Although eclipsed by Hinduism in the land where it was born, the origins of Buddhism are rooted in the Terai plains of Nepal, where Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born into a royal family in the ancient kingdom of Kapilavastu, and went on to found a faith that at one time claimed most of Asia, from Sri Lanka and Maldives to Tibet, Afghanistan and Mongolia.Despite the global reach of Buddhism, this epic story began in the 5th century BC in the humble village of Lumbini, today a dusty detour from the truck-clogged highway connecting India and Nepal. In the years immediately following Buddha’s death – or at least, his release from the mortal plane – Lumbini was the centre of a thriving religious community, directly inspired by the remembered teachings of the living Buddha. His followers soon erected a miniature city of brick stupas, tanks and prayer halls around the sacred spot where Prince Siddhartha entered the world
Elegant in a cream silk shirt, impeccable lipstick and freshly coiffed hair-with a hint of punk in her mismatched emerald-and-diamond stud earrings and a nonchalant pavé thumb ring-Silvestri has worked for Bulgari since she was 18 years old. As a young ingénue born and bred in Rome, she went to work for the company as a secretary while studying at university.
“I was studying biology, for love reasons,” explains Silvestri. But not, as it happens, for the love of biology. For the love of a man. Lucia’s inamorato was a doctor and together they had plans to open a practice.
Whether it takes you by surprise or you knew it was coming, a snow day presents unique opportunities as well as some unique challenges. In our overworked, over-scheduled modern lives, the prospect of a whole day (or several days) at home can signal either a welcomed respite or spark fears of cabin fever. Terri, from Creative Family Fun, knows this all too well. That’s why we chatted with her about her favorite tips for livening up a snowy day. So, when you hear the weatherperson declare a snow day in your area, here are some ideas that that will prepare you for even the most dreary of days:
Dierks Bentley’s 2006 hit “Every Mile a Memory” came out of a drive songwriter Steve Bogard made in his hometown of Tampa, Florida. But its message has been applied to all sorts of situations. It speaks to the hard-touring work ethic of Bentley, and it also resonated with an Iraq War veteran. The title also served as the name of Bentley’s exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Bart Herbison of Nashville Songwriters Association International spoke with Bogard and co-writer Brett Beavers about crafting the tune.
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The plethora of hawker eats in Singapore makes it really easy to get a delicious plate at under $5, but that’s not the intention of this week’s guide. Instead, we scoured the island to track down establishments that dish out value-conscious options of food that would otherwise set you back quite a bit on your food budget. From a modern European fine-dining meal under $30 to a whole roast duck at $15 and a super affordable tapas set lunch in the heart of town, this guide is packed with budget-friendly options for the penny pinching foodie.
Be flexible, take advantage of deals. There are times when a particular destination or site is either cheaper or more expensive. Find that information and take advantage of it.
Saving Up and Cutting Cost on Trips
If you know how much things cost, where to find deals and what to expect, you’ll be able to budget better. Don’t feel shy to ask hotel staffs, taxi drivers and be friendly with the locals to ask them where they like to eat and drink. Of course, there are mobile applications and websites that help you find the best deal for the money.
Tutti Italia is on holiday all month long in August. You might think that would make Rome relatively quiet, with every Roman gone to the beach, but it’s not; it’s unbearably busy and unbearably hot. July, too, is unbearably busy and hot; so is much of June. May and September used to be quieter, but lots of people realized that and now they are busy too. Winter can be a bit miserable, though Christmas is quite busy. So October, by default, becomes our month of choice to visit Rome, when it is less busy, still lovely and warm, and you can selfie at the Trevi Fountain in that magic late-summer sunlight without quite so many tourists ruining the view.
One of Lower Manhattan’s most fascinating, and controversial, stories of recent years circulates around the new African Burial Ground National Monument site. It began when a construction project in 1991 uncovered a burial ground of slaves – more than 400 caskets were found – from an age when New York had more slaves than any American city outside Charleston, South Carolina. Outside you can see part of the site now enveloped by buildings, and the compact visitors center does a masterful job at retelling African-American history in the city. 290 Broadway between Duane & Elk Sts, Lower Manhattan…
I just got back from a 21-day East African Explorer (EAE21) trip and I must say that out of the many tours I’ve done across the world this would have to be by far the best. It was so much fun!
The planning and carrying out of the itinerary was done perfectly. From this, I fell in love with Africa instantly, and without a doubt, I would come back and do another trip with Acacia.