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Fishing and diving practices on the Ambergris canoe on the Belize Barrier

All these experienced guides are native San Pedranos, second- or third-generation seafarers and fishermen; who grew up at sea and turned his affinity for nature into a profession that has been a challenge over the years and has delighted thousands of visitors.

The dive master and adventure center recalls that in the 1960s, retired US Navy diving instructors arrived in San Pedro and began teaching Indigenous diving, with Robert Peter (Roberto) Bradley and one of his first students sons. At the age of 11, Rene Bradley nailed his first tank under the supervision of his older brother George and spent every available moment thereafter monitoring the bubbles of his brothers and helping manage the effort. In 1984, Rene and his younger brothers Jacinto and Alberto joined the already established diving and fishing guides Francisco (Pancho) Verde and the older brothers George, Roberto and Leonardo in guiding visitors to Belize on adventures at sea.

Why did these young San Pedranos decide to become guides? The transition from solitary fishermen to hosts and ambassadors was easy. As Pancho Verde puts it, "I was already fishing every day and guiding visitors gave me the opportunity to meet new people and make friends with all corners of the world."

Over the years, these guides have introduced the waters of Belize to a myriad of guests, including many celebrities. Leonardo has fond memories of Harrison Ford and his film crew during the Mosquito Coast production, while Alberto remembers Cyndi Lauper as a lot of fun, just as you might expect.

George Bradley, the eldest brother and a truly gifted fly fisherman, speaks softly and very enthusiastically spends his day on the water. His guests, many of whom reserve vacation time on his schedule, feel the same. Roberto Jr, the youngest member of the team, proudly followed in the footsteps of his fathers, and when asked by the fishing guests, they said they were all stars, whether they had been watched in the movies or not!

All of these expert Belizean fishing and diving guides agree that the true reward of their profession is the expression of enjoyment on the face of a novice diver or the excitement of a fisherman who joins the "big" in the mornings. They are rightly proud of their beautiful country and the role they promote and preserve for future generations.

Looking for a great Caribbean vacation with world-class diving, scuba diving and fishing, Ambergris Caye offers the best combination of luxury accommodation, relaxed atmosphere and the most personal and professional guides available anywhere.

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OZ Witch – How I Met a Witch in Australia!

More than ten years ago in 2004, I traveled to Sydney, Australia. I traveled not for family vacations or vacations, but for work. I was there on a software consulting project (I don’t want to go into more detail on this annoying topic), and this was my second trip to a beautiful city. Previously, I spent three months in Sydney, but because of the pressure associated with projects, I could barely explore the city, and I didn't even get a chance to really meet anyone there. So this time I wanted to see the city and befriend him. I never knew that I would soon meet and make good friends with a witch in Australia!

The Yahoo messenger was in vogue these days and by some searches I was able to connect with the lady. She was from Sydney, appeared much older than me, but had a lot of fun talking. So when I told her I was going to her town in a week and asked to find a friend there, she was playing.

I stayed at the Travelodge Macquarie North Ryde Hotel, near the Macquarie Shopping Center. Once I landed and joined the business, I updated it and we set a time for a meeting in the morning. She came to meet me at my hotel in the morning, dressed in black from head to toe. She also had black hair and had black shades over her eyes. We met in the lobby and then after we met, she offered to drive me around the Sydney suburb, which I readily agreed to .. As I was boarding his car, I seemed to notice a small sticker at the back of the car. The red is "My other car is a broom !!"

Inside her car was everything … from used cans of coke to a pile of cigarette butts in an ashtray. The bottom was full of paper, clothes, pillows, extra sleeping bags, towels and a few small cardboard boxes. The front seat was full of ash and the car rattled with cigarette smoke. In addition, the mirrors had cobwebs on them. The car was dirty !!!

North beaches, Sydney.

The mind was constantly searching for answers as we began to talk about the weather, then the city, Australia, then India (my country), then my religion – Hinduism. She said she knew about Kali and Krishna (who are Hindu Gods and Goddesses) and said that she also worships them. Things did not match.

"Are you a Christian?" I asked with a little confusion.

"No, I'm Wiccan. Do you know what Wicca is?" She asked me.

"Well, no," I replied.

And she explained the pagan religion to her mother, who was in vogue before the advent of Christianity. A religion associated with King Arthur and his Excalibur, Sir Lancelot and the Knights' Round Table. She explained that the magicians were given various explanations for how Christianity came to power and began to spread throughout Europe and the European colonies.

"Wizards are good people. They are loved. Harry Potter is a wizard and everyone loves him. But witches are bad, aren't they?" she asked.

"Well, I suppose it is," I replied with no idea why that was so.

She smiled and told me that they were their mother religion and that they were women who had superior knowledge in society, science, religion, medicine and science. They were the pillars of society in the Wiccan era and men were pouring into them at the time of need. But when Christianity came, it was difficult to convert these erudite and well-informed women, so Christianity gave them a bad name. That is why these witches carried the burden of ire and thus decayed over time. "Joan of Arc is one such example, burned on the Cross that it did not coincide with religious doctrine at that time." "She said.

With that, we continued to drive along the beaches and shores of North Sydney. We spent all day walking and running around the turquoise blue water and white sandy beaches. We visited lunch of chicken burgers and cola at about 2pm. All the while, we talked about our customs, traditions, society and religious views. She was just as interested in learning about our traditions as I was about hers. There was something new to me.

As the afternoon approached, she asked me if she wanted to leave me at my hotel or if I would like to go to her for some refreshment and then maybe give up. By then, I became so interested in her and her life that I immediately agreed to visit her place. We arrived at her home in about 15 minutes from Coogie Beach.

Her home was a few steps from a moving road in a secluded location. The stairs to her main door were decorated with miniature dolls and figures of frogs, bats, rabbits and cats. Some of them made automated sound as we approached. As soon as she opened her main door, several cats and one-headed puppies ran up to her and began to sob and drag around her legs. I could immediately hear the cactus cries, as if everyone became aware that their mistress was returning home. The house had an oddly heavy odor, one of the fierce incense and the smoking agent threw smoke out of the corner. The small foyer had a huge glass box and I noticed something inside. One corner of her foyer also had a large ISIS model in smaller size (Egyptian Goddess, as she later educated me !!). There were tons of books on the large shelf on one side of the hall. I peeked at them as I naturally loved books. There were large collections of magic, spells, love potions, divine bonds, spirituality, witchcraft, Psychic foresight, magic, love, spirituality and Wiccan worship. I just became more interested and attracted to this whole new world of knowledge, wisdom and witchcraft. I couldn't resist checking out a few of them.

“What do you do with all those books?” I asked her in confusion.

"I'm a witch," she smiled.

That's how I met Carole Chapman, one of the most wonderful people I've ever met. In the days and months that I knew her, I found that she was a very kind, kind, and caring person. She was immensely instructive, witty, in tune with the world around her, and a very wacky person. Over the next few months of my stay in Sydney, I met her friends, her vow, the company and the magic that they all perform for the betterment of their lives. I learned about her religion and the false stigma she carries in the Christian world. She was one of the few direct students of the famous Wiccan teacher, Alex Sanders, who starred in the movie "Wickerman."

Unfortunately, Carole left us for Summerland in July 2011. You can find her Facebook profile under the link on my blog. She was an authority on Wicca and a Wiccan tradition as I found out. and in Australia she was called the Queen of Witches. She was also a dear friend I miss.

High priestess Carole Chapman's interview can be found on my blog.

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Talipapa Market in Boracay – an overview

Located between busy White Beach and Boracaya, Talipapa is the busiest market you can find here. Almost all tourists who visit White Beach or Boracay end up shopping at least once here. In this article I will tell you why the Talipap market is so special and why you need to visit it.

a) Fresh fish and seafood: Among the many delicacies you get at Talipapa Market, fresh fish and seafood are some of them. Almost every species of live fish can be found here; you can get shrimps, lobsters, etc. – all fresh! Yes, fish are not only fresh but also very slippery due to humidity. Beware that some fish sellers are overpaying tourists (sometimes even charging twice the original price), so make sure prices hurt. This is like a seafood sanctuary of all kinds! The only cool thing about this place (which I have not found anywhere else) is that you can buy fresh fish there and actually have a restaurant nearby that cooks for you for a small fee. Let me imagine, I paid about 1500 pesos for lobster; however, the chef only took me 500 pesos to cook the same, not to mention that the cooking process was really impressive. Can anything be colder than that? He fried the fish a little, though. Later, I learned another, more convenient way to cook fresh fish for me.

The procedure is simple enough. First you go hunting for a decent restaurant. you get a choice between restaurants with or without open spaces, with or without air conditioning, etc. After you do, kindly ask one of the restaurant staff to bring you good quality fish (mention specifics, etc.). Under the & # 39; Paluto & # 39; system there, almost all the restaurants there have associated fish markets. This way, you can get fish much cheaper than starting a bargain on your own. I still recommend negotiating, but I believe that on most occasions it will not be necessary if you follow this procedure.

b) Many souvenir shops and shops: Fresh fish or seafood are of course not the only things you can get here. There are many convenience stores in Talipap Market. Gifts and souvenirs are available at very reasonable prices, but I still struggled over the prices while buying multiple items at the same time! You can get all kinds of clothes you want – be it for your children, husbands, wives, sisters, mothers, fathers, as you name it – there is a specialized fabric store for everyone and is suitable for all ages!

c) Extremely close to hotels, restaurants: The location of Talipapa is one of the reasons why it is such a busy market. Located near the beach, you can get decent quality hotels near you, such as D & # 39; mall and Best Western. You can also get quality seafood restaurants on their menus. You can get delicious items at restaurants here, such as crab with chili sauce, baked cheese, butter, rice, etc. Many cold drinks are also available.

The bottom line, as I found out – you really can’t keep your wallet weight intact once you enter this Talipape market. Your stomach would start growing and force you to bite the fresh fish available there! I'm more of a chick, but in spite of that, I've ended up with hundreds of pesos on fish and seafood!

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Homestay In Coorg – Making Every Other Point

Coorg is a natural beauty and definitely an ideal place for people like me who love rejuvenation and relaxation. Temperatures are here all year long, making me one of my best hiding places whenever I have to enjoy myself and at the same time relax from the daily hustle and bustle of this life. No wonder she is known as Indian Scotland, until you can go wrong here.

Apart from having so many things to see such as stunning waterfalls and breathtaking landscapes and lots of tourist attractions, this beautiful station of Karnataka hill offers many accommodation options. I love my private space and am glad that all of its needs have been met thanks to the many Homestays it offers. With so many cottages, farmhouses, lavish estates and modern apartments, I can choose what suits me best. My mood and the type of experience I want to enjoy quite dictate the path I take with my home stay when I am here on vacation. But my stay at a home in Coorg seems to me worthy of several aspects that I always remember when choosing my accommodation.

  • Location is one of the most important when choosing my holiday facility here. Fortunately, there is always something interesting about whether I want to be near a Buddhist monastery, Virajpet, Badipur or other popular areas like South Coorg Kushal Nagar or Kodagu. Households are deployed in these locations and I have yet to decide where I would rather be for the holidays and I am ready to start.

  • Budgeting is another aspect that I always consider to be a family to enjoy and afford at the same time. Fortunately, Coorg also addressed whether I was working on a tight budget or wanted to spoil the rotten while on vacation. If I have to spend a bit here for my vacations, reasonably priced homes like Shreya, Maduvan, Jagale and Mountain Mist Valley Valley, among several others, always cover me. These properties have everything a holiday would want, and the best part is that I don't have to spend too much to enjoy Coorg.

  • The views I enjoy every morning and evening or at any other time of day are really important to me at any holiday. This means that I am automatically looking for a holiday home that offers the kinds of views that create a sense of serenity in me. Coorg homes are strategically placed and I always find something that can meet my wishes. Wanting to wake up with a beautiful clear sunrise or foggy mountains, here I have the ability to offer me just that.

The amenities provided in the home are also important to me. I want to be able to make my own fresh cup of coffee and probably try a few local recipes while I am here and for that I always afford to choose a homemade home that has a well-equipped and functional kitchen.

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How I had a 5D4N budget vacation in Singapore for P7200 (RM 620)

With three days off from work, I finally have the opportunity to travel to neighboring countries. However, since I have limited resources, I chose two countries available by bus from Malaysia – Thailand i Singapore.

Over time, I heard from a local colleague that it would take me 8 hours to reach Thailand by Hatayi (but not Bangkok yet – just on the Malaysia-Thailand border) and only 4-5 hours to Singapore.

Although they have significantly lower cost of living in Singapore than Singapore, I did some research and found that there are countless ways to travel to luxury cities like Singapore within budget. Since it has great transportation routes and an abundance of fascinating tourist spots, I decided to go Singapore, even if I have to eat chicken rice one week.

TRANSPORT:

Departure: Kuala Lumpur, TBS (Bersepadu Selatan Terminal) -> Singapore, Little India (Fare: RM45 = P517,50)

Arrival: Singapore, Katong V Mall -> Kuala Lumpur, KL 5 Elements Hotel (Price: RM72 = P828)

Total cost of transportation: RM 117 (P1345.50)

Of all three transportation available to Singapore – by plane, bus and train – bus is the cheapest and most economical to choose from as you can take midnight tickets and sleep while traveling.

The bus ride takes approximately 5.5 hours from Malaysia to Singapore. Keep in mind that you may be awake during the last hour, as long distance travel will require you to cross two immigration buildings – one leaving Malaysia and the other entering Singapore.

QUICK ADVICE:

  • If you can book online, do so so you can be booked on shuttles ahead of time. I booked mine at easybook.com. They also have a lot of promotions, including discounts and travel vouchers every month.

  • As a tip, choose a midnight schedule (12:00) so you can arrive early in Singapore and use your saved time to visit nearby tourist spots before checking into your hostel.

  • Make sure you have legitimate visa and passport information as there is a chance that immigration officials will Woodlands Singapore it can stop you and put you under strict scrutiny if you have the wrong documents.

ACCOMMODATION:

Online Booking Fee: RM 205 (P2357.50)

Duration of stay: 5 days – 4 nights

Online Dealer: Agoda

I primarily chose The Prince of Wales as this is one of the cheapest error-free hostels in Agoda reviews, which was a positive sign that it was well maintained. The truth is, upon check-in I received linens, a pillow and a blanket. There were also five discount coupons with one complimentary complementary Heineken / Jam Jar from the hostel. Management said it would break the free Heineken / Jam Jar moving forward and that I was the last one to receive the red coupon. Good luck!

The mixed dormitory I stayed in had four bunk beds, most of which were foreigners most of the time. Aircon only runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The downstairs showers have a heater, and the wireless speed is excellent. One Saturday night, I came home to watch music bands performing played music.

All in all, this is a recommended hostels if you want cheap backpack accommodation with quality service and proper maintenance.

DAY 1: SMALL INDIA + BUGIS: RM 102 / SGD 34 / PHP 1173

Given the expensive 5 day shipping cost in Singapore, I planned to use the Singapore Tourist Dog (STP) for SGD 20 (3-day pass) which allows me unlimited travel on MRTs, LRTs and public buses. Then I will use STP for Day 2 and Day 4, and for Day 1 I just visited tourist places near my hostel – Prince of Wales.

Therefore, it is important to choose a strategic location to book your hostel. For me, I recommend it Little India because:

  • His MRT is the interchange between the northeast line (train goes to Sentosa, Clarke Quay or Chinatown) and downtown (train goes to Botanical Gardens or Bugis)

  • There are plenty of nearby temples and mosques (see below) with a cultural "feel" that immerses in your inner Indian.

  • Access to cheap falconry stands SGD 5 per meal – as Tekka center – home to the exquisite variety of Singaporean cuisine.

  • You can also buy souvenirs Mustafa Shopping Center for cheap perfumes or jewelry.

Bugis It is also walking distance to Little India, so you can shop your STP there, explore the shops on Bugis Street and pray at a nearby temple for blessings.

Itineraries:

  • Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

  • Sri Srinivas Perumous Temple

  • Mustafa Shopping Center

  • Indian Heritage Center (SGD 4 entrance, free English excursion)

  • Masjid Abdul Gafoor Mosque

  • Haji Lane

  • Bugis Street

  • Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple

DAY 2: SENTOSA + MERLION + BEACH TO THE BEACH: RM 126 / SGD 42 / PHP 1449

By day 2, I had unlimited transportation thanks to an STP card so I can wander anywhere in Singapore. Unfortunately, this does not cover the cost Sentosa Express which I paid SGD 4 (P140). I didn't go to Universal Studios Singapore anymore, because I went there already, but for those wondering, it's the entrance SGD 74 (P2590).

In the afternoon I went to Gardens by the bay strolling the Raffles Place area, onto the Helix Bridge and the promenade to the Bay Sands Marina. It was one of the most beautiful tourist spots I have ever seen in Singapore and one that I will recommend especially when you grab your ticket to the Cold Conservatories – Cloudy forest i Flower dome – for SGD 28 (P966). I was lucky because an event called Garden Rhapsody happened there – Retro fever on Supertree Grove, where there were bright lights dancing to the tune of the 80s and it was truly magnificent.

Marina Bay near the statue of Merlion was very nice during the night. As I walked by Jubilee footpath, I see the beautiful sandy bay of Marina that runs through calm waters. Since the area is still full of tourists, I suddenly thought of the song "The Night Is Still Young".

Itineraries:

  • Vivo City, HarborFront

  • Sentosa – waterfront stations, Imbiah and beaches

  • Marina Bay at Raffles Place

  • Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands Theaters

  • Helix Bridge and Jubilee Trail

  • Gulf Gardens – Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, Supertree Grove

  • Makansutra

  • Singapore flyer

3-4. DAY: BOTANICAL GARDENS + ORCARD + CLARKE PLACE + MOVIE: RM 60 / SGD 20 / PHP 690

From Little India, I went to the Singapore Botanic Gardens for a morning run. The habitat was huge with lots of interactive trails such as Medicines and Evolution Gardens. Since it belonged to one of UNESCO World Heritage Site, the site was also properly maintained with some part (near Ginger Gardens) still restored. It was also located near some buildings of the National University of Singapore (NUS).

When I left the Botanical Gardens orchard, I took the bus using my STP to the field of view Fruit Road. Foreigners were hurrying to buy paper bags from shopping malls such as Ion, Wisma Atria, Tangs, Takashimaya and Lucky Plaza. As a major tourist attraction packed with retail and leisure hubs, it was one of those places where millennials will usually be "Instagrammable".

To make up for the strenuous walking walks, I decided to relax near the historic river they call Clarke Quay. With various restaurants and nightclubs such as Hooters and Zouk (still closed due to renovations), it can be considered the capital of Singapore.

Tourists can additionally enjoy a great pier with the G-Max Reverse Bungee (SGD 45 = P1575), Singapore River Cruise (SGD 22 = P770) or probably just chill out on the Read Bridge with an ice-cold beer while listening to some street performers.

The next day, I went to a colorful Chinese enclave in Singapore, ethnic Chinatown. Starting on Pagoda Street, I saw different types of shops ranging from hot tiger balm to large statues of ruby ​​dragons. There were also Chinese and Indian temples near the area, along with a Chinese Heritage Center (with a ticket from SGD 15 = P525).

I also went to two famous hawks centers nearby Chinatown Food Street and the Maxwell Food Center, especially the Tian Tian Tian chicken rice that gained popularity with the performance of Anthony Bourdain in one of its No Reservation programs.

Across the Maxwell Food Center were museums such as the Red Dot Design Museum and the Red Dot Museum Singapore City Gallery (formerly URA Gallery). Admission is free, and the whole gallery aims to show a physical transformation in the last 40 years that is both instructive and interesting. The city's diorama of Singapore is also on display, with accurate representations of buildings across the country.

On the night of Day 4, I met some friends in Singapore to have dinner at one of the restaurants located along Robertson's Quay. We started off from Clarke Quay and the footpath near the river outline. Suffice it to say, the food was delicious.

Itineraries:

  • Singapore Botanic Gardens – Leaves, Healing, Evolution, National Orchid

  • Orchard Road Shopping Centers

  • Clarke Quay – Singapore River Cruise and G-Max Reversible Bungee

  • Chinatown – The complex and center of the national park

  • Chulia Masjid

  • Sri Mariamman Temple

  • Chinatown Food Street and Maxwell Food Center

  • Singapore City Gallery

  • Robertson's Quay

DAY 5: KATONG + EAST COAST: RM 63 / SGD 21 / PHP 724.50

I checked out of my hostel early in the morning, ate lunch at Geylang Road and handed over my STP to get a deposit of SGD 10. Then I left Katong V Mall which is the bus pickup station returning to Malaysia. The shortest route was through Paya Lebar Station and to the free shuttle service from Paya Lebar Square to Katong V.

With 2 hours left to go, I walked the streets until I came across the calm waters of Singapore, on the beach East Coast Park. It is designed as an urban resort where families and friends can play volleyball, ride bikes, celebrate fun events, roast barbecues and swim in the waters. Overall, it's the perfect place to relax and relieve stress.

Itineraries:

  • Geylang Road

  • Paya Lebar Square

  • Katong V Mall and nearby shopping malls

  • East Coast Park

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On our next trip – why should we stay with breakfast?

Why stay at bed and breakfast at all?

Good question … why would you even consider a bed and breakfast as opposed to other places to stay … after all, the last place you stayed … seemed … okay! Plus, there are a lot of hotels or motels you are moving to … or by the way … you could easily choose one of them … right?

Certainly … for sure … I used to wonder that every time we go we travel for work and / or pleasure … or … even when we decide to go to myself award-winning "get-away trip" weekend … So when we checked the B&B accommodation further, we discovered some interesting things.

For example, there are many more bed and breakfasts to choose from here … when we first started our selection, the choice of bed and breakfasts and accommodations, types of guesthouses, room availability, prices, amenities, etc. He was pretty limited.

There are so many more now, so when we decided where we wanted to visit … and if we wanted to stay in a boarding house … well, usually one was around.

We also found that in any other traditional accommodation (such as a hotel or motel), the guesthouses differed from what they had to offer … it all depended on what we were looking for or what we wanted!

Now days you can usually find wherever you decide to travel or need to travel.

As we talk about where guesthouses are located, let me know this … the fastest way to find a boarding house is on the internet … many homes have internet these days (or homeowners can easily access the network) … so when you choose the place you will be traveling / visiting … it is likely that they will be nearby.

… INTERESTING … BUT !!

This is all affirmatively interesting, but if you're like me, I still need solid reasons why I should stay at B&B for my next vacation, family reunion, business trip or whatever!

As anyone knows (especially those who surf the net), there are numerous travel articles on the internet … and many on B&B … including basic "home" B&Bs to palaces … former villas where the families actually lived … now converted to B&B.

However, most of these articles (and in many cases video) tell you what a wonderful time you and your family, relatives, friends, etc. will have. Keep it up if you stay with them for breakfast (and you probably will) … plus, they keep up with all the great things B&B has to offer!

Basically, all these articles (and / or videos) are commercials that try to convince you to stay there when you visit the area.

So why write about bunkhouses?

My wife and I live in Atlanta, GA and have breakfast with breakfast … now we would love for you to come and stay with us, but we both know that this will probably never happen … and that's okay because no matter whether they worked or not" stay with us (or at the guesthouse) from this article you can still benefit from.

It is written so that when you embark on your next trip, and no matter where you are traveling …, you will think about going to a boarding house, especially if you have never stayed in one before!

We will find a boarding house for us wherever we travel and stay there … so I would highly recommend them.

In addition, even though the economy is not as good as it used to be, people still travel (and travel a lot), either for work or pleasure … and especially on holidays for family reunions.

So, hopefully this article (Traveler (s)) will realize that there are other places you might be staying earlier, you may have overlooked.

No matter where you go and no matter why you go there, just keep in mind that there are many good reasons why you should stay in a boarding house … reasons I would be happy to share with you.

By the way, most of the reasons are not mine … they didn't think of me … before, they were passed by guests, who have stayed with us over the years … and made up some good ones!

If I can be of any help or for more information, just contact me … and remember this:

Consider staying in a boarding house on your next trip … you'll be glad you made it!

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My week of detoxing and relaxing on a mountain getaway

Between tasks and a sense of sluggishness, I apathetically browsed endless spa sites, hippy-like places of spirituality, and numerous health hotels or exercise programs cunningly disguised as vacations. I wanted the opportunity to improve both physically and spiritually, but I wanted it on my own terms.

Searching for something different on the internet, I found what I was looking for, with further exploration of facilities and an "easy going" approach at this exclusive mountain resort, firmly closing the deal. Sometimes I'm a bit of an adventurous tourist and I enjoyed kayaking and mountain biking, so a place with activities offered a great alternative to sunbathing and relaxing if I was getting a little run over. The booking process was very simple and the next day I received a booking confirmation and a payment invoice. A thoughtful booking form was attached to my welcome email, asking a few simple questions about my personal needs during the stay, a nice touch. I have never been to a mountain vacation before and although I am used to traveling alone for both my work and my unusual vacation, I must admit that I was ever so concerned about a single woman in a mountain in the middle of nowhere in a foreign country. Focusing on the positives, I finished packing and headed for the departures.

Despite my flight being delayed, I was greeted at the Sofia airport by a kind Bulgarian gentleman who made up for his lack of English with a warm smile and sincere manners. The driver loaded my luggage into a spacious, excellent car and we headed to Kardzhali. The trip was interrupted with a brief stop for refreshment and before long we drove to the town of Kardzhali for our meeting with my hosts, where I was offered additional refreshments while my luggage was transferred to the land rover for the last climb. ;. As we were leaving the city and heading for the mountains, we talked about Bulgaria, roads, weather, work, food and London until the landscape we traveled through can no longer be ignored. I was told that beauty improves as we move deeper into the mountains and after 30 minutes, the beautiful scene almost took my speech away! There was no doubt in my mind that the Rhodope Mountains were indeed a special place. Upon arriving at my destination, my choice of mountain getaway has already begun to exceed my expectations, the location of the house and the views are absolutely stunning. Soon they showed me their accommodation, that's all I could hope for and more.

The detached apartment provided the perfect blend of rustic charm with warm wooden floors and furniture paired with exceptional cleanliness and a wonderfully spacious shower. Everything was very well presented, and the kitchen was stocked with seemingly everything I could need for a week and a lot more to fill. Let the detox begin! During the week at my mountain retreat, I wanted to achieve a few small goals. So, I needed to eat a balanced diet of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of pure mountain spring water, breathe in the beautiful mountain air, exercise a bit, and significantly improve my sunburn as I reflect on positive thoughts. As time went on, I began to feel completely calm about everything in the mountains. The kind villagers I went through with my many short walks and hiking waving and smiling, my hosts were always available to me when I needed something and I really enjoyed the feeling of being alone when I was away, even though I was never more than a mile or two from friendly faces.

The sunbathing started on the first day and I was shown the most recognizable views and privacy. Being able to sunbathe completely naked was a necessity for me and I immediately felt at ease. Lying on my bed that night, I knew I was already on the right path to a sense of well-being and complete relaxation. During the week in the mountains, I toned behind and released cargo. I laughed, cried, thought, and refreshed my ambitions. I highly recommend a light holiday in the beautiful mountains of the Eastern Rhodopes. I looked good, I felt fantastic and I only regretted having to leave my mountain refuge when my time woke up.

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Hostel Life: Joyride

I would personally recommend to any individual, originating from any background, age or age, to try life at the hostel at least once in their lifetime. Too bold statement? Well I don't think so. For the last 3 years I have been living in a hostel and plan to do so for the coming year. The reason I support myself so much in this case is that no matter what is good or bad, living in a hostel provides a person with useful and invaluable experiences that allow him or her to cope with their lives in the future. As Mark Twain correctly pointed out, "One should be careful to extract from the experience only the wisdom that is in it – and stop there, not to be like a cat sitting on a hot stove. It will never sit on the hot stove again. – and that's good, but she's also never going to sit in the cold again. "Good judgment often comes from experience, but experience in and of itself comes from bad and good times, and a hostel is the perfect place to start, especially when a person enters. adulthood.

Having described the impact of living in a hostel home, let me talk about the specific advantages and disadvantages of living in a hostel.

Pros-

• Time decreases –

Well, living in a hostel gives a person enough opportunities to interact with people, because in a hostel complex people are all around. Those individuals who are shy and unable to communicate with others over a period of time will need to talk to people at least with their roommates. Added to these festivals, festivals and birthday parties together, they encourage relationship building and give the person a fair chance to get out of their timidity.

• Interactions –

For those who are not too shy, the hostel is the perfect place to meet people from different places, backgrounds and walks of life. People from different countries gather and live under a common roof, allowing them an interactive session.

• It's cheap –

Let's admit, the people at the hostel are incredibly cheap, except for the ultra-modern and those who alternate. If we are talking about basic accommodation with all the necessary requirements the hostel is the perfect place. Even college hostels that many students prefer are relatively cheaper than living in a rented house or hotel. I also live in a college hostel, which is a really good place to party!

Cons-

• Getting to the Bad Things –

People may be tempted to do things that would hurt them in the long run. Cocaine, ganja, cigarette smoking, and alcohol consumption in hostels have been observed.

• Lack of privacy –

Privacy is compromised when you live in a hostel. In many hostels, people have roommates, further reducing privacy.

• Security –

Occasionally, hostel theft cases are reported.

So, that's where the hostel lives, which is explained from different points of view. One should try to live in a hostel, and remember to learn from the mistakes of one and all, and lead a good life ahead.

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Choosing a hotel for a family vacation

While it is true to say that millions of us leave the UK every year in search of sun, sea and sangria; there is still a huge proportion of people who choose to take a break closer to home and stay in the UK.

This could be related to increased awareness in recent years of the effects that global warming is already having on our world. We all hear and see media coverage that encourages us to & # 39; do a little & # 39; to reduce the carbon footprint. I remember hearing of a "green" airline that offered a tree planting for each ticket purchased, which would ease a person's conscience about frequent air travel by returning something to the area. To me this shows how much people are willing to do to preserve Mother Earth.

Or maybe the reason why many are opting for a UK vacation is actually a lot simpler than that. Is it possible for many of us to realize that there is so much to see and do here that there is simply no need to travel further?

So if you decide that you too want to spend your next vacation in the UK, how do you choose where to stay and what to do? This of course depends on the type of vacation you are looking for from family and family. Will it be an adventurous adventure or a more peaceful holiday to rest and relax? Whatever your preference, there will be many choices to choose from. My advice first is to do a lot of research before you decide on your final destination. You can arrange with your family before the festive evening, where each of you gets a chance to say what you would like to do and also make suggestions for destinations. Let's admit, everyone is excited about the holidays, both young and old. Armed with all the suggestions, the master vacation planner can then embark on a search for the right destination and accommodation.

I consider the Internet to be by far the best source for finding a suitable holiday in any chosen destination. From the comfort of your own home and at the touch of your fingertips, you can explore endless possibilities. Although pretty good search results like "Hotels in Cornwall" will appear on all major search engines, I think that using directories like Hotelshopuk.com will give you much better results. This is because directories give the user a chance to be quite specific and precisely align their requirements such as price, number of rooms, etc. Before they come back with a list of options. Using a directory like me saves a lot of time (which would be better spent deciding what new clothes to buy for your vacation).

Once you are shortlisted, you can begin to check your accommodation in more detail by clicking the links to individual websites. Then you need to make sure that your hotel (or other accommodation) contains all the amenities that you and your family will need. For example, if you have a young family, you will need to choose a child-friendly hotel that will satisfy your little nipples as needed, and may also offer a babysitting service to give mom and dad a well-deserved rest. Alternatively, if your family consists of older or less able members, then you will have another set of requirements to consider, such as wheelchair access, elevators, and so on.

One of the benefits of using a hotel directory like Hotelshopuk.com is that you can browse, check availability and book directly online. You also have extra quality assurance, as these directories use mystery shopping to ensure that the high standards of the hotel are listed in them. Well, I hope you find this advice helpful when looking to book your next UK vacation. Unfortunately, I can't help myself with the times!

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Once in a lifetime Fly Fishing on the Cimarron River

Two of my favorite New Mexico rivers to fish are the San Juan River and the Cimarron River. This story is about Cimarron. The Cimarron River is located in northeast New Mexico and springs from Eagle Nest Lake. Located on the eastern edge of Mount Sangre de Cristo, this dry fly gem flows east through Cimarron Canyon State Park, along U.S. Hwy 64. After pouring into several more rivers, this water eventually reaches the Mississippi River. The New Mexico Game and Fish estimates nearly 4,000 game species the size of one-year-old brown per mile, it is arguably the healthiest wild brown trout fishery in the state and one of the healthiest in the Southern Rocky Mountains. Most wild browns are 10-14 inches with the occasional big boy. This fishing is not well known, but it can still get quite crowded on the road in mid-summer.

I can easily get to Cimarron inside a one-day hard drive from my Fly Shop near Tyler, Texas and bake late in the afternoon or early the next morning. The high mountains scenery is beautiful, and the fishing is great.

My story begins in mid-June 2002. During June, the rock hole is in full swing on the Cimarron and large browns will regularly attack the Stimulator in size 14 or 16. This is my favorite time of year to fish this river. This is dry fly fishing at its best.

Unfortunately, if you remember, it was at a time when wild fires were affecting many parts of New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. Cimarron Canyon State Park was surrounded by several such fires.

On Monday night, I arrived at the Pine Ridge Hotel, just about a kilometer away from quality fishing water. This is a quaint little four bedroom hotel located near the entrance to the state park. After checking into the house, the hotel owner told me the park was closed and had been in existence since Friday. Due to the fire danger, it was closed to everyone, including camping, hiking, picnicking and YES … fishing. Each removal of the park was barricaded in bright yellow. Looks like a "Closed to the Park" sign is attached to every other tree. I couldn't believe it. I drove 12 hours of straits to spend some personal time fishing with dry flies and … wouldn't you know … No, fishing. I was sick. If you ever wanted to see a big man cry, this would be a great opportunity.

There was no other place I could fish, unless I had a guide to fish in some of the private waters that were nearby. I called my good friend, Dr. Thompson, from High Country Angler. Doc is the best guide to fishing flying streams in northeast New Mexico, including some private areas of Cimarron. He was booked. There's no way I'm hunting any private water.

I was thinking about reducing my losses, packing my gear and heading home with my tail tucked between my legs when I saw a parking cop turn into a motel parking lot. I eagerly approached him, explained my troubles, and begged with him to be gracious on this bewildered Texan. He indicated there was little he could do. He was ordered by senior men to close the park. The area was very dry and the fear of spreading forest fire was high at all times. He finally gave me a slight window of hope when he said that if the wind did not raise or change directions during the night, he would be asked if he could open the park the next day. There are no guarantees. There was only a small chance that things would get in my way, but I decided to wait and see.

The next morning, early in the morning and early, I went to the hotel owner's desk with my fingers crossed and my toes crossed. "Great news," the owner said, "you can fish." The ranger at the park called the hotel and told the owner to go tell Tex he could fish. The ranger opened the park just for fishing. No one could camp, hike or hike. Only for fishing. Best of all, he left behind all the barricades and Park Closed signage. My head started buzzing with this scenario. Could this be true? Is it possible that anywhere in this country is a stream that is full of big browns, full of fish eager to tear flies, have no fishing for five days, have park signs closed on every other tree, and have bright yellow barricades at every retreat? Is this really happening? And most of all … is this really happening to me? YES … it was !!!

I almost broke my leg and my fly as I navigate the river so fast. I was the only person fishing this quality trout for 12 kilometers. ONLY person. The river had no fishing pressure for five days. None. Notta. Absolutely zero. What a magnificent opportunity. I hit the water at 8:00. Knowing that the rock opening would start at 9:00 a.m., I tied up with a size 16 yellow stimulator, with a Copper John dropper on my 2 wt rod. For the next hour, the catch was 50/50 on dry and nymph. When the opening opened, I removed the nymph to concentrate on dry. My stimulator has been repeatedly destroyed by hungry trout. The outburst started around 9:00 a.m. and eventually faced about 2:00 p.m., as the day warmed up. During that time, I landed over 40 beautiful browns. Most were in the 10 to 12 inch range. Some a little smaller and some a little bigger. I didn't see any other person on the river the whole time. I was in total bliss of flies. Later that afternoon, as the temperature began to drop, they began to strike again, just before dark. I lost count of the total number of fish I caught that day. After a while you just stop counting. The fishing was phenomenal and the solitude even better.

During the day, when I would brake Joe's shotgun or something like that on my parked jeep, people would drive by buying me watching the disgust. I could see their lips murmur something like, "that idiot Texan … can't he read the signs?" In no way was I interested in putting them in a strait. I wanted the whole state of New Mexico, as well as the whole wide world, to think that the park was completely closed and might never open again.

That evening, in my room, the harsh realities of that summer were vivid. I sat on my porch and watched helicopters and other large planes drop a lot of water on forest fires scattered over the slopes. Huge walls of smoke flooded the horizon. I couldn't help but complain about the destruction that was taking place before my eyes. When it was too dark to see, I retreated to the confines of my room.

Later that night, as I slept soundly in my comfortable little bed, I found it difficult to sleep. As my mind floated out of the fire outside and danced with thoughts of my fishing day, I kept moving as I felt myself cringe with pleasure. My fishing experience was constantly going through my mind. I couldn't help but wonder what he would bring me the next day. Would my solitude for fly fishing end? Guess what … it's not.

I hit the park the next morning to face the same scenario. Signs and barricades were still standing and no one was in sight. Using the same flies and techniques, I enjoyed the same success as the day before. It wasn't until late afternoon that I saw the only other car in the park. The word is finally gone. By then everything was fine. I enjoyed a few hours of good fishing the next morning before heading back to Tyler.

Is there a moral here? I do not know. It was defiantly a fishing trip that I will never forget. In retrospect, however, it seems really inconvenient that my memorable fishing trip was at the expense of so many. The southwest lost a lot of good forest and helpless wildlife during that awful weather. The house was gone and the lively hoods were destroyed. I suppose the saying remains true, "one's good fortune is usually at the expense of others."