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Exploring Nazareth Israel & Its Top 5 List

September 30, 2013 by  

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Life finally took me back to the Middle East this month. In Israel, we will be spending around 3 weeks in the country, our first stop after Afula was to to head to Nazareth. Despite having a small geographical area of around 21,000 square kilometres and a population of 8 million, Israel’s profile worldwide is well known, this tiny country makes more news than most countries on the planet. For those figures I have included the West Bank and the Gaza strip by the way, which for the most part will be covered on here as Palestine, since I love “crossing world borders“. backpacking in nazareth Once you get to Nazareth,  you will want to maximize your time there. There are kind of three parts of Nazareth: Nazareth New City (Nazareth), Nazareth Ilit and Nazareth Old City. Here, I’ve concentrated on the Old City, hence the exclusion of the Nazareth Village, which is also a recommended tourist spot. Above – the hills on the way into Nazareth. nazareth backpacking souvenirs Souvenirs in the markets of Nazareth, Israel  Getting to Nazareth is fairly easy since Israel’s extensive bus network is easy to…

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Antigua Gallery of Puerto Natales For Ethnic Jewelry, Fashion & Pottery

September 30, 2013 by  

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In Chile’s Patagonia, I came across a small shop that wasn’t quite open for the season yet called Antigua Gallery. It was after hours also however Felipe Bahamondez was in his shop organizing art, jewelry and pots he was preparing to show for the season. They also have some clothing as well which come from various parts of Chile and other parts of South America. I was there in early September (end of winter) so starting this fall, the shop and the town of Puerto Natales on the coast, will be open for business and welcoming tourists interested in cultural attire from the region as well as other items. They have a unique exposition and sale of primitive and etnographic Chilean and Latin American art. Antiques, Minerals, jewelry and a selection of crafts that blend the old and the modern. They will be adding a coffee shop for its customers, which Felipe refers to as “a place of meeting a new concept.”


Foodies, Head to Albuquerque New Mexico For Craft Beer, High Tea, Chiles & Truck Fare

September 30, 2013 by  

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beer Ten years ago, Albuquerque didn’t have an identifiable food scene. Of course, there were restaurants and bars, but nothing that tied it together to make it an foodie destination. Today, however, the city has grown to be a place one can enjoy not only the iconic regional green chile, but also a food and drink community focused on going local, working together and creating artisanal epicurious experiences for patrons. From craft breweries that work together to succeed to farm-to-fork restaurants to the country’s first bar dedicated to helping arts organizations, Albuquerque’s food and drink scene is focused on quality, community and respect.  Here are some great picks.

Explore Albuquerque’s Craft Beer Scene

While Albuquerque wasn’t one of the pioneers of craft beer, they’ve recently caught up and are not only creating innovative craft beers, but are winning major awards at annual events like the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival. One of Albuquerque’s most impressive breweries is Marble Brewery, who in just five years has become the city’s second-largest brewery (the largest brewery is 25 years old). It’s a local favorite, and no matter what time you pop in for a…

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Argentina’s Top Ten Delights You May Not Have Known About…

September 30, 2013 by  

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candy Argentina is full of surprises: juicy meats, the sultry tango, the passionate street art, the challenging hiking opportunities. Probably the main reason I loved the destination so much was how it surprised me, and continued to keep me guessing throughout my month there. To give those interested in visiting Argentina an idea of what I mean, here are 10 ways Argentina surprised me.

1. Sweets For Breakfast

While I’ve seen many interesting breakfasts throughout my travels — rice water in Ghana, soy-soaked tofu in Japan and toast with vegemite in Australia — none compare to the way locals in Argentina load up on sugar for breakfast. Chocolate, cake, cookies, alfajores, jelly beans – it’s all considered a great way to start the day.

2. Expensive

Before backpacking South America, I was under the impression everywhere would be cheap. This was not the case in Argentina. The exchange rate to the U.S. dollar as of August 22, 2013, is 18 cents for every Argentine peso. Patagonia is especially pricey excursions being over $100.

3. Malbac

I’ve tried Malbac plenty of times from Australia, France and South Africa, never being particularly fond of the flavor; however,…

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Taiwan Travel: 5 Fun & Active Things To Do

September 30, 2013 by  

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Temperatures soar from 86 t0 100 degrees F during Taiwan’s humid summer months. People  here naturally seek relief at the shore. Taiwan is blessed with many fine sand beaches, the more popular of which include Yehliu, Fulong, Green Bay, and Bai Sha Wan in the north, and Kenting in the south. There are a number of beautiful natural beaches along the East coast National Scenic Area that have remained relatively secluded, but they offer few facilities. Adventure Sports in Taiwan People don’t just come to Taiwan’s beaches to work on a tan or go swimming though. An hour outside of Taipei, the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area offers a diverse number of adventure travel activities. Surfing, jet-skiing, wind surfing, hang gliding, fishing, hiking, rock climbing and parasailing are just a few of the activities that people enjoy in Taiwan. Hiking in Taiwan The hustle and bustle of Taiwan’s cities are easily escapable. Hikers enjoy beautiful walking trails that wind through dense forest, lakes, wild springs, fruit orchards and waterfalls. Taipei’s Yangming Mountain is one of the most beautiful spots in Taiwan, and it’s easily accessible by Taipei’s excellent public transportation system. The Central Mountain Range is…

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Eating A Traditional Township Meal In Johannesburg, South African Style

September 29, 2013 by  

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Sakhumzi Restaurant A traditional township meal at Sakhumzi Restaurant on the famous Vilikazi Street, Soweto For a delicious cultural experience in Johannesburg, South Africa, head to the township of Soweto to Sakhumzi Restaurant, located right near Nelson Mandela’s old home (which is now a museum) and Desmond Tutu’s family home. The eatery serves up a delicious buffet of local foods, like baked chicken, sweet pumpkin, tripe, salad with olives and tomatoes, farmer’s sausage, cubed lamb, spicy lentils and spicy chakalaka, to name a few options. Up-beat music adds to the ambiance.  


New Orleans Jazz Scene: Mississippi Delta Blues & Beyond

September 29, 2013 by  

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IMG_1770This past July, we came back to New Orleans for eight nights after an extended road trip to the far too hot Northeast. It was ironic that New Orleans was cooler than New York, Boston, Vermont, and Quebec. We need our fix of New Orleans music before going to Seattle at the beginning of August so we did nine bands over six nights. In the heat of late July the city brought a rich and varied selection of styles and venues, including some of our favorites and some new ones for us. We also sampled a little food but having eaten a lot of road food we kept that to three places, two favorites and one new. There are many other places to eat with over 1330 now, up from 800 before Katrina. The three covered here are all great but just happen to be the ones we fit into our July stay. One: The first night we saw Alvin Youngblood Hart playing at Chicki Wah Wah on Canal Street. He played a solo acoustic set of roots blues. I had seen his full band at French Quarter festival where he had a more


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Sustainability for Africa, a Grassroots Effort to Transform Social & Environmental Challenges

September 29, 2013 by  

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To sustainably address the vast social and environmental challenges in Africa, Africa’s grassroots social organization Sustainability for Africa is trying to make things right. For most of Africa’s remote communities, social innovation has to be pioneered solely by the small grassroots organizations and social entrepreneurs working alongside local people—if present at all anyway. The social sector quite often is the only immediate vehicle of change for the average rural African household in responding to local constraints—from alternative energy solutions to building clean water sources. But often, the small community-based organizations themselves do not have support for their activities. Besides, traditional donor agency funding has shown to have a very shortlived impact and is increasingly inaccessible for most of the social innovators that work at the frontlines of different causes for the millions of poor Africans. The goal of this campaign is to reverse the cycle of poverty for Africa’s rural poor by building a Self-Sustaining Africa’s Grassroots Social Sector—as this is the turning point for social change in Africa’s remote poor communities. Rather than work on getting individual families out of poverty, they work through an Africa-wide capacity building for the key social sector…

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