10 Reasons to Fall in Love with a Coconut Tree
In Fiji, coconut trees are often known as the tree of life. They provide shelter, food, water, oil, protection against cyclones, and help establish order among families. For example, when Kokoda, a dish made with coconut and fish, is made in a household, climbing a coconut tree to get the coconut, husking it, and cracking it open are tasks reserved for older children. The youngest child grates the coconut meat into small flakes. The adults create coconut cream and cook with the coconut. Most Fijian homes have some part of the coconut tree involved in its structure. These tropical palm
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Where to Get Your Overdose of Klimt in Vienna
This year marks a special anniversary for Vienna, as it was 100 years ago that the city’s greatest modernists died: Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner, and Koloman Moser. You’ll find plenty of exhibitions on offer to celebrate these great artists over the year, but if you happen to be a fan of Klimt you might not know which museum to pick. After spending the week in Vienna researching its museums for a guidebook I am working on, here is your comprehensive guide to getting the best Klimt on your visit. The Belvedere You’ll find Klimt’s most famous work hung
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Conquer Your Fear of Heights in a Treetop Rope Course
I’m a firm believer that the way out of anything is through it. It might sound crazy, but I’ve found that a great way to get over a fear of heights is to jump from tree to tree and fly through the air on a series of zip lines. A Go Ape Treetop Rope Course is the perfect places to do just that. I’m a bit of adrenaline junkie myself. While I’ve yet to go skydiving, activities like cliff diving and treetop rope courses are adventures I yearn for. In Scotland where I live, there are three Go Ape courses, two
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A Beautiful Hour On the Water – Pittsburgh River Cruise
Sometimes, the “hokey, touristy” thing to do is popular because it is a great experience, and blowing it off means that you’ll miss something that you would very much enjoy. That is the case with taking a Pittsburgh river cruise, especially if you go around sunset. As I already knew from an earlier walk around downtown Pittsburgh in western Pennsylvania, it is easy to navigate the city both on foot and with public transportation. To get to the Gateway Clipper Fleet landing on the Monongahela River, take the T light rail to Station Square. The Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruise (US$22 for adults) is
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The Art of Slowing Down in Kerala’s Backwaters
“There are three things you should know about Kerala,” my Tamil boss announced to our group as we gathered our rickshaws on the parking lot in Kanyakumari, “They’re the most literate state in India, they are mostly communist, and they also drink a lot”. We had just driven from Chennai to the southernmost point of the Indian mainland on rickshaws, and we were on our last day – crossing from Tamil Nadu into Kerala to the finishing line in Trivandrum. For everyone it had been a party, but for me it was an exhausting trip collecting stories, photographs, doing social
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