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St. Louis: The Gateway to the West


If a traveler has the United States in his itinerary, chances are his destination(s) will reside on one of the coasts - understandably so. But if he were to venture inward - if he were to make the excursion over the mountains and through the prairies, he'd find a landlocked gem that I consider an embodiment of the American ride: St. Louis, Missouri.  

Usually the city is not a final destination for the foreign traveler, but if St. Louis does happen to find its way onto your itinerary and you're pressed for time, the following is the perfect cheat sheet for the hasty tourist:

All sun worshippers and wildlife fans are in for a treat with our askalo guest blogger Dane's ode to Australia and all things "nature". Readers who are now freezing in other parts of the world will definitely take refuge in this article. Winters there only get as cold as 20 degrees. The place really lives up to its name!

sunset_opt.jpg Picturesque natural surroundings mixed with a laid-back vibe make the Sunshine Coast an attractive destination for living and traveling alike. The region covers a 65 odd kilometer stretch of the Pacific Coastline, and boasts a diverse natural environment, including an array of white sandy beaches, sheltered bays and headlands, as well as a pristine rainforest and the curiously shaped Glass House Mountains.
The people of this region are generally very warm and easy going, stopping someone on the street to ask for advice or tips would be welcomed. The climate is generally warm, with a summer average of 28°C and a slightly cooler 20°C in winter. In addition, the region is just a one hour drive from the state capital, Brisbane.

The Sunshine Coast is comprised of a diverse mix of urban centres. Noosa in the north is the choice for backpackers as well as more upscale domestic tourism, accommodation ranges from hostels to five star, luxurious resorts. Relaxing on the beach, world-class dining, and boutique shopping are just some of the activities visitors to Noosa can expect. A stroll through the Noosa National Park is definitely not to be missed, if you're lucky you might spot a pod of dolphins, or if its the right season, a humpback whale breaching.

Chandigarh: The "Most Planned" City In India

Our guest blogger shares his love for Chandigarh, India and what he specifically misses in that city. He recommends making the "most-planned" city in India a part of every tourist's plan.


How Chandigarh got its reputation:

An American Firm, M/s. Mayer, Whittlessay and Glass was commissioned in 1950 to prepare the Master Plan for the new city in India. The Master Plan was developed by Le Corbusier who also designed the Capital Complex and established the architectural control and design of the main building of the city. The designs for government employee housing, schools, shopping centers and hospitals were distributed among the three senior architects. The goal was to build a self-sufficient city with a layout so organized, it was strategically fan-shaped.
Unlike other cities that sprout randomly waiting to reach a certain number of inhabitants and structures in order to be declared a city, Chandigarh was a city borne out of a blueprint.

Our regular guest blogger, Wendell Gaa holds a big space in our hearts and with and through this article, askalo would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends, full of joy and adventure, just like Wendell.

2013 will soon be over, and for this Christmas season, the best gift our family could have asked for has been a year marked with travel, adventure, fun and discovery. It has been truly a year in which we carried on with our lives delighting in God's gifts.

Time has flown so swiftly that I now find myself almost on my third year with the Philippine Consulate General in New York as an assistant in the political/economic section. Meanwhile, my parents continue to realize the blessings of retirement in their tranquil environs at Alabang Hills in Metro Manila. While lending their time to their Foundations of choice: Philippine Ambassadors' Foundation, Inc., Philippine Ambassadors' Ladies Association; Department of Foreign Affairs Retirees' Foundation, Inc., they were still able to explore places where no Gaa has treaded before.

Love That Dirty Water

     The Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts doesn't have the cleanest reputation, but 'that dirty water' is a celebrated piece of the city's tenacious history. The river was initially named the 'Massachusetts' after the local Native American tribe, but England's King Charles I wasn't thrilled. Since then its simply been 'Thah Chaahles' for locals.

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Why It Is Good To Be Bavarian

When people ask me where I am from, I never answer "Germany". I always respond: Bavaria! This Southern German region with very special inhabitants, customs and identity. I love being part of the culture that, oh so often, represents Germany as a whole. Ask people from other countries what they think of when they hear "Germany" and you will most likely get: Oktoberfest, "Lederhosen", sexy dresses and beer. There you go: They are talking about Bavaria.

Amarillo the Yellow City


While taking a trip on route 66, why not stop by the yellow city of Texas? Amarillo offers many family attractions in its non-green but yellowish desert like city.

Vienna, Through A Filipino's Eyes

askalobanner_esc.png Our regular guest blogger-jet setter Wendell Gaa makes a comeback, visits Vienna and gives us his take on the land of the Blue Danube Waltz. This time from the ears and eyes of a Filipino.

Vienna, how could I possibly describe this city in one word? Charming? Alluring? Flavorful? All of the above. But even several more descriptive words for this beautiful capital of Austria were added to my personal vocabulary upon my visit there, and any trip to Europe should include a stopover to this classical hub of culture, art and music. Historical attractions are abundant nearly everywhere you travel in this relatively small (by European standards) compacted metropolis, and here are three notable sites which can merit your attention while touring Vienna.

Tourism in India

askalobanner_esc.png Going to India should be on the "to do" list of everyone who loves to travel. This country has a heritage that goes back for around 5000 years and many different types of people are living in this grand part of Asia. With more than 1.21 billion persons living and working in India, you can be sure your travels will be full of unforgettable cultural experiences. Take a look at this interesting country here in this quick guest article on India and its tourism possibilities.

End of the World: Exploring Mayan History

askalobanner_esc.png The last time we heard from our regular guest blogger Wendell Gaa was in October 2012. Not because he lost his interest in writing, but rather because he busied himself exploring the world further. His latest travel exploit took him to Mexico. Just in time to quench his curiosity over the civilization that predicted "the end of the world".

L1070109a.jpg The Year 2012 has thankfully come and gone without the world ending, perhaps to the dismay of the ancient Mayans of present-day Mexico who predicted that Dec. 21 of the past year would be the day the universe as we know it would bid adieu. Nevertheless, this catastrophic prophecy only spurred my fascination in this great ancient civilization. Hollywood popularized the Mayans into the contemporary mindset via the Mel Gibson-directed film "Apocalypto" because of which they may be taken as barbaric warriors bent on nothing but warfare and human sacrifice. What they actually contributed to the world was so much more.