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The city of brotherly love in all its beauty. Although the sports fans are a little over the top the city itself is so historical and beautiful. Here is a list of things to do if you ever get to visit.

1. Go see the Liberty Bell.

Okay if you are visiting Philly this is one of the obvious things to do. The Liberty Bell is so historic and beautiful. Plus outside of the liberty bell is the constitution center. This museum is full of information on the constitution and has a cool place called signers hall. Signers hall has statues of all the signers of the constitution.

2. Go to Spruce Street.


If you come to the city during the warmer times spruce street is the place to be. It is a little park on the Delaware with lights, hammocks and many other activities. As well as what is listed before this park has roller skating, giant chess, fountains and sometimes even a ferris wheel.

3. See City Hall.

First of all City Hall is beautiful with the statue of William Penn on top. There is a nice courtyard to go sit at during the summer. In the winter they have a giant Christmas tree with ice skating in front of it. In the summer it is just the pretty courtyard.

4. Visit the Betsy Ross House.


Who doesn't want to go to the house where the original flag of the United States was created. Betsy Ross house is a step into the past. With tours inside and just looking at it makes you feel like you are in colonial America.

5. Visit the LOVE sign.


This iconic sign is in a cute little park in center city. You can take a picture or you can sit by the fountain. Whatever you do it will be worth it.

6. Go to the Art Museum and run the Rocky Steps.


This cinematic dream is one of the best runs I have ever been up. Also, the art museum has some very pretty art. Plus you can find the Rocky Statue and take a picture with him.

7. Enjoy some of the best cheesesteaks around.

Throughout Philadelphia you can find cheesesteaks. However, all you need to do is go to Pats, Genos or Steves and have the best Philly Cheesesteak there is

8. Walk down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

This Parkway is home to a long road of flags from countries all over the world. There is a nice view of city hall and of the art museum. So no matter where you walk you can see the pretty city.

9. Go to the Franklin Institute or one of the other Museums in the area.

These Museums alone have so much to offer and see. They offer looks into all different types of history. The Franklin Institute is so interactive and has different exhibits all the time. While the Museum of Natural Sciences shows you dinosaurs and other cool prehistoric animals.

10. Go to the Philadelphia Zoo and Camden Aquarium (even though Camden is in New Jersey).

The zoo and aquarium are great places to see all the wonderful animals. It is personally one of my favorite spots to visit. With tigers walking over you to standing in a tunnel surrounded by sharks. These sites are some of Phillies best.

11. Last but certainly not least. Go visit the home of the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, 76ers, Union and Wings.


The stadium area is home to all three stadiums for Philadelphias Sports teams. From the eagles (fly eagles fly), to the phillies, sixers and flyers philadelphia sports fans are some on the most interesting.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Minimum Wage Says A Lot About Our Country, And Not In A Positive Way

It's basically saying that if employers were able to get away with paying their employees literally nothing, they would.

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Minimum wage is defined as "the lowest wage permitted by law or by a special agreement (such as one with a labor union)." It's also the amount of money that every high school and college student makes working part-time summer jobs.

In most cases, the minimum amount that a worker must be paid is set by each state's law, though the federal government has set a $7.25 an hour baseline that has not changed in almost a decade. The state wages, however, have increased over time due to inflation. The minimum wage in some states is higher than it is in others.

BUT the amount of pay is hardly enough for anyone to live on.

If you think about the term "minimum wage," it's basically saying that if employers were able to get away with paying their employees literally nothing, they would.

(Though with the Trump administration, I would not be surprised if a bill making that legal was ever introduced. But anyway.)

I hate to say it, but America is a country literally run by corporations and the one percent. And those corporations and one-percenters have absolutely no sympathy for the working, middle and lower classes. You know, 99 percent of the country?

So a corporation's profits may go up, but those profits will certainly not be passed on the store employees.

In 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York passed legislation that the statewide minimum wage would increase to $15 by 2021. Many business owners complained that this would lower employment and kill the economy.

However, studies have shown that higher wages put more money into the pockets of workers. And these workers, in turn, put more money into the economy by buying things. Because, you know, they can now afford them.

Not to mention, higher pay at their jobs could mean that employees are happier at said jobs, ensuring better service and increased profits for the businesses in question.

And trust me, the billionaire CEOs of major corporations will never be short of money, even if they did start paying their employees a decent amount. They're just greedy.

Look at the tax scam bill that Congress just passed back in February. The tax cuts are for big business and those making six figures a year, including the politicians. The rest of the country? We get to pay higher taxes! Yay for the GOP-written bill!

This means that those of us who are stuck working one or more minimum wage jobs have to then turn around and use our meager paychecks not only to pay taxes but to feed ourselves, continue to pay rent/mortgage and provide for our families if we have them.

Minimum wage is a reflection of how the U.S. runs on capitalism, and capitalism can kill the middle and lower classes - aka average Americans.

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