9 Things You Only See In Charleston, SC

9 Things You Only See In Charleston, SC

There are just so many things that make this city so special.
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If you have ever been to Charleston, you will certainly agree that there are so many things that make this city special. From its people to all the different things you can see when you go exploring, they are all part of what makes this city a favorite for many. Here are just a few of the things that I have seen during my time here that I'm sure students, locals and returning tourists will recognize.

1. Pineapples decorating every house


On the gate, fence posts, front doors- you name it. It is said that, when a sea captain returned to Charleston home from his long voyage, the family would put a pineapple by the front door to let people know that the man of the house had returned. They came to symbolize hospitality and can be seen all over the place. There's even a giant pineapple fountain. Yep. A fountain shaped like a pineapple.

2. Dogs who just chill at the gate and greet the tourists that pass by

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They're just chillin, waiting there to brighten your day with a cold, wet nose.

3. Bowls of water for your pup outside every store entrance

This is how you know you're in a dog-friendly town.

4. The Charleston Shuffle

We've all done it. That little brick jumps up and grabs you and you try not to fall on your face. Even though we've all been there, we still have to look around a make sure no one saw us trip on the sidewalk that we walk on multiple times every day.

5. Kids selling roses made out of palmetto fronds

They might get a little annoying sometimes, but you can't deny that it's part of the experience of being in the city.

6. People cleaning the glass inside the streetlights

This is one of the most Charleston-esque things that I have ever seen. Where else would there be multiple guys working to make sure the glass and the bulbs on lights that no one ever looks at is spotless?

7. Bleach being sprayed in the streets to clean up horse pee

Again, this is kinda annoying, but it's much better than if the pee just got left there to cook in the hot sun.

8. Actual REAL garland made out of living tree branches during Christmas time

There's nothing like the smell of pine flowing through the brisk, cold air as you're walking around town to see the decorations.

9. Anti-cruise ship flags

They're part of a campaign called Cruise Control that is aiming to keep cruise ships from docking in Charleston harbor and filling the town up more than it already is. Not to mention how ugly the big, red whale tail smoke stack is on the skyline of the city.

Here's to many more wonderful days spent in The Holy City!

Cover Image Credit: Maggie Boyd

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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

Perfect for those beach daze.
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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

Cover Image Credit: Jakob Owens // Unsplash

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To The Girl Who Can't Wait For Fall

Fall is overrated.

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I don't hate fall. I want to make that very clear. As long as it's not too hot and not too cold, the weather is actually pretty enjoyable. I do love to watch the leaves change color and I like watching certain scary(ish) movies close to Halloween. But here's the thing: It's still summer!

Around this time of year, I start seeing posts about how fall is coming soon and I just don't get the hype. Personally, I like to savor every remaining ounce of summer that I can before switching gears into cold weather mode. So last year when Starbucks rolled out the pumpkin spice lattes before August was even over, I was a little annoyed.

As I said earlier, I just don't understand why people get so hyped up about the fall season. Yes, summer can be hot and miserable, but fall is the time of year when everything seems to get dark and gloomy. It rains a lot and starts to get dark earlier. Sure, you can throw on a sweater and curl up by the fire, but that doesn't compare to being able to bask in the sunshine all day.

Fall is nice when it comes around, but there's no need to rush into the next season. Once fall is over, we go into the holiday season, and after that, we're back into the dead of winter. As much as I look forward to these things, I think it's important to appreciate each season for what it has to offer, and not constantly anticipate what's coming next.

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