4 Of the Best 4th of July Fireworks to See This Year

We can all agree that 4th of July Independence Day celebrations are probably one of the most exciting American holidays we celebrate. Why? Well, the amazing food, company, and fireworks, of course. The 4th of July is the optimal time for professionals and amateurs alike to showcase their skills in putting on some of the most breathtaking firework shows we get to view. But, what's the best of the best? All fireworks are beautiful, but which shows really take the cake? Let's take a look at some of 2016's most anticipated 4th of July firework shows!

 

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4 Reasons Why You Need to Visit the Great Barrier Reef Now

We all know about the Great Barrier Reef – whether you heard about it from your adventurous aunt who went scuba diving there, or you simply watched Finding Nemo a billion times. You’ve probably heard great things about it, like how majestic, picturesque, and downright gorgeous it is.

But, there’s a problem now.  The great barrier reef

As of late, the Great Barrier Reef has been struggling tremendously. Due to general climate changes, coral bleaching is a threat to the Great Barrier Reef, killing off the area's coral. Given that this is a huge concern for Australia’s environmentalists, the Great Barrier Reef was placed under the United Nations’ In-Danger Watch List. Soon after, a few authority figures in the coalition, including the Minister for the Environment made the claim that the coral reef is no longer in danger. However, this story doesn’t really add up because ironically enough, corals are still dying. Whether you believe what you read in the news or not, there is one thing we know for sure: The Great Barrier Reef is in danger, and its days may be numbered. So here are 4 reasons why you need to visit it while you still can.

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3 Places You Need to See in the Koreatown Near Washington, D.C.

By Chaitanya Bala

Friends in Washington D.C
This past weekend, I ventured out on a road trip to Washington, D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival with a few of my friends from college. Our original plan was to get there in time to attend the famous Blossom Kite Festival, where hundreds of children and families would be flying their kites out by the Washington Monument. Plus, we were also going to get some amazing shots of cherry blossoms, like the ones you see in Japan. But to my chagrin, we didn’t make it in time for the event and the cherry blossom bloom had pretty much ended. The peak bloom has occurred on March 25th, so we had already missed it. I was pretty bummed about it at first, and since I had already been to the plethora of museums and monuments a million times, what else was I really going to see that I hadn’t seen before? That’s when I realized there’s a Koreatown hidden in the crevices of our nation’s capital. What’s so great about Koreatown, you ask? Well, keep on reading.

 

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The Pros and Cons of Cuba: Here’s What to Expect.

By Chaitanya Bala

Colorful Old HabanaHave you been dreaming about taking a vacation to Cuba in the near future? Well good news! Now that the U.S. has kind of eased up its restrictions on American citizens visiting Cuba, you can finally turn that dream into reality. Cuba’s a beautiful country, full of unique cultural richness and beautiful beaches. But be warned – due to the significantly different government and political structure of Cuba, you’re going to experience some drastic changes from what you may be used to on a typical vacation. Some of these changes may not sit well with some of you. And if this list scares the heck out of you, having travel insurance might be a good idea so you can cancel your trip if need be. But if you’re up for the challenge, keep reading and just be prepared. Here’s what to expect when you go off to Cuba – both the good and bad.

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The 6 Most Unique Places to Study Abroad

By Chaitanya Bala

You’ve all read numerous blogs about the best places to study abroad. Pretty much all of those blogs will list out numerous European countries as the best places. According to U.S. News, 53% of American students that study abroad are doing so in European countries, with 12.6% of all those study abroad students going to England. *Yawn* Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t think studying abroad in Europe is a bad idea at all. It’s the hub of Western history, and a great site for cultural and linguistic exposure. But let’s be honest here – there are so many unique and whimsical study abroad destinations you can consider that are fresh and not so over-traveled. And when your best friend is telling you about her rather basic study abroad experience, practicing her English and drinking tea in London, you can tell her about your stroll along the….I don’t know…zebra-filled savannas of Africa. Now, what sounds more exciting? So here it is – the adventure-filled list of the 6 most unusual places to study abroad!

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