Archive January 2017

Where people don’t like to say no

Thai people don’t like to say no. This is evident even in their simplest words: “yes” is chai and the closest thing to “no” is mai chai, which translates as “not yes.” This is more than just a simple language quirk. It reflects much about Thai society that isn’t apparent to outsiders until they’ve spent some time in the country. View image of Thais live in a group-orientated culture (Credit: Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Alamy) When I arrived in Thailand four years ago, mai chai seemed a clunky phrase. I soon realised,...

The Coldest Spots On Earth

The lowest temperature ever observed is measured at the Russian Vostok research station in Antarctica, on July 21, 1983 and amounts to – 89.2 degrees Celsius. We present you seven “abnormal” cold spots on Earth. 1. Verkhoyansk Verkhoyansk is located at a distance of 2400 km south of the North Pole, and the average temperature here in January is -45.7 degrees Celsius, while average monthly temperatures remain below zero from October to April. In 1892, residents measured the lowest temperature which amounted to -67.7 degrees Celsius. 2. Oymyakon The coldest inhabited place in the...

This ordinary town hides an unopened box of prophecies

At 8:23pm, the ritual began. Yellow smoke billowed into the darkness, accompanied by a cacophony of horns, drums and bells. We released the yellow balloons in our hands; they drifted up into the black sky. Someone climbed on top of a shipping container and stood, silhouetted in the fog, holding a flare. It was 23 December 2016, and in the final few days of a tumultuous year, it felt cathartic to imagine that the apocalypse really had arrived. I was on the grounds of the Panacea Museum in Bedford, England, the perfect place to imagine the end of the world. For almost 100 years, this cluster...

Enjoy Your Vacation In a Healthy And Clean Beach Environment

Beaches are one of the best places to hang-out with your friends and family. Seeing them all cluttered and messy will spoil your fun. These days, all you see on beaches is trash covering the sand. Seeing this ruins your entire idea of having a joyful vacation. In fact, most of you will be surprised to know that in 2015, a significantly huge amount of plastics bags were found thrown at beaches. The number touched trillion. This amount has increased even more now and this is the reason our aquatic life is suffering. Numerous amount of fishes are dying everyday because of careless dumping of...

Want to move abroad? Try here

As the world becomes more connected, the number of people living outside their home country is on the rise – more than 244 million globally, estimates the United Nations, up more than 40% since 2000. But as increasing numbers of people venture to new jobs and opportunities, what makes expats happy in their new hometown? To find out, the global community network InterNations recently conducted their annual Expat Insider survey of more than 14,000 expats from 191 countries, asking residents to rate 43 different aspects of life abroad, from friendliness of locals and family life to...

Visit The Victoria And Albert Museum For Free

In London, the entrance to most great museums is free. At the entrance to each is request that if you are able, you can insert a couple of quid, but it is not obligatory. So, we recommended visiting one of the most amazing places in the world, the famous Victoria and Albert Museum. Known also as “V & A”, the museum is located in Brompton, London is the largest museum in the world of decorative arts and design, with a permanent collection of 4.5 million items. Original name of the museum in 1852 was the Museum of Manufactures. But, Queen Victoria in 1899 renamed the...

Thinking of moving to Brussels? A few tips

If you’re considering moving your family over to Brussels, you might have a few questions and a lot of research to do. How do you get a visa to work in Brussels? What’s the healthcare system like? How do taxes work? These questions, along with many other worries or anxieties, need to be addressed before you take the plunge. This guide gives an informative look at moving to Brussels with a few key areas addressed: What about Residency? All people who plan to stay in Belgium for more than three months are considered “residents.” This means that they must prove that they are entitled to...

5 Places in India that are Best to Visit in Summer

Summers come and people are looking for long vacations to get some relief from intolerable heat. As the temperature start rising to high point in India, everyone starts browsing internet to search best summer vacations destinations in India with some exciting deals. Here, we provide a list of some best places to visit in summer that gives you a relief from heat. Summer holiday destinations in India Ladakh Ladakh is one of the most beautiful place to visit in India. It is known as “Little Tibet” by the tourists who have visited India over the years. Ladakh is no more a secret when it...

Rajasthan – The Land Of Kings

India is one of the few countries where the social and religious structures remained intact and held nearly 4,000 years. It is a land of contrasts where are intertwined past and present and life seems unreal. In India, are not valid the rules of the developed civilized world. It is not easy to love, but once it gets under your skin, will always remain in your heart. So, there is a place that you can explore, the famous Rajasthan. Anyone who wants to see the Maharaja’s Palace, experience the loneliness of the desert cities or drill into the study of miniatures can travel to Rajasthan,...

How Irish falconry changed language

The hawk cocked her head and glared at me, her eyes gleaming golden with determination. She wanted to know if I was serious about the job at hand. “Just do like I showed you before,” said Joe Healy-Rennison, my instructor and fellow pack member at Ireland’s School of Falconry. He encouraged me in his easy Irish manner, pushing a freshly severed chicken foot into my gloved fist. Then I stuck my left arm straight out to the side, tensing my shoulder as Lima, the beautiful brown Harris’s hawk, swooped down in a gush of wind, lighting upon the edge of my covered wrist. I...

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