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Easter Day: Where the Buffalo Roam Under a Montana Sky

March 31, 2013 by  

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Where the Buffalo Roam Under the Big Sky.  Montana on Easter 2013. Antelope — National Bison Range, Montana – Easter, 2013 Easter Swim — National Bison Range, Montana – Easter 2013 Photos contributed by my friend Eric Gabster.


Dreaming Up a Life in Tokyo, Literally…

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Travel writer Mariellen Ward in Tokyo Japan

One night, many years ago, I dreamt I moved to Japan. I had just moved in with my boyfriend in Toronto and we were buying furniture and decorating. After that dream, I bought black lacquer bedroom furniture and Japanese prints for the walls. Then, he was offered a job in Japan. We flew to Tokyo on Valentine’s Day, on Singapore Airlines and when the beautifully attired air hostess offered me Johnnie Walker Blue Label, I thought she was mistaken about the colour of the label. On Valentine’s Day, I landed at Narita International Airport to begin my new life. My life in Japan. I had never been to Japan before, never been to Asia before, when I agreed to move there. Tokyo was my first Asian megalopolis. The population of the greater Tokyo area including Yokohama equals Canada. Travel writer Mariellen Ward in Tokyo Japan Our first home in Tokyo was a compact suite in a chic hotel in Ginza, the world’s most expensive real estate. I met Oliver Stone in the lobby, and heard that Annette Benning and Warren Beatty were staying there. We ate at the Japanese restaurant…

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Going All Inclusive for Mediterranean and Aegean Sun

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  Taking a trip with an all inclusive package can be a wise and hassle free decision, it can also result in being significantly cheaper. Places such as Turkey and the Greek Islands are a lot more affordable and stress-free when a cheap package holiday is booked through a last minute portal. These holiday packages are in some cases between 50-70% off the normal retail price, because of last minute flight or accommodation cancellations. Cheap holiday deals have never been more readily available so make sure you benefit from these special packages now. Majorca Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands and is a candidate for the most pretty. There are sleepy little towns dotted around the outskirts and tucked away in the centre, selling wares of all kinds from pottery and glass to hand-made gifts. Rhodes Rhodes is another destination that ticks all of the boxes with beautiful beaches and lush greenery, archaeological sites and an extensive medieval town. The climate here is very good, with the weather typically mild and warm. The island is a part of the Dodecanese group of islands, with busier tourist towns…

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2 Unique Specialty Boutique Hotels in Singapore

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While Singapore has plenty of accommodation options for its size, finding a chic boutique hotel that is both centrally located and moderately priced, is not an easy task. On my recent trip to the island nation, I stayed in two boutique hotels, and below will give you a feel for what they’re like and why I chose them. NAUMI LIORA: A Boutique Hotel in Chinatown Located in a quaint shop house on the quirky Keok Siak Street in Chinatown, Naumi Liora is a charming boutique hotel with tastefully done interiors. It retains the shop house heritage of the area with its tiny windows and bright orange exterior. Unlike any boutique hotel I’ve stayed at so far, the lobby of the hotel offers a 24-hour Nibbles Snackbar, with complimentary tea, coffee, ice cream, cookies, chips and other bite-sized snacks! Naumi Liora Singapore, Asia Rooms Singapore, boutique hotels Singapore The Rooms: Though box-sized (like most small hotels in Singapore), I found the rooms to be very cozy, tastefully decorated, and creatively optimized for space. The bathroom, though small, comes with high quality fittings. The higher category rooms come with their own French-style courtyard, and are certainly worth…

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Learning Mate Culture in Patagonia

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mate drink   The Cebador hands me the cuia, I pause for a moment and think about everything I have learned. I slowly extend my right hand looking him in the eyes and giving him a slight nod. I take the first drink from the bombilla careful not to move it around but instead let it sit stiffly in the packed herbal mixture. I drink it all in a short amount of time – trying to suck and slurp the last bit of liquid from the herbs.  Once I’ve finished I hand it back to the cebador with the bombilla pointing towards him and don’t say a word. Now I’m one step closer to fitting into Patagonia culture – I can officially call myself a mate drinker. You can’t miss the mate culture in Patagonia (pronounced maa-tay)– the cuia’s (gourds that the mate is drank out of) are sold everywhere in the markets. You’ll also notice huge displays of metal straws that are used in the mate. And finally – if you look closely, you’ll probably see people of all ages walking around towns with a thermos of warm water. All of these things…

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Burgundy & Bordeaux for Uncorking Some of the Best!

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A trip through the provinces of France is a true treat for wine connoisseurs. Here are two excellent suggestions for meandering through some pretty vineyards and gathering inspiration and some bottles for your collection. Burgundy The Burgundy region in south eastern France is inland and famous for the remarkable castles and churches, plus the natural beauty of the mountains, mirror lakes and vast wild countryside. The Loire Valley is famous worldwide for its spectacular French wine and picturesque vineyards. Burgundy wine is possibly the most famous, but there are many other sublime varieties from the region such as Chablis, Côteaux de l’Auxerrois, Côte-de-Nuits, Côte-de-Beaune, Hautes-Côtes, Côtes Chalonnaise et Mâconnais, and, of course, Pouilly-sur-Loire. Wine lovers will know these types of wines as they are well stocked in UK supermarkets. This is the right place for serious wine collectors and those who love to lose themselves in quiet, wild, untouched places will relish visiting Burgundy. Bordeaux Bordeaux is a very relaxed and tolerant place – ruled by the English for a time in history – and there remains a certain English flair to the region. Visitors to Bordeaux raise their…

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On Gender Equality Coming of Age, But Beyond Silicon Valley?

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Doesn’t anyone get why CEO Marissa Mayer put the kibosh on telecommuting right now at Yahoo? It wasn’t discrimination folks. You see when you’re in the middle of a huge, nasty turnaround and trying to change the culture of a company — people need to show up at work. Yeah, we all know that working virtually is the trend. In fact, teams often are dispersed around the globe. But in this case, it’s not rocket science or discrimination, so get a life folks. Nothing is forever. If she is right and Yahoo can be fixed, it will save all of the jobs, and we’re talking about 11,500 employees, and countless contractors and consultants. If she’s wrong, there may be no jobs to worry about. But now, this CEO is often referred to as the “Stalin of Silicon Valley” in the press. So what is really going on here? Why the ensuing drama even when it’s discussed among friends and colleagues in Silicon Valley? What do you think? Could it be sexism sticking up its head against this girl geek in this male dominated world? Heaven forbid, right? Not here, no it…

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Fisherman Catches a Two-Headed Bull Shark Off the Florida Keys

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two-headed shark Two-headed bull shark via Live Science Any fisherman would be excited just to catch a shark. So imagine this fisherman’s excitement when he reeled in a two-headed bull shark off the Florida Keys. The shark — who would not have been able to survive in the wild very long due to its condition — was handed over to scientists for study. MRI scans showed the shark had two distinct brains, hearts and stomachs, although the rest of the body was joined together by one tail. This is the sixth case ever recorded of a two-headed shark, although the first time it has been seen in a bull shark.  


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