The serene and green United States

Brightsun Travel

While it is difficult to think of green spaces in the ultramodern landscapes of the USA, you will be surprised to know that many cities in USA feature beautiful gardens that serve as a great escape from the bustling city life. So next time when you board your flights to USA, don’t forget to visit these spectacular parks that offer a great ambience amidst rich and diverse flora.

The Portland Japanese Garden:- This traditional Japanese garden occupies an area of 5.5 acres. Located within Washington Park in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon, USA, it comprises of five sub-gardens, namely, the Strolling Pond Garden, Natural Garden, Sand and Stone Garden, Flat Garden and Tea Garden. Each of these picturesque gardens is designed to impart harmony and serenity with nature.


New York Botanical Garden:- The iconic New York Botanical Garden, located north of Manhattan in New York City, is a great…

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San Diego – Donut Bar


I feel really good that I crossed another donut place off my list. This time around it is Donut Bar in downtown San Diego. At this point I am calling myself a sort of donut aficionado. This place serves up a more classic donut and is best suited for the insta loving donut eater. What I mean by that is that the donuts are good but the decorations and donut sizes were more exciting. I would come here again but it ranks below Blue Star (Portland) and Doughnut Vault (Chicago).

It’s good to note that my dad and I arrived around 6:45 (15 minutes before opening) and there was still a small line out the door. We had our pick of donuts and were able to people watch from the upstairs seating area. Also the coffee was amazing, but not surprising considering it was Stumpton.

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Leah Tess Howard

How are you today?

How did you feel when you rolled over onto your side this morning and opened your eyes?

What was the first thing you saw? Was the sunrise creeping in through the curtains? Or was the moon still keeping company to the stars?

What was the first thought to cross through your mind? Did it dance around in your head for a bit, occupying the spaciousness of it and playing loosely in its corners?

Did it run away from you, hiding behind the one approaching?

Or did it fade in the light of your consciousness, disappearing into the horizon of the morning?

What was the force that pulled you out from under the covers? Was it the anticipation of a steaming cup of coffee? Or of seeing the woman who kissed you last night standing at the kitchen counter with messy hair and your shirt draped over…

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10 types of expats — which one are you?

The InterNations Survey have conducted their second annual Expat Insider survey. This was updated for 2015. The expat organisation surveyed 14,000 of its 1.8 million members from around the world to assess the living situations and well-being of expatriates. With this wealth of quantitative and qualitative data, they defined 10 specific types of expats as shown in the info-graphic below.


Nuuk: Greenland’s Colourful Capital


Greenland has been at the top of my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Though I want to visit everywhere, places that are wild and remote intrigue me on another level. If these remote places are freezing cold and filled with ice and snow? Well that’s even better.

Greenland is considered by many to be one of the worlds final frontiers for travellers. Infrequent and expensive flights, minimal infrastructure and few tourist companies mean that for now, much of Greenland remains untouched, unexplored and wild. However, for better or for worse, this is quickly changing. If you want to experience authentic inuit culture, untouched arctic wonders and avoid crowds; go to Greenland NOW. I’d bet my left kidney that in the next few years Greenland will become much more of a tourist hotspot and many of the things that make it so appealing will fade away.


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Jiaqi in Italy: Parma & Bergamo: Probably the Best of Italy

There is no better way to learn about Italy than visiting its less-known, more relaxed cities. With the intention of going off the beaten paths, I visited Parma and Bergamo last weekend for a weekend escape from the 24/7 dynamic Milan. I want to hunt for the humble trattorias and their simple, satisfying, inexpensive cooking. I want to look into those elegant, tranquil courtyards inside of the residential houses with historic outlooks. I listen to how people talk on the train, how they converse with the baristas while quickly sipping their espressos, and how they complain about the weather over phone.

Town of Parma Town of Parma

Historic center of Parma Historic center of Parma

I come to Parma because like everyone, I want to pretend for a day at least, that I am Italian. There is no easier city to do that in than Parma. One can walk the markets without bumping shoulders with other tourists, eat a sandwich…

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Who Will Survive in America?


Poem here says, Comment #1
Uh, Comment #2 is dynamite
But Comment #1 is the one we decided
To use here this evening
Because it makes a comment if you listen
Closely on what is now being advertised
In East Harlem as the “Rainbow Conspiracy” – a combination of
The Students For A Democratic Society
The Black Panthers, and the Young Lords
And this is my particular comment about that conspiracy, “Comment #1”:

The time is in the street you know
Us living as we do upside down
And the new word to have is revolution
People don’t even want to hear the preacher spill or spiel
Because God’s hole card has been thoroughly piqued
And America is now blood and tears instead of milk and honey
The youngsters who were programmed
To continue fucking up woke up one night
Digging Paul Revere and Nat Turner as the good guys…

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Western Hong Kong Island: A Walk Back in Time

What an Amazing World!

Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences

History is a subject many people scrutinize with frown on their faces, one that triggers discussions and evoke memories, both good and bad. It also is a terrific means to raise a optimism and bring purpose, particularly in a world where tragedy is what sells on the news.

One Saturday morning James took me to the neighborhoods in Hong Kong Island’s western districts to visit what has become his campus since 2013, and to retrace another chapter in Hong Kong’s history, including one that really tested the island like never before.

Under the grey winter sky, an early 20th century red brick Edwardian-style building stood out in the dense neighborhood at the western part of the island’s Mid-Levels – a terraced upscale residential area perched along Hong Kong Island’s rugged hills. ‘Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences’ the signboard read, hanging above the arched…

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Batukaru: Sight, Sound, Taste

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One Morning at Sarinbuana, Batukaru One Morning at Sarinbuana, Batukaru

The silver minibus speeds through the main highway that connects Bali’s cultural heart at Ubud with the volcanic lakes of Bratan as well as Buyan and Tamblingan further north. Short moments after passing by a roadside traditional market where fresh local fruits and vegetables are on display, our driver, Gede, makes an abrupt turn to a small road.

We are then transported through small villages on Bali’s highlands towards the slopes of Mount Batukaru, an extinct volcano which at 2,276 m is the second tallest peak on the island. The farther we escape the country road, the more tranquil what lies beyond the car’s windows becomes. At this part of Bali, it appears, tourism only plays a minor role in the local economy, unlike in many parts of the island, chiefly in the south.

Gede keeps driving on a seemingly endless village road, until he…

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Maritime Asia, Past and Present

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A Model of Jin Dynasty Catamaran (3rd - 5th Century AD) An Eastern Han Dynasty (25 – 220 AD) Boat Model

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

George Santayana, American-Spanish philosopher and novelist

Since the invention of raft which eventually led to the creation of ship, humans have wandered not only across rivers and lakes, but also seas and oceans to reach terra incognita, lands that only existed in their imaginations before. As human population grew trade became a major drive for erstwhile explorers to brave themselves to risk their lives in return for gold and glory. From frankincense to silk, tea, coffee, ceramics, and spices, intercontinental trade was made possible by the invention of stronger, bigger ships equipped with more sophisticated navigation equipment.

In the Far East, in the time of the Zhou Dynasty (1046 – 256 BC), rudder technology was developed, opening the way for successive dynasties to incorporate ships into their military forces…

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