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Monday, April 4, 2011
, Questions & Answers
, Southeast Asia
Swimming in the clear waters of the Kouang Si waterfall in Luang Prabang, Laos
Q. I'm going to be in China and Korea for a school consulting project in May, but have about 12 days to travel on the back end and want to go to SE Asia for a bit. I just wanted your thoughts on how to best spend my relatively short amount of time and money.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Bikes lined up at a Velib station in downtown Paris
You've probably seen it before, bicycles for rent from a machine, randomly setup around a city. It's not unique to Paris, but its a cheap, quick, and cool way to find your way around the city. You'll need to buy a ticket for the day for 1€, then trips less than 30 minutes are free, the next half hour is 1€, the following half hour is 2€, and from then on it costs 4€ per 30 minutes. You're then free to bike through Paris for as long as you like, and drop it off at any other station when you're done. Be warned that if your credit card doesn't use the chip and pin system, you won't be able to use it for Velib.
Friday, March 4, 2011
, The World's Most...
, Theme Parks
, Water Parks
, Water Sports
The beach in Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise in the Gold Coast of Australia is a city for tourists. Comprised of mostly bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels, and apartments, the city caters to all types of travelers. If you plan on visiting around November / December, know that the city tends to be taken over by schoolies - students on break who party non stop. This may not be the best time to visit if thats not what you're looking for, however, for some of you maybe it is?
Monday, September 6, 2010
, Central America
, Eastern Europe
, New Zealand
, North America
, Places From Movies
, The Caribbean
, United Kingdom
The title graphic for the show, picturing Ross Kemp
With episodes filmed in some of the most dangerous places in the World, Ross Kemp really sticks his neck out there to film this show. Follow him around the world as he meets with the most ruthless, violent, and dangerous gangs in the world. Originally airing in the UK, the show began airing in the US in 2009 under the name "Gang Nation", find it on the Investigation Discovery Channel.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
A view of Semuc Champey from the Mirador viewpoint
Semuc Champey is a natural attraction tucked away in the mountains of an isolated jungle in Guatemala. Situated in the town of Lanquín, get ready for a bumpy ride if you plan on visiting the pools. Semuc Champey sits above the Cahabón River, in an area where the harder rock on the surface has held strong while the river eroded the softer rock beneath. Now the pools sit a brilliant turquoise color while the muddy river runs beneath them and out the bottom of a large waterfall on the other end. The water in the pools is all rain water, which is why it’s so clear, unless it rains extremely hard for a long period of time, in which case the river may flood over the pools as well.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Several baby sea turtles making their way to the ocean
When visiting San Juan Del Sur, consider spending a night at the La Flor Sea Turtle Reserve on the Pacific Coast. Board the shuttle from the Casa El Oro at about 8 or 9pm and spend an hour driving the bumpy dirt roads through the jungle out to the reserve. When you arrive, depending on season, expect to see a handful of armed guards to protect against poachers, and a bunch of white sacks containing turtle nests. If you’re lucky, a short walk to the beach and you could be amongst a mass arival of hundreds if not thousands of turtles.
Friday, July 16, 2010
An empty right barrel at Maderas
Central America is full of empty beaches with great waves, you just have to know where they are. While travelling Nicaragua recently I booked a shuttle from my hostel in San Juan Del Sur to Maderas Beach. The posted surf report said 4-6 foot waves with light offshore winds. Not sure exactly what to expect, I arrived to find exactly that, perfect 4-6 foot barrels with a light offshore wind, and for some reason the water was empty.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Body surfing in the wave pool
When choosing your hotel in Las Vegas during the summer months, the pool often times becomes an important factor. The Mandalay Bay Beach and pool is nice; it's well rounded, but not the best around. Depending on what type of pool scene you're looking for, the Mandalay Bay pool is hit or miss. It's got a lazy river, a wave pool, a sand beach, a couple bars, a casino overlooking the pool, a wading pool, and a couple other smaller pools around the outside. If you're looking for a party scene, the Mandalay Bay pool is not so crazy, but it is what you make of it, you can certainly get your drink on and have fun. Cabanas are available, but probably not worth it.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Tough to fit the entire thing in a photograph, the Cathedral of Sevilla
The Cathedral of Sevilla (or Seville) is the largest gothic building in the world, and third largest church in the world. It’s impressive from the outside, but you can’t really get a good feel for its magnitude until you see the inside. The 16th century cathedral was built on top of a former mosque, giving it a unique style. One of the highlights of Sevilla, do not miss it.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Our favorite pub of the pub crawl, The Park Inn
There's a small town called Mumbles on the coast of Wales, located near Swansea, the second largest city in the country. This stretch of coast has 1 main road running through it about a mile long; this road was once one of the most heavily concentrated pub areas in the world, home to well over 20, hence the name Mumbles Mile. For those of you who know of the show Three Sheets, I learned of this town and pub crawl from the Wales episode. For those of you who don’t, you're welcome; click the link and watch some of the episodes, its a great show about different cultures and their drinking customs.