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A little introduction:
My name is Anne Swinkels and I am eleven years old. Four years ago a tumor was discovered in my brain; luckily, the tumor has now been removed. I am happy to report that I feel better. I wanted to do something back for the fight against cancer so I signed up for the Alp d’Huzes (explanation in the following paragraphs). While most people cycle the mountain, that day I will do it on foot, since I can’t cycle for that long just yet. Because of the operation I have some problems with my stability and my legs become tired much faster than they should. I will walk the mountain together with my mother and I also hope that we can make it all the way to the top. This will be a huge challenge for me! Easytobook.com is supporting me with this challenge.
The presence of water makes life possible on our planet. The medium for all of the chemical reactions that occur in our body, water impacts our lives on a microscopic level. Freezing in enormous rivers, water has carved the landscape of our planet; falling in torrents and crashing in tsunamis, it is an ever-present reminder of our vulnerability on a macroscopic level.
What better way to celebrate this essential component of life than to squirt it out of tubes, colour it with lights and choreograph it to music? Most of us love to get wet, and most of us also love to witness the awesome dynamics of water. To satisfy this desire, we’ve decided to compile a list of some stunning fountains throughout the world.
The beautiful, bountiful and the bizarre can be found here; some famous, some not quite so. Have a sneaky peeky and see if you recognise any of these awesome creations.
1. Peterhof Fountain, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Planes. For roughly 100 years we’ve have these large steel birds flying through the skies transporting all kinds of stuff all over the world. Where would we be without them?! Planes made the far ends of the world reachable for all. In the beginning planes were only for the rich, since a ticket cost a small fortune, but for the past few decades ordinary normal men and women have also been able to fly without going bankrupt. We thought that, since most of our customers use airliners to reach their worldwide destinations, why not make a fun quiz around them.
We challenge you to answer which country belongs to which airline only by seeing the plane! Of course we masked the name of the airline so often you only have the tailsign to help you along. You can make mistakes in the quiz and with each mistake we’ll throw in a hint to help you along. The airline quiz also holds some surprises, so make sure you finish the whole quiz!
We all love to travel for our various different reasons. One of these reasons is of course to relax, and where better to relax than in or beside a fine hotel pool! Hotels understood that when they made their pool look irresistible the guests would swarm in, so there are some real gems to find all over the world. Now every hotel pool suits a different purpose. You have these huge pools for the whole family and for the kids to play in, and on the other hand you have smaller pools with the best views amongst the must surreal landscapes. Whatever your needs, the hotel pool image you see in the various magazines or on websites is often something that can make or break the deal.
We made a top list of the most amazing hotel pools to show you some of the best ones around the world.
Banyan Tree resort, Mahe Island Seychelles
The pool of the Banyan Tree resort is a so-called ‘infinity pool’. This means it looks like the pool’s edges look as if they don’t exist, the water just stops… The hotel is very private and so is perfect for honeymooners. Every room in this hotel even has its own private pool!
Most people have probably witnessed the art of hotel towel folding. You enter your room after a nice day at the beach and on the bed you find a sculpture; most likely of a swan, but if you are lucky you will have a cleaner who was extremely creative. You can influence your cleaner by leaving them a tip. Often this results in your cleaner being very creative with his or her towel folding. A tip is best left on the bed. Just tidy your bed a little and lay the money in plain sight. A simple trick is putting the money in a cup from the bathroom in the middle of the bed. Not all cleaners will immediately leave your towel in an artistic form, since it is not easy and your cleaner needs to master the art. However, we do think that a small tip for the cleaners is always in place.
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, proudly displays its colours and language!
Almost immediately after the commemoration of the Diada de Catalunya (11/09), which celebrates the spirit of resistance of the Catalan people, we are again plunged into the culture of this proud region thanks to the approaching festival La Mercè. This event is a celebration of the city’s patron and protective Saint Mercè, so if you happen to be in Barcelona when it takes place, why not get into the spirit of things and try to immerse yourself as best you can. The Catalan people appreciate it when tourists make an effort to speak the language and you’ll find out that a simple ‘thank you’ (pronounced ‘merrçi’) will cost you little effort but will go a long way.
Here’s a basic guide to the Catalan language which, in reflection of the region’s geographical location, sounds like a combination of Spanish and French.
Imagine: You’re standing in the middle of a human sea. Thousands of bodies jubilantly chatting, swaying, toasting and swigging away out of immense beer krugs. Women in elegant Dirndl-dresses mix with men in leather pants, called Lederhosen. You order another beer from a stout-looking waitress and stand up on a bench in the immense wooden hall. An oompah band lurches into another drinking ditty and the crowds go wild.
You’re at the Munich Oktoberfest and the atmosphere is electric.
Endless queues, screaming children, inadequate seating, international terrorism, deep vein thrombosis – there are loads of fun reasons to fly economy class, and we all love doing so. That said, an aeroplane cabin is not quite the oasis of pure pleasure we might think it is, especially on long journeys. From pulmonary embolism to basic dehydration, no one likes to suffer discomfort, especially in an 85 tonne metal tube travelling at 1,000km/h 10km above terra firma. However, before you decide to cancel your flight, write a will, or tell your partner about that night in Stockholm, why not have a read through our tips on how to stay fit during a long flight – it could make a big difference to your level of comfort. Honestly, we only do it because we care.
A quick browse through any Online Travel Agent hotel listings quickly reveals that most hotels offer the same standard facilities – wireless Internet access, fitness centre, restaurant – and for good reason.
However, how is a hotel going to stand out from the other 99,999 hotels that are all ‘nestled in the heart of [insert city], a stone’s throw from [insert attraction], offering Internet, , a bubble bath, [another random facility]…’? Well, perhaps a property could offer rooms inside a Trojan Horse replica, or be built in the style of an ocean liner, or have featured in our Strange Hotel Design report…or perhaps they could look like this:
1. Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang North Korea
Beer is the most consumed alcoholic drink in the whole world. Many say that it’s even the oldest alcoholic drink in the world. After water and tea it is the third most popular drink on earth. Almost every country has its own brands and sometimes also its own types of beer.
Like many other alcoholic beverages, beer has a massive fan base who like to try out as many different sorts of beer brands as they can in order to experience new tastes. We have numerous different nationalities working here at easytobook.com, many of them also beer lovers. To celebrate our commonality, we have created a small but fun quiz of our team members’ favorite beer brands. Do you know which countries these beers originate from?