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To-do on your next trip to Romania

Summary: Bran’s Castle, located in Romania, is said to be of similar resemblance to that of Count Dracula, a character in Bram Stoker’s 1897 book “Dracula”. Historians want to clarify that while the character of Dracula was rumored to be based off of Vlad the Impaler, Bran Castle has no connection to Vlad and is simply famous due to its appearance. Vlad the Impaler was a ruler who ordered the death and torture of tens of thousands of people, and therefore inspired the creation of vampires from Stoker. Bran Castle is visited by many sightseers for its tours and exhibits on medieval torture. The castle, which was created in 1388, is now joining global efforts in increasing the amount of vaccinations and Covid-safe environments. It announced a Pfizer BionTech Vaccine Marathon in which visitors to the castle would have access to free vaccines on weekends in May without having to make a prior appointment.

Reflection: The efforts made globally to address the pandemic are comforting and give me hope that life will return to normal soon. While  I  never expected to have to research where to get vaccines,  I  expected being able to get them at Dracula’s castle even less. The idea of receiving vaccine at the same place that gives tours on medieval torture devices and mass killings sounds terrifying, yet far more interesting than any other place.  I  appreciate the fact that even “fun” tourist sites are committed to helping the community, and  even though the team behind Dracula’s castle has little to benefit from giving the free vaccines, they are doing it anyways.  Hopefully, creating a more interesting incentive and story behind getting a vaccine will encourage the local Romanians and any possible outside visitors to get one as efficiently as possible.

Dracula’s castle is offering free Covid-19 vaccinations to anyone brave enough to visit CNN Article

The Recent Efforts to Update the Colosseum

Summary: A recent announcement declared efforts to reconstruct Rome’s famous Colosseum’s floors to allow visitors to better understand what the structure was like for those who once used it. The Colosseum is largely regarded as an extraordinary feat, as it was built nearly two thousand years ago in 80 A.D. by ancient Romans and still… Continue Reading

Endangered elephants at risk with new Zimbabwe announcement

Summary: Zimbabwe recently announced a new precedent that allows up to five hundred hunting licenses to be granted regarding the right to shoot elephants. Although some, specifically a spokesman for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, claim that the policy is aimed towards gaining more revenue, which has significantly slowed since tourism restrictions have… Continue Reading

Jake Paul Dominates Ben Askren with 1st-Round TKO to Win Anticipated Fight

Jake Paul Dominates Ben Askren with 1st-Round TKO to Win Anticipated Fight https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2940203-jake-paul-dominates-ben-askren-with-1st-round-tko-to-win-anticipated-fight   Jake Paul did not waste any time getting his second victory in the ring by knocking out Ben Askren in the first round.  Paul dropped Askren to the ground in the first 90 seconds into the fight.  Askren tried to get… Continue Reading