Apparently the World is coming to an end later this week. For some years now ‘preppers’ have been preparing for this day, because they believe the authorities are not taking the signs seriously. These people are ready for anything from a string of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods, to outright apocalypse and the physical destruction of our planet earth from galactic alignment or solar flares. And of course, these scenarios have given producers and directors a great material for some fanciful films. Credit for this warning is given to the ancient Mayans, whose calendar is said to end on 21 December 2012. But was this really a prediction of the end of the World?
After my four month stint in Minneapolis, the time has come for me to head back to my hometown of Columbus. It’s the holidays and of course, fate has mischievously been plotting and working out the timing of my move - quite conveniently, I might add. Now that everything is coming to an end here in the northern midwest, I’m filled with a sincere longing to see my oldest and closest friends, and a bit of sorrow for having to leave this place. Even though a bit of me will always remain here, I will probably never return. I felt the same way as I had when leaving Columbus for so many years - a decent place to experience, but it’s not quite for me. Neither city is enough for me and my future - my goals and dreams far exceed the possibilities. However, I also believe that no place in the United States can quite entertain my deepest desires and gypsy-esque feelings on life and how I wish to live it. A major aspect of Minneapolis/St. Paul that I will miss, however, is the music and night scene. In nearly all other aspects (excluding population and size), Columbus and the twin cities are nearly identical. They have the same downtown spread, art and night district with plenty of suburbs and shopping malls. Wherever you are in either city, if you hadn’t known any better you would not be able to recognize one for the other.
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Rustic and strong; an immoveable force - that is how I would describe the remnants of the Fort San Felope del Morro or simply once known as the Morro Castle. I strolled at a leisurely pace taking in every detail, letting the ruins speak to me, as though they were time-capsuled memoirs from centuries ago. A historic site of fortification and savior, which is impressive in its own right. Two large sections still stand from what once was the fully fortified city of (Old) San Juan, Puerto Rico. The pair face out toward the Caribbean Sea, like a warning to all who aimed to conquer. It was built in the 16th Century, playing the role of the island’s saving grace, as it saved the rule of the island from treacherous and rogue pirates time and time again.
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For many, choosing the destination of an upcoming trip is half the fun, but for others, it’s difficult and daunting, even. Typically for an international flight (especially those that cross an ocean), you will be shelling out a bit of cash and you may not know the next chance you will be able to do it again, so choosing the right destination is extremely important. Once you’ve chosen where you wish you go, dedicate yourself to it. Learn as much as you can, yet remain partial, as the experience you’re likely to have will be nothing like your expectations - plus, it’s never good to thrive on pre-conceived notions anyway.
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