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3 Reasons to Visit Tenerife

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The good old sun-sand-sea package rings true in Tenerife. But the largest of the Canary Islands is by no means unique in this offering. There are destinations across Europe offering sun on a more reliable and intense basis than can be found in the UK, sand i.e. endless sandy beaches that stretch for miles and sea that’s clean and not a goose-bump inducing temperature. The combination of all three is blended to perfection in Tenerife, but its blend is not exclusive. Other locations in mainland Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Malta, Cyprus and so on offer similar mixtures. The uniqueness of Tenerife is found beyond its combination of sun, sand and sea.

Tenerife has its own culture, food and mesmerising landscape. It has a range of man- and nature-made attractions to appeal to groups, couples and families and on top of all this it is a cheap holiday destination. On The Beach offers cheap holidays to Tenerife throughout the year, taking advantage of all the island has to offer.

For groups

Three reasons to visit TenerifeTenerife is a great place to get active outdoors. Groups will enjoy hiking through Mount Teide National Park, a moon-like landscape parched by volcanic eruptions. For the less fit among the group a 10-minute cable car ride takes visitors close to the mighty peak of Mount Teide, some 3718 metres above sea level, making it Spain’s highest mountain. Hardier, fitter group members can hike up, although it takes six to eight hours and is not for the fainthearted.

For couples

Dining is affordable, making cheap holidays to Tenerife a reality. Couples will be able to dine out every night on freshly caught fish and seafood and not worry about blowing the holiday budget. The best, least touristy restaurants can be found in the island’s capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Three of the best restaurants are La Cazuela, La Fundacion and La Taberna de Wally.

For families

Three reasons to visit TenerifeFamilies love Tenerife for the long, sandy beaches lapped by sheltered waters and plenty of babysitting and kids’ club facilities at the hotels. But there is much more on offer for families than beaches and babysitting. Wildlife parks Loro Parque Zoo and Jungle Park provide plenty of animal fun and Siam Park is a giant themed waterpark with wave pools and slides just outside Costa Adeje.

You can find out more about Tenerife on Spain’s national tourism website, Spain.info.

Tips for Teaching Children the Value of Money

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Children need to learn the value of money as they get older so they can be prepared to earn their own, and to spend it wisely. If children get everything paid for by mom and dad and don’t truly understand what it means to earn an income, and don’t understand the basic concepts of saving and budgeting, their poor money habits can follow them for the rest of their life.

There are many philosophies about how to teach children the value of money, from having them earn their allowance to using money as a reward for good behavior, or taking away their allowance when they act up. Which of these are right and what methods work to give children the best understanding of money and its value?

The bottom line is that there is no one perfect way of teaching children about money and how to save and spend it wisely. Most families find that a combination of approaches work best, and at the same time, talking to children openly and honestly about money and how it works can also be beneficial. Along with these, you might also consider allowing your child to have a part-time job as soon as he or she is old enough and can handle its demands.

If you believe that a child should earn an allowance, you might sit down with him or her and outline all the things they will be required to do in order to get their allowance, such as chores around the house. You might also take away their allowance or reduce it when they misbehave. One drawback to this approach is that a child may decide that the allowance is not worth the requirements and may neglect their chores or act out anyway, because they don’t care about getting their money.

Moreover paying a child for good grades and other behavior might backfire because it may not teach them the value of money, but may be seen as a bribe or demand they put upon you for good behavior. A child should be expected to behave a certain way simply because those are the expectations of the house; constantly rewarding them for good behavior may make them expect a reward every time they behave as they should. They may not learn the value of money or of proper behavior this way.

Talking to your children about money and allowing them to work out how they want to spend it can teach them its value. As you give them an allowance or as they earn their own money, sit them down and discuss with them why it’s good to save; talk about the things they should save for, such as new clothes, a Mother’s Day gift, concert tickets, and so on. Walk them through a savings account and let them see it grow with every deposit. This can help them to better understand the value of saving money and managing it properly.

Spanish Rail Journey: The Legendary Al-Andalus

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The Al-Andalus train is a luxury palace on wheels, a unique place from which to enjoy the Spanish landscape between Granada, Ronda and Jerez de la Frontera.

The Belle Époque or La Belle ÉpoqueA trip on the Al Andalus Expreso combines attention to detail, decoration and gastronomic delights.

The Al Andalus Expreso will transport you back in time to the glamour of the The Belle Époque or La Belle Époque (French for “Beautiful Era”), a period in French history that is conventionally dated as starting in 1890 and ending when World War I began in 1914.

Travelling through Andalusia in the south of the Iberian peninsula, immediately south of the autonomous communities of Extremadura and Castile–La Mancha; west of the autonomous community of Murcia and the Mediterranean Sea; east of Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean; and north of the Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Spain from Morocco, and the Atlantic Ocean. The small British overseas territory of Gibraltar shares a three-quarter-mile land border with the Andalusian province of Cádiz at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar, on board this train is a once-in-a-lifetime, evocative experience, showcasing the elegance and distinction of a bygone age.
Cádiz; a city and port in southwestern Spain

Along the way you will visit the gems that are Seville; the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia, Cordoba; capital of the historic Caliphate of Córdoba, Granada; capital of the province of Granada and Cádiz; a city and port in southwestern Spain, the capital of the homonymous province, one of eight which make up the autonomous community of Andalusia, also probably the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula and possibly all southwestern Europe!

The “Al Andalus” has seven recently remodeled suite sleepers, five of which were built in France in 1929. These carriages were used by the British Royal Family in their journeys from Calais to the Cote d’Azur. Its Belle Époque decoration has been enriched by several recent additions, with all cutting-edge technical features. Each standard suite has two low beds and a large en-suite bathroom.

The “Al Andalus” train logoThe superior suites have a double bed (150x200cm), a minibar and an excellent full bathroom. During the day, the suite looks very different, as the beds fold into comfortable couches, offering a space for reading, or to enjoy the landscape in a private lounge. All suites are separately air-conditioned.

The “Al Andalus” train has four railway gems – its four luxurious lounge cars from 1928 and 1930. These communal spaces are devoted to leisure and to the enjoyment of travelling in the largest and most spacious train. Enjoy a buffet breakfast, lunch or dinner, or as you have a quiet drink, listen to musical performances, watch the landscape go by, or simply relax in the comfortable armchairs.

What You Need to Get Started With Crafts

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Crafts are a great way to express your artistic side and working on crafts is a great way to keep yourself occupied when you are cooped up indoors during winter. Learning different crafts also gives you something to do with the kids, as you can put together scrapbooks or make your own jewelry or birdhouses or anything else you will all enjoy doing together. No matter the crafts you want to try, there are some simple tools and supplies you need to get before you begin.

Setting aside a designated area for your crafts is always a good idea, so you do not get paint or glue or anything else on your good coffee table or in the living room. You can purchase a very inexpensive table and use that for your craft area, and it is good to have some organizers on hand to keep your supplies neat and safe. Baskets and bins will keep scrapbook paper organized and smaller bins will hold stickers, jewelry making supplies, and anything else you need for your crafts.

A hot glue gun is almost always needed for crafts, and it is good to invest in a high-quality gun. This will keep your glue from smearing and will typically heat faster. You might also need some high-quality scissors, a good measuring tape, and even a paper cutter. Depending on the crafts you will be doing, you might also want to start collecting scraps of fabric, old buttons, broken jewelry pieces, and any other scraps that will help with your projects.

Once you have the basics, you will need to find equipment and supplies for the crafts you will be creating. If you want to do woodworking then you might search for bits of wood and other items you can use to create your shelves or storage boxes or birdhouses. You might see scraps of wood being tossed out by businesses or find them in building supply stores and salvage yards. It is good to collect these while you can so you have what you need for a project.

For scrapbooks, you will want to start collecting photos and mementos from your travels and anything else you can add to create stunning scrapbooks. You might want to download fonts onto your computer so you can create text boxes for your pages. Do not let your kids toss away stickers and other supplies but keep them close at hand because you will probably use them one day.

You can also go online and find the specific supplies you need for certain crafts, such as special needles for knitting and sewing and making clothes by hand, or the type of thread needed for creating your own necklaces. Be sure you have everything you need for a project before you get started so you can complete it successfully and make the best crafts possible.

Snowkiting in Colorado, California, Minnesota and Utah

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Ship Wreck Drive

Snowkiting is to snow or ice-covered ground what kitesurfing is to ocean or lake waters. Being a relatively recent sport (started to gather a large following in the 1980s), it still lags behind other winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Snowkiting is however gaining traction in traditional winter sport zones in the US such as Colorado, Utah, California and Minnesota.

One of the key differences between snowkiting and other winter recreational sports is that one can move uphill or downhill irrespective of the incline and the direction the wind is blowing. But this flexibility is also reason for first timers and amateur snowkiting enthusiasts to exercise much greater caution than is required in other snow sports. Like kitesurfing, the thrust from the wind-powered kite must be controlled to avoid dangerous accidents during snowkiting.

Snowkiting is exhilarating and if you want to do something this winter that gives you an adrenalin rush, it does not come any better. As a newbie, learning the ropes under the skilled guidance of experienced snowkiting professional is strongly recommended. It takes quite a bit of practice before you can be confident enough to comfortably snowkite with no assistance although you require just a day to grasp the basics.

Guide to Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

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Rwanda Gorillas

To many, Africa is considered a lonely continent and most travellers with any intentions of visiting the continent, stay worried if they will attain their expectations while on an African tour / visit. This is so due to the continued political unrest that keep floating on major international news agencies like BBC, CNN, Aljazeera in some countries.  This has left many tourists believing that Africa is an insecure tourism destination yet many countries in Africa enjoy political stability and safety just like other peaceful destinations in the world. However, all these are just mere imaginations, Africa, lately is a very secure place for holiday seekers and many nature and wildlife lovers have broke the ice and enjoy holidays in various countries.

Rwanda is one of the best example of the destinations today that are ranking higher among the favorite places to enjoy a holiday. Twenty years after the notorious 1994 Genocide, Rwanda is today one of the safest country to be in for a tour or wildlife safari. Despite the 1994 Rwanda Genocide between the Tutsi and Hutu, the previous decades marked Rwanda’s recovery and transformation a, and today, is one of the most developed countries in east and central Africa. Rwanda is blessed with a vast number of tourist attractions, centers and tourist activities that are well distributed throughout the country such as the mountain gorillas at the Volcanoes national park.

A wildlife safari including watching the mountain gorillas in the Parc Des Volcans of Rwanda is such a mind blowing experience one can attain while touring Rwanda.Mountain gorillas came to the lime light back in the 1960’s by the help of Dian Fossey an American zoologist in her struggles in the protection and conservation of these creatures.

Mountain gorillas are very close relatives of human species since they share quite a lot in common with the human beings with a 95% DNA ( nurturing and caring for their young ones, living in groups of families, eating, playing, crying etc.) Mountain gorillas are the largest apes and very strong yet fragile creatures. They are shy animals, usually hiding in the wild feeding; thefemales looking after their young ones and the males(silverbacks) looking for new feeding grounds and very determined to protect their territories.

In order to engage in the mountain gorilla trekking activity, one must possess a gorilla trekking permit, however only 8 tourists are allowed to a specific gorilla family group per day making it only 80 visitors to the Volcanoes National park per day for the mountain gorilla trekking adventure. There are 10 visited gorilla family groups in Rwanda. These permits are available at the Rwanda Development Board at $750.

In Rwanda, mountain gorilla trekking is done from Volcanoes National Park that can be accessed easily by both air and road transport right from Kigali International Airport. By road, it’s about a 3hours’ drive to the park and 45 minutes by plane.Rwanda has a well networked road transport so need of any worries. And while for this activity, it’s best to book accommodation with in or near the park as you get prepared for your early morning adventure. There are several well developed lodges within the park; such as Gorilla Mountain View lodge, Sabyinyo silverback lodge and Virunga lodge among others.

After having a good sleep and waking up early morning to the sounds of the birds and great views of the beautiful the gently sloping hills covered with evergreen forests, tourists head to the Kinigi park headquarters where they are served with locally made hot coffee and tea as the a local group of entertainers bring lots of smiles to your faces jumping and dancing. You are then divided into groups of 8 and allocated to the 10 gorilla families. After being briefed, you then head to the jungles in search for the allocated gorilla group, which takes from 30 minutes to 5 or 6 hours.

Just a step in the forest introduces you the true African wilderness and sounds of nature. The guides in volcanoes national park are always willing to explain to the tourists the jungle and some of its inhabitants. As the journey proceeds, your guide is informed by the trackers who usually go ahead of the tourists tracking where exactly the gorillas are located.

This simplifies the tracking process and in a short while, after following the directions given by the game trackers, behind the thick vegetation, you see the large apes- the mountain gorillas; all covered with black fur, a look in the mountain gorilla dark eyes is scary at first glance but as you keep looking,you eventually get moved.

The gorillas just relax eating the leaves in the reach of their hands as they stare at the very curious tourists taking their photographs.

When with the animals, visitors are reminded to maintain a reasonable distance from the gorillas so as to avoid inconveniencing the animals. Visitors usually spend an hour with the see estranged creatures; taking their pictures, watching them relax in their natural habitat relaxing and playing with each other teasing and nurturing each other. It so amazing staying in close view with these animals that this one hour elapses in just a swift,but once done, the tourists are taken back to the park headquarters where they are awarded Certificates of Participation for having gone for the great adventure. In addition to the remarkable gorilla experience, being in Rwanda feels like being home away from home and this explains why tourists are always forced to visit the country again.

Nigerian Man Prophesied Marrying His Wife When He Was Just 3 Years Old

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A Nigerian man has recounted how he prophesied about marrying his wife at the age of 3. @thepoeticson who shared a throwback photo of him and his wife and a photo from their wedding ceremony revealed that his parents and his in-laws have always been friends.

The man said he was told that when he was just 3-years-old, he placed his hand on the belly of his wife’s mother who was pregnant with her at that time, and prophesied that the unborn baby will be his wife.

He tweeted;

You asked for the full story so here it is: @heeldarh’s parents and mine had been friends since before either of us were born and they are till now. So when her mum was pregnant for her, she came to my house one day (i was three years old at that time).

I was told that i reached out, touched her belly, and told her that she was going to give birth to a girl and that the girl will be my wife. Why i say i was told is because I can’t say that i vividly remember that day even though i now have flashes of it. I only grew up hearing the stories and on her first birthday, we were made to take this picture.

Growing up, we never attended the same schools from primary school till university but we saw each other in church from time to time. She struck me as a very pretty girl and because she was tall she was my spec but i never had the liver to talk to her.

I remember one time when she was standing beside her mum’s car after church (she remembers that day because she said she wanted to talk to me too). I wanted to approach her but my confidence made me take a detour.

Anyway, fast forward to 2016. She reached out to me on Facebook on her way back to school. She said hi, and we began to talk. In order to break the ice, I brought up the conversation about the prophecy and i asked her if she knew I prophesied her birth.

She said her mum had told her and we hit it off from there. From friends, to lovers, to engage. When we went to pay her dowry, my mum told the story in front of many witnesses who concurred with hilda’s mum being the chief witness. That was a life changing moment for me.

It shaped my faith and my reality about God and Jesus Christ. With childlike faith i accepted the prophecy and made it my own just like how i believed the Jesus i was told about as a kid with this same faith. It was then that it dawned on me that i had never seen jesus before I believed in him. I had only heard from witnesses about who he is, what he did, and the things he promised. The relationship i have with hilda is a representation of the relationship God desires to have with all humanity.

When i was younger, i didn’t believe that i could be loved because i got addicted to pornography and masturbation at a very young age and i grew up with so many insecurities, discomforts, and many other addictions. This feeling of insecurity and thinking i could not be loved is a feeling that was shared by Hilda as well.

She grew up feeling that way. But when we met Jesus, we found love. He became my friend and helped me to overcome all my addictions. He helped hilda overcome her insecurities. His purpose is for us to enter into a relationship with him through the holy spirit which will end in a consummation when jesus comes for his bride. When we agree, he begins a relationship with us through the holy spirit.

We pray (in relationship terms it is talking on the phone), we have glimpses of each other through reading the bible, dreams and visions and we long for the moment when we will be together. Just like dating, we are not in our home physically but we have an intimate relationship that is yet to be consummated. There are rough times but we settle our differences. We learn love and forgiveness. Through marriage, we get together.

He comes to take his bride home just like how i came to take my bride home. My bride, she’s the only one of her kind. That’s how Christ will come to take a united church. Christ will come to take us home to be with him forever. Only those who love him will be taken up. Jesus, after paying the price

3 Players Expected to Win the Ballon d’Or in the Next Decade

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Within the past decade, it would be safe to claim that these incredible 10 footballing years belonged to none other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The two maestros did indeed lit up the last decade with countless goals between them, however, the natural truth is that we might not find them doing the same throughout the best part of the upcoming decade.

The new generation of players will soon be on the rise and will fight for the top individual honours like the Ballon d’Or.

With that in mind, here are the three players who are most likely to win this prestigious individual honour in the next decade…

3. Sadio Mane

 sadio-ManeSadio Mane
 

For some, he should have won the Ballon d’Or this year itself. However, he fell short as Lionel Messi claimed the award, yet again. Even then, however, Mane’s name has been pitched up regularly with the probable Ballon d’Or winners of the future.

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Indeed, Lionel Messi himself revealed that he voted for the Senegalese to win the award. Moreover, with all due respect to his incredible footballing capabilities, since Ballon d’Or has a lot to do with the commercial aspect of the game, having Mane’s name therein also increases his chance of winning the honour.

On top of that, he is only getting better as a player and with the way Liverpool have been playing this season, it won’t be shocking if they actually end up completing the treble by the end of the season with Mane leading the way and winning the Ballon d’Or to kickstart the new decade.

2. Neymar

NeymarBehind all the controversy and injury problems, there is still a world-class player in Neymar. The Brazilian might not have seen things go according to plan after his move to Paris Saint-German, but he has been among the goals whenever he has played.
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The Brazilian has eight goals from league 10 matches so far this season and also has four assists to top it off.

While his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or do not look high now, if he can manage to lead PSG to Champions League glory and Brazil to a Copa America win, then there is a good chance for him to lift the award.

The former Santos star is still only 27 and has time on his side to win the Ballon d’Or somewhere down the line in his career.

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1. Kylian Mbappe 

Kylian MbappeIf there is one player who looks destined to dominate the next decade, it is Kylian Mbappe. At this point, he looks like the only one who is set to sweep majority of the Ballon d’Or accolades in the next decade.

Unless someone pops up as Cristiano Ronaldo did as a nemesis for Messi, Mbappe may well go on to win multiple Ballon d’Or gongs in the future. He has 11 goals from 12 league matches and also has four assists to his name already this season.

Despite the presence of Neymar, he is the star player at PSG and if he makes the expected move to Real Madrid in the future, then his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or will increase exponentially.  The three players who are set to succeed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo!

Private Helicopters – Flexibility and Time

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These days, air traveling is not only limited to using public airline carriers to get you from one point to another. Pretty much similar to land transportation vehicles, there are those that are available for rent or use publicly and privately.

Public air transport is commonly dominated by airbuses and jets while only a few are available using executive helicopters. Private air transport services are also quite dominated by the same type of fleet although helicopter hire may be the more commonly preferred.

Whether you are travelling for a vacation, for business, for special events and the like, private helicopter charter or private helicopter flights are great modes of transportation if you want to make the most out of your time and if you are looking for a great amount of flexibility. In comparison to public air transit, such as travelling with your regular airline carrier, you do not have to worry about fitting your schedule with theirs. You will be solely in charge of when you would like depart. There will be no running late for a flight, no standbys, no tedious long lines, no bumping to the next flight, any waking up too early and etc. This would prove to be very advantageous for many; in addition to that, you get to land basically anywhere as long as there is an open space. The helicopter need not land in an airport, if the place has a helipad or a clear area for the size of a helicopter, then you have found yourself a landing place. This is another great thing about flying using helicopter charter – – the maneuverability.

Now, the question is “Isn’t helicopter chartering or renting expensive?”

Well, yes, it can come a little expensive when compared to the regular promo rates of many public airline carriers. Then again, you need not be Bill Gates or Steve Jobs to be able to hire one yourself. Many establishments all over the United Kingdom already offer chartering services for very low rates. And although it can be a little more costly, you can no doubt deny the benefits you will be able to get. The pros outweigh the costs. It will be worth it.

You are most likely to be guaranteed hassle free expedition whether you may be travelling for business, for outdoor events, for special occasions or for short or long vacations.

The Right Tools for Creative Cake Baking

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If you’re looking to make amazing, eye-catching cakes for birthdays, holidays, or just for family fun, you need to have the right tools. Those beautiful cakes you see in the bakery window require a skilled artisan but they also require the right tools for adding flowers, borders, and everything else that makes them so exquisite. If you’re interested in making your cakes something unique and very special, consider the best tools for the job.

A cake marker will help you to make even lines all around the cake when decorating. This is a small tool that has a handle on one side and a small slicer on the other, attached to a ruler. You place the slicing tool in the right measurement and then into the edge of your cake, and slide your cake all the way around. This gives you a small line in the same place around the cake.

An icing comb set makes even ridges all around your cake, quickly and easily. Like a large comb with handles, you can use various sizes for various types of ridges. A cake dividing chart allows you to make even decorations over sections of the cake. You put your cake on top of the chart and follow the lines to evenly divide your cake into however many pieces you want. An icing smoother will give you the flat and smooth surface you see on professionally decorated cakes and which make it easier to add decorations.

A pattern embosser makes it easy to add patterns to your icing. The embosser works on a small roller and you roll it around the cake or over the top to add pattern to your icing. A detail embosser works in much the same way but is much smaller and works only a small area of the cake, usually around the borders and edges.

Decorating bags and tips are also important for all the small flowers and decorative elements you’ll add to your cake. If you’re serious about cake decorating you might invest in an icing gun, which looks very similar to the caulking guns you see being used around tile. An icing gun has a back that holds icing and which is removable and washable, and a supply of tips you use to create different flowers and borders. An icing gun is typically easier to use because you squeeze a trigger rather than having to squeeze the icing bag, so it’s much gentler on your hands.

It’s also good to invest in a practice board which allows you to practice making those flowers and border patterns before you work on a real cake. Practice boards are better to use than wax paper as they stand up, so you get accustomed to working on the side just as you would when decorating a cake.