Getting to the chinstrap penguin colony along the Antarctic Peninsula isn’t for the fainthearted. But the risks are worth it. Gliding through the waters of Orne Harbor, you may encounter whales and seals. And greeting you onshore? Hundreds of penguins tending their young. [Read more...]
The recent video of Garret McNamara riding what could be a record-breaking wave has gotten brine-loving boarders the world over waxing up and paddling out. In a vicarious show of camaraderie, and to keep office depression at bay while the rest of the world has fun, we got involved in the only way we can: writing about places we’d rather be. These three surf towns landed on our latest list of destinations for their good mix of crowds, food, nightlife and, of course, surf breaks most of us wouldn’t go near with a ten-foot board. [Read more...]
After years of steady economic growth in Brazil, the dream of an on-the-cheap exotic vacation in Rio de Janeiro has melted faster than a Popsicle in tropical sunshine. Tourists enjoy their stay here because of the stunning natural setting, the easy charm of locals and the culture that give the city its flair. And those can all be had for nada at the following spots: [Read more...]
Coffee, the wonderfully aromatic conduit for the world’s most popular drug — caffeine — began its spread from Ethiopia in the 15th Century and never stopped. Today, coffee is enjoyed all over the world, with Finland (surprisingly) consuming more than any other country – imbibing 608.2 litres of coffee per capita.
Turkish coffee, which is served in small cups where the grounds settle at the bottom, is very thick, dark, strong and sweet. Plenty of sugar and sometimes spices like cardamom and chicory are added to produce a rich, dessert-like treat. After a guest finishes his or her coffee, a host may turn the cup upside down, allow the grounds to cool and then tell a fortune by reading the grounds.
In Italy, un caffé is a “shot” of espresso — an ounce of concentrated coffee. Although Italians drink caffé (espresso) all day long, two of the country’s national beverages, cappuccino and caffé latte, are traditionally only consumed in the morning.
Brazil’s version, cafezinho, is made by mixing hot water, finely ground coffee and sugar, and then straining the mixture through a filter. Like Turkish coffee, cafezinho is dark, strong and sweet – but not nearly as thick – and served in small cups.
During the 19th Century, when Vietnam was under French rule, fresh milk was difficult to store, so condensed milk took its place. A delightful indulgence, Vietnamese iced coffee, called cà phê sữa đá, is made by brewing concentrated coffee over condensed milk, stirring it up and pouring it over ice.
Although drip coffee is ubiquitous throughout the US, the country is often associated with the Americano, which is espresso mixed with hot water. The drink is said to have evolved during World War II, when American soldiers stationed in Italy discovered that “coffee” was just a shot of espresso. As the story goes, in order to make the drink more like regular coffee, they added hot water.
Major coffee producer Kenya has long had a specialised way of drinking coffee. Kahawa chungu, or “bitter coffee”, is a traditional drink made in brass kettles over a charcoal stove and is typically enjoyed by men, according to Reuters.
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Brazil’s booming tourism industry continues to grow this year, boosting the country’s previously bulging housing requirement.
Visitor arrivals in Brazil elevated by 18.8 per cent in the first half of 2011, according to the Industry Tourism Organisation. As international global tourism expands by practically 5 per cent, Latin American nations have carried out remarkably properly, to undergo a 15 per cent rise in guests. But Brazil out do the lot, welcoming a total of 4,351,081 visitors in the course of the initial six weeks of the year.
It’s one more sign of the rising attractiveness of Brazil, and the tourist scene isn’t stopping any time soon. Brazil is getting ready to host the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympics, and the Enterprise Monitor Worldwide information forecast a 21.5 per cent increase in tourist arrivals at the time of another four years, which should generate income of approximately US$9bn.
The rise in foreign curiosity is elevating the housing market too. The desire for house ownership in Brazil is rocketing with R$34 billion becoming pumped into the building of household property in all of the nation. But supply even now jeopardizes to account for requirement, using the current housing deficit of 7 million persevering with to drive new developments.
Ray Withers, director of global real estate agent Property Frontiers, feedback: “We have been viewing a consistent influx of investment in Brazil, that can only continue to increase once the Olympics and Industry Cup arrive. These occasions will spur Brazil to build a up to date infrastructure, encouraging venture capitalists to look into the earnings readily available from Brazilian property.”
As appraisals forecast a 20 per cent rise in the region’s population over the next 10 years, you can bet that Brazil can be developing property for some time to come.
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