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Travel Tuesday: Prague, Czech Republic

September 30, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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In honor of the fall equinox last week, we are totally dreaming about the best spots in the world to watch the leaves change and Prague is definitely one of those places! Here are some of the sights around this gorgeous city that boasts modern cafes and gothic cathedrals.

1. Charles Bridge

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Commissioned in 1357 by King Charles IV, the bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in the city and it is dotted along its path with many sculptures depicting saints and patron saints who were respected during the 17th and 18th centuries. Get to the bridge either before sunrise or after sunset to beat the massive crowds that walk the bridge each day.  If you do happen to cross the bridge during the peak hours, you may catch a glimpse of various street performers and artists who keep the visitors entertained.

2. Prague Castle

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Prague Castle is the biggest ancient castle in the world and casts an imposing shadow over the city. The castle complex is huge, including palaces, a church, a monastery, museums and art galleries, viewing towers and the supreme St. Vitus Cathedral. Get lost in the many buildings and learn about the history of the the castle and the kings who used to rule.

3. Dancing House

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In stark contrast to the classical architecture of the buildings surrounding it, the Dancing House incorporates “deconstructivist” architecture from architects Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry, who wanted the building to represent both static and dynamic movement. The top floor of the building is the only part of it open to the public, but you can head up there to enjoy an amazing meal at the Fred & Ginger Restaurant and take in the fantastic views of the rest of the city.

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What does Pura Vida Mean?

September 22, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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A phrase that you will hear and see everywhere in Costa Rica is “Pura Vida”. The term “Pura Vida” has been present in Costa Rica’s vocabulary for over 50 years. It’s English translation means “pure life”  or “simple life”, however its more then just a phrase- it is a way of life.
Where did this phrase originally come from? People believe that the term “Pura Vida” came around in 1956 after a Mexican movie entitled “Pura Vida!” was released. In the movie, the main character uses the phrase throughout the movie to stay optimistic, happy, and full of life, despite all the negative circumstances around him. Thanks to this movie, the phrase “Pura Vida” is the unofficial motto to one of the happiest countries on Earth.
Pura Vida is so much more then just a phrase, it is their culture and way of life. Costa Ricans (Ticos) use this term to say hello, goodbye, or even to let people know everything’s good! Costa Ricans don’t just let the term bring them a good life, it’s the way they use it in their everyday attitude to make them happy. “Pura Vida” means that people need to be grateful for the things they do have in life, instead of dwelling on the negative things that they don’t. The phrase shows that no matter how bad you may think you have it, life for someone else can be far more less fortunate then your own. Life is too short to be worried and upset, everyone needed to make the most of life! All in all, the locals strive to live a stress free, laid-back life and they believe that their motto “Pura Vida” perfectly exemplifies how the locals live. Costa Ricans feel that if more “foreigners” grasped this concept, the world would be a lot happier.
“Pura Vida” is the back bone to this company. We believe in a pure and happy life, and that our company and products can bring that to many people around the world. Our products can make a big impact in customers lives, whether its helping their favorite charity, or creating their own bracelet and being a voice behind our brand. Pura Vida can help you find your pure life. ¡Pura Vida!

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Grandiose Bookstores

June 11, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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While they might be going extinct, there are a few bookstores that are just too beautiful to be forgotten. They’re spectacular in design, rich in history, and marvelous in all that is to be discovered! The convenience of Amazon and nooks are nice but these bookstores are worth leaving the country for. Take a gander at the worlds most grandiose bookstores and all the wonderful labyrinths they hold.

1. El Ateneo in Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

2. Selexyz Bookstore in Maastricht, Holland

3. Barts Books in Ojai, California, USA

4. Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal

5. Barter Books in Alnwick, United Kingdom

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Festivals of the World

June 4, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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A festival is more than just live music and a good time; it’s a celebration of life. Almost every country has their signature celebration and when that time of year comes around, they go big. We were ecstatic to kick off festival season with Coachella but little did we know there’s so many more! Kicking off the new year in China and ending with a Santa Run in Wales. There’s a few that are a bit odd and others that I’m adding to my bucket list right now. Side note: the dates are when the festivals begin in 2015, so start planning now!

January

Harbin Ice & Snow Festival, China (January 5th)

February

Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (February 13th)

March

Pingxi Lantern Festival, Taiwan (March 5th)

April

Songkran Water Festival, Thailand (April 13th)

May

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Festival, England (May 26th)

June

White Nights Festival / Scarlet Sales, Russia (June 23rd)

July

San Fermin Festiva, Spain (July 6th)

August

Burning Man, Nevada, USA (August 29th)

September

Oktoberfest, Germany (September 19th)

October

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico, USA (October 2nd)

November

Dia de los Muertos, Mexico (November 2nd)

December

Santa Run, Wales (December 7th)