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Today is my birthday which is why I am doing flakes today instead of Thursday. I will be out in Medellin tonight celebrating with some expat friends. And before you get any ideas, no cocaine and prostitutes will be involved.

I do plan on exploring Medellin today, which I haven’t really done since I have arrived. The city itself is situated in the Aburra Valley with a population of around 4 million. You are surrounded by mountains on all sides which gives you plenty of great options to see the city from a variety of viewpoints. Medellin is also known for having the same temperatures pretty much all year round (ranging between 60-85 degrees) which is why it is called ‘The City of Eternal Spring.’

I’m planning to stay in Medellin for at least a few more weeks while I take private Spanish and salsa lessons. Yesterday, I had my first salsa class which was a blast and even better that I can have lessons at my AirBnb without having to commute to a dance studio. Let me know if you are curious how much the private Spanish and salsa classes cost in Medellin and I might post it below. Have you ever taken any dances classes before? If you could learn another foreign language, which one would be your top choice? I am looking forward to reading your responses below. Anyways onto Flakes.

Frosted Flakes

Four Huskers Selected to 2019 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame | Football | Corn Nation

Four former Husker players were selected to be inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame this fall, along with a Chadron State coach and a University of Nebraska-Kearney record-setting receiver. Alex Henery, Jay Foreman, Greg Jorgensen and Mark Behning are your stand out Huskers.

76 Huskers Named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars | Athletics | Huskers.com

The Huskers were honored for producing 3.7 or better grade-point averages during the 2018-19 academic year while also being members of a varsity team at Nebraska. The distinguished group includes 21 Huskers who posted 4.0 grade-point averages during the fall and spring semesters of 2018-19.

The 10 Most Intriguing Huskers of 2019: #4 Cameron Jurgens | Football | Hail Varsity

“It was kind of funny the first time I met Coach Frost, he said, ‘Has anyone said you look like me? Because I get a lot of people that say I look like you,’ so I laughed at that,” Jurgens shared with me in May. Other members of the team also jokingly refer to him as “Coach.”

Hoiberg says moving back three-point arc will give drivers more room to operate | Basketball | Lincoln Journal Star

If you look at Nebraska’s practice court, you’ll notice an extra line outside the standard three-point line. ”We call it our four-point line,” Husker men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg said Tuesday. “We try to get our guys back to that line so they have momentum into their shots.”

Foecke quickly earned roster spot with national volleyball team and won a world championship along the way | Volleyball | Lincoln Journal Star

Foecke has spent most of the past two months playing for the Americans in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. The tournament ended on Sunday when the third-ranked United States beat No 4. Brazil in the championship match 20-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-21, 15-13.

Pick Six Podcast: Bold predictions for Husker football, Big Ten media day storylines and more | Football | Omaha World Herald

World-Herald staff writers Sam McKewon, Chris Heady and Evan Bland tackle the hottest Husker headlines in the latest episode of the Pick Six Podcast.

Travel

15 of the World’s Most Beautiful Islands | Travel | Travel and Leisure

From the limestone cliffs of the Philippines’s Palawan Island to the jagged Dientes de Navarino mountains of Isla Navarino off Chile; from the towering fir trees of Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest U.S. to the prehistoric palms found on the Seychelles, these 15 destinations prove there are as many different definitions of beauty as there are islands. Feel free to share your favorite island you have ever visited in the comment section.

You Can Now Renew Your Passport Within 24 Hours With FedEx | Travel | Travel and Leisure

To process a new passport application within 24 hours, FedEx charges $449. Rushed shipping could cost $90 for inbound and outbound, according to the FedEx website. And that does not include the $170 fee from the federal government. So to get your new passport within 24 hours, you’ll likely pay about $700 for it.

Why Some People Are Always Late to the Airport | Travel | The Atlantic

It’s not hard to spot people about to miss a flight. They’re weaving between on-time travelers at a speed somewhere between a power walk and a sprint, or they’re elbow-dancing their way to the front of the TSA line to plead their case for immediate screening. They look panicked, maybe red-faced. How early (or late) do you typically arrive at the airport before your flight? If it’s a large airport, I will arrive 1.5-2 hours before my flight. Otherwise, I would show up 60 minutes before departure.

Pilots and Flight Attendants Reveal 15 Secrets You Never Knew About Flying | Travel | Travel and Leisure

From weird safety features to what happens if someone dies on a plane, there are plenty of hidden aspects to life among the clouds. Here are a few secrets you never know about taking to the skies, according to flight attendants, pilots, and industry experts.

Sleeping pills and planes: Embarrassing tales from 35,000 feet| Travel | CNN

After downing two small bottles of wine he had taken one milligram of a tranquilizer and 10 milligrams of Ambien, a popular sleeping aid. Settling down for a long snooze, he had no idea he had been sleepwalking until he saw the photos and selfies on his smartphone the next day.

Travel Agent Selling Fraudulent Vacations Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison | Travel | Travel and Leisure

Washington was the sole proprietor of OBL Travel. She used that company to sell fake packages to the festival. The Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) DA’s office told 4WWL, Washington sold the would-be visitors fake hotel reservations, VIP party passes, concert tickets, travel insurance and other festival-related purchases.

The Rise of Astrotourism Could Potentially Be Its Downfall | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

In Chile, in fact, the growth and installation of LED lights is affecting stargazing in the Atacama Desert, one of the darkest skies in the world. “Deterioration of the skies has increased by up to 30 percent compared to the end of the last decade,” Chilean scientist Pedro Sanhueza told Phys.org.

Guests Can Sleep in Giant Barrels at the World’s Only Hotel in a Tequila Factory | Travel | Travel and Leisure

Tequila fans looking to truly get to know the spirit can spend their nights sleeping in giant tequila barrels at the Matices Hotel de Barricas, which is located in the town of Tequila, Mexico. The hotel claims to be the world’s first to be located within a tequila factory, inviting those who stay to explore the production of tequila (with plenty of samples) at the La Cofradia distillery.

The Rest

Poll: 1 in 4 don’t plan to retire despite realities of aging | News | The Associated Press

According to the poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 23% of workers, including nearly 2 in 10 of those over 50, don’t expect to stop working. Roughly another quarter of Americans say they will continue working beyond their 65th birthday.

UNESCO Recognizes New Heritage Sites, Ancient to Modern, Around the World | History | The New York Times

From iron works in Burkina Faso that date back nearly three millenniums, to the fortified and planned city of Jaipur in India, to the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, UNESCO has added a broad array of cultural and natural marvels to its World Heritage List.

‘Friends’ Leaving Netflix with Warner Media’s HBO Max Streaming Service | Entertainment | Variety

Get ready to make “Friends” with HBO Max: That’s the name of Warner Media’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service, set to launch in the spring of 2020 with some 10,000 hours of content, including all episodes of ’90s hit “Friends.”

Where are the Apollo Moon trees now? | Science | National Geographic

Since 1977, a stately sycamore has greeted visitors to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. It looks like any other sycamore, one tree among many on the quiet, leafy campus in suburban Maryland. But what many passersby may not realize as they stand under its dappled shade or admire its changing foliage is that this tree came from the moon.

When Natural Disasters Strike, Operation BBQ Swoops In With Relief — And Ribs | Food | NPR

The team drove to Joplin, setting up their smokers amid extensive damage — roofs torn off houses, and entire neighborhoods reduced to rubble. Hays thought they would have a cookout for three or four days before they ran out of supplies. But “whenever we needed something, it seemed to appear,” he says. They stayed for 11 days and served 120,000 meals.

Death and injuries don’t slow Uber Eats rapid expansion in Mexico | Business | The Verge

In the past six months, five Uber Eats couriers in Mexico have died in crashes, and dozens more have been injured. Uber’s insurance policy was supposed to help — it hasn’t.

What’s the most common language in every state? (besides English and Spanish) | Business | Business Insider

Using individual-level responses from the 2017 American Community Survey assembled and published by the Minnesota Population Center’s Integrated Public Use Micro-Data Series Program, we found the most common language spoken at home in each state, excluding English and Spanish.

Pot-laced poop getting Aspen dogs high | Colorado | The Aspen Times

Dr. Scott Dolginow, said he is seeing anywhere between three and 10 dogs a week that come in with marijuana toxicity. His working theory is these dogs are eating human feces that have enough THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in it to carry over for a second high. And they are finding these piles of pot-laced poop on trails and in campgrounds.

Now it’s time to slide down into the heart of Medellin and go explore more of this beautiful city on my birthday.