7 Must-Haves to Survive a Long Flight » Brittany from Boston

Source: 7 Must-Haves to Survive a Long Flight » Brittany from Boston

Here is some good advice on long haul air travel from seasoned traveller Brittany.

How to Pack a Carry-On Suitcase Like a Pro » Brittany from Boston

A travel blogger’s secrets to packing a carry-on like a pro! No matter how far or long you travel, you can do it all with just one carry-on suitcase!

Source: How to Pack a Carry-On Suitcase Like a Pro » Brittany from Boston

Wise advice for professional travellers.

Sunt crestin – I Am A Christian

A iesit, in sfirsit, de la tipar cartea Sunt crestin (I Am A Christian), editata de Voicu Bojan si publicata de Editura Aqua Forte din Cluj. Volumul va putea fi comandat curind pe situl editurii.

Asa cum spuneam recent si pe Facebook, cartea, care nu apare inca pe situl editurii, este o lucrare colectiva, in limba romana si engleza (desi poza primita pe facebook arata doua copertem nu stiu inca cu siguranta daca este vorba de doua versiuni separate, una in romana si una in engleza, sau de o editie bilingva), care cuprinde 15 scurte marturii personale ale unor credinciosi, mai ales romani, care incearca sa raspunda la intrebarea ‘de ce sunt crestin?’

Iata lista integrala a autorilor, in ordinea alfabetica a numelor:

Andreea Sepi, Anne Garrett, Cristian Mihut, Danut Manastireanu,
Dionis Bodiu, Don Lothrop, Dorin Axente, Dorin Muresan,
Doru Pop, George Ille, Marius David Cruceru, Mihaela Ursa,
Silvian Guranda, Teofil Stanciu si Voicu Bojan.

Redau mai jos explicatia lui Voicu Bojan despre felul straniu in care s-a nascut aceasta carte. Sper ca aceasta va va trezi interesul si ca veti dori s-o rasfoiti si, poate, s-o oferiti si altora, interesati de aceleasi intrebari existentiale care i-au framintat si pe autorii acestor pagini.

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How To Score Cheap Flights » Brittany from Boston

I’m sharing my secrets on scoring cheap flights…you do not want to miss this!

Source: How To Score Cheap Flights » Brittany from Boston

Here is some expert advice from Britanny for finding cheaper flight tickets. Enjoy your flights!

Homesick for Chicago

This is one of my favourite cities in the US.
I am very glad to visit it again this summer.

Fernando Castilho Cintra on Romania

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Note: This is absolutely hilarious.

Exactly 1 month ago I was arriving in Brazil. So here it goes: 60 things I learned by living in Romania!

PS: Pay attention to what down here is a joke and what is not.

Check it out! 🙂

1 – Dracula is a vampire outside Romania.

2 – The same dude, Vlad Tepes, is a national hero.

3 – While vampires drink blood, the real red thing I loved to drink was Visinata.

4 – Another devilish drink is Tuica, Hungarians call it palinka, but it is the same thing.

5 – Most moldavians, muntenians and others have no idea what happens with Hungarians in Ardeal.

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Valeriu Nicolae – Cu dragoste, din Laos

Valeriu Nicolae

Sînt în nordul Laosului, aproape de Myanmar. Am aterizat în Luang Prabang. Viza a mers repede: 31 de dolari. Drumurile sînt puţine şi tare-tare proaste: aproape patru ore de condus pentru 174 de kilometri. Excesul de adrenalină, dat de multiplele oportunităţi de a sfîrşi glorios pe post de afiş pentru TIR-uri, a făcut ca timpul să treacă în mod interesant.

Ţara este foarte frumoasă, măricică şi slab populată, undeva sub şapte milioane de locuitori. Cu excepţia capitalei, sînt oraşe mici – sub 50.000 de locuitori – şi multe sate, departe unul de celălalt şi locuite în medie cam de 60-80 de familii. O mare parte dintre sate nu au curent electric, iar cîştigul pe familie este sub 80 de dolari pe lună. Mai mult de jumătate din populaţia rurală trăieşte cu mai puţin de 40 de dolari pe lună. Mă simt ca şi cum m-aş fi întors în Valea Jiului din anii ’80, cu telefoane mobile şi climă tropicală. Dacă Volkswagen-ul continuă să ne ajute şi dacă-l mai avem şi pe Dragnea, ales cu o majoritate jenantă pînă şi pentru comuniştii din zonă, în cîteva zeci de ani avem şansa să ajungem ca Laosul şi Cambodgia.
Securiştii sînt peste tot. Budele sînt un lux. Primesc şi semnez rapid regulile de cazare de la comisriatul de poliţie. Aşa scrie: comisriatul. Prima regulă:
1. Turiştii trebuie către tine datorează cazarea la 24,00 (mijlocul noptni) 

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Redeeming Myself By Swimming With Whale Sharks

Redeeming Myself By Swimming With Whale Sharks.

Where A Natural Disaster Is Most Likely to Strike

natural disaster world map
(Source, The Telegraph)

Sagrada Familia – 2026 – We Build Tomorrow

My son’s family is visiting Barcelona these days. This is a good opportunity for me to share with you a few video recordings about Sagrada Familia, the most extraordinary building ever erected, in my humble opinion, and about Antonio Gaudi, the genius architect that designed it and started building in, until his tragic death.

This first short clip presents what’s next in the building project, until 2026, when it will be finished.

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Gomorrah, Masada, and Mount Sodom from the Air

Filmed by Amir Aloni, with his drone.

Russian Empire | Cookies and The Caucasus

Russian Empire | Cookies and The Caucasus.

Here is a great post about an amazing place – Tsminda Sameba (Holy Trinity) Church in the Kazbegi Mountains, in Georgia (the real one, not in the US). Something to do next time I visit there.

58 Reasons Living In Cambridge Ruins You For Life

58 Reasons Living In Cambridge Ruins You For Life.

Cambridge - St. John's College Bridge

Cambridge is my favourite place in England.

You will find in this article a number of stunning pictures from a dream place for academics.

Enjoy!

Calatorie la Colibita

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Vedere dinspre baraj a Lacului Colibita. In fundal se vede casa ridicata pe o insulita .
Mi-ar placea si mie asa ceva, chiar daca as face ceva mult mai modest.

Lacul Colibita este unul artificial. A fost construit in perioada comunista, dar frumusetea lui a devenit cunoscuta abia in ultimii ani, dupa ce un numar de restaurante si pensiuni au fost ridicate imprejur. Lacul este inca dificil de atins, din pricina unei bretele de circa 6km de drum de piatra si praf cit cuprinde. In jurul lacului este insa o sosea relativ decenta.Read More »

Trey Ratcliff – Bejing from Above

Tray writes: ‘I wrote a full story about this video and getting detailed by the Chinese police! Check http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2014/06… – I also have more about how I made the video, equipment, etc etc. This music is by the great Jon Hopkins. This song is called “A Drifting Up.”‘

Timelapse Video of Singapore Airport

Since I have just been through that airport, here is an interesting perspective on it, with a time lapse video.

Air New Zealand – An Unexpected Briefing

Hilarious, isn’t it? And, if you liked it, here is another one, just the same.Read More »

Tour of Cambridge

This is my favourite place in England.There is nothing more beautiful than Cambridge in Spring, on a sunny day.

I wish I could have studied there, though London was not be at all, either.

Vlad Eftenie – La plimbare prin Paris

Paris

Parisul este pentru mine unul dintre orasele cele mai fascinante orase ale lumii, si am vazut citeva (ultima data cind am socotit erau cu ceva peste 350). Dincolo de dimensiunea istorica si culturala a orasului, ceea ce ma impresioneaza cel mai mult este estetica Parisului. Frumusetea creste parca in mod organic in acest oras. Francezii, ei insisi, par sa aiba frumosul in singe. De exemple, desi, cu destule exceptii totusi, frantuzoaicele nu sunt neaparat femei extraordinar de frumoase, mai ales, si aici dati-mi voie sa fiu subiectiv, in comparatie cu romancele, pare ca tot ce pune o frantuzoaica pe ea, in materie de haine ori de machiaj, ii sta bine. Este si normal, atunci cind de cind te nasti pina mori respiri doar frumusete.

Am fost de doua ori la Paris, acum mai mult de zece ani, de fiecare data cite o saptamina, si de atunci imi doresc sa revin. Sper sa mi se implineasca aceasta dorinta cindva, nu prea tirziu. Pina atunci ma desfatez vazind filme despre Paris si citind din cind despre acest superb oras.

Iata aici un splendid articol despre Paris, scris de Vlad Eftenie, si asezonat din belsug cu fotografii excelente, facute de acelasi autor.

Redau mai jos inceputul acestui articol, in speranta ca veti fi atrasi sa-l cititi in intregime.Read More »

Robert Hunt – A Second Letter from Jerusalem

Dear friends,

1. From Tel Aviv

Let me start with a map. The distance from the Jordan river (border of Jordan) to the Mediterranean Sea in the center of Israel is just over 40 miles. Everything is compressed. There isn’t a lot of physical space. And that space holds a lot of history.

Almost anywhere you dig, literally anywhere, you will find layer upon layer of different cultures and civilizations. And that space holds a lot of different peoples. The distinction between Arabs and Jews doesn’t begin to express it. There are many kinds of each, including not only theological divisions but essentially ethnic divisions as well.

But it isn’t just different peoples. It is different worldviews and viewpoints. And these struggle with space and for space; social, psychological, and spiritual. We have heard about the difficulty for politicians to “remain within the consensus,” meaning the current multi-party government, when a large part of the constituency wants to break out over sometimes minute ideological issues. But issues critical to their sense of community identity. We have heard of how women struggle to stay within orthodoxy because they do not want to suffer the dual punishment of facing both misogyny and exile from their community and tradition.Read More »

Billy Connoly – I Wish I Was in Glasgow

I miss Glasgow and my lads there.

Thanks to Lesley Ann  Calvert for the link.

Wild Carpathia 3

This is the last part of this trilogy dedicated to the natural beauty of my country.

I wish Romanian society would match the beauty of our nature. I will say no more.

Wild Carpathia 1 and 2

This is the second part of the documentary on the natural beauty of Romania.

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Paul Wood – 25 Reasons why I Love Living in Romania

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Lamp post in Caracal, Romania 🙂

Daniela Zeca Buzura, one of the best young writers in Romania, shared today on her Facebook wall this article. I loved it, though I might disagree with the author on a number of point, particularly on the charm of Bucharest, I city I hate – mostly because of the people living there, for many reasons, that I may or I may not explain some other time..

I will list here the 25 things, as a teaser, and let you then enjoy the text at length. Here is some light and charming Sunday reading.

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Romanians. Clearly the people are the main reason for liking any country, though the countryside and the crumbling inner city of Bucharest come close behind…

In Romania under Communism television only broadcast for two hours a day meant until the Revolution the Romanians were spared a huge amount of idiocy and had time instead for reading, conversation, drinking wine, and the national sport, seducing one another…

Romania has so far escaped the worldwide cultural revolution – not Mao’s one, but the one that happened in the capitalist world starting in the 1960s and which is showing no signs of abating. One of the great charms of Romania is that the 1960s did not happen in here. The EU will change that, but not quite yet…Read More »

I Am Off To Armenia

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Mt Ararat from the air

I am off to Armenia tomorrow for a whole week, because of my work in World Vision. Please don’t envy me! 🙂

That is why I may not be able to be prompt in approving comments. Please be patient with me.

An say a prayer, if you wish. I always helps. Thanks.

Spooky, Peek-a-boo, and Zebra Slot Canyons in Escalante, Utah

Spooky, Peek-a-boo and Zebra Slot Canyons in the Grand Staircase, Escalante National Monument, off the Hole-in-the-Rock road.
Recorded October 2011 in HD with Panasonic TM900.
Music:
Tim Story – Abridged – 01 – Still Life With Lions
Dean Evenson – Ascension – 03 – Mystic Mountain

Petra – City of Mysteries

Petra, the ancient rose red city carved in the mountains, is celebrating the 200th year since it’s rediscovery by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812.
This is the 3rd in a series of time lapse videos released by the Jordan Tourism Board.

Two and a half years ago I had the privilege of taking some of my team members in World Vision to visit Petra. It was an unbelievable experience. This amazing time lapse video reminded me vividly of that experience.

Views from Panama Canal

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View of downtown Panama City in the sunset

During this week I am visiting Panama for the first time. I am here for a World Vision meeting. The hotel hosting us is right on the bank of the Panama Canal.

Here are a few views from the canal:Read More »

Gabriela Munteanu – Georgia mea

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Georgia, Tbilissi, 17‑22 aprilie 2012; congres de lingvistică şi turcologie.

Cu maşina până la Bucureşti. Întâlnit la poalele Caucazului cu Dinu, venit să facă interviu fetei cu siturile roz‑nostalgice, în cadrul cercetării doctorale pe tema Nostalgiei. Spune despre această Maria, cu care corespondează de un an, că este rafinată, foarte specială, un bun subiect de aplicaţie şi amiciţie.

Georgienii sau ivirii (gruzini, cum le spun ruşii, iar ei refuză acest nume acum), creştini ortodoxi, doar 3 milioane si jumătate de oameni, sunt miraculoşi prin tot ce înseamnă istoria şi felul lor de a fi, cu biblia tradusă în secolul al V‑lea, cu biserici ancestrale, ziduri aşişderea, cu versanţii Caucazilor care îi apară de vijelii şi geruri, încât au o climă subtropicală, fără îngheţ iarna: palmieri, arbuşti parfumaţi, platani şi pini majestuoşi peste tot. Prietenoşi, cultură milenară, precum grecii sau evreii. sau armenii, cu care, aflu, nu sunt în mare prietenie.Read More »

Mari Blaj – Cum construim un Babel

Ajung la Beijing dupa-amiaza tarziu. E rece, fulguise peste zi, e o ceata deasa ca in “Hiroshima” lui Jebeleanu. Ma ia de la aeroport prietena mea T. In drum spre hotel ma previne ca locuim intr-un hutong. Nu inteleg deloc ce e aia, doar ca e aproape de centru, intr-unul dintre cartierele vechi ale orasului. Cand ajungem e déjà intuneric. Intram pe o straduta ingusta si mizera, printre cladiri mici, lipite una de alta, cu acoperisuri ca de pagoda. Am un sentiment neplacut, de discomfort. Insa am incredere in T., e un foarte bun travel manager, asadar merg pe mana ei. Intram intr-o receptie mica. Gazdele sunt dragute, fara aere de profesionalism scrobit. Imi place enorm tapetul de culoarea ceaiului, cu caligrafie chinezeasca si crengute de cires inflorit.

A doua zi aveam sa pricep ce e hutongul in toata splendoarea lui. In zilele care au urmat m-am plimbat in diverse astfel de cartiere, unele cu locuinte, pravalii inghesuite si taverne, altele mai elegante, turistice, cu buticuri, galerii de arta, cafenele. Hutong e un vechi cuvant mongol si inseamna “fantana”, ceea ce lasa sa se inteleaga geneza acestor conglomerate pseudo-urbane. Ai tot felul de suprize: asternuturi la aerisit, dessouuri la uscat, gaste ingrozitor de murdare, restaurante decente alaturi de altele insalubre. Bicicletele sunt o realitate de sine-statatoare. Stradutele dintre sirurile lungi de cladiri par a fi cu sens unic, dar se circula in ambele sensuri. De dupa usi apar copii murdari si femei stilate. Pe unul dintre ziduri – un afis: aici s-a nascut si a crescut ultima regina a ultimei dinastii chineze, la inceputul secolului trecut! Nici acum nu mi-a trecut mirarea… Aud ca guvernul planuieste sa demoleze aceste cartiere si sa le reconstruiasca. Imi amintesc ceva planuri de urbanism maret din anii ’80 in Bucuresti…Read More »