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  • The Red Waters Around the World
    The Red Waters Around the World
    What is a red tide? This is a naturally-occurring concentration of a microscopic alga called Karenia brevis (which was formerly known as Gymnodinium breve). In some cases, under certain kinds of environmental conditions, these microscopic algae will be able to grow and multiply quickly. This will end up creating blooms which will make the ocean appear brown or red to the people. People often call these blooms the ‘red tide’, owing to the color that the water takes on. This organism is capable of producing a toxin which is known to affect and debilitate the central nervous system of fishes. This ends up paralyzing the fishes that are no longer able to breathe normally. As a result of this phenomenon, the red tide is often known to result in masses of dead fishes which end up washing up on the Gulf beaches. What causes red tides? The  [...]
    Posted at August 25th, 2010 at 01:08 am
  • Very Vacation, Very Vanuatu
    Very Vacation, Very Vanuatu
    Planning a vacation to Vanuata? Great! The scintillating islands have it all to make your vacation a truly memorable one. If Vanuata makes you think just of gentle winds and amazing cuisines, it’s time to brush up! This place offers exotic experiences that are unmatched by any other offerings of any other place. Vanuata clearly stands unique, to its own for the many visitors coming in. In the crystal sparking waters which make for a diver’s favorite pool also is an anchor forever to a luxury liner that got stranded and has ever since been partially floating and partially sunk to the Vanuata waters. The island of Tanna is a blazing with the most active volcanic eruption and not just view it from a distance, but they also make for an accessible spot. That’s not all to this place, feeling like a Tarzan must never be more realistic.  [...]
    Posted at August 24th, 2010 at 12:08 am
  • The Workout Junkie’s Holiday
    The Workout Junkie’s Holiday
    I have a couple of pals who wouldn’t even think of a single day passing by without their workout routines in place. It almost seems like they’re obsessed with their workout regimes. But the truth of the matter is that, they’re definitely fitter than I am. But then again, most of them hate holidaying, because they hate missing out on their workouts. Add to this the binge-eating that holidays generally bring with them. Voila! Quite a deadly combination, don’t you think? Here are a few options of holiday destinations in the United States where you could relax some and work out some. Problem solved? We think so! Row Your Boat – Princeton, NJ The best part about rowing a boat is that few other sports might actually help you develop both – endurance and power. That is the beauty (and burden, as some say) of rowing. According  [...]
    Posted at August 23rd, 2010 at 01:08 am
  • Hunting for Phantoms in Angola
    Hunting for Phantoms in Angola
    Perhaps it is the layer of days-old grime on the Land Cruiser’s window, but I could swear I saw a face peeking out at me through the foliage. And there it is again. My last therapist certified me as sane, so I’m pretty damn sure it’s not my mind playing tricks on me this time. I asked the driver to stop in as calm and as rational a voice as I could. I didn’t want anyone to think I was a few fries short of a happy meal. And then again, the face poked out from the leafy beyond, the face of a Forest Phantom. I tried to snap a photo of it as quickly as I could but he (she?) was a slippery one. I see where they get the name from now, and I could consider myself lucky. Few others had ever seen one before From what I could tell, his skin had a velvety texture to it. Perhaps suede? They certainly knew how to be stylish, those Forest  [...]
    Posted at August 22nd, 2010 at 12:08 am
  • A bridge from the past
    A bridge from the past
    In the western world, India is considered the land of the esoteric and the exotic, sometimes wildly so. That conception will only be further reinforced when this story starts to spread far and wide. The general idea is that bridges are created and then used by people for crossing a divide great or small. In a small part of India though, bridges have been known to grow themselves and stay as they are (perhaps even growing stronger) for several centuries. Meet the ‘Living Bridges of Cherrapunji”, or as alive as any bridge you’ll ever see anyway. Meghalaya, where Cherrpunji is located, is famed not just for the incredible amount of rainfall it receives annually but also the flora and fauna that is to be found here. Some of these are unique to the region, and the manner in which they have been used is even more astounding. A tribal  [...]
    Posted at August 21st, 2010 at 12:08 am
  • Walking the High Line
    Walking the High Line
    Are you fed up of Central Park and need a change? If yes, then the answer for you has just presented itself in the form of Manhattan’s High Line. This was earlier a disused aerial railway, which will now be reborn as what can be described as a lush garden. Getting Acquainted with New York’s High Line What was first described as being as a lump of rusty iron thrown in with some reinforced concrete was, in reality, a window to the era that had gone by. Until the 1980s, the tracks of High Line had been responsible for freighting the goods from factories. It ran from the 34th street to Chelsea. Given this setting, you wouldn’t imagine it as the natural backdrop for a park. But that is what it is set to become soon! Soon To Be a Park Even the most inquisitive of New Yorkers would have been oblivious to the existence of this elevated  [...]
    Posted at August 20th, 2010 at 05:08 am
  • The silently beating heart of China
    The silently beating heart of China
    The Chinese are often spoken of in very high regard when one talks of culture and civilizations, so just how hallowed would talk about Shanxi be given that it is considered to be the cradle of Chinese civilization? Brimming with ancient beauty, leafing through any old tome on China will reveal to you several references to the sway Shanxi held on Ancient China. It is referred to on multiple occasions as the ‘heart’ of China and the term ‘cradle’ pops up over and over again, just to dispel any doubts. Just in case you did have any doubts about its importance in the giant scheme of things, it is responsible for giving the western world the most recognizable facet of China, the name itself. The name ‘China’ is a derivative of the Qin dynasty (pronounced as ‘Chin’) and this by itself is the largest indicator of Shanxi’s  [...]
    Posted at August 19th, 2010 at 12:08 am
  • 5 Things you’d never thought of Doing at the Curacao Island
    5 Things you’d never thought of Doing at the Curacao Island
    A trip to the Caribbean has always been equated with beaches, water sports and a fascinating amount of history that the place has to offer. But beyond that lies a lot more that you could do; and unfortunately that doesn’t come to the forefront. Here are some out-of-the-blue options for you to indulge in when you visit the beautiful island of Curacao next time. About Curacao The island lies in the Dutch Caribbean and is worth a visit; pretty much like its neighboring island – Aruba. Both these islands fall outside the hurricane belt, so it is possible to plan a vacation without having to worry about the whims and fancies of Mother Nature. Lounging on a beach chair is always an option; but if you want to go beyond that, you could plan a trip to the capital of Curacao, Willemstad. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is  [...]
    Posted at August 18th, 2010 at 03:08 am
  • Chasing the light
    Chasing the light
    I was sleeping like a baby lulled into a wonderful dream when the wheels caressed and then flew over the bump, and in that nanosecond my mind sprung to groggy life with my eyes still bleary. I was surprised, but it wasn’t the bump as much as much as finding a bump on silky ice that gilded the path we were on. Throwing off the sea of cloth I had buried myself under, I glance up at the windshield of the vehicle that was rapidly commandeering me to my destination. Against the sightless landscape, it was a little game I had devised along the way and I was playing against myself, trying to find the lowest temperature I could find displayed on the digital readout of the thermometer. Staring back at me was a nice round figure zero. Chilly is the word that comes to mind, but it doesn’t sum up the biting cold perfectly enough. Through  [...]
    Posted at August 17th, 2010 at 02:08 am
  • 10 places to indulge your wild side
    10 places to indulge your wild side
    One of the newest trends manifesting itself in world travel is that of adventure tourism, and who can resist the lure of a bit of danger every now and then? It sure makes for a hell of a better party when that pompous fool that talks about his travels through Europe is upstaged by you talking about that one time you wrestled a grizzly bear to the ground with one hand tied behind your back. Ok, that last bit is a bit of an exaggeration but the thrill and spill of an adventure excursion is hard to overlook, so peruse these destinations the next time you consider running off somewhere dangerous. Norway Norway is well-known for many things, among which are its women and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but discount not the thrills and spills you will find in the home of Thor and the Vikings. Ravishing fjords and mountain spiral high over craggy  [...]
    Posted at August 16th, 2010 at 12:08 am