Schaffhausen, the Ideal Day Trip from Zurich

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Last weekend my dad and I decided to go somewhere new close to Zurich. We wanted to go somewhere on the train, but not too far away, and not too expensive. Switzerland is notorious for being outrageously expensive and their trains are no exception. A one-hour ride can cost you upwards of 30 Swiss Franks each way. After a few days of thinking my dad had a brilliant idea for our weekend day-trip, Schaffhausen!

Schaffhausen is a small city located about 45 minutes by train from Zurich. It’s most known for being home to Europe’s largest waterfall, Rhine falls. Also, not to be overlooked is the remarkable downtown city filled with Renaissance era architecture and buildings dating back hundreds and hundreds of years, still standing in mint condition. There are numerous stunning churches with massive clock towers peering over the city, as well as the famous preserved cannon fortress, Munot.

The Day

We started off our day leaving the flat in Zurich at 9:30AM. We took the tram down to Zurich Hauptbahnhof, better known as Zurich HB-the main train station in Zurich, and also the largest train station in Switzerland. This station can be a day attraction in itself, but that’s …read more

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Starting Anew in Spring

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Ahh, sunshine, blue skies and blessed warmth. Tulips, robins and breezy dress-wearing collegians bear witness to the arrival of springtime. We finally peel off our jeans and sweaters, replacing them with shorts, tank tops, and skirts. But then the truth is revealed, often harshly. We come face to face with the fact that we ignored our body in the winter while its layers were hidden under outer layers of fleece and down. New Year’s resolutions have long since been forgotten and winter habits have taken their toll. Fortunately, spring is still a great time to begin a new exercise program. But rather than dive right into a workout, hitting it hard, injuring yourself in the process, losing momentum and giving up altogether, aim for a softer, gentler approach and start your new workout armed with a few tools.

Choose Wisely

When starting a new exercise regime, it is important to have a specific goal. Do you want to lose weight? Are you training for an event? Are you looking to bulk up? A unique strategy is required for each goal. Decreasing weight or body fat often requires increased cardiovascular activity. Toning, strengthening and building muscle require using different sizes of weights and …read more

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Take a Mature Stance this 4/20

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Everyone knows April 20th as the stoner holiday. 4/20 will probably always be known in America as the day that marijuana die-hards skip work or class and conglomerate to roast as much herb as humanly possible. Sure, it’s great to get out and support a cause that has been revolutionizing not only our state but also the nation. It’s wonderful to get together with friends and tons of new people you may have never met, united by giant joints and new fangled smoking contraptions the world has yet to see. But amidst the general sense of revelry that looms on the near horizon, I would love to tell a few tales of caution for those visiting Boulder, or locals planning to indulge on the holiday.

For one, it is not legal to smoke marijuana out of doors, meaning the state has allowed us this great right under the agreement that we use marijuana responsibly in our homes or private property. Loopholes of every sort have emerged to get around this no smoking publicly law, namely renting a private vehicle where people can indulge. Some companies park a limo outside of venues and allow people to come on for a small few …read more

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Faces of Boulder-Pic of the Day!

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“Boulder is a big collection of colorful people!”

Meet Charlotte, a freshman psychology and communications major at the University of Colorado.

She was born and raised in Boulder and claims that the flatirons have never gotten old. How could they!?

“I have never been a skier, which is shocking to other people since I am a native and it kind of comes along with the territory,” Charlotte says, “but there are so many other options like hiking in the mountains and paddle boarding or running outside. Boulder is a place for everyone to enjoy the outdoors!”

Moral of the story: if you are not a skier, don’t worry! Boulder is still the perfect place for you!

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The Secret Life of Mary Rippon

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Most people know the name “Mary Rippon” from the spectacular outdoor theater where the Colorado Shakespeare Festival performs the works of William Shakespeare every summer. But did you know that Mary Rippon was actually the first female professor at CU Boulder? She caught German there between 1878 and 1909, making her not only the first female professor at CU, but one of the first educators to work there as well there as well.

Mary Rippon in 1899

Although born in Detroit, Rippon was offered a teaching position in Boulder after she graduated from university herself. Eager to explore the West and its fascinating selection of plants (she was especially fond of wildflowers like the columbine), Rippon left Detroit and came to Boulder. She taught for 55 years in total, created the city’s first public library, and helped to maintain the Pioneer Cemetery on 9th Street, where she is now buried.

But there were two sides to Rippon’s life. In the 19th and early 20th century, women with careers not allowed to marry or have children themselves, and Rippon secretly defied both conventions. Early in her teaching career, she fell in love with one of her students, a young man named Will Housel. After …read more

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The 19 Greatest Muhammad Ali Quotes

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“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” –Ali

“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.” –Ali

“It’s the lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.” –Ali

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skills, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” –Ali

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘don’t quit. Suffer now and the live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Ali

“To be a great champion, you must believe you are the best. If you’re not pretend you are.” Ali

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with …read more

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Faces of Boulder-Pic of the Day!

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Meet Lars Gesing, a graduate student studying Journalism at the University of Colorado. He came to Boulder in 2013 from Hamburg, Germany.

Want to know a fun fact about Gesing? He covered the 2014 elections last year.

“I got to meet quite a few people, which is cool for someone nerdy about politics, like me!” One of those interviews, Gesing said, was with Mark Udall.

When asked about his experience in Boulder, it should come as no surprise that Gesing talked about its amazing outdoor opportunities.

“I love the outdoors—skiing, hiking, you name it. You can drive and hour and be at the best ski resorts you can think of.”

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The Same Old Same Old: Boulder Beer Company

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In Colorado, we often consider ourselves at the epicenter of the craft beer revolution. Sure, Portland might also make the same claim, but let’s face it: these days, Colorado is known primarily for three things. Of course, I’m talking about marijuana, skiing, and beer. In that respect, we’re all thankful to the first brewpubs in the state, those intrepid suds pioneers who took the first gallant steps away from watery mass-produced lagers. They showed that America was ready for flavorful beer, and for that, I’m certain we’re all thankful.

Any conversation about the origins of craft beer in Colorado (let alone the country) would be incomplete without mentioning Boulder Beer Company, who has been supplying north Boulder with the barley juice for a quarter of a century; they were the first brewpub in Boulder Beer Company BoulderColorado, and they received the 43rd brewing license issued in the entire United States. The brewery’s story is one of humble beginnings; two CU professors with a passion for homebrew set up their original manufacturing site in a goat shed. From there, they introduced Colorado to a world beyond terrible domestics. They proved that beer could be filling, flavorful, and unique.

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Perfectly Good Cars Get Thrown Out Of A Plane In Furious 7

According to the dictionary, one of the definitions of the word “superfluous” is, “unnecessary or needless.” I mention that just to give you guys a heads up. This entire review is superfluous. I will put irresponsible amounts of money down betting that you’ve already made up your mind if you’re going to see Furious 7. Odds are nothing I write will sway you one way or the other. Is it causing me to undergo an existential crisis? Yes. But I knew the risks when I took the job, dammit.

But wait! Before you think I’m going to start mercilessly ragging on Furious 7, which I’m not, let’s remember that summer movies are specifically designed and marketed to engage the lizard brain. Big, loud and thrilling is the name of the game. When you see a preview where Chris Pratt leads a squad of velociraptors, or The Hulk and Iron Man lay waste to a city, you make a snap decision. Within a few seconds, you decide if you’ll buy in or not. The tragedy is that, sometimes, if you don’t give a movie a fair chance, you’ll miss out on something good. I almost made that mistake.

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Faces of Boulder-Pic of the Day!

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Meet Margarita Delgado, a retired forensic psychologist from Massachusetts. When asked about the strangest thing she has ever seen here in Boulder, her response may surprise you.

“The kindness of the people here. It is strange to see how kind they are.”

Delgado also claims that Boulder’s weather is the best she has ever seen! She loves to walk around the University of Colorado campus and attend classes.

“Being in the classroom makes me feel young and happy,” she says.

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