It all comes out in the washi

Every summer, giant warriors roam the Japanese city of Aomori. Lit from within by lanterns, these formidable paper floats are the centerpiece of the Nebuta Matsuri, a weeklong evening festival in August and one of Japan’s biggest seasonal events. Accompanied by taiko drummers and dancers, the floats depict scenes from kabuki and Japanese mythology. Each takes months to design and…

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(Not the Republic of) Dominica

Have you heard of Dominica?  Officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island country in the Caribbean. The capital, Roseau, is located on the western side of the island. It is geographically situated as part of the Windward Islands chain in the Lesser Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The island is located near Guadeloupe to the northwest and Martinique…

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It’s a string thing

Peruvians from the Huinchiri community in Cusco region are rebuilding a 500-year-old Incan hanging bridge, made using traditional weaving techniques to string a crossing together spanning the Apurimac river far below. The Q’eswachaka bridge has been used for over 500 years to connect communities divided by the river. But during the Covid pandemic it fell into disrepair and collapsed in…

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As if you need incentives . . . retire here

Are your “sunset years” approaching?  Do you find yourself longing for something completely different?  Do you wake up at night pondering how you will continue to maintain that 8 bedroom house of yours?  Or, do you simply want to “go off the rails” and take a 180 degree turn in your life? What better time to shake up your life…

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Sleepless in Seattle

The Pacific Northwest in the United States is rather beautiful, especially if you don’t have a problem with rain.  It rains a lot here.  Spring, summer and parts of autumn are lovely, as well, but rain is a defining term for this part of the world. And, as we know, rain fills the land and sometimes turns into gorgeous lakes,…

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OK, we take it back. The Airbus 380 will NOT be leaving the skies.

GEEK ALERT:  if you visit this website often, you’ll know how much we love technology, especially aircraft. We’ve recently written that one of the giants (literally) of the skies, the Airbus A380 might be heading off into the sunset, to fly no more. As the world gets smaller and aircraft get better (ie: better fuel efficiency, smaller in size, but…

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No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to dine

You may not have heard of him, but there may have actually been a James Bond, of sorts. Bond loves women, style, intrigue, action and women.  And so did Richard Sorge, a German journalist and Soviet military intelligence officer who was active before and during World War II and worked undercover as a German journalist in both Nazi Germany and…

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Behold! The ancient land of Cahokia

The United States of America is a place of many contrasts.  But, do you think it as of an ancient civilization that – 1000 years ago – had that parties that went on for days?  Likely not.  Thats Mexico, isn’t it? Cohokia, was home to the largest pre-columbian city north of Mexico. The city was occupied for seven centuries as…

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Greece is the word

Greece’s tourism minister says the country will welcome travelers from most of the world who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, present a negative test, or antibodies from prior infection. Greece is ready with a complete protocol for summer 2021,” he said. “Tourists will be welcome if before travel they are either vaccinated, or have antibodies, or test negative. All tourists…

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Live large in Italy

There’s a town in Italy shaped like a person It’s called Centuripe, and it looks like it’s had too much to drink Centuripe (Latin: Centuripae;[3] Sicilian: Centorbi) is a town and comune in the province of Enna (Sicily, southern Italy). The city is 61 kilometres (38 mi) from Enna in the hill country between the Rivers Dittaìno and Salso. Not too much more to say than this, but, now you know. Read…

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Emergin’ Virgin

Despite its 24-hour party people mantra, Las Vegas has not escaped the  wreckage that is Covid-19. When the pandemic arrived, the economic shutdown hit Las Vegas harder than any other major city in America — and the impact rippled far beyond the famous Strip. Economist Jeremy Aguero described the local job losses as staggering, with the highest unemployment rates ever reported by a…

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Eight days in the Kimberley

Australia – there is no place like it on earth.  The food…the wine. Everyone tends to think – naturally – of places like Sydney or Melbourne.  But look beyond and see what other joys await you.  Broome, for example. Broome’s exotic pearling town past has left a rich history and a unique multicultural mix of people. Kooljaman at Cape Leveque…

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Slim chance, mate

It may only be 1.6m (5ft 6in) wide at its narrowest point, but London’s thinnest house will still set you back 1.1m euros. Wedged between a doctor’s surgery and a hairdressing salon, the unusual five-floor property is in Shepherd’s Bush in the west of the city. According to the selling agent, it’s a little bit of London magic. Read more…

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Blizzard in the sun

Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks remain closed at this time. But, they currently plan to reopen Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park on March 7, 2021. “Like the other areas of Walt Disney World Resort, we will welcome back Guests and Cast Members to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park in a responsible way, with a plan focused…

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Get smart!

Please welcome our latest partner, One Day University. One Day University is an education company that brings the best professors from across the nation to present entertaining, inspiring versions of their best lectures to lifelong learners. Their  entire library of 400 fascinating classes is available to members, with new talks streaming live every day. Every university has a few professors…

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Hail a jet

Some successful people are really grounded.  Others have their head in the clouds.  But some get the mix just right. Uber co-founder Garrett Camp is behind a new scheduled flight service  (Aero) from private airport terminals in the same vein as JSX, Aero. It will operate LA (Van Nuys) to Aspen February 4 through April 2021. Pricing is $990 each…

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