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  • Turin, Italy Turin, Italy

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      When arriving by plane to Turin, you’ll be landing at the Aeroporto di Torino. Unless you want to take a cab(which would cost about 30-40 euros), the SADAM bus(about 7 euros one-way) is the cheapest way to get to the city center. If you want the get to the center of the city, you’ll get off at the Porta Nuova Railway Station. I studied abroad in Turin for 4 months, so I was very aware of the metro, train and bus schedules. If you plan on staying in Turin for a week or more, it may be smart to get a settimanale(weekly) or mensile(monthly) metro/bus ticket. You can pick one of those up at any Tabaccheria(tobbaco shop), but be mindful, sometimes they don’t carry them. So remember to ask if they know the closest place that sells them. Also, if you find an information booth, get a map! I still used one after months of living there.

            Now in Turin, there are many cafes, pizza places, kebabs, and other various food places. The first pizza place I went to was Primaepoi which is on Via Giovanni Battista Viotti, near Via Roma. This was the first thing I ate when I arrived to Turin and was surprised. The pizza was so fresh, but not in a greasy cheesy way. Everything was perfect, from the vegetables to the crust. Be prepared to eat what you get, because it you ask for a “to go” box, you will get looks from the waiter and everyone around you. “To Go” is a very American thing and you won’t find many places that do it. On that note, I would have to say that my favorite cafe(with “to go” cups) while I was in Turin, was definitely Busters Coffee on Via Cesare Battisti. Before we had wifi in the apartment, I would go there to do my work, blog and get ahold of family and friends through Skype. I would always get a chuckle, cause they would have signs saying “American breakfast/coffee” and as I read it, it reminded me how much more we eat then Europeans do. They would make amazing drinks and I was a fan on their shakes/smoothies. I would be so tempted to get a pastry, because they display it so well! My favorite kebab place was the Casa Del Kebab 12which is across the street from the 8 Gallery Lingotto. I know you didn’t go to Italy to go to the mall, but trust me, you’ll want to check it out. I still regret not buying more from these stores while I was there, because the fashion there is about 2yrs ahead of the US stores. My favorite stores were Cache Cache & Tally Weijl. When I needed groceries(that I couldn’t get at the outside marketplace), I would go to Pam, which was in the mall, but you had to go outside to enter the store. I would always find some awesome deals on poultry, fish and dairy there. While you’re in the area, you should cross the street to experience Eataly. From wheels of cheese to barrels of wine, it was a true Italian experience in one store. I know there are stores in the US now, but I would describe it as the Italian version of Wegmans. Now on the outside of the mall, if you walk towards the parking lot in the back, you’ll be able to see the Olympic Arch of Turin(bottom right corner of the photos). If you have time to cross the bridge, do it. It’s so interesting knowing that amazing athletes walked this bridge and many couples have left their mark on locks on the chain fences. I didn’t have my camera with me when I went over the bridge, but I won’t lie, I was a tad scared. The Olympic village was a ghost town. There was graffiti on the buildings and whenever the wind hit certain parts of the buildings/walkways, it just reminded you of a horror movie. I wish we could find uses to the old Olympic villages, instead of leaving them there to deteriorate. 

            While in Turin, you need to visit Porta Palazzo. If you’re walking down Via Settembre, it’s a straight shot to it. When I lived there I was across the street from a store called Tiger. I think that’s where all my money went towards honestly! It’s just a cute store that’s filled with the most random of things. You could get large packets of loose leaf teas, luggage tags/flying items, cute little toys/games, toiletries, cards, spices, candles, a bottle of champagne and etc. Still hoping we get them in the US soon! So continuing, on you’re way down the street, you’ll go past the busy and store-filled Via Giuseppe Garibaldi. On that street, you can find stores like Promod, Nike, L’Occitane Provence and an amazing gelato place called GROM. Further down, you’ll find yourself in an open space with a church to your right. If you have time, you must visit the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. If you haven’t heard about the Holy Shroud, you need to read up and go inside! There’s a replica of the shroud inside the church, but every 5 years or so they display the real one to the public. Continuing down the road, to the left you’ll see a dog park. This was my favorite part of going to the marketplace, because every time I missed my dogs, I would just walk to the park and the dogs would attack me with kisses! Once you hit the end of the grassy park, you turn left and walk down the street until you walk into the market. Now mind you, be very careful about your wallet or purse. There are gypsies and pick-pockets everywhere and there is barely any space for you to walk since it’s so busy. When you first walk in, there’s a walkway near the front where I would get the best prices for onions, carrots & potatoes(1 Euro for 2-3 kilos). Of course I will admit it, girls, if you smile & flirt with the sellers, you get more! Every time I went down to this guy’s booth, he would remember me and automatically knew what I wanted, put it in 2 bags, and gave me a great deal. Remember, you have to go through the whole thing to find the best prices for food. There was also a pizza booth and pastry booth that I went to every other week and both of those people spoke a bit of English. Not going to lie, the pastries were my favorite part! You had to make sure to get there early or all the best ones would be gone. I also bought a few scarves down at the market and still to this day get compliments on them! Now, the marketplace is not open on Sunday mornings because it turns into one big garage sale. From bikes to american dollars, there is a bunch of random stuff for sale. Most of the people here don’t speak Italian, so it’s harder to communicate with them. I was actually able to talk a guy down and bought a twin reflex camera for a good price. The coolest part is that the camera says on the side that it was made in the USSR. It’s my favorite film camera to date!

            Now for the art/music fanatics, you have a good amount of choices. Just walking down the streets, mainly near the piazzas(squares), you’ll hear street musicians and see street entertainers. If you’re interested in seeing some history, you should check out the Museo Egizio(Egypt Museum), Armeria Reale(Royal Armoury), Museo di Antichità(Antiques Museum) & Palazzo Reale di Torino(The Royal Palace of Turin). While I was there, I was able to see a Henri Cartier-Bresson gallery show at thePalazzo Reale. As a photographer, it was a once in a lifetime event(Especially since I got to go to a da Vinci show outside of Turin and saw his original sketches/artwork!). Another museum you need to go to it the Museo Nazionale del Cinema(The National Cinema Museum), which is inside the Mole Antonelliana. Inside you’ll see props, clips from movies, costumes and so on. I think the cutest part is the viewing room that has the multiple toilets as the seating area. At the bottom level, there’s an lift that brings you all the way up to the top of the Mole. It’s scary as heck if you’re afraid of heights, because the lift is transparent, so if you’re scared of height, DO NOT LOOK DOWN! When you exit the lift, you’ll get a 360° view of the city and the Alps. Honestly, it’s totally worth the money, because it was so memorable! The photos I took while up there were unreal. For the music buffs, if you’re around the area during a concert or performance, you should go see one at the Teatro Regio diTorino or the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino. If you’re there around the end of April/beginning of May, you should check out the Torino Jazz Festival. I got to see Dionne Warwick and she was amazing! Another event to go to(and you would have to look into it) is the Chocolate Festival. All I can say is “Chocolate…..sooooo much chocolate!”. I believe it was near the end of February, but don’t quote me on that. I spent a lot of money on sweets, but there are also lots of freebies! It is truly a chocolate lover’s dream getaway. 

            I hope this helped a bit. I know Turin isn’t as fancy and popular as Florence, Milan or Rome….but it’s worth the trip! If you want more suggestions, you should check out Lonely Planet.com, since that’s how I survived Italy. I would read their book about Italy almost every single night!

      http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/liguria-piedmont-and-valle-daosta/turin

       

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  • Ten Reasons why Phuket Should Ten Reasons why Phuket Should be on your Bucket List

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      Attracting young and old, adventurous and relaxation-seeking tourists alike, Phuket has something for everyone. And at less than eight hours from most Australian cities, it’s easily within reach. There are hundreds of reasons why Australians head back to Thailand’s best-loved destination year after year- but here are 10 of the best to whet your appetite.


      1. Buddhist Temples

      Religion is an important part of life in Phuket and the rest of Thailand. To truly immerse yourself in their culture, a visit to at least one of the many Buddhist temples is essential. There are over 40 beautiful Buddhist temples across Phuket, with the most visited being Wat Chalong and Wat Khao Rang. The Phuket Big Buddha is another huge attraction (literally); and at over 45 metres high it’s hard to miss!


      2. Songkran Festival

      Each year the Phuket locals take part in a giant water fight - known as Songkran Festival - and no one’s too young or too old to join in on the fun. With people hiding round corners with super soakers and throwing water bombs from balconies on unsuspecting victims, this is one wet and wild reason to head to Phuket.


      3. More than just beaches and sunshine

      Away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas of Phuket you’ll find some of the most beautiful and pristine rainforest in the world. Nearly 70 per cent of Phuket is mountainous so as you can imagine, the scenery is dramatic and perfect for adventurous travellers.


      4. Elephant trekking

      Forget horse-riding, elephant riding is where it’s at in Phuket. It might not be the smoothest ride and it’s certainly not for anyone with a fear of heights, but it is one very cool way to get around. There are a variety of places to go on an elephant trek, both along the coastline and inland amongst dense jungle and spectacular mountain scenery.


      5. It’s always warm in Phuket

      Winter simply doesn’t exist in Phuket - well not in the normal sense of the word (their cool season still averages around 30 degrees Celsius). There is a wet season between May and November, which is the cheapest time to travel to Phuket, but you can still leave your jackets and scarves at home.


      6. Phuket is made up of 33 islands

      Sometimes you just want to escape reality for a day or two. From the main Phuket Island you are in easy reach of dozens of isolated tropical islands where you can have your own piece of paradise. While some of the islands, such as James Bond Island, can get very busy, there are plenty that will offer you a more secluded experience, particularly during off-peak seasons.


      7. Exciting night life on Bangla Road

      Not for the faint-hearted, Bangla Road in the city of Patong is a party-goers paradise. The moment the sun goes down, Patong comes to life. From live music venues to cabaret shows and everything in between, you’ll never forget a night out in Patong.


      8. Postcard-Perfect Sunsets

      Sunsets are always pretty, but Phuket consistently has some of the most photogenic in the world. With rugged islands jutting from the water and longtail boats silhouetted against the orange sunset, you’ll see why many locals and tourists give a round of applause as the sun goes down.


      9. The Food

      If you thought your local Thai restaurant served up a mouth-watering feast, wait until you try the real deal. Not only will you find authentic, fresh Thai food on every corner, but at just a few dollars for a typical meal you’ll have change left for dessert (and a sneaky Singha beer)!


      10. The Beaches

      There are beaches and then there are Phuket beaches. Across Phuket you’ll find more than 15 major beaches and dozens more secluded ones to discover. From the bustling and bar-lined Patong Beach to the more relaxed and romantic beaches of Karon and Kata in the north of the island, you’ll quickly find your favourite.

       

      Thanks to the girls, Melissa and Lara who flew to Phuket via Virgin Airlines for this guest post.

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  • Going on my trip in Ali Mounta Going on my trip in Ali Mountain.

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      Ali Mountain is full of oxygen inside, equipped with an outdoor bathing place. Wherever we went, we saw everything in front of us that is green. It was raining a little bit that day and raindrops sometimes dropped on the umbrella over my head. Seeing that scene, I felt as if I had gone back to the times when the novels of Chiung Yao were very popular. Supposed at the Sister River stand two of charming girls, with two umbrellas in hand, this picture would fit well with that scene.             

      The Sister River which looks like a rectangle is composed of different-shaped lakes, covering an area of 160 square meters. There was a legend that two of girls committed suicide together for love and that ‘s why it’s called the Sister River. In addition, on the river was established a wooden pavilion for visitors to have a rest, and around the river is a footpath for 180 meters long for tourists to visit.

      Sunrise, sea of clouds, sunset, forests, high mountains and railways are five special attractions in Ali Mountain. The Forest Railway of Ali Mountain which was built between 1912 and 1949 is one of the three railways in the world that were built on mountains, with 6.25 percent of hillsides throughout the railroad of 762 meters long, and extends from Jiayi City with an altitude of 30 meters high to Ali Mountain of 2216 meters high. If you have a sightseeing tour by train in Ali Mountain, that will be an impressive experience for you, because on the way, you will pass by a spiral mountain, enjoy landscapes different from those you did somewhere else and also go through three different zones where you will feel hot, warm, and cool.  

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  • Chinese School Girls Chinese School Girls

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      I was sitting in a tour bus after a long day of site seeing in Chaina when this troop of school girls came skipping across the parking lot.  Seeing me as an American, they all started saying "Hallo!, Hallo! Hallo!" in uniison.  I was so happy to get this shot before they passed by.  It is one of my favorites!

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  • Colombia Colombia

    • From: meganjmoran
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      When my friend Marie and I broke the news we'd be traveling to Colombia for a week for New Years, we got a lot of strange looks. Tense silence or, "Ohhhh, really? Colommmmbiia?" or the gentle admonishments to "Be reallllly careful," said it all.

      Unfortunately for the drama factor of this blog but fortunately for my friend and I, these impressions, held by so many in the U.S., couldn't be farther from the Colombia I experienced. In fact, my advice to all: get over these conceptions, learn a bit of Spanish, and book one of the ridiculously cheap and easy flights to Cartagena (Spirit Airlines), NOW before it becomes the next Cancun.


      The New York Times Travel Section, always ahead of the curve, has been pushing Cartagena as the gem that it is since 2008. Overlooking the Caribbean, it's a gorgeous colonial city, the most charming part of which is actually walled, lending to the feeling that you've stepped back in time. The salty, hair tousling breeze breathes freshness into the mazelike streets (don't even try following a map, it was 7 days before I finally got any bearings whatsoever), but I suggest you embrace the heat and humidity -- its all part of the sultry charm of Cartagena.

      Arriving from Chile was just as much of a culture shock as coming from D.C. would have been. Everything about Colombia was different. The climate (jungle humid versus desert dry). The people (hello black people! I've missed you!). The music (salsa, champeta, vallenato. A never ending symphony of welcome alternatives to the reggaeton and electronic that's preferred in Chile). The spanish (chevere? nena? bacano? a whole new glossary of modismos to learn, but thankfully clear enunciation by which to learn them). The food (ripe, colorful, juicy watermelon, mango, papaya, guaranya (?) for sale on every corner; dense mouth-drying arepas; and fish (fried) and bananas (also fried), were the staples of our diet for the week.  And the booze (wine, Chile's pride and joy, was seldom to be found on the Caribbean. it was all about beer, rum, and aguardiente (a pretty yucky licorice liquor that just happens to be the cheapest buzz-inducer available).

      To say that I was thrilled by these differences is an understatement. I'm absolutely in love with Cartagena (and Bogotá too for that matter) and could go on for pages about what I did there, but I'm going to try to condense it into a best-of list:

      1. The nighttime energy of the city and the people: I had the good fortune to befriend some Colombians during my stay, and, if you ever go, I suggest you try to do the same, because wherever they are, they take the energy level up about 10 notches. But beware, if you party with Colombians you better have your dancing shoes on because once they start they refuse to sit down. By far the highlight of the trip was New Years Eve, which we spent in one of the main plazas of the city, where a live salsa band played all night. All the Colombians (and luckily, Marie and I too, since we had gotten the inside scoop before coming) were decked out in romantic all-white, and the sticky heat of the night, a two hundred year old church as a backdrop to our dance floor, and the fireworks at midnight, made for one of the most picturesque soirees I have ever attended. I started out the night not knowing a lick of salsa, but by 6 AM, I was one-two-threeing my way down the cobblestone streets to our hotel--my feet wouldn't thank me the next morning, but they had caught the dancing bug, and not even the sun coming up over the walled city meant it was time to quit. 





      2. The Caribbean speed setting. There's no better place for the overworked, stressed American (not that I'm putting myself in that category) to really rejuvenate and refresh. Because, really, you have no other choice than to slowwwww downnnnn. The climate itself demands it. Moving faster than an amble during the day will only necessitate a trip back to your hotel for a cool shower. As I said, it's futile to try and navigate yourself around the city--simply leave a few hours to wander, and eventually you'll arrive at your destination, whether that's a cafe (where you'll just have to sit back, relax and wait the fifteen minutes it takes to lovingly prepare your fresh squeezed juice or frothy latte) or a clothing store (where, it's about a fifty-fifty chance that you'll have to wait while the clerk runs around the corner to a friend's shop to get their shared credit card machine). If you're serious about wanting some R&R, Cartageneros are great role-models for this, and they are more than happy to instruct you in their tranquilo ways.

      3. The "just enough" thrill factor of tourist activities that reminds you you're visiting an off-the-beaten-path destination. The tourism industry isn't yet fully developed in Cartagena, so there is a do-it-yourself element to vacationing there. And, since there isn't a hotel concierge or tour guide to hold your hand in everything, that means leave room for the unexpected--mishaps, encounters, problems, and payoffs.

      Take, for example, our first day activity of heading to one of the Islas del Rosario, islands off the coast of Cartagena that have very nice beaches. You get there by boat, and, I suppose the ocean is an unpredictable thing and it could happen anywhere, but I felt like I was on the log flume at an amusement park. We were getting sprayed (no, soaked) from all sides, bumping up and down and jostling our bench mates; luckily, our tour operators must know just how long their guests can take the fun, because we pulled in to the island just as an inkling of nausea was setting in. We spent the afternoon on the beach but the highlight was a snorkling expedition, which, true to form, involved no waivers, no training apart from some surprisingly involved instructions on how to get your mask to stick to your face (?), and another whiplash inducing boat ride to the reef.

      Things got even more adventurous when Marie and I took a trip to Santa Marta, a beach city four hours north of Cartagena, for a few days. We had heard amazing things about the remote beaches of Parque Tayrona, but were unsure of the best way to access them. Some people we had met had hiked to them--highly unrecommended due to the recent flooding in the area which made the path a mud pit, foul smelling and infested with biting bugs. No gracias. One friend had recommended entering the park by boat -- this is illegal since it gets you around paying the park entrance fee, but it only takes thirty minutes and deposits you right on the beach. But we had also heard horror stories about this boat ride -- "it was the scariest experience of my life..." "I seriously thought I was going to die...." "I was crying...." "We took the boat there but opted to walk back...that's how scary it was." Although I'm all for a little adventure, I wasn't trying to take my life in my hands for a little sun. Our hostel owner had what seemed like a good alternative: go to the beach that's on the other side of the park from where most people enter...it's accessible by public transportation and quite beautiful.

      So to Playa Concha we went. We caught one of the ramshackle city buses and took it as far as it went. Unfortunately, the little plaza in the center of a neighboring town was not what I had imagined the "end of the line" to be. Where was the beach? we wondered. I asked the bus driver how to get to Playa Concha (as Patrick at the hostel had suggested I do) and he told me to "ask the fisherman." (Sidenote: This is another thing about Colombians, they pass you off to others a lot to answer your questions. "Ah, you're looking for the supermarket? I don't know but let's walk down the street and ask my brother the barber because he goes there a lot to buy...." "Hmmm Plaza San Pietro, Plaza San Pietro."...(knocking on a stopped cab's window) "Amigo, tell these girls where Plaza San Pietro is.") I approached the young men I believed to be the fishermen and the second that "playa" slipped from my lips we were bombarded with offers of transport....only thing is, the only vehicles I was seeing around were a broken down looking bus and....motobikes. Taxi? I asked. Bus? Where is the bus? Those were simply not options, my young "fisherman" friend assured me. There was too much mud for four wheeled vehicles to get up to the beach. He laid out my two options plain and clear: moto or walk. Poor Marie, in hindsight I realized all this interaction was going on in Spanish and the next thing she knew we were each perched atop a mini motorcycle, shooting up the mountain road, holding tight to a round Colombian man. What had I done?

      For the few minutes during our ride that I began to doubt whether we were actually going to this supposed paradise Playa Concha my thoughts shot to Patrick, our supposed source of reliable information. Wasn't he supposed to know these things?! We were his clients, his guests, he had a responsibility to get us safely to where we needed to go. But, then I realized that no, this was my trip, and I was doing just what I should be while traveling--figuring it out for myself, making my way and getting where I want to go, and enjoying the ride as much as the destination. And I can safely say I did just that in this Playa Concha expedition. Not only was the jaunt on the mototaxi something fun and different, but my moto driver turned out to be the veritable lord of the beach -- he got us everything we needed, chairs, a tent, a delicious lunch of fried fish, beers, and the all important ride back at the end of the day. So, we ended up with the five star treatment -- albeit Colombia style -- it just involved a little DIY to get there, making it all the more worth it.

      So that's it. Those are my top three (with about twenty side perks rolled in) of Colombia. I can't recommend Cartagena more, and Bogotá was beautiful and lots of fun as well. It's a beautiful country, with lovely people and an energy that I have never felt anywhere else.

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  • A Visit to the Emerald Isle A Visit to the Emerald Isle

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      Slieve Leag Cliffs, Atlantic coast of County Donegal

      Just returned yesterday September 22, 2011 from a two week bus trip of Ireland

      Seen along the way was:

      Green fields, hills and glens lined with stone fences and plenty of sheep

      Pretty red headed girls and men with tweed hats

      Pubs with Guinness, Jameson & Irish music

      Big Irish breakfasts, lamb stew and mashed potatoes

      Quaint seaports, rocky cliffs, farms and mountainsides

      Sudden rain showers, clouds and a cold wind

      Wool sweaters, Girls doing Irish dance and men crooning folk songs

      Little cottages with hay thatched roofs, Georgian homes and castles on the hills

      Fireplaces burning coal or peat and the nicest people I have had the pleasure to meet!

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  • Even Jewish Girls Get the Blue Even Jewish Girls Get the Blues

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      A trip to Clarksdale, MS introduced me to more Blues than I could have hoped for. Plus I learned that it's an international destination: a family from Austria came to the US for the summer and went to Miami, NY, and Clarksdale!

      At the Delta Blues Museum you wander through rows of albums and memorabilia. A private tour, which I think is standard for all guests, taught me that Blues was called "race entertainment" so many pop artists did covers of blues tunes, leveraging the song-writing talent for a broader market. Women recorded the first blues albums in the '20s—we are more in touch with our feelings, you know.

      I was wary of walking by myself to hear music, so the owner of the Riverside Hotel, "where the Blues people stay", arranged for me to go with the son of the Austiran family. Still a stranger, but "safer" because he also stayed at this quaint yet creepy hotel.  Bessie Smith died in room two. Ike Turner wrote "Rocket 88" living in room seven. And according to the brochure, Sam Cooke, John Lee Hooker and others "had the joint jumpin'."

      So the stranger/safety escort and I met his parents at Red's Lounge where we spent hours immersed in the music and parade of people. It was a happy night and they played a happier side of blues, if such vocabulary is appropriate.

      Do you prefer your blues with lyrics or without?
      Do you like it moody or dance-able?

      Click here to see the slideshow.

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  • Sexy singapore santas Sexy singapore santas

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      Not the real Santa!

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  • Petit Saguenay Petit Saguenay

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      This tiny bakery is part of a young people entreprenurial project, it's run by two charming girls -13 and 15 year old

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  • Indian girls in article Indian girls in article

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      My photograph of two young girls in India accompanied an article in The InterDependent, a magazine of the United Nations. It appeared in an article by Barbara Crossette, the former NY Times Bureau Chief at the UN.

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  • Mongolia trip Mongolia trip

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      I just got back from Mongolia travelled few weeks covering south Gobi desert and north beautiful big lake. My driver was really friendly and guide was knowledgable to explain all sights that we visited. I realized spring is not best time to travel to Mongolia might many people suggestion true that June or July best. I hope i will come to Mongolia again during the summer time to watch greatest Nadam Festival. I want to share many things happened in Mongolia if you want feel free to contact me ... :) zozo_1031@yahoo.com

      Also i realize choosing good travel company is important and i m satistfied with my choice which is family-run small company. If you want visit here www.travelbuddies.info

      I wrote here some values of nomadic life that i observed. Please enjoy.

      1.    Values of nomadic life are in the following in general :

      ·         Loving nature

      ·         Loving livestocks

      ·         Having various intelligences

      ·         Loving neighbors

      ·         Storing ancient customs

      Loving nature

      I believe nomadic life is moving-oriented, adaptive and one of the tuft life to challenge people. Nomads live very close to the nature, depend on nature and pray for nature which involves landscape, sun, blue sky, river, grass, mountain and trees. Loving nature is their value.  Because if this year winter is not harsh and quite warm, nomads are really thankful for nature and happy. Keep ancestor customs, protecting , adapting nature to breed live stocks  is value of nomadic life.

      Sun

      In Mongolia, every morning especially women sprinkle milk to the sun when it rises. They believe and pray for sun to protect our family and loving ones with white milk which is symbol for goodness. Worshiping sun is one of our nomadic life values.

      Landscape

      Nomads move 3-4 times in a year. When they move they leave the place very clean and no print. Because we believe if they pollute the landscape it counts as a sin.

      River-water

      They always take water with clean ladle from the river. If they pollute river with milked ladle they believe that they become blind.

      Blue Sky

      Nomads believe when flood comes if we make voice to the sky it stops. So that nomads when flood come they climb to the top of mountain and make voice to the sky.

      Grass

      They prohibit children pulling out grass and break growing tree. These are examples of protecting nature.

      During my trip, my horse trekking guide shared me that he cried because someone broke growing tree which is only one around that area.  This is his value of nomadic life. Also he lives in further Terelj as a nomad. He also shared me that Japanese tourist visited their home ten years ago. When that tourist leave the place he cried that be this beautiful natured place same forever because he loved so much. But now you see many crowded building here. I realized his heart broke while he is talking. Because he loves the nature which is one of his live values.

      I asked from one nomadic family do you want to move to live in Ulaanbaatar city. They answered this life is from my ancestor and we can’t leave it but maybe for my children it can be possible. Following the ancestor rule and breed their livestock is one of their life values.

      I met some of guys in countryside. They shared that few days ago they visited Ulaanbaatar city with some amount of money. But they spent all money within 3 days and realized that it is not the place where they live. Nomads have real freedom than citizens. They move where ever they want and independent. When tourists travel around countryside they shout that freedom is here and they could take a rest well. Freedom is one of their precious values.

       

      Loving live stocks

      My horse trekking guide loves horse. He trains racing horse and if he got money he dreams to buy more racing horses. From here I see nomads love their live stocks. Breeding them is most important value for them.

      I heard several times that when hard winter comes to take away many of nomads live stocks many child herders get stress and hurt. This shows how they love livestock and even it is the reason to get hurt.

      Loving neighbors

      If nomads look people or nomads who are moving they go there with a plate of pastry, dairy products and milk tea. Because they think we are nomads too. They will move someday in that time others might feed us with their food and think our help. Mongolian people generally help those who need and suffer from sickness and contribute when hard time comes. It is critical that young people forget about this customs. Ex. There were students travelling in the countryside. Then local nomads came to them and offer their food to them. After finish to eat food one of student asked locals how much should we pay for your food?. But local nomads disappointed. Because nomads don’t do those things for money.

      Nomads heart for others is one of their values. Especially in Gobi area, nomads never lock the door because they think if someone  in need such as hungry then come to our house and cook also take things you need.

      Having various intelligences

      I think the intelligence of growing live stocks is one of the values.  Because nomads learn caring live stocks, increasing the numbers and overcoming the harsh weather saving live stocks from the childhood. Good herder can be good businessmen. The reason is they know how to turn and increase ten sheep to twenty. This is their intelligence. TheyRibbons of colours - Gravel, sand and the Gurvan Saikhan Nuruu in the distance.jpg prize herders who increased number of lives tocks to one thousand.

      Growing children intelligence is one of their values.  Because when children turn to adult, get married they live next to the parents as a neighbor. Parents teach riding racing horse for boys from age 3, looping wild horse and training racing horse. For girls, they teach riding racing horse too also making dairy products and milking live stocks.

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  • Weekend at the Beach Weekend at the Beach

    • From: Vonelle Viajera
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      These little girls are excited to be at the beach for a weekend. los Ayala, MX

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  • Hill Family Eurotrip 2011 Hill Family Eurotrip 2011

    • From: pacsman72
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      Well, we are embarking on our second trip to Europe. This time we'll explore the French Alps from Chamonix. Then its off to Reggello, Italy for some Chianti and bruschetta. After 3 days under the Tuscan Sun, we'll head north to the Swiss alpine car-free village of Murren. After spending a night relaxing at a farmhouse near Annecy, we'll fly from Geneva to Dublin, Ireland for a few nights in Kenmare.  

      Next on the checklist:

      • Buy travel insurance
      • Reconfirm all hotels bookings (for some reason you need to do this with some European hotels)
      • Set up the car rentals
      • Buy some cash (before the US dollar slides to a negative value)
      • Buy some clothes that don't make me scream: "I'm an American tourist! Please, somebody rob me and tell me how much you can't stand (former) President Bush!" (no AE or Hollister allowed)

      More to come...

       

      April 17, 2011

      Six weeks to go. Ok, bought TravelGuard insurance after they matched TravelEx's "kids included" policy. They won me over by having a 24x7 customer service line (something TravelEx doesn't have... I like to talk to a human being before buying stuff). We did double the medical expense and evacuation policy for an extra $13 per person. Altogether, the policy was about $250 for all 5 of us. 

      All hotels are finally booked but still need to reconfirm before we leave. While in Italy, we'll be staying at an agriturismo in Regello.These are great alternatives to hotels and B&B's as they are working farms. The Agriturismo Savernanomakes their own chianti and olive oil. And, for a special treat (and the girls don't know this yet.. its a surprise), I have a made a reservation for our last night in Europe at the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt in County Wicklow, Ireland. I cashed in my Marriott Rewards points for the occasion - trying to keep in the spirit of being budget minded. 

      I purchased some euros this week. The US dollar just continues to slide - we got a rate of about $1.50 per euro after the bank fees. Honestly, I was to listen to the advice of others and wait until I got to Europe. At the current rate, we could spending $1.65 per euro by then. I will need to pick up Swiss Francs next week. 

      Next on the list...

      • Still need to do some clothes shopping.. how do you pack for Italy and Ireland? 
      • Set up the emergency contact lists, photocopies of the passports, and arrange a neighbor to take care of the cats. Funny, I thought my wife said these things take care of themselves?
      • I like to do a trial "pack night" - this kind of gets everyone in the mood and builds up the anticipation of a long journey. We have a everyone pack their bag and carry it around. If I hear any whining in the first 10 minutes, they need to take out some stuff. I am making the new rule this year... EVERYONE MUST CARRY THEIR OWN BAG!!!!
      • Get the Swiss Francs before they too get out of control...
      • Might make some changes on the rental car in Ireland... getting more nervous about trying a manual this time "whilst" driving on the left. 
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