How Travel Has Changed My Life

by Aurore Bouquelle, Belgium

Before going deep into the subject, I would like to introduce myself. Hello, I’m Aurore and I come from Brussel, Belgium. I am 19 years old and I live with my parents, my brother and my dog. I am not really an extraordinary person, I prefer to fit in instead of standing out. When I was little I was very shy, was not confident and had just a couple of friends (but they were the best).

During my childhood, my father was always on the move because of his job and every weekend he would come back home and tell us all of his stories from all around the world. My little brother and I were amazed by his stories and to help me fall asleep I would always ask him to tell me more about the places he had been to.

Thanks to my situation and the hard work of my parents, I had the chance to travel a lot during these 19 years…From exploring the woods near where I live, to the favelas in Brazil, traveling has always been a big part of my life. I traveled with my family, my friends and alone.

During these travels, I have met extraordinary people who made me feel extraordinary. I have made a lot of friends around the world by always keeping an open mind. I learned that if you want to live happily and become someone, you have to be the one who’s going to speak first and break the ice. Don’t take anything or anyone for granted. -You could be surprised by some people. Thanks to all of the different situations and places I’ve traveled to, I grew in self-confidence, curiosity and I became more conscious of the world around us. I made changes in my everyday life to diminish my ecological impact and adopted a more simple lifestyle. 


I’m going to finish this article by giving five pieces of advice to get the best out of every trip.

#1: Life is short! Don’t wait to have the time to travel, take it. Figure out what you would do if you were going to die tomorrow and do that until the day you die. Your travels will have more impact on yourself.

# 2:  Embrace the unknown. Go to a place without a plan and see where it takes you. Sometimes you will discover places and meet people you would have just walked by if you had something planned.

#3: Trust in yourself.

#4: Dream big and accept being helped by others.

#5: Don’t ever forget that you are the creator of your own destiny.



The Fire of the Arts Museum in Brasil

Cedric Dauteuil  From FRANCE

It was the oldest museum in Brasil and it was devastated by the fires of the night of 2nd of September.

All of the countries in the world are devastated with this news because this museum had in its possession a lot of invaluable artwork. it s cultural tragedy.

During all of the night the firefighters  tried to stop the fire and tried to save what they could. The cause of the fire is still not determined to this day.


Some artwork could be saved on the 3d floor because they were conserved in a chest. but it is nothing compared to everything that was burned.


The government is guilty for what happened of this museum because they  have decided to  reduce the budget costs for the arts.

The museum did not have a fire door and fire extinguisher and the smoke detector didn’t work, too.

And three months ago the museum received 21.7 millions of reais (4.45 millions dollars) but they didn’ t use this to maintain the building.

More than 500 students gathered in front of the museum the night of the fire with black clothes to say goodbye and to pay tribute to this invaluable loss.




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The “Fado” of Portugal

Maria Peixoto, Portugal

Fado… “Fado” is a Portuguese word which means “destiny” or “fate”, but is representative of the traditional music genre of Portugal. People say that Fado emerged in the 19th century in Lisbon, but it actually has much history before that.

Fado is a type of music that has deep and very meaningful lyrics, usually connected to melancholic thoughts. The person who sings the song puts a lot of feeling and expression into the words, which turns the moment into something magical. Loss, sadness, lack of something or somebody are the most common topics in Fado. The singer always has a Portuguese guitar in the background, which adds a beautiful melody that goes along with the singers voice and is only used in FadoRelated image

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There are, in Portugal, tipical places where fado was probably born such as Mouraria, Bairro Alto and Alfama. All of this places are located in Lisbon and represent pretty much all of the Fado’s culture. Portugal has a lot of fado houses where people can enjoy fado and have a good time.

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There are some well known fado singers, called “fadistas”, such as Mariza, Dulce Pontes, Carlos do Carmo, Ana Moura, Camané. Amália Rodrigues, also know as the “Rainha do Fado” (“Queen of Fado”) was the most influential in popularizing Fado worldwide. One of the most beautiful fados is “Canção do Mar” by Dulce Pontes, but it was first performed by Amália Rodrigues.

Fado does not only belong to Portugal, but it also belongs to the world since it was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists, on 27th November 2011.

In conclusion, people should give Fado a try, even though they might not understand what is being said, because the melody speaks for itself.

Santa Barbara Moments

Michaela Kopecna, Czech Republic

For someone who wasn’t born in Santa Barbara some things can be completely new and strange. Every country has its own customs or traditions. Some of them could be normal, but some of them could seem little bit weird.

I am a girl from a small city in Europe and I have never traveled across the ocean before. So the words like “jet lag” or “culture shock” were, for me, completely new. I never understood the meaning of them because in Europe we all go to sleep at same time. That means that we have different traditions, but close and similar to each other.

What time is it?

When you land at the airport your first thing you must check is the time, because in Europe it is 12 pm. What time is the right one? That’s the question. Here in Santa Barbara it’s 12 am , so should I go to sleep? No! And that is what jet lag is.




How to use the toilets?

It could be strange, but the toilets are also different. And for someone from Europe it’s a shock. Are there really gaps when you close the doors? So everybody can see me through the gaps, right?

Are people here my friends now?

It could happen that you are standing at a bus stop and some stranger starts to talk with you. Just in Santa Barbara. The people here are so kind and helpful. They just talk with you and at the end of the conversation you are friends. How easy. That’s why I feel so welcome in this country.

How to say hi?

Hearing Spanish in Santa Barbara is really common. All the names of the streets are in Spanish and also in some public buildings you can hear this language. That is because Santa Barbara used to be a Spanish colony. However, for every day use, just learn how to say hi in Spanish. That will be enough. So “Hola” and “Gracias, senora”!

I’m freezing!

Sometimes you can feel cold here because of the air-conditioning or cold weather. Don’t underestimate it and take a  warm sweater into your classes. Even if Santa Barbara has the ocean it isn’t warm all the time. Surprisingly.


You can say you are citizen when you help tourists get to the beach. You won! Santa Barbara is not so hard to orient oneself. So after a short time you will feel here like you are at home. Culture shock is gone and jet lag is your very old friend. WELCOME TO SANTA BARBARA!

Girls Volleyball Teams

girls 5The girls volleyball teams of Santa 
Barbara are more succesful than in any 
other city in California!

The universities here in California are 
very famous for their succesfull students, 
and their different sports Leagues. 

Now we are going to talk about volleyball, but girl's teams.
The Santa Barbara Dons Girl’s Volleyball team has a rich history 
of tradition and championships. Follow all the action, including 
Channel League and CIF action, right here as the Lady Dons embark on 
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Moreover, Santa Barbara High Girls Beach Volleyball Wins All-Channel League.
The Santa Barbara High Dons, who has lost only one match all season,
took the All-Channel League championship in May in girls beach 
The team was coached by incoming indoor varsity coach Ariana Garner,
and Anthony Medel as assistant coach who chose the best players through 
numerous physical tests every summer. Because of this, this team has many 
successes in all the leagues where they have played.

These girls train very hard every day, but they have fun too. They
are really good friends.The most important aspect for them is to spend a good time 
time together in their favourite sport. 

Therefore, their coaches teach them to have good discipline and consistency
in their training. "Teamwork is very important in this sport," says 
one of its coaches.

Thanks to the different leagues, they can travel to different cities every
weekend. So, it's a big opportunity for them to meet new people.

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Alex Honnold, Rock Climber

Juan Aylwin – Chile

Alex J. Honnold is an American rock climber best known for his free solo ascents of big walls. He was born in Sacramento, California. Hannold started climbing when he was 11 years old.

He is the only person to have free-solo climbed “El Capitan” (3,000-foot)  in Yosemite National park and has broken a number of speed records. He likes tall, long routes and he tries to climb them in the fastest way possible. He is the author of Alone on the Wall, a book that shows his climbing experiences.

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