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Welcome to follow along the journey of a Renaissance Man. As a "digital nomad" I conduct "globe-trotter in training" sessions and deliver presentations on "lifestyle design." Please feel free to share your travel memories and tips on interesting places for tourists by publishing a guest blog post on AtlasAnd.com.
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Mornington Hotel Stravaganza in Gothenburg has been honored the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.

I am glad to see that my preferred travel supplier, Rovia, was nominated for North America’s Leading Travel Agency 2012 by World Travel Awards. Here is a video on the airline booking engine with Mike Putman.

Mike Azcue, Co-Founder and CEO of WorldVentures, demonstrates how big the travel industry is. He is comparing it with the coffee and the nutrition industry.

[Note Bene: I am a member and an independent representative.]

(via WorldVentures - Gumball Presentation)

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Could Heinz be interested in sponsoring this event? From my post, Finance the EGO Campaign Reform & London Convention:

Did you know that a ketchup “war” has started between conservatives? [Via Andrew Sullivan.] Glenn Reynolds and his daughter conducted a taste test of different ketchup brands. As a “chilehead,” I think regular ketchup is a bit too blend for my taste. I prefer a ketchup with more heat to it, e.g., Jonas Borssén’s curry ketchup.

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Get tomatoed at the World’s most infamous food fight!
La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Buñol in the Valencia region of Spain. Tens of tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets for exactly one hour.
More on La Tomatina by Somewhere in the world today…
Picture: Tomatina Madness by beatdrifter, on Flickr

Could Heinz be interested in sponsoring this event? From my post, Finance the EGO Campaign Reform & London Convention:

Did you know that a ketchup “war” has started between conservatives? [Via Andrew Sullivan.] Glenn Reynolds and his daughter conducted a taste test of different ketchup brands. As a “chilehead,” I think regular ketchup is a bit too blend for my taste. I prefer a ketchup with more heat to it, e.g., Jonas Borssén’s curry ketchup.

somewhereintheworldtoday:

Get tomatoed at the World’s most infamous food fight!

La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Buñol in the Valencia region of Spain. Tens of tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets for exactly one hour.

More on La Tomatina by Somewhere in the world today…

Picture: Tomatina Madness by beatdrifter, on Flickr

I recently made an emergency airplane trip from my home in New Hampshire to visit my family in Illinois on the occasion of my grandmother’s passing and funeral service. Because I would be traveling on a myriad of vehicles to get there it was important to travel light. In addition the schedule for making connections was tight and I could not afford to spend a lot of time waiting to collect checked luggage.

If you have a piece of carry-on luggage that conforms to the airline regulations for the overhead bins you can easily pack what you need for a week and still have room for a book to read.

Here are some quick tips for packing light:

  • Roll your clothing tightly. You can actually pack more in if it is rolled up, pieces of clothing fit together better in the bag for less wasted space.
  • Put your electronic equipment on top. This allows for faster access when going through security, as laptops and cameras need to be out of your bag and exposed.
  • Bundle your power cords and chargers in their own smaller bag. Trust me, taking out this smaller bag and running it through the scanner next to your laptop, camera and phone saves time by helping the geniuses on the scanner understand what all those metal wires are for.
  • Bring an empty water bottle. Since you can’t carry decent-sized amounts of liquids through security, the airport vendors think they can charge you an arm-and-a-leg for bottled water inside the concourse. Bring your own empty bottle, it is allowed, and fill it at a water fountain on the other side of the security gates. At O’Hare Airport in Chicago the water fountains actually have special nozzles specifically for that!
  • Don’t carry your boarding pass and ID in one of those nifty, specially-designed wallets or holders. I don’t know why, but every time I have while traveling over the past few years (and I have a nice leather one I received as a gift), security pulled me out of line for extra attention.

I trust that these tips will save you some time and hassle while on your next trip. Good luck and bon voyage!

Guest post by Stephen P Smith.

[Editor’s note, October 3, 2012: Contribution credit to Sam Burgoon, Credit Season. Original source: http://www.creditseason.co.uk/econolympics-infographic/ ] 
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Happy Olympics Day! Visual.ly takes a look at how each city’s economy fared in its Summer Games hosting duties since Atlanta was front and center in 1996. Any predictions for London? 

Related: My post, ATHENS OLYMPICS: A REPLAY OF MONTREAL 1976?

[Editor’s note, October 3, 2012: Contribution credit to Sam Burgoon, Credit Season. Original source: http://www.creditseason.co.uk/econolympics-infographic/ ]

nasdaq:

Happy Olympics Day! Visual.ly takes a look at how each city’s economy fared in its Summer Games hosting duties since Atlanta was front and center in 1996. Any predictions for London?

Related: My post, ATHENS OLYMPICS: A REPLAY OF MONTREAL 1976?

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From Answers.com (Gale Encyclopedia of the Mideast & N. Africa):

Europeans have referred to the Maghrib highlands as the Atlas Mountains since classical times, because of the Greek legend that they were the home of the god Atlas; the Arabs have referred to the entire highland area as Jazirat al-Maghrib, the “Island of the West,” because it represented a relatively lush mountainous island jutting out of the deserts.

(http://www.answers.com/topic/atlas-mountains)

Related: Top Ten Budget Adventure Trips on AdventureLink and my post, Welcome to AtlasAnd.

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Happy 57th Birthday, Disneyland!

Did you know? The castles at Disney resorts are constructed utilizing an optical trick known as forced perspective, which makes the castle appear much larger than it actually is. As the castle gets taller, the proportions actually become smaller!

On July 17, 1955 Disneyland in Anaheim, California’s turnstiles began to spin as thousands of patrons flocked to visit “the happiest place on earth” — boasting just 20 attractions at the time — and visitors haven’t slowed down since! Today, Disneyland is the second-most attended park in the world behind Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.

Since Anaheim’s grand opening in 1955, Disney fans & tourists have witnessed the construction of 4 additional parks;

After I watched Isabella “Blondinbella” Löwengrip’s travel program on TV 4, I want to visit Hôtel Le Negresco and have Afternoon tea and say hi to the cat Carmen! ;)
I also want to visit Le Palais des Thés and Celiné Geers Art Yoga Studio.

After I watched Isabella “Blondinbella” Löwengrip’s travel program on TV 4, I want to visit Hôtel Le Negresco and have Afternoon tea and say hi to the cat Carmen! ;)

I also want to visit Le Palais des Thés and Celiné Geers Art Yoga Studio.

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From Hong Kong to New York City for an InstaMeet

The next Worldwide InstaMeet is July 26! Check out meetup.com/instagram to find a meetup in your city.

Tyson (@twheat) is an expat in Hong Kong who has helped organize many of the fantastic meetups in his new city. Recently, he took a trip to New York City and met up with several NYC Instagrammers. Sit back and listen to Tyson’s story of what it was like to meet up with Instagrammers whose photos he’s been following for over a year!

  • Photo by @twheatBrooklyn Bridge
  • Photo by @twheatConey Island