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Archive for September, 2009

Steering Committee

By Linda Tancs

Although Dallas, Texas may be better known for its financial wheeling and dealing, at its heart (both metaphorically and geographically) lies a monument to its pioneering past. Appropriately enough, at Pioneer Plaza in central Dallas (near the Convention Center) is a sculpture series comprising 50 bronze longhorns steered by three cowboys on horseback. Said to be the largest sculpture of its type in the world, the work is a celebration of the working life of the area’s earliest settlers. Featuring native landscaping, a flowing stream and waterfall, here’s a place for peaceful contemplation in the financial district. Feeling bullish?

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Bestival Festival

By Linda Tancs

Boutique music is celebrated again this year over the weekend at Robin Hill, a country park near Downend and Newport in the heart of the Isle of Wight. Known as Bestival, the event promises peace, love and dancing to eclectic acts like Bjorn Again, Future Sound of London and Alejandro and the Magic Tombolinos. Add to that a
campsite experience (complete with gypsy caravans and mini yurts), Bollywood Cocktail Bar and a fancy dress parade. In the spirit of keeping it green, public transport or ride share is encouraged.

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The Other Edinburgh

By Linda Tancs

Amidst the rough waters of the far South Atlantic lies Tristan da Cunha, a tiny island sharing nature’s resources with the neighboring albatrosses and giant crawfish. The most remote inhabited island in the world, this British possession is settled in its capital–and really only–locale, the very swashbuckling-sounding Edinburgh-of-the-Seven-Seas. Originally self-named by the Portuguese explorer Tristão da Cunha, the islanders live a peaceful life off the land and sea, exporting crawfish and tending to their livestock in the shadow of volcanic St. Mary’s Peak. Ah, the simple life. Alas, you can’t make it your own; outsiders can’t live or invest there. You’ll have to settle for a cruise stop, instead.

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Currywurst Museum Opens

By Linda Tancs

Think you know it all about German sausages? Well, forget your brats, bocks and weisswursts. These days, currywurst is king. Enjoying a cult-like status, the wurst has its own museum in Berlin, a stone’s throw away from Checkpoint Charlie at Schützenstrasse 70. This national dish of hot pork sausage and curry sauce claims its origin there. At the museum you can enjoy a multimedia experience complete with a spice chamber, experimental eat-in kitchen and faux snack bar for photo ops. There’s even a personality test to determine the type of curry you are. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Bring your appetite.

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Spanish Festival Marks End of Season

By Linda Tancs

From 6 to 9 September this year is the Mare de Deu de Gràcia Festival in Maó (Mahon), the capital of Menorca, the second largest of the Balearic islands of Spain. Sometimes confused with its neighbor Mallorca and not as jetsetting as its sister island Ibiza, this hidden gem offers visitors a wonderful display of equestrian skill and majesty at its annual festival marking the end of the summer season. Beautiful black horses from the local area are paraded spectacularly through the streets, ridden by ornately dressed caixas demonstrating stunning feats of bravery, including jousting. The action takes place at Plaza del Ayuntamiento, where the party continues with music and dancing long after the four-footed stars have retired for the evening. So make hay while the summer sun still shines. Mahon is located near the island’s international airport.

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Nature Conserved in Venezuela

By Linda Tancs

Larger than the U.S. state of Maryland or the country of Belgium, Canaima National Park in Venezuela guards some of the area’s richest natural resources. So it should come as no surprise that it holds the title of World Heritage Centre. Comprising rolling savannas, forests, dense river woodlands, and sheer cliffs, the expansive park (30,000 km squared) in southeastern Venezuela along the border between Guyana and Brazil is covered by flat-topped mountain (tepui) formations of great geological interest. The sheer cliffs and waterfalls, including the world’s highest (1,000 m), form a spectacular landscape. Of course, all this natural beauty attracts tourists in throngs; the ongoing onslaught is not managed entirely correctly, according to some sources, and mining of its treasures is a constant threat. Let’s hope that the incalculable richness of the area can be balanced against the economics of tourism.

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Wheeling Around Princeton

By Linda Tancs

Albert Einstein biked his way around Princeton, so why shouldn’t other brilliant minds (yours included) do just the same? Princeton is a biker’s dream. If you’d like a little help learning your way around, there’s a tour company in Princeton that’d be happy to help. Tours include Albert Einstein’s house, Princeton University Nassau Hall, and the D&R Canal. You can rent a bike along with a universal fit helmet or bring your own gear for a discounted rate! Time to start wheeling and dealing.

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