Archive March 2018

Why baby eels are one of Spain’s most expensive foods

Baby eels are one of Spain’s most expensive foods, but when you see them for the first time you might wonder why. They’re not, to put it mildly, something that cries out to be eaten. When alive, they’re transparent and slimy, slithering and squirming like tiny snakes. Cooked, they turn opaque and resemble limp, dead worms, except they’re white with two tiny black dots for eyes. Hungry yet? They’re not something that cries out to be eaten But lots of delicious things are not particularly good looking; what’s important is the taste. Here’s where it...

The cliff that changed our understanding of time

“Just a bit further, round the next bend,” my guide Jim said, as our fishing boat pitched and rolled in the choppy waters of the North Sea. It was hardly reassuring. But as we lurched from side to side, I reminded myself that the purpose of our trip was worth it. We were re-tracing a 230-year-old voyage that forever changed humanity’s perspective of the history of the Earth – and even of time itself. View image of Siccar Point, one of the most important geological sites in the world Our destination was Siccar Point. I’d visited earlier that...

The most ambitious country in the world?

I’d only been in Singapore a few months when I had my first experience of kiasuism. It was a Saturday afternoon and after a couple of hours exploring the shopping area of Orchard Road in the dense, heavy heat, I headed to the MRT (train) station weighed down with a pushchair and two tired children ready to go home. The station was thick with people, and I searched for a way to get to the train platform. I spotted a lift and squeezed into a queue of about a dozen people, who were dutifully waiting even though there were two escalators less than 100m away. There was an air of...

Five ways to get close to nature in Maggie Valley NC

Maggie Valley lies in one of the most beautiful and varied natural landscapes around. You can explore the craft shops in the laid-back atmosphere during the day, and relax under the stars at night. One of the best reasons for paying a visit to Maggie Valley is that you are so close to nature. You can experience the power of waterfalls, the splendour of mountains and the beauty of the varied wildlife. All of this is available just 35 miles away from downtown Asheville. This means that you can book a motel near Asheville, then drive on out to any of the areas of natural beauty around you. Soco...

Time Travel: Using Technology To Slow Down Vacations

Have you ever gone on vacation to relax, and came back feeling more tired than when you left? The allure of visiting a new city, state, country, or continent is always refreshing, but is it always redeeming in terms of rest and recovery? Racing around seemingly endless new territories, quickly viewing as many monuments, landmarks and natural artifacts as possible is a rush, literally. One of the lost arts in taking a vacation is slowing down from the fast-paced hectic schedules we normally maintain, and taking the time to actually unwind into the local culture being visited. Travel Tech...

Getaway Attractions near Delhi in Budget – Your answer to a fun n’ frolic weekend!

Given the fast-paced life, Delhiites are constantly on the lookout for getaways on weekends. Parents are often found telling their kids about visits to grandparents’ place during summer holidays when they were young themselves. Indeed, where could you find a place better than the one that gives you the calm of visiting your ancestral village? However, it is practically difficult to satiate the adrenaline rush of Delhiites. They are always on the hunt for getaways that will provide them with the much needed “Kick” from their mundane routines as well as provide them their...

5 Reasons to Teach Abroad

Are you a trained teacher? Have you ever considered teaching abroad? Well, there are many advantages that come with teaching abroad. Regardless of whether you want to teach the Languages or Sciences, there are endless opportunities that exist for the teachers who venture into teaching outside of their countries. There are many teaching opportunities in most of the countries in the world. As long as you are a well-trained teacher, you can consider a number of jobs all over the UK for teaching. You can also get teaching jobs from the rest of the world. Here are 5 reasons you should consider...

After 100 hours in Tibet, I knew it was time to leave

In time, like space, a curious mathematics often takes hold. The fewer things you have in your memory, the more space each one has to reverberate inside you. A brief trip can be like an empty room in a Japanese tea house: if there’s nothing there but a single scroll, that scroll becomes the universe. Sometimes, I’ve found, it’s only by keeping an outer journey short that you can make the inner journey that follows echo across a lifetime. The fewer things you have in your memory, the more space each one has to reverberate inside you I wasn’t thinking any of this...

Is this the world’s first energy bar?

The origins of the Kendal mint cake date to prehistoric times, when unique geological conditions created sweet, marble-like deposits in the caverns of England’s Lake District. Local miners armed with pickaxes risk their lives to carve out this valuable foodstuff. Of course, that’s the fictional, tongue-in-cheek version related by Colin Bowden. Along with his wife Margot, he runs a shop called The Mintcake Mine in Bowness-on-Windermere, a picturesque Lake District town. As well as selling the delicacy, the shop houses a tiny exhibition on the mint-cake myth – complete...

Trekking to Tuscany

In the centre of Italy lies Tuscany, with Florence being its capital. It’s home to famous Renaissance art and architecture, including those of Michelangelo and Botticelli. Its landscape diversifies from the Apennine Mountains to the beaches of the island of Elba, to the olive groves and vineyards or Chianti. Does this sound like a holiday for you? Then look no further than Voyage Prive. Getting there If you’re living in Europe, it’s relatively easy to travel by land to Tuscany but you can also find good deals with low-cost carriers, like Ryanair. If you are going to visit other regions...

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