ohhhh budapest. you deserved so much more of my time instead of a scant 28 hours! if only i hadn't done some bookings while half-asleep, if only i hadn't gotten lost and wandered around the city for a couple hours, if only i hadn't had to hang out in my suite and do laundry--we would have become so much better-acquainted! but, the suite i got to stay in was really cool and communist-looking.
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Hair wrapped artfully in a turban of black cloth, her tough frame is softened by a lilac top and short frilly skirt. As she saunters in and out of the room, I watch the light momentarily catch on her earrings – they are two silver crescents, raw and slightly tarnished, sweeping around a hollow in the shape of the full moon.
Montreal loves any excuse to shut down a street and we Montrealers love walking down the middle of the street without getting hit by a car (though we already jaywalk any chance we get). Two weekends in a row most of the St Laurent Boulevard - aka the Main - was closed for the sidewalk sale and we got to soak in the sun while spending money and eating street food & mango on a stick.
Like a lot of people, next Sunday I'll be honoring my dear ol' dad – perhaps in the form of a Home Depot gift card. Because nothing says "thank you for life, love and shelter" like new electrical outlet covers.
But being that I was partially raised by a 1981 television set, I can’t forget to pay tribute to the other dads in my life -- …
Would you give the gifts TV dads received for Father's Day?
Loving a handwritten letter inevitably makes me love stamps. Now that the Postal Service seems to be slipping into the past, it makes me want to collect these tiny little pieces of art even more. Stamp collecting may seem like a super dorky pastime, but I can't help but admit that I like it. Despite a disgurntuled and impatient postal worker helping me, I know I will never buy a boring or ugly stamp ever again.
If there is one thing that best represent Japan’s natural beauty, it has to be the highest mountain- Mt. Fuji. The 3,766m symmetrical cone shaped mountain has inspired poet and artist for decades, where it was often depicted with the top- half covered in snow.
My first visit to the mountain was last year, during the hiking season where the picturesque snow-capped was gone.
As we come to the end of July 2011, let’s take a look at what we have to look forward to in August 2011. I’m sure most of you have heard of weekly observances such as “American Indian Heritage Month” but, believe it or not, the list of weekly observances is pretty long. There is also a list of daily holidays that aren’t recognized on most yearly calendar.
- Exercise with Your Child Week
- Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week
- Knights of Columbus Family Week
- Elvis Week
- National Resurrect Romance Week
- National Aviation Week
Holidays in August
- August 5 – National Chocolate Chip Day
- August 6 – National Mustard Day
- August 7 – Purple Heart Day
- August 8 – Sneak Some Zucchini onto your Neighbor’s Porch Night
- August 12 – International Youth Day
- August 19 – Hug Your Boss Day
- August 26 – Women’s Equality Day
So if you enjoy celebrating holidays, I hope this list has enlightened you on some new ones. Whether you feel they its appropriate or not, people came up with them for a reason. Let’s hope that this August is the best one yet! After all, it is “National Happiness Happens Month”.
Over a span of twelve days, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went on a trip through Canada and California. The couple began their trip in Canada on July 1, just in time for Canada Day. They traveled through most of the country, visiting pastry kitchens, rode in canoes, played hockey, and even planted trees. A week later, on July 8, the couple arrived in Los Angeles. They had a meeting with Hollywood studio executives as well as with some of Hollywood’s celebrities, went up the coast of California, and made sculptures with schoolchildren in Downtown Los Angeles.
The famous royal couple showed that they were up to do anything over the weekend. They were even patient when greeting fans. The trip highlighted a number of philanthropic works, such as an event to support Tusk USA, an organization that raises funds for African wildlife, Inner-City Arts, a program that helps disadvantaged and homeless children through art, and an event for military veterans where they put together care packages. The trip was a good time for the international icons. At the end of the busy weekend, William and Kate opted not to fly home on a private jet. Instead, they flew home from Los Angeles to London on a commercial flight with British Airways. However, they did fly first class, but they were amongst civilian travelers.
William and Kate on the first day of their visit to Canada:
William and Kate on their visit to California:
Traveling across Europe is many Americans’ dreams, whether it is backpacking through it, honeymooning in it, or spending an extended holiday immersed in it. If you are visiting for a short time, it can be quite stressful to figure out which places to visit and explore. There are so many beautiful sights to see all over Europe. So here is a list of the twenty best European vacation spots:
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
These spots have many points of interest to visit and things to see and do. You can experience the culture of these many great places which, as you will discover, you can never do in just one day. Now choosing where to go is the hard part! Europe is a beautiful place and should be explored widely. When going to a different country you should always remember to pack lightly and travel smart!