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2014 Winter Olympics: World of Greatness

On Sara Alina

The 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia has just concluded. This is the first time that Russia hosted the Winter Olympics Games. As expected, the whole world tuned in to watch athletes from all different countries compete to get the gold. Dreams were realized as athletes won and hearts broke when they do not. But this was not the end. It is only the beginning to train harder and be a better athlete come next Winter Olympics which will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. All in all, it was a success as no threats were made and no untoward incidents happened. Athletes simply were there to participate, have fun and enjoy the camaraderie. It was truly exciting and thrilling to be a part of the Winter Olympics.

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Culture Quirks from Paris

On A Business Odyssey - Nat Bruno

I visited Paris recently to see my brother and his girlfriend who have been living there for the past two years. Overall, Paris is a wonderful city filled with lots of beautiful, well-dressed people. I had a great time checking out all of the sights and tourist spots around the city - below are some of the observations that I made about Parisian life.

Almost all Parisians leave the city and vacation in August. However, the city doesn’t shutdown and at least one bakery is required to be open per neighborhood during the vacation month of August. Read more about this here.

Cafes do not serve coffee - only espresso in small little cups. Also, most cafes do not serve drinks in to-go cups. Parisians are great single-taskers. When it is time to eat or drink, they stop, go to a cafe or restaurant, eat or drink, and do solely that activity. You NEVER see anyone walking around drinking a Starbucks.

I love this aspect of Paris - everyone dresses well. No one leaves their house wearing pajamas or allowing their hair to be messy. You never see sandals (except on fat Americans) or even shorts. Women wear dresses and high heels. Men typically wear slacks and dress shoes or nice sneakers. Parisians care about how they present themselves to the world and it shows.

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