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The Little Mermaid, Denmark Afar Magazine - Best Places to travel in 2020
Afar has compiled a list of exciting destinations and divided it under the four seasons. How about winter in Bariloche, Argentina, Istanbul in the spring, Greenland in the summer and autumn in Dubai for starters?
https://www.afar.com/magazine/best-places-to-travel-in-2020

Condé Nast Traveler - Best Places to go in 2020
”We aim to compile a list that is geographically diverse but also has points of interest for every traveler, whether you’ll fly for unparalleled stargazing, gorilla spotting in the wild, or shopping in Tangier.” - Condé Nast Traveler  https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/best-places-to-go-in-2020

Fodor’s Go list for 2020
Fodor’s go list consists of 52 places including a few that have had their “share of hardships in the recent past.” 
https://www.fodors.com/go-list/2020

Frommer’sBest Places to go in 2020
Frommer’s list visits the “less trampled and overlooked” places in the world.
https://www.frommers.com/slid…
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Sauvie Island Farms

Pick your flowers for 25 cents per stem except for sunflowers which are a dollar each at Topaz Farms. Oversized zucchini. Great for stir fry.
How many different types of butter have you tried? 
Halloween so soon? Pick your own pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch Farm which will  open its patch in October.
A few handpicked veggies, lots of nuts and chocolates, a blueberry preserve and bacon ketchup. Winner!
How to get there: From Portland, Take Highway 30 to Sauvie Island. About 30 minutes from Portland city center. There are many farms in the area with a variety of offerings. Pick your own berries or veggies. Check to see what each season is offering.

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Conversation with Jessica Veronique Ortiz Yu

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Conversation with Christian George Francisco Acevedo

Christian George Francisco Acevedo
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A Winged Goose

Sundial Bridge The bridges of Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, evoke musicality and flight. He likens the Sundial Bridge he designed in Redding, California to a goose in flight. Concrete, pylon, steel and glass panels span the Sacramento River. This is a working sundial.
Sacramento River
Sundial Bridge is 720 feet long and 23 feet wide pedestrian bridge. The deck is laid with 2,245 glass panels which are lit with 219 lights. It took eleven years to complete and cost $24 million. 
Across the Sacramento River into the trees, the Sacramento River Rail Trail is a scenic 17.4 mile trail from Sundial Bridge to Shasta Dam.
How to get there: Turtle Bay Exploration Park 844 Sundial Drive Redding, California Take Interstate 5 from California or Oregon, exit Highway 44 to Sundial Drive. Parking available. No entrance fee. 
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Conversation with Lino F. Villarruz

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Of Sunflowers, Blake and California Wildfires

Ah Sunflower! weary of time, Who contests the steps of the Sun: Seeking after that sweet golden clime Where the travelers journey is done.
Where the Youth pined away with desire, And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow: Arise from their graves and aspire Where my sunflower wishes to go. William Blake
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Conversation with Dr. Munich Ortiz Conlu

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