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4 Tips for DNC Week in Philadelphia

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We’re already into Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention here in Philadelphia. I can’t claim to be a delegate or attending formal DNC events, but I work in Center City, Philadelphia, in the middle of all the craziness. Whether I like it or not, I had to be prepared for this week. For other Philadelphians who are dealing with the same predicament, or for those visiting our lovely city, here are some tips in navigating the insanity that is the DNC.

  1. Plan for your trains/public transportation to be late. Even your Uber. For those who are traveling from/in the Metro area (or even within Northwest Philadelphia), you already know all about the #SEPTApocalypse situation. For those who don’t, we are having a lot of train issues, to say the least. Less cars are running on the trains, and lines are running much less frequently. Trains are packed and there are often delays, sometimes as long as 30-45 minutes later than scheduled. Buses and Ubers are subject to the street traffic, which can be a bit congested when protests are running up and down Broad Street and thousands are making their way to the Convention. If you’re going to rely on these modes of transportation, plan an earlier trip into Center City.
  2. Stay hydrated. Though the heat may have climaxed this weekend, it is still going strong. This heat is scorching. If you are marching in a demonstration or doing some historical sight-seeing, please remember to stay hydrated. Make sure to bring a water bottle with you wherever you go so you can (happily) survive this week.
  3. Avoid City Hall. This has been the gathering ground for many protesters, which is exciting and definitely interesting, but not necessarily somewhere you want to bring your kids at this time. I walked through the courtyard at City Hall during my lunch break two days ago and was pushed by a clumsy and zealous protestor, and I hit my head pretty hard on the ground. Not fun. Don’t go there.
  4. Buy some DNC souvenirs. This is a historical event. You came all the way out here for it. You need a way to hold on to the memories and prove to your friends that you were a part of one of the wildest, wackiest, and most divisive DNCs to date. There’s an official DNC pop-up shop at the Comcast Center with everything that you need. It will be open till Friday, August 5th. Go.

Pollo a la Brasa: Reflections on Peruvian Rotisserie

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Due to it being the rainy season, all flights into Cusco from Lima were cancelled. It was my first night in Peru and the only person I knew in Peru was unreachable in the Sacred Valley. So I became friendly with the other traveling English-speakers who were stranded, and we basically formed a support group for the lost and confused. One competent Spanish-speaker among us was able to successfully charm over the airline workers, and we all had our flights rescheduled for the next morning. Later that night, this brilliant and bold individual was able to also find a place that could fit all ten of us for the night. We were all very thankful for his presence.

As soon as the anxiety and worry started to dissipate, another intense and all-consuming feeling came over me: hunger.

And that is when I met Pollo a la Brasa.

Never have I loved as I've loved you.

Yes, we’re talking about chicken.

The best kind of chicken.

I was told that if I was in Peru, I had to order Pollo a la Brasa at least once. So as soon as we got to the apartment we were staying at, I pushed my new friends to order this chicken. They were so hungry that they didn’t care what we ordered, so it was a fairly easy situation to manipulate.

Now, about this chicken.

Pollo a la Brasa is a fairly new culinary innovation, dating back to the 1950s. This chicken is uniquely seasoned and cooked. It’s tender, juicy, flavorful, and it’s basically everything you could ask from a chicken. It sits on a throne of french fries and begs you to poor hot sauce all over it. Well, maybe it wasn’t begging for that, but once I spotted some ají (or a creamy hot sauce), I knew it had to be on my chicken and fries. This was a very wise decision.

I’m glad there isn’t any recordings of this feast. I tore through the chicken and dug through the greasy fries and shamelessly shoveled it all in my mouth. I was ecstatic. I felt alive. And I looked like a fool.

The thing is, even though I’d be embarrassed for others to witness this sight again… I’d do it again. In fact, I find out that a restaurant near my work serves Pollo a la Brasa. I plan on eating there very soon, and maybe I won’t become as sloppy and wild, but it will take much restraint.

I’m just excited to be reunited with my beloved Pollo a la Brasa. And if you’re out there listening, Pollo, I want you to know that never have I loved as I’ve loved you.

Related: Belated Greetings from Peru

Pinterest Hacks: Camping Edition

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With the warm weather creeping up on us, camping is becoming more appealing. Some find it relaxing, while others are bigger fans of living life in the comfort of their home. Which ever category you fall into, you will for sure want to know these hacks that can make your camping trip run smoothly. Let’s begin!

1. Breakfast anyone?

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Crack your eggs beforehand at your house, so you don’t have to deal with the eggshells and breaking an egg on a picnic table. Pour them into a container that is easy to pour things out of, like an empty coffee creamer. Then, you should label how many eggs you put in, and label it on intervals of 2 so you know how many eggs you’ll be eating that morning. And voila, omelets for breakfast in the woods, anyone?

2. Orajel cures more than just toothache!

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Make sure to take this the next time you go camping! For those pesky mosquito bites, Orajel can help relieve anyone from the annoying itching sensation we all feel.

3. Shoe organizer is the new food organizer

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Use any shoe organizer to help organize your makeshift kitchen. It helps organize everything!

4. This easy to make “LANTERN”

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These are things you need anyways, so why shouldn’t the serve a dual purpose?

5. KNOW these POISONOUS plants. 

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Familiarizing yourself with these plants can help avoid you a lot of discomfort and pain in the future!

The great outdoors is something magical! Make sure to plan a trip, this summer, to go camping and try all of these wonderful hacks to make your trip even more enjoyable. Don’t forget to follow our Pinterest page!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando

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In honor of Universal Studios Hollywood opening the brand-new Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I thought I should talk about my similar experience in Orlando. As any classic Harry Potter fan, I was so shocked at how Universal created the park based exactly what is pictured in the movies and books. I fell in love with everything about Hogwarts and the entire area!

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Look at that perfection!

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And my favorite place in the entire world…

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Honeydukes is what you would imagine it would be like, with sweet smells spilling out from the shop. The best chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans are there (well you know, some of the beans are nasty but nonetheless, best candy store ever!).

Of course, we had to try the world famous Butterbeer. Now let me tell you, it was AMAZING! The sweet butterscotch flavor tasted like heaven! This is a MUST for anyone that goes!

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I honestly cannot wait to return, or at least visit for the first time the new Wizarding World now open in Hollywood.

The Greatest Tubing There Ever Was

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It was a beautiful sabbath which ended in a moving ceremony. The candle was lit and the smell of fire filled the room. Rabbi Shulman led the service, ending a beautiful sabbath. With the clock ticking Rabbi Spear got up and told us that we had only ten minutes to get ready. All bundled up in three layers of pants three layers of shirts and a jacket hat and scarf, we headed to Valcartier on  a yellow school bus. On the bus, kids were singing, getting themselves psyched up for snow tubing.

They opened the doors of the bus and we went outside, as the cold breeze hit us, sending a chill through our bodies.  We got lift tickets and snapped them to our jackets. Excitedly, we walked through the gates and saw the numerous slopes the faculty had tried to describe.  I never could have imagined what was in front of me and a huge smile spread across my face. I started to run towards the mountain of tubes, pulling the heavy tubes towards the lifts. Waiting anxiously to board the lift to get to the top of the mountain, we tried to shield ourselves from the cold wind.

We reached the top of the mountain and  headed to the steepest track in the complex called Mount Everest. I climbed the icy steps leading to the top of the slide and with each step, my heart was beating faster and faster.  I could feel my heart pounding in my chest like it did when I rode the scariest roller coaster I had ever seen. It was so steep that I was certain I would throw up or faint if I moved any closer. We sat down, and prepared with a countdown for the slide.  The barrier opened and we began to drop, leaving our stomachs at the top of the mountain. The wind and ice slammed against our faces, freezing our jaws shut.  Before we knew it, we were stopped at the bottom.  We started going crazy.  It was over in five seconds, yet it was the best five seconds of the night. This slide definitely lived up to its name.

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