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My European adventures of past and future.
I still remember the first plane ride I took overseas. I was a bubbly and expectant teenager and the nine-hour flight had rendered me deliriously excited.
This summer, I'm headed back. This time with my best friend in tow again, but we're on our own for most of it.
We're planning on traveling all over Europe and having a great time of it. Growing, and learning, and enjoying ourselves.
I'm overjoyed to be able to spend another European summer growing and loving.
I'm sure I'll again come back more of me having seen the other side of the world.
Hopefully they will make you laugh.
I've been super busy lately with school work, studying, etc. Besides the fact that I do nothing but AP chemistry and AP economics, I constantly think of stupid questions that are almost impossible to answer. So, maybe you could answer them for me, and if not then we can both wonder what the answers to these 15 questions could be.
1. Why are towels considered dirty when you get out of the shower clean?
2. Who closes the bus door once the bus driver gets off?
3. Why is there a "d" in "fridge" but not in "refrigerator"?
4. If you drop soap on the floor is the floor clean or the soap dirty?
5. Is the "S" or the "C" silent in the word "scent"?
6. Does expecting the unexpected make the unexpected the expected?
7. Would Lightning McQueen buy car insurance or life insurance?
8. Who put the alphabet in alphabetical order?
9. What color are mirrors?
10. If 2 mind readers read each other's minds whose mind are they really reading?
11. Is there a synonym for "synonym"?
12. If your shirt isn't tucked into your pants, are your pants tucked into your shirt?
13. Why is it called "quick sand" if you sink slowly in it?
14. If I try to fail, but succeed, which one did I do?
15. If Cinderella's shoe fit perfectly, why did it fall off?
Fun and adorable activities all around LA!
As a college student, my roommates and I are always looking for fun things to do in between the homework, classes, and stress. Unfortunately for us, we're in college. Meaning we constantly live off of ramen and energy drinks.
For the longest time, we sat around in our apartment weekend after weekend doing absolutely nothing. That is until we realized there's a whole other world right outside of our windows, and it's actually affordable!
Here is a complete list of inexpensive things to do around LA. Whether you're a local or a tourist, there's a ton of different things to enjoy.
1. The Flower Fields in Carlsbad
The perfect place to visit this season. The Flower Fields located in Carlsbad, are open to the public every year! The last day to visit them is May 8th. Entrance is $14, and they're open daily from 9-6.
2. Rose Bowl Flea Market
On the second Sunday of every month, take a trip to the Rose Bowl Flea Market for some great finds!
3. The Last Bookstore
Probably one of the coolest bookstores in LA. Tons of interesting book structures and architecture, and amazing art on display. Located on Spring Street, in Downtown LA.
4. Museum of Death
Check out this museum's serial killer exhibit. Located on Hollywood BLVD, open from 11AM - 8PM. Admission is $15.
5. Sunken City
A very unique place to explore. Tons of beautiful graffiti, Located in San Pedro.
6. Hammer Museum
Located on Wilshire BLVD, and admission is free! This summer they are hosting "Made in LA", an exhibition featuring LA based artists.
7. Melrose Trading Post
Another awesome flea market, Located on Melrose Avenue every Sunday.
Living the dream ... not really.
Friday night football games, late night parking lot hangouts and the importance of your last name is what primarily makes up living in a small town. Even though I was not originally from my small town in grew up in it. Don't get me wrong I love certain things about it and has its certain perks but it wasn't like the movies.
Football, football and more football is what my small town revolved around. If you didn't play football then what we're you in this town. To me, this was a small minded out look but who am I to judge. I love football but I don't feel I should be degraded for not wanting to play. Not playing doesn't revoke my "man card" or make me any less than what I am.
Second thing that kills me is if you do not have the right name then you are once again, a nobody. My parents not being from here made me a nobody. Eventually, throughout high school I made a name for myself and people grew to respect me. Even though I did make a name for my self not everyone knew me so opportunities others had I did not have the fortune of getting. My name is also not who I am it is just what I identify by and should not change your view of the person I am.
One side of this small town that I loved though was late night parking lot hangouts. It may seem a nuisance to many but we never harmed anyone and just chilled. It was a good feeling tired have a group of people to just chill with and not worry about being in trouble. The police see it as a bad thing but worse things could've been done. I've met many people that I would have never normally talked to if we're not for a metal meeting ground.
Don't think I didn't like my town there are a lot of amazing things about here. I just wanted to touch on the few things that drove me crazy. To my friends and family that may read this, I just want let you know I love you and you are the reasons I loved my community.
Stay cool this summer with some trending reads from our creators!
Welcome to a new week at Odyssey! As we weather the hottest days of summer, here are some fresh articles from our response writers to read by the pool...
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