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Pedra da Gávea is a mountain in Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Composed of granite and gneiss, its elevation is 844 metres (2,769 ft), making it one of the highest mountains in the world that ends directly in the ocean. Trails on the mountain were opened up by the local farming population in the early 1800s; today, the site is under the administration of the Tijuca National Park.
The mountain's name translates as Rock of the Topsail, and was given to it during the expedition of Captain Gaspar de Lemos, begun in 1501, and in which the Rio de Janeiro bay (today Guanabara Bay, but after which the city was named) also received its name. The mountain, the first in Brazil to be named in Portuguese, was named by the expedition's sailors, who compared its silhouette to that of the shape of a topsail of a carrack upon sighting it on January 1, 1502. That name in turn came to be given to the Gávea area of the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Japan’s love for alcohol and bathing, though, is immense, as evidenced by the thousands of bars, pubs, and hot spring resorts that cover the country. Now, some are claiming there are health benefits to combining the two by mixing a little booze into your bath.
Once you’ve drawn a bath, pour in three sake cups’ worth of rice wine and give the water a stir. Researchers have observed sake baths alleviating hypertension in human test participants. Other touted benefits include improved blood circulation and smoother skin.
Many of a sake bath’s benefits for the skin can also be obtained by using shochu, the distilled alcohol that can be made from one of a number of ingredients including sweet potatoes, brown sugar and buckwheat. But while any type of shochu should have the same effects when bathed in, shochu made from rice or barley is the most highly recommended. Shochu tends to be over 50 proof, meaning that it often has a strongly alcoholic smell, but rice and barley varieties tend to at least have milder aromas than the others.
If you’re looking to boost the beautifying effects on the skin, you can also add some cucumber to the bath. Take on cucumber, chop it into chunks, stick them in a mesh bag, and toss it into the bath. The added cucumber extract should leave your skin feeling tighter, as well as help clear up pimples and heat rashes.
This glorious view can be seen from the popular “Sea of Clouds” (unkai) Terrace on Mount Tomamu, which is entering its ninth year of service. Such a magnificent vista is generally the sole privilege of determined hikers, but this resort attraction in the heart of Hokkaidō delivers you to it in a mere 13 minutes!
The terrace is a part of Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, in Yūfutsu District. A multi-complex family resort that’s open all year round, it’s famous for its vast slopes and powder snow thanks to its northern latitude.
Aside from the usual skiing and snowboarding, vacationers can enjoy a host of “off-season” activities such as horseback riding and hot-air ballooning. The main draw, however, may be this ever-changing, awe-inspiring natural phenomenon that’s quite rare and hinges on multiple factors. By utilizing the chairlifts that carry skiers in the winter, nature enthusiasts can glide through the air simply and leisurely for 13 minutes, in order to reach the top and witness the distinctive formations from a prime location. Last fall, the terrace welcomed its one-hundred-thousandth visitor since its opening in 2006.
Though the terrace is located at the very top of the chairlift (1,088 meters above sea level), it is roughly 150 meters below the actual summit. Because the terrace juts out from the mountainside, the billowy cloud layers may start right at your feet if the conditions are just right.
While you’re there, why not get a hot drink or light snacks from the adjacent café to beat the cold of dawn, or even participate in the yoga program? Another fun fact: the entrance ticket is actually a postcard, and you can send it from the terrace for free. To let your friends know where you’ve been with the special postmark, just drop it in the blue “Sea of Clouds” mailbox.
The terrace’s hours are specific so be sure to check its website if you’re interested: it is open during early morning hours from May 17 to October 14, and during midday hours from July 26 to August 31.
Have you ever been to this terrace, or is there another jaw-dropping destination you recommend? Share with fellow readers in the comments section!
Shinkansen (新幹線, juga sering dipanggil kereta peluru) adalah jalur kereta api cepat Jepang yang dioperasikan oleh empat perusahaan dalam grup Japan Railways.
Shinkansen merupakan sarana utama untuk angkutan antar kota di Jepang, selain pesawat terbang. Kecepatan tertingginya bisa mencapai 300 km/jam.
Nama Shinkansen sering digunakan oleh orang-orang di luar Jepang untuk merujuk kepada kereta apinya, namun kata ini dalam bahasa Jepang sebenarnya merujuk kepada nama jalur kereta api tersebut.
Achiote paste, favored in Yucatán, Oaxacan, and Belizean cuisine, is made from the slightly bitter, earthy flavored, red annatto seeds, mixed with other spices and ground into a paste. Achiote is a distinctly colored and flavored mainstay of Mexican and Belizean kitchens.
The paste is dissolved in either lemon juice, water, oil or vinegar to create a marinade, and marinated or rubbed directly upon meat. The meat is then grilled, baked, barbecued or broiled. Sometimes it is added to corn dough to create a zesty flavor and color in empanadas and red tamales.
Sazón means "seasoning" in Spanish. In Puerto Rico, it also refers to a seasoned salt that is commonly used while cooking meats and fish. It is made by crushing annatto seeds with cumin and coriander seeds. Garlic powder, dry cilantro and salt are then added.
The achiote has long been used by American Indians to make body paint, especially for the lips, which is the origin of the plant's nickname, lipstick tree. The use of the dye in the hair by men of the Tsáchila of Ecuador is the origin of their usual Spanish name, the Colorados.
Today's superstition is a simple one: the idea that opening an umbrella inside will bring you, or everyone indoors, bad luck.
Where does this idea come from?
The furthest origin of this superstition can be found in Ancient Egypt. They didn't use umbrellas to protect them from the rain, but from the harsh rays of the sun. It was a very valuable possession, and naturally, only nobility had the privilege. In fact, to cross into the shadow of an umbrella, even by accident, was sacrilege if you weren't of noble birth!
Ancient Egyptians also thought umbrellas could ward off evil spirits, but when you used it inside, you were insulting the sun, which was a deity at the time.
Flash-forward to England, 1883. This is the first 'official' mention of the superstition. They thought holding an umbrella over your head while inside was a sign of death. In 1900, England, it was said that there would be a death in the house before the year was out, if you dared to open the doomed thing inside.
Letting your kid showcase their talent is good, but not when the medium is your passport!
Pool with a view: The hidden installation before it opened to the public, located in the Mojave Desert
2 1/2 pounds red snapper, cut into 2-inch pieces (or substitute with grouper, red fish, flounder, striped bass, escolar or any other white fleshed fish)
1 cup roughly chopped onion, plus 1 cup julienned onion
2 cups roughly chopped tomatoes, plus 2 tomatoes sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
2 cloves garlic, plus 1 tablespoon minced garlic
5 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Piri Piri, recipe follows
1 (14.5-ounce) can coconut milk
1 tablespoon, plus 1/2 cup olive oil
5 cloves garlic, smashed
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Place the fish in a large non-reactive mixing bowl. In the carafe of a blender, combine the chopped onion, the chopped tomatoes, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon of cilantro, 1 teaspoon of salt, and the lime juice. Blend until smooth in the blender, then pour directly over the fish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil to the pan, and once hot, add the julienned onions to the pan and saute, stirring often until translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the minced garlic to the pan and saute for an additional 30 seconds. Pour the fish and the marinade into the saute pan and add the remaining teaspoon of salt, the Piri Piri, and the coconut milk and stir to combine. Once the liquid comes to a boil, dot the top of the pan with the sliced tomatoes and cover with a lid. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook until the flesh starts to flake, about 10 minutes.
Remove the cover from the pan and sprinkle the remaining 4 tablespoons of cilantro over the fish. Serve accompanied by steamed white rice.
4 cayenne chile peppers, stemmed, ribs and seeds removed, and rough chopped (or substitute other hot red peppers)
Heat a small saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to the pan. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic and peppers to the pan. Saute, stirring often, until the edges of the garlic start to turn brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the lemon juice to the pan, and remove from the heat.
Place the contents of the saute pan in a blender and add the salt. Puree the peppers and garlic in the blender until mostly smooth. Drizzle the remaining 1/2 cup of olive oil through the feed tube of the lid of the blender. Let cool before using, and store refrigerated in an airtight container.
Yield: 3/4 cup
Bus shelter designed by Norwegian firm Rintala Eggertsson Architects.
Sami Rintala, Dagur Eggertsson, and Vibeke Jenssen from Norway’s Rintala Eggertsson Architects created a bus shelter that doubles as a spectator stand for the neighboring tennis courts.
A dragon boat is a human-powered watercraft. They were traditionally made in the Pearl River Delta region of China's southern Guangdong Province out of teak wood (mostly imported from Pontianak, Indonesia) to various designs and sizes. In other parts of China, different kinds of wood are used to build these traditional watercraft. It is one of a family of traditional paddled long boats found throughout Asia, Africa, and the Pacific islands. Currently, boats are being made for competitive purposes out of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials.
This is an activity that is done during Duanwu Festival (端午節). The story best known in modern China holds that the festival commemorates the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan (c. 340–278 BC) of the ancient state of Chu during the Warring States period of the Zhou Dynasty. A cadet member of the Chu royal house, Qu served in high offices. However, when the king decided to ally with the increasingly powerful state of Qin, Qu was banished for opposing the alliance and even accused of treason. During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote a great deal of poetry. Twenty-eight years later, Qin captured Ying, the Chu capital. In despair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River.
It is said that the local people, who admired him, raced out in their boats to save him or at least retrieve his body. This is said to have been the origin of dragon boat races. When his body could not be found, they dropped balls of sticky rice into the river so that the fish would eat them instead of Qu Yuan's body. This is said to be the origin of zongzi.
Noodles at this store in Chongqing, China, come in one strand per bowl no matter how much you order -- thanks to its owner nifty skills.
The 32-year-old can swing any amount of noodles into one strand to be served.
"Two liang (0.2 jin) noodles need to be swung around 60 times, while three liang noodles need 90 swings. No matter how many times I swing it, it's only one noodle.
"I can swing the noodle till it's as long as 300 meters. The recipe of the flour is very important but it's also top-secret. I can guarantee I don't put additives," said Zhao, whose noodles are sold out by 2pm everyday.
Vesak, also known as Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day, is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists on different days in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and the South East Asian countries of Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia, and other places all over the world.
This image was taken at Candi Borobudur, Central Java, Indonesia.