The Roman Colosseum is a typical stop for all tourists of Rome, as is the Pantheon, the Forum and the Spanish Steps. Entering the street from underground, the ruins are immediately visible once exiting the Colosseo metro station. It overshadows an entire city block at 157 feet in height with its base at 615 feet by 510 feet. Originally the facility was named the Flavian Amphitheatre, where it was used for its infamous gladiatorial contests. When visiting the interior of the Colosseum, the remnants of its 50,000+ seating capacity are visible within stone walls. A slight morose feeling wells up when looking at the floor of the arena, where the surface has been taken away to reveal the underground holding cells, which were used for the impending prisoners.
There are endless charitable organizations in the world, but those who do remarkable things are much more limited. Brandon has recently partnered with the Extra Mile, an up and coming organization whose sole purpose is to make sure that the terminally ill victims of cancer get to see their loved ones. To provide the support for such a feat, the Extra Mile campaigns for not just monetary donations, but asks for your extra and unused frequent flyer miles. With these donations, they are able to bring together families and friends who are separated by great distances and are making final wishes come true. The organization is relatively new on the scene, but I believe the Extra Mile will be one of those unique and truly special charities.
To find out more and to donate, check out www.thextramile.org
I’ve always believed Iceland has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, but once I saw Klara Harden's “Made in Iceland” film, I knew exactly how I wanted to see it. In her film, she expresses how wonderful, as well as how tough the experience of hiking across the island truly is. Deep within me, I was hooked after sharing in her experience through her film. I feel as though I must prove to my self that I can survive hiking and camping across the entire country. I wish to take this adventure and move slowly through the land, enjoying, experiencing, growing and living through the unique landscape that is only of Iceland.
What inspires you to travel?
A yearning to feel truly lost and free, then rightly found, anew. I’m often quoted saying, “Travel is about cutting all ties and ditching all preconceived judgements, and getting truly lost - because only then can you find yourself.”
Traveling alone, in a foreign place, where nothing feels like the safety of your home and you are unable to communicate, then you are left with a raw, real version of yourself. You will be able to see your flaws and you will learn acceptance. A renewed ‘you’ then grows from the ashes of the flame. Once you’ve hit this point and have lost all judgmental negativities, you then learn to feel happiness in where you are and what you’re accomplishing each day and of what you’re seeing and experiencing. True travel is a journey, it’s not about the destination.
I find additional inspiration through my drive of furthering my growth from the influence of discovering new and different cultures, people, traditions and beliefs.
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There are few pubs as internationally known as the Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland. It sits gracefully on a cobblestone street corner, where its patrons range from a few locals to many overeager tourists. For many, the Temple Bar is the first insight into Irish pub culture that many experience. The problem is that it’s become a corporate-esque style company with its branded image as the must-see Irish pub experience in all of the land. They have even bought up the space next door to the pub to put in a tourist shop called the Temple Bar Trading Company.
While many aspects of the pub’s appearance are still legitimate, like many truths in this world, the truth is evident within the details. A true country Irish pub experience like most wish to have, and like many believe their receiving at the Temple, is about the public (ex. pub = public house), socializing and good craic. Real Irish pubs don’t brand themselves on t-shirts and don’t sell themselves out on merchandised products. By all means, this is the way of the world, taking advantage of every fiscally-possible avenue, so I’m not attacking the Temple for doing so. But if you’re looking for a 100% true authentic experience, I would look elsewhere than the Temple Bar.
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