The Best Places To Go In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Best Places To Go In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Since I was 3 years old, I have been visiting the wonderful city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My dad has been a Pirates fan since he was a little boy. But in this city, there is more to do and see than just going to a baseball game (even though that will make my list).

1. You have to see at least one sports game.

Whether you are there in the winter, spring, summer or fall, one of Pittsburgh's sports teams is in town. You do not have to be a Pirates, Penguins, or Steelers fan, but you should go to the game and check out the venue. PNC Park is one of the nicest baseball stadiums in MLB, and I am not just saying that because I am a Pirates fan.

2. Take the Incline.

I have not been on the incline in years but what I do know is that it provides a great view of the city. If you take it to the top, you can get off and walk around while looking down upon the city. It is just something nice that you should do at least one time if you ever visit.

3. Visit the Andy Warhol Museum.

Andy Warhol was a pretty unique guy. His art is awesome and the museum is fun, colorful, and somewhat interactive. I personally enjoy the room with silver balloons floating in the air.

4. Walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

Before every Pirates home game, the bridge is closed to all vehicles so that fans can walk across it. So you should do that or, just walk on the sidewalk that lines the bridge at some point during your visit. And if you do not know who Roberto Clemente is, I suggest you leave the city.

5. Shop in Shadyside.

It is not directly in the city but the drive is not that far. Shadyside is a nice neighborhood with some nice shops including some chain stores. The shops are all outdoor so it is nice to walk around, grab some food and maybe buy yourself a little something.

6. Visit another Carnegie Museum (other than the Warhol).

There is the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Museum of Art, and Science Center. Named after Andrew Carnegie, these museums are part of Pittsburgh and its history. You could probably do them all in one day.

7. Kayak in the Allegheny River.

You can only rent the kayaks in the summer for a short period of time. It is nice to just sit out on the water or go out a ways under the bridges.

8. Go to the Strip District.

There are plenty of shops and lots of food to try. I recommend trying the chicken kabobs they sell in the streets. If you want some inexpensive but tasty food, this is a good place to go.

9. Walk along the Allegheny.

I enjoy walking along the river at night. The view is great and there are some nice little surprises along the walkway. I would tell you what they are, but I think you should see them for yourself.

10. Hang out at Waterfront in Homestead.

Like Shadyside, Homestead is a just a short drive from the city. There are lots of shops, restaurants and there is even a movie theater. I recommend trying Eat'n Park. That is one of my favorite places to eat when I visit the city (it is a chain and I have seen a few other locations).

So these are just my favorite things to do. Of course you can find more things because whenever you go somewhere, there is always something new to do everyday!

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

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25 Girls Who Prove That We Can Change The World Before We're 25

Whatever your thing is, there's a role model in here somewhere.

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Young girls get a bad rap. We have an internalized imaged seared into our minds. We, consciously or subconsciously, are made to think of the annoying, dramatic, ungrateful, risk-taking, boy-mad monsters that shouldn't be taken too seriously. In fact, that is what most of history has done: not taken us "too seriously" by erasing the narrative of half the population.

As a teenage girl myself, I don't get it; I've seen women my age accomplish incredible feats with the grace and truth they're destined to bestow. Mine is a glorious perspective of my identity group by which I'd love you to be empowered. Let's sprinkle some feminist positivity around like confetti.

The following is a list of young women who altered their lives and the lives of little girls after them. These ladies engage in everything from unapologetic activism to summiting unforeseen artistic peaks to intellectual achievements that boggle to the adult mind and more. Whatever your thing is, there's a role model in here somewhere.

1. Mary Shelly

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When most people turn twenty-one, they get trashed. When Mary Shelly turned twenty-one, she published her most famous novel: "Frankenstein" and invented the genre of science-fiction.

2.  Claudette Colvin

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Heard of Rosa Parks? Well, this fifteen-year-old firecracker actually pulled that move first. She pioneered the road of pacifism in not yielding her seat to a white man and was arrested in Alabama as a young leader of the Civil Rights Movement.

3. Malala Yousafzai

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Where do I start with this angel? Malala was only eleven when she started writing articles for the BBC, describing her life under Taliban rule. When she was fifteen, Malala advocated for Pakistani girls' education and, in turn, a terrorist group shot her in the head. She survived. By the time she was young and sweet (only seventeen), she received the Nobel Peace Prize.

4. Joan of Arc

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Joan rose from poverty at the age of fifteen to head her beloved French army during the battle at Joan Orléans. The French won. Experts argue that this decisive victory made England decide not to conquer France during the Hundred Years War. A national heroine with God's backing? Yes, please.

5. Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, A.K.A. Lorde

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This kiwi was sixteen when she broke into the music business and a short year later, she won a Grammy!

6. Mary Joachim

Arguably the first evangelist and one of the most popular saints, the Virgin Mary birthed Jesus of Nazareth (and did a whole bunch of existence-altering activities that I recommend you read for yourself in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) when she was probably twelve.

7. Bindi Irwin

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Now twenty years old, Bindi has always cared about carrying on her father's legacy of conservation and the respectful awe of nature. She started early with this mission by presenting a 26-part wildlife documentary at nine years old.

8. Jazz Jennings

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Jazz Jennings, a transgender girl, is famous for being one of the youngest publicly documented people to proudly identify as transgender in America. She was born in 2000!

9. Mo'Ne Davis

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Being thirteen is challenging, but Mo'Ne did it better than all of us when she challenged gender stereotypes in athletics. She was the first girl to earn a pitch a flawless shutout and win the game in all of Little League World Series history.

10. Trisha Prabhu

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This lovely human is a teenage advocate for anti-bullying and the brilliant inventor of the patented ReThink™ Technology, which aids servers in detecting and ending online hate.

11. Emma Gonzalez

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Don't call B.S. on this girl's power. As a high school senior she survived the Parkland shooting and, as a brave response, co-founded the gun-control advocacy group Never Again.

12. Cleopatra VII

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Bow down, literally. Subsequent to coming to the throne at eighteen, Cleopatra ruled over Egypt for nearly three decades.

13. Kylie Jenner

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What can I say? Jenner is expected to become the youngest billionaire with her massively successful business. I didn't say it, Forbes did.

14. Eva Peron, A.K.A. Evita

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While this Argentine woman was under twenty-five and married to her nation's president, Juan Perón, she became a vital symbol for the lower economic classes through unofficial political finessing.

15. Helena Rubinstein

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An immigrant and cosmetics entrepreneur, Rubenstein was the founder of Helena Rubinstein Incorporated, which made her one of the world's richest women at a young age. Lipstick holds influence.

16. Rosalind Franklin

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While all women on this list are under appreciated, Rosalind might take the cake for being stripped of recognition. Undercut by her male peers, she was at university when she discovered the double helix molecular structure of DNA, changing science forever but getting zero credit until she died.

17. Mirabai

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A Hindu saint and devotee of Sri Krishna who defied social norms for her faith, need I say more?

18. Rowan Blanchard

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Known just as much for her activism as her acting, Rowan Blanchard takes ownership of her voice for the next generation.

19. Alexandra Scott

Despite only living four years, Alexandra Scott left the world brighter than she found it. Before she began kindergarten, she ran an inspirational lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. Touched by her testimony and drive, people around the world set up their own lemonade stands to raise money for her cause. By the time of her passing, she had raised a million dollars.

20. Ruby Bridges

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A symbol of peaceful progress, Rubi Bridges was the first African-American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school.

21. Capri Everitt

In the least selfish move of anyone's adolescences, Capri Everitt was eleven when she started raising unreal amounts of money for orphans. Using her voice to make a positive impact, she traveled to dozens of countries and sweetly sang the nation's anthem in the national language. Funny what happens when you don't silence historically oppressed groups, huh?

22. Simone Biles

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Prepare to feel unathletic. Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast, with nineteen shiny Olympic and World Championship medals before she was legally allowed to drink.

23. Rupi Kaur

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Rupi Kaur was in college, unsure of her path (#relatable) when she decided to self-publish a poetry book that was so popular that you've probably seen someone with it in a coffee shop.

24. Anne Frank

With more bravery and composure than most grown people possess, this German-born Jewish girl recorded her emotions in a diary while hiding from the Nazi party. While everyone who reads her work agrees that she deserved the world, her story doesn't have a happy ending. Frank was found and taken to a concentration camp, where she died before she turned sixteen, leaving her words as her legacy.

25. Mari Andrew

Mari Andrew represents the best of millennials. She is a young writer and illustrator in New York City with a book out. If you haven't checked out her Instagram, I recommend seeing her work. Her pieces will detangle all your frantic, knotty, intrusive thoughts.

Women are really out here trying to do the right thing.

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