Friday, September 30, 2011

My Round the World Adventure

My Round the World Adventure

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Posted: 30 Sep 2011 08:25 AM PDT

After weeks of hyperactive travel, I’m resting in Salzburg, Austria. It’s a beautiful city with some beautiful mountains as a backdrop. My plan is to simply relax while I am here and recover. I’ll do a bit of sightseeing but after a whirlwind 3 weeks between Mexico, Germany, and far too many beers at Oktoberfest, I really just want to do a lot of nothing. I haven’t felt like I’ve had anytime to myself lately and sometimes you just need a bit of alone time to decompress. Moreover, I’m very behind on my writing as well as making improvements to this site.

And so it’s time to sit down, relax, sleep, and do some work. I have dozens of articles floating in my head that I want to write and put out there.

And just like I did last year, as I sit down and work on improving this website, I would love your feedback on the site and the content. I want to make sure that you are getting the budget tips you want and would love to know what brings you back to this site, what you like, don’t like, etc.

I created a short survey that you can fill out. It’s 5 questions long and will take about 1 minute to do. Click the link below to fill it out:

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Sky High: Stunning Observation Tower Shoots Upward

Posted: 30 Sep 2011 10:00 AM PDT

[ By Steph in Art & Design & Geography & Travel. ]

Towering above the Dzintaru Park in Jurmala, Latvia, this sky-high structure by ARHIS rewards all those who take the time to climb its many steps with a stunning view of its natural surroundings, including the sea, and even the high rises of the nearby city of Riga.

Reaching nearly 120 feet into the air, the observation tower is made of galvanized metal and pine wood trusses that help it blend in with its wooded environment. 203 stair risers take visitors to subsequent platforms, 12 of which feature cage-like balconies from which to enjoy the views along the way to the top.

The structure opened to the public in May 2010 after a long delay in which its intended location was changed from one park to another, requiring a redesign. A discreet cellular antenna was added, providing two functions in one and preventing the eyesore of a free-standing cellular tower.

Illumination at night takes the tower from a natural-looking structure in a similarly-colored forest to an almost urban, clearly man-made creation standing like a beacon in the intimidating darkness of the woods.

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Majestic Marlborough Sounds (New Zealand)

Posted: 29 Sep 2011 09:22 PM PDT

The tangled maze of aquamarine waterways and tiny islands makes the Marlborough Sounds, gateway to New Zealand's South Island one of the most idyllic and rewarding island passages anywhere in the world. Verdant green land and glistening blue-green waters combine for a journey of visual splendour. While a number of options are available to experience this marine travel wonder, the Interislander...

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Three Countries Corner, Basel – Switzerland

Posted: 29 Sep 2011 03:39 PM PDT

Location: Basel – Switzerland
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Three countries corner. This spot on the Rhine river is where Switzerland, Germany and France meet.

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5 gems of Bangkok

Posted: 28 Sep 2011 12:22 AM PDT

Bangkok is one of Asia's most established and exciting cities, it's a city which certainly has a reputation, which it precedes with its outstanding history, architecture and culture. The Thailand capital attracts increasing numbers of tourists year on year with its collection of over 30 temples, famous attractions such as the Floating Market and its bustling sex industry, all while temperatures average above the 30°C mark throughout the year.

Bangkok is certainly a destination to consider while looking for holidays, but what about things to do? With so much on offer you may not have enough time to see it all, so here's a collection of some of the places that you shouldn't pass up on while in Bangkok.

Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw
As the city's most famous landmark, the Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw is certainly a must for any Bangkok visitor. Since 1782, the Grand Palace with its formidable architecture and intricate detail, has been the home of the Thai leader for over 150 years, which continues to attract visitors from around the world.

The Palace also hosts Thailand most sacred temple, the Wat Phra Kaew. The temple contains the small and famous jade Emerald Buddha, which robes are changed by the king of Thailand himself depending on the season.

The palace today is no longer used as the home of the king, however the palace complex along with its sacred temple is still used to host all kinds of ceremonial occasions such as coronations as well as being an impressive tourist attraction.

Klongs (floating market)
In Thai, the word Klong means canal, and throughout the years these canals have been used by Bangkok's locals for transport and as a place to trade. Klongs were so popular, that Bangkok earned the nickname as the "Venice of the East", however today many have been filled in as roads, but there are still a few that remain in the Ratchaburi, Khlong Saen Saeb and the Klong Damnoen Saduak regions that also host the traditional floating market.

As the name suggests, each market stall is afloat and offers what you'd normally expect in a market, including fresh fruit and vegetables, cooked food and places to drink, the only difference is that you have to row to each one. The Klongs are also a great alternative for getting to the city centre, as you'll get to avoid the traffic.

Wat Arun
Wat Arun, or the Temple of Dawn can be found on the west side of the Chao Phraya River is one of the oldest landmarks in Bangkok. The temple's architecture has been sculptured on the centre of the universe in the Buddhist cosmology, the Mount Meru. The temple has been designed and created with some of Thailand's finest craftsmanship, and has more than earned its reputation as being one of Thailand's most outstanding temples and even though its name is the Temple of Dawn, it is incredibly beautiful at sunset, especially when it is lit up.

Siam Ocean World
If you happen to be shopping in the Siam Paragon mall, then you'll be shopping two storeys above Bangkok's largest and even Southeast Asia's largest underground aquarium, Siam Ocean World. With over 30,000 different species from different places such as the Amazon and era's such as the Jurassic, Siam Ocean World offers a delightful experience, which the whole family can enjoy.

This aquatic paradise is divided into seven exhibit zones, each with its own theme. You can choose to feed the marine life, walk under a 270 degree underwater tunnel with some of the worlds fiercest sea creatures, enjoy a relaxing glass bottomed boat ride or even a dive with the rays and sharks.

Wat Pho
Also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon, Wat Pho is the temple of the reclining Buddha and can be found just behind the Grand Palace. It is currently the largest temple that can be found in Bangkok and its gold leafed Buddha is its centrepiece. Measuring at an astonishing 46 metres long, the gold plated statue honours the Buddha's entrance into Nirvana, and is certainly worth a visit.

Wat Pho is not only home to this great statue, but it's also a great place to enjoy a traditional Thai massage. At around 200 baht for an hour, the traditional Thai massage is more stimulating than it is therapeutic, and incorporates yoga in order to improve blood circulation to undoubtedly relieve stress.

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