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Cheap Hotel Deal In New Jersey
Find cheap hotel deal in new jersey city with tripexploer.com. Get great offer deals on business, economy or first class trip..

Which country is cheapest?
Hey Guys , Do you know any good place to stay for one night is San jose, I would like to visit Tortugeros , what elase do you recommend to stop by Thanks.

comparison of playa del carmen, cozumel, tulum, and towns
Plaza del Carmen is very nice. Clean white beach with clear water. Very touristy, but not completely spoiled. Cozumel is ok, but there is not much of a beach there and the island isn't that special either. Easy to visit as a day trip from Plaza del Carmen. Tulum is just beautiful. The ruins are amazing and the beach is a proper one as well. Unfortunately there is not much to do besides that, so probably not the best place to hang around for long time..

Favorite Mayan ruins?
I would like to vote for Palenque as well. It is large enough to be impressive and its location in the jungle is what sets it apart. I went there when it just opened in the morning. When visiting without many people already being there, it adds a lot of character to it. Tulum was very nice as well and the beach which was nearby makes the day out perfect. Chichen Itza was a bit of a turn off. Too many people and way too many vendors trying to sell everything. To escape the crowds, visit Monte Alban near Oaxaca. It's not as impressive as some of the other ruins, but there was literally no one around..

Most Romantic Hotel in New York?
Hi! I'd better check the hotel you were saying, my partner and I will go to New York this coming April. Thanks.

Whats the best way to book flights
You better make a contacts with the travel agent as they may arrange you the best ticket policy. Once you contact with them, they would keep this relationship as long as you need them. The money that you are going to take is sufficient fora month long tour. Hoping you enjoy your tour..

Costa Rica adventure
Just wanna say, you enjoyed it too much. I am inspired by it and hoping of making a tour once in Costa Rica..

My first highway journey from the airport in Mexico:two bandits with a gun stopped the bus in the middle of the highway,take phones, money, jewelry...Mexicans were probably already used to it. Without fear in his eyes gave a few coins, and after all. Only we we were horrified.

Vacation in Tulum
Hi everyone I'm going to Tulum shortly for a little over a week. If anyone knows the area please chime in with worthwhile restaurants, sites, excetera. Thank you!!.

Safety and Comfort - Traveling to Mexico by Private Jet
That's the third spam attempt I've seen in the last 3 of your posts I've looked at, so now adding to the ban list. :roll:.

Travelling alone in USA
Going to Usa, it's probably everybody's dream. Going up to usa, you propbably need more then a travel quid...i would recomand 1 month time free, and a lot of money..coz usa it's great...

Best beach in Costa Rica?
Cant compare one place with another, but Cost it's an exclusive place !!.

3 months in Mexico and Central America
I have been to Honduras and it was stunnngly beautiful. I now live n Mexico City and love it!.

Sneaky Frieghter/Cargo Ship Ride home from Panama
Have been doing some research on the internet and it looks like to travel by frieghter/cargo ship is very expensive and complicated. But it sounds like fun/a different way to end our travels. Dont suppose anyone has any tips or suggestions? Cheers Jenny.

Guatemala Belize advice
There are some really good intentional communities in Belize which showcase much of its beauty. Also, Belize is pretty small, I'd spend maybe 5 days there, 3 of which I recommend getting off the mainland and going out to one of the Cayes..

Guadalajara International Book Fair Nov 26 - Dec 4
The Guadalajara International Book Fair is the most important publishing gathering in Ibero-America. It is also an amazing cultural festival. Created 25 years ago by the University of Guadalajara, the Fair is aimed at professionals and the general public alike, a characteristic that sets it apart from other book fairs around the globe. With business as one of its main goals, it is also a cultural festival in which literature plays a major role including a program where authors from all continents and languages participate, and a forum for the academic discussion of the major issues of our time. For nine days, people willingly stand in long lines to listen to their favorite authors, the book industry makes Guadalajara its beating heart and the whole city is filled with the music, arts, cinema and theatre from the featured Guest of Honor which this year is Germany. find out more about the fair on their website http://www.

Wanting to go to Cozumel in Mexico
What's your budget? If you have a little extra cash, the Cozumel Palace is amazing, (we could only afford to stay there one night :) other than that, there are a lot more budget choices if you expand the radius a little bit further from downtown. The water is gorgeous no matter where you end up, so if you are going for the snorkeling/scuba like we did, the room matters less. Casa Mexicana Cozumel is in town and absolutely enough hotel for a modest traveler..though it doesn't have it's own beach access we had fun taking day trips to more remote beaches away from the resorts anyway, (chankanaab park has great snorkeling! If you'd like to read about my experience there, check this out, http://allaboutrivieramaya.com/blog/exploring-cozumels-chankanaab-park/ ) The weather should always be fair there, but it's much less crowded if you go during their off season, (summer) Hope this helps!.

Cancun , a good place to go?
Cancun is a hotspot, but it's too crowded for my taste, too commercialized. If you head south on the yucatan towards Playa del Carmen, Costa Maya, you'll get the same scenery and great snorkeling without so much crowding..

Costa Rica tip
I suggest Santa Teresa, South of Nicoya Peninsula, on the Pacific Coast. If you like touristic places go in high season (Dic-May), on the contrary if you dont like it very crowded go during the low season (May-Oct). Santa Teresa is chosen for many honeymooners, weddings, elopements, families and big groups of young people looking for fun. Everybody has a wide variety of options, in matter of restaurants, outdoor activites (surf, boogie board, fishing, horsebackriding, hiking, atv tours, etc)and accommodation. Cheers!.

Costa Rica - Tips wanted on nightlife and adventure
This sounds really fun. [quote:e458149b5f="Paul79UF"]Another thing to add to your list is doing a jungle canopy zipline tour. That was a highlight of our trip to the Jaco Beach area of CR. Have fun! :)[/quote:e458149b5f] I am also very interested in learning more about the nightlife here. :-).

Caribbean Forums on aardvarktravel.net

I live in and love DR
Yeah! DR is pretty awesome place for live and holidays as well. One of my uncles visited there last year for vacation with his family and he really enjoyed throughout the holidays..

Went to Jamaica in February
Wow, Jamaica is one of the best and my most favorite places for vacation. I visited there just once with my family for spending short vacation and I enjoyed really much..

THE best island in the Caribbean!
This thread just makes me want to go on a holiday. From what I've read on the internet Cuba, the Dominican republic, St. Lucia and the Bahama's are very attractive. The difficulty I found with the whole Caribbean is that it is hard to travel from one place to the other as most of them are focused on staying a week in one resort..

Best time to visit Caribbean?
I have been there last year. It was great experience. December and January are the best season to travel into the Caribbean..

Day Trips from Negril Jamaica
Negril is known the globe around for it's magnificent Caribbean sunsets, but an often missed, equally lovely surprise are Negril sunrises over the Great Morass.

Cayman Islands
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Looking to go to Caribbean in September. Resorts? Islands?
The Caribbean presents the ultimate escape for couples; With the heady combination of stunning views, dramatic sunsets, luxury resorts and the magnificent beaches, the Caribbean reigns supreme as a tourist Mecca. To help you with planning that romantic trip, here are some of the highly recommended islands that perfectly set that stage for memorable Caribbean honeymoons. Barbados and Cayman Islands are the best Caribbean islands. For great Caribbean travel or cruises you can try koshertravelers.com site who offer excellent travel and accommodation arrangements..

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
May i know that is this hotel good ?.

Dominican Republic anyone?
Dominica is the most nicest places among the whole Caribbean, I been there during my Caribbean tour I liked this place among of all.

Anybody ever heard of "sea lice"?
I never had that problem but I know people affected by it but all of 'em are farmers. These are adapted to saltwater. Sea lice cause physical and enzymatic damage at their sites of attachment but hardly causes problem to human. Human need to remain in contact for a very long time for getting damaged by it..

living costs for 1 year. Which part of Caribean is cheaper?
I suggest you to choose Dominica. It cheapest and with all facilities..

swim with dolphins
Nice out of you for the tips. I love animals and spent time with them. I enjoyed time with Elephants, parrots and big cats only sparing dolphins. When I'll be making a trip like so, I shall keep your suggestion in my mind..

Why do visitors travel to Jamaica?
I would say that a major attraction of Jamaica is the amazing Blue Mountains. Not only do they have some of the best coffee in the world, they are also great for nature lovers, cycling, hiking and bird watching..

Sea World, Marine World
Singapore is best for marine world. In Caribbean, Saint. Thomas park is good enough..

Where to go
soo true.

San Juan, Puerto Rico??
The best hotel you could is San Juan Beach Hotel. Nice hospitality with affordable costing..

Any advice about the caribbean feel free to ask
Well, I am from South Asia and visited Caribbean already with friends, colleague or girl friend. Now I am alone and very keen to know that is there any chance of adult spa club for men in the Caribbeans as I am looking for making a tour to Caribbean instead of America or Canada..

Haiti Tourism
Haiti is a calm place. Actually many of the country has very decent tourist place..

best time of year to travel to caribbean?
for my trips booking I use sunpreview.com . It's a global seasons calendar. not very detailed, but for me it works each time..

Places I would never go in the Caribbean
I do pray and hope that things get better because for most of the countries in the world especially in the Caribbean tourism plays a major role for their economy and they still yet to be violent. But if everyone in these regions continue to turn a blind eye then yet to see what the future holds.

Canadian Forums on aardvarktravel.net

Niagara Falls Canada
[quote]Any recommendations for a hotel in Niagara Falls Canada?[/quote] Everyone has own opinion so it better to see the tripadvisor and read reviews you also find answer about the NIagara falls canada.. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g154998-Niagara_Falls_Ontario-Hotels.html.

Greatest structure in canada?
My favorite is Lion gate bridge..

First time I am going to Toronto.
visit to the niagra falls is a must....try doing some hikes with your brother....there are some great resorts for that and not that expensive either.

Favorite places in Canada
hiking in Algonquin park....highly recommended...one of my favourite hike and camp... :).

Visa for Polish national visiting Canada
I think it mostly depends on the type of passport you hold. According to the Canada web site, if it's biometric then you don't need a VISA, else you'll need to apply for one. Pretty sure most EU countries have been using the biometric ones for quite some time. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/tourist.asp See the "Basic requirements" link. Trev.

Will depend if you take out single trip or multi-trip insurance, on age and any medical conditions but from what I remember a few years ago it might be 20 now for a single trip single person travel insurance. If you've got a family, there are policies for that too. Would have a look around the various insurance providers, or even the insurance comparison sites which I think now do travel insurance. Trev.

working holiday visa for canada
Hello Sam, its to be great to hear this you going Canada.In according to me Canada is beautiful and blooming city. i don't want take your more time, to qualify for a Canadian Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa under the Federal Skilled Worker.I think they must a lot the Visa..

Car hire in Vancouver
Top car rental providers in Toronto are hertz , enterprise , thrifty , alamo . After comparing there prices you can hire that more profitable to you ..

Inside passage -Day Ferries

Don't speed in Canada!
driving after drinking is not a good idea not only in canada but world over.

What's the most beautiful places in Canada???
Canada truly has so many beautiful places to visit. Hotel de Glace tops the cake! Next time you are in Quebec City in the winter, check it out! My husband and I thought we would freeze, but were so surprised! Loved it!.

Quebec - where to go?
I think this is really awesome information by Gux. You did really good job..

Moving to Montreal for the Winter --] Survival Tips Pleas
@nsldelaney -] Thanks! I have heard it never gets easier! Went to Montreal just last month (September 2011) and the weather was beautiful, but talking to people... they really scare you on the winter.... a solid 6 months of cold they say! One thing they stressed was not trying to look cool and just buy the thermals :). I decided the west coast was really for me; much milder climate (even though it is a lot wetter), but I tend to favor the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest over the east coast anyway. Maybe I'll just visit Montreal in the summer!.

Trip report; Canada west coast and Rockies
Wow!!! You did an excellent job sharing your vacation. The photos were amazing, especially the dolphin looking at you through the water; awesome timing. Thanks for the summary too, it was great to have your ending conclusion giving some bottom lines to Canadian travelers. I would definitely second the "prepare to get wet" and that you can travel Canada on a budget. One of my favorite things is to go up into Banff and Jasper and stay... even staying on the coast is very reasonable as far as cost go... and so much to see and do!.

cant decide between going canada or florida which one??
Canada, no question. I lived in Florida for 2 years and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. That is unless you want Disney, but Disney to me seems like a place where parents go to yell at their kids. Go to Canada. If you do go to Florida, only go to Key West. It's the only place left with any "old florida" character. Everything else in the state is high rise condos, retirees, bad drivers, gang violence, plastic surgery and tourists. Also consider that people mainly go there for the beaches, but if you remove that aspect of the state, all you have left is a place with high crime and high unemployment. Might as well go to detroit. I think Stephen Fry sums up florida exceptionally well in his brief encounter with it. [url=http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/stephen-fry-in-america-deep-south/]Stephen Fry in America: Deep South[/url].

Culture and Heritage in Arctic Polar Regions
AG... you need to ask yourself the question "Why should someone fill out your survey just because you ask them to?" People here don't know you and you haven't even bothered to introduce yourself (as is requested). You need to become a part of - and give to - the community if you hope to gain anything from it. Regards Paul (who's been North of the Arctic Circle).


Cheapest way from Toronto to Montreal
You can easily go by megabus..

A few days in Toronto
Toronto from canada is the great city and it is famous for the Nigeria waterfall it is simply amazing to visit..

Pearson Airport Lounge?
You might want to try Plaza Premium Lounge. It's a "Pay-In Lounge" open to all classes of travelers. I believe it is at Terminal 1 and costs around 30-35$..

United States Forums on aardvarktravel.net

San Francisco what you like and what you don't
Or check if the hotel/motel is next to the Bart. The only problem with this public transport system is you have to beware of is the occasional strike....

Denver to New Orleans
My route is still the subject of research. Last time I went West from Denver and you couldn't help but fall over great scenery, Indian ruins, canyons, NPs etc. Going East I'm having trouble finding targets, so I'll go whichever route might take me past something interesting! I don't have a camping vehicle, I'll be staying at motels..

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale
The jungle queen is really really fun and if you are into nature then the bonnet gardens is a must visit....hope you have a great time :) :) :).

East Coast, 1 Month
Around Boston there are a lot a beautiful spots to visit. For example [url=http://www.capecodchamber.org/]Cape Cod,[/url] where there are a lot of beautiful places like Plymouth. A fun thing I did there was Whale Watching. A place I have always wanted to visit, but unfortunately never have, is Salem! You could also go to the US site of the Niagara Falls for a day-trip! It's a must see sight so why not if you have the time? I would suggest just to an Amtrack train-pass! This is really easy too use and you can go to loads of city's with it..

What to do in Miami?
Hampton Inn and Suites Miami is the best hotel i can suggest but you should go to your nearest suitable place......

New York Time
Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele Lanai City, Hawaii Inn at Palmetto Bluff, An Auberge Resort Bluffton, South Carolina RiverPlace Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel Portland, Oregon these places are best.....

Best Hotel to stay in Las Vegas?
Mandalay Bay Excalibur these places are good for your visit.

best places in USA
i think Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Wailea, Hawaii is the best place in usa.....

Short term auto insurance for non-us citizens?
my sister is a US resident. i intend to go over, buy a car, drive it about over there for 2 weeks then have it shipped to UK is the best insurance option to insure it on a 6 or 12 month policy in my sister's name then cancel at the end of the 2 weeks has anyone tried this successfully.

Travellers going to Maryland, Washington D.C, New Jersey and am
The rest of Lonely Planet's Top 10 destinations: Fairbanks, Alaska (2); San Juan Islands, Washington (3), Philadelphia (4); American Samoa (5); Eastern Sierra, California (6); northern Maine (7); Twin Cities, Minnesota (8); Verde Valley, Arizona (9); and Glacier National Park, Montana (10). These are the best place to visit Alone in USA . [URL=http://www.miamilimos.us/]Miami Airport Limousine service[/URL].

What are the top 5 things to do in San Francisco?
I would like to know the top 5 things San Francisco. What would be your priorities? example: hotel, must see sights, transportation (getting around in the city), discounts or others..

Las Vegas Party Hits YouTube
Las Vegas Party Hits YouTube. Las Vegas, NV December 12, 2012 Everyone knows that Las Vegas is the place to party, but now you can see for yourself why. The premier party arrangers in the city want you to see just how much fun their clients have when they leave the arrangements to Party Las Vegas. Check out the current YouTube page to see what is going on in the city and who is doing it. No one has a better finger on the pulse of Las Vegas and the new YouTube videos will show just how racing that pulse can be. They make sure to know what celebrities will be in town, which venues they are playing at and know how to get some VIP treatment. Vegas nightlife goes online, live, better than a reality show, with YouTube videos. Nothing says party like an afternoon at the Tao with LMFAO and Party Las Vegas.

Denver to Buffalo - plane, train or bus?
If you have some flexibility, I would recommend flying to Seattle and taking Amtrak's Empire Builder back to Chicago, from there you could switch trains and take one to Buffalo (which is about as close as Amtrak will get you to Niagra). The Chicago to Buffalo train runs at night, so you likely won't see much of anything on that route. Not sure how to put in a link, but if you google the Empire Builder, wikipedia has a decent page on it..

Taxi / Shuttle to Port Canaveral ??????????
Ask about a flat rate rather than a per person charge. And remember that price does not include the 20% driver tip/gratuity.

Things to do in Memphis - Clubs on Beale Street - definitely go into one of the Blues clubs Graceland ( you gotta go see Elvis) And eat some Memphis BBQ, its finger licking good. :wink:.

What's the most beautiful city in US?
I really really like Manhattan. I don't know but there's just something about that city that just makes me wanna go back there. Back and forth..

Which is better as a holiday destination?
FLORIDA has got all my fingers up..

First Trip To USA
The USA is more than New York and LA. There are many places that are so very different than these two cities, but just as, if not more enjoyable depending on one's preferences. Yellowstone National Park, a drive down the Blue Mountain Parkway, Hilton Head Beach. For cities, look at Washington DC, Chicago, Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Look to National Parks for inspiration. Avoid anything with 'disney' somewhere in a name's place..

Where to travel to?
Check out Fermilab--it's about a half hour outside of Chicago and it's a really beautiful place with lots to see and learn..

L.A. or San Fran?
SF is a great way to go. I've been to LA and in my opinion it's the biggest let down ever. What's shown on tv and in pictures is far from the reality of a grimy, endless urban sprawl..

South American Forums on aardvarktravel.net

Best place to visit in Brazil?
The main attractions of Brasilia which the travelers can see are- The Three Powers Square, Brasilia Cathedral, Itamaraty Palace, Parano Lake, Brasilia National Museum,.

Machu Picchu Peru
You can easily visit MP on your own, it's very easy to do ! Can't help you with hostels (we never stay in those) but I would recommend staying the night befor the visit of MP in Ollantaytambo. It's al lot closer, you can take earlier trains and beat the crowd that rolls in with the Cusco-train, by the time they get there you almost have the place to your own (OK, a bit exagerated maybe but it's a huge difference !). Best book your trainticket to MP ahead through Perurail - best do it in advance since they do get booked full in the busier seasons ! Once you're in MP you can either walk to the village (it's quite a walk !) or take a bus, that's up to you....

South American Visas
Go here for more information about visas and immigration in Ecuador: Link removed by moderator.

Booking tours in Gringolandia
We feature the best tour operators in Ecuador in our Travel section on: [b:e4f1f263c2]Link removed by moderator FriendlyEcuador, please read the guidelines on advertising at the top of the forum. If you don't abide by them, you'll be banned from the site. [/b:e4f1f263c2].

Spanish courses
Ecuador is a great place to learn Spanish. Get more information here under "Relocation" for our Learn Spanish section: Link removed by moderator.

Where to go on holiday in South America?
Ecuador is a great place to visit. It has the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon rainforest, beautiful beaches and, of course, nearly 30 volcanoes. Link and plug removed by moderator. FriendlyEcuador, if you can't guess, we'd all rather you used your expertise to help people on this site, rather than just point us to your own!.

Travelling through South America
Ecuador is a great place to visit. It has the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon rainforest, beautiful beaches and, of course, nearly 30 volcanoes. Link and plug deleted by moderator, who had a strange feeling of dj vu reading this post. Please read and follow the advertising guidelines..

Living in South America
Ecuador is a great place to learn/study Spanish. Go here for more information: No, thank you. Link deleted.

2014 World Cup BRAZIL - info
This thread is for exchanging info about the next Worldcup here in Brazil in 2014 AND could be used by travelers to meet and/organise their travel here in Brazil According to Thierry Weil (marketing FIFA) today in Rio de Janeiro World Cup tickets will go on sale on August 20th. All informations will be avaiable on July 1st Participating cities and their respective stadiums are : Belo Horizonte - Mineiro Brasilia Estdio - Nacional de Braslia Cuiab - Arena Pantanal Curitiba - Arena da Baixada Fortaleza - Castelo Manaus - Arena Amazonia Natal - Arena das Dunas Porto Alegre - Estdio Beira-Rio Recife - Arena Cidade da Copa Rio de Janeiro - Maracan Salvador - Bahia Arena - Fonte Nova So Paulo - Novo Estdio do Corinthians Here in Salvador da Bahia we also have the game-dates as well : - 13th June : group B - 16th June : group G - 20th June : group E - 25th June : group F - 01st July : eight finals - 05th July : quarter finals People in need for specific information about the games here in Bahia, north-east of Brazil may always PM me Greetz from the tropIX of Salvador da Bahia Ivan Bahia Guide.

Travel to venezuela?
Hello, How much does it cost to travel from new york to Venezuela from airplane?Please recommend me asap.Thanks..

Suggest me top beach hotels Brasilia in Brazil .
There are no ocean beaches in Brasilia. The city itself is many hundreds of miles inland..

Portuguese in Brasil
Of course , most of people speaking Portuguese ..

Where to go near Salvador, Brazil
Montecristo Cloud Forest: , El Impossible National Park , Los Chorros , Barra de Santiago , El Jocotal Lagoon are near by places Salvador you can visit . The major attractions of the country are: National Zoo Los Chorros Balboa Park Panchimalco Indian Village Lago de llopango The Devil's Doorway La Laguna Botanical Garden David J. Gusman National Museum Santa Ana Parque Nacional Los Volcanes La Ruta de las Flores San Salvador Suchitoto La Libertad El Tunco Lake Coatepeque Juayua Gastronomic Festival Crafts Towns Restaurante El Bodegon Alo Nuestro / Abajo Lounge Tazamul Ruins, Chalchuapa Joya De Ceren, Sucio River Coatepeque Caldera, Juayua El Sunzal Beach, La Libertad Old Town, Suchitoto.

Rescue operation in Brazil
yeah, I remember having seen their truck here in Bahia on the island of Itaparica.

Has anyone been to the falklands islands?
AbraR has been banned for just repeatedly copying and pasting material from other sites. :roll:.

Hallo, Mijn broer, Chris Danieu, Belg, 35 jaar en 1,94m, is naar Peru gaan trekken zonder iemand iets te laten weten. Maar, hij heeft medicatie nodig. Daarom is het belangrijk dat we hem zo snel mogelijk vinden. Als jij naar Peru vertrekt en hem opmerkt, laat ons dan zeker iets weten. Zijn gezondheid mag niet in gevaar komen. Alvast bedankt. helpons@hotmail.be Hello, My brother Chris Danieu, Belgian, 35years old and 1.94 m tall, left for Peru with his back pack without telling anyone. But, he needs medication. So its important to find him as quickly as possible. If you are leaving for Peru and you happen to meet him, please let us know. He needs help. Thank you very much. Our mail address is: helpons@hotmail.be [/img].

Traveling Latin America without Spanish and Portuguese
It is always better to learn some basic greeting speech, this is what i always do when visiting a country, I feel the locals will feel they are respected and will be more helpful especially when you are asking for help. Just my opinion. Simon.

Motorcycle journey from Chile to Alaska - got some questions
Hey guys, Love the banter. me and a friend are planning a possible trip starting in Buenos Aires and driving all the way up to Panama. Questions: I like all the back and forth about bikes. However, im looking for a bike for around 400USD. Dont need fancy just badass. To put this in perspective. I recently bought a honda win in Saigon and drove to Hanoi. Was a little trooper and every local had one. Thats exactly the type bike i want again. Cheap and fun. Ideas? Recommendations? Also where to buy such bikes, any good classified in BA? Cheers guys.

Galapagos Tours and Cruises
tsk, tsk. You didn't read the sticky on advertising did you? You lied about where you're posting from. You're in Ecuador. That's a bannable offense (not that you're in Ecuador, but that you lied about it)..

North East Brazil
Brazil is one the great destination in world.. Especially in RIO wherein the carnivals are there were great... Some of them are the Cartanal the biggest carnival in Brazil. It's a great [url=http://www.braziltouristdirectory.com/]vacation in Brazil[/url]...

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11-100 Room with a view
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laura kirkpatrick
bloomington, indiana
february, 2014

perhaps you recognizer her as a the runner up from cycle 13 of america's next top model?

San Antonio Skyline - Golden Glow
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San Antonio Skyline - Golden Glow

I was able to finally shoot from atop the Hyatt Regency here in downtown San Antonio – a spot I’ve been trying to visit for a few years now. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but I decided to ditch my usual method of sneaking up to the top and instead book a night and make a family staycation out of it (although in full disclosure I did make my way all the way to the top of the hotel a year or so ago, only to be thwarted by the card access door at the rooftop).

Nikon D800 + 24mm 1.4g + 6 sec. exposure

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Circuit of the Americas
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Circuit of the Americas

Circuit of the Americas

2013 Semi-Finals - Emirates near Golden Gate Bridge
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2013 Semi-Finals - Emirates near Golden Gate Bridge

Happened to be in the City so I had a chance to see the semi-finals for a day.

2013 Semi-Finals - Prada boat
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2013 Semi-Finals - Prada boat

The race was so lopsided that I did not getting any shots of the two boats together in the same frame. It would have required an ultra-wide lens. Oh well...

2013 Semi-Finals - Emirates near Alcatraz Island
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2013 Semi-Finals - Emirates near Alcatraz Island

Unlike last year's shots, these were taken with a Leica Monochrom. Nice camera but hard to get up close with a 90mm lens.

Old Fashioned (Drink and Glass)
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Cocktail hour with Leila in America's Most Interesting City. Feb 2014

Frances Louis Michel The Trial of John Lawson, Christoph von Graffenried, and an Enslaved Man by the Tuscarora France/North Carolina (1711) Pen and Ink wash on Parchment. The story behind this sketch is an interesting one. Lawson, a surveyor, and von Graf
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Frances Louis Michel The Trial of John Lawson, Christoph von Graffenried, and an Enslaved Man by the Tuscarora France/North Carolina (1711) Pen and Ink wash on Parchment. The story behind this sketch is an interesting one. Lawson, a surveyor, and von Graf

Frances Louis Michel The Trial of John Lawson, Christoph von Graffenried, and an Enslaved Man by the Tuscarora France/North Carolina (1711) Pen and Ink wash on Parchment. The story behind this sketch is an interesting one. Lawson, a surveyor, and von Graffenreid were two founders of a colony in New Bern, North Carolina. The small group of European colonizers had offered many insults to the Tuscarora, including the destruction of religious objects, men who beat a diplomat during negotiations, the kidnapping and enslavement of Tuscarora children, and the final straw was Lawson’s threat, attempted theft of an unknown object, and physical scuffle with a community leader. The two white men were seized, and their wigs and coats thrown into a fire. The enslaved man was also seized, being associated with Graffenried, and the three put on trial. The enslaved man was released on principle, having no say in his actions and therefore bearing no responsibility for the incident. It is unknown whether he decided to stay on with the Tuscarora or returned to the colony. Von Graffereid offered not only goods in ransom for his release, but unspecified services, presumably to correct the harm done. He was also released. Lawson, however, offered nothing in terms of goods, nor in terms of offering to pay the debt with his service, in accordance with most Native American laws. He was thus condemned, and summarily executed. Although many historians and writers of articles claim he was tortured to death in the manner he himself has so luridly and sensationally described being done to other prisoners among the Native Americans, accounts from von Graffenried state that he was dispatched quickly with his throat cut. Many academic articles written about Lawson’s death, like this one which refers to him in the title as a “gentleman”, offer endless apologia for his behavior and his trespasses. The assumption that because his writing was “not as bad” as some writing of other colonists at the time, that he somehow should have been exempt from Native laws, and write as if his death was somehow “inexplicable”. They attempt to create a narrative of once-friendly Natives turning on a poor, hapless “settler”. I suppose a descendant of colonizers would have a stake in trying to represent Lawson as a sympathetic character, although any scholar of Native history recognizes Lawson’s accounts for sensationalized and bigoted hyperbole. He often refers to Natives as thieves (rather ironically, he claims they are “as ingenious at picking of Pockets, as any, I believe, the World affords; for they will steal with their Feet.” ), bestial savages, and sexual degenerates. Many European settlers made much of the unfamiliar sexual autonomy of Native women, and assumed that somehow the men must have been in control of it, or benefited from it financially. From Lawson’s writings: The Girls at 12 or 13 Years of Age, as soon as Nature prompts them, freely bestow their Maidenheads on some Youth about the same Age, continuing her Favours on whom she most affects, changing her Mate very often. [The Waxhaw] set apart the youngest and prettiest Faces for trading Girls; these are remarkable by their Hair, having a particular Tonsure by which they are known.… They are mercenary, and whoever makes Use of them, first hires them, the greatest Share of the Gain going to the King’s Purse, who is the chief Bawd…: his own Cabin (very often) being the chiefest Brothel-House. Sadly, accounts like these are taken at face value still, including this passage from the North Carolina History Project: In addition, Lawson described the marriage culture of the Waxhaw as relaxed and even communal at times. Young Indian girls who had the most sexual partners before marriage were usually the most sought after by the men of the tribe, and some men even lent their wives to interested neighbors. Notice that once again, the agency is assumed to be in the hands of men: the men LENT their wives to other men. This is a case of the retroactive erasure of the agency of native women; there is nothing to suggest that these women did anything except exactly as they pleased in regard to sexual matters, partners, childbearing and marriage. Because of settler accounts like that of Lawson who could not imagine a society in which men did not control women’s sexuality despite being witness to it happening before his very eyes, and perpetuated by articles like the one linked above, the assumption of sexual exploitation of Native women continues, and became the reality. In much the same way that patriarchy was assumed by settlers who often refused to meet or negotiate with powerful women in Native communities, over time, with subjugation, murder, war, and epidemics, a patriarchal social structure was imposed on many native communities in North America. The writings of Lawson, who was a bigot, a convicted criminal, and partially responsible for starting the Tuscarora War, are seen as more authoritative and “historically accurate” than the writings and oral histories of Native peoples today. After the war, many Tuscarora went north to join the five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, adding their strength and military prowess to the might of the alliance there. You can also read a letter George Washington himself wrote to the Tuscarora nation, begging aid in an upcoming military conflict with France. If you would like to gain a greater understanding of the possible fate of the enslaved man among the Tuscarora, this article gives a very solid general overview of relations between kidnapped and enslaved African people and Native American nations in United States/North American history. The history between these two people is an area of special academic and personal interest to me, because this “alliance”, so to speak, was continued in my own immediate family, with our distinctive and shared identities, with our own and shared Histories in America.

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