Oktoberfest

by Jasmine Jacobs, Germany

 

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Oktoberfest is the world largest and most popular folk festival in the world. A folk festival celebrates traditional folk crafts and folk music. It is located in Munich, in Germany. Every year over 6 million people from all over the world come to Munich to be a part of it.

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One of the most popular traditions is the first draft from a freshly tapped cask of beer. This tradition signals the start of Oktoberfest.

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On one day you can see the splendid carriages of the Munich breweries. Every spectacular carriage is different and unique.

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It’s a 16-18 days folk festival. If you are over 18 years old you should visit the big tents. There you can listen to German folk music, drink the traditional beer and eat the traditional food. Warning: The beer is really expensive, it costs approximately $12.

There are 14 big and 15 small tents. In all these tents there is space for over 100,000  people. Every year all tents are completely full.

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To wear traditional German clothes is a fun part for all visitors. Women where a ‘Dirndl’, which is like a dress, and men wear leather trousers.

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This folk festival is not only a fun event for adults. In the outdoor area there is a huge range of fun activities for young people so it’s not necessary to visit a tent. You can have a lot of fun just being outside.

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PNL/QLF

By Leon Valette,  French part of Switzerland

PNL is a French group composed of two brothers ( Ademo and N.O.S.). Their real names are Tarik and Nabil. They are from a city close to Paris in France. Their father is a Corsian raider who raised them alone without their mother.

They have a little brother named Yanis. At high school they attended hip-hop classes, influenced by  Psy 4 de la Rime Ou Sinik. Tarik started to rap at 15 years old.

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Arabian desert

The Arabian Desert is a desert in Asia. It is on most of the Arabian Peninsula. It covers 2,330,000 square kilometres (900,000 square miles).

many people when they heard desert get afraid but they didn’t know how much they can enjoy in the desert.

You can enjoy walking on the sand

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Or camping

Also you can enjoy driving 7EA62C10-C666-4D6B-96C2-6C0F07A36B1DIf you like raid a camal or motorcycle you can do that.

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GAIS, Swedish Soccer’s Own Yo-Yo.

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“When you start supporting a football club, you don’t support it because of the trophies, a player, or a history. You support it because you found yourself somewhere there; found a place where you belong.” This is a quote from legendary soccer player Dennis Bergkamp. I personally live by those words because they’re the truest words anyone has ever said about soccer.

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“My team” is called GAIS, short for Goteborgs Atlet & IdrottSallskap (roughly translated to “Gothenburgs Athletes & Sports Association”), and is one of the oldest soccer clubs in Sweden. Founded in 1894 by a wrestler named Carl Gustafsson at a food hall in the heart of Gothenburg, they didn’t start up their soccer organization until 1897. The team blossomed and won their first national championship in 1919 and later became one of the founders, and the first champions, of Sweden’s top soccer leauge “Allsvenskan”. After that, they were ranked one of Sweden’s top teams for a while, at least until the fifties, more specifically 1954. That’s the year when we would win our last championship, at least for now.

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After 1954 we became a “Yo-Yo team”. This means that we went up and down in the leagues and were never able to stay in one league for long. It would take 50 years for “GronSvart” (“GreenBlack”, one of the teams nicknames because of their colors which are, you guessed it, green & black.) to really set their foot in Allsvenskan again. They had been there a couple of times before, but only for short periods of time. They managed to stay in Allsvenskan for 7 straight seasons after their 2005 promotion, which hadn’t been done since their relegation in 1955. During the 7 seasons they proved themselves a mid-level team, with their best position being a 5th place back in 2011. The year after that GAIS would be relegated again, finishing last with the worst score in the history of Allsvenskan. And that pretty much takes us to the present.

They have always had very passionate and cynically optimistic fans, this beautiful Rock n’ Roll team from Sweden’s west coast. Every year the fans think that we will win the league, and every year they are left worrying about another demotion. It has been that way for the past 4 years, but still, the fans remain positive. They have to remain positive so as to not go crazy from all the stress and disappointment that “Makrillarna” (“The Mackerels” another nickname given to us because of our colors) has brought us. I personally stay hopeful, knowing that after rain comes sunshine. although we play best when it’s raining; we call it Makrillvader (Mackerel weather) as it’s easier to fish for mackerel when it is raining a bit. I really hope that the sun will soon shine on our beaten down emblem and that our former glory will come once again.

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GAIS supporters displaying a banner with our most famous motto: “Style, Class & Tradition – since 1894

To bring it full circle, I’d like to go back to the quote in the beginning, but tweak it just a little bit. “When you start playing for GAIS you might do it because of our history and  our trophies, but you’ll stay because you found yourself somewhere there, somewhere you belong.”

And to that end, I’d like to translate part of a song by Sweden’s most famous singer, and also our march-in song, which kind of encapsulates what the team is all about. “I don’t have any strong arms to carry you with, and I’m not much at all to look at, but you’ll never have to lie again, and you’ll never have to see me laying there, dead on the road”.

Things To Do in Santa Barbara

by Shari Dragonja, Germany

Santa Barbara Zoo

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500 Ninos Dive

The Zoo in Santa Barbara is not the biggest Zoo, but it is really pretty. There are over 600 animals located in the Zoo, which you can feed and have fun with. For adults it is $17 per day and for children it is $10. I’ve been there with my friends and I really enjoyed my time there.

Botanic Garden

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1007 Mission Canyon Road

This park/ garden is about 26 hectares large. There are over 1000 species of rare and indigenous plants. There are a lot of ways to walk through the garden which you can use to enjoy the nature. The best thing is that it is free, so you don’t have to pay to enter the park and spend your free time there.

Arroyo Burro Beach

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2981 Cliff Drive

This is a beautiful beach in Santa Barbara, the best place to watch the sunset and have dinner. There is a gorgeous restaurant where you can have dinner and a good time. The name of the restaurant is “Boathouse”. If you want to take your dog with you, you are allowed to do this. When I watched the sunset with my friends while we had dinner, I was really impressed. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

Stearns Wharf

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The Pier in Santa Barbara is really pretty. There are a lot of stores and restaurants where you can spend time. It is also a good spot for taking pictures. If you are lucky you can see dolphins and see dogs. I spend a lot of time with my friends there and we always enjoy to be there.

Arlington Theatre

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The Arlington is one of the biggest theatres in Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival takes place in this theatre. While this film festival you can see a lot of celebrities and EF students are able to work at the festival as a volunteer. It is really beautiful in the inside and the architecture is amazing. Every Tuesday there is a discount where you can watch movies for less money.

Paseo Nuevo

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This Mall is the best place to spend your evening. There are a lot of stores, like Victoria’s Secret or Footlocker. If you want to take a break, there are a lot of restaurants where you can rest. I love it to spend time after school there and just go window shopping.

Rattlesnake Canyon Park

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This is the best place to go hiking and be active. The hiking trail is about 3 to 5 miles and when you climb the mountain you have a beautiful view over Santa Barbara. You can enjoy nature and take beautiful pictures. I love go hiking and spend my free time in nature, so it is a good way to do some exercise and do something what you like.

Nightlife in Santa Barbara

There are two clubs that are the best in Santa Barbara where you can go and spend your night out. If you want to enter the EOS club, you have to be 21+. For Velvet Jones you have to be 18+. You can go there with your friends on Friday nights and have a good time. In my opinion the best time to go there is on Friday nights. The DJ is really good and everybody have a good time.

Restaurants

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State Street

On State Street there are a lot of restaurants where you can get some really good food. The price depends from restaurant to restaurant, so you can get some tasty food for less money. There are a lot of different restaurants, so you have a lot of choices. I prefer “California Pasta”, because the have a lot of different food and it is really good.

Farmers Market

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600 State Street

This market is a good place to buy healthy and fresh food. The have fresh vegetables, fruit and other things to buy, like flowers or herbs. It is every Tuesday at 4 pm in downtown on State Street. You have a lot of choices to buy a variety of organic food.

German Sites

Pascal Lange, Germany

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The Neuschwanstein Castle is in Neuschwanstein, Bavaria. It was finished in 1869 and inspired Walt Disney, that’s why it is sometimes called the Disney Castle.

 

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The Brandenburg Gate was built from 1789 to 1793. It’s a triumph gate in Berlin and the only existing city gate of 18 others.

 

Europa-Park:

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The Europa-Park is a theme park in Rust, near the French border. He’s 95 hectares large and the biggest in Germany. The Europa-Park opened on 12th June 1975 and is the second most popular theme park in Europe, after the Disneyland Paris. The ‘Golden Ticket Award’-Jury of the US magazine “Amusement Today” chose the Europa-Park in September 2017 for the fourth time in a row to the best theme park in the world.

 

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The Cologne Cathedral is the second tallest cathedral in Europe and third tallest in the world and since 1996 UNESCO world heritage site. The Cathedral was started in the 13th century but finished in the 19th and was from 1880 to 1884 the tallest building in the world.

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Ulm Cathedral:

The Ulm Cathedral is, with 161.53 meters, the tallest church in the world. She was built from 1377 to 1543 and wasn’t damaged at the 1944/1945 attacks on Ulm. Ulm is the city were Albert Einstein was born.

 

 

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The Reichstag Building is in Berlin and was built from 1884 to 1894. Since 1994 the elections for the Bundespresident are in the Reichstag Building and since 1999 the German Bundestag, so the German Parliament sit in the Building.

 

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The Dresden Frauenkirche is in Dresden and was built from 1726 to 1743. She was seriously damaged from the 13th to the 14th February 1945 and on the 15th February she collapsed. From 1994 to 2005 the Church was rebuilt.

Traveling

By, Ali Alghamdi, Saudi Arabia.

And, Ali Ahmad, Saudi Arabia

Traveling is one of our hobbies. We have traveled since we were young. We have many reasons to love traveling, such as changing our daily routine, learning about other countries culture, meeting new people from different countries, and visiting museums help us to learn the country’s history.

We have visited about 30 cities in 17 countries in the last five years.

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One of the most beautiful cities we visited was Auckland in New Zealand. The weather was perfect and the people were more friendly there. We loved this city because it was amazing.

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Also we would have so much fun in Milan, There was a big mall that has many brands, Italian foods and it was beautiful .

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We visited Selangor also in Malaysia and it was amazing city for tourists to relax. And if you need to marry you can go to there as a honeymoon.

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Eventually, traveling has positive and negative sides but we will keep traveling until the last day of our lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Van Gogh Halloween 2017

By Muhamet Shala from Switzerland

It took me about three weeks to finish my blazer with the «Starry Night» on by back. It was a lot of fun painting it and wearing it at Halloween. I woke up at 6 am to finish my make up and hair.
When I arrived at school, i was amazed by the costumes and how people put a lot of effort in their Halloween costumes. Some of them were really creative, spooky and sometimes really funny. You could take pictures with your friends, eat frozen yogurt or simply dance to the music outside. While everyone was having fun, the teachers started to dance the «Thriller Dance». After that, they called the students who wanted to attend the costume competition. Roos from the Netherlands won the 1st prize, I won the 2nd place, Lisa won the 3rd place and so on. Roos was so kind and swapped her camera with my prize.

After 1 pm, we had lunch and went to State st. Some people thought I was the Statue of Liberty, which was very funny because Van Gogh is very famous in my opinion. I took so many pictures with strangers and saw the craziest costumes. For me, it was an unforgettable experience since we do not celebrate Halloween as an actual holiday as here in the United States.
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