Derek Phifer

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Travel Is Changing: Why You Should Care

There’s a growing sentiment that the economic blowback from this pandemic will reach or surpass great depression levels. But what about the cultural ramifications? Around the world, fear has gripped the hearts of the many and is beginning to govern peoples’ actions. For example, in America, there’s a growing resentment toward people of Asian descent, …

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Quarantine: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

First and foremost, I’ll state the obvious — the coronavirus is horrible. The number of lives lost and/or negatively impacted by this global pandemic has been unfathomable, but the goal of this article isn’t to state the obvious. Since I’ve been quarantined in my apartment on the outskirts of Madrid for the last few weeks, …

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Music and Personality: What’s Your Playlist Profile?

You can learn a lot about a person by looking at their playlist. I recently did a lesson with my older ESL students in which they created personality profiles based on music. They chose songs that they feel accurately represent them in various situations. The kids loved it, and it was a huge success. The …

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How Netflix Is Influencing the Future of Rap Music

I haven’t written about music in roughly a decade, and that’s because I fell out of love with rap music. But that may have all changed thanks to Netflix. There aren’t many things that can top the honeymoon phase of a relationship. Everything you do or experience together is new and exciting, and the two …

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2 Days in Madrid – 8 Fun Things You Need to Do

This bustling metropolis is the capital of Spain. While it’s no Manhattan, Madrid offers a wide variety of culture and entertainment options. Whether you’re an art buff, a thrill-seeker, or a party animal, Madrid has something for you. How to Get to Madrid Madrid is accessible by air and land. Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez International airport …

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2 Days in Valencia – 8 Fun Things to Do

Valencia is one of the most picturesque parts of Spain. From the beautiful coastline to the detailed architecture, Valencia will take your breath away. While you should spend as much time as possible in this captivating locale, sometimes, you only have enough time for a quick trip. If you fall into that category, you’re in …

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