Taste Paraguay's delicious mistake

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In Paraguay's capital city of Asuncion, residents amble down the streets with jugs and insulated cups of all shapes and sizes, sipping yerba mate tea through straws. (Or perhaps it's terere, yerba mate's cold counterpart, served heavy over ice.)
Locals and visitors alike might stroll past a food stall hawking bori bori, a thick soup of corn flour dumplings and chicken.
There's also bife koygua to sample, beef smothered with fried onions and topped with a fried egg.
The more pescatarian-minded might try a bounty of fish like surubi, a type of bottom-dwelling catfish, and dorado, all straight from the Paraguay River.
But almost everyone will want to encounter one of the country's most intriguing dishes, which came about as a serendipitous failure.
Sopa paraguaya, which means Paraguayan soup, is a misnomer. It is not even close to being a soup; in fact, it's more akin to a cheesy cornbread.


Beijing’s extraordinary Grand Canal

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When I told Beijingers what my itinerary for their city included, they nodded along. The Forbidden City, of course. Tiananmen Square, yes. The Great Wall, naturally.
And then, when I listed my final stop – one almost as monumental as the Great Wall, as connected to the emperors as the Forbidden City and even more consequential to Beijing’s history than Tiananmen Square – they paused.
“The Grand Canal?” they asked. “Are you sure?”
If few Beijingers make it out to the Grand Canal, even fewer travellers do. The canal is a relatively well-known attraction in southern China, where barges and cruise ships alike ply the 2,500-year-old route. In Beijing, less so: hardly anyone realises that the canal runs an entire 1,794km north from Hangzhou to Beijing’s suburb of Tongzhou, located 35km west of Tiananmen Square.


A Step-By-Step Guide To Coping With Jet Lag

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Everyone knows that jet lag feeling: You're groggy at dinner, but unable to sleep at night; you can't muster hunger at socially appropriate times and even your digestive system doesn't seem to cooperate. The problems don't stop there -- one study found that chronic jet lag could be an occupational hazard: Female flight attendants who reported suffering the most from sleep disturbance and disrupted circadian rhythms -- hallmarks of jet lag -- also had higher levels of cortisol in saliva samples and struggled with working memory.
In other words? It's time to get with the (local) program fast.
"People tolerate a few times zones without too much difficulty," Timothy Morgenthaler, M.D., president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and a board-certified sleep physician, tells HuffPost. "If you're zipping more time zones, do some planning."


9 Things You Didn't Know About Disney World

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No American institution is so equally beloved and reviled as Walt Disney World, the epicenter of childhood fantasy and fanny-pack fashion in Central Florida. But whether you love it or hate it, its intricacies are no less fascinating.
Among the Disneyphile contingent (of which I am unabashedly a member) there exists the popular pastime of swapping Disney "secrets" in the hopes that your knowledge of Disney will reign supreme. There's no sense in spouting BS, either, as lovers of all things Disney will call you out quicker than Pinocchio's nose grows. But deep actual knowledge means something to us.
In the spirit of showing off, here are a few of my favorite Walt Disney World factoids you probably never knew about.
1. The Magic Kingdom is actually on the second floor 


Go Round Asia with SkyTeam

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LOS ANGELES, 28 July 2014 - SkyTeam, the largest airline alliance in the Asia Pacific region, has launched its new Go Round Asia and Southwest Pacific Pass, providing customers with a flexible way to explore 26 countries.
The latest in SkyTeam's series of regional travel passes, the Go Round Asia and Southwest Pacific pass has been designed as a 'mini-Round the World' ticket that offers cost savings on flights operated by SkyTeam members serving these regions.
Customers wishing to purchase a Go Round Asia and Southwest Pacific Pass can choose from a minimum of three to a maximum of 11 flights for travel in Economy or Business Class. Fares are calculated within three mileage bands of 13,000, 17,000 and 21,000 miles and travel must begin and end in the same country and at least one stop must be in Australia or New Zealand.


#RealTravel: My Vacation to Indonesia Led to Love

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Who: Sarah and Daniel Krings
Where we met: Pulau Weh, Sumatra, Indonesia
When: 2008
Relationship status: Married
(As told by Sarah)
In May 2008, I had just come out of a relationship, was bored with my job, and in need of a mini adventure. A good friend was working as a scuba diving instructor on an island called Pulau Weh off the tip of Sumatra, and she invited me to visit her. It sounded like the perfect place for a break.


It's Now or Never: Secrets to Booking a Last-Minute Labor Day Getaway

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You’ve spent the past few weeks trying to choose among the spa weekend, the beach vacation, or the out-of-town cookout with friends. Well, now it’s crunch time: Labor Day weekend is only a week away. Lots of last-minute travelers are deciding how and where to spend the holiday. Here are some tips that you can use to plan that last-minute, end-of-summer hurrah!
1.) Look at family-friendly destinations. 


Top 10 Tips To Keep Kids Active During The Long Vacation

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The long vacation is often viewed as not only a break from school but also a break from learning and a time for children to be carefree - when basically 'kids can be kids'. But did you know that this vacation is also a period where the rate of academic development declines amongst children, especially if they are not engaged in educational and recreational activities? Children are learning all the time, even when school is out, and so the founder of The Spelling Bee Ghana and the Vlisco Ambassador 2014 has developed 10 top tips to keep your children active during the long vacation:
1. Read to Achieve!


Tourism Prospects Amidst The Ghana Summer Beach Rave 2014

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s our national anthem prophetically puts it, 'God Bless our Homeland Ghana', we will all admit that our dear beloved country has been blessed beyond measure. Our beautiful landmarks and tourists' sights have in a way made this country a hub for tourism by all standards.
But we will all also agree that these tourism prospects have been very much underutilized to maximize huge profits. One such tourism prospect has been our beaches. The deplorable states of our beaches have not only dented the sanitation prowess of the country but also in a little way caused some form of financial loss to the state in my opinion as very little effort is put in revamping this prospect.


Etihad Airways Unveils World's Most Luxurious Passenger Jets

"The Residence" is the featured attraction on Etihad's new upper-deck cabin on its Airbus A380 aircraft.

Etihad Airways obviously had a clear agenda when redesigning the cabins on its Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jets -- come up with a product so outlandishly luxurious that the world's jet setters are left with no question as to who's leading the inflight glitz game.
Case in point: on Etihad, travelers will soon be able to fly commercially in their own private residence with access to a Savoy Academy-trained butler, gourmet chef and concierge.
Unveiled at a weekend launch to introduce Etihad's redesigned/renamed A380 and B787 cabins, "The Residence by Etihad" -- available only on the airline's A380 jets -- is a three-room VIP suite with its own living room, double bedroom and ensuite shower.
Etihad says the space will sit in the upper-deck cabin and be available for single or double occupancy.


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