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Top 10 German Foods

Top 10 German Foods Germany is known for its beer. Each year, thousands of tourists flock to Oktoberfest in Munich, just to savor the taste of a true German brew. From Weissbier to Pils, to Starkbier to Helles and Dunkles, Germany certainly offers a rich variety to choose from. And while some may consider a beer filling in itself, the country does offer some very delicious foods, too. Here come the top ten: Brez’n The perfect accompaniment to a Mass, meaning 1 Liter, beer. In English, people know the Brez’n as a pretzel, but in no way does the...

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Dream Job: Travel Writer?

A review of Tim Leffel’s Travel Writing 2.0 Pull up Google and type in an SEO rich phrase: “How to Become a Travel Writer.” A barrage of pages advertising travel writing as a dream career will come your way. “Get Paid to Travel” is the basic message. Stay in luxury hotels for free as you are wined and dined in the most exclusive restaurants. It seems too good to be true; why would anyone want to do anything else? In his latest book, TRAVEL WRITING 2.0: Earning Money from your Travels in the New Media Landscape award-winning travel writer Tim Leffel debunks the stereotypes, stripping the profession down to its myths and realities. As the author of hundreds of articles, three travel books, several travel blogs and the editor of an award-winning webzine Perceptive Travel, Leffel knows the industry inside out. But what really makes him unique is that, as Chuck Thompson puts it, he “not only has all the fact, but isn’t afraid to share them.” Travel Writing 2.0 is a fundamental resource for any writer seeking to do exactly what the subtitle says: “earning money from your travels in the new media landscape.” In a casual and humorous tone, Leffel gives a rundown of the industry, and how it has changed with the advent of the internet, blogs, social media, in short: the 2.0 world. In fact, Leffel’s...

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Top 10 Swiss Foods

In midst of the Alps, cows graze peacefully on evergreen fields. Farmers breathe in the crisp mountain air as they herd their sheep to be fed. This is Switzerland. A paradise not only of political neutrality, but also of locally grown foods. If anything is imported, it’s only the highest quality. Got your mouth watering? Take a look at the following specialties, and you’ll be sure to head to Switzerland soon. Käsefondue (cheese fondue) Come hungry, because a cheese fondue is not a small snack. Best consumed in a group, the Käsefondue involves dipping bread and vegetables in a...

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Looking for Cheap Flights? Buy midweek; some insights on ticket pricing

By Paige Green When it comes to cheap holidays and scoring budget basement prices on flights, a recent article in the Economist highlighted some of the best times to purchase cheap flights. According to Scott McCartney, the best time to purchase flights was mid week about 8 weeks before departure. How airline pricing works We’ve probably all experienced it, you book in your tickets for your dream holiday only to check prices a week a later and realise you could have saved a hundred dollars or more if you’d waited a few extra days. There seems to be very little rhyme or reason since the product we’re paying for is exactly the same! The mathematics behind it, as determined by airline computer software focuses on two goals: Reduce the number of empty seats on any flight Maximise the total net revenue for flight A third consideration for any airline is to encourage customer loyalty and move passengers away from other carriers. With these goals in mind, airline ticket prices vary from day to day and even hour to hour. The process of finding the cheapest fare between any two destinations considering all the parameters used in pricing is, according to some expert mathematicians, an intractable problem – in that no solution can be produced in any finite amount of time! What you can do While finding the absolute cheapest...

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On to Ometepe

Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua We got a fresh start on December 1 out of San Juan del Sur, juiced up at Margarita’s restaurant and hopped on the chicken bus, like in the movies, right as it pulled out of town. We slumped into a sticky plastic seat and low and behold, our Japanese surfing friend was sitting across the aisle. ¨Hey! How have you been?¨ He asked. ¨Well….¨ We told him what happened during the twenty-four hours since we had last seen him. ¨Oh. I´m sorry to hear that,” he said. “Did they let you keep your memory card?¨ Somehow it´s so easy to cross between serious and comical and his comment was just enough to push us over into laughter. The memory was still too fresh in my mind and I flashed back to the terrifying moment the men advanced on us, covered their faces with their t-shirts, and flashed the foot-long butcher knives. ¨No, surprisingly they didn´t give us that option.¨ In Rivas we got off the bus in the middle of what I see as chaos, but is actually the open market. ¨¿Donde esta la iglesia?¨ The answer came in the form of “4 north, 2 east” which meant we responded by going in the direction where he pointed, and turning in the direction where he pointed. Once in front of the church we marveled at...

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