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TEDxBerkeley 2016 Looks to Solutions to World’s Imperfections on Feb 6

January 26, 2016 by  

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From innovative surgery and extraterrestrial intelligence to reporting from war zones and Grammy-Award winning music, this year’s theme for TEDxBerkeley 2016 – Finding X, which will be held at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley CA on February 6, will look to solutions to our world’s imperfections. Sixteen riveting speakers will address how we identify these problems and make sense of them in the larger systems where they belong. Whether it be voyaging into uncharted technological or scientific territory, reconciling our diverse perspectives of the human condition, or unearthing the parts of ourselves that give our lives direction and meaning, we all hope to make an impact on this world by Finding X. Now in its 7th year, this prestigious TEDx event will bring together thought leaders, visionaries, innovators and 54 performers who will enlighten and inspire more than 2,000 attendees across core disciplines impacting the world, from medicine and education to technology and diversity. TEDxBerkeley strives to curate an outstanding group of inventive and provocative speakers who can shift global conversations in a way that makes the world a better place, central and core to TED’s mission. The goal is to get us all to re-think

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Cobra In The Bath, Adventures in Less Travelled Lands

January 14, 2016 by  

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img236Cobra in the Bath – Adventures in Less Travelled Lands, readers will find, is many things but what it is not however is your everyday travelogue.  Au contraire, this here is an engaging chronicle of a near-seven decade expedition–one that has an uncanny knack of catapulting headlong into history-shaping geographies across several continents. It revs up in an India on the cusp of her freedom, and then yaws along to Mossadegh-era Iran after hovering momentarily over an exhausted post-war England. It is found idling on pristine Greek beaches–celebrating surviving that most terrifying of British institutions, boarding school, and Oxford–before eventually parking itself firmly in financial adventuring. Morland’s early travels were a consequence of his father, a British naval commander, being posted in India. In fact, it was in the suffocating heat of a Delhi afternoon that he chanced upon the eponymous cobra in the bath at age four. Later, subsequent to the divorce of his parents, he accompanies his mother and stepfather (s) to Tehran where they were gainfully employed; the first by a fast diminishing British Empire, the second as Italy’s Ambassador. Given he was barely seven years at the time the author summons an elephantine memory to describe…

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WBTW Round-Up of the 2016 New York Times Travel Show

January 13, 2016 by  

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I missed last year’s New York Times Travel Show since we were about to embark on a 5 week long journey cross country — our hashtag for the tour was #WBTWxAmerica for those interested in seeing photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We left New York the week before the event, and only a day before the city got hit with a snowstorm. This year, we were proud media partners of the event since it remains one of my favorite travel shows in the industry. I love the fact that the show is a great mix of trade and consumer content and brings together some of my favorite destinations in the world all under one roof. Despite the fact that is an American East Coast event, countries as far away as Taiwan and Japan showed up, there were wellness offerings from gems like Tahiti, St. Lucia and Bali, plenty of South American representation, and it took me nearly a day to make my way through the Africa aisle alone. From learning cool facts about specific destinations and exploring the latest from African safari tour companies, which we’ll be expanding in 2016, I could have easily spent a full day in…

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Paperless Post, An Elegant Way to Send Online Invites

January 5, 2016 by  

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You’ve probably all used some kind of online invite service before, whether it be to have friends over for a simple, small gathering at your home or for a larger anniversary or birthday event. Let’s be honest, not all online invites are the same. I find that just as many traditional paper cards can be “kitsh” and tacky in their sayings or design choices, so can digital cards. If you want something more elegant and high end, you’ll find that it costs more and sometimes that cost can be significant depending on how upscale you want to go. Paper cards with a bit more of an elegant twist include Minted, Red Stamp, and Greenvelope although we’ve yet to test them out. Apparently Greenvelope does digital invitations as well though more known in my northern California and New York circles, is Paperless Post. It could be because the company is based in New York and has been around now since 2009, certainly not the oldest in the space by far, but they’ve been creating momentum nevertheless. While Paperless Post helps you create both online and paper stationery that reflects an individual aesthetic, I feel that they’re more known in the online…

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San Francisco AList’s Passport to the World & Cirque Event, An Evening to Remember

January 3, 2016 by  

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We recently attended one of San Francisco’s A List  events over New Years called Alist Passport to the World, an annual event the Westin St. Francis Hotel holds every year. In addition to this fabulous event which boasted countless rooms of dancing to 15 DJ’s playing various types of music, taiko drummers, performers, 6 dance areas and the ever so fun Spazmatics 1980′s band, they had a CIRQUE inspired benefit ball on the Westin’s Penthouse Floor. The CIRQUE event brought in world champion Cyr Wheelist, Stiltwalkers, a Juggler, Unicyclist, Hoop Dancer & other entertainment throughout the course of the evening. Also cool and new this year, was a smaller VIP 100 person dinner which started earlier in the evening also on the Penthouse floor.  In addition to champagne, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, a three course meal included salad, fish and beef as a main and scrumptious dessert plate! We loved the energy from the Cinderella-like fanciful, yet whimsical decor of Alexandra’s Ballroom, most notably the live entertainment that weaved its way through the 7,000 square foot space.  The wheelist was most definitely a highlight! Below…

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Don’t Miss It: San Francisco’s Cirque-Inspired New Year’s Eve Gala

December 29, 2015 by  

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A heads up all San Franciscans who don’t yet have New Year’s Eve plans. This year, the Westin St. Francis Hotel is holding a CIRQUE inspired benefit ball and event on their Penthouse Floor, which not only boasts fabulous views of the city, but has so many activities and eye candy to keep you engaged for the evening, you won’t want the night to end. What an incredible way to bring in the 2016 year! For starters, they’ll have roaming and some stationed sets featuring a world champion Cyr Wheelist, Stiltwalkers, a Juggler, Unicyclist, Hoop Dancer & more. If that’s not enough to get you excited, there’ll also have a live band/duo and four DJ’s playing a mix of Top 40, house, electronic dance music and of course some classics. Unlike so many other events which only include hosted drinks for a short duration of the evening and no food, this high level classy event will have a hosted Open Bar and Hors D’oeuvres and there’s also a smaller 100 person dinner in advance. What else I love about their Penthouse extravaganza is that 100% net proceeds go towards local non-profits. Also at the Westin on the Mezzanine…

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3 Must Not Miss European Destinations for Architecture

December 28, 2015 by  

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cultural travel Photo courtesy of FotoDruk.pl via Shutterstock People travel for different reasons. Some travel with the intention of doing nothing besides laying on the beach for a week or to check something off from a bucket list. Others travel to immerse themselves in a foreign culture. For travelers, we’ve rounded up five destinations for cultural travel.

Tuscany, Italy

While there is no shortage of cultural experiences throughout Italy, Tuscany, a region in central Italy, is a must-visit. In Tuscany, visitors can spend a day exploring the many famous museums of Florence and the next riding a bike through the Chianti vineyards and olive gardens before relaxing in a hot spring.

Paris, France

Paris is another European city full of cultural experiences. The city is home to both the Moulin Rouge, the original birthplace of the can-can dance,that hosts shows most nights, and the Louvre, the most visited museum in the world, where visitors can view the original Mona Lisa. Those interested in history can visit the Cathedral de Notre Dame or Les Invalides and the Luxembourg Gardens often host additional cultural events. NESCO World Heritage site since 1983. cultural travel

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5 Fabulous Reasons to Travel to Cuba

December 27, 2015 by  

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UYC Cuba, a large Caribbean island nation, is perhaps best known for its communism, colonial architecture, and (let’s be honest), cigars.  But there’s a whole other side to Cuba, featuring white-sand beaches, rolling mountains, salsa music, and plenty of rum.  Cuba is a travel gem, waiting to be discovered! Here’s a few of the reasons we think this country should definitely make your travel bucket list for 2016:

So You Can Swim Below A Waterfall

If jumping off rocks cascading over a waterfall pool has long been on your bucket list (and come on, who hasn’t had this particular travel fantasy?!), then El Nicho Waterfalls are not to be missed!  After you’re done with your cool dip, be sure to check out the area’s nature trails, caves, local bird watching opps, and enjoy a meal at one of the area’s ranchon-style restaurants. UYC

…And Swim With Dolphins

If you were a fan of Flipper as a kid, Cuba will definitely make your dolphin dreams come true.  The Dolphinarium at Cayo Naranjo is a popular spot which allows visitors to engage in dolphin shows and then throw on a life jacket and go…

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