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Today is the solstice: The Longest Day of the Year!

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Let’s say goodbye to spring and let’s welcome summer! This is one of the most awaited seasons, and why not?! For some, it means that the vacations are around the corner and we can enjoy more of the outdoors, the beach, the pool and fun parties with friends. Today is the solstice and the longest day of the year, we will have more hours of sunlight and the night will be shorter. Also, today is International Yoga Day, and there is a wonderful activity taking place today in Casa which miss find out more info here and stay tuned for our coverage soon!

So what is the solstice?

Solstice comes from the Latin words “sol” and “sistere” meaning “sun stands still”- a reference to how, when seen from Earth, the sun appears to pause before its position in the sky reverses direction. This is the first day of astronomical summer and also the longest day of the year for people in the Northern Hemisphere. 

The opposite happens in December: The sun shines directly on the Tropic of Capricorn, and the Southern Hemisphere experiences its summer solstice, while the Northern Hemisphere experiences its winter solstice.

Let’s make the most of this summer and sunbathe on the beach never forgetting our most reliable ally, the sunscreen because every year the summer heat is more intense, so we must take care of our skin. Also don’t forget to water the plants and hydrate your pets well, as the heat of summer affects them as well and they deserve to enjoy this wonderful season along with us. 

This summer there is a special treat for those who love the stars – there will be two partial solar eclipses and a total eclipse of the Moon, unfortunately, they won’t be visible to us but still something very notorious this season. Find below the dates and our options for what to do those days instead:

July 13: Partial solar eclipse
This partial eclipse will visible for Australia, Antarctica and some in Tasmania since the shadow of the moon will fall between those areas.

July 27: Total lunar eclipse
This will be the second total moon eclipse of the year, and it will be visible mainly from the eastern hemisphere and will be seen in much of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, southern North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica

August 11: Partial solar eclipse
It will be the third and last partial solar eclipse of 2018 and will be seen in its maximum splendour from Siberia, in the eastern Asian part of Russia, it will also be observed in the north and east of Europe, north, and west of Asia, parts of North America, in the Arctic and the Atlantic.

Even though we won’t be able to see them we still have plenty of options to of what to do here in Casa this summer!

We have sunny days, piñacoladas at the beach, friends, pets, adventures and more! If you are in the Marina enjoy the Happy Hours in Barlovento 8 every day from 6-9pm; If you want to try something out of the complex you can visit Cañaveral that is open every weekend from Friday to Sunday starting at 6 pm; if you are more of a desserts type of person you can always visit Crema and indulge in some delicious sweet treats; and if your thing is the parties Punto Licores is your best option, let them help you organize your next gathering!

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