Zermatt, in all it’s beauty is the definition of a tourist destination. Located the German-speaking section of the canton of Valais in Switzerland, this city only 5,800 inhabitants. Each street is covered with Hotels and ski shops but somehow this area still holds onto the perfect warm and cozy persona one comes to expect when traveling throughout
Original Post: 12/1/2014
For anyone that took a class with me my sophomore year you know that I have a strange obsession with Belgium. In the Summer of 2013 I studied abroad in Lublin, Poland, where I met Edward Vande Maele [pictured above] or as I like to call, the Prince of Belgium. For a quick introduction here’s a video to describe the rather peculiar government in which Belgium exists under:
[Did you know Belgium existed without a government for 535 days from 2010 to 2012? Did you know that Belgium has three governments each with their own official language?]
One of the most interesting things I found about Russian culture is the sheer number of times I was told to wish.
Above depicts of Russia’s many “wishing locations.” Outside the Kremlin in Moscow one is told to stand in the middle of the seal, throw a coin over your shoulder and make a wish. Simple enough, but it wasn’t until mid-way through my day in Moscow did I realize I was not only running low on Kopecks but also wishes.
Peter the Great Statue (1997)
This 98 Meter tall statue is probably one of the most out of place statues I have ever seen. Consistently nominated for being one of the world’s ugliest statues, this Peter the Great Statue was also originally designed to be Christopher Columbus. Yes, Christopher Columbus in order to celebrate 500th anniversary of his first voyage. When the designer could not find an American buyer it was then given a Russian twist. Although the designer denies this story, he also sold an equally colossal statue of Christopher Columbus to a buyer in Puetro Rico although it is currently disassembled. Something else that makes this story is interest in that Peter the Great, hated Moscow. Ah, Russia.
Международного Молодежного Центра
International Youth Center