Things to do in Los Angeles

By Larissa Riegel Germany

What can you do in Los Angeles? What are the best places to visit? How can you have an amazing weekend there?

First of all Los Angeles is a really big city, so there are a lot of things to do. There are many interesting museums, some really good restaurants, many sight seeing spots, some nice beaches and of course a lot of good shopping areas. There are also different sides of the city. It depends on you and what  you want to do. For example you could visit Beverly Hills, go shopping on Rodeo drive and after that you could go to an expensive Restaurant on a Rooftop. On the other hand you could  visit the Universal studios, where you will have a lot of fun and experience action, then go to Hollywood and visit a movie museum and after that eat at In and Out and just enjoy a classic, cheap but also very good burger. That’s one thing I really love about Los Angeles. There is something for everyone, every age and every interest.

There are some general sight seeing spots that are a must to visit when in LA. You have to go and see the Hollywood sign. There are different ways of doing that: if you want to get really close to it, I would recommend you to do a hike. It takes some time but its definitely worth it. There is a really nice hike in Runyon Canyon. If you are too lazy or do not have enough time I would recommend you to visit Griffith Observatory. It’s a planetarium and from there you have an awesome view of the Hollywood sign, but also over the city. You can also go there in the evening . Its really beautiful to see the city with the lights on in the night.

Then you should visit one of the beaches: Venice Beach is pretty cool. There is also a skate park and the “Muscle Beach” where all the bodybuilders are practicing. Another cool Beach is close to the Santa Monica Pier. Its great to walk around the Pier and the Promenade is beautiful. There is also the “Pacific Park” where is a little roller coaster and a big wheel. There are a lot of good restaurants too and a good shopping mile near the Pier.

If you want to go shopping and to spent a lot of money and buy something expensive. You have to go to Rodeo Drive which is a famous Street in Beverly Hills. If you are looking for shops like H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Levis and so on.. I would recommend you the Santa Monica shopping area. But there are many shopping malls in La which are pretty good too.

If you want to eat at an excellent restaurant. You have to go to Downtown La where you can have dinner on Rooftop Restaurants where you have an amazing vie w over the city. But there are good Restaurants everywhere and some really nice Cafes too. For example Earth Café is a really nice place to have a good and healthy breakfast. They serve fresh food which is so delicious.

Another cool place to go is Hollywood. You can walk around and see the walk of Fame and some Theaters. There are some interesting museums and of curse some great shows too. And maybe you even get to see a celebrity!;)

iMADONNARI – ITALIAN STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL

By Romina Wicki, Switzerland

Beautiful street art, glorious atmosphere, delicious food and volunteer work to a benefit Children’s Creative Project; this is the iMadonnari Street Painting Festival. This festival is once a year and a really popular event for children and adults. In this article I will give you an impression of what this festival looks like.

 

At the Old Mission in Santa Barbarathe Madonnari (ital. street artist) festival took place for three days . The area in front of the Mission became during these days colorful by the work from street artists. Only with chalk the artists created beautiful pictures on the floor. The pictures are as different as the artists. Some of them are Christian figures but there are also nature impressions or portraits. This Italian festival is a benefit  project for the Children’s Creative Project, which is a nonprofit art education program. More than 50,000 children and over 100 schools are supported by this project.

 

Before the festival started, families, companies or a private person could buy a square for an artist. When you bought a square you had to find an artist. This artist started his artwork at the beginning of the Madonnari Street Painting Festival. The artists have time during the festival to finishing their work. With only the use of chalk, the artists accomplish beautiful street art. When the iMadonnari Festival is over; the artworks are still on the ground and disappear when it will rain the next time. It’s also really interesting to visit the Mission after the Street Paining Festival when there aren’t so many people. So you can enjoy the artworks at rest.

 

During the festival a lot of people visit the Mission. It’s a really popular event in Santa Barbara and the near area. Adults and children visit this festival and enjoy their time. The atmosphere in front of the Mission is busy. People observe the artist, marvel the street art, discuss the impressive work, enjoy the good weather and spend time in the park next to the Mission.

Next to the Mission, you had also the possibility to engage the other senses. There was an authentic Italian market and supplies for the street art paintings. A lot of voluntary workers spoiled the visitors with delicious food. For the appetite there was a great choice of Italian food, drinks and desserts. You could enjoy pizzas, Italian sausage, seafood and gelato (Italian ice cream). So you could enjoy your meal in the park with local live music.


My impressions:
I was a voluntary worker at the Madonnari Festival and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. The people were in a good mood and the artwork was extremely impressive. It was a great experience and a lot of fun to volunteer with classmates and local people. This was a joyful day with some new and interesting impressions. I’m so happy that I was there.

 

The Maldives

By Patrick Schnauffer from Stuttgart, Germany

Do you want to travel to paradise?

The Maldives are definitely the perfect destination for you

Located in the Indian Ocean the Republic of Maldives consists of several atolls with altogether 1196 islands. On 220 of them live the Maldivian citizens and 87 are for touristic purposes. Back in the past when the Maldives were under British occupation the local people gained a living just with the fishing industry. This has changed in 1965 when the Maldives became an independent republic. Since this time the importance of tourism has grown enormously, so that the country developed into one of the most significant travel destinations worldwide.

If you travel by plane, you will arrive in Male which is the largest and likewise the only “city” of the Maldives as well the capital of the country. There are living approximately one third of all the citizens what makes this main island quite crowded.

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So if you want to spend your vacation on a lonely island having the feeling of being apart from the rest of the world, instead of experiencing city life, you can choose several types of accommodation located on the beautiful atolls spread around the capital island of Male.

Beginning from common hotels till the most luxurious resorts, you can barely imagine until you have visited them, there is a wide range of apartments where you can select from.

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Typical for the Maldives are the resorts where you live in your own house out in the ocean which is built on wooden stakes. A private pool and direct access to the sea is included! Those apartments are connected to the main island of the hotel with a wooden footbridge so that it’s easy to reach the restaurants and SPA areas of your resort.

While spending your vacation on the Maldives it never gets boring. You definitely should not miss to go diving in the Indian Ocean and exploring the amazing coral reefs all-round the atolls which provide unique flora and fauna waiting for you to be discovered.   Moreover it is quite worth it to rent a kayak and paddle to some lonely islands by having the chance to relax where you are the only one far away from mass tourism. Likewise I would recommend to you a scenic sightseeing flight over all the Maldivian atolls.

Depending on the hotel you are staying in you are being offered the possibility to enjoy a dinner directly at the private beach of your hotel meanwhile watching one of the most beautiful sunsets you have very probably never seen anywhere else before.

So in my opinion it is a perfect decision to travel to the Maldivian Republic because you got so many different things to explore on those amazing islands with its unique nature. Nowhere else in the world you will have that feeling of being definitely in paradise. So pack your suitcases now and book your unforgettable trip to this gorgeous country. I promise you won’t regret this decision!

Just have a look inside this travel destination by checking out the link below!!

Maldives Introduction Video

The Past of the Rigs Still Ongoing

By Loelia Lecouffe, FRANCE

As you probably know Santa Barbara County hosts active oil rigs* that we see from the coast. One platform and one artificial island in Santa Barbara Chanel, four artificial islands and three platforms in San Pedro Bay/Long Beach harbor. About 23 offshore* drilling and production platforms remain in federal waters. They produce 22 millions barrels* of oil and 21 billions cubic feet of gas per year (2009).

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They drill, extract and process oil and natural gas an temporarily store product until it can be brought to the shore for refining* and marketing.

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Santa Barbara County had a tough past when, in 1969, a blowout* occurred. About 80 to 100 000 barrels have been spilled into the water. Nearly 3686 birds died and unknown quantity of sea lions and elephants seal. That’s by that event that ‘Get Out the Oil’ has been created. People were cleaning the beaches along with ‘Heal the ocean’. In 1974 Santa Barbara County was charged 4 millions dollars in penalties for well blowout drilling from offshore oil platform. In 2015 that tragedy happened again with, that time, 3400 barrels discharged in the water.

Sea lions and different animals are still dying on the beaches and are, apparently, affected by the Domoic Acid*
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As you can clearly sea i took that picture on West Beach, showing a baby sea lion dead with oil just next to it.

The Domoic Acid is an illness that is carried into the food they eat such as died planctons but I personally do not think that it’s the only reason and I’ve been to diffent associations as Community Environmental Council (CEC). I met Linda Krop, Director of the Environmental Defense Center that did a Public Forum this May 16 about the oil platforms.

Soccer

My name is Debora Wuhrmann and I’m from Switzerland. I’m 21 years old and the village I live is called Maennedorf which is near Zurich. One of my hobbies is soccer. In my free time I play a lot of sport but soccer is one of my biggest passions in my life. I have played it now for 12 years, that means since I was 8 years old. My position on field is middle-defender, and this season I will be the Captain of our team.

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General

Soccer is the most popular sport in Switzerland.

Soccer is a team sport. So the spirit of the team is very important. On field there are 22 players, included the two goal keepers. Eleven players are on each team, and the aim of the game is to shoot more goals than the other team. So everybody knows what soccer is but these are some necessary aspects.

Rules on Field

Kick off

After each valid goal, at the beginning of the first and second halves, as well as at the beginning of the half-time of extensions, the game is continued with a kick-off at the middle of the field and it may not be played until the referee has started the game through a whistle.

Throw in

If the ball leaves the playing field via one of the side lines, the game is continued with a throw-in for the team whose opponent had last touched the ball before crossing the side line. When throwing in, the player has to stand with both feet behind or on the side line and throw the ball with both hands from behind the head.

Goal kick

If the ball is kicked by a player of the attacking team outside the field boundaries over the goal line of the defending team, the game is continued with a kick from the goalie. To do this, place the ball anywhere in the goal area.

Corner kick

If a defending player has touched the ball before the ball has crossed the goal line without going into the goal, the game is continued with a corner kick. For this, the ball is placed in the area marked by a quarter circle in the corner of the playing field.

Free kick

The free-kick knows the variants of direct and indirect version and the special form of a penalty too. The penalty is almost direct. A free kick or a penalty will be corrected from the referee when a player does something against the rules. For example when a player from another team gets fouled/misconduct, like when a player from the opposite team knocks someone down to the floor and didn’t touch the ball.

Offside

An offside is (see the picture) when A passes the ball to B and he is behind all the other players who are in defense from the other team. The blue line is the offside line in this scene.

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These are only a selection of the rules on the field but they are the main and most important ones. Soccer will always be a very important interest in my whole life. My favorite team in Spain is FC Barcelona and in Switzerland it is FC Zurich. So, since I’m half Italian, I’m a fan of AC Milano, too.

ACM     FCB    FCZ

 

The Impact of Social Media in 2017

 

By Hugo Martinez, Mexico.

As many of us may know, digital has grown potentially since year 2000. Millenial generation is here to change the way advertising has been made the last five decades.

Most popular social media ‘‘Facebook’’ increased its population drastically, from 2004 to 2006 in almost 9000% This year Facebook reached 1.86 billion active users becoming the most used social media on planet earth period. With that said we can get an idea of how many people is using this social network on daily basis. Marketing companies, had put their eyes into the digital market and internet users.

Weather it’s fashion or food or new products, in 2016 marketing companies invested 1.2% more on digital publicity rather then ”old fashioned” advertising (TV, Radio & propaganda). It might seem really little when it comes to percentage but talking in millions, 1.2% represents more than 54.6 million dollars.

Social media its a MUST nowadays but, like all media forms it has its strengths and weakness, social media users can get really judgmental, there’s been campaigns that have been retired from every site they were advertised on, such is the case (lately) with Kendall Jenner and Pepsi, there’s no sign of that campaign on the internet because it was racist according the media users.

For us, the MILLENIAL generations social media could become a full time work, from influencers to bloggers, you can always make an income involving social media. from YouTube to Instagram to Facebook and twitters, there’s always a way to use the social media to make some money, It’s not only about sharing pictures and liking photos, but a growing business, social media is definitely the future advertising.

 

FIVE CITIES I WOULD LIKE TO LIVE IN

By: Amanda Örnebring, Sweden.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to live in another country. Don’t get me wrong, I love my city, but sometimes it’s just not enough. Not for the moment. I’m in that time of my life where I want to explore other possibilities to really figure out where the best place to live is. So far I’ve lived in two different cities; my hometown Ystad where I was born and raised, and Santa Barbara where I’m currently studying English. The two cities differs a great deal from each other, and I love them both very much.

LUND, SWEDEN

libraryNot many, apart from people who lives in Sweden, will know about this city. As one of the oldest cities in the country and the highest ranked university, the city is characterized by the many students who lives here. Only one hour by car from the town I’m from, It’s in a perfect location with its proximity to the second biggest city in Sweden, and Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. And also I won’t have any difficulties with visiting my parents often.

I’ve visited Lund a lot of times since I have friends who live there. The city is big with its 80 000 inhabitants, but it feels so much smaller with its narrow cobblestone streets and the many coffeeshops around every block. It’s a very nice city overall, and I think it would be a good city for me to live in since it has a similar feeling to my hometown.

Lund is perfect for anyone who doesn’t like the “big city life”, but still want a nightlife while living in a calm city.

LONDON, UK

london-c2a9-qq7-shutterstock-e1455618305877As many others, I have always wanted to live in London. My whole life has revolved around London for as long as I can remember. I had paintings of the city hanging on my wall and I made one of my walls to look like a brick wall with an old subway clock hanging on the wall to resemble King’s Cross.

The city has 8.6 millions inhabitants, which is a big increase from the cities I’ve lived in. But I think that it could be a good experience to broaden my horizon and get out of my comfort zone regarding of living in such a busy city.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

view-of-sydney-harbour-skyline-slider-big-bus-toursFour years ago I spent four weeks in Sydney all by myself. More exactly without my family and with classmates, but let’s say for the sake of the argument by myself. I had an internship there and that meant that I had to live there for a month. I was only 16 years old, but it was by far one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. I grew so much as a person, and I was able to do that because of the beautiful city.

As of 2014, Sydney was ranked as the tenth most liveable city in the world, which I can of personal experience agree with. The city felt so safe, even though it’s over 4.5 million people living there.

The weather is amazing, the people, the beaches, everything. It is just a perfect city, and I would love to live there again.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

160113-auckland-new-zealandNew Zealand has always attracted me ever since I saw the Lord of the Rings movies. The landscape blew my mind with the majestic mountains and the blue sea. I’ve only ever heard of three cities in the country, and that’s Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. I did some research and Auckland was always rated as the best city to live in. Located on the Northern Island, it has the best beaches. I first thought of Christchurch, but when I read about the frequent earthquakes, I changed my mind.

Auckland seems to be a smaller version of Sydney as I understand it, so that’s why i think it would be perfect for me to live there.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

eating-amsterdam-aboutI’ve never thought of Amsterdam before I went to Santa Barbara. During my stay here, I’ve met many wonderful people who came from the Netherlands. All they said was that I would love Amsterdam. What really makes me want to live there is the similarities between Sweden. The standard of living is practically the same, and the city itself seems amazing. The fact that there are more bikes than people also makes me want to move there this instant since I’m always on my bike.

Since I’ve never visited Amsterdam, I don’t have much to go on, but it really seems to be a city I would thrive in.