The 60’s

–by Tamara

Hello everyone.
Even though it’s my last article, I still wanted to write about something interesting (to me, at least). This is why I’m going to talk about the 60’s and why I find them fascinating.
What are the first things that pop into your head when you hear about the 1960’s? For me, it’s: hippies — their peace marches, their lifestyle, their music, festivals, etcetera and so forth.
One of the important features of that decade was that it marked the beginning of serious activism regarding the U.S. politics, as well as fighting for peace and human rights — and hippies were one of the main driving forces behind those movements. Their laid-back attitudes and lifestyles led to a drastic decrease in sexism, homophobia and racism.
Of course all of this sounds amazing, but not everything was as bright. The beginning of acceptance and tolerance was only the beginning; there still was a lot of racism and segregation. The Vietnam War was raging on and on until mid 70’s; and even the hippies were problematic. They were not contributing to society, they were druggies and often caused mayhem at their festivals, with all kinds of consequences.
They did leave us with a huge cultural luggage, though.
Not only the above mentioned tolerance started with them, but they also kickstarted many important tendencies that are still becoming more and more popular: eating healthy organic food, a certain style in clothes… and, one of their most important legacies — the music. So many bands and musicians that rose during or are associated with the 60’s and the hippies are considered the classics today.
Some you might now very well; The Eagles, The Animals, Jimi Hendrix… and, of course, The Beatles.

I have only just started my journey through the chunk of history that is the 60’s but I am already absolutely mesmerized by how much it has to tell and how much of its legacy still persists.

Spring Break: Part II

–by Hamza

Read Part I here

After a long and nice day in Lithuania, the next day, early in the morning, we went to the airport to catch a flight to our next destination, which was

  • Moscow, Russia:

As you may know from a previous blog post “My Favorite Cities,” Moscow was one on my top list of future cities I’d like to visit. We arrived at approximately 1 pm and it took a while to get through customs. Our first impression of Russia was that the people are definitely not welcoming people (Sorry Tamara lol). So there are lines for Russian citizens and citizens of other countries, and we obviously lined up at the foreign citizens line; even if the Russian citizens lines were vacant. Then this Russian customs lady started screaming at us in Russian to move to the Russian citizens lines. How were we supposed to know or understand what she wanted us to do? Anyway, despite that, we were still excited to be in Russia! Again, Russia was completely different from anywhere I’ve been. We went to exchange some money to the Russian Ruble when we arrived in the city center, and it was extremely hard to know the actual value of things as 60 rubles=1 Euro (We always had to have our phone calculators out). It was a pretty interesting experience dealing with that kind of money. We only had a few hours in Moscow so really we only had time to go to the Kremlin and walk around a little bit, and also visit this humongous mall right next to the big Red Square. It was extremely cold, I don’t think I ever wore so many layers and still felt cold. I wanted to take so many pictures but I just gave up at a certain point because I had to keep taking off my glove to touch my phone screen. I was glad we got to see Moscow and we weren’t sad to be leaving the capital because after Saint Petersburg, we were coming back to Moscow for another couple of hours.

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Spring Break: Part I

–by Hamza

As you may know from my previous blog post, “My Favorite Cities,” I went on a school trip to Russia during spring break. What you don’t know is that we also visited 5 other cities in 5 different countries that are not in Russia. It was an overwhelming experience, as we visited 7 beautiful cities (Paris, Vilnius, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Prague, Bratislava, and Bergamo) in 6 different countries and took 8 flights in just 11 days. It was the first time I did something like this, and despite there being some moments when I just wanted to go home and sleep (as we barely got 4 hours of sleep per night), I loved the trip and it was very worth it. The 1st city we visited was

  • Paris, France:

Just like Audrey Hepburn said, “Paris is always a good idea”. I’ve been to Paris several times and I love it even more every time I visit. Unfortunately, this time we had only a few hours in the city before we had to take a night train to Beauvais, a town where the airport is located where we caught our flight to Vilnius in Lithuania the next morning. We mostly spent time in the very chic and famous avenue Champs-Elysees where all the people are dressed in iconic designer clothes, and luxurious cars roam around the paved streets. The first thing we saw when the Metro escalators were taking us up was the Arc de Triumph and it never looked so beautiful. We then got free time and we split up (we were 11 students and 2 chaperones), so I seized the opportunity, and I crossed the Seine River to get a little peak of the Eiffel tower, which glowed and sparkled exquisitely through the dusky atmosphere. I have not felt that relaxed in a very long time, and it was just what I needed after a gruesome 3-hour flight, which felt more like 30 hours. I was very satisfied that Paris was part of the trip.

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Do’s and Don’ts

–by Tamara

It is an important time in lives of high school seniors — many are getting answers from universities from all over the world, others are yet to send their documents to those universities.

As someone who has already sent her documents into the UK and got some answers, I’d like to give some advice to others who are only planning to do that next year, or years after.

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Jemaa el-Fnaa and Marrakesh Souks

–by Tamara

Jemaa el-Fnaa is a square in Marrakesh’s Medina (old city). It is one of the best known squares in Africa, being the main attraction for tourists in Marrakesh, and is the oldest square in Morocco.

On the square, and in the souks that starts right behind it, you can feel the mixture of traditionalism with modernism; you can see how old culture and methods mix with today’s society.

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The square.

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You can buy different souvenirs and enjoy the tastiest orange juice from the stalls in the back.

Warning!: 30 more HD pictures, watch your traffic!

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My Favorite Cities

–by Hamza

As you may know from the “About Us” section on the blog, I love traveling! I’ve seen many beautiful places in the world and I would like to share with you some of my favorite cities, and the cities I’d like to visit in the future. Hope you enjoy! Leave a
comment below and let me know what are some of your favorite cities/places. ^_^

Rome, Italy

(I’ll upload pictures of me in Rome once I fix my old computer)

The first time I went to Italy was Summer 2010, and I only saw the Northern regions such as Milan, Venice, and Treviso etc. I really liked these places; however, I did not fall in love with Italy until I visited Rome in 2012. I’ve never tasted pasta that good in my life! I guess the rumors about Italian food in Italy being different are true after all. There is this shopping area downtown where you would feel like you are back in the Roman civilization era while in the 21st century thanks to the ancient architecture.

Budva, Montenegro

Montenegro <3

Montenegro ❤

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