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Taxis in Morocco Taxis in Morocco
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Taxis in Morocco
Taxis in Morocco
Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca, Morocco
Type : Taxis
If you go to Morocco, you must know that unlike in Europe, Taxis are the most popular way of public transportation in Morocco, and the most widely spread in Morocco. How the Taxis system works is very different from Europe: there are two categories of Taxis. The first one is the "Taxi Sghir"=Small taxi. It's an urban taxis that can't leave the city it is in. It has a maximum capacity of 3 passengers, and unlike in Europe where the Taxi isn't free until it dropped the current passenger, the small taxi can stop during your route to pick up other passengers that are going in the same direction. Taxis will always try to fill the 3 free seats. Those small taxis have a counter that they start when you enter the taxi, but if you enter a taxi with passengers already inside, remember the counter's current number because not all taxis have a "smart counter" that can start from zero for each new passenger, so the price you will pay is the difference between the displayed number when you reach your destination and the number that was displayed when you entered the taxi. The minimum fare is 5 dirhams (MAD)=0.45€ Please bare in mind that if you are a man, it is almost rude not to seat in the front seat if it's empty; if the front seat is taken when you enter the taxi, once the persons leaves the taxi, the driver will ask you to come sit in the front. If the taxi isn't empty, you have to announce your destination to the driver before jumping in because he might tell you that your destination is not on his route. They have different colors depending on the city* The second one is "Taxi Kbir"=Big taxi : Those taxis have pre-defined routes, and pre-defined prices for those routes. They can travel long distances (inter-cities for example). If you are a tourist be very carefull with the price they announce, check with a local if you can to see if it's the correct price. This taxi allows maximum 6 passengers (4 in the back seats and 2 in the front passenger seat) so prepare to be squeezed because most of those taxis only are 5 seats car, unless you wish to pay for the missing passenger (e.g. if the price is 10 dirham per passenger, you will pay 10dh if the taxi is full, but if you are alone you will pay 60dh (10 x 6), if it's just you and a friend you will pay 30 each, etc. * Blue: Al Rachida, Rabat, Chefchaouen Blue sky: Tanger (with a horizontal yellow line), Meknes and Taza Red: Nador, Azilal, Casablanca, Fez, Oujda White: Ouarzazate, Taroudant, El Jadida Ocre: Marrakech Orange: Berkane, Agadir Yellow: Midelt Light yellow: Tetouan Green: Azrou, Aklim, Ifrane Light green: Mohammedia
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Kukulkan pyramid
Kukulkan pyramid
Acapulco, Mexico
Acapulco, Mexico
Type : Other
Almost halfway between Mérida and Cancún, on the airy esplanade from the low jungle of the Yucatán Península, the Kukulkan pyramid represents the centre of the architectural complex Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city, invaded by the Toltec warriors from the tenth century, coming from their capital, Tula - central Mexico today. In the sun or in the shade of clouds, the harmony of this pyramid in steps, with a height of 24 m, seems really perfect: the four -sided stone tilts with finesse to the horizons and the small platform top is a temple (with height 6 m) dedicated to the cult of the god Kukulkan - the feathered serpent or Quetzalcóatl. The faces are made up of nine terraces, each with 52 boxes decorated flat, rectangular. A series of 91 steps cut narrow middle of each of the four sides of the pyramid, sandwiched between linear rails. The North side of the building, however, has a particularity: at the encounter with the earth, the two rails end in two large statues carved in stone, the snake heads representing the god Kukulkan. The composition of the pyramid determines the start of the count: 18 sections of an upper terraces - the 18 months of the Mayan solar calendar ; 52 boxes for what the Mayans considered " century" by combining the sacred with the solar calendar ; 364 steps ( 91x4 ) plus platform - number of days in the solar calendar. Although the pyramid served to the Kukulkan cult, the numerological interpretations and the very clear data about the Mayans' knowledge of astronomy, put it directly related to the sun worship. Access to the pyramid was banned a few years ago to avoid irreversible damage. However, because of the slight distance from the square base, the proportionality of the architectural elements is best admired. But what turns out to be the highlight of the pyramid gathers twice a year thousands of visitors to Chichén Itzá: the symbolic lowering of the feathered Serpent, an extraordinary effect of light observed for ten minutes in the days of equinox, March 20 and September 21 at around 3 pm. The sunlight gradually forms off the northwest face, a sequence of seven triangles of light that fills gradually the descending line, like the body of a snake. Once it arrives at the base, this "snake" is completed by the union with the carved head Kukulkan, likely to play the leading role in agrarian rituals, deeply connected to the rhythm of nature. Another great detail of the pyramid, still the subject of scientific controversy, impresses the audience: the echo formed on the north side of the row of steps. If one claps, it feels like the sound hits the stones and generates the cry of the Quetzal bird, symbolizing the Mayans' creative force, uniting with the serpent god Kukulkan personification.
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Pattaya City Pattaya City Pattaya City
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Pattaya
Pattaya City
Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
Type : Other
Pattaya City (" the wind south-west monsoon ") is located on the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Chon Buri province, 160 km southeast of Bangkok. Pattaya City is one of the most popular resorts in southern Thailand and in the world, a world center of entertainment. The biggest attraction in Pattaya is the vibrant nightlife, famous throughout the world, countless discos, bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues being concentrated everywhere. Whether you travel here alone, with friends or family there will be a corner of heaven for you, enjoying the most of what you want: comfort, relaxation, tranquility or fun, excitement and new experiences. It looks like a modern city with an impeccable hotel infrastructure. It is a quality shopping center with diverse commodities at reasonable prices. Beaches: - The main beach is called Pattaya Beach and it,s situated along the city and bordered by a promenade where a multitude of shops, hotels, restaurants and entertainment centers are aligned. The middle and southern parts are very animated, due to its location in proximity to shops, discos and bars, while the northern part of the beach is more quiet, designed for relaxation. - Jamtien beach is preferred by those who want a relaxing holiday in the company of family or practitioners of water sports enthusiasts. Here lies the Leisure Park Tower Pattaya and Pattaya Water Park with numerous pools and huge slides. For the more adventurous travelers it is dedicated a section from the beach at Pattaya Klang to the port area, adjacent to nightclubs and entertainment venues. 7.5 km west of Pattaya it's found one of the most beautiful places in the world – the Ko LAN Island, famous for its fine white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, coral reefs and exotic fish. All water,on land or extreme sports are common in Pattaya, whether you choose diving, surfing, jet skiing, bungee jumping, karting, scuba diving, paragliding, windsurfing or parasailing. For a perfect combination of relaxation , fun and culture , we recommend visiting the city and the surrounding areas, the Wat Phra Yai temple, which houses a huge statue of Buddha , the Elephant Village , where you can ride on the animals' back, the Zoo in Sriracha - home to more than 200 Bengal tigers and 15 000 crocodiles, the Sanctuary of Truth , filled with sculptures that show the Asian philosophies , Mini Siam, where we can admire over 100 miniature models of famous buildings worldwide or the Suan Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens.
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The beauty of Bali
Denpasar, Indonesia
Denpasar, Indonesia
Type : Town information
If you want to discover "the paradise of the world", Bali is an island, very green, accentuated by the numerous rice fields that are covering a part of the island. The Bali island belongs to Indonesia and is famous for the tropical beaches and volcanic beauty with the huge palm trees and flowers. Hes original art, completes the landscape through sculpture, painting, dance and ceremonies dedicated to the gods. Bali combines the image of a tropical island with sun, sand and sea with the bustle of the restaurants, bars and shops. Here you will find blue lakes, very deep, surrounded by green pastures, lakes of volcanic origin, because Bali is a volcanic island. Some volcanoes, are still active. Everywhere around you'll discover a huge sea of flowers. In every place you will go, you should not go more than a few meters, you will come across flowers. Most of the flowers appear, open and fall over several days. The Balinese people use the flowers as gifts for the gods. If you wake up in the morning and you will take a walk on the city streets you will see how all the inhabitants put in front of the house, of their shops or offices, a basket woven of the banana leaves filled with flowers. This are gifts to the gods, gifts meant to bless their day. Among the natural attractions of Bali are the vast fine sand beaches, the quick rivers, the sacred caves and the lush tropical forest. The cultural heritage of the island is visible everywhere - over 20,000 temples and palaces, many festivals and ceremonies, which combines theater, music and dance. Despite the globalization, the inhabitants are simple people who even if they found the technology, they proudly continue to dress in their traditional clothes and continues undisturbed their ceremonies more or less religious. • When you can go in Bali The best period to visit Bali is from May to October, when it is the dry season and when is a great chances of sun. • Public transport The public transport is practically nonexistent. The most common means of transport are the taxi for tourists and the scooters for the islanders. Even so, the prices are very reasonable. • The money in Bali Here and there you can pay in US dollars or Australian dollars, but it is best to pay in the Indonesian rupee. There are exchange offices everywhere, and you can change dollars and euros, but also you can take money from ATMs • The prices Prices are very low. You can negotiate the prices for absolutely any product or service you want. You can get lower prices with 40-60%. Only the prices in the supermarkets are fixed. • The food The food is very good and cheap. Nasi goreng, the translation for fried rice, is the Indonesian national dish and season with chicken or sea food. On the second place, among the favorite foods in Bali is me goreng, the variant with frying noodles. Soto ayam is a traditional chicken soup cooked with eggs, vegetables and spices. You must also try Sate - pieces of meat on bamboo sticks. In matters of drinks you must try the rice wine and fruit juices. Coffee lovers should know that here in Bali you can find Kopi Luwak, the most expensive and finest coffee in the world. My advice: eat in restaurants frequented by tourists and avoid buying the prepared food from the street merchants. • The trips It is recommended that you make the trips with a guide who also has a car. Why? Because the roads are very small, and the traffic is very chaotic. My advice: enjoy the beautiful landscapes, and do not look at the drivers! • Visiting the temples You can visit temples only if you wear the sarong (including men). My advice: to save some money, I recommend you to buy the sarong (are very cheap), it's pointless to rent them from every temple, will cost you much more • The handicrafts from Bali In Bali each village had his craft. Here you will find: stone carving, wood carving, creating jewelery, etc. If you want to learn some crafts from the island, you can subscribe to the classes and you can keep the products created by you. • Touristic atractions Do not miss the beautiful attractions and tours as: Kintamani Volcano Tour, The "Mother Temple", Bedugul Tour, North Bali Tour, Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot Tour or Handicraft Villages and Ubud Tour. • Traditional Balinese Dance Most of the dance performances are kept in the evening, but you can see the Barong dance in the morning shows. The most representatives traditional dances are: • Barong - this dance is a representation of the struggle between the forces of chaos and destruction (Rangda) and those of order (the Barong) • Legong - very stylized and difficult dance, performed by young girls. It has a choreography that takes account of many details and not allow improvisation • Kecak - ritual dance, created in 1930 by Walter Spies. It impresses by a very large chorus (up to 100 singers). • The Dance of Fire - is a dance of exorcism of the evil forces - the girls are dancing barefoot through hot coals. • Ramayana - this dance is performed at various ceremonies • Wayang Kulit - is a puppet show in which the audience see only the shadows. The themes of the representations are inspired from myths and legends. The shows can take several hours, during which a puppeteer controls hundreds of dolls. • Souvenirs As souvenirs I would recommend you the famous Indonesian coffee, the natural teas, the spices, the silk scarves, silver jewelrys, the frames decorated with banana leaves and wood carvings. You can find all this to merchants with which you can negotiate.
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Berlin's wall - Germany Berlin's wall - Germany Berlin's wall - Germany Berlin's wall - Germany
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Berlin's wall - Germany
Berlin's wall - Germany
Berlin, Germany
Berlin, Germany
Type : Town information
The beautiful Berlin Wall, which divided the city into two parts, east and west, was a symbol of the Cold War. The German Democratic Republic government built the wall to prevent the East Germans to to escape in the West Germany. A big part of it was demolished ever since the border between East and West was opened in 1989. After the World War II, Germany was divided into four zones: one American, British, French and Soviet. Berlin was also divided into four sectors. In 1948, the Soviet authorities tried to annex the entire city and started a blockade of the western sectors. But the plans have failed due to the air transport sectors in the West and in May 1949 the blockade was lifted. In the same year Germany became the Soviet GDR - German Democratic Republic with its capital in East Berlin. The other zones became West Germany - German Federal Republic with its capital in Bonn. The western part of Berlin became an enclave surrounded by East Germany. Until 1961 the Germans from East Germany could move freely between East Berlin and the West until in 1961 when up to 20,000 East Germans were fleeing each month to West Berlin. On August 12, 1961, the East German authorities decided to close the border with the Western sectors of Berlin to prevent people to escape. Officially, this measure was an anti fascist protective barrier designed to keep the East against the West German aggression. The next day of this action, on August 13, West Berlin was surrounded by barbed wire. The border traffic was stopped and the subway and the train system that connects different parts of the city were stopped. The houses in the eastern part of the border were evacuated and the windows overlooking the border were walled. Over time, the barbed wire was replaced with a 3.6 meter high wall. Along the wall on the east appeared "the dead zone", an area controlled by guards. A total of 302 guard towers and 20 bunkers were built along the border - 155 km. The guards had orders to shoot anyone who tried to escape from the communist camp. As a result 192 people were killed in their attempt to cross the border to the West. After the Soviet president Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev visited the West German in 1989, Hungary opened its borders to Austria. This allowed the East Germans to migrate en masse to the West. Meanwhile, the street protests that have attracted more and more people put pressure on the government of the GDR. Finally on November 9, 1989, the travel restrictions were lifted. Shortly after this the border gates were opened and the people just invaded the West Berlin. The vast majority of the wall was knocked down since then, but some areas still remain standing. The most famous part of the wall is 1316 meters in length, called Gallery East. It lies between Warschauer Strasse and Ostbahnhof and contains 106 paintings. Other smaller parts of the wall can be found at Center Memorial in Bernauer Strasse, from where the destruction of the official of the Wall began at Potsdamer Platz, the Reichstag, Invaliedenfriedhof Bornholmer Strasse, Nieder-Kirchner Strasse, and Zimmerstrasse near Checkpoint Charlie.
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Walking tour in Lyon City Center
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Walking tour in Lyon
Walking tour in Lyon City Center
Lyon, France
Lyon, France
Type : Walking tours
This walking tour will make you discover the city center of Lyon, the 2nd biggest city in France, and the historic capital of the Gauls; It is also considered as the gastronomic capital in France, thanks ot a great culinary tradition. Visit Lyon walking is the best way to enjoy this marvelous town, with a mixture of beautiful architecture going from the first to the second millenium. A-B; Visit the Presqu'île starting from the place Bellecourt then go up the Rue de la République until you reach the Opera of Lyon and the main City Hall, C-D: Go to the other side of the town hall to see the main facade of the city hall and Place des Terraux E-F: Go Down the street Rue du Président Edouard Herriot until you reach Rue de Grenette, than go to the right until you reach Rue Mercière Go down rue Merciere which is a beautiful historic street full of bars and restaurants, until you reach Place de Jacobins. Just before Place des Jacobins, you can see to the left, the Passage de l'Argue where you can find beautifuk traditional shops. G- Take on the right Rue de l'ancienne prefecture to Reach Quai Saint Antoine; Cross the bridge in front of the Palais de Justice (the old court house). H- Go left to the Saint Jean Cathedral Visit the cathedral and the amazing 17th century clock inside Take the Saint Jean Street to the end Then when you reach Rue St. Francois vernay and do the opposite direction by taking Rue de la Juiverie and Rue du Boeuf. When You reach the Hotel La Cour des Loges; Visit the inner courtyard of the Hotel and enjoy the beautiful Architecture of this building, which gives you an good idea about the Architecture of all the buildings in the Vieux Lyon. When in Rue Saint Jean, try to enter into buildings with a metal plate outside signifying it is a historic building. They are usually opened during the day and you will discover the famous Traboules. They are inner courts allowing you to go from a street to the paralle one, passing through these beautiful historic buildings. J- Continue to the end of the street until you reach again to find the Saint Jean Cathedral to your Left. In four hours you will have visited the Presqu'ile and the Vieux Lyon, composing the historic part of the Capital of the Gauls.
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Romanian culinary tastes - festivals Romanian culinary tastes - festivals Romanian culinary tastes - festivals Romanian culinary tastes - festivals Romanian culinary tastes - festivals
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Romanian culinary tastes - festivals
Romanian culinary tastes - festivals
Suceava, Romania
Suceava, Romania
Type : Touristic Guides
If you visit Romania and if you are a big foodie and you want to discover some culinary goodies I recommend you the following festivals: - The Pancakes Festival from Prejmer - Braşov Is organized every year before entering into the Easter Lent, according to the Evangelical Church calendar. The festival is inspired by the Saxon traditions. The Caravan is the center of the party. It includes accordionists, drummers, masked trumpeters and the beautiful stove cart wich prepare the pancakes. The event ends with a masquerade. - The Pig Festival of Mangalia - Baia Mare It is a unique event national and international during which are promoted the tasty traditional products resulted from the Mangalita pig meat. Mangalita pig has a history of over 200 years. Its meat is almost as healthy as the salmon. - "Cheese of Brăduleţ" Festival - Brăduleţ - Arges The event takes place over three consecutive days, in three villages: Gales, Bradet and Brăduleţ. In each day of the festival, the village which hosts the event is promoting his own values related to the local cultural identities, including: homemade cheese, cheese, cottage cheese, the curd cheese from başchiu and more. - The Trout Festival, Ciocăneşti – Suceava The National Festival of Trouts includes a series of complex manifestations such as fishing sport contests, culinary competitions, a beautiful contest of anecdotes and jokes, the folk parade, folk performances and entertainment, exhibitions, tastings, brass bands, balls, rustic and traditional meals. - Figs Festival, Svinita – Mehedinti The festival aims to promote the local products from figs and multiethnic culture of the Danube Gorge. Among the activities included in the program are: presentation and tasting of traditional products from figs, jam, brandy, fresh figs, figs cakes, fruit picking, the folk parade and some folk performances provided by artistic group of Clisura Danube and from Serbia .
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A few reasons to visit South Africa A few reasons to visit South Africa A few reasons to visit South Africa A few reasons to visit South Africa A few reasons to visit South Africa A few reasons to visit South Africa
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A few reasons to visit South Africa
A few reasons to visit South Africa
Durban, South Africa
Durban, South Africa
Type : Touristic Guides
South Africa is a wonderful country, so I am going to enumerate some reasons, which I hope to convince you to visit it. I urge you to visit South Africa because you will be able to visit and admire the following: Safari, exotic animals, Zulus, football, rugby, extreme sports, incredible beaches, parks, hotels and restaurants of the highest quality, some of the best wines in the world and an overwhelming history. First of all you should not miss the Kruger National Park -a park considered a veritable heaven for thousands of years. For the South African hunters and gatherers, the Kruger National Park, has become today one of the largest and most famous natural reserves of the world. Here you can admire 1982 plant species, 517 bird species, 147 mammal species and 114 species of reptiles, including 3000 crocodiles. In the park can also be found 350 African wild dogs, a species of which there are less than 400 copies. South Africa has the biggest baobab in the world. The tree about I will tell you, is in the small village of Modjadjiskloof, in the north and is one of the main attractions of Limpopo municipality. Its age exceeds 6000 years, making it even older than the Egyptian pyramids. What is interesting about this tree is one of his characteristics… the more older he is, the trunk remains empty inside, but this does not affect his existence. Today, in the great auditorium of the tree it is a bar with a capacity of 60 seats. Does it seem a lot? Then I must tell you that today, the baobab circumference is 47 meters, and his height is around 22 meters. Among other interesting places to visit, I suggest you the Südwind Caves. These are located in the province of Mpumalanga, in the east of South Africa. The Südwind Caves are considered the oldest caves in the world, with an age that exceeds 240 million years. Moreover, the rocks that form the walls of the caves dates from the Precambrian, being formed 3.8 billion years ago. Südwind Caves host today some beautiful concerts, and offers the tourist a journey of 5 hours among some of the rarest and most beautiful creations of nature, including the famous Crystal Room, made of aragonite crystals. If you are among the lovers of water, sand and sun, you should not miss the Durban beaches. Here you will find palm trees, golden sand, huge waves - ideal for surfing, lagoons with calm waters in which to spend time with family, five-star hotels, luxury apartments and one of the largest and wealthiest ports of the world, all in a warm climate throughout the year, specific of the Indian Ocean. These are just a few reasons to visit South Africa ... but of course there are many more! Do not forget to take your camera, you will remain with some great memories!
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Where do we eat in Sighisoara, Romania Where do we eat in Sighisoara, Romania Where do we eat in Sighisoara, Romania Where do we eat in Sighisoara, Romania Where do we eat in Sighisoara, Romania Where do we eat in Sighisoara, Romania
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Where do we eat in Sighisoara, Romania
Where do we eat in Sighisoara, Romania
Sighisoara, Romania
Sighisoara, Romania
Type : Touristic Guides
Being one of the only walled city in Romania that are still standing upright in good condition and even inhabited Sighisoara gather every year thousands of Romanian and foreign tourists. Sighisoara is one of the cities from Transylvania that deserve a visit even for a few hours. From the Fortress up to the streets and old buildings, all breathes the rich history of the area. And because every tourist needs a break to get a snack and recharge the batteries, I will recommend you a tree options full of personality for the lunch or dinner. Joseph T Restaurant & Wine Bar The hotel restaurant, Central Park, from Sighisoara is an excellent choice for a relaxing meal for lunch or a romantic dinner extended, due to its location in downtown, near the park at just 150 meters from the Clock Tower and the Medieval Fortress. Joseph T Restaurant &Wine Bar is unique because here the tourists are encouraged to taste some of the most noble wines of the area. Location: Sighisoara, str. 25 Hermann Oberth Cuisine: American, French, Mediterranean, Romanian. Casa cu Cerb (The House with Stag) The Restaurant House with Stag is easy to find thanks to the outer painting representing a deer in size. Placed in one of the oldest buildings in the city, initially built as a home wooden frame in the thirteenth century and modernized in the seventeenth century house with deer, is open as a restaurant and as a cultural center Roman-German for 17 years. Among the specialties prepared worth mentioning primarily the deer steak, extremely popular among both the Romanian and foreign tourists. Location: Sighisoara, Str. Scolii no. 1 Cuisine: Romanian, traditional. Casa Dracula (Dracula's House) Located in the town center, near the tower, the restaurant is in one of the oldest buildings in town, lived in the house where ruler Vlad the Impaler. Besides the traditional food prepared according to the local customs and served in generous portions, the restaurant The house of Dracula has to offer and a unique experience, customers can ask to visit Vlad Tepes room. Location: Str. Cositorarilor, no. 5 Cuisine: international, Romanian The three restaurants that I presented caught my attention very much, but are not the only ones. In the center of Sighisoara you will find many more locations, both very nice coffee shops and restaurants surrounded by a lovely atmosphere.
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Cyber Security Tips for Traveling Abroad with Mobile Electronic Devices
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Cybersecurity tips for travellers
Cyber Security Tips for Traveling Abroad with Mobile Electronic Devices
Paris, France
Paris, France
Type : Safety
Cyber Security Tips for Traveling Abroad with Mobile Electronic Devices Note: This web page is intended to outline steps, tips, and guidelines that you can use to protect yourself, your information, and your mobile devices when you travel abroad. Introduction To maintain contact with work, family, and friends, most persons, when traveling abroad prefer to use a mobile electronic communication device(s). Mobile electronic devices such as laptops, cell phones, and tablets, when taken abroad, may be successfully attacked with malware and automated attack tools. These devices, even when kept current with security software, may not be able to thwart such an attack. As part of a renowned research university, NDSU's faculty, scholars, and staff often travel abroad for research, collaboration, continued study, or to present at national gatherings. When traveling to certain countries where there is strong scientific competition, the country is not on friendly terms with the United States, there is civil unrest or political discord, or where violence and crime are prevalent, they may become victims of cyber-attacks, cybercrime, monitoring or surveillance. This is particularly true if the individual is engaged in classified or proprietary research in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program. Institutional leaders who are politically or religiously active, fluent speakers of the language, and individual tourists may also be actively targeted. Acknowledgement Credit and appreciation given to Joe St. Sauver, Manager for Internet 2 Nationwide Security Programs and the InCommon Certificate program, for allowing the use of large excerpts from his articles "Travel to Destinations other Than China or the Russian Federation," and Cyber Security and Travel to China or the Russian Federation," March, 2012. Frequently Asked Questions What can happen to my mobile electronic devices when I travel abroad? What can I do to protect myself, my electronic devices, and my information when I am traveling abroad? Are there additional tips and guidelines that I can use when I travel to countries that are less than friendly or there is civil unrest, or where crime and violence are prevalent? Are there other resources where I can find information on the country(s) that I am planning to travel to? What can happen to my mobile electronic devices when I travel abroad? Depending on where you plan to travel to, electronic communication devices, when taken abroad, may be subject to involuntary official govermental review and possible duplication of the hard drive's contents. NDSU and University System policies require that any hard drive which contains personally identifiable information, financial, proprietary, or intellectual property be encrypted. Use of encryption to protect information may be forbidden in some countries. And, if your encryption product allows you to "hide" information, those "hidden" areas can be detected, and you could be subject to criminal charges by the country's government. Because it is difficulty to monitor encrypted traffic, use of secure ("https") websites and/or use of virtual private networks (VPNs) may be blocked by some countries. Attempts to circumvent national censorship of certain websites, such as some mainstream western social media sites, is discouraged. If you are found to be using a product to circumvent the blocking of censored websites, you may be warned, have your electronic devices confiscated, or you may become subject to criminal charges. Personal privacy may not be respected. Even private spaces such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and taxis may be subject to video, audio, or other monitoring. This type of surveillance may be able to track your whereabouts, what you may be doing, what's on your electronic device, and what you may be entering into it. Conversations either in person or on a phone may be monitored. Local colleagues may be required to report any conversations held with foreigners. What can I do to protect myself, my electronic devices, and my information when I am traveling abroad? The guidelines and recommendations listed below outline and define steps you can take to protect yourself, your information, and your electronic devices. If possible, do not take your work or personal devices with you. Use a temporary device, such as an inexpensive laptop and/or a prepaid "throw away" cell phone purchased specifically for travel. If you must take your electronic device(s) with you, only include information that you will need for your travel. Be sure that any device with an operating system and software is fully patched and up-to-date with all institutional recommended security software. When not in use, turn off the device(s). Do allow them to be in "sleep" or "hibernation" mode when they are not in active use. Be sure to password or passcode protect the device. Do not use the same passwords/passcodes that you use on your work and personal devices. The password/passcode should be long and complex. Minimize the data contained on the device. This is particularly true of logins and passwords, credit card information, your social security number, passport number, etc. Assume that anything you do on the device, particularly over the Internet, will be intercepted. In some cases, encrypted data may be decrypted. Never use shared computers in cyber cafes, public areas, hotel business centers, or devices belonging to other travelers, colleagues, or friends. Keep the device(s) with you at all times during your travel. Do not assume they will be safe in your hotel room or in a hotel safe. Upon returning from your travels, immediately discontinue use of the device(s). The hard drive of the devices should be reformatted, and the operating system and other related software reinstalled, or the device properly disposed of. Change any and all passwords you may have used abroad. Are there additional tips and guidelines that I can use when I travel to countries that are less than friendly or there is civil unrest, or where crime and violence are prevalent? Before you travel: Tape over any integrated laptop cameras, or disable them. Physically disconnect any integrated laptop microphones Install a privacy screen on your laptop to discourage "shoulder surfing." Disable all file sharing. Disable all unnecessary network protocols (e.g., WiFi, Bluetooth, infrared, etc.) Backup any data you may have stored on the device. Leave unneeded car keys, house keys, smart cards, credit cards, swipe cards, or fobs you would use to access your work place, or other areas, and any other access control devices you may have at home. Clean out your purse or wallet of any financial information such as bank account numbers, logins and passwords, any RFID cards (including U.S. Government Nexus "trusted traveler" cards) should be carried inside an RF-shielded cover. If you need to send and receive email while traveling, create a temporary "throw away" account on Microsoft Outlook or a similar service before you travel. Additional smart tips for traveling abroad in less than friendly countries: Do not send any sensitive messages via email. Limit or avoid making or receiving voice calls, using voice mail, instant messaging, text messaging, or sending and/or receiving faxes. Are there other resources where I can find information on the country(s) that I am planning to travel to? There are several good resources to review when planning to travel abroad. They include: An informative brochure published by the FBI that covers information and suggestions for business trave abroad. Click here to read the brochure. The U.S. has a website where you can check the safety and security level of the country(s) you are planning to travel to. Click here to go to the link. Many governments track international conditions and provide advice and information for those considering travel. Note that countries view risks differently, or have different levels of insight into particular regions. It might be in your best interest to review all of the recommended websites below for current conditions relating to the country or countries to which you're planning travel. The British Foreign Office's Travel Advice by Country Canada's Forign Affairs and International Trade Travel Reports and Warnings Australia's Smartraveller Travel Advisory Service
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Ski slopes in Romania – Part I Ski slopes in Romania – Part I
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Ski slopes in Romania – Part I
Ski slopes in Romania – Part I
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Type : Road trips
Below you can find the most beautiful Ski slopes from Romania. Alba County Vârtop 1 - located in Arieseni with a length of 1000 meters Vârtop 2 - located in Arieseni with a length of 420 meters Bihor County Stana de Vale - located in Stana de Vale with a length of 550 meters Bistrita Nasaud County Tihuta 1 -located in Piatra Fantanele with a length of 380 meters Tihuta 2 -located in Piatra Fantanele with a length of 800 meters Tihuta 3 -located in Piatra Fantanele with a length of 300 meters Brasov County Bran 1 -located in Bran with a length of 700 meters Bran 2 -located in Bran with a length of 700 meters Bradul -located in Poiana Brasov with a length of 500 meters Drumul Roşu -located in Poiana Brasov with a length of 4600 meters Kanzel -located in Poiana Brasov with a length of 310 meters Lupului -located in Poiana Brasov with a length of 2850 meters Ruia -located in Poiana Brasov with a length of 550 meters Slalom -located in Poiana Brasov with a length of 550 meters Stadion -located in Poiana Brasov with a length of 300 meters Subteleferic -located in Poiana Brasov with a length of 2200 meters Sulinar -located in Poiana Brasov with a length of 2450 meters Cioplea -located in Predeal with a length of 200 meters Clăbucet Plecare -located in Predeal with a length of 2100 meters Clăbucet Sosire -located in Predeal with a length of 800 meters Clăbucet Variantă -located in Predeal with a length of 790 meters Clîbucet Scoală -located in Predeal with a length of 200 meters Cocoşul -located in Predeal with a length of 2250 meters Gârbova -located in Predeal with a length of 900 meters Subteleferic -located in Predeal with a length of 1200 meters Trei Brazi -located in Predeal with a length of 300 meters Caras-Severin County Nordica (Caldare) -located in Muntele Mic with a length of 1200 meters Sub Teleschi -located in Muntele Mic with a length of 3300 meters Valea Soarelui -located in Muntele Mic with a length of 760 meters Crucea de Brazi -located in Valiug with a length of 750 meters Goznuţa -located in Valiug with a length of 700 meters Semenic -located in Valiug with a length of 350 meters Slalom -located in Valiug with a length of 520 meters Slalom Uriaş -located in Valiug with a length of 1200 meters Cluj County Mare -located in Baisoara with a length of 1200 meters Slalom -located in Baisoara with a length of 300 meters Feleac -located in Feleacu with a length of 765 meters Gorj County Rânca Medie -located in Ranca with a length of 550 meters Rânca Uşoară -located in Ranca with a length of 650 meters Harghita County Lobogo -located in Baile Homorod with a length of 400 meters Baile Tusnad -located in Baile Tusnad with a length of 500 meters "Prichindelul" -located in Borsec with a length of 814 meters "Speranţa" -located in Borsec with a length of 680 meters "Verofeny"-located in Borsec with a length of 814 meters Csipike -located in Harghita Bai with a length of 400 meters Kosut -located in Harghita Bai with a length of 630 meters Kosut 2 -located in Harghita Bai with a length of 800 meters Kosut 3 -located in Harghita Bai with a length of 1000 meters Miklos -located in Harghita Bai with a length of 200 meters Ozon -located in Harghita Bai with a length of 300 meters Tofalvi -located in Harghita Bai with a length of 200 meters Izvorul Mureşului -located in Izvorul Muresului with a length of 620 meters Bradul -located in Toplita with a length of 1000 meters Măgheruş -located in Toplita with a length of 460 meters
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What it is good to know when we visit a natural park? What it is good to know when we visit a natural park? What it is good to know when we visit a natural park? What it is good to know when we visit a natural park? What it is good to know when we visit a natural park? What it is good to know when we visit a natural park? What it is good to know when we visit a natural park?
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What it is good to know when we visit a natural park?
What it is good to know when we visit a natural park?
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Type : Safety
Whenever I visited a natural park or a natural monument, I was amazed by the behavior of some tourists. Well for this I decided to write a few things you should know when you decide to visit such an area. The national parks are places where the owners are plants and animals that live here. We, the humans we are just the guests. Our primary concern should be to protect them. This is the main objective of a national park, all activities, including tourism, should lead to this goal. We are not the hosts here; we are just visitors in their world. If we do not care where we go and leave in their "house", traces of our passing, everything's fine. But are we all do this? Our main concern should be the protection of all the living creatures which live here. Leaving aside what we are not allowed to do, still remains a lot of things that we can do and we can enjoy. I'm sure that many of you know that the Earth and other forms of life would live much better without us... the humans. Here are some things we need to know when we visit these beautiful natural parks: - First of all we need to know where is the administrative headquarters, the visitor centers and information boards; - Visiting the Natural Park without pay the visitation tax, is prohibited; - Camping is allowed only in specially designated and signposted by the park administration, after paying the fee for camping. Digging ditches around the site of a tents is prohibited; - Fire lighting is permitted only in the specially designated places; - It is forbidden to leave the marked tourist routes and other routes approved and marked - For lighting the fire, you are strictly prohibited of gathering or deforestation of woody vegetation of any kind; - It is strictly prohibited burning the plant residues at a distance of less than 100 m from the park limit; - It is prohibited the abandonment of waste of any kind on the Park area; - The tourists have the obligation to collect the waste they generate during their visit in the Park. The wastes will be discharged outside the park in the places for collection or special containers placed at the entrances and exits of the park; - The use of radios, cassette players, musical instruments, and other audio equipment, the throw downs and other sources of noise pollution that causes disturbing the peace or the nature and wildlife trails or other tourists on the camping is prohibited; - It prohibits the movement of bicycles on roads, other than those marked for that purpose; - The movement of vehicles of any kind (motorized or not) is only allowed on public roads, but also on the authorized forest roads up to the signs or barriers that limit the access; - The bathe as well as the the use of detergents, in the rivers or in the lakes of the park, are prohibited. Also, washing the vehicles in the waters of the park area, is prohibited. - It prohibits the destruction or degradation of the facilities of in the park: boards, signs, markings, etc; - It is forbidden the degradation of the refugee, shelters, culverts, barriers, or any construction or development from the Park territory. - Is strictly prohibited the dislocation, the sampling of rocks, fossils and vegetation, goods being considered from the national patrimony ever since their discovered, constituting the state property; - Tourism and educational activities are permitted only in compliance with the Park Regulation; - It is strictly prohibited the voluntary or involuntary feeding of the wild animals; - If there are requests for the visited several specific habitats of the protected species of flora and fauna and/or reservations, travelers will be accompanied necessarily by the field agents or tour guides; - Capturing species of wild fauna from the park is not allowed. It is not permitted the destruction of lairs, bird nests or the collecting of their eggs; - The field agents, the specialized guides or the group leaders have the obligation to prohibit the access to specified routes in the following situations: a) group too large; b) unfavorable weather conditions; c) inadequate equipment; d) flood hazard; e) people with inadequate physical or mental condition. All visitors will receive information regarding the schedule, the visit, duration, the route determined,, the equipment required, any changes to the program and various scientific or technical information concerning the the trail of the visit. Access of minors will be made only accompanied by specialized guides or parents, who will assume responsibility for any incident or accident. All visitors will have to respect this Regulation, otherwise their access to the natural parks shall not be permitted.
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Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional
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Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional
Zacatecas, Mexico
Zacatecas, Mexico
Type : Touristic Programs
In each year at the end of July or the beginning of August, Zacatecas, becomes a city of celebration, that brings together a lot of folklore groups from all over the world. Folkloric groups from various countries and numerous states in Mexico offer representations of their culture and traditions in dance, crafts and cuisine. I had the pleasure to participate at this festival, in my opinion, one of the biggest festivals in the world. I was pleasantly surprised by his beauty. From the information I have received, every year, the festival from Zacatecas hosts 15-20 dance groups from foreign countries usually including Europe, Asia, Canada, and South America, but also 10-15 groups from various Mexican States. Festival Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional has been held since 1996 to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the city of Zacatecas in 1546, whose Historic Center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. During this festival the whole city is full of scenes. All the markets, large and small, are specifically designed for the performances of the groups. Besides Zacatecas, two more cities will prepare for celebration. Through rotating all the groups, will perform in two other large cities near Zacatecas: Fresnillo and Guadalupe. Performances are also spread through many other smaller villages across this very large state. If you visit zacatecas in this during this period you will be pleasantly surprised. You will be able to admire a variety of traditional costumes and a multitude of colors. Here you will find all the traditional dances from around the world, executed with a lot of passion, love and professionalism. It will be 10 days full of tradition and celebration. The festival will begin with a beautiful parade of the groups. It will start from a corner of the city and will passes through the entire historical center of Zacatecas stopping near the great cathedral, where each group will present their country with a dance. After each their country introduced herself and the festival will be officially opened by the Governor, the evening will conclude with a nice fireworks and the representatives of the countries will be in the middle of the city population, waving their flags. Every day the groups will be divided into various parts of the city. The scenes are beautifully arranged in big and open places. For me it was an unforgettable experience. I participated with folkloric group from which I belonged. All I can say is that it was the best festival I attended. As a dancer I can say that I felt like a goddess. Everyone was very hospitable, people were very sociable, very good oragnizarea was on stage I felt that in the seventh heaven. At every show we danced for thousands of people. I have not seen so many people gathered together never.. The folkloric groups that participated at this festival have shown a lot of love for everything related to folklore and tradition. It was amazing to see so many customs and traditions, so many so many dances and costumes that actually leaves you ....speechless/no comment. The people of Zacatecas were amazingly hospitable. This are the people who love the folklore and the traditions, people who believe that traditional dances are the most precious thing and they are right. The traditions of each country are extraordinary. You can see it and you can feel it, only if you take part to a festival like this. If you are on holiday in this time of year and you want to visit Zacatecas, I warmly recommend you do not miss this festival. Besides the attractions of this city, the festival Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional has a place of honor, both locally as well as globally My advice: Do not miss this festival and do not forget the camera !!! So much beauty you will not see in other part of the world
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The Fortress of Bologa, Cluj County, Romania The Fortress of Bologa, Cluj County, Romania The Fortress of Bologa, Cluj County, Romania The Fortress of Bologa, Cluj County, Romania
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The Fortress of Bologa, Cluj County, Romania
The Fortress of Bologa, Cluj County, Romania
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Type : Other
Bologa village, a wonderful place at the foothills of Vladeasa mountains, where I spent the most beautiful part of my childhood. Bologa is a village in the county of Cluj, Transylvania, Romania (Latin Resculum; in Hungarian: Sebesvár). Here are the ruins of a Roman camp and a medieval fortress. The Fortress of Bologa (Sebesvar) near Huedin is less than an hour away from Cluj, a fortress practically like in the Verne's novels. Smothered by wild vegetation and ignored by the majority of Romanians, Bologa's fortress sits perched on a ridge today hardly accessible, from where you can see the surrounding valleys. Hard to believe the ivy cover the walls, but Bologa is one of those fortresses that really felt the meaning of war. Where you put that at some point it belonged to Mircea cel Batran, located hundreds of kilometers further south ?! The fortress of Bologa first appears in the official documents in 1319. It was built, most likely in the late thirteenth century, across the river from the old ruins of a Roman fortress. With its massive stone walls and four towers, The fortress of Bologa had the role of supervising the road leading along the valley Crişului Repede (Repede = Quickly). King Sigismund donated the Fortress of Bologa to Mircea the Old (Mircea cel Batran) in Brasov after the signing of the treaty of alliance against the Ottoman Empire in 1399. Strategic point on road that leads to Oradea, the fortress served as a refuge for local people in times of need. It gained prominence in the seventeenth century, when the Ottomans conquered Oradea and prevent the action for tax collection. Sultan ordered its demolition, but the order was not carried out. It was destroyed later, by the Lobonts, by explosion. The tower and much of the remaining walls still standing. In the middle of the twentieth century the tower lost its roof, probably the last wooden element of the ruins. All that's left is stone. With its great walls and two towers remained standing The fortress of Bologa reminds us today its former importance. Some personalities of the past associated with the place: Charles Robert Anjou, Sigismund of Luxembourg, Mircea the Old, Istvan and Ladislau Banffy of Losonc and Károly Kos (architect).
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