This is the second largest festival in South America. Hundreds of thousands of people converge on Cuzco from other parts of Peru, South America, and the world, for a week long celebration marking the beginning of a new year, the Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun.
Every day has its events, from daytime expositions, street fairs, and people milling and dancing in the streets. In the evenings, live music from the best of Peruvian artists draws the crowds to the Plaza de Armas for free concerts.
The centerpiece of the festival is the all-day celebrations on June 24, the actual day of Inti Raymi. [Read More…]
The Sundance Film Festival was established in 1981 by Robert Redford and brings original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. Year after year, the festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling. [Read More…]
There are many truffle festivals in northern and central Italy in the fall harvest season, but this one’s the mother of them all with concerts, wine tastings, a donkey race, a medieval parade, cooking workshops, and the White Truffle Market selling many of the aforementioned delicacies. You don’t have to shell out big bucks to purchase truffles in order to enjoy the occasion. You can buy them individually if you like, or just sniff and touch them. In 2013, a hectogram of white truffle fetched no more than 300€—that’s about 3.5 ounces for about US$400. [Read More…]
The White Nights Festival is an annual international arts festival during the season of the midnight sun. It consists of a series of classical ballet, opera and music events and includes performances by Russian dancers, singers, musicians and actors, as well as famous international guest stars. The Scarlet Sails celebration is the culmination of the White Nights season, the largest public event anywhere in Russia with the annual estimated attendance about one million people, both local and international. [Read More…]
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, commonly known as Harbin Ice Lantern Festival, or simply called the Harbin Ice Festival, mainly consists of four theme parks: Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo; Harbin Ice and Snow World; Songhua River Ice and Snow Harbin Valley; and Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair.
Traditionally, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival open in mid-December and last to the late February. But its official opening ceremony usually held on January 5th each year. And the time is usually considered as the official date of the formal beginning of the festival. [Read More…]
Investors who don’t live near their rental properties rely heavily on the skill and honesty of their agents. Some are known to be not as scrupulous as would be hoped.
A known trick is for an agent to rent out a property, usually short term, but not pass any of the income on to the owner. How would the owner ever know?
Another scam that is put to good use, especially in boom and bust locations during a bust cycle, is to pull most of the properties-for-rent ads off their website, thereby instilling a belief in unsuspecting out of town buyers that there is a shortage of supply in the area. This allows the agents and their developer mates to build and sell more properties.
The Knee Defender, small clamps that block plane seats from reclining, got a global boost after a scuffle between two passengers forced a United Airlines jet to make an unscheduled landing.
The on-line seller’s website crashed when traffic surged, and sales rose “substantially” for the $US21.95 clips that attach to a passenger’s tray table and prevents the person in front of them from reclining.
Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today’s tightly packed planes (and it’s going to get worse): the ability to recline their seat a few inches. However a disturbance started on a United Airlines flight because one passenger was using the Knee Defender. [Read More…]
A lot of the following is a précis from Derek Thompson’s article entitled “A World Without Work”, appearing in the July/August 2015 edition of The Atlantic magazine.
In 2013, Oxford University researchers forecast that machines might be able to perform half of all U.S. jobs in the next two decades. The most common occupations in western democracies are the retail salesperson, cashier, food and beverage server, and office clerk. Economists and technologists look up from their spreadsheets and see automation high and low—robots in the operating room and behind the fast-food counter. They imagine self-driving cars snaking through the streets and Amazon drones dotting the sky, replacing millions of drivers, warehouse stockers, and retail workers. They observe that the capabilities of machines—already formidable—continue to expand exponentially, while our own remain the same. And they wonder: Is any job truly safe?
Kompas.com and National Geographic (Indonesia) recent revealed the results of a survey among international visitors listing their comments and criticisms surrounding their holiday on Bali.
Speaking at an open forum held at the Bajra Sandhi Field on February 8, 2015, the governor shared the top topics of complaint listed by foreign tourists.
According to the Governor, the top five areas of complaint named in the survey were:
– Trash and rubbish
– Traffic jams
– Long immigration lines at the airport
– Customs service at the airport
– Dishonest money changers
The governor promised to undertake steps to address the areas identified as the main sources of complaint from Bali’s international visitors.
In closing, he commented to the large audience, “Let’s fix these things, because my brothers and sisters, we live from tourism. Yes, we must make Bali green. Bali must become an organic island free of chemicals – no more chemicals anyone! Bali is fertile and must become evergreen.”
Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will end its direct flight service connecting Denpasar (Bali) and Brisbane, Australia, effective February 1, 2015.
JetStar and Virgin Australia still serve this highly competitive air corridor.
Garuda describes the flight termination as part of a global rationalization of its route network, caused in part by the weakening Indonesian Rupiah.