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Tips for Papal Pilgrims in Philadelphia

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The World Meeting of Families will commence tomorrow in Philadelphia, and things in Philadelphia are about to get really wild. Why is that exactly? Well, on the 26th and 27th, Pope Francis will be in town. This much-loved Pope has been an outspoken critic of materialism, even among Church leadership, and has stood up for those oppressed in society, such as the homeless and single mothers. Hundreds of thousands are about to flock to Philadelphia to celebrate mass with the Pope and hear him speak. I thought it could be helpful if I gave some tips to those pilgrims and sojourners.

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    Be aware that traveling by car will be difficult.
     Many highways as well as the Ben Franklin Bridge will be closed even before the papal visit. The Ben Franklin Parkway is already closed in preparation for the upcoming festivities. http://6abc.com/religion/major-highways-to-close-later-this-week-for-papal-visit/904413/
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    The Festival of Families, the event that is closing down the Ben Franklin Parkway, is a huuuuuuge party. And it’s free. 
    There will be plenty of entertainment, such as Mark Wahlberg, Aretha Franklin, The Fray, Marie Miller, Jim Gaffigan,Jackie Evancho, Sister Sledge, Andrea Bocelli, Juanes, Matt Maher, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Eclectic, huh?
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    Many tourist attractions will be closed. 
    But that’s not why you’re visiting right? If you do happen to have some free time, check this website first to see if your destination of choice is even open. http://www.visitphilly.com/popes-visit-world-meeting-of-families-2015/#whatsopenedclosed
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    The Il Papa pie from Pizzeria Vetri has been selling all September long, and is a must eat.
    During your voice, make it a point to get some good East Coast pizza from Pizzeria Vetri while honoring the Pope, eating his delicious namesake. Listen to these toppings: Black Mission figs, mozzarella, lardo and Pecorino Toscano, oregano and fresh basil. Is your mouth watering yet?
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    Also, there’s a film festival. As part of the World Meeting of Families, there will be a film festival that is both Philadelphia-oriented and family-friendly. From the Tuesday to Friday, adults can pay $10 and children $5 to watch a film at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. You can already buy tickets online! http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/about-the-event/world-meeting-of-families-film-festival-2/

Now of course, there will be plenty more to do and more tips to be had, but these are what we consider the essential. Be safe, have fun, and enjoy what will surely be a historical moment.

Inspiration from Pinterest: Travel Gifts

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Pinterest: the website where I can spend hours and hours on, other than Tumblr. This month I figured I would feature a few of my favorite pins that have to do with my traveling obsession. Basically, it has to do when you aren’t traveling but still want that feel. Maybe you want to decorate your room sharing all of your travel experiences, or selecting a gift for a lover of traveling the world, or maybe you like wearing something with maps. Let’s begin.

Map socks, anyone?

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These socks are pretty cool, if you get lost, you might be able to find your way with your socks. The link for these are here.

For those hot summer days when you wish you were somewhere on a tropical beach, but you are really running through your sprinklers at home. This is the bathing suit that can transport you to your dream destination spot.

For girls:

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And for the guys:

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Perhaps a pillow of your ticket stub or photo from your favorite vacation:

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You can head over to Kinkos or Staples and ask for your ticket stub to be blown up. Then you can print out that large ticket stub onto a fabric transfer and make a pillow! This is a cute gift idea!

For those who love reading and are in need of a new bookshelf:

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A vintage map iPhone case:

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Who wouldn’t want Eiffel Tower scissors, it would certainly be an eye full, right? Sorry, bad joke.

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If you or you know someone who loves camping, you should definitely get yourself or them this ultimate sleeping bag:

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The Point It book is genius! For when you are in a foreign country and have no idea how to say a word, you can simply take out your handy book, choose from the 1300 pictures, and point to it!

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You can buy it on Amazon for only $8.77!

Make sure to follow us on Pinterest for more travel finds!

Texas Knows How to Do Parks

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A few weeks back I made a trip to the Dallas-Forth Worth area and I fell in love. The food, the shopping, the food, the food, the food. Yes, I ate a lot. I made some time in my trip to visit a really cool park, reminiscent of New York City’s 1.45 mile High Line park, but definitely different. Let me explain.

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In the heart of Dallas, built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul, are over five acres worth of what’s been described as “urban green space.” Surrounded by food trucks and with plenty of space for frisbee and soccer players to share a field with tai chi groups, this park is bursting with excitement. Built into the park is a playground, restaurant, jogging trails, a pavilion, dog park, plenty of gardens, and a reading room. From the time it opens at 6 AM into its closing at 11 PM, there is plenty to do for everybody.

At the Reading & Games Courtyard, you can play checkers, chess, and backgammon for a tournament with a friend. For those acquainted with the game Pétanque, equipment is available for playing. Similar to Bocce ball and curling, this French game has recently gained much popularity in the US. For those less in tune with hot and trendy games, croquet and ping pong are also available.

There is also plenty to do once you leave the park. Klyde Warren Park is located at the edge of the Arts District of Dallas and within walking distance of the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, AT&T Performing Arts Center, and Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. There’s also plenty to eat, such as Jorge’s Tex Mex Cafe, Proof & Pantry, a hip contemporary French restaurant, and San Salvaje, serving Latin American cuisine. For information on other things to do in the neighborhood, the Klyde Warren Park website lists a good number: http://www.klydewarrenpark.org/Visit-the-Park/in-the-neighborhood.html

 

 

 

 

 

Touring Colleges 101

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It’s getting near that time where you have to apply for colleges, do you know what school you want to go to? Have you ever visited the campus? Do you know what you want to major in? All of these major questions are surging but something that can help is visiting universities and colleges.

Recently I had the opportunity to go on an east coast college trip where we toured 12 schools. These schools included University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Fordham, NYU, Columbia, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, Tufts, Harvard, and M.I.T. Each of these schools had an Informational Session where if you wanted to before the tour, you could ask questions to students that currently attend the school and ask about the application process, dorms, etc.

The tours consisted walking through model dorms, food court/cafeteria, model classrooms, and the amazing libraries! My favorite was the Boston University library because it was so impressive the way they had so many dedicated sections for a variety of historical figures, deceased celebrities, and famous authors. Another library at a college was 52 miles! The size of these libraries were immense, very impressive.

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My favorite part of each tour was the traditions part. Each college/university has their own tradition or custom that every student does. For some it’s painting a cannon at midnight in Tufts. Others its throwing toast at a football game like in University of Pennsylvania.

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Make sure to take the time to ask any questions you have to your tour guide or in the information session, they will be more than happy to answer any questions. You can just tell how passionate and happy they are about their school, so they actually enjoy answering questions about their home.

Touring colleges really helped open my eyes as to what it is to be a college student and the college life. I believe everyone should check it out before they apply to a school to make sure that is exactly what they want.

New York on a High School Budget

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New York: The city that never sleeps.

There is always something going on. Parties, events, shows, plays, concerts, etc. As a tourist, it’s impossible to do everything in one trip. Much less do it on a student budget. Everything is so expensive! Here are my top 3 tips for doing New York on a budget.

          1. Top of the Rock. There’s no need to pay the $60 to go on the Empire State Building, when you can pay half ($30 for adults) to visit the Rockefeller Center. You get an amazing view and are able to see everything from Times Square, the teeny Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center, etc. You also get the best picture ever (of course you have to pay extra, but its so worth it). 

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       2. Stay at the YMCA in Harlem. For a cheap place to sleep at night, this is the place to go. If you are traveling on a budget, $90 a night is not bad compared to the $230 a night. Depending on getting a standard sized room or a double, the prices will change. However, the YMCA includes a pool, gym access, and more. The only catch is having to share 4 bathrooms per floor. It wasn’t too bad but it was definitely good enough for 13 students on a budget.

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3. Use the subway and buses! Maybe this is a given, but a MetroCard can be used on subways and buses! I didn’t know this. Using this pass, you can get practically anywhere in New York using these two transportation systems. The fare for one ride is $2.75. If you are going to be using the subway and buses, it would be worth it to buy a 7-day pass. Taxis are really expensive, the subway and buses are the way to get around on a budget.

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It’s impossible to do everything in New York. But not doing everything in New York this first time around, means that we just have to come again, right?

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