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Dubai

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5 Things About Dubai

  1. Dubai is the most popular of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates.
  2. Dubai is the fastest growing with one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.
  3. About 80% of the population of Dubai are foreigners.
  4. The currency has two versions of every coin available.
  5. Upon completion, the Burj Dubai will be the world’ tallest towers.
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Singapore at a Glance

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Singapore! To me, it’s one of those places I’ve always been aware of, but didn’t know much about. So, let’s start with some basic. This is where Singapore is:

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This is what Singapore looks like at night:

night{Image Credit I’ll Never Grow Up}

or from another angle:

night2{Image Credit Alex Steffler}

Oh, and look, they have a Starbucks!

starbucks{Image Credit Alex Steffler}

I like the Dynasty Travel in the background. I haven’t really been to a city with a whole building with a travel company’s name on it. I decided to look them up… here’s more information.

Singapore is:

  • 26 x 14 miles… it’s shorter than a marathon!
  • a little more than 3.5x Washington D.C.
  • populated with 4 million people.

The number 1 reason I’d like to travel to Singapore in real life? To experience the Singapore Airlines A380 Suites:

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Just kidding. As much as I would love to experience these suites, there are many reasons I would love to visit Singapore. I LOVE big cities, tall buildings, especially in the tropics. I plan to stop in Singapore for a week (or less) the next time I head over to Asia, so I’m really looking forward to learning more and would really love YOU to join me.

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introToday is Australia Day and also happens to be the kickoff to our next destination, Tasmania. Where exactly is Tasmania, you ask? Well, it’s a little island south of Australia.

map{Photo Credit CIA World Factbook}

So, now that we’re set on where Tasmania is, let’s take a moment to wish our favorite Australian’s a Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day, Hugh Jackman!

We’ll be back throughout the week with more information on TASMANIA!

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Rio de Janeiro… what does that mean to you? Literally, it translates to “River of January” but what it should translate to “is a little of everything for a little of everyone”.

For the next week we’ll take a look at some of the food, arts, movies, books, history and travel information that make Rio what it is, and makes us interested in learning more.

Before we do that, let’s take a look at the geography.

Rio de Janeiro is divided into 4 main sections.

  • Centro: Historic and Financial downtown area
  • South Zone: The typical tourist area, home of the popular areas Copacabana and Ipanema
  • North Zone: Sports hans may appreciate that they world’s largest capacity Futball stadium is here
  • West Zone: Farthest from downtown
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If I were traveling to Brazil for real, I would go to the beach… immediately. As I’m sure anyone suffering through cold weather at the moment would. But, unfortunately for us, we can’t go to the beach. The next best thing

samba

Brazil is the birthplace of the Samba! I don’t know about you, but I have no rhythm so the only way I would even CONSIDER taking samba classes was from the comfort of my own home. So, here’s a video if you are interested in getting up and feeling the Brazilian rhythm… SAMBA!!!

(See you tomorrow for a delicious recipe!)

Watch it on Dancing With the Stars

A short lesson with information on purchasing more lessons!

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Welcome to Budapest!

What a great city to begin a world tour, from the comfort of your home. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a city rich in not only history and culture, but also spas! Yes, we’re doing this right. Budapest is both Queen of the Danube and the City of Spas!

Where is Budapest exactly?

If we were flying to Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) the map on the screen in front of us would show the following:

hungarymapImage by (David Liuzzo)

Hungary borders Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria.

And as you got closer the map would look like this:

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Image by (Hottentot)

DIY Spa:

I think I wrote that this is the city of Spas? Well, I think it’s time to get in a little culture and take a spa break myself. With tons to do in the city, it’s a priority to take advantage of the city’s MOST POPULAR site first.

gellertspaPhoto by (Colros)

How to recreate a Budapest spa at home:

With fresh water from thermal spring, spas in Budapest offer a medicinal therapy as muscles relax. Our home spa might not be have a history of curing our ailments, but it will at least relax us. So, fill up your bathtub with warm water (the thermal spas in Budapest range in temperature between 70 and 170 degrees Fahrenheit). Add bathing salts. Soak. Repeat as needed.

What types of bath salts, suds, or oils do you prefer?

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