend or day trips may be the best bet for most people looking for a travel fix. Cape Cod, Massachusetts is jam packed in the summer, but the weather is still fantastic and the crowds are far less overwhelming when after Labor Day. WeNeedaVacation has some good deals on rental properties in Hyannis, Falmouth, Orleans, and Provincetown, which are the most popular spots in the Cape Cod area. Don’t worry; restaurants, shops, beaches, and other attractions will still be open. For those looking for kosher vacation ideas during Rosh Hashanah later in the month, check out Totally Jewish Travel for deals in the Florida Keys and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You can also check out their website for vacation ideas during Yom Kippur and Sukkot, which take place in October.

October

In addition to the Jewish holidays, there are a few notable days that might present some great opportunities to travel in the first full month of the fall season. Hajj is the time for Muslims to go on their pilgrimages, if they are able. The Signature Hotels & Resorts offer packages for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages that devout Muslims are obligated to take at least once in their lifetimes. There is also Columbus Day weekend, which can be a great time to check out Montauk, New York’s annual Clam Chowder Contest, or the oldest Italian-American celebration in San Francisco, California. October is the month to take in the fall colors, or escape from it all to the Caribbean, Dominican Republic, and other island destinations, if time permits.

So don’t despair now that summer is coming to a close! There are some wonderful out-of-season vacation options for intrepid travelers with different budgets and time to spare. You will still be able to make some travel memories and show off afterwards, if you do your research and jump on the right deal.

European Adventure

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Going to Paris has been on my bucket list my entire life, and as my love for British celebrities increased, England also rose high on the list of places I wanted to visit. I was lucky enough to visit both of these places when my high school hosted a trip to France and England.  Three of my best friends and I all signed up for the trip and this July we got to experience the trip of a lifetime.

The trip was 10 days long and included London, Canterbury, St Malo, and ended in Paris, and if I had to choose one word to describe all these very different cities it would be pretty, each location was gorgeous. Coming from the New York City area I was expecting London and Paris to resemble New York, but the European cities were just so much prettier, they were built up like New York with the same amount energy, and lights and traffic, but the old buildings and amazing architecture made the cities so much lovelier, and much more instagram worthy! The best example of this was at Piccadilly Circus which is the London equivalent of Time Square, and a must see spot while in London.  It was a busy center of town filled with shops, restaurants and action, but all of the old buildings added a softer touch to the city.

 

Classic Red Photo Booth Pic!

Classic Red Photo Booth Pic!

London Sights!

London Sights!

If you weren’t already sure, the London Eye is one of the best things in London, the views that can be seen from the top of the wheel are well worth the hype, and doing it in the early evening, as the sun goes down is recommended, as it is the perfect lighting to see the incredible views.

While they may be lesser known, Canterbury in England and St. Malo in France are also gorgeous towns. Although I was in Canterbury on a rainy Sunday morning the small town was still eye catching.  The stone buildings and narrow streets made for the most picturesque shopping and the Canterbury chapel was one of my favorites chapels that I saw on the trip, and I saw a lot of chapels.  After Canterbury we headed to the beautiful St. Malo, which was my favorite city on the trip. St Malo is a fortified city on the French side of the English Channel.  The whole city looked like a castle. It had cobble stone streets and stone buildings. A large wall surrounded the whole town! It was a small town but it had a crêpe shop on every corner and was flooded with cute cafes and stores; it captured everything you would picture about a small French City.  The best part however was the waterfront. The water was some of the bluest water I had ever seen and the way it splashed over the rocky shores was something out of a post card. Jetting off of the water was a high rock, and at low tide could be climbed up. After dinner my friends and I ventured up the rock and the views from the top were worth the hike. Being able to look out at the water and the city from outside the wall was breathtaking.  Be carful of your time however, because once high tide comes water surrounds the rock and separates it from the shore, requiring a boat to get back to the main land!

The adorable St. Malo

The adorable St. Malo

St. Malo beaches!

St. Malo beaches!

Last but not least was Paris! Paris was everything I imagined it to be, with streets filled with designer stores and tons of coffee shops, and of course the Eiffel Tower, which was beautiful, and much larger, than I had imagined, even though I did not get the chance to walk to the top it was still beautiful from the ground.  My favorite thing in Paris was the Seine river cruise, a beautiful boat cruise down the Seine River that passed by many Parisian sights. Seeing the city from the water was so relaxing. We took the 9-10 pm cruise which was perfect, we rode down the river as the sun set so we got to see all the sights in the daylight as well as lit up at night. Watching the lights of the Eiffel Tower flick on at nightfall was spectacular, and it really is worth seeing the tower both during the day and at night.

The Eiffel Tower and I

The Eiffel Tower and I

Now who could forget about the food, since I was with a tour group my main meals were unfortunately nothing too fantastic, but the desserts were to die for.  The two days we spent in St. Malo we sampled several different creperies. We tasted different kinds of crepes, baguettes, beignets, croissants, even the ice cream was amazing! Having Nutella whenever possible is a must while in France, and St. Malo wins the award for best dessert places. But while in Paris make sure to stop at the famous Laduree Macaroon shop, because although a little pricy, the macaroons are top notch, and the adorable packaging makes it all worth it!

The Desserts were to die for!

The Desserts were to die for!

Seeing Europe was such an amazing experience, seeing the different culture, and all the sights and trying the food, really opened my eyes. I had such an amazing time and it makes me want to spend some time studying abroad in Europe when I’m in college. I will definitely make a point to return to Europe in the future!

National Roller Coaster DAY!

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Spur the moment Friday night, my grandparents decided to surprise all of their grandkids with a trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California the next day, Saturday. As it turns out, we visited Six Flags on NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY!!!

 

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Now, we didn’t know what that actually meant. Soon, however, when we decided to ride Boomerang, we found out we get to ride a second time (if you wanted to)! As big roller coaster fans, we were certainly up to it!

 

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Discovery Kingdom has a lot of thrill rides, such as Medusa (the green one in the picture above), Kong (also shown in the photo behind Medusa), Boomerang, Roar, Vertical Velocity, and their newest edition Superman.

For those that don’t care for roller coasters, Discovery Kingdom has a zoo area where they have animals like giraffes and elephants. They also offer elephant rides! Only $15 for adults and $10 for kids! My cousins and aunt rode the elephant and said it was an experience like no other. Now my little cousins can say that they rode an elephant like Aladdin.

 

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No, I’m just kidding. They didn’t pay 10 dollars to ride this elephant. This was the real thing.

 

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Big difference,  right? Yesterday was a really fun day! Not having to wait in line twice to get on a roller coaster again was the best! I can’t wait to go back again, and maybe this time I will ride the elephant!

 

 

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