South Africa has a lot of history to take in when visiting. The country itself is diverse and the people well-rounded in all aspects of life. Johannesburg, the cultural and economic center of South Africa, is city with a population of people speaking 11 official languages combined.
Johannesburg is affectionately referred to as “Jozi” or “Joburg” by locals. The weather is pleasant year-round and students tend to walk around barefoot on campus and are friendly to exchange students. The universities in the city have great programs in arts, humanities, science, math and many other fields, so just about any academic background can find a program that fits their curriculum.
While in South Africa, do not hesitate to check out all that it has to offer. Visit the museums and learn about the country’s history. The Johannesburg Art Gallery is the largest art gallery on the continent displaying artworks of artists around the world. As it is also the home of Nelson Mandela, be sure to visit Nelson Mandela Square, beautiful at night and proudly displaying a six-meter-high statue of Mandela. This square also has a shopping center with more than 400 stores.
displays the atrocities of 20th-century South Africa and provides information about the rise and ultimate fall of the movement. There is a Mandela exhibit that walks visitors through his contribution to end Apartheid. South Africa also has a naturally beautiful landscape for visitors to explore, in addition to mingling with the people and learning about their culture.
My mom and I recently dined at Mazi, a Greek restaurant in West Reading, Pennsylvania. We were in town for a family event and decided to take advantage of the lovely early fall evening by enjoying dinner outside. The restaurant is popular, so we called right when they opened to make a last-minute reservation. Thankfully, they had availability for outdoor seating.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
Providence, Rhode Island, delights visitors this fall with plenty of spooky fun for the whole family. With several events canceled last year due to COVID-19, the city brings back favorite annual festivals for 2021. Those visiting this fall may also catch a glimpse of the cast filming Hocus Pocus 2 in Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley!
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
Mercury Financial and Spirit Airlines announced the launch of Free Spirit Points Plus Mastercard, joining the Free Spirit Points Mastercard, which launched in February. Free Spirit Points Plus cardmembers will have the opportunity to earn points and status with Spirit Airlines.