Tower Bridge, London, England

The Tower Bridge is a historic fortress located on the north bank of the River Thames in London, England. The tower is located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets located east of the city of London in a space known as Tower Hill. Its construction began in 1066. at the time of the Norman Conquest of England. William the conqueror in 1078, had built the White Tower which gave its name to the castle. As early as 1100, it was used as a prison while he served as a royal residence and grand palace. There were several phases of expansion, but it was mainly formed by several buildings surrounded by two concentric defensive walls and a moat. The Tower served as an armory, a menagerie, a treasury, welcomed the Royal Mint, the archives and the British Crown jewels. 112 people were executed there over a period of 400 years at the north of the tower. During the two world wars the tower was used as a prison again and 12 more executions took place. The tower has been repaired after World War II and was reopened to the public, being classified in the world heritage of the UNESCO. The tower, which controlled traffic on the Thames consists of three walls. It is a place of essential interest for millions of tourists who visit the city.

Tips

If you buy the ticket on Internet, you will pay a little less than if you would do on the spot. It will be good for a week from the date of purchase. You will be also asked to make a contribution for repairs of the place and its maintenance as the site receives nothing from the authorities; it is an organization, Historic Royal Palaces Enterprises Ltd, that operates only with what they get with the visit of tourists and their donations. They deal also with other historical sites.
You can also rent audio-guides in different languages.
The site has 5 shops that offer different products and there are also cafes and restaurants to enjoy a full day.
There is a legend that says that the Kingdom will be over if ever the ravens residents leave the Tower of London; you can also admire them during your visit.

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, is a private university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts; founded on October, 28th 1636. It is considered one of the most famous universities and 45 Nobel Prize winners have come out of its ranks and eight US presidents and other heads of states of the world also as personalities worldwide. .Known as the richest university in the world attracting students from across the globe. The real college, as we know it today, was founded in 1636 but only in 1639 it takes its name thanks to John Harvard, Puritan minister who had bequeathed his library and half his estate to the young institution and the name of university, was given in 1780. Between 1869 and 1909 she became a modern university with the schools of business, dentistry and arts and sciences. In 1879 women were admitted with the creation of the Harvard Annex. The construction of twelve student dormitories, each with a dining hall and a library with cultural, social and sports activities was made. Today it has nine faculties. Harvard also has several museums and exhibition centers and has several troops of amateur artists; each year 450 concerts and 70 theater performances are played on the campus. Several campus buildings are classified as historical heritage.

Tips

There are several scholarship schemes and subsidies to get in, they do not take into account the economic situation of students, all of them are possible candidates.
During the first year it’s required to reside in the campus.
There is the possibility to attend courses on the web.

Uxmal, Yucatán, Mexico

Uxmal is an ancient maya city of the classical period, located in the Mexican State of Yucatán, 78 km south of Mérida and 15 km southeast of Muna. The name means ‘Three times built’. Governed by competent leaders and stimulated by an alliance of short duration with Chichen Itza, it had an apogee of 150 years (800 to 950 ad). Built in Puuc style architecture which is characterized by very stripped lower and worked most top-level facades. The main buildings are the Pyramid of the Seer or magician, the Quadrilateral of the nuns, the Governor’s Palace and the House of turtles, dedicated to the God of rain (Chac). The ruins have been restored and maintained carefully, but to reconstruct its history, there are available ethnohistorical sources that must be interpreted with caution and we have insufficient archaeological data.Most of the buildings were built with stones carefully carved, thus avoiding the use of plaster. Thanks to its state of conservation, it is one of the few Mayan cities where a tourist can have a good idea of what might look like an ancient ceremonial center in its entirety. Maya architecture is elegant and beautiful. Two hotels and a small museum were built next to the ruins of the ancient city.

Tips

You can take a guided day trip in your language at your hotel reception or if you prefer, hire a car to take all of your time and make the visit freely.
Enjoy the spectacle of lights on the site in the evening. The entrance to the site includes the evening lights. The ruins close at 5 pm then if you do not drive, you must consider to pay a taxi or a tuc tuc (kind of economic vehicle driven by a local person with which you arrange a fixed price for a round trip).
If your budget is tight and you visit Mexico with your backpack, there is the small town of Santa Elena, 15 km from the site, with economic places to spend one or two nights to enjoy a full day at the ruins and continue your way after. You can go by bus, the bus Campeche-Merida, takes you to Uxmal.