A view from Great Ocean Road near Lorne, Australia.
(CC Image courtesy of Joe Shlabotnik, Flickr)
Let's continue to travel vicariously through our fellow classmates from different parts of the world.
Tehran, Iran - Ehsan Roosta '14
Roof of Tehran (Baam-e-Tehran): It is a park area and one of the entry points to Mount Tochal. Mountains surround Tehran, and Mount Tochal is located on the north side. Roof of Tehran provides a unique opportunity to get a panoramic view of the city and its people, as everyone comes to this place for fun, food and relaxation.
Coffee shops: It may sound like a strange recommendation, but these are the places where you can get a glimpse of Iranian youth and their social interactions. There are no bars or clubs in Iran and coffee shops provide the means for young people to meet up and hang out. I recommend visiting one in the northern part of Tehran, and you will find yourself in the middle of a fashion show in a coffee shop.
Underground scenes: Many foreigners who visited Tehran have said the same thing to me: I never expected to find a party scene in Tehran. Unfortunately, this is the toughest one to go to as you need someone local to invite you to his or her party. I would say this part is not difficult because Iranians show a great deal of hospitality to visitors. Just remember to socialize while you are visiting a coffee shop and you will land yourself an invite!
Moscow, Russia - Roman Merkulov '14
The Kremlin and Red Square: This is the first place you should visit when in Moscow, not only because it has been symbolic of Moscow for a long time but also because of its unique architectural style.
Cathedral of Christ of the Savior: This is the main Russian Cathedral on the bank of the Moskva River. It is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world with a height of about 344 feet.
The Arbat Street: The Arbat Street is a pedestrian zone about one kilometer long. It is an important tourist attraction because of its many historic buildings and the large number of artists who worked on the street.
Melbourne, Australia - Priyanka Vohra '14
Melbourne Park: You should definitely pay a visit to this historical location which has staged some of the greatest tennis matches and is home to the Australian Open. If you are in Melbourne in January, don't miss the opportunity to stalk your favorite players.
Great Ocean Road: Go for a scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road and see the spectacular Twelve Apostles Rock. While technically this is not in Melbourne, it is close enough to cover in 1-1.5 days.
Moonlight Cinema: The Royal Botanic Gardens house the famous, open-air Moonlight Cinema that screens the latest and greatest in contemporary, cult and classic movies. Take a picnic and watch a movie in this gorgeous setting.
Monrovia, Liberia - Asatu Shannon '14
Nana's Lodge: First time visitors should definitely check out Nana's for world class surfing with locals. Part of the revenues earned goes to the local villages, so you get to surf for a cause!
Wulki Farms: This is a great place for some incredible views and wildlife that you can actually pet. Book a chalet by the rock creek and you are all set for a spectacular vacation.
Royal Hotel: You don't have to go to Japan for awesome sushi – the Royal Hotel serves delectable sushi and, in my opinion, is the best that you can find in all of West Africa.