Have You Fallen In Love With Aspen Yet?

Have You Fallen In Love With Aspen Yet?

Aspen X Games

As your lungs fill with cool air and you watch the fresh powder hit the mountain your mind goes to a spectacular place, a place of fearlessness and excitement. With these emotions your body is aware of its inner adventurer, realizing it is just you and the mountains and you are ready to conquer them! I imagine this to be the thoughts of a pro winter athlete as they take on the Aspen X Games. You see the skier taking off with speed to hit a jump which flies them into the air sometimes landing backwards and still making it down safely. You see the snowboarder taking each turn up the half pipe with twists and spins and you see the snowmobiles flipping off of the jumps. Each trick is met with a gasp or a cheer in the crowd. The Aspen X Games has everything to offer for your entertainment needs from concerts and views to athletes and celebrities, not to mention being so close to downtown Aspen.

As for Aspen itself, it has held the X Games since 2002 making this year its 15th anniversary! The town is so different from others considering its size and attraction. Most tourist towns are much larger and run down while Aspen continues to stick to their historic character, cleanliness and energizing feel. It’s a place where everyone is excited for the day! And snow is not a hassle, it’s a gift! Their public bathrooms are the cleanest I have ever seen, not to mention the town. Each building looking as if it were on display and the employees are ready to take on the day. Since most of the stores have become utilized for upscale shopping they attract many well-known and wealthy people. However, before you go booking your ticket remember that Aspen is a place of adventure most have not seen before. People that travel there for vacation are not looking to lay down and relax, they are looking for a place to unwind their mind and leap out of their comfort zone.

Which brings me back to the activities, if you have ever skied before and loved it, this is the place for you. They have mountains of every size and shape for you to practice on and they are thousands of feet in the air, which means your ride down the mountain will long and extremely scenic! Which is where they must have come up with the idea of the X Games being held there. The week of the X Games each year is one of the busiest times of the year for Aspen, people come from all over the world to stay in the Roaring Fork Valley and travel to the X Games each day of their stay. Although Aspen does have much more to offer than the X Games like hiking, biking, and even surfing certain times of the year. Not to forget a stop at the hot springs to relax your muscles after all that enjoyment! Aspen will have you full exhilaration and knocking things off your bucket list you didn’t even know where on there.

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9 Things That Make Columbus The Best City To Call Home

Because it's impossible to just pick one.

Growing up in a little farm community I never imagined myself ever living in a big city. But, when college rolled around I found myself in an apartment right off High Street in the middle of Ohio State territory. While it was an adjustment for sure, I did find things I loved over time. Here are just some of the best parts of Columbus Ohio.

1. The food

From Cazuelas to Condatos, Sicilia's to Late Night Slice and so much more, you can find anything and everything to eat in Columbus. Pizza, pasta, wings, burgers, and food from around the world, we have it all and it's all delicious. Can't decide what you want? Stop in at the North Market, an indoor international style market, there's a little bit of everything, including the holy grail, Jeni's Ice Cream.

2. The coffee

Starbucks, Dunkin and Tim's aren't the only coffee shops around the city. There's lots of local hole in the wall type coffee shops in just about every few blocks. With strong brews and tasty treats, there's a place for everyone.

3. The nightlife and entertainment

After you've finished your coffee and had your dinner, there's always something to do in Columbus. Casual dive bars and upscale clubs can be found in the same neighborhoods. If drinking isn't your thing there's a plethora of movie theatres, arcades, hookah lounges, sports and more. (I mean come on, it's the home of Buckeye football, what's better than that?)

4. The learning and cultural experiences

Home to libraries, museums, galleries and various conventions throughout the year it's easy to expand your knowledge in the heart of Ohio. One of the most popular will always remain to be Cosi, a hands-on learning center catered to children of all ages, but the adults always have just as much fun.

5. The parks and trails

You'd be amazed at the beautiful views you can find inside a big city, but look no further than the stunning parks inside Columbus and they're there. With miles of bike trails and walking paths, it's an easy way to get in some fresh air and exercise.

6. The festivals, conventions, and events

The Arnold, celebrations of cultures, the All American Quarter Horse Congress, endless festivals all centered around food, and my personal favorite, the Ohio FFA Convention. Seriously, how cool is that? You can just about always find some sort of festival or event going on every weekend all over the city.

7. The concerts

The Bluestone, the Newport, Skully's, Shadowbox Live, Double Happiness and the Basement are just some of the popular music venues or bars always hosting live music. That's not even including the sold out shows played at the Schott, the Celeste Center and Maphre Stadium. Not to mention, we host both Rock On The Range AND Buckeye Country Superfest. Best of both worlds right there.

8. The Ohio State Fair

Hailed by many as one of the best state fairs in the entire country, the Ohio State Fair welcomes thousands of guests through its gates each summer. More than just funnel cakes and carnival games, it's home to agricultural showcases and activities aimed to help teach and inform the public. Participating in at least one livestock event or project judging is almost a right of passage for youth from all over the state. It's one thing I love every year.

9. The Buckeye spirit

This city truly bleeds scarlet and gray. Game days are celebrated like holidays and just about everywhere close enough to campus accepts Buck ID's or offers student discounts. It's never hard to find a place playing some sort of Buckeye athletics, though it may be hard to find a seat. OSU apparel is worn year long and you'll always have your O-H met with an I-0. It truly is a beautiful thing.

Hometeam Properties allows you to choose from more than 130 great homes and apartments to rent in the Ohio State University off-campus area. All homes are newly or recently remodeled with hardwood floors, porches, decks, security systems and much more!

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4 Reasons Everyone Should Study Abroad

I promise you wont regret it.

Advising has begun and most of us are planning out our schedules for next semester and this summer. Study abroad interest meeting information has been posted all over campus and if you have even thought about possibly studying abroad this summer I have one thing to tell you. DO IT. Last summer I studied abroad in Greece and it was easily one of the best decisions I have made since I have been in college and this is why you should too:

1. I met some of my greatest friends

I signed up to study abroad only knowing one other person going and ended up with new best friends by the end of our trip.

2. I visited places that I have always dream of visiting... and I got class credit for it

Being able to go to Greece and get full credit for a class while traveling and having fun was the BEST!

Being able to go to Greece and get

full credit for a class while traveling and having fun was the BEST!

3. I ate A LOT of good food

Trying new deserts was my favorite part.

I will never forget the people I met, the places I visited, and the history I learned about. It was truly an amazing experience and I was so blessed to have the opportunity to go.

If you are considering Studying abroad or have heard about it LOOK INTO IT!!!!!! I promise you won’t regret it.

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