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The Definition of Bitcoin

Bitcoin is known as the very first decentralized digital currency, they’re basically coins that can send through the Internet. 2009 was the year where bitcoin was born. The creator’s name is unknown, however the alias Satoshi Nakamoto was given to this person.

Advantages of Bitcoin.

Bitcoin transactions are made directly from person to person trough the internet. There’s no need of a bank or clearinghouse to act as the middle man. Thanks to that, the transaction fees are way too much lower, they can be used in all the countries around the world. Bitcoin accounts cannot be frozen, prerequisites to open them don’t exist, same for limits. Every day more merchants are starting to accept them. You can buy anything you want with them.

How Bitcoin works.

It’s possible to exchange dollars, euros or other currencies to bitcoin. You can buy and sell as it were any other country currency. In order to keep your bitcoins, you have to store them in something called wallets. These wallet are located in your pc, mobile device or in third party websites. Sending bitcoins is very simple. It’s as simple as sending an email. You can purchase practically anything with bitcoins.

Why Bitcoins?

Bitcoin can be used anonymously to buy any kind of merchandise. International payments are extremely easy and very cheap. The reason of this, is that bitcoins are not really tied to any country. They’re not subject to any kind regulation. Small businesses love them, because there’re no credit card fees involved. There’re persons who buy bitcoins just for the purpose of investment, expecting them to raise their value.

Ways of Acquiring Bitcoins.

1) Buy on an Exchange: people are allowed to buy or sell bitcoins from sites called bitcoin exchanges. They do this by using their country currencies or any other currency they have or like.

2) Transfers: persons can just send bitcoins to each other by their mobile phones, computers or by online platforms. It’s the same as sending cash in a digital way.

3) Mining: the network is secured by some persons called the miners. They’re rewarded regularly for all newly verified transactions. Theses transactions are fully verified and then they are recorded in what’s known as a public transparent ledger. These individuals compete to mine these bitcoins, by using computer hardware to solve difficult math problems. Miners invest a lot of money in hardware. Nowadays, there’s something called cloud mining. By using cloud mining, miners just invest money in third party websites, these sites provide all the required infrastructure, reducing hardware and energy consumption expenses.

Storing and saving bitcoins.

These bitcoins are stored in what is called digital wallets. These wallets exist in the cloud or in people’s computers. A wallet is something similar to a virtual bank account. These wallets allow persons to send or receive bitcoins, pay for things or just save the bitcoins. Opposed to bank accounts, these bitcoin wallets are never insured by the FDIC.

Types of wallets.

1) Wallet in cloud: the advantage of having a wallet in the cloud is that people don’t need to install any software in their computers and wait for long syncing processes. The disadvantage is that the cloud may be hacked and people may lose their bitcoins. Nevertheless, these sites are very secure.

2) Wallet on computer: the advantage of having a wallet on the computer is that people keep their bitcoins secured from the rest of the internet. The disadvantage is that people may delete them by formatting the computer or because of viruses.

Bitcoin Anonymity.

When doing a bitcoin transaction, there’s no need to provide the real name of the person. Each one of the bitcoin transactions are recorded is what is known as a public log. This log contains only wallet IDs and not people’s names. so basically each transaction is private. People can buy and sell things without being tracked.

Bitcoin innovation.

Bitcoin established a whole new way of innovation. The bitcoin software is all open source, this means anyone can review it. A nowadays fact is that bitcoin is transforming world’s finances similar to how web changed everything about publishing. The concept is brilliant. When everyone has access to the whole bitcoin global market, new ideas appear. Transaction fees reductions is a fact of bitcoin. Accepting bitcoins cost anything, also they’re very easy to setup. Charge backs don’t exist. The bitcoin community will generate additional businesses of all kinds.

The Must See Places in Spain

Whether it’s the peaceful coves, nestled away old villages or picturesque landscapes, Spain offers you are fairy- tale escape from your mundane routine.

Ensure you get yourself an international travel card with foreign currency loaded with enough cash prior to departure. You’ll have to double check if your prepaid travel card has a rate lock facility, using which you can lock favourable exchange rates anytime and use them later, when you travel.

This way you will not lose money to currency fluctuations. Also make sure that you need not pay exorbitant fee for ATM withdrawals, POS and online payments. Some travel cards offer Schengen compliant fee travel insurance. So check that out too!

1. Las Médulas, Castille y León

The mystical landscape of Las Médulas has survived the ravages over hundreds, even thousands of years of weathering and helped give the landscape its own unique charm. The extraordinary, craggy red rocks here are the result of Roman strip mining, when five tonnes of gold were extracted from the hillsides via canals constructed for that very specific purpose.

2. Las Alpujarras, Andalucía

Located in the southern region of Granada, the valleys of Las Alpujarras feature some of the country’s most ornate scenery. This is an area for the more experienced driver though, as it’s filled with hairpin corners, leading up to many of the region’s beautiful whitewashed villages. Within these settlements here you can really enjoy truly local way of life, one that centres around charming central plazas, welcome siestas from the searing afternoon sun and sherry in the local bar in the evening.

3. Zahara de la Sierra, Andalucía

The beautiful southern region of Andalucía is known for its beautiful white towns, and one of the stand-out examples can be found at Zahara de la Sierra. You can drive there through the Spanish countryside from the beautiful old town of Ronda.

It will probably be the castle that you initially notice, which sits predominantly on top of steep rocky peak, below which congregate bright white houses. A truly spectacular view to behold.

4. Beget, Girona

Beget is so well hidden deeply into a valley that you’re like to miss it, unless you’re searching for it. This tiny village situated in northern Catalunya is definitely worth exploring, but, very little has changed here for centuries, culminating in a quiet ambience that’s unrivalled.

Venture through the narrow cobbled streets to see the old stone houses and quaint little bridges that cross the river.For dinner, enjoy a plate of seasonal Catalan food at any one of the fabulous family run restaurants.

5. Cadaqués, Girona

Don’t be too perturbed by the idea of the Costa Brava, with its rather dated reputation of sun-and-sea holidays. The region is home to some very beautiful beaches, and with a bit of searching it’s not too difficult to find more interesting towns and quieter beaches, to take in.

The most pleasant place to stay on the northern Costa Brava is the scenic seaside town of Cadaqués, featuring narrow, hilly streets filled with bougainvillea-roofed homes with rugged headlands on both sides of its still fully functioning fishing port.

The beaches here are a little small and pebbly, but there’s plenty more to keep you busy, not to mention its great art gallery.

6. The Costa da Morte, Galicia

Don’t be scared by the popular nickname of this destination, the “Coast of Death”. This largely undeveloped region is definitely worth a visit.This isn’t the place to visit for tourist resort facilities and that’s the whole point really. Instead, head for the delightful little seaside town of Malpica de Bergantinos. For truly wonderful scenery, head over to Ezaro. There, the mineral rich rocks of the escarpments are multi-coloured and appear to glimmer beneath the many little waterfalls.

Happy about being able to save so much cash using travel cards, let’s steer away from the more obvious Spanish tourist destinations and look at the peaceful hidden gems. Without further ado, here are our top picks of must see places, while you’re in Spain.

We hope that you find our out-of-box place suggestions to be really insightful. Hope you enjoy an exciting Spanish holiday. Whichever spot you choose, we wish you safe and happy travel!

What Is the Single Best Day Trading Indicator? – Shift Theory Ratios Overview and Why They Work!

As a new or seasoned trader you are likely looking for a statistical edge to give you the upper hand when trading the markets. There are hundreds of indicators on the market but the truth is only a couple indicators really work. Just about every indicator fails when it comes to back testing and analyzing price data in real-time. Obviously this is something few people are willing to talk about because there were no alternatives just a few months ago.

Most indicators simply don’t work because of the way they are designed. There are two issues most technical analysis techniques have today:

  1. Signal Noise
  2. Signal Delays or Lag

Signal noise is one of the biggest issues with most indicators. The reason is that they are mostly based on the closing price. The closing price changes every time a symbol has an uptick or down tick. As an example of how noisy an indicator like the moving average or the RSI is. If you take a 60 minute bar on an actively traded symbol you can easily have a couple of thousand false signals in a single bar. That is a major issue that technical analysis needs to overcome.

Signal delay is the other big issue. Most indicators need looking back at least a couple of bars but that means relying in old data. The further you look back for signal stability the more out of touch the indicator is with the current price. One of the other issues that signal lag is caused by is the solution for signal noise. Most indicators allow to only calculating the indicator after a bar closes. This cleans up signal noise but then the signal has extreme lag issues.

The solution to most of the issues technical analysis issues comes from a new class of technical analysis and indicators. These are called Shift Theory Ratios. What they do is focus on the data that counts and is responsible for creating trends. Some examples of the data that counts are:

  • Up trending markets typically a series of higher highs and higher lows.
  • Down trending typically markets have lower lows and lower highs.
  • Choppy markets have a high percentage of bars overlapping each other.

Most trends have a certain price characteristics and no where does the current closing price dictate trends. For a market to go up it must make new highs. For a market to go down it needs to make lows. Meanwhile the majority of the closing price data is producing noise.

In the end the Shift Theory Ratios are the best indicators for day trading because they only focus on the data that counts. Shift Ratios are not only accurate but they have very little noise. The price indication only reacts to bars making highs, lows and percentage of overlay. All of this data is broken down into easy to read lines that are color coded as follows.

  • Green = Measures up trend strength.
  • Red = Measures down trend strength
  • Yellow = Measures choppiness by the percentage of bars overlapping.

Ludmilla Tueting: ‘My Heart Is Nepali’

Ludmilla Tüting is a robust, well-read, emancipated, bespectacled Teutonic woman who makes no secret of the fact that she lives in a Berlin Hinterhof (backyard) in Kreuzberg (West Berlin) and yearns to see a horizon, especially with pagoda-silhouettes in the distance. It almost sounds as though Berlin is a city with the lost horizon.

She oscillates between Kathmandu and Berlin, and is very much active in the field of ‘sanfte’ (soft)-tourism, which means tourism with insight. She spent her 50th Birthday on 27th of May 1996 with her Nepalese friends in the monastery of Thangpoche. She is concerned about the negative aspects of tourism and write the information-service ‘Tourism Watch’. To potential tourists in the German-speaking world, she’s a Nepal-specialist, who cares about Nepal’s cultural and natural heritage, as is evident through her travel books.

I met her at the Volkerkunde Museum in Freiburg, the metropolis of the south-west Black Forest, and the occasion was one of a series of talks held under the aegis of ‘Contemporary Painting from Nepal’ to promote cultural and religious development in Nepal.

Ludmilla Tüting talked about ‘Fascinating Nepal, the Sunny and Shady Sides’ and belted out slides and information and described Nepal as a wonderful country.

And the other theme was: ‘Tourism with Insight isn’t in Demand: the Ecological Damage through Tourism in Nepal’ which was more or less what the interested Nepal-fan will find in ‘Bikas-Binas’, a thought-provoking book on Nepal’s ecological aspects, especially environmental pollution in the Himalayas, published by Ms.Tüting and my college-friend Kunda Dixit, a reputed Nepali journalist, who is the executive director of International Press Service since decades and also the chief editor and publisher of The Nepali Times.

Ms. Tüting’s talk, delivered with what the Germans are wont to call the Berlin-lip (Berlinerschnauze) has a pedagogic and practical value, and she tried not only to show what a tourist from abroad does wrong in Nepal, but also suggested how a tourist should behave and dress in Nepal. All in all, it sounded like the German book of etiquette called ‘Knigge’ for potential travellers to Nepal.

In the past there have been a good many transparency slide-shows and talks under the aegis of the Badische Zeitung, the Freiburger University and the Volkshochschule with jet-set gurus, rimpoches, meditations, experts on ‘boksas and boksis’, shamanism, Tibetan lamaism, tai-chi, taoism, yen-oriented-zen and what-have-yous. It is a fact that every Hans-Rudi-and-Fritz who’s been to Nepal or the Himalayas struts around as an expert on matters pertaining to the Home of the Snows.

Some bother to do a bit of background research and some don’t, and the result is a series of howlers. Like the bloke who’d written a thesis on traditions in Nepal and held a slide-show at the University’s eye-clinic auditorium maximum. The pictures of the Nepalese countryside were, as usual, breathtaking. Pokhara, Kathmandu, Jomsom, the Khumbu area and then a slide of Bhimsen’s pillar was shown and our expert quipped, ‘that’s the only mosque in Nepal.’

Or the time a Swabian expedition physician from Stuttgart held a vortrag (talk) at the university’s audi-max (auditorium maximum). A colour-slide of a big group of Nepalese porters flashed across the screen. The porters were shown watching the alpine expedition members eating their sumptuous supper, with every imaginable European dish and the comment was: ‘The Nepalese are used to eating once a day, so they just looked at us while we ate’ (sic). A decent German sitting near me named Dr. Petersen, who was a professor of microbiology, remarked, “Solche Geschmacklosigkeit!” (lack of taste or finesse), but it didn’t seem to disturb our Swabian Himalayan hero. Most Nepalese eat two big meals: at lunch and dinnertime, with quite a few snacks thrown in-between. And when you visit a Nepalese household you’re offered hot tea and snacks too, depending upon the wealth and status of the family.

Every time I heard such unkind, thoughtless remarks I’d groan and my blood pressure would shoot up and my ECG registered tachycardie and I’d probably developed ulcers. Oh, my mucosa. The remedy would be to avoid such stressors in the form of slide-shows, but I couldn’t. I had to tell myself: simmer down, old boy, the scenery is beautiful. And it is. If it weren’t for the ravishing beauty of rural Nepal and Kathmandu Valley’s artistic and cultural treasures… You just had to use ear-plugs (Oxopax) and relish the vistas of Nepal’s splendour: its uniqueness, its smiling people always with what the British call, a stiff upper lip, and what the Germans call ‘sich nie runter kriegen lassen,’ despite the decade old war between the government troops and the Maoists in the past.

Another time a European couple came to my apartment with a thick album full of photo¬graphs of images of Gods and Goddesses and the ‘experts’ wanted me to identify what, and where, they’d photographed in Nepal, for it was to be published as a pictorial book on the temples of Nepal. Some experts, I thought. The pair looked like the junkies in the Freak Street in the early seventies. Like the legendary Nepalese, one helped where one could, though I had to shake my head after they left.

Ludmilla has been going to Nepal since 1974. However, when you remind her of her ‘globe-trotter’ image in those days, she likes to forget it all, because she’d apparently made some mistakes and has learned from the mistakes of the past. And now ecology seems to be her passion. She wishes to ‘sensitise’ the potential tourists through her slide-shows, TV appearances and bring attention to the Nepalese rules of etiquette so as to feel at home in Nepal, despite the cultural shock and change.

‘Tourists are terrorists’ flashes across the screen, and Ludmilla explains that she’d photo¬graphed a graffiti on the Berlin Wall in Kreuzberg. Every time a tourist visits another country, they get a culture shock: the language barrier, the question of mentality, alien customs, and as a result they return to their countries loaded with a lot of prejudices. Then she shows a bus-load of tourists pottering about the Hanuman Dhoka Palace. She says that some of the tourists were angry at her when she photographed them. The tourists seem to reserve the right to photograph every country and its people as something normal, without bothering to ask them for permission. “Wir haben schon bezahlt!” is their line of argument. Doesn’t it smell of cultural imperialism, after the motto: I’ve paid in dollars, marks, francs and yen for the trip, so you natives have to oblige and pose for me. The point is the tourists have paid their travel agencies back in Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart or Kathmandu, and not the persons and objects they’re photographing. The payment allows one to land in a country, but how one behaves in a foreign country is another matter.

‘Today it’s possible to go around the world in 18 days’ she says, ‘and everywhere you have people perpetually in a big hurry. She talks about globe-trotters who travel around the on their own, and write books with secret insider tips on how to get the maximum out of a land with the minimum of your money. A poor porter with a mountain of load comprising cooking-utensils appears and that brings Ludmilla to talk about a certain expedition leader’s successful climb to the summit of a Himalayan peak, ‘we’d didn’t have any losses. Only a porter died’. Then she reminds the listeners that the porters don’t have any health-insurance or accident-insurance or pension in the German sense.

‘Funeral-pyres at Pashupatinath are an eternal theme for tourists’, says Ludmilla with a groan, and she describes tourists with camcorders at the ghats. ‘You wouldn’t want a foreign visitor to take the burial ceremony of your near and dear ones, would you?’ asks Ludmilla.

It was interesting to know that there’s a makeshift video-hut at Tatopani along the Jomsom trail for the benefit of the local Nepalese, the trekking-tourists and their porters. ‘I saw ‘Gandhi’ on this trek’ she said, thereby meaning Sir Attenborough’s film. You might even get to see the newest Hollywood and Bollywood films up there. Pico Iyer’s ‘Video Night in Kathmandu’ might still be interesting-reading for the Nepalophile, for he has ‘the knack of recording every shimmy’. A poster advertising ‘Thrilling Animal Sacrifices at Dakshinkali’ apparently from ‘Bikas-Binas’ (development-destruction) made one wonder about the so-called ‘sizzling, romantic, thrilling, action-packed’ box-office cocktails produced in Bollywood’s celluloid, DVD factories.

‘If you want to meet people and get to know them, you have to travel slowly’ says Ludmilla Tüting. Then she talks about the wonders of the polaroid camera at the Nepalese customs office. Men are ruled by toys. She says, ‘If you take a snapshot of a customs officer and hand him the photograph, you’ll pass the barrier with no difficulty.’

Does tourism mean foreign exchange for Nepal? Apparently not, according to her, with imported food from Australia, lighting from Holland, whisky from Scotland, air-conditio¬ning from Canada. She shows Pokhara in 1974. Corrugated iron-sheets are being transported on the backs of porters along the Jomsom trail for the construction of small mountain restaurants.

A Gurung woman in her traditional dress, frying tasty circular sel-rotis in her tea-shop in the open-air, appears and good old Ludmilla advises the audience about the advantages of acquiring immunity or fortifying it through gamma-globulin and the advantages of tetanus-shots prior to a trip to the Himalayas.

After the show I went with Ludmilla to a Freiburger tavern named Zum Störchen for a drink and a chat. Toni Hagen, a geologist-turned development-worker from Lenzerheide, who held a double Ph.D. and was billed to talk about the development of Nepal from 1950 to 1987 and the role of developmental-cooperation, also accompanied us. Toni Hagen was a celebrity in Nepal due to his geological pioneer work and publication. Alas, Hagen passed away sometime back after starring in an autobiographical film. Ingrid Kreide, who was in a hurry to return to Cologne, held a lecture on the history of Thanka-painters and the freedom of art in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal, and expressed her deep concern regarding the theft of Nepalese temple and ritual objects.

Ludmilla is a name to be reckoned with as a globetrotter, journalist, Nepal-expert in the German speaking world, and she criticises the alternative travel-scene. And she still fights for the rights of the underdogs in South Asia. She was for the Chipko-movement in India and decried the deforestation, ecological damage, fought for human rights of the Tibetans and Nepalese alike, wrote about development and destruction of so-called Third World countries. She once told Edith Kresta, the travel editor of the Tageszeitung (TAZ, Berlin): “My heart is Nepali, the rest is German.” Her base-camp in Catmandu is hotel Vajra run by Sabine Lehmann, a hotel with a theatre flair, and she’s working on a novel on climbing this time. She wants to emulate the characters of James Hilton’s novel The Lost Horizon, wherein people get very old and are not bothered with gerontological problems. She wants to live at least 108 years in this planet. One can only admire and wish her well in her endeavours and pedagogical critique.

Tellurium – Is There Enough?

Tellurium (te-LOOR-i-em) is an element discovered by Franz Joseph Muller Von Reichenstein, a Romanian mining official in 1782. His work was forgotten until 1798 when a German Chemist Martin Heinrich Klaproth named the new element Tellurium and gave all credit for it discovery to Reichenstein.

Tellurium is element number 52 on the periodic table it is a semi-metallic, crystalline and brittle. It is usually found as a dark gray powder. Be wary when handling this element it can give a person a foul smell for a considerable amount of time.

The main supply source of tellurium is as a by-product of copper mining, approximately 90%. It is the rarest of all the by-product metals, with the exception of Gold. The amount of tellurium in the earth´s crust is about.005 ppm. There are estimates of 150-500 t annually produced. The amount produced is very difficult to verify. For example the USA, Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Kazakhstan, Philippines and Russia do not report how much they mine or recycle each year for national security reasons. According to the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) the maximum possible annual production would be no more than 1,600 t per year. The global market for tellurium is miniscule compared to the copper market in turn this gives little incentive to the mining companies to invest in better, more efficient ways of extracting it.

The uses of tellurium include alloying component, semi-conductors, photo-diodes, solar cells, blasting caps, optical storage (CD-RW), computer memory (RAM), pyrotechnics, glass, ceramic paints and thermoelectric cooling devices. The largest use is as an alloying component to steel, aluminum, copper, tin and lead. It is used to improve the machinability of steel and copper.

The most exciting use of tellurium is in photovoltaic cells made from thin films of cadmium telluride. These solar panels are cheaper in cost per watt of electricity generating capacity than the traditional silicon panels. The firms making these solar panels will need approximately 80-100 t of tellurium per gigawatt of photovoltaic cell production. As stated earlier the annual production estimate is 150-500t. That means that the solar industry itself could use up most of the world´s production of tellurium in the coming years. There is serious debate as to whether the amount of global supply can meet the need of the solar industry. For example in July 2009, India unveiled a US$19 billion plan to produce 20 GW of solar power by 2020. Under the plan, the use of solar-powered equipment and applications would be made compulsory in all government buildings, as well as hospitals and hotels. It has been said that this initiative alone will use up all the world´s production of solar cells.

In 2004 you could purchase tellurium for $10 per kg. Then the solar industry came along and disrupted the market. In August 2011 the price is hovering around $360 per kg. I find this to be an exciting moment in history. We are seeing commodity prices rise all around us. The population of the world is exploding. The Chinese are tightening their grips on their supplies of rare technical and rare earth metals. There is a need for clean tech like never before and here we have an element in very tight supply. The next few years are going to be a very interesting time in the commodities market. I look forward to seeing where tellurium goes from here.

Leh & Ladakh: A Cocktail of Adventure Sports, Trekking Trails, Misty Valleys and Monasteries

Leh & Ladakh are one of the most stunning corners of India. These are the amazing lands of freezing winds and burning hot sunlight, cold desert in the rain shadow of the awe inspiring Great Himalayas. Globetrotters get mesmerized in the verdant surroundings of the place enhanced with misty valleys, lofty mountain ranges and fascinating landscapes.

Leh is the largest town, situated in Ladakh, which is known as the ‘land of high passes’, where you encounter some of the best scenery on this earth. The region is full of tourists’ delights with scenic beauty, Buddhist monasteries, rich culture & tradition, adventure sports, trekking trails, historical monuments & places, lush green fertile fields at a stretch backed by the jagged mountains, shimmering streams & rivers actually make this place a coldest desert of India. The region is fondly described as the Land like No Other.

Leh & Ladakh hosts the essence of Buddhism, where you can connect with your inner self, peace, harmony and the essence of Buddhism. The monasteries in the region are the repositories of Buddhist rich culture and religion. Sankar Gompa, Spituk Gompa, Hemis Monastery, Shey Gompa and Thiksey Monastery are some of the popular monasteries here.

Ladakh is called the ‘adventure capital’ of India because The geographical features, pleasant climatic conditions and high ranges of lofty mountains allures adventure enthusiasts to indulge themselves in enthralling sports. This place serves a cocktail of a string of adrenaline-pumping sports.

The thrilling and exciting sports here are simply incomparable. People can go for white water river rafting, mountain climbing, cycling, camel safaris, polo and archery under the guidance of the experts. The place is exactly the dream place for the trekking. Trekking on the breathtaking routes is such a fun loving activity.

In this region there are many breathtaking viewpoints including the Leh Palace, Stock Palace Museum and many low-roofed houses. During the visit the tourists can also enjoy splendid frozen rivers, snow clad peaks and high passes. Tso-Moriri, Tsokar and Pangong Tso Lakes, are the most picturesque elements of the region. The Gorgeous Pangong Lake in Ladakh is the highest salt water lake in the world and is a place of hypnotic natural beauty.

The cultural entourage of Leh & Ladakh, shines in its mosaic fairs and festivals. Don’t miss to participate in the colorful Buddhist festivals including Hemis festival, Sindhu Darshan, Ladakh festival, Losar festival etc. All these festivals are celebrated with great pomp, show and interesting dramas and dances on traditional music.

There are a number of outdoor markets in ladakh where tourists have the pleasure to buy all kind of stuff. One can spend hours in the market. The most popular and selling item in Ladakh are pashmina wool cloths, wall hangings, jewellery, hand woven carpets and rugs etc.

Last but not least there is much more to explore in terms of food in leh ladakh, momos, Chhupri, Tigmo, Butter Tea, Qahwa, steamed dumplings stuffed with vegetables or meat are the main items of ladakhi cuisine. Some famous restaurants offers international cuisine as well – Continental, Italian, Chinese, Israeli.

So be ready to enjoy the next holiday at Leh and Ladakh.

Kerala Holidays – Holidays in the Lap of Nature

A mesmerizing holiday would certainly mean away from the pressures of everyday lifestyle, just comforting and living every moment to the packed with joy. The great blend of nature and the excellent man-made luxuries can make your holiday a wonderful & unforgettable time of your life. How would it be if you could get up in the morning with the sweet twittering of birds and watching out of your window there is luxuriant jade greenery everywhere that meets your eyes and heart? Thinking about such kind of destination to celebrate your holiday in India? What about Kerala – God’s Own Country? Yes, it is Kerala that has it all and a lot more. A mesmerizing holiday in the lap of nature straight out of our dreams is what this charming and peaceful destination promises.

Undoubtedly, Kerala is one of the top beautiful tourism and holiday destinations in the world. It is rated by National Geographic Traveler as one of the 50 must visit destinations of life. Endowed with superb nature beauty and luxuriant jade greenery, it is truly a paradise on the earth. It is beautiful destination for vacation with charming combination of charming beaches, charming hill stations, charming lush plantations, charming valleys and charming backwaters. The serene and scenic backwaters make a great value addition to its scenic beauty. There is a gorgeous hill station called Ponmudi near the state capital Trivandrum noted for beautiful meadows. Kovalam, Varkala and Poovar are world famous beach destinations in the state which are situated at the very short distance from Trivandrum.

Beaches of Kerala are very ideal for all forms of vacations such as family vacation and honeymooning vacation. Beypore, Fort Kochi, Alleppey, Mararikulam, Cherai, etc are other popular beaches in the state which are ideal locations for holidays in Kerala, God’s Own Country. Besides beaches, there are many backwaters destinations in the state which are noted for peaceful holidays in the lap of nature. Alleppey, Kumarakom, Fort Kochi, Trivandrum, Thiruvallam, Kuttanad, Kollam, Kozhikode, etc are popular backwater destinations in the state. And vacationers can enjoy the best of backwater tourism by exciting and luxury houseboat cruise over the serene and scenic waterways. Houseboat stay is itself a unique experience of holidays in God’s Own Country – Kerala.

Munnar, Wayanad, Periyar, etc are some other popular destinations in the state which are known for making holidays the lap of nature. Refreshing air and soothing ambiance make these nature abundant destinations very popular among vacationers. Munnar is perhaps the most popular hill station in the state you will love to visit on your tours to Kerala, God’s Own Country. It is noted for refreshing air, soothing ambiance, lush plantation and diverse flora & fauna. Due to superb nature beauty, it is often referred to as the Kashmir of South India. Wayanad is simply beautiful gifted with extraordinary nature. Periyar is too blessed with nature beauty and noted for Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and beautiful lake called Periyar Lake. In short, Kerala Holidays promise vacationers for a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their vacations in the lap of nature which is extraordinary and beyond any description.

The Vulture is a Patient Bird

Lots of people are getting fed up looking at their cash earning next to nothing on deposit. Yes, it seems to make sense to hang on and just sit on the money, and yes, it is nice to have survived all the possible troubles so far, but hey, the boredom of it all!

A friend of mine phoned me recently saying that he is slowly going nuts waiting for some action. I smiled and told him “You mean you are itching to invest into some currency but are scared to take the plunge, right?”

“I guess” he said, waiting for me to come up with a suggestion without having to make it look like he was fishing for advice.

If the urge to get some currency action is strong enough and the feeling of sitting on non working money is unbearable, that is a situation which needs careful handling. One must not get into a state like an alcoholic who craves for a drink, or a gambler who needs to have a bet for the sake of having a bet.

It is not very easy to fall in love with any currency these days. However, it is not hard to feel jittery about holding one type in particular, namely Sterling. Lately, when I think of GBP,I see an acrobat wobbling on a tight rope with no safety net below and a strong gale approaching. Now, getting rid of it, means one has to get into another currency. Personally, I have the feeling that of late, the USD is beckoning and saying “Hey, come and get me before it is too late”. It does not mean that many people do not have a different opinion. This is just as well, since any market needs a buyer and a seller.

It does not need a lot of imagination to come to the conclusion that the USA will be the real first to come out of the recession. Equally, it does not need a lot of imagination to realize that it cannot be possible for GBP to be prodded up for ever or ride on the back of this or that sentiment or risk appetite. Somewhere along the line, all this has to be paid for in full. This will mean that the belt will have to be tightened, and whoever will tighten it, will not be too popular with the masses, as is invariably the case. But that of course, is another matter.

The weapons of opportunity have to be carefully maintained in tip top condition, as must be the knowledge of when and how best to use them to obtain maximum results. Everybody gets a chance to strike it right at least once, and I am sure many of you will admit you have had that chance, only to see it go out of the window due to being totally unprepared to grab it. This does not mean that one should consider dicey prospects. It is prudent to know when not to proceed, let go, and walk away.

With all this in mind, I phoned my friend saying that if the need was so great as to have to get into some action, then I would get rid of my pounds pronto, and get into dollars. I would not expect miracles immediately, but I would expect to go forward in style in due course. The game is not for tame little birds, it is more for vultures. They have a knack for spotting prey, but we know a vulture is a patient bird.

Tourism and Terrorism

Tourism is a relatively new phenomenon in the history of mankind. It appeared as such in the 19th century, when many people began to travel for pleasure and entertainment. From that moment on it has played a major role in the public life. It became possible for a lot of people to travel abroad and to get acquainted with other countries. But since then a certain negative aspects of social life have hindered the development of Tourism. One of them is terrorism. Tourism and terrorism can’t coexist in one place at the same time. On the contrary, countries where mass terrorist acts occur are not visited by many tourists and their tourist industry is in recession. A typical example in this relation is Israel. The country lies on the Mediterranean coast and has a very pleasant climatic conditions for mass recreational and cultural tourism(there are many historical sites and monuments), but the constant political tension and instability,the numerous suicidal attacks on public buildings, murders etc repel tourists. In their minds the name ‘Israel’ always will be associated with these things. Feeling threatened to loose their lives they will avoid this destination or visit it rarely. Similar example are the countries in Norther n Africa where a strong Islamic fundamentalism exists. Terrorism has a strong negative impact even in countries where there is a stable political system and strong traditions in the field of democracy. The collapse of the two twin towers in USA at 11th September 2001 was a major hit for the economy of USA and its tourism. The fear of more terrorist strikes caused many tourists,who intended to visit USA to cancel their trips. That reflected and enhanced the effect of the economic slump, which followed.

Statistical research reveals,that tourists react very sensitively to such calamities when making their choice of a tourist destination. A single terrorist attack can have a strong influence in a tourist spot or a whole tourist country. Where terrorist actions take lives of tourists the recovery of tourism is very difficult. . In Spain the renewed terrorist activity of the Basque separatists,deviated many tourists to the neighbouring destinations. The freedom of movement and restricted visa limitations for tourist travelers make it easy for terrorists disguised as tourists,to penetrate in a a certain tourist spot. A fresh example of that kind of terrorism is Egypt. Two years ago a bus full of tourists visiting the Pyramids was blown up by suicide terrorists,which merged with the crowd. As a result of that the tourism demand for Egypt dropped dramatically and the whole image of the country as a tourist destination was ruined. All these examples come to show how destructive the international terrorism may be not only for tourism but the whole economy and reputation of the country on the international stage.

That is why an international cooperation in the field of politics is needed to offset the negative consequences and if possible to prevent any future terrorist acts. The war against terror demands collective efforts of governments of all states and strong coordination between them. This will allow the terrorism to be rooted out from our modern society once and for all.

The Quickest Way to Make Money – Earning $5000 Dollars a Day

Humans have a natural, inbred desire to hunt and gather. We are just built that way and 100 million years of evolution created the way we are. In today’s civilized society, money has become the representational value of our hunt and gather lust.

Consumerism itself is just a modern day version of hunting down a Sabertooth tiger and proudly presenting its skin on the cave walls or home so all who come can see how well you hunt. Gathering or collecting, especially money, appeals to our sense of security and power.

The quickest way to make money is to gather it, that would equate to saving it. But the even quicker way to make money is to have it tumble in all by itself, on auto pilot. This is a new phenomenon and is an extension of our wish to gather what we value in abundance.

In the 1500’s banking was invented and the idea of interest and compound interest was created to satisfy one of the humans most basic urges. To gather what we value without having to constantly go out and get it. This is what interest and compound interest is. Even the bible talks about compound interest (I believe) when it states, “to he who has much even more will be given unto him, while he who has little will lose even the little he has”

Earning $5000 dollars a day is a simple matter if you are prepared to do the work. If your mind is stuck in the wage slave mentality, you may find it hard to imagine how this sort of wealth could be achieved. However, if you understand how time leverage works and can develop a system or a concept that can make you even a few dollars a day without you having to go out and gather it every day, but instead it comes to you on it’s own, then in that creative act you have the seed to manufacture a $5000 dollar a day income.