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I’ve been to many different gyms and practiced many different styles over the years, and I can safely say that (in my experience) quality is an attribute that is hard to come by.
Like walking straight onto a movie set, Iceland possesses some of the most unimaginably breathtaking landscapes on earth!
They say you don’t really know a place until you’ve lived there, but what does it mean to have truly lived? When boiled down, living, in contrast to tourism, is about building a routine—it’s about setting a daily task, a daily chore; making meaningful connections and progress towards an observable end.
More than just sheer novelty, the park is set up as an eco-initiative by the Singapore government to help transform Singapore from a "Garden City" to a "City In A Garden".
With over 15,000 square meters of gaming space and a peak of over 210 meters, the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is unequivocally regarded as the world's most expensive stand alone casino property estimated at over $8 billion SGD (roughly $7.6 billion CAD).
I suppose what makes this observation wheel so interesting (to me at least) is that it hints (albeit, ostentatiously) at Singapore's previously British rule, as the wheel mirrors London's "London Eye", which was established a mere 7 years earlier in 1998.
For those of you travellers more accustomed to Hong Kong, you will feel right at home, as this gathering place for merchants emanates a somewhat Mong Kok type feel. However, for those of you more well-worn travellers, you will undoubtedly see right through the facade and realize it is nothing more than a great place to pick up locally branded goods for your friends and family back home.
So, if you're new to Asia but excited to explore the region on your own, I would highly recommend making Singapore (Chiang Mai, Thailand, coming in as a close second) your first stop along the way! It can serve as the perfect induction and hub for all of you Western travellers looking to dip your feet in the Far East!
Believed to be the potential inspiration for Plato's lost city of Atlantis (if not Atlantis, itself), Akrotiri was a highly advanced civilization composed of paved streets, extensive drainage and known for producing high quality pottery.
Historically, the city gained most of its exposure and importance when it was annexed and thus recommissioned by the Egyptians to serve as a naval base during the 4th Century BC (400 BC-301 BC).
Whether or not this event was the inspiration for, or points to actual evidence of, the demise of the lost city of Atlantis, one will never know. However, it is still worth noting that worldwide catastrophes have been talked about across all major religions, with contemporary works corroborating such claims; led primarily by researchers Graham Hancock and Randall Carlson.
A lot more accepting with regards to holding the space for other religious beliefs to flourish, juxtaposed to the Raman Catholic crusade-and-concur mindset, the Byzantine Church set its sight Eastward with regards to sharing its philosophies, while the Roman Catholics decidedly went West.