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Glamping at Brussel’s Vintage Hotel

October 31, 2012 by  

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During my trip to Belgium I had the luxury of staying in the Vintage Hotel. It’s generally regarded as one of the city’s most stylish and best-designed hotels (gay-friendly, too!). The hotel is located just off Brussels’ most fashionable shopping street, Avenue Louise. With 29 unique bedrooms, the Vintage Hotel is probably one of the best boutique hotels I have stayed in. Each room is decorated with individual pieces of design furniture from the 20th century. And just to make the boutique hotel even more interesting, the Vintage Hotel has an Airstream trailer available to sleep in.

What is glamping?

It’s simple: it’s camping in a glamourous way. And if you’re that stereotypical hipster, it’s really the only type of camping you might expect to do. I was never much a camper myself, but if camping involves staying in a vintage Airstream trailer, than I’m definitely down. This hotel is highly recommended if you’re looking for a cool and hip hotel experience in Brussels! Vintage Hotel
rue Dejoncker 45, 1060 Brussels
info@vintagehostel.be  Disclosure: My visit to Belgium was in partnership with Flanders Tourism.


Hurricane Sandy Leaves Destruction & Smart Phone Users Capture the Evidence

October 31, 2012 by  

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Hurricane Sandy whipped through America’s East Coast this past week and left Americans with an enormous amount of destruction that we are now still trying to come to grips with. I live in Rochester, New York, where we normally are way enough inland from the coast to be protected from these types of storms. But Sandy was nothing that we’ve ever experienced before which has been felt all the way to Wisconsin! We all survived the storm fine here with just a few downed trees and some power outages. Those that live right along the shore of Lake Ontario were told to evacuate because of high waves. At the office we experienced a little bit of Internet troubles yesterday morning. But all is back to normal and Halloween will go on tonight along with a rescheduled Bruce Springsteen concert that was originally planned for Tuesday night. The story of Hurricane Sandy has largely been being told by the people that actually experienced it and in real time, not just through the professional news media. The story has been unfolding mostly through photos being shared on various


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Halloween: Dark Harvest

October 31, 2012 by  

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Dark Harvest Lunation
Celebrate this Celtic Ritual.
Drapes in Orange and Black. Burning foliage of the old.
Intoxication of sulfur and mulled wine
Reading a prophecy awaiting a sign. Howling moon chants
As white drapes dance
Hypnotic state a witch’s trance. This veil a thin web
Raised
Walks the living and the dead. Candle burn on my window sill
The Queen Banshee passes with a Screeching Shill
Underworld passes on the grave misty hill.


Brussel’s Annual Cactus Festival: One Stage, Over 20 Indie Bands

October 31, 2012 by  

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What’s the epitome of traveling for music? Music festivals. Europe is one of the best places in the world for indie music festivals. The ones in the UK are legendary and get plenty of attention, but many of the smaller European countries are also great places to find some great music acts. And that’s how I ended up in Belgium. Belgium may not be the first place you think of when you think “music festival,” but with their Flanders is a Festival campaign this summer, they’re certainly trying to get on the map. As they should! Flanders is hosting over 280 festivals this summer—everything from techno legends to local, indie fests. I took the opportunity to visit Brussels and see the annual Cactus Festival—a three day festival, one stage and over 20 international indie bands.

About the Cactus Festival

The annual indie music festival takes place in Bruges (Brugge) in the Minnewaterpark. Most festival-goers are Belgian locals but the music acts are international. In fact, there were only a handful of Belgian bands playing at the 2012 Cactus Festival. I discovered several new bands and because the festival grounds were…

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A Quiet Moment in New York After Hurricane Sandy Blew Through

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A Quiet Moment in New York City after Hurricane Sandy made her presence.
Photo credit: Fr. James Martin



Botswana Wants to ELECT Their President

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Who says cultures don’t change? It may not be a quick process, but while the globe is awash with media coverage of the Arab Spring, another quiet cultural shift is occurring out of limelight. Botswana is beginning to toy with the notion of “elected” presidents rather than “president-for-life.” Quiet though this might be, the shift is equally profound: from entitled leadership to earned leadership. It’s the subtle shift that redefines the responsibility and expectations of leadership – the concept that leadership has a responsibility to the populace rather than the populace needing to have allegiance to leadership. According to an article in the Botswana Gazette:
A study by Afrobarometer, an African institution that measures public attitudes towards democracy, says only 39% of the people in Botswana want the present system of electing the president indirectly retained, compared to 60% in 2008.
Why this change in perspective? The Gazette speculates it may be due to the fact that people have become more educated since 2008, and that this change would also mean placing measured limits on the president’s power, mitigating political abuse. In any case, the cultural shift is of key importance:…

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The Fourth Annual Kentucky Proud IncrEDIBLE Food Show

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For a few hours last month, Lexington was the place to be for foodies!  The fourth Annual Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show brought together a bevy of food producers and purveyors, each one putting their best foot forward in celebration of all things culinary in our beautiful Bluegrass state.  It was my first time attending and I had no idea what to expect.  The scent of sizzling pork hung lightly in the air as soon as we set foot in the vast exhibition space.  ’Doesn’t the goetta smell wonderful?’ commented a passer-by.  Goetta? And so began our afternoon of experiencing.  We tried a number of different beer cheeses, homemade pasta sauces, salsas, sausages and of course goetta from Glier’s, our nose leading us there almost immediately.  We stopped by the Salt Rox booth sampled a variety of Kentucky wines, popped in on a great Apple Pie demonstration by Megan Smith of the Art of Homemaking, and picked up several goodies including cinnamon raisin granola from Sweetgrass Granola, some ‘hot brown’ dog treats for Nick from the Bluegrass Bakery and country ham from Brownings. After two hours of touring we had only begun to


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Halloween Trivia: What You Didn’t Know About Pumpkins

October 31, 2012 by  

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pumpkin Today is Halloween, you know, the day of ghosts, ghouls and pumpkins.  What a better time to share with you top five unknown pumpkin facts (and one big, fat Franken-lie) to get you into eating this seasonal fruit (yep fruit, not vegetable – you can have that fact for free) instead of just carving it up and leaving it on the doorstep (although that’s not to say that we don’t love carving pumpkins too). Freckle remover
Pumpkins used to be recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites. I don’t know about you but I actually like my freckles. And my snake bites. bowl cut hair Hairdressing tool
Need a haircut but cant afford to go to a salon? Just do as the American early colonies did. Cut off the top of a pumpkin, stick it on your head and trim around it. Neat, round and uniform. But by no means stylish. Food or mats?
Well, both. The Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made them into mats. Clever. pumpkin seeds

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