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Merry Christmas From the Digital #RuralRockstars of South Africa

December 19, 2014 by  

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I almost never post a video that touts a corporate award in it, however truth be told it is big business who often sponsors awards, and whether it’s entirely a PR play for them or they really want to change the world, bottom line, change can happen as a result. That said, I still wouldn’t have posted it, however I have a personal story connected to South Africa, women and education and am passionate about change for all three. As someone who has lived in South Africa a couple of times, and attended her 12th grade year there, I have a soft spot for the country. I ran across this video through one of our RSS feeds and rather than post it as it was, I decided to write about it through my eyes. I learned about the deeds of the Good Work Foundation (GWF), which helps 185 rural adults qualify for their International Computer Driving licenses. What’s even cooler is that 81% of the students are women, as is the CEO Kate Groch. Go girls and go South Africa! A staggering 7,394 online hospitality modules were completed and for the first year ever, 139 adults…

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Learning How Aloe Vera Works Wonders at a Curaçao Plantation

December 19, 2014 by  

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If you read We Blog the World often enough, you know that we’re huge fans of sustainable travel, eco-green resorts and being as aware as we can about our environment and how to preserve it. I personally am a fan of all things natural, whether that be the food that we eat, the products we digest — vitamins and supplements — or the lotions we use that get absorbed into our system. Aloe Vera is one of those natural wonders that can be used for healing — you can eat it, apply it on your skin or drink its natural juices, which not only have great digestive properties but keeps you running smoothly too. Yes, I mean just that. For those of you who have constipation issues and you know who you are, Aloe Vera may just be your ticket to better health. I learned more about Aloe Vera at the Aloe Vera Plantation in Curaçao recently, where they make natural products under the Curaloe name, ranging from lotions, facial scrubs and masks, to pure juice you can drink. Something you may not realize is that Aloe Vera comes from the…

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Specialty Liquor & Beer on the Greek Island of Corfu

December 18, 2014 by  

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  corfu While many people know Greece for its wine — especially Santorini with its assyritiko — there’s another island offering a completely different drink experience. Actually, it offers two. On the beautiful Corfu, home to attractions like Sisi’s Palace, Mount Pantokrator and Paleokastritsa Beach, those wanting a sip of the local culture need to savor the flavors of the local ginger beer and kumquat liqueur. I was introduced to these two libations — which are not made elsewhere in Greece — during a visit to Corfu by my island guide, Filippos “Philip” Azzopardi. ginger

Ginger Beer

Along with kumquat liqueur, ginger beer — also locally known as sitsibíra (τσιτσιμπίρα) — is an island specialty, especially refreshing in the summer when it’s hot, delicious flavors of fresh lemon mixing with the spicy, pepper notes of the ginger. According to Philip, the recipe for ginger beer includes water, lemon, sugar and ginger, and can be purchased at street kiosks or cafes. To learn more about the local ginger beer tradition, Philip puts me in touch with Maria Cheimarios, who helps to run a small family-owned ginger beer producer with her husband…

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How Ghana Transformed The Way I View The World

December 18, 2014 by  

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ghana I have a seriously love/hate relationship with Ghana, Africa. Love because, well, I truly loved the country and my time spent there, living with a family, taking day trips, exploring markets and volunteering. Hate because it was truly the most challenging trip I’ve ever been on, from the lack of plumbing and electricity to the diet of rice water and fufu so foreign to my digestive system. Sometimes when I talk about my trip to Ghana I feel like I sound full of myself, talking about how not having a toilet was so hard, when a local family was nice enough to let me stay with them; however, the truth is this trip made me more grateful than I’ve ever felt in all my time on the road. When I went to Ghana I was in my early twenties. I’d backpacked Europe and Southeast Asia, and was now ready to venture to a new continent: Africa. I’d heard Ghana was sort of the “Africa for beginners” — not to mention the flights were reasonably priced — so I booked a ticket and began preparing for the trip. trotro RIDING…

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Cosy But Historical Kothi in Gurdaspur

December 18, 2014 by  

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  The old-worldly Kothi, set at the top end of a tree-lined driveway merging with viridian grounds efflorescent with colour, is a happy marriage between traditional Punjabi and colonial design motifs. It was once part of a rambling ancestral haveli that is today an amorphous result of expanding families and their need for privacy without losing all connectedness. The rose-blush of the facade is a striking contrast with the ivory of the front porch where polite, nimble-footed retainers usher you into the shabby-chic elegance of the living room. High, photograph-lined walls punctuated by windows, doors and ventilators enclose deep chintzy seating and period furniture bunched around a fireplace. Glass-topped tables sport personal memorabilia, a bookcase takes up one corner, across from which is a music console nearly always playing soulful Sufi. IMG_0128 The adjoining dining room exudes a classic country air complete with rustic furniture, and a deer horn trophy harking back to a time when shikaar (hunting) was not considered a dirty word. A hand crafted dining table takes up most of the space here, yet finds few takers to eat off its surface. IMG_0336 Most just prefer the…

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Wellness Travel: Where Wine & Yoga Converge Around the Globe

December 17, 2014 by  

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Photo courtesy of Ditty_about_summer via Shutterstock. On first consideration, drinking and yoga may seem rather incompatible. If, like me, you’ve occasionally had one too many glasses of red wine before heading to an hour of vinyasa and downward dog, you may have reservations about combining the two. But trust me: these two contrasting activities can actually come together to create a truly relaxing and rejuvenating vacation.

For those who love wellness travel — wine and beer included — here are ten of the world’s top boozy yoga holidays:

Wellness Travel Photo courtesy of ISchmidt via Shutterstock.

1. Yoga & Cocktails At A Maldives Retreat

In this retreat held at W Hotels Retreat and Spa and run by yoga guru Tara Stiles, you can relax into a routine of regular yoga classes, peppered with welcome drinks and cocktail evenings. There are also spa treatments, meditation and water activities available, plus plenty of sunset beach yoga in the tropical paradise of the Maldives. Prices start from $1,760; click here to find out more. Wellness Travel Photo courtesy of Westin Verasa Napa.

2. Wine, Women & Wellness In



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The Home May Become Connected, But What’s Useful & What’s Not?

December 17, 2014 by  

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When Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion in January 2014, it loudly signaled that the Internet of Things (IoT) and Connected Home trends had arrived. But it also caused more market confusion, as many now question Google’s motivations in the smart home market.
Connected devices are proliferating at a rapid clip. Besides the connected thermostat, we now have connected beds, connected toothbrushes, lightbulbs and light switches. Any device that is connected to the internet is considered a member of the Internet of Things.

Market Forecasts

It’s clear that 2015 is going to be a pivotal year, when the pixie dust starts to settle in the connected home market:
  • Market growth – According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Parks Associates, shipments of both smart-home devices and controllers will grow by 20%, or more, annually in coming years.
  • Smart home devices – In 2015, U.S. smart-home device shipments will reach 25 million. By 2017, Parks estimates, total shipments of such devices as smart thermostats and smart door locks will reach 36 million:
  • Smart home controllers – Smart-home controller or “hub” shipments are predicted to increase 36% in 2015 to nearly 2 million. A 32% growth rate in


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Curaçao Cliffs, Waves & Oh So Quiet Moments…

December 17, 2014 by  

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The views are breathtaking and despite the fact that I have a perfect one before me, I decide I want to explore. It seems like the trail I’m on which goes along the ocean’s edge, will never end — not a bad thing for this bohemian spirit. When you explore off limits and beyond boundaries, I find that you can discover a whole lotta magic when you’re least expecting it. Awareness is always key to any transformative travel experience even at an otherwise seemingly standard 4 star property in the Caribbean, which is where the walk started. My December visit wasn’t over crowded so I was always able to find a quiet spot, one which I only shared with some crashing waves and a few massive sized gekkos who discretely graced me with their presence at precisely the times I wanted to be undisturbed. Like most Caribbean islands, they are harmless but everywhere.  Yet, they are a simple, pure and beautiful reminder that nature is what she is, as is her timing and there’s no point fighting it. While I can see buildings in my view to the left as I make my way around the…

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