Make University Life A Little Easier With Shareagift

Starting University can be an extremely daunting and stressful experience, you will most likely be moving to a new area, living with people you have never met before, having to absorb a lot of new information, and having to support yourself financially for the first time.

No matter how prepared you think you are for University there are always things that crop up that you haven’t budgeted for. You will most likely be given a reading list from each lecturer of books that you need to read during your module, many of which can often cost a lot of money. There will be things that after living on your own for a few days you will realise you need to buy, like earplugs to drown out the noise of the loud snorer next door, a tin opener (one of the most essential tools for any university student), or an internet cable because the Wi-Fi doesn’t quite reach your room.

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Through Shareagift you can set up a student page and add your parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles and any other family members that have said if you need any help just let us know. You can then send a message to them all by commenting on your page when you need to buy something that you haven’t budgeted for, and they can add the funds to your pot.

Once you have been living with in either halls or a house for a while you will most certainly decide that you need to buy a few things for the place to make it look a bit nicer. Or perhaps you were getting ready to go out and someone spilt wine all over the sofa which now needs replacing because you can’t get the stains or the smell out. Shareagift makes it easy for housemates to collect all their money in one place, you can see who has paid what and then withdraw all the funds in one go when you are ready to buy what you need.

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So, you have been at University for a few months now and in the first few weeks you decided to join the football team. Every year they go on a week away where you meet and play against other university teams. The only issue is that somehow you have found yourself in charge of collecting everyone’s money and paying for the trip. With Shareagift you can create a page for the trip, post the link on your team’s Facebook page and ask everyone to go on and pay. You will be able to easily see who has paid what, and all the money will be kept in a safe and secure location until the time comes when you need to withdraw the funds and pay for the trip.

It’s your housemate’s birthday and you want to throw a big house-party for them, the only problem is that the monthly bills have just come out and you’re running really low on funds until the next instalment of your student loan comes in. With Shareagift you can create a private page and invite their friends via email to join the group and contribute some money towards decorating the house, buying the food and drink, and getting them an amazing gift.

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So for those of you heading to Univserity over the next few weeks don’t forget to keep Shareagift in mind when you need help with collecting funds for a trip, throwing an amazing event, buying ear plugs to drown out your neighbours snoring, or replacing a stain covered sofa!

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Incredible Facts About Teachers

It is getting to that time of year when you wave goodbye to your teacher and it suddenly dawns on you just how much they have had an influence on your life over the past year or so. Students a plenty have been flooding to Shareagift over the past few weeks to create gift pages for their favourite teachers, encouraging fellow students and even faculty members to come together and buy something extra special.

In honour of teachers across the world we have found 10 amazing facts about teachers that you probably didn’t know (providing your not a teacher of course!)

In the US since 1950, there has been a 96% increase in students and a 252% increase in teaching staff.

Approximately 92.4% of teachers spend their own money on their students or classrooms!

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76% agree that many of the smartest people in society don’t go into teaching because being a teacher doesn’t pay enough.

Mr T, Hugh Jackman and Sylvester Stallone have all been gym teachers!

On average, teachers work an average of 10 hours per day and 52 hours per week.

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In colonial times and into the early decades of the 19th century, most teachers were men. From the 1820s to 1830s, as more public schools were built and more men were siphoned off by more prestigious professions, women began to take over the schoolroom. The feminisation of teaching not only changed how society perceived women, but how women perceived themselves.

In 2008 Alia Sabur became the youngest college professor at just 19 years old!

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This year marked the 102nd birthday of Agnes Zhelesnik, who is thought to be the world’s oldest teacher!

A Polish teacher named Errol Muzawazi holds the Guinness world record for the longest lecture by doing 121 hours of non-stop teaching!

Finally did you know that teachers make 14% less than people in other professions that require similar levels of education? Come together this year with fellow students, faculty members or parents and show your teacher just how much they mean to you.

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Top 5 Weirdest Beer Flavours

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Are you tired of drinking the same old beers every time you go out? Or perhaps you are looking for something a bit different? If so now is the time to get out there and start exploring! We have put together our top 5 bizarre yet tasty beer flavours that you must give a whirl!

1. Pizza Beer

Brewed by Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer, this is in fact the ‘World’s First Culinary Beer’ brewed from garlic, tomatoes, basil and oregano to give it that pizza flavour. Pizza Beer was created in an attempt to develop the right type of beer that could be paired with several variety of foods. Available at several stores, you can also buy it online.

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2. Bacon Maple Ale

Brewed by Rogue Ales, the Bacon Maple Ale has a rich amber colour to it, with the aroma of maple and spicy bacon luring you to it. A doughnut inspired beer, this Bacon Maple Ale was brewed to be paired with desserts, doughnuts and pork. Although it is no longer brewed it is still possible to get your hands on if you look in the right places!

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3. Coconut Curry Beer

Flavoured with coconut, cayenne, cinnamon, coriander, ginger and lime leaf, this beer is brewed by New Belgium Brewing. You can pair this beer with Indian food and other hot curries for a perfect dinner, a great alternative i Cobra!

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4. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

Don’t be misled by the name ‘oyster stout’ as this beer is brewed from roasted bull testicles. Brewed by Wynkoop Brewing Company, this beer has a rich brown colour to it along with flavours of chocolate, espresso and nuts. Meant for a limited release, this flavour of beer was so popular that they kept brewing it past the limited release dates and it is still available today.

5. Avocado Ale

Brewed by Angel City Brewery, this beer contains avocado, garlic, red pepper, lime juice and cilantro. Probably the most popular drink at the Avocado Festival in LA, the Avocado Ale goes best with tacos and takes very limited preparation time. A guacamole inspired beer, you will have to go to the festival to try this one out.

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If this has inspired you to try something new then why not host your own beer tasting evening? Alternatively if you don’t feel like hosting there is sure to be a beer tasting inspired festival or group experience near you. If you live in the UK, Virgin offer a wide range of beer tasting experiences across that country that are worth checking out. Be it hosting a dinner party or finding some new exciting experiences, use Shareagift to collect money online from friends and plan the perfect event or group gift an amazing experience for someones leaving do, birthday, stag or hen.

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Top 5 Cities For Street Food

Top 5 Cities For Great Street Food

Life without good food has no spice to it. Experiment with these top 5 cities that are well-known for their street food and you will realise that good food is the best company you can have!

5. Germany

Head over to the Christmas Markets in Germany and you will know why Germans are so proud of their cuisine. Currywurst, crisp potatoes, hand twisted German pretzels and kebabs, are sure to turn you into a loyal patriot of Germany’s cuisine. You’ll also realise that Germany has more to its food than just sausages!

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4. Vietnam

If you have underestimated Vietnamese cuisine, their grilled pork chops, savoury soups and crab stir-fry are sure to prove you wrong. Vietnamese street food offers a package of flavours, difficult to describe. With very less use of spices, Vietnam uses simple ingredients like Tamarind water and broth to elevate the flavour of food it serves.

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3. Mexico City

Mexico’s street food is growing popular amongst other cuisines as well. The hot burritos, nachos, sugary churros and street corn will make you feel at home. What makes Mexican street food draw huge crowds is its level of simplicity. A favourite among vegetarians as well, Mexican street food is a sure winner!

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2. Thailand

The streets of Thailand breathe life to the food that is served with the aromatic mix of garlic, basil and spices welcoming you to the street food markets. Mango rice, papaya salad and roasted duck garnished with chillies will satisfy the foodie in you. Offering a complete meal, you can also head over for some desserts to cool down that heat!

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1. Singapore

Who knew that one of the world’s cleanest and most cosmopolitan cities offered the best street food in the world? The food markets in Singapore not only provide local Singaporean food but also food from India, Malaysia and Indonesia. Keeping up to top-class health standards, the ‘curried fish heads’ and ‘meat bone tea’ can’t be compared to anything else.

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Testing the cuisines that different cities offer, also provide great travel opportunities. Why not turn your ideal vacation into one that involves great street food in one of the 5 cities? Start a page on Shareagift today and collect money online to kick start that dream vacation!

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Top 5 Weirdest Restaurants Around The World

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Restaurants are popular around the world, not only for the food they serve, but also for the weird themes and ambience that diners experience. Check out these top 5 restaurants that are popular for how weird they are!

1. Cabbages and Condoms, Thailand

A restaurant that has attracted international attention, this condom-themed restaurant runs by the tagline – ‘Food guaranteed not to induce pregnancy.’ You can expect the staff to wear inflated condoms on their heads, and everyone is invited to take condoms while the after-dinner mints are served. It is definitely worth it to plan a visit to this restaurant.

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2. Modern Toilet, Taiwan

Started by an ex-banker, this restaurant now has several branches across Asia. A bathroom-themed restaurant, food is served in toilet-shaped bowls. While dining, customers sit on acrylic toilets adorned with renaissance paintings. Taiwan does host other unusually themed restaurants, but Modern Toilet has been the most talked about restaurant.

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3. Fortezza Medicea, Italy

Meals are served in one of Italy’s oldest prisons, where the inmates serve meals. With guards surveying the crowd, the old rule ‘Customer is King’ isn’t applicable here as Italy’s dangerous criminals are the staff who serve tables. Guests are seated on plain benches in this 500-year old prison.

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4. Christon Café, Japan

This church-themed restaurant has menus shaped like coffins with a giant crucifix and stained glass windows to give it that Biblical vibe. The café serves Italian and French cuisine fused with Asian dishes. One of it’s most popular dishes includes the ‘humberger’, served exclusively for sinners.

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5. Dinner in the Sky, Various locations

If you are wondering about what a bunch of people are doing on the crane, you now know the answer. Hosting a maximum of 22 people, extravagant meals right from sushi to steak dinner are served high up in the sky. Meals are served while the crane is suspended high up in the sky and diners are strapped into a seat.

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Have any of these restaurants caught your attention because of their weirdness? Plan an exciting evening with friends and family or even take your date to these restaurants for an exciting dinner. Don’t worry about a budget, with Shareagift to help you collect money online. Start a page on Shareagift today and plan something exciting!

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Top 5 Weird Food Festivals

Food does have its share of spontaneity and adventure to it. Pay a visit to these weird food festivals and taste the popular local delights. You never know what you might end up tasting!

1. RoadKill Cook-off, West Virginia

Squirrel gravy biscuits, tacos filled with armadillo and various other specialties have made the roadkill cook-off popular. Dishes are prepared with animals that often meet their end in traffic accidents. Similar versions of this food festival have been started in several countries. The winner of the cook-off is awarded the Roadkill title.

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2. BugFest, North Carolina

Last year’s theme was stinkbugs and the festival hosted more than 35,000 visitors. Insect delicacies like Quivering Wax Worm Quiche sell out quickly. Insect dishes prepared by local chefs, competitions like Roach Races and other insect displays are some of the attractions at the festival.

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3. Testicle festival, Montana

An adult-only feast, special delicacies include the Rocky Mountain Oysters, which are deep fried bull testicles. The testicle festival also involves oil wrestling and wet t-shirt competitions. The testicle festival is growing popular and has been started in several other countries for the lasting taste that the bull testicles have.

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4. L’Aplec del Caragol, Spain

12,000 snail club members and 25,000 visitors eat 12 tonnes of snail at this annual snail festival. Along with the fireworks and music playing around the clock, new snail dishes are on the menu every year. A tourist attraction as well, the snails do offer incredible variety to your palate.

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5. Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, Florida

Fellsmere calls itself as the Frog Leg Capital of the World and holds the Guinness World Record for the most number of frog legs served in one day. Around 7,000 pounds of frog legs are served to over 80,000 visitors. The festival began as a fundraiser but it has gained so much popularity that even Barack Obama attended it!

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A trip to these weird food festivals will surely make for a great dinner with friends and family. Have some better ideas for hosting a dinner party? Use Shareagift to collect money online from friends and satisfy the foodie in you by experimenting with new food. Start a page on Shareagift today and never forget to explore.

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TOP 5 BEAUTIFUL LGBT WEDDINGS

Love comes in unimaginable ways and weddings are for celebrating that. With unique wedding themes, funny proposals and unexpected twists, these LGBT weddings are sure to warm your heart.

1. Jerrold Blackwell and Drew Blackwell

A very emotional wedding, Jerrold and Drew got married in California after same sex marriage was legalized. It was a very simple and intimate wedding at Beverly Hills Courthouse with just some of their closest friends and family bearing witness to the wedding. Thanks to online dating and the support of everyone around them, they are happily married now!

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2. Alison Henry and Lindsey Boldt

A typical story of two bold and independent women who came together, Lindsey proposed during a scavenger hunt and Alison re-proposed during a college soccer game. After two years of being best friends, Alison and Lindsey decided to try a romantic relationship, which has now transformed them into two very happy partners for life.

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3. Joey Brown and Michael Balistreri

Joey and Michael had a contemporary wedding in South Carolina and have been officially married for over a year now. Michael, a naval officer, proposed to Joey before being deployed overseas and finally exchanged vows before a large group of friends and family. A beautifully organized wedding, they had the best of everything.

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4. Jackie Newton and Sarah Schaeffer

Jackie was a medical resident and Sarah was a medical intern when they met each other. Sarah was all set to propose when Jackie surprised her by proposing a day earlier. A rustic, country themed-wedding Jackie and Sarah had a traditional wedding cake along with chocolate chip cookies and comfortable cowboy boots to give their wedding a unique sense of style.

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5. John Pamintuan and Marc Brewer

John and Marc met online, and after dating for five years, they got married in California. A very classy garden wedding, Mac proposed to John on their first cruise which sailed through the Mexican waters. With their mutual love for travelling, the escort cards, dining tables and venue all reflected that.

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If your in love and have found the right person to spend your life with, a wedding celebration is definitely in store for you. Get planning now and don’t worry about the budget, with Shareagift to help you collect money from friends for your dream wedding. Start a wedding fund today and have a hassle-free wedding!

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Top 5 Most Expensive Hobbies To Have

Its not just ‘all work and no play’ for the rich and famous. Most celebs do pursue the things they love, however, unusual or expensive they may be. Take a look at these expensive hobbies and remain guilt-free if you have one too!

1. Art Collection

Celebrities, businessmen, entrepreneurs and every one with an eight-digit bank balance have voted art collection as the most expensive hobby to pursue, as you also need to enjoy the piece of artwork that you buy. The Triptych is the most expensive artwork to be sold for $142 million to an anonymous bidder. Don’t forget to take a look at Leonardo Di Caprio’s expensive art collection.

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2. Collecting Vintage Cars

Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Ralph Lauren are some of the exclusive members of this club who can afford the 1937 57S Bugatti which costs $4.4 million or the 1954 Mercedes Formula 1 race car which costs $29.6 million. If you are worried about fluctuating savings rates, some of these vintage cars might turn out to be a worthwhile investment!

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3. High Stakes Poker

James Bond’s ‘Casino Royale’ is the perfect example of high stakes poker that requires million-dollar buy-ins and payouts. A hobby reserved for the rich, if you don’t have millions in the bank or a few expensive assets, this game isn’t for you. High stakes poker is probably one of the riskiest hobbies to pursue as you might end up losing everything you have.

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4. Keeping Exotic Pets

Kristen Stewart and Mike Tyson are some of the popular celebs who prefer to own their private collection of exotic pets instead of having to go to the zoo every time they want to see a lion or a cheetah. The cost of caring for these pets can easily skyrocket to a few millions, excluding the cost of acquiring a license.

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5. Flying

Aviation classes cost over $250,000 even in the most basic aviation schools. Celebrities like John Travolta and Tom Cruise pursue such hobbies to later purchase their very own private jets. Taking into account the cost of maintenance, cost of buying and fuelling a plane, some of these hobbies may be more expensive than they seem.

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Start a page today on Shareagift to pursue something that makes you happy. Live your life with passion and do the things you love. Know someone who wants to pursue an expensive hobby, but can’t? Fundraise money for them with Shareagift and collect money online from friends to do the things you want in life.

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TOP 5 UNIQUE WEDDING FOOD IDEAS!

The wedding menu is the most overlooked aspect, and could lower the overall score and appeal if you don’t have a few impressive wedding menu ideas up your sleeve. Check out these awesome, yet unconventional wedding food ideas and bring on that ‘wow’ factor to your wedding!

1. Cookies & Milk

Cookies served with a shot of milk may just spell simplicity, but it reminds everyone of a childhood favourite. Surprise your wedding guests with the unexpected and it’s a guarantee that you will find them asking for more. If you are looking for more ideas on the varieties of cookies that can be served, check this out.

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2. Strawberry shortcake in a jar

If you are planning a wedding in spring or summer, this strawberry shortcake will make up for a refreshing dessert, that your wedding guests will be tempted to eat. You also do get additional points for serving it in a jar, as it scores high on presentation and prevents any spills. This is a classic dessert presented in an unconventional way!

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3. Taco Bar

A taco bar at your wedding is bound to be a big hit even if it doesn’t align with the theme of your wedding. You can also have a DIY taco bar but a simple taco bar served with some sea bass, hot chillies or crispy bacon is most likely to be the best dish on your wedding menu. You can also spice it up with some interesting dips!

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4. Fish & Chips with a shot of Beer

Fish and Chips is a popular comfort food and you can’t find anyone saying ‘no’ to this. If someone gets teary eyed at the wedding, it will be a good idea to serve them this. Present the fish and chips in some monogrammed paper and serve it with some beer in a shot glass. Get ready to surprise and shock everyone!

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5. Donut Bar

If you don’t plan on any other desserts apart from your wedding cake, the donut bar will take care of it all for you. Donuts with sprinkles, some mango donuts, or retro classics with cream and jelly will make sure that there is something for everyone. You can also opt in for mini-donuts, which is sure to give you plenty of ideas for presentation.

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Don’t restrict that foodie in you to just family dinners and work lunches! Let that passion shine through your wedding as well. Plan for that dream wedding by starting a wedding fund on Shareagift today. Collect money online from friends and make your dream wedding come true!

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Top 5 Madly Insane Spanish Festivals

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Spain recently celebrated its La Tomatina festival, which saw thousands of tourists and locals flock to the little town of Bunol to throw tomatoes at each other! If you think that is weird check out our pick of the strangest festivals that Spain throws each year, some of them are just downright disturbing!

5 – Entrodia

Kicking off our top 5 is the Entroida festival, which happens in the town of Laza in northern Spain. This festival sees people flocking to the streets and throwing muddy rags at each other in the attempt to cover each other in mud. A selection of young men then head to the mountains to collect fire ants in sacks and then bring them back to the town where they cover them in vinegar to rile them up and then run round throwing them in people’s faces.

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4 – Fiesta De Santa Marta de Ribarteme (Festival of the near death experience)

This festival in northwest Spain sees those who have had near death experiences carried through the town in coffins to the Santa Marta de Ribarteme church. After this the procession heads on to the cemetery, and then to a shrine, where friends of those in coffins will offer financial tokens of gratitude for their loved ones surviving their near death experience.

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3 – Goat Throwing Festival

Every year in the village of Manganses de la Polvorosa, in honour of Saint Vincent, a goat was carried to the top of the village church tower and thrown into the crowd below who would catch the falling animal with a canvas sheet. The goat would then be paraded through the town and cheered by onlookers. However, due to animal rights groups demanding the end of the festival the goat throwing was banned in 2002. The festival still goes ahead today but a toy goat is used rather than a live one.

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2 – El Colacho

Once a year in Castrillo de Murcia the international baby jumping festival takes place. This involves men dressed as the devil jumping over babies that were born over the previous 12 months. The ritual is thought to bless newborn babies and remove any sin preparing them for a life with God. Babies are set in rows of two and up to ten children can be leapt over in one jump!

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1 – The Running Of The Bulls

One of the most popular festivals in Spain is the Fiesta San Fermin and the running of the bulls part of the festival sees bulls let loose in the streets where they charge at runners for 825 meters into the bullring. The run usually lasts between 3 and 4 minutes and as long as you are over 18 and sober you are allowed to participate!

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If you liked the look of any of these or know someone that would love a trip to Spain, then why not use Shareagift to group fund the perfect trip. Alternatively this may have given you an idea for a fundraising event for a cause that is close to your heart. With Shareagift you can collect money online with others to support those in need. We have also seen Shareagift used to fund local projects and events, why not fund your own event and put your town on the map!

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