A Surfing Adventure

Posted on 02 November 2018 (0)

Trying out surfing has its ups and downs. For the most part, you want to experience the waves in beaches where they rise high enough to pump up the excitement. On the other hand, it is the same waves that scare you to stay by the seashore and just wait for that dramatic sunset to help you cope with other interesting stuff to do.

Why do people try surfing?

Even tourists who have never been to the beach before ending up trying surfing whenever the possibility of learning it falls on their lap. Not literally but you get the point. Everyone gets interested in since riding the waves seemed more exciting than swimming along the currents. Also, if you are not accustomed to the rising tide in the middle of swimming, then stepping on a surfboard becomes an attractive alternative.

There are beaches where instructors are ready to teach tourists how to surf. Nice sideline for these folks and an interesting view to pitch their area as a place for adventure. While other adventure seekers get a pleasurable high from confronting the currents in whitewater rafting, the beach bums would find a beach with thrilling waves to ride. Or at least thrilling enough to balance the emotions between fear and excitement.

Riding high

The rush of water at close range with the chest on the top surface of the surfboard, hands on the opposite sides of the chest and one leg partly bent anticipating the waves. That is the easy part. It is lifting one’s body to position the feet in the middle of the surfboard that is hard. Or at least according to a San Diegan surfer from a local carpet cleaning company. Sometimes, the positioning in itself makes you question if your surfing position is correct. That is until you realize which feet serves as a stabilizer on your way back to the shore above the surfboard itself.

Riding high is good. Falling on your butt makes you realize that something about the stance is not right. Either you stood on the wrong side of the board, you are not in the middle of the surfboard itself or your knees gave way before you even realize it. Not all instances occur at the same time. Hindsight is 20/20 and you just keep track of your mistakes the moment you have risen above the waters to gasp for breath. Now that part is easy since the shallow waters close to the seashore served as a contrast to the waves.

Which beach is this exactly?

Now not all beaches have a shallow part between the waves and the seashore. Familiarizing yourself with your current destination helps in checking how shallow the currents must be before one pushes forward with the standing part. Or you can always choose to ride the waves with your chest flat on the board for the rest of the surfing tutorial session. It’s never wrong to be on the safe side of your beach-themed vacation especially when you have balancing issues. Have fun with the waves and don’t forget to breathe properly to avoid panicking.

Things to do in Spain

Posted on 14 May 2018 (0)

Eat and frolic. These are basically two of main activities worth doing in Spain. Because if you are going to eat and frolic outside the United States, do it on this side of the Iberian peninsula. Spanish cuisine has earned a special place in most foodies’ bucket lists. Some folks would even place it as a sub-category under Mediterranean cuisine since some major cities are found by the European coast. So what activities can keep you preoccupied in the major Spanish cities?

Sevilla

Sevilla is a city known to the old school theater enthusiasts due to the popularity of the opera “Carmen” by Georges Bizet. Today, tourists flock here for exploring the classic architecture and interior design found in the churches here. Most of them have become tourist attractions even among non-Catholics due to the lavish festivities staged here during Semana Santa (Holy Week). Some tourists chose to drop by here to enjoy the food found in tapas bars like Bodeguita Antonio Romero and restaurants like Petit Comite and Bar El Baratillo.

Valencia

That dome found in most Spanish-based tourist pamphlets has become the face of Valencia tourism. It boosted local tourism since travelers wanted to see it up close and see for themselves on whether this is the Ciudad De Las Artes Y Ciencia or the Oceanographic, two of the concrete evidence found of how modern this Spanish city is. A friend working in one of the top moving companies in Chula Vista told me though that despite the modern approach to tourism, the city has not forgotten its roots. This is seen in some of the best culinary hotspots like the Casanova Pizzeria and the Vertical. Reservation in those restaurants is tough to book due to high demand. But it is worth it. They are the best places to dine Mediterranean style for a reason. So booking reservations to go along with your hotel reservation is highly recommended.

Barcelona

Barcelona is more like for the artistic crowd. Some cafes here even pitched their dishes to most visitors of the CaixaForum, one of the top destinations for events-based sojourns. Some tourists accustomed to the other Spanish-speaking tourist hotspots would get the shock of their lives upon getting here since not everyone speaks Spanish. Catalan is the more prominent language here. The same friend told me about how the Catalan independence issue slightly affected tourism here. But it doesn’t stop the brave souls from exploring the sumptuous bites found at Roca Moo and Roca Bar. Feeling like splurging more? Drop by Boca Chica for the more interesting cocktails with a bunch of friends if budget is not a problem.

Madrid

Of course, the grand Spanish city of Madrid. The city is thankful to Pablo Picasso and other prominent names in the visual arts for making Madrid one of the top European cities to visit. Most of these exquisite works of art are found by Thyssen and Prado, to name 2 of the museums worth exploring. The more serious art enthusiasts would go to the Royal Palace and Reina Sofia – sometimes in that order – to check out the works of art first heard about in art classes. In between museum stops, dining at some tapas bars along Calle Serrano helps in recharging for the long walk. Calle Serrano is home to the tapas bar named Jose Luis and the gourmet restaurant Mallorca.

Yes, Spanish tourist destinations revolve around walking, gawking at amazing pieces of art and dining in tapas bars. Dining in select Mediterranean restaurants is best enjoyed on a separate day since you have more than 1 city to explore. It promises a memorable journey to this side of Europe like you’ve never experienced before.

5 grand structures tourists love to see in Paris

Posted on 30 April 2018 (0)

From the Eiffel tower to the Notre-Dame, the French capital is full of sites that continually pull tourists in their millions and everybody knows why. The historical city of Paris is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. The home of Fashion and beauty the city beauty of Paris is better experienced rather than spoken of. Here are some of the enchanting locations in Paris that Tourists can’t wait to see:

The Eiffel Tower

Whenever Paris is mentioned, Eiffel tower is the picture that comes to mind. And rightly so too. The Le Tour Eiffel commissioned in 1889 is an accurate symbolism of French grandeur and majesty a perfect background for any tourist picture.

The Louvre Museum

Built originally to serve as a medieval fortress by king Filipe Auguste the Louvre palace and pyramid has undergone several changes before achieving its current status as one of the largest Museum in all of Europe. The Sully, Denon and Richelieu wings of the museum currently have on display 35,000 art pieces some of them as old as the middle ages. Tourists from all over the world troop in to see the Mona Lisa one of the most beautiful paintings of all time.

The Notre-Dame de Paris

Europe is home to several grand cathedrals and chapels and Paris has a fair share of these medieval wonders. The Notre-dame is one of the largest of its kind taking over 100 years to come into completion. Located on a small island right in the heart of Paris, tourist will be thrilled to learn the rich history of one of Paris unique historical monument.

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

Paris is also where you find the largest science museum in all of Europe. A center for promoting scientific culture and one of the most visited sites in Paris. Visitors can take a tour of the several scientific marvels in the building one of the most notable being the “bioclimatic facade” the first ever structural glass walls that was constructed without using any supporting fins or framings.

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

Enjoy a breathtaking view of one Paris from the Roman Catholic Basilica a location which is reckoned as one of the highest altitudes in Europe. The church itself contains one of the largest mosaic painting of Jesus Christ. The building which stands in honor of the 58,000 victims of the Franco-Prussian war of the 19th century is one of the most excellent architectural and engineering structures of all time. The structure was built with a stone that keeps itself white so it always looks pristinely clean anytime you visit.

Paris is home to more of these palatial wonders that will keep you Awestruck and amazed at their unique structures and amazing history such as the Pompidou center, Musee d’Orsay, Sainte chapel among others adorning the already beautiful city and satisfying the curious hearts of visitors from everywhere.

5 Things to Do Before You Travel

Posted on 18 April 2018 (0)

You have booked for your trip, and you are all packed and ready to zoom off for some days of fun. Before you hit the road, you need to tie up some loose ends and get some important things in place to ensure that you do not find yourself in an unpleasant situation during your trip. So for the before the road rage begins here are some of the things you should check out:

For pet owners, get a sitter: Once you’ve had the day of your trip fixed, it is important that you find and book a house sitter or kernels for your pets. This will save you the trouble of last minute arrangements or even cancellations if you remember too late.

Advance payments and stop orders:

You don’t want to wait the final minutes of your preparations to do this. Since most stop orders take more than a day to process, you might want to do this at least three days before your scheduled day of departure. You should also confirm and book for advance payments for services you want to continue while you are away such as your gardening/landscaping. Would it not be a terrible thing to be worrying about mowing your lawn while you are bungee jumping?

Arrange for enough cash:

For a domestic trip, you simply need to make enough cash withdrawals so you won’t have to worry about finding an ATM when you arrive at your destination. For international trips, you should make arrangements on how to make withdrawals the moment you arrive at your destination, this might include checking out the website of your destination to confirm for an ATM you make use of on arrival.

In case of international trips, you should also communicate with your credit card company and bank about your trip so that overseas spending on your card will not be interpreted as a fraudulent transaction and your account may be blocked. Here’s how to notify your bank.

Plan for your arrival and departure:

The first and last day of your trip is usually the most important. You will be arriving in a completely strange environment, and planning will do you a lot of good. You need to prepare for your lodging on arrival, as well as the places of attraction close to where you are lodging and also nearby amenities that will make your first day less confusing.

You should also pre-package all the essential things such as house keys, car keys, or documents you will need on your arrival back home so that you won’t have to start unpacking your load immediately you arrive

Create a list of activities you wish to do on your trip:

The best way to guarantee maximum fun on your trip with as little glitches as possible is to plan appropriately. Before hitting the road, you should go online and search for as much information about your destination including things such hobbies and where you can easily find them, local entertainment at your destination and so on. You could even get tickets ahead to save time.

Proper planning is vital for an enjoyable trip while. While you will find still things on your trip that you did not plan for which is, of course, part of the fun in traveling, having most of your stay figured out beforehand will save you a lot of stress.

How to survive airport security while carrying gadgets?

Posted on 10 April 2018 (0)

That one inconvenience travelers are willing to endure just to get out of state is airport security. Like seriously. Folks that x-ray your baggage along with your body just to check for any bombs or some other weapon stuck within your nether regions get a convenient excuse to check you inside out. And you endure it since it doesn’t really feel like forever, right? Right?

Right.

The thing here is that it doesn’t take forever especially if you have prepared well for that part of the itinerary. You may have some gadgets in your carry-on bag that might cause the ordeal to last long unless packed neatly within the bag. How can they alleviate the inconvenience of airport inspection?

  • Make sure that the gadget is charged enough for the inspection.

Be it a laptop, notebook, netbook or tablet, having enough energy in it will help you turn it on quick enough for a brief inspection. The cables might be packed neatly elsewhere in the bag (more on that later) and it would take a lot longer to get them plugged into the device to a nearby socket. That is if ever you find one. Inspecting the laptop should not take long nor require a hard reset. Check local state laws though to see how far are these cops allowed to check apart from what they call “the Plainview doctrine”. Otherwise, your gadget would be fine.

  • Have the cables placed in a pouch.

One good reason for that pouch is by not getting it tangled in the carry-on bag. You can’t always claim that you’re in a hurry that you just rolled cables in a ball and threw it in the bag. Besides, it can look suspicious when scanned under an x-ray. Not that they would look like some snake’s nest. But the rushed way that it got rolled up might get the airport security personnel suspicious about the abrupt way it wrapped around that corner. To ensure that the cable is not covering underneath that plump, just roll it neatly and secure with a rubber band before putting it in a little nylon pouch.

  • Be aware of the watt-hour limits when carrying a power bank.

Depending on where you’re coming from or where you’re going to, the safe size limit for a power bank is 100 watt-hours per battery. This is why the power bank is occasionally called an external battery since it will support your phone. It will usually have its watt-hour capacity printed out on the label. This will make said device not susceptible to confiscation. Otherwise, the airport security might take it away for being “suspicious”. Devices without labels are flight risks. So the burden of proving that these items are safe to bring aboard a plane is on you.

In a nutshell, airport security is willing to take the heat in ensuring that passengers get on board a safe flight. But each passenger has to participate in the effort by proving their “worthiness” by subjecting themselves to the security check. With these tips, the security check becomes more manageable on your end without having to throw a fit and prolonging the temporary stop by the metal detector and x-ray machine. Have a fun journey ahead.