Welcome To New York

Welcome To New York

Through all the busy streets, the non-stop traffic, the delicious food, and the upbeat New Yorkers, Manhattan never failed to leave me in awe.

Through all the busy streets, the non-stop traffic, the delicious food, and the upbeat New Yorkers, Manhattan never failed to leave me in awe.

This past month, my stay in NYC was nothing short of amazing and kept me on my feet every single day. Day by day, new surprises awaited and each day I conquered something new.

Here's a little taste of my stay:

Welcome to New York.

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7 Walt Disney World Secrets You Have Never Heard Before

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When you go to Disney World, it feels like you've been transported into another world. Here are some secrets about how cast members and imagine-ers keep Walt Disney World so magical.

1. The smell of Main Street U.S.A.

When you walk into the Magic Kingdom, the first thing you see and smell is Main Street U.S.A. The scent of freshly baked cookies fills the air and many wonder how does Disney do this? It's actually piping that pumps the smell throughout the street.

2. Liberty Square's Authenticity


When you walk into Main Street U.S.A., not only will you smell cookies but you'll see a lot of patriotic spirit. The street is filled with American flags, but have you noticed that they are never at half mast? All the flags in Disney except the main flagpole American Flag are either missing a stripe or a star. This is to avoid having to raise and lower every single flag when the government says to have all flags at half mast.

4. The Haunted Pickle Jar

So the story goes as follows. Back when Tower of Terror was being built, apparently the imagine-ers had a joke about a pickle jar. It kept showing up when they were working and one person brought it in on the wrong day. They put the pickle jar on the table and it was gluing day. Because it was permanently stuck to the table, it is still a part of the ride to this day.

5. Tower of Terror's shape

There is a reason why the monorail doesn't stop immediately at the front of Epcot. Originally, Epcot was supposed to be two separate parks, Epcot's Future World and Epcot's World Showcase. The monorail was going to make two separate stops, but because of the marshy swamp lands in Florida, the ground wouldn't support the second station. If the monorail would've had two stations in Epcot, there would be five Disney parks throughout Walt Disney World.

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25 Things Everyone From Montgomery County, MD Knows Too Well

There is no place like home.
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Other counties in Maryland may claim that they are the best county. However, I disagree with that statement and would argue that Montgomery County is one of the- if not the best county in Maryland. Here are 25 things all MoCo people will recognize and appreciate.

1. We're home to several famous people.

Logic, Wale, Daniel Stern (the dude from Home Alone), Joan Jett, Giuliana Rancic, and so many more.

2. The insane bag tax.

5 cents for a plastic bag? No thanks.

3. We have some pretty great high schools.

While we all complain about our school, you have to admit that they're nicer compared to other schools. In fact, the top five high schools in Maryland are all Montgomery County Public Schools.

4. High school football.

Friday night football is NO JOKE here in Montgomery County. We have some fierce rivalry (Quince Orchard vs. Northwest, Wootton vs. Churchill), some insane fanbases (Quince Orchard's Red Army), and some intense games.

5. No final exams.

Recently, Montgomery County Public School's took away final exams. Now, they replaced finals week with just regular unit tests at the end of the marking period.

6. Intense competition.

The competition between sports teams, classmates, and schools is insane. It is drilled into our heads that we have to do well and that we have to beat out other classes and schools for high test scores.

7. Edline

While MCPS did take away Edline this year (#rip), I will always remember the struggles of checking Edline and getting emails about updates in grading at the worst possible time.

8. Moco Snow

Whenever there is reports of snow, every student is checking Moco Snow. If he predicted 4 or 5 pencils, you know there isn't going to be school tomorrow.

9. Snow Days

Just a light flurry? Snow day. Seven inches of snow on the ground? Schools are open on time today.

10. Disney World!

LOL jk, it's actually a Mormon Temple (check it out here).

11. Washington D.C.

Since we are so close to D.C. (I mean we're "literally right outside D.C."), we've all definitely seen all the monuments in Washington D.C. and have probably done every possible touristy thing there is to do in D.C..

12. Montgomery Mall

The best place to shop in my opinion. We probably all hung out there as middle/high schoolers as well.

13. We have the best hangout spots.

You probably hung out in Kentlands (or what used to be known as Midtown), Rio, or Rockville Town Center growing up.

14. Yoyogi Sushi

THE BEST SUSHI IN ALL OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY DON'T @ ME ON THAT.

15. Potomac

Want to see some beautiful homes? Take a drive down to Potomac- they have some huge homes.

16. The Billy Goat Trail

Want to go get some fresh air in the beautiful outdoors? Go take a hike (and an Instagram picture) at The Billy Goat Trail in Potomac!

17. Traffic

The traffic around Moco is INSANE. We are named #4 for the worst traffic in a city.

18. Speed Cameras

Watch out for those speed cameras, they're on every corner and will get you if you're not careful enough.

19. Everything is near each other.

Want to go get Chipotle but your friend wants Chick-fil-a? Don't worry they're probably right next to each other.

20. Slang

You're not excited over something, you're geeked. You haven't seen someone in a while, you haven't seen them in bricks. You don't know something, you're hip. This slang has gotten me some very confused looks outside of MoCo let me tell you that.

21. Real Housewives of Potomac

I've never even seen the show but when I found out that this was a thing, I had some real Moco pride.


22. So big, yet so small.

Everyone seems to know everyone in Montgomery County. It seems so tiny but in reality, Moco is huge (think of how far Damascus, Poolesville, and Clarksburg are).

23. College Park

When it's time to chose where to go to college, tons of MoCo people decide to go to College Park which sort of makes College Park like a MoCo Junior.

24. We've grown up in a pretty diverse community.

We've been exposed to several different cultures in MoCo which is something that is so unique to our county. We are also ranked in the top ten most diverse cities in all of America.

25. No place like home.

No matter where you go to college or where you end up living, Montgomery County will always have that special place in your heart.

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