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Tacoma sister cities | an overview

Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington state, after Seattle and Spokane. Tacoma is an urban port city with a population of 219,326, according to the 2020 census. Tacoma has a dynamic economy that includes maritime industry, health care, manufacturing, and military contracts. Despite its reputation as kind of a “blue collar” cousin to…

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Seattle sister cities – an overview

Background In 1956 President Dwight Eisenhower started Sister Cities International as part of a White House conference on citizen diplomacy. The broad idea behind developing sister city relationships is to create a person-to-person exchange between Americans and citizens of other countries based on cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges. Americans can and should learn about and…

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Brunch at Salty’s on Alki Beach

Salty’s on Alki Beach is without a doubt Seattle’s premier all-you-can-eat brunch experience. Located on the waterfront in West Seattle, Salty’s offers an amazing array of food options, impeccable service and fantastic views overlooking Elliott Bay and the Seattle city skyline. The real star of Salty’s, though, is the food and you won’t leave here hungry.…

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Cruising to Saint Petersburg: a visa primer

Navigating the visa hurdles of your Baltic cruise vacation The crown jewel of any Baltic cruise itinerary is the port of call in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with most cruise lines offering 2 days (1 overnight) and some even offering 3 days (2 overnights). Saint Petersburg has an incredible amount to offer, from a rich and complicated history…

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Sihanoukville, Cambodia: Seattle sister city

Sihanoukville, Cambodia – Seattle sister city since 1999 Seattle’s most recent sister city is Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The relationship has been active since 1999 when Sihanoukville became Seattle’s 21st sister city. The Seattle-Sihanoukville Sister City Association provides a central source of communication between the two sister cities. Projects in the past have included: raising funds to build…

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Exploring the city center of Bergen, Norway

Bergen (sometimes called by the Norse Bjørgvin), located on Norway’s scenic west coast, is the 2nd largest city in Norway, with a population of about 275,000 as of 2014. Bergen has a rich and unique history, very different than other Norwegian cities. A member of the Hanseatic League, Bergen was home to German merchants in the wharf area…

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Louis Armstrong statue at New Orleans Airport

When flying into Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport it’s the Louis Armstrong statue that offers the best indicator that you have arrived in one of the most unique cultural destinations in the United States. The statue is located in Concourse C (where most domestic flights arrive), near the Customer Relations desk. The statue was…