Friiiidaaayyyy!! Pub is open, and today's pubfact: "Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour."
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Very disappointed that a very friendly, charming, warm, cozy place I stayed at about a decade ago in Montreal has gone the boutique hotel route. Boutique hotels almost all look the same to me--cold, impersonal, lots of metal, plain white sheets, all that junky, plastic, vinyl, fake rattan furniture. Boo! I hate 'em. And they look the same everywhere you go--no cultural charm left at all. Can we please stop converting the whole world to look the same? Into some sort of a bland, boring, homogenous place only suitable to robots and drones? ....Thoughts?
(Attached is the before and after photo of the same lobby. Granted the top one isn't the greatest pic, but it had a lot of Old World charm distinctive to Montreal. The lower photo could be anywhere in the world. ...Anywhere.)
I have included this photo in my South Georgia Island travel page. A member who reviewed my page has suggested that I put it up for a 'Caption Competition'. Any ideas?
What I saw this morning during breakfast was that a mother reprimanded her young kid for licking the yogurt off the peeled foil cover. She told her son never to do that, but if she said why, I couldn't hear it. I on the other hand was raised that is was perfectly acceptable since it was not a gesture of insult, but rather not being wasteful.
Any particular customs or habits that your family/culture have instilled in you that have been in conflict when you go somewhere else?
I'm curious for the more subtle ones, more so than the obvious ones like cover your shoulders and knees when in conservative countries.
The bones are not getting any younger and the winter just feels colder and, for the first time ever in over 30 years in this country I made home over three decades ago, DANGEROUS. It started with a days-long power out in the city in December 2013. We didn't have power or heat for (only) three days. I say "only" because some parts of the city were out for much, much longer. And the weather was nowhere near as cold as it is this year. We barely brushed freezing but without heat it felt freezing. We couldn't take off because He was working and the dog had just had major surgery and couldn't be hefted around at all thus we couldn't just vamoose to a hotel elsewhere in the city. For the first time ever, wrapped up in many covers, my big winter coat and layers of socks, I realized how one could die from the cold. This sinister feeling came along and has not left and has got worse with the recent cold weather.
So, this year, still with the dog (a half-parent) now that Him and I have split and share pooch custody, it's a cold winter and the instinct is to flee to the opposite coast where it rains all the time and flowers have been known to bloom in January. Naturally, a more comfortable climate means more expense on a now more limited budget. So I've been Googling apartments and condos but still yearn to maintain good living space and a small yard/deck. I'm in a small townhouse right now.
So, this winding, long-winded tale leads me to my question, and this really is aimed at the Canadian west coast contingent on VT, if there is one, and seeing I don't think the Q. is for the Travel Forum:
What can you tell me about mobile home parks? Yes, I've heard the nasty comments about 'trailer park trash', and no, my name is not Earle! Some parks appear very pleasant and aimed at the 50+ and allow pets. I've seen some parks on my travels (in the U.S.) that were beautifully kept and landscaped with community facilities and swimming pools, etc., and much nicer than many areas of 'regular' homes.
Another question, and it is my main question, to anyone in the know is: how protected are mobile home owners in British Columbia? It appears hundreds of mobiles are up for sale. I've checked the web sites! I don't know if this indicates that parks are expanding and this is taking off as an affordable lifestyle, or if parks are selling up because land is in demand for development and the mobile home owners are being unceremoniously kicked off with nothing to show for their investment in one of these homes, seeing that the home sits on a rented pad. I know the 'mobile' part doesn't really come into play anymore because literally moving one of these modular houses to a new location is too expensive for most people using the parks to contemplate.
How protected are B.C. mobile home owners?
I can't find anything but negative media stories and nothing to state that legislation has been passed yet that landowners are prevented from running a park, taking someone's carefully accumulated $$$s and assuring them they are safe, then turning around in a short time and saying "Vacate. We've sold to developers. No refunds or protection. You're out and out of pocket!". It seems park owners are free and clear to actually rip off people in this manner.
I am planning to move to the expensive west coast of Canada later this year and to hopefully investigate mobile home park living as an affordable option for the so-called golden years.
So, information, advice, facts, all are welcome.
Good Morning, I have found lots of card making ideas on Pinterest but have no idea how to contact people who made the cards for more information. I googled it and the Youtube video implied I need to be on Pinterest at the same time as the other person. I,m sure there are ways of messaging people on there but can,t figure it out. Any information on using Pinterest is welcome.
I have been asked the same question over the weekend by some friends visiting and it got me thinking...
I originally come from Republic of Macedonia and altho half of my life I have lived abroad and expended on my food palet, I still get into extasy overdrive when I can find Ajvar.
Ajvar is spread/dip made of red roasted pimento papers, which we have them in abundance in Macedonia due to favourable climate.. So everybody eats it, and is staple on any Macedonian table.
So I am very happy when I can find Ajvar on my travels and buy some to take home.. Also I make it at home and I installed the love of this food stuff into my family...
So which food you can't live without and will go to lengths to get it??
Just curious, do share your stories please..
There are more than 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a place that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as of special cultural or physical significance. For our next member list and newsletter, let's put together a list of the Top 10 UNESCO sites to see now. If you have a tip on VT with a photo, or at least a photo, please include a link to that.
Here's the complete list if you want to take a look - http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/
I have tried to sign in..it's been a long time..and I've forgotten my password. I filled out the request for an email but none has arrived. What can I do?
Have also posted in Technical Forum.
Some of you will know that I am a musician of no fixed ability and I was recently thinking about what I would call my next album if I ever get back in the stusio. I had hit upon the idea of "Accidents that haven't killed me yet" which seems appropriate. If you were to record an album, what would you call it? If you don't have an album name, do you have any ideas for a song title?
When you read someone's VT travel pages, what do you read first? (Things to do? Tourist Traps? Warnings and Dangers" Restaurants? Hotels? Shopping? Off the Beaten Path? Local Customs?) Are there categories that you skip? (What to Pack? Transportation?). I find that many popular destinations have similar "Things to do" so I tend to go to "Local Customs" and "Warnings and Dangers." I don't think I have ever read a "What to Pack" tip. (though I have written some). I am curious. I would like to know the habits of the VT community. Thank you.
How do you light your home now, when you can't get incandescent light bulbs any more? Every room now has a different shade, and none are pleasant.
Just watched this documentary in German language from 2007 showing towns, landscape along the black sea coast. It's called"Von Odessa nach Odessa". Covering bits and pieces of Ukraine, Russia, Gerogia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania.
I found it in the RBB mediathek:
A quick warning, especially to Americans, that hotels.com currently has a serious glitch if you book hotels outside the US. You will be quoted in US$, but will be charged in local currency. In our case, we booked a hotel in what we thought (and the web page clearly stated) was a rate in US$ translated from Euro, but were charged in Euro at a 1:1 rate. For some reason, however, I suspect this glitch does not occur when booking in Yen.
Anyway, I contacted the company, and got a coupon for my next non-refundable booking with them. Not ideal, but better than nothing, I suppose. So if you're using a meta-search engine (e.g., trivago), be aware the quote of hotels.com may be actually in local currency, even though it says in yours.
Anyone else have similar experiences receiving a quote in the wrong currency?
For everyone writing about missing or late notices, on several messages -
Look at "Roman Calendar" in Wikipedia. For some time there was no February, there was a year of 304 days (not even a moon year) and there were days that had no dates at all.
I found this after looking at the English calendar, after I read a detective story about a letter that was proven to be forged, because it had a date in the 16th century which didn't exist in England. Just as in the transit of Czarist Russia to USSR the October revolution of 17 October which was on 7th of November. (Change between the Julian and Gregorian calendar).
Friiiiidaaayyy!! Pub is open, and today's pubfact: "The flu virus can live on your skin for only five minutes, but can survive on paper currency for up to 17 days."
Good thing I mostly use plastic!
I am looking to purchase a violin bow. I will be in Venice this month and in Paris in April. Where would it be best to look for a violin bow? my budget is modest, maximum euro 250.00 as I am an amateur player, but my present bow needs to be replaced. If you happen to know any particular name of a shop I would be grateful. When I am in Venice i would be prepared to got to Trieste or Padova. Unfortunatley Cremona is too far away..
A company in Japan hopes to produce a hotel where 90% of the staff functions formerly taken by humans are instead performed by robots:
Why do I have a picture in my mind of, rather than a knock at the door from housekeeping staff, a robot housekeeper blasting the door down with a photon torpedo in order to get in to clean the room?
I'll be going to so. Afr and want to take action pix. Can I do it on a tablet? how long can a battery hold a charge?
Would like to know any comment on Jetstar Airline. Any good and bad review?
I decide to take Jetstar flight from KL to Auckland.
When I was in Rajasthan I saw a wonderful book of wall paintings, in the hotel lobby. At home I wanted to order it from Amazon, it cost about $140, and "Used, like new" almost $70.
The shipping cost for the used book was $3.5 in the US, some tens of dollars to Israel.
My son travels often to the States, so I ordered the book to his office address there.
On his first visit he forgot to take it, after several months he did bring it. The book was printed in Delhi, but shipped to the US address from Belgium! Instead of shipping it direct from Belgium to Israel at a reasonable price.
Now when I ordered maps for my trip, I saw again that paying in Israel more than double the price for the maps, it includes the shipping cost and is cheaper.
It's -17C here and the wind is blowing so it feels like -31C, and that's the temperature I (or anyone thinking of going outside) has to take into account when stepping out. So I try not to go out. The cabin fever resulting from this is another tale. It's dangerous not to be aware of WC but before I lived in Canada I don't believe I'd ever heard this weather term.
The reason I'm fixating on WC right now is that it's after 10pm here and the dog will have to venture outside soon, and that means mom will have put on the layers and head out into "Antarctica" too. And again first thing in the morning. Roll on summer.
Can US100$ bills be easily changed into local currency at Casablanca Airport ??
Thanks in advance for any help offered.
Saw that in our news yesterday and it is just too cute not to share it :-)
A Canadian-German team has invented this little guy, a hitchhiking robot, and send him on a journey more or less across the world. He already travelled through Canada and arrived in Germany last night.
From what I read it sounds as if he has all Wikipedia knowledge stored and is thus a nice "communicator".
So funny :-))
If anyone is thinking of going trekking in Nepal this November and is looking for an Ethical Bargain then please look at this link
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