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Summer Solstice or Midsummer Celebrations Around the World

The Summer Solstice or midsummer as it’s also known happens twice a year. Once in the northern hemisphere and once in the southern hemisphere when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky. This occurs when a planet’s rotational axis is most inclined toward the star that it orbits. The summer solstice occurs between June 20 and June 22 in the northern hemisphere and between December 20 and December 23 in the southern hemisphere. This year the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere will occur on June 21 and on December 22 in the southern hemisphere. Midsummer celebrations around...

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Scenic Train Rides

Train rides are a relaxed and laidback way of traveling. Some of the world’s most breathtaking views can be seen while riding a train. The journey on a train might take from few hours to more than a week but that won’t beat the drama and the opportunities of seeing amazing views along the way. Let’s take a look at some of the exceptionally scenic train rides around the world. Glacier Express ( Switzerland) Referred to as the slowest express train in the world, The Glacier Express travels directly from Zermatt to St. Moritz for about 8 hours. The reason...

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5 Must Watch Travel Documentaries

Travel is a much awaited subject but there’s a side to travel we don’t often see. It’s the untouched and oftentimes sad side of travel. Here are 5 travel documentaries we think you should watch to get a better appreciation of the different cultures and places around the world. The Endless Summer (1966) This is a surf movie directed and produced by Bruce Brown. Bruce Brown followed two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, as they go on a surfing trip to the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. The film wants...

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International Museum Day

Every year, on or around May 18; International Museum Day is celebrated in coordination with the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Created in 1977, IMD serves as museum professionals’ opportunity to reach the public and alert them of the challenges that museums are facing. It is therefore a platform for public awareness on the role museums play in the development of society today on an international level. The event theme changes yearly. This year’s theme of International Museum Day is – Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums. This theme focuses on the role of museums that,...

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National Scavenger Hunt Day

Scavenger Hunt began to be popular in the United States in the early 1930’s. It was the American gossip columnist, author and songwriter Elsa Maxwell who introduced the scavenger hunt as a party game. National Scavenger Hunt Day is observed annually on May 24. In a scavenger hunt game, teams are challenged to “scavenge” for a list of odd items. Participants are not allowed to buy the objects. They have to barter, beg or work for them. The first team to complete the list or the one with the most items from the list wins. There’s a variation of the...

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