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By: Robert Nickel
Calling oneself a tourist in 1912 was something of a novelty. In fact it was reserved for the very wealthy; those who could afford to pack and leave their home under the security of trusted servants, and still bring a few along to assist them during the j(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
2012 was the first year for the Riviera Maya Food and Wine Festival, and according to organizers, a huge success! The event attracted celebrity chefs from all over South and North America, bringing together diverse talents in a showcase of fine gastronomi(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
The Riviera Maya is arguably the most beautiful region in Mexico. Set along the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, the Riviera Maya offers visitors incredible natural beauty both on land and at sea, as well as entire cities of Mayan ruins to explore. Then th(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
So you are thinking about going to Mexico. Well first of all, congratulations on deciding to take the plunge! Even if you are an avid traveler and have seen more than your own city, choosing Mexico as your next destination is fabulous! Regardless of your (read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Music, as much as food, gives one a peak into the soul of a country. Everyone is familiar with Mexican food, but how about the music. Mexico has many different styles of music from a variety of influences to chose from, so lets take a look at two of the m(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
If you're going to be vacationing in Mexico, you may be interested to know about the most visited archeological spot in the entire country. Its name is Teotihuacan, and it is an enormous ancient city containing some of the largest pyramids built in the pr(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
In the United States, it's easy to take for granted the fact that girls and women are able to attend elementary school, read books, and write things which get published. For many centuries, this was not the case, and it was up to pioneering women like Jua(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Ah Jamaica, that vibrant island nation in the Caribbean that has become synonymous with Reggae music, pirate legends and dark rum. Before Christopher Columbus arrived in 1494, Jamaica was peaceful and populated by indigenous peoples who had migrated from (read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Slavery was a mainstay in the Caribbean for well over 250 years, and in some regions continued even into the 20th century. In Jamaica, there were hundreds of plantations all successfully producing millions of pounds of sugar every year - utilizing nothing(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
Texas was originally explored in 1519 by Alvarez de Pineda, who claimed the land in the name of Spain. However, this declaration was ignored for over 160 years, and only really put into serious effect when the Spanish learned that a crude French settlemen(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
In the late 1990's the world became a lot more aware of how delicate the balance of life on earth really is. News media outlets all over the world wrote of "wholes in the atmosphere" and rising skin cancer predictions for the coming years. The world popul(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
Few actors of Mexican descent have come to represent the very best part of their country's industry like Gael Garcia Bernal. This remarkably talented young man has worked with some of the best directors in the business and has even branched out into direc(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
The cuisine of Mexico has established itself as one of the most popular in the world. Most people are now intimately familiar with foods such as the burrito and taco, but Mexican cuisine goes much deeper than these fast-food staples. One trip to the count(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
The Maya culture had a relationship to medicine practices that was common in many groups around the world before modern medical knowledge became the norm. The shamans who healed the people were both doctors and religious leaders. However, despite this con(read entire article)
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Category : Health & Medical
By: Robert Nickel
Honolulu, Hawaii is the capital of the state and has the highest population of any other Hawaiian city. Other notable facts of the area include the birthplace of President Barack Obama, and as home to more than 470 skyscrapers - fourth most in the US behi(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
For every story of all night dancing at a massive Cancun night club, there is a story of someone suffering a three-day hangover and wasting much of their precious vacation in a dark room with a bucket beside the bed. Don't submit yourself to a similar fat(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Music and language can tell one a lot about a culture. Food can also offer a great many insights into the history of a people and their homeland. Jamaica, for instance, has a rich colonial and pre-colonial history that has played a big part in the nation'(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Today Orlando, Florida is a bustling modern metropolis that ranks 79th in population in all of the US. One of the world's most visited amusement parks is in Orlando, as well as several popular professional sporting teams. Skyscrapers populate the skyline,(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
For many people, the true end to the Mexican Revolution came with the election of leftist politician Lazaro Cardenas as President of the country in 1934. He was a breath of fresh air in a line of increasingly frustrating leaders. The presidency of Mexico (read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
When it's time to refresh the paint in a room, the first thing to be done is the painful task of preparing the walls. Take down all the decorations, fill the holes with putty, wait for it dry, sand it to a smooth finish and then primer. Without priming th(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
The Academy Awards; the Holy Grail for anyone involved in the movie industry all over the world. It symbolizes recognition of exceptional work in the film industry as much as it signifies the promise of more work to come. American actors have won more Aca(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Nearly every child goes through a dinosaur phase and it's no wonder; they were larger than life, with spines and teeth way more incredible than anything a kid could imagine. Plus, they died off millions of years ago, leaving only their skeletons behind lo(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
While it is certainly a destination with no shortage of activities for adults, many who consider traveling to Mexico with their families in tow, may be wondering what exactly there is there for children to do? Ancient history, relaxing on the beach all da(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Dental tourism doesn't involve traveling to far off places for the purpose of seeing disturbingly incredible examples of dental instruments from past centuries; that would fall under historical tourism. No, dental tourism doesn't really have anything to d(read entire article)
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Category : Health & Medical
By: Robert Nickel
No one had expected Walt Disney to die in 1966; barely two months passed between the initial discovery of his lung cancer and his death. The Disney company, which had flourished under his hand, was left without a leader. Although Walt's brother Roy steppe(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
If asked to name a favorite sweetener, many people will probably think of traditional sugar or honey. Both of these can be used in hundreds of ways, from making tea to baking cakes. Those who make candy from home will think of corn syrup, a key ingredient(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
The First Emperor of Mexico's regime was the first attempt at a Spain-free governing structure, and it failed fairly quickly. His reign had lasted roughly ten months before collapsing, and while it didn't accomplish a great deal in terms of infrastructure(read entire article)
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Category : Politics
By: Robert Nickel
While not all Disney films are musicals, it can sometimes seem that way! The real rush of films in that format came from the immense success of 1989's The Little Mermaid, which was made into a Broadway-style musical during production. When it won two Acad(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Alcohol is ancient. It was likely discovered by accident in prehistoric times, when someone realized that eating older, nearly rotten fruit made them feel dizzy. Fermentation is a natural process that occurs as sugars break down and is consumed by yeast. (read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
There are so many amazing outdoor locations to explore in the USA, but one perhaps stands out as being home to both amazing summer and winter activities. So if you are a lover of the outdoors and find water skiing as appealing as snow skiing, then you owe(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
After the Mexican War of Independence, Mexico was a free country, and it included the land now known as the American state of Texas. However, this territory was rife with issues, ranging from insufficient legislative support to an illegal slave trade. In (read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
There is only one island in the world that can lay claim to being the home of two different countries. That island is the historic, La Hispaniola, which is home to both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. There are other islands in the world who are split b(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
The sea monster of St. Augustine, Florida, is one of the state's lost legends. It began as all good horror stories do: with a grisly discovery on a seemingly normal evening in November of 1896. Two boys, Dunham Coretter and Herbert Coles, were riding thei(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
The Mexican Revolution began in 1910 with a goal to oust the then-president Porfirio Diaz. However, when he stepped down after only a few months of revolts, the country found itself in more trouble than ever, as rebel leaders fought for power, truces form(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
On July 16, 1945, the United States conducted the first nuclear detonation test at the 'Trinity' site in New Mexico and thus began a long history of atomic science and testing within the United States borders. There is a dedicated repository for the colle(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Orlando, Florida, "The City Beautiful" is home to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios, some of the tallest skyscrapers in the state of Florida, and more than 2.3 million people. Set on the Florida panhandle, Orlando is named for pioneer Orlando Re(read entire article)
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Category : Sports
By: Robert Nickel
The ability to see one's own reflection in a mirrored surface has implications beyond what might normally cross your mind as you brush your teeth each morning. The ability to recognize oneself and identify the image as an extension of one's identity, rath(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
When it comes to the periodic table of the elements, there are some that humans come into contact with more than others in everyday life. Anemic individuals must increase their iron intake, for example and calcium is a vital part of healthy bone growth. .(read entire article)
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Category : Computers
By: Robert Nickel
There are thousands of species of mammal, bird, fish and amphibian to see in Mexico. If you're visiting the Yucatan Peninsula, you're especially in luck; the area is home to a wide variety of different fauna to spot. Here are just a few that you might be (read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
Many have made it their mission to perfect the art of making chocolate, and many more have reaped the rewards. Switzerland and Belgium are often regarded as expert nations for the purveyance of fine chocolate, and indeed their wares are absolutely delecta(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
In the past 15 years the previously unknown, at least to North America, world of MMA (mixed martial arts) was unleashed on an unsuspecting public. It was embraced by some and vehemently rejected by others for its perceived brutality. Ironically, the one d(read entire article)
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Category : Sports
By: Robert Nickel
Some animals are fairly easy to classify into families and orders. A chihuahua and a wolf may be very different in size, but they're both quite clearly dogs. Jaguars, lions, tigers, and ocelots all belong to the feline group. Even warthogs and common pigs(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
It is so hard to know what to pack for a trip, at least in terms of clothing. Obviously, Playa del Carmen is tropical, so swimsuits, shorts, t-shirts, a hat and sandals are necessary. Yet there are those evening breezes off the ocean, and maybe even a qui(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Cuisine is one of the hallmarks of a country's culture; it is a fundamental aspect to national identity, and has a curious relationship with other areas. While some cuisines develop in a vacuum, using only the locally available produce, others end up inco(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
The film The Princess and the Frog was based in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and used the beignet as an important part of the overall plot. The main character, Tiana, works hard to open her father's dream restaurant using her own beignet recipe to earn (read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
A great deal of Mexico's liberal reforms in the 19th century - the separation of church and state, the proclamation of all citizens as equal in the eyes of the law and the establishment of a market-driven social system, among other things, would not have (read entire article)
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Category : Politics
By: Robert Nickel
In any culture, birth and death are a doorway in and out of life on this earth. How each civilization chooses to behave before, during and after the event is an indicator of the unique belief system of the ethnicity. The Jamaican culture has been influenc(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Bob Marley officially announced his presence to the rest of the world on April 13, 1973, with the release of, Catch a Fire. He was a well known entity in Jamaica, since the 1960s, but it wasn't until signing with Island Records that Bob Marley would gain (read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
In 1841 John Lloyd Stephens published what many consider the first travel book about the Yucatan: Incidents of Travel in Yucatan. Although it was originally published in one book, it is now available as two volumes. Stephens took his analytical eye to a r(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
The word "book" comes from the Old English "boc", which in turn has its roots in the ancient Germanic word "bok". The interesting part is "bok" has the same origin as "beech", leading historical linguists to believe the first Indo-European books were carv(read entire article)
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Category : Writing
By: Robert Nickel
There is a controversy churning out there, in the book world. The debate is not among authors, but among readers. Ever since the eReader hit the market bibliophiles everywhere have been competing with each other over who was the more dedicated book lover.(read entire article)
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Category : Writing
By: Robert Nickel
There are some people in this world who have never read a book. That is, they are fully literate functioning people with average intelligence and education, but never read a book. Perhaps they were never handed a book and told to read it from cover to cov(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
At the southern tip of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, the city of Cabo San Lucas shines out towards the Pacific Ocean. The Los Cabos Corridor is also known as the Golden Corridor, a highly traveled region by vacationers, timeshare owners and US(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
A beach by any other name would smell as sweet, but every beach culture is entirely different. The shores of the pacific northwest of North America are well loved for their natural diversity, solitude and sheer beauty. The beaches of the Florida panhandle(read entire article)
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Category : Sports
By: Robert Nickel
Ever heard the phrase "if the music is too loud, you are too old"? Most of us over the age of 30 would be mildly offended at being on the receiving end of that statement. It's not that we don't like loud music; we just like to be able to carry on a conver(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word "myth" has two definitions. The first relates to the telling of a traditional story of the early human history, and often involving supernatural beings. Oxford's second definition of "myth" is more in l(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
'As discussed in part one, Oxford English Dictionary defines "myth" as a traditional story involving historic and supernatural elements, or a "widely held but false belief or idea". Yet, the word "legend" is described by the same source as "a traditional (read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Professor Bruce Lincoln once defined myth as "ideology in narrative form". As teacher of anthropology, the history of religion and the history of culture at the University of Chicago, Lincoln has come to be an expert on myth. His explanation for the pheno(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
After the Second World War the concept of sister cities became more frequent, and used as a tool to foster cultural understanding between different nationalities and promote international projects. The first North American city to establish a sister city (read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
We all hope for the best when we head to Cancun for a much-deserved getaway, but let's face it, there will be at least a little bit of time with the television on. Sure, we say things like "why would I turn the TV on? I can watch TV at home!" But once we (read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Lazaro Cardenas became the President of Mexico in 1934, five years after the official end of the Mexican Revolution. But his time in office marked the start of true reform, and his grassroots approach to governing was a breath of fresh air for a country t(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Part of the appeal of going to the Dominican is a chance to see the wonders of the surrounding Caribbean sea. The waters are filled with incredible animals that you may rarely, if ever, get to see in the wild. Here are a few dolphins and whales to look fo(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
If you don't live by the ocean, then the wonders of aquatic life might not seem quite real. Seeing creatures in an aquarium is a good way to be educated, but it's nothing compared to viewing them in the natural wild. And different oceans have different sp(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
Most people are afraid of sharks. It might not be a full-on phobia, but it's completely understandable to be wary of these aquatic predators. Nonetheless, sharks are fascinating, and it's interesting to study the different species which inhabit different (read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
In Hollywood, there is the Hot List of celebrities ranked according to bankability. Forbes has its annual The Celebrity 100, listing the top celebrities with the most power (not money). Bollywood has its top five list of actors according to box office e(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
If your child is a fan of Disney, it's likely partly due to the works released in the 1990s, an era known as the Disney Renaissance. This brief decade saw a revitalized zest shot into the Disney studio, the likes of which hadn't been seen since the death (read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
What is your favourite type of nightclub? What kind of atmosphere do you like as you dance the night away? Do you enjoy an environment with a pulsating electricity that makes you forget all the ills of the world? On the other hand, perhaps you prefer to s(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
We have covered a lot over this five part series. More specifically, we have covered a lot of Cancun nightclubs, restaurants and party scenes. Before we get into the final three in our list, let's just remind ourselves of a few safety tips for clubbing in(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Christopher Columbus arrived in the Caribbean in 1494, and less than ten years later the slave trade was thriving. In Jamaica, plantations were quickly established and slaves were being shipped in from West Africa on a monthly basis. By 1512, there was al(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
For many people in North America, access to television is so common that it seems almost absurd that it was once a luxury item, never mind that it was all black-and-white, all the time until the 1960s, which was when TVs with the technology to transmit co(read entire article)
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Category : Computers
By: Robert Nickel
There are so many countries to choose from in Central America that are worth a visit. One especially stands out as being one of the safest places to visit. Costa Rica has enjoyed a democratically elected government since 1949. This has allow Costa Rica to(read entire article)
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Category : Sports
By: Robert Nickel
If you're heading on a tropical vacation, it's hard to go wrong with Costa Rica. This small nation is full of rich experiences, and you're sure to find something to enjoy! As with any vacation to a foreign land, it's important to research a little and get(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
If you're going to Aruba, you'll certainly want to get a look at the incredible oceanic life surrounding this small Caribbean island. The warm ocean temperatures are the perfect home for thousands of colorful fishes, cephalopods, and mammals. But there ar(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
Human idiosyncrasies are fascinating, are they not? How about that guy on the bus who is always dressed as a pirate, carries a ladies purse and has a rusty old dagger on the front of his walker? Now those are some odd quirks! Or, what about Western societ(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
Everyone knows that the dinosaurs all went extinct 65 million years ago, at the end of the Cretaceous Period. Fossil evidence shows mass extinctions all over the planet at roughly the same time; smaller mammal-like creatures were able to survive, eventual(read entire article)
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Category : Computers
By: Robert Nickel
Staying safe at the beach isn't hard. All it takes is common sense, following the rules of the beach and watching the flags. Destin beaches employ a flag system to relay the safety status of the beach to visitors. A purple flag is a sign of dangerous fish(read entire article)
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Category : Sports
By: Robert Nickel
Mexican cuisine is the culmination of thousands of years merging cultures in one region, and all their different methods of preparing food. As indigenous peoples migrated north from South America, they brought with them foods and preparations that had an (read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
If your plan is to head to a foreign country to experience a different culture, and take in terrific natural beauty, then it would be a good idea to sample the food. That is, the real food of the nation, not the fast food. In Cancun, there is plenty to ch(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
If this isn't your first visit to Cancun, then you are well aware of the variety of seafood available. If you are new to Cancun, then hang on and enjoy the ride! The bounty from the seas just off Cancun is far beyond the mundane cod, halibut and pollock. (read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Most people think of a stew as comfort food on a cold winter's day. The classic vision is of meat, potato, carrot and other vegetables in a thick brown broth. In reality, the stew is one of the oldest forms of food preparation. Just toss a bunch of edible(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Through this five part series we have covered a variety of dishes commonly served in Cancun, so that hopefully next time you find yourself in front of a menu at a Yucatan restaurant the choice of what to order will be slightly less daunting. Our first ins(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Everyone knows Mickey Mouse. The character was the first big success for the Disney Company, and has remained the de facto mascot for the studio ever since. But if history had worked out a little differently, audiences might not know of Mickey at all.(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
It may not be common knowledge to those who grew up watching Disney films, but the studio was very close to creative (if not financial) bankruptcy in the 1980s. Walt Disney's death in 1966 had cost the animation giant more than just a founder: they were l(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Who created Mickey Mouse? The answer is easy: Walt Disney, the man behind the outrageously successful film studio empire, right? The reality is a little more complicated: Disney did father the mouse that carried him to fame (and voiced him), but he did so(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Animation is one of the great silent heroes of the entertainment sector. The great and groundbreaking things accomplished in an animated film don't receive the same level of attention as a really incredible stunt in a live-action movie. When it comes to D(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Voice acting is a funny thing. Traditional, professional voice actors are usually able to create a number of distinct-sounding characters, and may be relatively unknown or unrecognized to the public eye. But some actors have shown up in so many beloved ro(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
So far, we have ruminated over the word "myth" fairly extensively; exploring its origin, how legends may evolve from myths and the role differing perspectives have in birthing a new myth. We have also provided hard facts that definitively strike down a fe(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
There is so much music and culture to enjoy in the southern United States, but one area in particular seems to have the market cornered on the sounds and food of the south. It is the birth place of jazz, blues, and R&B. It is also home to some of the tast(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
During the latter years of the 19th century it became quite popular for well-to-do ladies and gentlemen to frequent health spas, particularly hot springs in tropical locations. Doctors were known to prescribe long rituals of bathing and ingestion of sprin(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
In today's economy, it's tough to justify big expenses. As people slowly lurch towards financial stability and recover their savings, they hold onto whatever money they can. So it's no wonder that some will want to vacation in the Lower 48.(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Whether heading to the Dominican Republic for a vacation or for a specific event, knowing local traditions for meals will be helpful. At some point you may find yourself sharing food in a Dominican home, or with a few locals. Wouldn't it be nice to avoid (read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Every culture and nation has its own share of weird and wonderful characteristics or customs. In Mongolia, it is customary to offer the eye of a slaughtered cow to a guest. The polite mannerisms of Canadians are considered peculiar to many Americans. In E(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
The first place that comes to mind when thinking about cuisine from the historic and storied Caribbean basin is probably not the food of the Dominican Republic. Perhaps you aren't even sure where then Dominican Republic is. It has remained relatively anno(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Your time, my time, Caribbean time, we all have different versions of time. My "just a minute" doesn't equal the same as your "just a minute", and it certainly has no bearing on the actual length of just one minute. Mull that over for a while, then you ma(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Dressing for the club scene can be tricky. Correction, dressing successfully for the club scene can be tricky. The idea is to dress just trendy enough to get past the host/hostess, but not so chic as to attract unwanted attention from scoundrels. In Cancu(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Mescal is an alcoholic beverage that is related, in some ways, to tequila: both are made from agave plants (though different subspecies), both are distilled, both are a part of Mexico's history and heritage, and both are known for their high alcohol conte(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
One of the most easily recognized aspects of Mexican culture is its unique wrestling style, called lucha libre. It is so identifiable in part because its participants are known for wearing colorful masks. The wrestlers, also known as luchadors, will often(read entire article)
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Category : Sports
By: Robert Nickel
Revolution is a term used to describe the change in power that occurs when a group of people (i.e. - a population of a country) force a change in power or existing constitution, usually by force, and in a short period of time ... Mexico's history is marke(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Islands are incredible things. Left in isolation, the inhabitants of islands will evolve in incredible ways; some will grow massive, and others will become tiny. The tropical island of Cozumel, off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, contains se(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
There's an irresistible allure about the ocean. It's big, it's powerful, and it contains some of the most incredible and diverse species of life on Planet Earth. For many, the only chance one gets to see some of these species is in an aquarium or zoo; whi(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
The most popular tourist area on the magnificent island of La Hispaniola, which is home to both the Dominican Republic and Haiti, is the tourist zone of Punta Cana. When visiting a country as beautiful as the Dominican Republic, it is worth while to do so(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
The country of the Dominican Republic has escaped the consciousness of many when it comes to making plans for an exotic vacation. This is a big mistake as the Dominican Republic has so much to offer when it comes to tropical locations. The climate, beache(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
There are many great cuisines througout the Caribbean zone. There is Mexican, Jamaican and Cuban to name a few. One cuisine that is often overlooked in this diverse region is that of the Dominican Republic. Where is the Dominican Republic you ask? Well, i(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Destin, Florida is a small city sitting on the Emerald Coast and houses just 11,000 residents. It is mainly known for its beaches and fishing, even earning it self the nickname "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village". This isn't a glitzy hub like Miami or (read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Mexico is one of the most diverse countries in the world. In fact, it's classified as 'megadiverse'; there are so many incredible species that call the country home, across hundreds of different ecosystems, that it's tough to keep track of them! Here are (read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
Bird-watching is a great hobby in part because it can be done anywhere. With a bird book and a pair of binoculars, you're good to go. So if you're in Mexico on vacation, keep an eye out for these avians.(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
Mexico is one of the few countries on this Earth that is classified as 'megadiverse'. Only eighteen nations have the variety of flora and fauna to qualify. So it's no wonder that a trip to Mexico will be incomplete without a guided nature observation! Try(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
Mexico is home to hundreds of animal and plant species. No vacation would be complete without a visit to an ancient ruin, and at least one wild animal sighting. However, while some species are harmless, others are best observed from a respectful distance.(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
Victoriano Huerta eventually succeeded Madero as president, and as Angeles was still technically a member of the federal forces, he was now in service to Huerta. Huerta was considered to be a brutal, violent leader with the mind of a criminal, and because(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
Readers the world over enjoy their selections of magazines, and the people of Mexico are no different, enjoying a wide cross section of offerings to choose from. Next time you're in Mexico take the time to peruse the wide selection available at the local (read entire article)
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Category : Writing
By: Robert Nickel
Each one of us has felt the pain, nay, the sorrow of going back to the grind after a wonderful vacation. That first day back is always the worst, but the second, third and fourth is not fun either. Whether you work from home or your vehicle or from the of(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
The discovery of the Americas by European sailors is a tale that's often shrouded in simplicity--as if Columbus ran aground on the Eastern coast of the United States, met the natives, and suddenly awakened universal awareness of an entire hemisphere and a(read entire article)
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Jamaica is the 4th largest island nation what is known as the Greater Antilles and the fifth largest in the historically rich Caribbean. It was once owned by the Spanish and went by the name Santiago. It came under British rule in 1655, and it was at this(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
A trip to Hawaii! There's really nothing like it. The gorgeous Pacific islands seem like a whole other world, and you can immerse yourself so easily in the tropical lifestyle that it will be tough to go back home. If you're planning a trip to the beautifu(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Pancho Villa is likely a name that most people have heard somewhere at least once; probably in passing while watching a movie or a television program, or perhaps referenced in a book, etc. However, beyond the vague knowledge or recollection most of us hav(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Most people know about Hernan Cortes and his successful conquest of the Aztec Empire in 1521. But that was not the first time that Europeans landed in what is now modern-day Mexico; the Caribbean islands were colonized at the end of the 15th century, and (read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
The first expedition to the Yucatan, led by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in 1517, was a failure. It started out with the best of intentions, but the Spaniards were taken completely by surprise, unprepared for the indigenous Maya warriors. The second hal(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Two of the original animators at the Disney Studio, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, were real-life best friends. After their retirement, they continued to delight in teaching younger artists their craft, and wrote a book outlining the twelve principles o(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Cancun. We have all heard the name by now, but what makes it so special. Well, if you are looking for a fantastic Mexico experience, you would be remiss to overlook this amazing tourist location. Amazing not only for the services provided, but also for it(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Born and raised in Texas, Robert Rodriguez was the middle child in a large, ten child family. He found an escape from his somewhat chaotic family life by disappearing into the worlds that unfolded on the screen of his local cinema from a young age. His ex(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Cabo San Lucas is no longer the destination for American retirees. Nor is it the celebrity hang out it once was, back in the 1980's and 90's. No, today Cabo is for families and couples. The starlets lounging on the beaches are soccer moms, and their entou(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
One of Jamaica's biggest exports has been the music of Bob Marely, but he is not all Jamaica has to say on the subject of reggae. A number of Bob Marley's early band mates from his days in the Wailers went on to become stars in their own right, though oft(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Mexico has an incredibly rich culture that is as ancient as it is varied. Before the Europeans arrived there were the Maya and Aztec peoples, as well as dozens of other smaller indigenous groups. Many of the beliefs and traditions of those earliest civili(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
During the Baroque era of history there were a great number of artists, poets, and musicians producing beautiful pieces. One such poet was Spanish nobleman Francisco Gomez de Quevedo y Santybanez Villagez, or Francisco for short. He was an illegitimate gr(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
What to do after you release the most critically acclaimed album of an already very storied career. If you are the Rolling Stones, you head to Jamaica to record your follow-up. "Why Jamaica?", you may well ask. Well, as Kieth Richards so wryly put it, "Ja(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Some of the international passenger airlines that go through Guadalajara International are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Copa, Delta, United, US Airways, and Volaris. Los Angeles has, by far, the most traffic going in and out of Guad(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
If you have a passing knowledge of Mexican history, you might know Hernan Cortes. He was the man who finally conquered the Aztecs and established colonial Mexico. But who was he, and how did he end up sailing to Veracruz in 1519? Here's the first part of (read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
Nightclubs in Cancun are not like the danceclubs in North America. They are larger, louder, more dramatic and much more fun! In this series of articles, we will examine a handful of the best and most renowned nightclubs Cancun has to offer. Stick with us (read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
For hardcore clubbers, the main ingredients of a good nightclub include a talented DJ paired up with a charismatic MC. Moreover, the skills of the DJ and MC can make or break the reputation of venue. In most settings, the DJ selects the best and latest tr(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Imagine that you have never tasted a dairy product. You do not have cattle, goats, or sheep for milk; your diet simply consists of the animals, fruits, vegetables, and tubers that occur naturally in the wild around you. What would it be like to taste chee(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Much has been written about the Spanish colonization of the Americas (and Mexico in particular) starting in the 16th century. But the fact that there were humans on the western continent at all is a feat to consider. How, when, and why humans came to the (read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
While there are many fascinating periods of Mexican history, one of the most curious is certainly the brief period of time in the 19th century when Napoleon III, the nephew of France's first Bonaparte emperor, invaded Mexico, turned it into a monarchy, in(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
How could a theme park ride possibly have a hand in sparking an animation revolution? If your guess involves the ticket sale revenue, you're sadly off the mark. It all started with the Spaceship Earth ride at Epcot, at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The ne(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Reno's history began in earnest when in 1859 Charles William Fuller arrived in the Truckee Meadows and promptly laid claim to a piece of the land. His land wasn't much to an observer; the best thing about it was the location - the south bank of the Trucke(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
How long is Mexico's coastline, and what is its perimeter? Perhaps you don't know the exact number, but it seems like a pretty easy problem to solve. It would take a lot of work to get the most accurate number possible, but with a measuring stick and a lo(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Lie back and relax in the sun, or get active with any number of activities while on vacation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Located in the garden parish of St. Ann, on Jamaica's north coast, the once-sleepy and quaint fishing village of Ocho Rios is now home to a(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Try to imagine this scenario happening to you: you've booked your flight, packed your bags and finally arrived at your destination for a much needed 'winter sun' vacation. You've checked into your resort, gotten acclimated, and now you're ready to head to(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
The Olmecs were the inventors of many things, but having a separate numeral for zero may have been their most important. It revolutionized mathematics forever and set a foundation for a major part of modern life. Without a solid concept for a placeholder (read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
When the Mexican Revolution began in 1911, it was tough to discern the exact goals of the rebels. They had ousted president Porfirio Diaz, urged on by the new leader, Francisco Madero. The liberal and conservative factions in the country, who'd been locke(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
While there have been many important figures in Mexico's history, ranging from politicians, to artists to military leaders, it was the eradication of Spanish rule in the 19th century that produced some of the most prolific figures in Mexico's entire histo(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
On the southern-most tip of the Baja California peninsula, the third largest city in the state of Baja California Sur sits nestled amid lovely tropical beaches. Cabo San Lucas is well known as a haven for retirees from the US and a retreat for celebrities(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport is located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and is the eighth busiest in the country. Ordaz International is primarily a passenger airport, as cargo is facilitated through other smaller airports in outlying a(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Agustin de Iturbide probably never dreamed that he would be the Emperor of Mexico. He had been a crucial figure in ending the decade-long War of Independence against Spain, but his goals had always been to declare autonomy, crown a Spanish-born king, and (read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
In order to understand why Agustin de Iturbide switched sides in the Mexican War for Independence, it's important to know some context. His decisions were fueled in part by reports of the problems in Spain, the country he was originally fighting for.(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
Jamaica is not just a beautiful country, but it has also produced some of the greatest athletes in the world. In fact, the world of sprinting has been dominated in the past two and a half decades by athletes from Jamaica. The current world record holder, (read entire article)
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Category : Sports
By: Robert Nickel
There are a few national parks in Jamaica, but the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park in the southeast is by far the most magnificent. The parklands encompass more than 306 square kilometres, which accounts for almost 5 percent of Jamaica's entire(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
The U.S. State of California has a long and storied history, and was a territory of Mexico for many years. It was a time of banditos, gold rushes, and tough survival for most of the local working poor. In this turbulent time, one man became a legend: his (read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
If you're at a bar in the United States and order a shot of tequila, you'll likely receive a few ounces of Jose Cuervo brand. It is the most popular selling brand in the world: 19% of all the agave liquor poured in the world is from that golden yellow bot(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Puerto Vallarta is named for Ignacio Vallarta, a former favoured Governor of the state of Jalisco, in which Vallarta is located. Locally, Puerto Vallarta is often shortened to 'Vallarta', however English speaking American expats and visitors usually refer(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
The fourth largest city plaza in the world, La Gran Plaza is a 400,000 square meter area in Monterrey, Mexico that is a definite must see for anyone visiting the region. The plaza itself is fairly young, but there are several historical elements that date(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
The island of La Hispaniola is probably better know by the names of the two countries who inhabit it: Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It is well known that Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, and that the Spanish were the first E(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
As arguably the most frequented tourist town in the world, Las Vegas has a unique shopping experience for everyone to amuse themselves with. It may surprise some to know that there are some very high end boutiques in Vegas, just as there are a few extreme(read entire article)
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Category : Sports
By: Robert Nickel
The number one retro rocker in the world is Lenny Kravitz. Since he burst on the scene in 1989 with his landmark album, Let Love Rule, he has been the messenger of 60s rock and 70s soul/funk grooves. Like most artist, Lenny has had his peaks and valleys o(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Over the past two Olympics, the sleepy island of Jamaica has shown itself to be a true power in world athletics. The track and field events in London were dominated by Jamaican athletes for the second Olympics in a row. Jamaica has been producing great at(read entire article)
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Category : Sports
By: Robert Nickel
Modern cinema in America, while often viewed as the standard which other countries cinematic output aspire to, is actually somewhat of an amalgam, made up of many contributions from different cultures. Over the years, Hispanic culture has contributed in m(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
In the June 8th 1912 issue of the Illustrated London News, a newly popular garden activity was reported with great curiosity. "Gofstacle" is described as being similar to golf croquet, and "calculated to improve putting". Accompanying the article is a pho(read entire article)
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Category : Sports
By: Robert Nickel
Costa Rica has some of the best biodiversity on Earth. There are hundreds of animal and plant species to see and respectfully observe! Here are just a few to keep an eye out for. Don't forget your camera!(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
Los Cabos International Airport is the seventh busiest airport in Mexico, and the only major airport on the Baja California peninsula. The airport serves the entire peninsula, as well as provides a jumping off point for flights from Mexico to Hawaii and A(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Food has evolved along with humans, and thank goodness for that! Far from the bare-bones stuff eaten for basic sustenance purposes, modern cuisine is a rich celebration of local ingredients, historic interactions, and cultural identity. Even within countr(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Professional wrestling is a well-known and much loved spectator sport in North America; it is often described as a soap opera for the macho set. There are colorful costumes, heroes and villains, and twist endings. However, the World Wrestling Entertainmen(read entire article)
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Category : Sports
By: Robert Nickel
Scientists are very honest about the ocean: after decades of exploration, they still know relatively little about marine life. More people have walked on the Moon than have been to the deepest parts of the sea. So if you live in the Caribbean, surrounded (read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
Francisco Madero might have been a central figure at the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1911, but he certainly wasn't around to see the end results of his work. In fact, the Spiritualist aristocrat was killed two years into his presidency. While his h(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
There are about 22 major international airports in Mexico, and Licenciado Adolfo Lopez Mateos International Airport is among the top ten busiest.(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Have you gleefully consumed tequila that has a worm in the bottle? If you said yes, then you may have been affected by the high alcohol content of what you were actually drinking: mescal. It is also a distilled drink made from the agave plant, but it has (read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
The jaguar is the largest of the Big Cats in the western hemisphere, and is an aggressive and efficient predator. One of the few felines who will tolerate water, the animal lived in the same jungles as the resident humans, and as they formed societies, th(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
In the previous instalment of this series we covered the few people and films from Mexico that have earned an Academy Award. Now we will move on to those who were nominated, but never actually won. It's important to understand that a nomination without th(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Mexico has become known as the birthplace of many famous artists, poets, singers, and actors. The country has a multi-layered history and its entertainment industry is healthy and thriving. There are a few noted figures in the cartooning realm who have ma(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Director, producer, screenwriter, and novelist Guillermo del Toro grew up in a strict Catholic home in Guadalajara, Mexico. Which seems odd considering his reputation as a filmmaker in off-beat genres such as fantasy, weird fiction and war. Perhaps it was(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
While the United States is an amazing place, it's relatively tame when it comes to its flora and fauna. The relatively cold temperatures mean that the intense diversity of tropical animals just isn't seen in the wildlife. So traveling to Mexico for a vaca(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
There are lots of reasons to visit Mexico. The beaches of Cancun just can't be beat, and the local culture and cuisine are world-famous. But nature lovers will also fall head over heels for Mexico, which has one of the highest rates of biodiversity in the(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
There are so many different animals in Mexico, it's tough to keep track! Believe it or not, the country is one of the most diverse in the entire world; it has hundreds of different plant and animal species. If you've heard of jaguars and ocelots and axolo(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
You might know about the amazing jaguar or golden eagle of Mexico. But there are hundreds of other bird species that call the country home. If you're on vacation with a bird-watcher, you'll have lots to explore and look for! Don't forget your binoculars a(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
Felipe Angeles is considered to be the "heart and soul" of the Mexican revolution and an unsung hero for two main reasons - he was both a humanitarian with a high regard for human life, even in the face of battle, and he was also an unparalleled military (read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, born in 1753, is regarded today as "Father of his country", a great hero of Mexico and a central figure in the war of independence. Upon further examination it is simple to see why he is regarded as such an important part of Mex(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
In the previous issue of this series we explored a few magazine publications one might find on the newsstand in Mexico. We found Alarma!, the publication for the sole purpose of showing gory photos of dead people. There was also America Economica, the ver(read entire article)
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Category : Writing
By: Robert Nickel
When it comes to visiting Mexico, there are countless historical and archaeological sites which can entice even the most casual history buff. While the Maya and Aztec sites like Chichen Itza and Uxmal are very well known, the slopes of the Popocatepetl vo(read entire article)
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Category : Religion
By: Robert Nickel
It's no wonder that the pursuit of creative expression pairs itself so well with political involvement, and that many eras in art are a reaction and a call to arms. Mexican Muralism existed primarily between the 1920s and the 1960s, and was ripe with revo(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
History is the accumulation of millions of moments that build on one another and eventually result in revolutions, constructions, and change. One must first understand the underlying reasons why some people came to be immortalized in the annals of the pas(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
When it comes to the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1929, there are a few men who played an extremely large role in the first several years of the fight; one of the most famous is the general Pancho Villa. As the commander of the revolutionary army's Division(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
For many people, the history and culture of Mexico presents an ideal spot to set a story. This doesn't just apply to local Mexican writers, though they're certainly in abundance and produce excellent work. There are several well-known English-language boo(read entire article)
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Category : Writing
By: Robert Nickel
Before the Spanish landed in what is now Mexico, there were no cattle, goats and sheep in the region. Therefore, the Mesoamerican peoples didn't have dairy products as a part of their diet. When the Spanish brought cattle to their conquered lands, they al(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
There is so much more to Mexico than the amazing food, beer and tequila, miles of white sandy beaches and some of the friendliest people in the world. For sport fans, Mexico offers some of the best soccer in the world and it is a fantastic place to catch (read entire article)
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Category : Sports
By: Robert Nickel
Mexico was not a participant in World War I, which raged in Europe from 1914 to 1918. At the time, they were deeply entrenched in the Revolution and clearly had enough to deal with. But that doesn't mean they weren't approached: in 1917 the German Empire (read entire article)
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Mexico City International Airport is the busiest airport in Mexico for both commercial and non-commercial traffic. Located just five kilometers from the center of the city, the airport had its first landing in 1928 and hasn't looked back. Today there are (read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Much of the imagery in the films of Guillermo DelToro is at once disturbing and yet simultaneously beautiful - horrific creatures and monsters, conjured from the depths of the blackest nightmares and yet, strangely, there is a sort of... beauty in their m(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Cancun International Airport is one of Mexico's most important airports, as it serves as the entry point for hundreds of thousands of visitors traveling to the beautiful Gulf Coast of Mexico. In 2011, more than 13 million passengers came and went through (read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Along with Del Norte International Airport, Escobedo International provides international and domestic flight operations for the area. The airport is named after Mariano Escobedo, former governor of the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon and Mexican Army General(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
According to the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Mexico consumes the most cola per capital of any nation in the world. They even have their own recipe for Coke, often referred to as Mexicoke. Instead of having a base of high-fructose corn syrup, Mexicoke is(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
From the time the Spanish landed in what is now Mexico, to the beginning of the 19th century, the land was fraught with strife. New Spain, as it was referred to, was seen by Europeans as a land of promise full of endless resources and depicted as a paradi(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
After Agustine I of Mexico was forcibly ousted from his self-made throne, the Supreme Executive Power took a provisional government role in managing the nation. Yet the six members of the Executive knew they needed to come up with a permanent solution to (read entire article)
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Category : Politics
By: Robert Nickel
In September of 1821 Augustine Iturbide was named president of the regency in the newly independent First Mexican Empire. The succession was as a result of the Mexican War of Independence and very much a new position in the eyes of the nation. Unfortunate(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
First of all, yes there is Internet access in Mexico. In fact, between 2001 and 2005 there was a 2100% growth of Internet subscribers in Mexico. So, yes there is Internet. Keep in mind Mexico is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, and a large(read entire article)
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Category : Computers
By: Robert Nickel
Business is big in Mexico, especially in the area of telecommunications. The largest publicly traded company in Mexico is America Movil. According to a 2011 Forbes report, the company reported $49.9 billion in sales, currently employs more than 150,000 pe(read entire article)
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Category : Business
By: Robert Nickel
When Napoleon III invaded Mexico in 1862, he had the support of certain members of the country's conservative party. Politically, the republic had been wracked with civil war and disputes over ideological reform, and the Imperialists wished to return to a(read entire article)
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Category : Politics
By: Robert Nickel
Is Mexico so popular that even aliens are now visiting it? Some would seem to think so. Even the most skeptical among us have to give pause when reading about all the recent close encounters in Mexico. Is it wishful thinking or a real phenomenon? Will it (read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
You heard it here first; the wealthiest person in the world is Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico. According to the current Forbes list of the world's billionaires as of March 2012, Helu and his family have a net worth of $69 billion. Helu is a self-made man, hav(read entire article)
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Category : Business
By: Robert Nickel
Mexico has been the home to countless scientists, writers, activists, and other influential creative minds. Their contributions to the world stage have become more influential with each passing day. To date, there are only three people of Mexican heritage(read entire article)
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Category : Computers
By: Robert Nickel
Traveling in Mexico during a public holiday can be both a good and a bad thing, depending on you needs. On the one hand, experiencing how a foreign culture celebrates a holiday can be a wonderful experience. On the other hand, businesses may be closed or (read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
In the years following Mexico's War of Independence, a question arose among the newly freed citizens as to how the newly free nation should be governed. Two ideologies emerged: the liberals wished to establish a democratic, secular government with a const(read entire article)
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Category : Politics
By: Robert Nickel
While the Mexican Revolution burned through the country from 1910 to 1929, there wasn't a lot of time or money to make films. There had been some early interest in the industry, and several movie houses had opened in major cities in the first ten years of(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
In any good story, there are heroes and villains, clear-cut in their intentions and motives. History however, is not always so black and white; the man who is a savior to some is a killer to others. It takes a lot to impact a country so completely that it(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
If you have been planning your Cancun vacation for a while, chances are you have already come across loads of advice on sun protection, the best nightclubs, restaurants to avoid and so on. Travel forums and blogs are absolutely packed with guides, recomme(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Two weeks in the Dominican Republic is long enough to really get some beach relaxation time in, as well as see a good chunk of the countryside. Of course, that begs the question: how will I get around? There are a few options for exploring the Dominican; (read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
What are your own personal tips for hitting the beach? Do you stick your water bottles in the freezer the night before, so they will be ice cold when it comes time to hydrate? Maybe you know someone who keeps all the sunscreen bottles in zip-lock bags to (read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
There are lots of different restaurants and delis to visit in Panama City, Florida. If you're unsure of what to eat, you can always go for a classic sandwich. There are lots of different varieties to choose from; here are just three!(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
If you've never been to the American South, then you might not realize just how much they love their regional cuisine. It stands out from the rest of the Lower 48, a proud symbol of the rich heritage and geographical riches of the region. But even within (read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
There is so much more to Jamaica that just the music of Bob Marley and reggae. Great as the music is, Jamaica really does have so much more to offer. A great way to learn about the culture of Jamaica, or any culture for that matter, is through its cuisine(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
In Thailand, it is considered rude to expose one's feet. In England, one should never ever pass gas or burp in public as it is the epitome of disrespect. In Saudi Arabia, public displays of affection (even just hand holding between a married couple) is fo(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
What is known about bigfins is that their arms are all the same length, which is unique for cephalopods; normally they vary, and some serve different purposes. These animals look completely different from all other previously discovered squids; it's hypot(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
A myth can be a story relating a particular cultural lesson or legend. Yet the word 'myth' has also come to mean inaccuracy. More specifically, a false belief or misconception. There are a bucketful of myths about the Dominican Republic, some of them have(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Under the direction of then-President Porfirio, the Minister of Eduction founded the National Autonomous University of Mexico (NAUM) on September 22nd 1910. The institution it replaced had been closed for some time, but in an effort to step away from its (read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Negril is one of the most popular and well recognized vacation spots in all of Jamaica, known for its gentle, laid back atmosphere, vast white sand beaches, and calm turquoise waters. If you're arriving at Montego Bay's Sangster airport you'll be about 45(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
People have all different ways of dealing with the death of a loved one. Some push their grief deep down inside and ignore it, others express their pain and sadness through music, art, weeping, writing, or some other expression of emotion. Likewise, every(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
New Orleans is one of the oldest cities in the US, and as such there is a long history. The human history of New Orleans is interesting in that it entails so many markers of different cultures. Moreover, most of the living, working and dying done by the r(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
Much like the cultural demographics of The Big Apple, the cuisine of New York City is a melting pot of innumerable racial populations from all over the world. Each borough has its own collection of ethnic neighbourhoods, where anyone can find genuine food(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Nezahualcoyotl was the ruler of Texcoco, a city-state in the plateau region of Mexico. He was also a warrior, a philosopher, and a poet, and his work and legacy are now legendary. Born in 1402, he was the son of the then-ruler of the city, Ixtilxochitl I;(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Some people are dinosaur hunters. Even if they aren't paleontologists, they hold out hope that they'll find a new skeleton while vacationing in South Carolina or hiking in the mountains. And if they manage to discover a bone from the A fragillimus, they'l(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
There have been several well-known English language novels that have been set in Mexico, which have contained characters of Mexican descent. One young adult book, published in 1967, was a Newbery Honor winner: The Black Pearl. Written by Scott O'Dell, it (read entire article)
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Category : Writing
By: Robert Nickel
So, which band has the most number one hits in Jamaica. Is it Bob Marley? No. How about Peter Tosh? Not even close. The kings of the Jamaican music scene are reggae legends, Toots and the Maytals. Though never receiving the same popularity as Bob or Peter(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
If asked to name a precious material which is integral to a society's functioning, people might name gold and silver right away, and perhaps steel or iron when it came to ancient cultures. For the Mesoamerican cultures in Central and South America, one of(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Everyone knows that Orlando, Florida is the home of Disney World and Universal Studios, but what if you've done that already? Are there other attractions to see in the big city? Of course there are; here are a few things to see that are most certainly not(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
When you travel to a new place, do you pick up a local newspaper to get a feel for the place? Sometimes there is a lot to be learned about a destination simply by reading the classifieds, or the editorials. Reading the local paper helps visitors understan(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
At Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, there is 47 square miles of entertainment. Within four theme parks, there are 58 attractions and more than 6000 rides. That's right, six thousand rides - not including water parks (more than a dozen). There(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
What is your idea of fun? Now throw that idea out the proverbial window and consider the possibility of finding unexpected fun in places you may think are fun for just a few kinds of people (namely, not you). Orlando, Florida has all kinds of fun; from na(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
The first thing most people visualize when someone mentions Orlando, Florida is Walt Disney World. Well we are here to explore theme parks and attractions in Orlando that do not include Disney. There is nothing wrong with Disney, it's just we believe a re(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Mexico is a casual place. Time is less important, schedules are flexible, and high fashion doesn't mean the same thing as it does in Paris or Milan. Keep that in mind when packing for a vacation in Playa del Carmen. Leave the suit and tie at home, and kee(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
The Mexican Revolution was a tumultuous period, spanning nearly two decades and costing countless lives. The original intent of ousting the plutocratic Porfirio Diaz had succeeded in the rebellion's first year, but the governments and presidents which fol(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
The first few major films about the Mexican Revolution (the ones which have stood the test of time) focused quite a bit on real figures like Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, and fictionalized true events. However, there were also several films where the (read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Popular tabloids love to focus on the shortest celebrity marriages, some of which only lasted for a few hours; there's something bizarre and interesting about seeing an institution that's supposed to last a lifetime dissolve in such a short time period. T(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
Although overshadowed by Bob Marley in his time with the Wailers, and during his solo career, Peter Tosh has none the less gone on to be one of the most powerful and political voices to come out of the Jamaican Reggae music scene. Peter released an impres(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
By the mid 1920s, the participants and victims of the Mexican Revolution had seen a great deal of violence, political instability and internal corruption in the upper echelons of national leadership. Even the president who was credited with bringing some (read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Cancun: party central for those who want it to be, or a place of rest and relaxation for anyone seeking such a place. Both experiences can be had in one place; it just takes a little inside information and planning. For now, let's be the partier, the extr(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
In our previous article we took a brief look at the 250 years it took to construct the Metropolitan Cathedral. Floods and a muddy building site were just two hurdles in construction. Finally, by 1815 the cathedral had taken on the basic look it still has (read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Juan Ponce de Leon was an interesting fellow. "Ponce de Leon" was not a common name; in fact, it is quite ancient dating back to the Basque royal families of the eleventh century. His great grandfather was Vermudo Nunez, a direct descendent of the Kings o(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
In the annals of Mexico's political history, there exist a fair share of outright heroes and villains. An almost equal number of figures who began their public lives as the former (heroes) eventually became the latter (villains). The turbulence resulted i(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
The Maya civilization ruled Mesoamerica for many years before the arrival of Europeans to the New World and became known for its advanced art, architecture, and for having the only known written language in the Americas that was fully developed. This cult(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
With so much argument post-independence from the liberal and conservative sides, as well as a tendency to elect war heroes to positions of immense political power, it's inevitable that some proverbial golden boys eventually became overwhelmingly hated. On(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
While many people may know that tequila comes from the distilled sap of the agave plant, they might not realize that it's a relatively modern variation on a much older drink called pulque. It's from a species of agave called A americana, where the sweet j(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
If you're on vacation in Puerto Rico, then you're in luck. The island is home to a unique set of culinary traditions, combining old Taino native ingredients with Spanish, Caribbean, and American influences. You'll really have to give these dishes a try.(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
One of the most beautiful and historically diverse areas in the vast Caribbean is the beautiful island of La Hispaniola. Perhaps the most storied side of this island, which is home to two countries, is the Dominican Republic. There is so much to see and e(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
The Dominican Republic is considered by many not to be a resort but an adventure destination, and rightly so - the landscape is perfect for any number of outdoor activities ranging from diving to climbing to horseback riding. A popular adventure activity (read entire article)
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Category : Sports
By: Robert Nickel
If you're a fan of stories about cunning noble thieves who rob from the rich and give to the poor, you're probably familiar with the legend of Zorro, the masked bandit who did just that. The character's adventures take place in California during its time (read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
The Aztec people of Mexico had a massive empire that dominated much of the country for almost 300 years, right up until the conquest of the land by Spanish explorers in the 1520s. Part of the reason for their rise to power was the triple alliance of Tenoc(read entire article)
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Category : Politics
By: Robert Nickel
Every country and region, has its roadkill. Australia has snakes and kangaroos. In Canada, moose, deer and occasionally a wayward bear will meet their end on a highway. There is even a popular café chain in the US that has made roadkill their brand(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Las Vegas, Nevada hasn't earned the nick name "Sin City" just because it sounded cool. Vegas is the place people go to be sinful, to do things people may not necessarily do at home. There are all kinds of distractions and temptations in Vegas, that's what(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Las Vegas, Nevada hasn't earned the nick name "Sin City" just because it sounded cool. Vegas is the place people go to be sinful, to do things people may not necessarily do at home. There are all kinds of distractions and temptations in Vegas, that's what(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Let's face it, Mexico has a reputation of gunslingers and violence. That is just a reputation, and we all know reputations tend to become out of control, exaggerated and generally develop into the stuff of myths and legends. It is true they always begin w(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
When you are planning a visit to San Francisco, there are a few essentials every tourist must bring. Sure sunscreen, good walking shoes and plenty of spending money could be considered essential items. Yet we are speaking of things that are more subtle th(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Sometimes we all crave the simple sandwich. It doesn't matter where you are in the world; even the most glamorous vacation to Florida will have its fallow times, when you want nothing but a delicious portable lunch. Why not try these sandwiches the next t(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
The first public documentation of a putting game with obstacles occurred in the Illustrated London News in 1912. It was appropriately named and patented as "Gofstacle", enjoying instant popularity. By 1916 the miniature golf craze had crossed the Atlantic(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Anyone who says they don't want to go shopping while on vacation just doesn't understand the excitement of perusing fabulous little boutiques never before perused! And no, you really can't get the same things at home. Sometimes there is overlap, but natio(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
It is easy to be dumb in Las Vegas. All you have to do is disregard all logical thought, ignore warning signs and wear lots of polyester. Forget the vacation budget, in fact just pretend your annual salary is somewhere in the realm of Donald Trump or Bill(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
The food, beaches and music of Mexico may be the first things that come to mind when one thinks about the country, but to many in this amazing country soccer is the alpha and omega of their existence. Forget all the delicious Mexican food, forget the musi(read entire article)
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Category : Sports
By: Robert Nickel
Much has been written about the influential men of the Mexican Revolution. The most important figures, commonly called the Big Four, were all male generals and presidents: Pancho Villa, Venustiano Carranza, Alvaro Obregon, and Emiliano Zapata. It's not su(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
Destin is a beach, quite literally a beach. The city has a dozen beaches available for use by the public, and several others reserved for private use. The list is long, but the highlights include Barracuda Street Beach, Calhoun Beach, Henderson Beach, and(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
You can't go to New York City without visiting some of the major attractions: Times Square, Rockefeller Center, or the theaters on Broadway. And, of course, there's the Statue of Liberty, the gigantic copper monument that has stood on Liberty Island and w(read entire article)
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Category : Other
By: Robert Nickel
A trip to Disneyland is a fantastic experience for the whole family. No matter how old you are, there's something behind those gates that will appeal to the kid in you; after all, that's how Walt himself designed it to be. But the Disneyland Resort's imme(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
In part one of our series on surviving the Cancun club scene, we discussed issues surrounding alcohol. It is important to know your tolerance level before heading to Cancun, slice it in half and stick to a conservative limit of alcoholic beverages while p(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Cabo San Lucas, commonly called 'Cabo' by both locals and those who've had enough repeat visits to be considered locals, is a vacation destination at the southern tip of the 1000 mile long Baja peninsula, in the municipality of Los Cabos in the Mexican st(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Taking a holiday in the Dominican Republic is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Young couples planning their honeymoons consider Hawaii, Mexico, or perhaps even Europe. However, the Dominican offers fewer crowds, less costly accommodations, rich cu(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Imagine that, after establishing yourself as a creative genius early in life and spending much of your middle years in a slump, you release a new masterpiece that suddenly rockets you back into universal good graces. While you were derided as a hopeless h(read entire article)
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Category : Entertainment
By: Robert Nickel
Food festivals are not a new idea, nor are they rare. Yet the food is always new and exciting, that is often enough to attract each one of us. Is it not true, that we can enjoy the same dish day after day after day, and each time it will be just a little (read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
The word telenovela is a combination of the words for 'television' and 'novel'; unlike soap operas, these programs have a definite end that usually comes after airing for one year, and have a closed story. They are scheduled to run for five days each week(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Tequila is a very popular distilled alcohol, both in its native country of Mexico and abroad; it's commonly drunk straight in a shot, but also mixes into a variety of cocktails. Margaritas are likely the most famous mixed drink to use the agave liquor, bu(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Alcohol, like many things, exists on a spectrum of quality and value. While there are the popular mass-made brands that most people will try in their lifetime, there are also higher-end trade names that are suited only for a special occasion, which may se(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Tequila is an extremely well-known drink throughout the United States, but that country hardly holds a candle to Mexico. The official Mexican alcohol is overwhelmingly popular, often consumed alongside pitchers of cold sangria. The liquor is so potent tha(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
First of all, it's in Orlando Florida, just in case there was any confusion with the Anaheim theme park with a similar name (Disneyland). According to their own literature, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando is the "world's most visited entertainment res(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Some people go to Florida with the express understanding that they will be one tourist among millions, forced to interact with (and probably dodge) the countless other visitors to the massive theme parks that line Orlando. But there is one designated stat(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Here are more of the amazing animals that live in Mexico. There are hundreds of different animal species that call the country home. If the sun and sand become too much for you, a guided nature walk is always a treat.(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
Think you've seen awesome animals at home? Unless you live in a jungle yourself, your local fauna is unlikely to hold a candle to the immense variety of life in Mexico. Here's just a small example of what's been found in the megadiverse country.(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! While there aren't much of those animals in Mexico, there are certainly many other incredible species. It's one of the most diverse countries on the planet, supporting thousands of different animal and plant species. Her(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
It's easy to separate animals from their natural habitats when you've only ever seen them in zoos. Not to say that you should go seek dangerous animals in the wild, of course, but it can be a thrill to see even the smallest and tamest exotic animals in th(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
Welcome back to the list of the coolest fauna found in Mexico. While the country has a reputation for great vacations, it's also a haven for nature enthusiasts. There are hundreds of unique species in the area, and here are a few more to look for.(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
The Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City is an impressive building, in terms of size and architecture. Since its construction took more than 250 years, the cathedral incorporates three major architectural styles: Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-classical. W(read entire article)
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Category : Travel
By: Robert Nickel
Vanilla is overwhelmingly widespread as a food additive. In fact, the word 'vanilla' is now a colloquial term for something boring or mundane. This is a sad state for vanilla, which has a rich history and a unique story. It all starts with the orchid genu(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Why does the United States celebrate every May 5, or Cinco de Mayo? It's only a regional holiday in Mexico, and is often mistaken to be the commemoration of their Independence Day (which is actually in September). The roots of these festivities go back to(read entire article)
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Category : Politics
By: Robert Nickel
The story of how the National Anthem of Mexico came about is as convoluted as the story of Mexico itself. It all started with President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, a military strategist and political leader... He held office several times in his politica(read entire article)
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No one really knows who first invented pulque, the ancient alcoholic drink made from fermented agave sap. It has been suggested that it originated at least 1,000 years ago, but no one can be sure, especially since fermentation can sometimes occur naturall(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
If you are from the Mid-Eastern part of the United States, you've definitely come into contact with monarch butterflies, the lovely black-and-orange insects which are extremely common throughout North America. These remarkable life forms are known for the(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Mexican wrestling, or Lucha Libre, has a few things in common with American wrestling. Its participants take on exaggerated personas, either good or evil, and matches are often equal parts physical dominance and dramatic enactments of story. One of the fi(read entire article)
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Yes, we all know about the issues with the quality of tap water in Mexico. They tell us to drink only bottle water, don't order cocktails with ice cubes, don't open your mouth in the shower, etc, etc. Even Mexicans don't drink the tap water. So is it real(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
Costa Rica is home to a wide array of animals, plants, and insects. One of the most incredible species in the forest is the white-headed capuchin. It's small, intelligent, and truly an incredible animal.(read entire article)
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Category : Animals
By: Robert Nickel
Anyone who is even casually familiar with the comic book hero Superman has probably heard of the Fortress of Solitude, the polar headquarters of the Kryptonian alien. While the details have changed over the decades, the pervasive image of the place remain(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
In part one of this series we began looking at the oldest and most famous of New Orleans cemeteries, Saint Louis #1. As a Catholic cemetery, only baptized Catholics could expect a spot within the gates. Most of New Orleans has deeply rooted Catholic tradi(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
When a nation is conquered, cultures blend. It's a natural consequence of ramming two societies together in a relatively confined space. The local population, encouraged (or forced) to take on foreign traditions as their own, will develop their own unique(read entire article)
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Cochineal insects are small, soft-bodied oval bugs who are native to Mexico; they are a parasite of the Opintia cactus, commonly called the prickly pear. They sit on the paddles and feed on the juices inside the plants with their beak-like mouths, settlin(read entire article)
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Category : Food
By: Robert Nickel
The Maya civilization was one of the most advanced cultures in Mesoamerica, and their empire's incredible reign (and mysterious collapse) is a source of fascination for all types of scholars ...due to the codices, or folding books, which have been found i(read entire article)
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There are two Santo Domingo's in the Dominican Republic, one within the other. The glittering Latin metropolis that stands as the proud capital city of the Dominican Republic is home to more than 3.7 million residents, making it the largest city in the Ca(read entire article)
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Officially, a concierge is employed at a hotel, apartment or office building and performs duties similar to those of a butler. The profession evolved out of a medieval French tradition of Comte Des Cierges, or Keeper of the Candles, who would attend to th(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Mexico's history is marked by an incredible amount of dispute. Revolutions, republics, independences and ideological battles have all played out there. The warring indigenous nations of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica gave way to the oppressive colonial rule by(read entire article)
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You wouldn't expect many castles in the United States; we normally associate that word with the far older nobility of Europe. But there is one castle that you simply must visit if you're in the Miami area: The Coral Castle. Built by a Latvian eccentric, i(read entire article)
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The conquest of the Aztecs in 1519 is a famous part of history, but the broad story doesn't always include the small pieces along the way that led up to Cortes' siege of the capital city, Tenochtitlan. The Spanish explorer had a keen mind, and made severa(read entire article)
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When studying Hernan Cortes' conquest of Mexico, it's vital to understand the circumstances around his departure. There had been two previous attempts to explore the mainland, and both had been failures. What prevented Cortes from being the third footnote(read entire article)
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When talking about the Mexican Revolution, two ideological phases emerge: the initial phase of 1910-1921, and the Cristero War of 1926-1929. The first ten years were fought against the autocratic president Porfirio Diaz, and then against the various leade(read entire article)
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Before the American Revolution came along, the five blocks we now call Times Square belonged to General John Morin Scott as his private homestead. He built an estate home, cultivated crops and bred horses. When General Scott was away serving under George (read entire article)
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As archeology has progressed throughout the years, there has seemingly always been a vocal fringe community of pseudo-archaeologists and New Age practitioners who claim that there are some objects which directly contradict the established historical recor(read entire article)
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Even if you're not a foodie, everyone likes to eat. It doesn't matter where you are; a hot home-cooked meal is a true pleasure. And part of the pleasure of traveling to new places is getting the chance to try new cuisines. So here's some things to sample (read entire article)
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The quinceanera, or Sweet 15 party, is a celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday and very common in Latin American countries and expat communities. The event is meant to mark the girl's passage from childhood to young womanhood and incorporates a great(read entire article)
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The island home to both Haiti and the Dominican Republic is known as La Hispaniola. It was the site of the first colonies set up by European explorers, who inadvertently discovered the Americas while trying to find a sea based route to the Middle East and(read entire article)
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For some people, a visit to Florida means a few very simple things. Theme parks for the kids, great golf courses, some walks on the beach, and lots of warm, sunny weather all year round. But for adventurous travelers, there are plenty of other attractions(read entire article)
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Mexico is home to many historical minds. One of their most passionate scientific sons, Andres del Rio, is now recognized as the discoverer of the chemical element vanadium. Here's his story.(read entire article)
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More people have gone into outer space than have seen the bottom of the sea; scientists who do go on deep dives routinely discover tens or hundreds of brand new, never before seen animals. Also, if you're game for going down in history as the discoverer o(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
It might not be a commonly known fact, but Mexico was, at two separate points, a monarchy; each reign lasted less than five years and was filled with revolts, infighting, and puppet rulers. The first Mexican Empire took place shortly after the country won(read entire article)
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The start of a radical political movement is often easier to track than the end; sometimes all it takes is one death or one law to incite the masses to act and rise up against injustice. However, a rebellion by the people is, by nature, defined by a lack (read entire article)
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In North America we have Vogue and Elle, GQ and National Geographic, and hundreds of other magazines on topics of all kinds. Some of the big international names have a Latino version as well, but let's take a brief look at some of the lesser known Mexica(read entire article)
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Even if you've never played cards in a Las Vegas hotel, you've probably seen what a game might look like on TV and in movies, and seen the participants playing with small colorful chips in place of money. They are the small round tokens that serve as stan(read entire article)
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In November 1911, after working to incite the Mexican Revolution and oust the corrupt president Porfirio Diaz, the leader of the revolt, Francisco Madero, was made President of Mexico. Unfortunately, despite having done so much to create sudden change, th(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
Tequila is the national alcoholic drink of Mexico, famous worldwide for its unique taste and high alcohol content. It is made from the fermentation of the blue agave plant. Before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in Mesoamerica, the ancient cultur(read entire article)
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By: Robert Nickel
When you enter the gates of Walt Disney World, it can seem like the Disney company truly owns the world. A great deal of Orlando is dedicated to themed hotels, souvenirs, photo opportunities, and rides. As you scramble to follow your excited children into(read entire article)
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There are so many reasons to visit New Orleans, Louisiana! The sights and sounds of one of America's oldest cities really must be seen to be believed. Even if you haven't been swayed by the prospect of fresh gumbo or the architecture of the French Quarter(read entire article)
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There have been many recent trends in what has become known as 'Green Building'. One simple technique has existed in the area now known as Mexico for over one thousand years. This simple method of building energy efficient homes is now enjoying a resurgen(read entire article)
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The cuisine of Jamaica is as rich and detailed as its culture. It has had the benefit over the years of being influenced by a myriad of cooking styles. Being an island, and having a limited geographical range, has allowed all the different culinary influe(read entire article)
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Jamaica is probably more known for reggae music than food, but there are a wealth of dishes to check out in this very diverse country. From the original people of the island, the Arawak, to African, Spanish, British, Chinese and Indian settlers, Jamaican (read entire article)
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A lot of post-independence Mexican history boils down to one central ideological struggle. On one side were the liberal Republicans, who believed Mexico should be a democracy. On the other side were the conservative Imperialists, with ties to colonial Spa(read entire article)
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Formerly called La Cueva del Diablo, or the Devil's Cave, Fun Fun Cave is located just a short distance from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. As one of the largest and oldest caves in the Dominican, Fun Fun Cave offers brave explorers a brief look at(read entire article)
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Hollywood draws millions of tourists and hopefuls every year; it's been the center of American filmmaking since the early 20th century. Its history reflects glamor, sleaze, and the flashing lights that go along with show business. But if you're visiting a(read entire article)
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General Tomas Mejia may not be one of the most recognizable or famous names to emerge from Mexico's storied history, but of all the top ranking generals in the Mexican army he is perhaps the most revered and respected. During the time of the second Mexica(read entire article)
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Agustin de Iturbide was the first Emperor of Mexico. He came to the throne with a family in tow, and when the regime collapsed a few months later they were forced to flee the country. Who were these former princes and princesses?(read entire article)
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Recently, a spotlight has been shone on the Raramuri for their uncanny ability to run ultra-long distances (up to 120 miles continuously) without suffering the injury or exhaustion that would affect other runners. The Raramuri people, also known as the Ta(read entire article)
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Agustin de Iturbide, the first Emperor of Mexico, had a fascinating trip to the throne. He was instrumental in winning the War of Independence from Spain. By uniting two opposing sides into a coalition army, it seemed that he could please everyone. With a(read entire article)
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When Venustiano Carranza helped to overthrow the dictatorial President Victoriano Huerta in 1913, one of his goals was to return Mexico to its original constitution. So when he took the presidential office, he called a meeting in October 1914, hoping to d(read entire article)
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Much of the political history of Mexico following the War of Independence comes down to two sides: the liberal Republicans and the conservative Imperialists. These factions had squabbled for decades over how the country should be run, and whether it shoul(read entire article)
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When western based explorers discovered Mayan ruins in the late 19th century (*and early 20th century as well), they likely had no idea that their findings would lead to a cultural fascination that exists to this day. The present day interest and fascinat(read entire article)
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Mexico is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Home to several thousand species of plants and animals, including many bats (or order Chiroptera), its climate ranges from tropical rainforest to blasted volcanic landscapes. The New World Leaf-Nos(read entire article)
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It's tough to imagine what went through the minds of the Spanish conquistadors as they explored the Americas. The prospect of setting foot on a land that none of your ancestors had known about was unimaginably exciting--never mind the gold rumors. Most of(read entire article)
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It seems incredible that the Caribbean islands were inhabited by people for so many centuries before European contact. Unlike the mainland Americas, these scraps of land did not have a lot of biodiversity; life was tough, but rewarding. Here's what we kno(read entire article)
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In the previous instalment of this series we explored the rather interesting beginnings of the Mexican National Anthem. We found out that it took no less than three presidential commissioned contests to achieve the perfect lyrics and music. The story of t(read entire article)
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Disneyland was the first Disney theme park ever built, personally conceived and overseen by Walt Disney himself. All other parks have followed the example, design, and principles of this first historic park resort. Once its doors opened in 1955, its popul(read entire article)
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The 2006 film "Children of Men" grossed just under $70 million dollars, the 1995 remake of A Little Princess won multiple awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and an Academy Award nomination, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban grosse(read entire article)
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The legend of the chupacabra is one of those modern day stories, the kind most scientifically minded people discount completely. It all started in 1995 in Puerto Rico when a farmer found eight of his sheep dead, seemingly drained of all their blood via t(read entire article)
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In 1911, after thirty-five years of dictatorial rule by president Porfirio Diaz, the Mexican people had had enough. Angry, fed up and bitter at the administration's corruption, they were incited to rise up and revolt after that year's election, when popul(read entire article)
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The Mexican Revolution was marked by violence, corruption, and men who would sacrifice everything in the pursuit of their beliefs. These elements are all very dramatic, to be sure, and it's no wonder that the people and events of the rebellion have been i(read entire article)
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If you got your knowledge on the Mexican Revolution solely through the narrative films that have been made about it, you might think that Pancho Villa was the most important (if not the only) major character in the fight. That definitely wasn't the case; (read entire article)
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The Mexican Revolution began in 1910, and didn't really abate until 1929--a period of almost twenty straight years of various uprisings, counterrevolutions, and violent protests. Guerrilla generals like Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapatas had made their mar(read entire article)
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Emiliano Zapata was one of the main figures in the Mexican Revolution of 1910, commander of the Liberation Army of the South and still revered as a hero to this day. In his forty years of life, he became a bona fide force of nature. Born to a family of pe(read entire article)
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A vacation in Aruba is full of Caribbean fun: swimming, snorkeling, and diving in the clear blue ocean. And, if you're daring, you can even do a shark swim session, submerging in a cage to watch the carnivorous fish go by. But even the thrills of a Great (read entire article)
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While the Maya and the Aztec empires are both very well known, the most mysterious and fascinating has to be the Olmecs, the first complex civilization in Mexico; they flourished during the Formative period, between 1500 BCE and 400 BCE. Much of what is k(read entire article)
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Where did the ancient Mesoamerican cultures come from? We can only speculate on the answers based on the scant archaeological evidence we can find, so there are always unknowns. There are many theories for every unanswered question; while some have actual(read entire article)
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How excited would you be if you discovered evidence for extraterrestrial life? It would be a pretty incredible moment, especially if you'd always suspected that aliens were real and had already visited Earth. For UFO lovers in the 2000s, "proof" came in t(read entire article)
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Mexico's National Anthem was conceived in a small dark bedroom that just happened to be decorated with pictures of important historical battles of Mexico. As discussed in the previous two instalments of this series, the lyrics speak of national unity, pri(read entire article)
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Mexican cuisine is overwhelmingly popular all over the world, and especially in North America. There are very few people out there who haven't tried a taco or gotten a quesadilla for lunch; the simple flavors and fresh ingredients have near-universal appe(read entire article)
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Despite the name, only fragments of Moctezuma's New Houses remain in existence today. When Hernan Cortes first saw the New Houses around 1519-1520, he was stunned by the richness of the architecture, design and furnishings. He even wrote of his surprise t(read entire article)
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In part one of this series we explored three distinct nightclubs in Cancun: Dady'O, Sweet Club and Terrasta. We found that Dady'O is the flagship club of Grupo DadyO, and indeed an impressive venue. Dady'O is often touted as the "best nightclub in Mexico"(read entire article)
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Even if you've never actually traveled to Mexico yourself, you've no doubt heard the phrase 'Montezuma's Revenge' uttered somewhere else before; perhaps in a movie or maybe by someone you know who has traveled to Mexico for a vacation. And chances are, if(read entire article)
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Each region of Mexico celebrates the Day of the Dead a little differently. In Michoacan the day is for celebrating those who passed on during the previous year, and honouring them with flowers. In Yucatan Day of the Dead is know as Hanal Pixan meaning "th(read entire article)
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Casual visitors may not know that Mexico was a monarchy--twice. The first empire lasted less than a year, and was led by a war hero named Agustin de Iturbide. His legacy is marked with corruption and military power, and it's vital to understand how such a(read entire article)
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Make a list, check it once, twice, thrice. That is usually the routine for every vacation. It's not hard, but it does take a little organisation. We have some suggestions for planning a trip to Playa del Carmen, just to help you along the way. Gather (read entire article)
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Mexico, it may come as a surprise to some, has a very ethnically diverse population. In fact, many Native American ethnic groups still call Mexico home. It has been suggested that there are as many as sixty unique ethnic groups in Mexico. With that in min(read entire article)
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Central American may not be the first place people think about when planning a safe and fun vacation. The history of the area has been rife with political problems, military uprisings and dictatorships. There is, though, one country in the area that put a(read entire article)
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In order to become famous enough to be portrayed by Jack Black, you need to have done something truly remarkable. For Sergio Gutierrez Benitez, it was never about the fame or the glory, but rather the children. For 23 years he was known as Fray Tormenta, (read entire article)
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Even those who have not been to Mexico are probably familiar with the structure of the ancient Mesoamerican pyramids, with their stepped structure and flat tops. The sheer size of these buildings is often unimaginable until one is up close and personal wi(read entire article)
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Agustin de Iturbide, the first Emperor of Mexico, had a fascinating path to the throne. Born to a rich family in New Spain, he was a well-regarded lieutenant in the royalist army when the War of Independence began in 1810. By the 1820s, he was on the rebe(read entire article)
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If you don't know much about the conquest of the Americas, then you might only know a handful of the players involved. Christopher Columbus is the most famous, of course; students of Mexican history will also know Hernan Cortes. But there were many Spanis(read entire article)
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Driving in a foreign country will always be a bit of an interesting experience, even when the direction of traffic is the same as what you are used to. Rules of the road vary, sometimes vastly. Road conditions may not be very good, or the roads may just b(read entire article)
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Table chocolate is a rough, gritty chocolate made from just a few simple ingredients. Mexican table chocolate is much more bitter than the table chocolate of other nations, as it usually contains cinnamon and/or chilies. The chocolate tradition in Mexico (read entire article)
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If you have ever ventured past the hotel zone in Cancun, into the actual city of Cancun and perhaps even further, you have probably noticed a large population of dogs roaming the streets. In fact, if you have traveled in any Central or South American nati(read entire article)
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The stories have been all over the media. Shootings here, kidnappings there, police corruption everywhere. Some world governments have even issued travel warnings for certain parts of Mexico. The real truth of the matter is parts of Mexico are unsafe, but(read entire article)
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Hindsight is a harsh mistress, capable of teaching important lessons but powerless to change the events of the past or, some argue, truly apply to current issues. When studying the events of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1929, it reveals some interesting(read entire article)
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Jamaica is a country rich in history and culture. As one of the first areas developed by European settlers, it experienced a great influx from many cultures. The lasting effect of these encounters can be found in it the food, music, religion and culture i(read entire article)
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We often think of vultures in negative terms. They are ugly, fearsome birds who feed on the dead. With a haunched posture and a shrieking cry, they're the ultimate symbol of death, disease, and impending doom. But the King Vulture might just be the bird t(read entire article)
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In the annals of history, there are stories of wars being started for all sorts of bizarre reasons. The United States and Canada once nearly came to arms over a pig, and France and Mexico actually escalated to full scale invasion in 1838 over a dispute in(read entire article)
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Are you planning a trip to a Caribbean island? Spots like Aruba have a lot to offer; white sand beaches, friendly locals, warm weather, and gorgeous oceans to swim in. Some people hesitate because they fear what lurks under the waves, but they shouldn't f(read entire article)
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Alajandro Gonzalez Inarritu became aware of the fragility of day to day life at a relatively young age; a middle class child, his father suddenly lost his job in the financial sector in Mexico and with alarming speed, Alajandro's life changed in ways he c(read entire article)
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In 1982, Columbia, a country known more for illegalities than sport, was unable to meet its obligations as host of the worlds single biggest sporting tournament - The World Cup. Columbia had been chosen as host in 1974, giving them twelve years to prepare(read entire article)
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Barbados is a tiny little island in the outer reaches of the Caribbean region, in fact situated the farthest into the Atlantic Ocean than any other Caribbean nation. The island is just 166 square miles in size but home to 285,000 people, making it the mos(read entire article)
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As a child growing up in Mexico, Alfonso Cuaron wanted nothing more than to be an astronaut. He dreamed of traveling beyond the realm of Earth and discovering new worlds beyond the stars. Unfortunately, he was not interested in the army, which would have (read entire article)
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Bordering California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is the freshwater jewel of the Sierra region. The region over the years has built a reputation as one of the premiere vacation destinations in either state, boasting a number of recreational outlets and natural (read entire article)
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During the 1920's it was the playground of gamblers, gangsters and anyone else looking to escape Prohibition in the US. In the 1950's Tijuana was rebranded as the perfect family vacation destination. Today, tourism is at a standstill, but manufacturing op(read entire article)
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Cancun has two sister cities, the first of which is a rather surprising choice: Timisoara, Romania. Timisoara is one of the largest cities in Romania, and considered the economic and cultural capitol of western Romania. The city serves as a meeting point (read entire article)
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Is it solitude you seek in Cancun? Do you want nothing more than seclusion, peace, tranquility and the simple natural beauty of the Riviera Maya? We can help. We know where to go and who to see about that peace and quiet under the Mexican sun. Pack your b(read entire article)
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The nightclubs of Cancun have quite a reputation with the spring break crowd, and indeed most visitors to Mexico. They are said to be wild places of outrageous parties that continue well into daybreak. What freewheeling, fun seeking, twenty-something woul(read entire article)
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Doing business in the Dominican Republic is becoming more and more commonplace. The labor is affordable, communications technology is in place, and the government is willing. We are therefore seeing many more professionals taking business trips to the DR,(read entire article)
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If you're just a visitor to Mexico, or have never been there, then you might not realize just how many states the country is divided into: 31. Some of the major tourist destinations are in well known regions, like Cancun in Quintana Roo and the Yucatan Pe(read entire article)
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There are certain universal rules of the road that apply in every nation, at least according to the United Nations treaty in 1968 called the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. International rules for the road have to be fairly general in nature, simply to(read entire article)
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Traveling in 1912 meant you were either wealthy or dirt poor. If your family was among the former category, servants packed your bags and arrangements were made via polite letters back and forth, written in a sweeping script we rarely see today. Payment w(read entire article)
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You don't have to be a world traveler in order to enjoy trivia about different places. And there are interesting facts about the cities that might be closest to you. So while a trip to Reno might not impress the jet-setters who are off to Spain for the th(read entire article)
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Waikiki has always been a destination for the elite, the seeker of natural beauty, the uber-vacationer. The appeal of the Hawaiian Islands goes beyond the tropical climate and endless beaches. If that was all there was, then the Caribbean islands would be(read entire article)
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The human history of Mexico is interesting, but after diligent study it can all seem desperately depressing. Between the ruthless Spanish conquest, the bloody civil wars, and the cutthroat politics, Mexico is home to far too much human drama. So let's jum(read entire article)
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An honorific is a form of address in the second person, usually implying the person's station in life or relationship with the speaker. For example, "Mister", "Doctor", "Miss" and "Officer" are English honorific titles. In the Dominican Republic, honorifi(read entire article)
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Florida is a state for travelers; it has everything you could possibly want in a stateside vacation locale. This includes a great assortment of foods from all over the world. If you are craving a sandwich, try something different and you might be surprise(read entire article)
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In classic vampire films, it's always the same: the protagonists believe that they have locked themselves safely in a room, and settle in for the long night. But once they have fallen asleep, a bat flies in through the open window - and transforms back in(read entire article)
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It's impossible to imagine a world without vanilla; it is the default flavor for everything from ice cream to cookies, and is one of the pillars of the air freshener industry. But the flavor was virtually unheard of in Europe until the 16th century, becau(read entire article)
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The country of Mexico, like all democracies, is governed according to the laws put in place by a constitution, which was written in 1917 and is still used to this day. The President who implemented this document was Venustiano Carranza, one of the 'Big Fo(read entire article)
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Heading to Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida is a big undertaking! You and the family are about to head on an adventure that (hopefully) everyone will remember for a lifetime! There is so much to see and do, that days must be carefully planned in order n(read entire article)
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There aren't many people today who acutely remember when Walt Disney was a man as well as a legend. It's understandable; he left a vast legacy behind, and permanently changed the face of animation and filmmaking. For the entire first half of the 20th cent(read entire article)
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Black River is one of the oldest communities in Jamaica, located at the mouth of the river of the same name and on the southwestern coast of the island. During the latter years of the seventeenth century, three wealthy British brothers purchased a substan(read entire article)
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The Aztecs in Mesoamerica used a wide number of plants and animals in the pursuit of an altered state of consciousness. The Florentine Codex refers to the use of psychoactive substances multiple times, and it was one of the most important and revered part(read entire article)
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One of the best sources for information on the cultures which inhabited Mesoamerica prior to 1532 are the codices written by that civilization. While there are only three authenticated Maya tomes currently in existence, there are many more about the Aztec(read entire article)
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The Dominican people like to dress well and look their best. Women wear make-up and do their hair in the latest fashion; while the gentlemen take pride in their appearance. In fact, one blogger commented that "Dominicans do not have body odor."; which is (read entire article)
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The prickly pear, also known as the paddle cactus, is the only member of the genus 'Opuntia', in the Cactaceae family. Mexico is one of the biggest producers of these lovely plants, which have a wide variety of uses and culinary recipes. It's so much a pa(read entire article)
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Prior to the arrival of the Spanish on what is now the island of La Hispaniola, the Taino were the local inhabitants. To be even more specific, they resided in the area of what is now the home to the capital city of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. (read entire article)
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Mexico is known for a lot of things - its music, food, beautiful beaches and, to some, soccer. Two things that are inexorably tied with a culture is its music and food. The food of Mexico has always been popular, but it took the music a little while to ge(read entire article)
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For a very brief period of time in Mexico's long and turbulent history, they were ruled by Emperor Maximilian I and his consort, Empress Carlota. This regime was doomed to end in a bloody manner almost from the start, as they had been crowned after an inv(read entire article)
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The 2002 biopic of the painter Frida Kahlo certainly created more awareness of her life and work, and was the latest point in a long series of posthumous events which brought her fame and appreciation. During her life, however, she was most commonly known(read entire article)
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The Aztec conquest is a dramatic story; it's full of heroes, villains, desperate measures and last stands. And no one figure seems more like a Hollywood character than Pedro de Alvarado, the cruel and skilled conquistador second in command of the mission.(read entire article)
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The Yucatan Peninsula is world famous for its natural beauty and draw for visitors from all over the world. The peninsular is divided into three states; on the east is Quintana Roo, where the Riviera Maya and Cancun are located. The western portion of the(read entire article)
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What is your favourite book? The one that you could read over and over again, dozens of times and grow tired of reading. Perhaps you have a few favourites, collecting them as you discover talented new authors or fascinating topics. For the average bibliop(read entire article)
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If you have studied Yucatan cuisine a little bit, then you know that in comparison to other regions of Mexico, it is on the sweeter side of things. Chocolate was born in Yucatan, so it is really no surprise that Mexicans and Mayans have a sweet tooth. Mor(read entire article)
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In our first instalment we covered Yucatan basics from A to F, beginning with archaeology. How could we start with anything else? The Yucatan rivals Egypt with its ruins of ancient civilisations, and always provides an eye-opening experience. 'B' was all (read entire article)
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"Pick a letter, any letter, and we will match it to a Yucatan delight! Spin the wheel of attractions! Watch it go! Spin it fast! Spin it slow! Where will it land?" There is a good chance you have never heard that carnival call before, even on the boardwal(read entire article)
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In Spanish, 'hacienda' means 'estate', and that is exactly how the hacienda tradition began in Mexico. Spanish colonialists settled in the Yucatan region and established huge estates with beautifully constructed villas, many of which still stand today. Ye(read entire article)
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