Archive December 2016

The country that’s famous for tolerance

Although this was the first time I’d met Hasib Buba, I had already heard his voice a number of times echoing through the winding streets and alleyways of Berat, a small city in south-central Albania. With neatly parted dark hair, a well-maintained beard and a slim-fitting button down, the 25-year-old religious leader explained that as muezzin, one of his duties is to deliver the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer broadcasted from the spire-like minaret, five times each day. View image of The Islamic call to prayer is broadcast five times a day through the streets of Berat...

How pure is the beer in Germany?

Some drinkers might choose their beer on the fruity flavour or the promise of a hint of spice. But while including pumpkin in the kettle or adding ginger to a recipe is fine by most brewers, in Bavaria it’s not. For 500 years, Bavaria’s beer purity law, known as the Reinheitsgebot, has restricted beer recipes to only the essential ingredients: barley, hops and water. Bavaria is proud of their purity law. Established in 1516, and gradually spreading across the whole of Germany, the Reinheitsgebot was originally implemented to regulate prices, avoid price competition with bakers...

The man solving Malaysia flight 370

Blaine Alan Gibson has been called a modern-day Indiana Jones – though in temperament he’s probably a lot closer to Sherlock Holmes. Gibson, 59, made headlines around the world earlier this year after he found debris from a Boeing 777 that was later confirmed to be a piece of the infamous Malaysia flight 370 aircraft, which went missing shortly after take-off on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board. After diligently working to transfer the panel to the authorities, Gibson stayed on the case, conducting his own unpaid investigation in 12 countries to solve the mystery of flight...

The runaway who travelled the world

 Although he’s ranked the world’s #2 on The Best Traveled website, 62-year-old Barcelona native Jorge Sanchez insists that he is nothing like the other competitive travellers. He comes from a poor background, dropped out of school at 13, and has been on the move ever since, working sporadically in low-paying jobs on farms in Australia, New York restaurants, gold mines in Peru and dozens of other places. But despite all that, he’s managed to travel to all 193 countries recognized by the United Nations, and to every region of most of the world’s...

Niagara Falls’ colourful new look

Niagara Falls, the three majestic waterfalls that straddle the Canadian-United States border, can now be seen at night like never before. Inspired by a 2015 visit from Nik Wallenda of Flying Wallenda family fame, who performed his high-wire act above the Falls, a new lighting system has replaced 21 halogen spotlights that were installed 20 years ago with 12,300 individual LED lights. View image of The Falls has new lighting system with 12,300 individual LED lights (Credit: Credit: Old Falls Street, USA) “Wallenda brought in all kinds of lights. We thought it would be...

A pilgrimage for perfect pho

When David Huynh decided to embark on a food pilgrimage to Vietnam, he went in with an open mind and willing taste buds. The Vietnamese-Canadian restaurateur, who currently runs Civil Liberties, a “no menu” speakeasy in Toronto, was looking to expand his culinary repertoire by digging deep into his roots. His parents had immigrated to Toronto from Saigon during the Vietnam War, meaning he’d grown up on southern Vietnamese dishes. But he wanted to learn more. His plan was to open a quick-service Vietnamese pho restaurant inspired by how the iconic noodle soup is made...

Where would you go if you were five?

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Sparkling Ramona Waterfalls

Оne of the biggest tourist attractions in each country of course are the waterfalls. In some countries there is just one, in other there is some more, but all countries which have this treasure in common is that attract tourists worldwide. These natural phenomena were created thousands of years previously and can be divided into tectonic, erosive and accumulative. Some waterfalls also are made by people artificially in order to beautify the nature. Do you ever heard about Ramona Waterfalls? There are beautiful views of Mount Hood and definitely what the nature offer is a spectacle....

Bike Tours To Explore New York City

A bicycle is perhaps one of the most convenient ways to explore the vast charms of NYC. It gives you a cheap, fun and green way to see the city and broadens your perspective about the Big Apple. With well laid-out bike paths to follow and no rush of traffic to fight with, you can bike along leisurely while learning about city history and taking in its true beauty. So, pick the theme of your choice to explore the city and select from some fascinating bike tours. Here are some of the bike tours that will allow you to experience NYC in a more in depth way: Bronx Bicycle Tour Bike your way...

Top museums to visit in New York City

New York is home to world-class museums that give a rich peek into the art, natural sciences, education, and cultural scene of this great city. To let you experience the best of NYC, we present to you a list of top museums in the city. From modern art to Egyptian artifacts, Asian art to old buses and trains, whatever you’re interested in–New York has it all! Here are some of top museums in NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art With nearly 2 million works of art and over 6 million visitors per year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is undoubtedly a top draw for visitors from across the world....

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