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My day today so far had been completely dedicated to exploring nature: first I visited the Fatal Attraction Exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature to learn about the art of seduction in the animal world. Then I had a chance to explore nature in a real-life setting in Ottawas nature playground: Gatineau Park.At about 4 pm I headed back into the city, got changed and checked my messages at the beautiful McGees Inn and got ready to head out to my next stop: Majors Hill,...

Hello From Ottawa: Tulips On Majors Hill And A Nerve-wracking Television Interview

Hello From Ottawa: Tulips On Majors Hill And A Nerve-wracking Television InterviewMy day today so far had been completely dedicated to exploring nature: first I visited the Fatal Attraction Exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature to learn about the art of seduction in the animal world. Then I had a chance to explore nature in a real-life setting in Ottawas nature playground: Gatineau Park.At about 4 pm I headed back into the city, got changed and checked my messages at the beautiful McGees Inn and got ready to head out to my next stop: Majors Hill, one of the official locations of Ottawas Tulip Festival. From the leafy neighbourhood of Sandy Hill I strolled through Ottawas ByWard Market area and explored a local landmark: the asymmetrical spires of St. Brigids have been inspiring Roman Catholics since 1890.Just a few hundred metres northwest is one of Ottawas most magnificent edifices: the Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral, Ottawas oldest surviving church. Its site is the location of the first Catholic chapel accessible to both Anglophones and francophones of Bytown.Right across the Street from the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral is another architecturally imposing structure: The National Gallery of Canada, a masterpiece of modern architecture, designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie and opened in 1988 to develop, maintain and make known, throughout Canada and the world, a national collection of works of art with special but not exclusive reference to Canada. Part of its mandate is to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of art in general among all Canadians.Just oustide the National Gallery and facing the Notre Dame Cathedral is a monumental sculpture of a spider, created by French-born sculptor Louise Bourgeois. This sculpture, entitled Maman, features a sac of 26 pure white marble eggs protruding from the spiders belly. With a height of 30 feet this enormous outdoor sculpture was designed in 1999 and cast in 2003, and it is the last in a series of six environmental sculptures by this artist. These sculptures have been seen in numerous high-calibre locations, including New York Citys Rockefeller Center and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. I also saw a copy last year together with a smaller version in Havana, Cuba.From the plaza in front of the National Gallery all I had to do was to cross busy Sussex Drive and I found myself right in Majors Hill Park. This public space dates back all the way to 1874, although it was originally named after Colonel By, the creator of the Rideau Canal. As a matter of fact, the park is the site of the former residence of Colonel By who was succeeded by Major Daniel Bolton who ended up giving the official name to this public space.Majors Hill is indeed one of the most prominent spaces in Ottawa, with perfect views of the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and the National Art Gallery. It is just steps away from Sussex Drive, location of the Canadian Prime Ministers residence, as well as Ottawas prime entertainment district, the ByWard Market. Today the park is managed by the National Capital Commission and one of the main venues for many of the citys festivals and special events.As one of the official events for the Tulip Festival, Ottawas largest festival, and the largest festival of its kind in the world, Majors Hill was hosting a number of special attractions: the International Tulip Friendship Village, the Artisans Marketplace, strolling entertainers, the Family Zone and the Get Out! Ottawa Citizen Concert Series. I particularly enjoyed the 150 five-foot tall tulips, all of which are unique, painted by local artists. These sculptures were a great addition to the thousands of real tulips who were already a bit past their prime, considering Canada has had an early spring this year.5 pm was still a bit early, but people were starting to come in to get ready for some of the concerts that were going to be held here tonight. I admired the real-life tulips, the artist-painted man-made versions and various photos and paintings of tulips in the Artisans Marketplace. The sun was peeking out occasionally and a beautiful view presented itself on the west side of Major's Hill, overlooking the Parliament Buildings and the Rideau Canals lock system.One of Ottawa's most distinguishing features, the Rideau Canal is a designated Canadian National Historic Site and was recently nominated as a World Heritage Site as well. Connecting lakes and rivers between Ottawa and Kingston, the Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously operated canal in North America. Its locks have been open for business since 1832. Several tourists were enjoying the view until all of us got distracted by an oversize groundhog that was sitting quite relaxed on one of the walkways, chewing away on some leafy branches that had been blown down by the wind. He was not at all deterred by our fascination for him.Well, my serene afternoon was going to come to an end shortly since I was scheduled for a 3-minute live appearance on Ottawas primary news channel, CTV. This might not be a big deal for someone else, but for me personally it was my first television appearance. To be beamed live through Canadas capital on the 6 oclock news was a very exciting, yet nerve-wrecking experience.Max Keeping, CTV Ottawas news anchor and Vice-President of News Programming, had suggested that we do a live interview from Majors Hill Park where he would ask me several questions related to travel in Canada. He would of course be located in CTVs Ottawa studio. Max and I had met earlier this year at the 26th Annual Bedzzz Race where he was the emcee of this charity event.Indeed, Max is renowned all throughout the National Capital Region for his community involvement and he has helped to raise more than $100 million for important causes over his 34 years at CTV Ottawa. He makes appearances at more than 200 community events a year and is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Order of Canada, the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship, a 2003 Gemini, the 2004 Ottawa United Way's Community Builder of the Year, and dozens of other awards.No wonder I was nervous in anticipation of a city-wide televised interview with such an illustrious personality. As time drew closer to 6 pm I had to make two nervousness-induced trips to one of the port-a-potties on Majors Hill. About 20 minutes to 6 pm I located the CTV satellite news truck and I went up to the camera man to introduce myself. He outfitted me with an earpiece and a miniature microphone that went on my jacket with a transmitter box mounted to my back. Once I was wearing this equipment I realized there was no turning back, I was going to be on TV, no matter what.I have to admit I was hugely nervous as the camera man started to position me in different locations in front of the bright spotlight he had set up. From about 6 pm onwards I started to hear the live newscast in my earpiece and the producer of the show occasionally came on to fill me in as to how much longer it would be. She had a surprisingly calming influence on me. Time seemed like an eternity, but finally at about 6:15 pm I was live on the air, with Max Keeping, Ottawas most popular newscaster.He asked me several questions about travel in Canada, and in particular whether I thought that higher gasoline prices would or should have an effect on travel in Canada. I answered frankly, stating that despite higher gas prices it still only took me about $60 in gasoline to drive to and from Ottawa. Canada as a whole and Ottawa specifically, is a great travel destination, since there are always so many things going on as evidenced by my own tight schedule during the Tulip Festival and it is still very affordable to travel and explore destinations within Canada.Well, the butterflies started to subside and a few minutes later my on-air interview was finished. I felt exhilaration and relief at the same time and thanked the camera man profusely for the professional support he provided to me. I also thanked the producer who came on one more time to let me know that things had gone okay.By this time it had started to drizzle a little, so I put my rain jacket on and headed for another round of excursions around Majors Hill. The place was getting busier. A local singer was creating renditions of various Avril Lavigne songs and a young band, the Diableros, took to the stage who were going to be followed by two more musical performances as part of the Get Out! Ottawa Citizen Concert Series.I crossed the street and strolled through the ByWard Market to my dinner destination, Bistro 115, where I would get to chat with the owner and find out more about another one of Ottawas hospitality entrepreneurs. At the end of this exciting, action-packed day I was looking forward to a good conversation and a nice quiet dinner.

Volunteer In Africa And Enrich Your World

Volunteer In Africa And Enrich Your World

Africa is a vast continent but most of it lies in the shadow of poverty, malnutrition, drought, lack of education and civil wars. From the famines of Ethiopia to the poaching of wild animals in Kenya, Africa has seen it all. Volunteering in Africa has been a major consideration of Non-profit organizations worldwide.Different people have different reasons to opt for volunteer work and it can vary from the desire to learn new things about new cultures and societies to travel and gratification through social work and helping mankind. Some people are so devoted to the cause that they have spent their entire lifetime in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nairobi etc, while others do as much they can. Volunteering abroad and in continents like Africa, South America and Asia can be an enriching experience with a satisfaction or gratification that is almost incomparable. There are different organizations requiring volunteers overseas and especially in Africa. Some of the organizations and projects involving volunteering in Africa are:The Cheetah Recoil Program: This program is being organized at the Marsabit National Park, Kenya as a part of providing opportunities for volunteering in Africa. The Cheetah is the fastest animal on land but off late, due to extensive poaching, the population of Cheetah is almost near extinction. This Cheetah program has been designed specifically for volunteers who have an interest in wildlife conservation and are willing to travel overseas to Kenya. The requirement is for volunteers in groups of 20 who will work in a specific area along with some senior research co-coordinators, game wardens and scientists.The Azafady Project: The project is being run by an U.K. charity organization and they need volunteering in Africa to effectively alleviate poverty, and at the same time improve and protect the unique and beautiful environment and wildlife. Their overseas volunteer program is two fold. One program is called the Pioneer Madagascar and it offers opportunity for volunteers to work at the grass-root level and create a system through which environmental degradation and poverty can be fought. The second project is called the Lemur Venture which is a lemur conservation project focused on protecting the already threatened population of lemur.Global Service Corps (GSC): They are an organization who offers overseas volunteering opportunities and this includes projects in Tanzania, Africa. Their volunteering in Africa program involves participants to stay with Tanzanian people in their homes and learn about their life and culture. Volunteers share their own experiences and culture and through daily interaction educate the people of Tanzania. The project areas for volunteers include HIV/AIDS prevention, health, creating sustainable agriculture to prevent hunger, working with hospitals, farms, schools to impart information and create a social community. There are many more organizations who offer opportunities to volunteers to visit Africa and make a difference. You can also take up volunteering in Africa and the benefits are:1.You will be able to give something back. There are many people who feel the need to give back to the society and are passionate about their cause. If you are such a person then volunteering in Africa programs can provide you with a great opportunity to pursue such a cause. 2.If you are looking for a unique opportunity: There are many projects focusing on people, poverty, social issues, disease or health etc., but there are not as many projects on wildlife and ecosystem conservation. If you are interested in a wildlife conservation project and want to become a volunteer and pursue a related program, then it will be a unique opportunity that will ultimately provide satisfaction. 3.If you are looking for experience: There are many people who take part in overseas volunteering projects to gather experience required for their career goals or to start their own non profit organization. Either way, volunteering in Africa will provide the necessary experience and much more.

Visiting And Golfing In Spain

Visiting And Golfing In Spain

Spain is a popular vacation destination, especially if golf is on the agenda. The mild weather year-round, coupled with the beautiful scenery and overabundance of rolling golf courses make golf holidays in Spain a popular vacation choice. No matter your skill level, you can find a golf package thats perfect for you.Golfing in SpainVisit a travel agent or consult the internet to find golf vacations. You can find out about the locations of the course and its degree of difficult. Youll also find pictures and maps of the courses online.Many of the upscale golf resorts have a golf pro on site who runs the sites golf school for guests of the resort. You can get private lessons or lessons with a larger group. Of course, the more people involved in your lesson, the less expensive it will be for you. Some hotels even offer golf instruction for kids. There are also areas to practice between lessons. Visiting the golf shop can net you new golf clothing and equipment. You can outfit yourself with resort wear, or pick up a golf related item you may have forgotten to pack. Golf clubs and equipment can be cumbersome and inconvenient to bring on your trip, so you can find golf club rental here as well. The resorts club house offers a comfortable place to relax and unwind before or after your game. You might find shower amenities and food service.Sometimes golfers are waylaid by slower golfers in front of them. You might avoid this by taking your shot immediately when its your turn, and staying close to the group in front of you, so youre ready to take your next shot as soon as the group vacates the hole. This can result in a shorter wait time for the players after you. Its important to be courteous to other players on the course.Other Activities at Golf ResortsWhen youre not golfing, you can enjoy a variety of other activities. You can go swimming in the hotel pool, or head to a restaurant or shopping. More and more of the upscale resorts have restaurants and shops on site. If this isnt the case, and youre interested in those activities, make sure to choose a resort that is in close proximity to these things. If youve rented a car, this isnt as critical, since youre free to drive where youd like.By doing your research, you can have an enjoyable golf holiday in Spain!

Tips For A Stress Free Trip

Tips For A Stress Free Trip

Traveling is a time for leisure and we would want it to be hassle free. This is our time to relax and break free from the problems that may have been bothering us. This is the time for us to re-energize and refresh ourselves. Even the seasoned traveler, in one way or another, has encountered problems like losing wallets or having them stolen. I cannot assure you that you wouldnt encounter any vacation trip problems but by planning and being well prepared you can achieve to having that stress free vacation.I guess one of the major concerns in traveling would actually be your pocket or travel money. Without money how would you pay for your expenses let alone purchase a souvenir. It is important that you safely secure your money, budget it wisely and avoid overspending to prevent any future problems. Most travelers store their money, valuables and passports in pouches specifically designed for travel purposes. This is a very good alternative to the traditional wallet for these pouches are fastened or draped around your neck or around your waist beneath your clothes so as not to be visible to potential pick pockets.It is advisable that you do not bring with you too much cash and instead opt to utilize your credit card in making payments for accommodation, food, and other purchases. If it is necessary for you to bring such an amount of cash, I suggest that you carry just enough for what you need during the day and stash the rest of your cash in the hotel vault for security.Do not put all your money in one location. If possible, spread them out so that in case you lose some from theft, you still have money to last the trip. You can also put in this extra wallet other credit cards and ATM cards for untoward incidents. Having an extra wallet stored in your suitcase or travel bag would be ideal.When you will be gone for a long vacation, inform your relatives and friends of your itinerary so that they will be aware of how and where to contact you in case of emergencies. Always keep at home a photocopy of your passport, important documents and identification papers.If you take certain medications, make sure that you bring along with you enough to last you for the entire trip to avoid the hassle of buying the medicines elsewhere. There might be the possibility that their pharmacies dont carry the medicine you may need. With careful planning, you are not far from having a great vacation.

Planning Your Trip To Lanikai

Have you recently decided that you would like to take a trip to Hawaii? If you have, you are urged to examine Lanikai and Lanikai Beach. Lanikai is commonly referred to as a popular Hawaiian destination.As ideal as it is to hear that you should visit Lanikai, located on Oahu, you may be curious why so. For starters, Lanikai, namely "Lanikai Beach" , is well-known for its beauty. In fact, many travel websites rate Lanikai Beach as one of Hawaiis best beaches. You also have an unlimited number of options, when visiting Lanikai. These options include where you want to stay, what you want to do, and which places you want to visit.If and when you decide that a Lanikai trip is right for you, you will want to start planning and preparing for that trip. As previously stated, Lanikai is a popular Hawaiian vacation destination. That means that you should make your vacation reservation as soon as possible. This will help to ensure that your "Hawaiian vacation" is just as you imagined it.For starters, you will want to examine your overnight accommodation options. In Lanikai, you will find that Lanikai vacation homes, vacation cottages, vacation condos, and vacation apartment rentals are popular choices among vacationers, such as yourself. What is nice about these options is that many place you within a close distance to the beach. In fact, when examining Lanikai vacation homes, vacation cottages, and vacation apartment rentals, you will find that many give you an ocean view. In addition to staying right in Lanikai, there are a number of nearby destinations, such as Kailua, which you may also want to examine.In addition to your overnight accommodation reservations, you will also need to make your other travel arrangements. These arrangements should include your airline reservations or a car rental. Once you have found a Lanikai vacation rental that meets or exceeds your expectations, you may want to see if vacation packages are offered. Many well-known travel websites allow you to make your vacation reservations in the form of a Hawaiian vacation package. Hawaiian vacation packages can not only save you time, but they may also save you money. Even if you are unable to make your travel arrangements in the form of a vacation package, you may still want to make all of your travel arrangements at the same time.Once all of your travel arrangements have been made, you may want to start examining your intended vacation activities. Although it is more than possible for you to decide on activities when you arrive in Lanikai or on Oahu, there are a number of benefits to preplanning or at least researching nearby activities. What is nice about vacationing in Lanikai, as previously stated, is the unlimited number of options that you have. Lanikai Beach is not only referred to as one of the best Hawaiian beaches because of its beauty, but also because of the unlimited number of activities that it holds.Popular activities in Lanikai, namely on Lanikai Beach, include swimming, kayaking, sunbathing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. If you will be traveling with adults or even mature teenagers, you and your traveling party may enjoy a kayaking adventure to the twin islands of Mokulua and Mokumanu. These islands, located about a mile from the shores of Lanikai Beach, are beautiful bird sanctuaries that many vacationers enjoy visiting.In addition to visiting the islands of Mokulua and Mokumanu, there are a number of other attractions that you may find enjoyable in or around the Lanikai area. These attractions include golf courses, parks, fine dining restaurants, and shopping centers. For more information on what you can do and see when visiting Lanikai Beach, you will want to request Hawaiian vacation brochures, namely those for Oahu. Many of these travel guides can be requested free of charge.The above mentioned steps are just a few of the many steps that you should take, should you decide to take a Lanikai Beach vacation. As a reminder, preplanning your vacation, especially well in advance, can help to ensure that you have the Hawaiian vacation of your dreams.

Australia Travel For A Nurse

Like much of the rest of the world, Australia faces a shortage of skilled nurses. This has led to the practice of having overseas nurses travel to Australia to work for durations that can range from the short to the long-term. Australia nursing travel is quickly gaining popularity, with the methods followed here being replicated at other countries around the world.Traveling to Australia as a nurse is one way of experiencing the countrys unique lifestyle and beauty. It gives one the chance to experience another culture, while earning a pay package at the same time. Taking up a nursing assignment in Australia provides one with the opportunity to really gain an in-depth understanding of Australian culture, an experience which often eludes a short-term tourist or visitor.The procedure usually begins with the prospective traveling nurse contacting an Australian nursing agency. The initial communication normally consists of the agency attempting to establish ones skills and interests. They then answer all the questions that one may have, including average work settings, typical workload, surrounding environment, entertainment, range of opportunities available, etc.This is followed by the applicant having to fill out an application form along with handing over a resume. The agency then verifies if the credentials are true, dig a bit into ones background and speak to the people provided as references. Once the candidate has passed this stage, a meeting is set up with the Nursing Director or Nursing Manager in the department where youll be likely to practice. If the ensuing conversation satisfies both, visa and registrations processes are set in motion, which can take anywhere between two to three months.Some tips that can help speed up the fitting in process are at all costs avoid criticism or negative comparisons of the Australian healthcare system with that of ones own country, dont try teaching Australian nurses their jobs, friendliness and honesty is essential. Combining these tips with sheer common sense can help make your Australian nursing travel a memorable one. You can find tons of information about traveling in Australia. You can hire a travel agent or simply log onto the Internet and find your own travel deals for free. You will find savings galore. Not only is a nursing career fascinating but one is able to travel around the cities and site-see on your days off. To find out further information about a nursing career in Australia, log onto to the Internet today.

Summary

My day today so far had been completely dedicated to exploring nature: first I visited the Fatal Attraction Exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature to learn about the art of seduction in the animal world. Then I had a chance to explore nature in a real-life setting in Ottawas nature playground: Gatineau Park.At about 4 pm I headed back into the city, got changed and checked my messages at the beautiful McGees Inn and got ready to head out to my next stop: Majors Hill,...