London is a truly modern European city, with a sophisticated public transport network, rich cultural heritage, and so many trendy nightspots to choose from. But beneath its cool façade, London also has a dark side.
If you’re in the city this Halloween here are some of London’s spookiest spots.
The London Dungeon
Photo: Donna Rutherford
While it might seem like an obvious choice, there’s no reason to pass up the opportunity to visit this most famous of London’s attractions, where the past really does come alive in terrifying detail. Skilled actors in full period costumes lead you through a labyrinth of London’s goriest historical events, including the Plague, the Great Fire of London, and other more gruesome tales. There’s also special events in October, including séances, special late openings (adults only!) and more. See http://www.thedungeons.com/london/en/ for details.
Jack the Ripper Tours
The story of London’s most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper, is still regarded as one of the most famously unsolved crimes of modern times. Thought to be a member of high society, Jack would stalk his victims and then slay them in the most brutal ways imaginable. Get up close and personal with this gory bit of local history on the Jack the Ripper walking tours. Most of them begin at the Whitechapel Tube station, before going to Durward Street, where the body of prostitute Polly Nichols, the Ripper’s first victim, was found. Plenty of great East London landmarks are on the route, including Spitalfields market and Brick Lane market on Sundays. It’s advisable to go later in the evening when the streets are quieter, and it’s easier to imagine the cramped cobbled streets being unchanged since Victorian days.
The Tower of London
Photo: Michael Ash
Built in 1066, the Tower of London served as a prison, torture chamber and location of the executioner’s chopping block. This prison was not for the everyday thief however; the Tower was meant for punishing those accused of treason, and its residents included monarchs and other high-borns as well as commoners. Today you can enjoy a special Tower Twilight tour led by the Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) and take in some of the gruesome tales and spooky sights which make this location an unmissable gory treat. See more at http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/WhatsOn/TowerTwilightTours
City of London Cemetery
Photo: Nick Garrod
Located in the North East of the city, this cemetery and crematorium is one of the largest in Europe, and is designated Grade 1 on the Historic England Register of Parks and Gardens. The cemetery is also interesting because it has been in continuous use since its opening, and the social attitude towards the afterlife is reflected in the way the cemetery is laid out, ranging from Victorian to contemporary. As well as being a great place for a gothic picnic, the cemetery also has its share of ghostly phenomena – since the 1970s, there have been many sightings of an eerie orange glow emanating from one of the tombstones in the western section of the cemetery. Despite many investigations, no-one has ever found a rational explanation for this – there are no light sources outside the graveyard that could account for thisspooky phenomenon.
After all the jitters a nice scrumptious dinner and drinks awaits you at the Corinthia Hotel.
Food from Chile is not known for its glamour, however it is known to be simple, hearty and made from local ingredients. Although it is probably not as well known as some other South American cuisines, it certainly can be as tasty, if not more so. One of the best things about the food is that the country has different landscapes that shape the food, in the North it is mainly a high altitude desert and central and southern Chile is next to the sea, which means more of an emphasis on seafood in southern cuisine.. The food should be another reason to jump on a plane with LAN and fly to Chile, and here are some dishes that you must try whilst there.
Pastel de choclo
This dish is in many ways similar to a shepherd’s pie and it is made with ground corn (choclo) that forms the crust on top, as well as spices, olives, hard boiled eggs and some form of meat, this is usually minced beef or chicken. This is traditional Chilean comfort food at its best and is served in a paila, which is an earthenware bowl common throughout South America.
This is a pocket of flaky pastry that is filled with minced beef, olives, hard boiled eggs, roast vegetables and cheese. These are available almost anywhere and are a great snack to have when you need one. These are quite different to the Argentinian variety though and are usually bigger in size and flatter.
Chupe is a creamy stew that is normally made with seafood and vegetables, but it is a generic term and can refer to other stews made with other types of meat. The sauce is usually made with milk or cream, and a mixture of spices. This dish is similar to curry and is a great comfort food to have on a cool day.
This is a shellfish dish, with a type of potato flatbread/pancake and meat, which is traditionally made in a pit with hot stones and covered with Chilean rhubarb leaves in order to form pressure cooker like conditions to cook the food. It is also possible to make this dish in a normal pressure cooker or pot. The pancake or flatbread is known as a milcao and these can be found as street food in other parts of Chile.
On your holiday to Paris it doesn’t matter whether you are staying in a Premier Inn or couchsurfing with one of the locals, there is a museum near you and you should definitely visit it, there are so many that there really are no excuses. Read on to find out some great museums that you can visit on your next holiday to Paris.
The Louvre was and is quite possibly the largest and most famous art gallery in the entire world. It has everything you can imagine from artifacts from stone age times to Roman sculpture and all the way to the Mona Lisa. If you are planning to visit the Louvre ensure that you either go very early, so that you can spend some time in its two extremely large wings, or better yet spend two days looking at everything.
A museum that is situated on the banks of the Seine that is housed on a former railway station known as Gare d’Orsay and thus the name. This museum is focused mainly on French art dating between 1848 and 1915, and boasts the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works in the world.
Some of the most famous artists that have pieces in the museum are Money, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin and Van Gogh. As you can see that this is a serious art museum and is possibly the best display of French works in existence.
The Centre Pompidou
The building of the Pompidou with its colour, exposed pipes and air ducts make it extremely distinctive in the Parisian landscape, and the building itself is just as famous as the works that it houses. The design itself is unique because it is almost like an inside out building with the workings of the building on the outside and the space for the gallery completely enclosed.
This modern art museum is in itself modern art, but houses the largest collection of modern art in Europe, with 50,000 works by 5,000 artists, there are only about 600 works on display at any one time.
The museum boasts great names of modern art, such as Dali, Picasso and Duchamp.
With the right tips and products, you’d be surprised how much space you can save in your bag. With these top six tips and some suggestions on handy solutions, packing for a trip will never be a hassle again. Here are some tips form seasoned travel experts Urbane Traveller.
Only Take What You Need
Only taking what you need on a trip can save a great deal of space, and you can now save even more with convenient and secure silicone travel bottles. These non-drip, squeezable products are made from a food-grade material and are ideal for containing travel-size amounts of important liquids such as shampoo, condiments, shower gel, body lotion, etc. Rather than stuffing a large bottle of shampoo into your bag, a small silicone travel bottle is a compact substitute.
Organise Your Belongings
Organising the contents of your bag will not only allow you to easily find what you want, but also present more space-saving opportunities. Products such as travel storage containers, pill boxes and cable tidies help a great deal in arranging important cables and SD cards, as well as small bits and bobs into their own compartments. Less clutter will give you a better idea of the space available for other items in you bag.
Remove That Space-Hogging Air
Air can take up a lot of space in a bag, so a compression sac will offer just the solution many have been looking for. To save as much as 80% in volume, compressions sacs in a range of sizes can push the air out of clothing such as jackets and garments with ease. They also function as a handy and durable zip-lock container, especially if you want to separate dirty laundry.
Thinking outside the box when you’re preparing to pack for a trip will allow you to pack items that would normally take up a lot of space. Cups, for example, are important for camping trips or hiking, so a collapsible cup that is leak-proof will prove invaluable. Made from silicone, you can use them by the fireside, on the bedside table or at work before simply collapsing them and slipping them into your bag.
Compact and Organisable Bags
Packing cubes are the ultimate solution for staying organised while saving space. In a range of sizes, you can compartmentalise your belongings so you know where to find items without disrupting the setup of your whole bag. With everything organised, seeing where to save space is also a lot clearer and the compact nature of these products means the contents are compressed, further saving space.
Wherever you can combine belongings in to an all-in-one solution, you’ll be well on your way to saving a lot of space. Many shower gels, for instance, combine as a body wash and shampoo. A particularly handy product in this area is the travel utensil set. It brings together handy cutlery such as a knife, spoon and fork, as well as a bottle opener and toothpick, all in to a compact container ideal for camping.
Advances in technology have meant that we are better catered for than ever in how we view sporting occasions. From user-selected camera angles to online streaming of select sporting events, there appears to be no limit as to how technology can help us appreciate the world of sport.
However, it’s still the humble photograph that can best capture the perfect moment of sporting glory. Something about the perfect composition, lighting and timing is able to swiftly communicate these spectacular moments in a way that becomes indelibly etched on the sports fan’s mind.
And the legendary sporting tournaments of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and Ashes cricket series are perfect for allowing such iconic images to flourish.
There’s something highly individual about the game of tennis, and it is this feature that can be best captured through the art of photography.
As the Wimbledon Tennis Championships are often thought of as being the pinnacle of a tennis player’s game, there’s always intense emotion that is ready to be documented through a perfectly timed photograph.
This year’s Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic managed to make a win over Roger Federer look relatively easy, but as evidenced by this captivating photograph of his 2011 Wimbledon semi-final win, the moment of victory will always be incredibly sweet no matter how successful the player. To follow impressive players like Novak Djovokic in upcoming tournaments, visit the Coral site for the latest tennis news and information.
And in terms of the actual gameplay, high-resolution camera technology is perfectly suited to capture the exact moment when the tennis ball hits the racket, as shown in this wonderfully documented image of Japanese player Kei Nishikori at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.
Every sport has its own idiosyncrasies that the professional photographer will be well aware of. Whereas it can be relatively easy for a photographer to feel a part of the action of a game of tennis, cricket poses a much tougher proposition.
The sheer physical distance from the edge of the playing field to the cricket pitch means that a telephoto lens must be used to capture anything beyond a few blurry white figures.
However, as this photograph taken at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2011 illustrates, sometimes the spectacle of a full sports stadium cheering on Chris Tremlett’s decisive delivery to complete England’s 3-1 Ashes victory is enough to transmit the atmosphere and excitement of this special sporting event.
There are so many things that you can do to enjoy your holiday in Los Angeles, the fact is that there is so much to do there and it can be hard to decide how to spend your time there, hopefully by reading this you will have a better idea of how to spend your holiday there.
With such a large city and tourism industry the accommodation options in LA are basically endless, there are accommodation options for everybody, these include things like basic backpackers to luxury mansions in the hills.
If you do decide to pick something a bit fancy, there are a number of luxurious Los Angeles vacation rentals overlooking the city in the illustrious Hollywood hills and the surrounding area. These are possibly some of the most beautiful places that you could ever stay in your life so these are well worth the money.
Hire a car
Everybody knows that that best way to get around Los Angeles is by car, especially with the abundance of good roads in the area. Public transport can be extremely time consuming in Los Angeles and the best thing to do is to hire a car so that you can not only enjoy the sights around and even have the flexibility and freedom to go to some great locations around the area like Malibu.
Having a car is the main mode of transport in the city of angels and can take the stress away from leaving things to public transport. Driving around Los Angeles is all part of the cultural experience of California.
Los Angeles is more than famous for the number of attractions that it has and is well known for its cosmopolitan lifestyle and culture. Perhaps the most famous is the Hollywood sign, however this is not all that LA has to offer. If you are a fan of art you can visit the stunning Getty Museum, with its soaring architecture and stunning art collections, or perhaps you could take a leisurely drive up to Malibu and visit its sister site, the Getty Villa.
Whether you decide to visit the amazing houses of Rodeo Drive or go celebrity hunting in Beverly Hills, there is so much that you could do in Los Angeles.
Interning abroad opens up new international job opportunities for recent grads. However, making that move to a foreign country can be a scary endeavor. Not only do you need to find a company that wants you to work for them and can help you with getting a visa, but you need to find a place to stay and know how handle the daily problems we face in any country. There are several internship providers in China which offer services to international talents looking to work in China. One of the oldest China-based providers is Gi2C Group, which began offering internships in China in 2008. In the past seven years, Gi2C has helped over 3,000 foreigners safely navigate the tricky waters of life in China.
Based off of reviews from Gi2C interns who have completed their internships in China, the majority of them recommend interning in China to others. Henry interned in China in early 2015 and said, “Do it, come to China, but know that’s going to be different from back home.”
Another Gi2C intern, Pradesh, said that he improved his Chinese while in China and also improved his work skills. He said the process to get his China internship with Gi2C was easy. Step one was to choose an industry. Step two was a Skype interview with Gi2C and sending off his CV. Step three was accepting the job description and company that Gi2C sent to him. Now that Pradesh has finished his internship, his advice to China newcomers is, “Don’t be afraid to apply for an internship in China. China is very different but after a period of time, you’ll get used to life in China.” Other Gi2C intern reviews show again and again that interning in China can be a solution to the age-old problem of needing job experience before landing a full-time job. Gi2C has proven that internship providers in China can greatly help foreigners stay safe in China and make an easier transition to living abroad.
Recently, however, Gi2C has come under attack by someone trying to tarnish the company name. Gi2C, along with one or two other China internship providers, has been added to several scam alert websites. On these sites, an anonymous user who always seems quite upset, focuses primarily on the “Gi2C scam” of charging money for their service of providing internship assistance in China. While it’s true that it is possible to get an internship in China without paying for the services of an internship provider, it must be very difficult otherwise why would so many China interns be using internship providers like Gi2C? The “Gi2C scam” of charging a fee in exchange for a service is also known as operating a business. No business in the world can exist without revenue.
The fact that Gi2C has hundreds of intern reviews written by the interns themselves along with pictures and videos puts this issue of whether or not Gi2C is a scam to rest. It is also highly unlikely that an illegitimate foreign company could operate in China for over six years and not be shut down by Chinese authorities. As past Gi2C interns Henry and Pradesh advised: just come to China, there’s nothing to fear.
Gi2C has been an internship provider in China since 2008 and has become a leader in the internship industry. Gi2C’s goal is to help students and young professionals not only safely get into China without falling prey to any scams but also to help them understand China and Chinese business culture. Gi2C provides tailor-made opportunities for interns to work for a variety companies in multiple industries based in China. For more information, go to their website: www.gi2c.org
When you are researching what volunteer program to choose, you will come across thousands and thousands of opportunities. It can be overwhelming to narrow down your choices and ultimately make your decision. To help you along with your choice, we have broken down the types of volunteer programs available so you can find the perfect program for you.
Short Term Volunteer Programs
If this is your first foray into volunteering, choosing a yearlong program might not be the best idea. Short term volunteer abroad programs are great for people who are just getting into the volunteer world, for those who have a full time job and can only take off a few weeks at a time. Many of these programs focus on helping a community with a specific project such as building a house or a well. They often include cultural elements, aimed at providing volunteers with an intense blast of the local community so you get a better understanding of those you are helping.
These programs can be for profit or not for profit, so make sure you understand what you are getting yourself into and that you’re comfortable with the goals of the organization. They generally do not have an education or profession requirement for these programs, just a willingness to help.
Photo Credit: Ms. Pheonix
Long Term Volunteer Programs
These programs, lasting usually six months or longer, typically involve the transfer of a skill. Because these skills are specific, the programs normally have an educational or professional requirement for volunteers. Some are teaching English, which requires you to have a TEFL certificate which you can obtain in about a month while others require you to have an advanced degree such as a Doctorate. These programs are typically non profit and help to build the community internally, as opposed to helping them externally.
Long term volunteering abroad programs can take a while to show progress so be aware of this before you commit. It isn’t like building a house and then you are done. It can take years before people can speak a language or learn to be a competent medical professional.
Photo Credit: Rex Pe
Conservation or Environmental Programs
Programs of this type are focused on conservation of environments within the field. You won’t be sitting in an office during these programs but more likely, you’ll be helping protect local animals or wildlife. This may include building habitats, moving endangered animals to more appropriate locations, cleaning up beaches or replanting local flora. These programs are typically results driven with a specific goal that is reached in a shorter time frame than long term volunteer abroad programs.
Photo Credit: Ed Uthman
Relief or Emergency Programs
When a disaster hits a region of the world, emergency services are called in to take care of the immediate needs of the community. These programs usually run on very short notice, as disasters are typically not planned. They focus on providing basic needs to the people such as food, water, shelter, sanitation and medicine. As they are very specific needs, the programs often require volunteers to have specific professional or educational qualifications in addition to prior experience.
Not all volunteering requires a person to leave their home. Some programs require people to volunteer virtually, which means you could be potentially helping more people around the world as opposed to just one region. These programs have varied requirements, depending on the position. Some may just be English practice via Skype while others are strategic planning for an organization. This is a great option for people who want to volunteer but cannot financially or physically afford to leave their home country.
Photo Credit: Carissa Rogers
Author Bio: This is written by Alex Bradbeer, the creator and author of Finding The Freedom, an adventure travel blog focused on adventure and crazy off the beaten path destinations.
One of the most exciting times in most people’s lives is moving to a new area or country. There are a number of benefits you can gain by moving to a new area but there also some stress you will have to deal with. If you are moving a long distance away from your existing home, you will have to follow some guidelines in order to get the right results and to make your move successful. Here are some of the things you need to do when moving to Europe.
Plan out Every Detail
The first thing you have to do before anything is packed or moved is to plan out as much as you can. You need to make sure you have a game plan before the actual process begins. The time you spend getting everything in order will be essential in getting this move done the right way. Make sure you take the time to figure out what you need to move first and how you are going to get it from point A to point B in one piece.
Getting Some Professional Help
The next thing to focus on when trying to get this process handled the right way is finding the right professionals to help you. Usually, you will have a number of moving companies to choose from, which means you have to do some research to find the right one. You want to find a company who has plenty of experience in long distance moving. The more experience they have in this process, the easier you will find it to get the right results. Make sure you take the time to get to know the company’s reputation before making a decision.
Keeping Everything Organized
Another very important factor you have to consider when trying to have success with your long distance move is keeping it organized. There are a number of ways you can do this and among the best is labeling all of the boxes you pack. This will allow you to put them in the right areas while unpacking your moving truck. The more organized you are during this process, the easier you will find it to get everything unpacked and in its proper place. The last thing you want is to have chaos due to your lack of preparation.
At Orbit Moving, you will be able to get the assistance you need to pull of your long distance move. They have been in the business for many years and have the resources needed to get you where you need to go. Call them or go to orbitmoving.com for more information on what they can provide for you.
Are you planning a move in the near future? If so, you may benefit from hiring professional Movers in Mississauga. However, with all the options that are available, it can be difficult to know if one company is better than another. Taking some time to research and find out the differences in the available companies will help you determine which one is right for your moving needs. Some tips that will help you with this are highlighted here.
Years in the Business
One of the first things you need to consider is how long the company has been providing moving services. While you should not rule out a newer company automatically, they may not have the equipment or manpower to get jobs done properly and in a timely manner. If you have a complicated or big move, then hiring a company that has a number of years in the business can be quite beneficial. This is because they will have years behind them in terms of moving and can provide quick and efficient services.
Reviews from Past Customers
Another important factor that you need to consider is the reviews the company has received from past customers. This can be one of the most truthful and informative sources of information in regard to the way a business operates and does business. If you do not take some time to look at the reviews that the company has received, then you will never know what other, real users, of the services think. With reviews you can determine what is good or bad about the company and if it offers something unique that other moving companies do not.
This is likely going to be one of the first considerations you make when looking for a moving company. It is a good idea to get quotes from three to four different moving services and then find the one that best suits your needs. However, it is generally never a good idea to choose the cheapest option, since this does not always indicate the best quality service. Take some time to see what is offered in the estimate that is provided to ensure that you find the best value for your money.
Finding a quality moving service does not have to be extremely difficult. When you implement the information found here you will be able to find a quality company that provides quality results. Keeping this in mind will ensure that your move is as stress and hassle free as possible and ensure that you get to your new location with all your belongings in the same state they were when they left your existing home.