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Hamamatsu City, Japan: Birthplace of Yamaha

From Pianos to Motorbikes to Bio; “Let’s Try, Let’s Take the Challenge” I often wondered about Hamamatsu City in Shizuoka Prefecture as I watched it slip by during my bullet train rides from Tokyo to Osaka. A very good friend of mine is from Hamamatsu and would tell me about […]

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Five Fresh Ideas to Experience Kenya

There are so many hidden treasures within a few hours’ drive of Nairobi, Kenya, that are often overlooked when Nairobians set about planning their weekend getaways. The trouble is that the big game parks, which are often favoured, are further away and usually require a three-day trip from Nairobi. So […]

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Sharing Sake (Rice Wine) Can Be Intimate and Meaningful

Relax, Unwind and Spend Some Time Building Your Kizuna I remember going to a nearby Western Bar in Aiea with my friend from High School and sharing a few “Shots” of alcohol where you pour some mixture of strong and sweet into a little “shot glass” and down it together […]

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Journey Across Kenya and Uganda

In June 2014 Bev arrived in Nairobi to start a month-long journey through Kenya and Uganda. One of the main reasons for her visit was to meet Jared, a Ugandan university student who she had been sponsoring for the past 18 months. Bev’s timing was perfect: the Lake Turkana Cultural […]

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Can a Foreigner Open a Bank Account in Mexico?

As a foreigner in Mexico you have the same rights to open a bank account as a Mexican. If you are living in Mexico legally, and you hold either the visa “residente temporal” or the visa “residente permanente” you will not have a problem. As a tourist you will not […]

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Acedemicos Da Rocinha Samba – School Review

When we talk about samba-schools in Rio de Janeiro, we normally think of traditional names like Portela, Estação Primeira de Mangueira, Salgueiro and Unidos da Tijuca Samba-Schools. But a relatively new samba-school in Rio de Janeiro has emerged in the last Carnivals of Brazil because of its creativity and structure: […]

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Portela Samba School – Brazil All Time Carnaval Contest Winner

Today we will take a look at the samba-school which is the all time champion of the Brazilian Carnival, legendary Portela Samba School. We will review their foundation, their innovative spirit which helped them amass 21 Rio Carnaval contest since 1932, some of their talented musicians who honored the samba-school´s […]

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The Flag Bearer Or Porta Bandeira Element in the Carnival of Brazil

In this article, we will describe a marvelous element within the parades and Brazilian Carnaval festivity: the “Porta-bandeira”, pronounced (porta bandayeera) and translated here to Flag-Bearer. Below, you will understand why this magnetic parades figure is able to symbolize the essence and honor of the Carnaval culture. The Porta-Bandeira, along […]

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Having Trouble Figuring Out the Green Car?

  After living here almost 27 years I still almost start to cry when I see the Green Car (premium seat car) slide past and go way down to the other side of the platform when I thought I was standing in the right place to meet it right when […]

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Small But Important Tips for Enjoying Japanese Onsen Like a Pro

Feel free to Benefit from All My Awkward Onsen Fails Are you getting ready to take a trip to an Onsen Hot Spring in Japan? As an onsen-loving Senpai, allow me to provide you a few tips on how to be absolutely prepared before braving the nakedness and initial awkwardness […]

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