For most of the year you will find that the Alicante weather in is very pleasant for just about anyone. It gets hot in the summer and you will have a very mild winter as with most Mediterranean cities in Spain. Due to the lovely weather it is quite an attractive vacation spot for many people especially Torrevieja. Because of its location this helps with the weather. The hills and mountains to the North protect Alicante from the wind in the winter. This makes nice year round for many. In the summer the temperature ranges from 22-26 with some days going all the way up to 40 degrees Celsius. Usually at night time it is around 17 Celsius. It is usually dry with about 12 hours of daylight in the summer. The summer is a great time to visit the Costa Blanca, as it is near the Mediterranean. However, it is also very crowded as so many people go their to vacation Many times people will want to visit in the spring as opposed to in the summer. This is to avoid the crowds at the summer time and to keep the weather to where it is not so hot. In the spring you will get more rain than in the summer; however it is still fairly dry. The temperature will range from about 18-22 during the day and from 8-13 degrees in the evenings.Later in the fall months you are more likely to get rain then you will in the winter time. Autumn is considered to be a great time for traveling as well to the Costa Blanca as there is not nearly the tourists as there are in the summer and the weather is still pleasant enough for all to enjoy.There is also a boom in the number of people who arte going to the Costa Blanca in the winter time as well. This is because there is rarely any freezing weather and hardly any snow along the coast.In the winter the temperatures during the daytime range anywhere from 12-16 during the day and can get as low as 5-8 degrees during the night. All in all this is not bad weather at all for anyone that is looking to take a nice winter break and enjoy a place with many different sites and sounds to offer.
Slot canyons are one of the most beautiful of natures handiworks. They are magnificent works of art caused by water rushing through a narrow crevasse, over a long period of time, carving and smoothing the canyon walls into bright, beautiful sculptures. What so unusual about that? Well, some of the slot canyons in Southern Utah and Arizona are hundreds of feet deep, while others are only a few feet, or even inches wide. Their vertical walls glimmer, changing hues as the sun moves across the sky. It is the mix of light streaming in and shadows that make these canyons remarkably memorable and gorgeous. Its the beauty of these canyons, and deep oranges and reds of their walls, that bring people from all over the world hiking, backpacking, and camping so they can have the breathtaking view for themselves!Its like the Grand Canyon turned inside out! At least, thats the way my daughter described the "slot canyon" s we explored! Youll understand her wonder when you step inside for yourself. Until recent years, most slot canyon locations were very well kept secrets. In fact, no one really knows how many exist in the desert of the southwest because you can walk right by one without even knowing it! A natural reverence exists inside these deep, beautiful slot canyons and some of those who have visited them have felt a strong desire to protect them from being marred by too much traffic as their locations have become more widely known. But, as the information has become more available, more people have had the joy of experiencing the canyons beauty firsthand. The Antelope Canyons The well known, and well photographed Antelope Canyon slot canyons, lay mostly on Navajo land. If you have seen pictures of slot canyons, they were probably taken here. The Antelope Canyon slot canyons are considered to be some of the most beautiful in the world. They are also the best known and the most heavily visited. And in recent years, the Navajo people have felt the need to protect the canyons from abuse and misuse. They have instituted procedures and guideline for visiting the Upper Antelope Canyon entrance site. We have locations and visiting guidelines to many of the slot canyons on this website. Slot canyon exploring is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and to appreciate the true wonders of nature. The many years of wind and water wearing on the land have left a playground for those who are willing to do a bit of preparation, and a little bit of hikingor a lot, whichever you prefer. Come explore with us!
Lets face it. Being afraid to fly is not a rational fear. And yet, you have been trying to rationalize, and using all sorts of logic, to make that fear go away, havent you?It is estimated that 1 out of 8 avoid commercial flights. But 1 out of 8 do not avoid traveling by car. Yet statistics are in overwhelming favor of flying as the safe option. If the fear was a rational one, the number of people afraid of driving would be astronomical compared to those afraid to fly.At some point in time, the part of your brain in charge of your safety, mistakenly identified flying as a threat. That primitive part of your brain sets off a whole cascade of neurochemicals and hormones, preparing your body for fight or flight, which results in the all too well known symptoms of anxiety.This whole series of events in the brain, which takes place when you get on a plane, or just think of getting on a plane, is unaffected by any intervention involving the conscious rational mind.Yet, we continue trying to rationalize over and over again, we try to talk ourselves into a calm space, even though we have seen it not help. Trying to use logic to a problem that has no logic, is about as useful as putting fertilizer on a rock garden.A new look at the cause: Its an energy-disruption.Based on recent research, new treatment methods based on the same energy pathways as Acupuncture, have evolved . As effective as Acupuncture is for physical pain, these new methods help to relieve us from emotional pains of all sorts.These methods are particularly effective with irrational fears, such as fear of flying, fear of driving, fear of heights, fear of public speaking etc. Where in the past it could take years of painstaking work, not to mention the expense, these methods can see relief sometimes within minutes.Energy based methods bypass the rational mind, and go directly to your energy system. The working theory is that whenever there is a negative emotion, there is a disruption in the bodies energy system. No disruption, means there will be peace, calm and relaxation.The object then, is to clear the disruption, or blocked energy, and once cleared, the fear of flying is totally and completely gone.Clearing the blockages is accomplished by tuning in to the problem, meaning activating the blockage by THINKING of the frightening image, and then, as the blockage is activated we tap on points on the skin, proven for their effect on biochemicals in the brain. Tapping on the points while the blockage is activated, disrupts that whole cascade of neurochemicals, as well as effectively resetting the mistaken notion that flying is a threat.While the total cessation of the fear of flying is usually a more involved and different process, here is an easy and effective technique you can use next time you feel panicked or anxious on the plane.The Fast Anxiety Release Technique. (FART) (Developed by Christine Sutherland, Clinical psychotherapist at Perth Trauma Clinic, Au)1. Place the thumb on one hand on the inside corner of your eye.2. Place the ring finger on the inside corner of the other eye.3. Place the middle finger one half inch above the middle of your eye brows.4. With the fingertips of the other hand, tap the center (crown) of the top of your head.5. While tapping and holding, just allow the fear to be there. If you are able to, you can think dichotomous thoughts. Im dying Im more alive than ever Im out of control Im controlled and calmTap the crown, and hold the points gently. No need to use force. Continue the tapping and the dichotomous thinking until calm.(This is not intended as replacement for qualified psychological help, its sole purpose is that of education).)
Going Somewhere? Yeeha! So you probably already have set the itinerary for your next vacation getaway. Or perhaps you've finally concretized the plans for your next international travel. Whatever the purpose of your travel may be, we still cannot deny the idea that travelling from one region, state or country to another can really be an exciting and fulfilling experience overall. And The Complications For every exciting thing that we do, we simply cannot avoid some possible problems or complications. And just like many other activities, travelling can be quite confusing if we will not plan on this matter ahead of time. Packing the contents of our suitcases, getting our plane tickets (if any), booking accommodations to stay while on tour, preparing the budget, and many other things can definitely take most of our time. And as it may seem that we have lots of things to worry about, we then encounter one possible dilemma that might rob us out of some enjoyable travelling experience: ORGANIZATION. Huh? Organization? Yes, you've read the word correctly. Who says that being organized refers only to people delivering speeches or students living hectic academic lives? When you travel, you definitely need to be organized. From the clothes that you will wear while travelling to the very important documents that you need to bring (oh please, don't ever forget your passport and visa!), one smart traveller surely knows how to be organized. Well, when we say being organized while travelling, we are not really implying some hints to a particualr person to develop an obssessive-compulsive mode of personality. To be organized simply signifies the necessity of bringing the approriate things in order, decluttering the travel items that are totally needed and most especially, organizing one's thoughts of what to do during the travel. Travellers will surely enjoy the benefits of being organized if they remain to be focused on their thinking while travelling. Organized Travel and A Business Card Holder: The Connection Who would have thought that an ordinary business card holder can help on organizing your travel items! Yes, you read that right. As the saying goes, little or simple things can produce great benefits! A business card holder is not only designed for businessmen and entrepreneurs to hold their classy business cards. We also need to realize that a business card holder, or any other things for that matter, can actually exude some qualities of versatility and multi-functionality when it comes to performing several tasks! Got some receipts and other small paper documents to keep while travelling? Why not use a business card holder! And just in case your wallet is already teeming with cash and cards, why not put your extra monetary items on your business card holder. Doing this will make a traveller realize how efficient a particular business card holder can be when it comes to helping someone getting organized while touring places away. I Don't Have a "Business Card Holder" Yet If this particular item is new to you or you haven't own one for yourself ever, then you probably might need to now especially if you plans travelling to many places. You don't really need to buy an expensive business card holder to fully enjoy its benefits! But one must put in mind the importance of placing greater value on the quality of the product. A business card holder made out of leather is very common and is definitely durable, but for those who prefer more stylish kinds of the same product, then shelling out some bucks for business card holders that are silver or gold-plated won't also hurt. In toto... Travelling won't be less stressful if you own for yourself a handy business card holder. Not only it is very sleeky very user-friendly, it will also help travellers maximize space all for their own convenience or comfort as they travel from one place to another.
Language study travel is not at all new to me. Two years ago I went to the University of Havana to study Spanish, and last year I studied Spanish at two different language schools in Cuernavaca, Mexico. I obviously love the Spanish language and the huge variety of Spanish-speaking destinations, but Italy is a gorgeous country in its own right another perfect place for a language-study trip.So my initial three and a half days of exploration in and around Taormina had come to an end, and now it was time to get serious: my first day of classes at the Babilonia Language School awaited me. I had never taken any Italian classes before, but in high school I had 6 years of Latin, 4 years of French and my knowledge of Spanish is quite advanced. So in theory I should do okay with Italian. In addition, I had bought an Italian grammar book in Toronto and was reading up on the intricacies of Italian grammar for a few weeks before I embarked on my trip to Sicily. Well prepared I was not, but given the commonalities among Latin languages, at least my verbal comprehension skills were good enough to get by in everyday situations.I arrived at 8:45 am at the Babilonia Language School. Coffee was served, and a local restaurateur by the name of Ciro, who regularly provides catering services to the language school, was looking after the students with fine Italian coffee and a delicious chocolate cake home-made by his mom. Although the weather wasnt perfect, the space on Babilonias rooftop terrace provided a gorgeous view of Mount Etna and the mountains surrounding Taormina . The rooftop terrace and community/computer room are a perfect place for the schools social activities.About 12 new students were about to start their language studies this Monday, and they came from various different places: England, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Finland, the United States and Canada. Alessandro Adorno, the founder and director of the Babilonia Language School, gave a brief presentation about the Italian study program and asked the new students to introduce themselves by throwing a small soft ball to the first student who would then pass it on to the next student after their own introduction and so forth. I was third to introduce myself, and followed suit after two advanced students whose linguistic level was considerably above mine. Almost all students had some prior knowledge of Italian with the exception of two students who had never had any exposure to the language.Alessandro also informed us that there would be a written placement test followed by a brief evaluation of our verbal Italian skills following which we would be placed in the appropriate level. By 11:20 the placement tests were completed and I was informed that I would be put into the Intermediate group. This was rather surprising to me since I had never really studied Italian and there were two levels below this level: Beginner and Elementary. So after the break I joined five other students who had all studied Italian before. All of them had already spent a week at the Babilonia Language School, and some were there for three or four weeks already.The class from 11:40 am to 1:30 pm was called Communications and different techniques are used to make the students communicate. Today we were going to do role plays: we had to select three scenarios from a possible 13 situations that all related to the topic How to make and how to respond to a complaint. The class was split up into groups of two and we each had to practice our three scenarios. My partner and I picked a scenario where a tourist complains about an excessively high bill to a waiter, a tourist complains to the car rental agency when the rental car company breaks down, and a traveller complains because the local tourism office continuously provides incorrect information about museum opening hours.Well, when I heard the word role play I immediately started having heart palpitations because after our private 2-person practice round we would get to act out all these scenarios in front of the class! I am notoriously bad with role plays, particularly in a language that I dont know in front of people whom I dont know. I was admiring the students who went ahead of us who performed admirably well in Italian and were rather comfortable acting out their scenarios in front of the entire group. I am sure my performance was rather clumsy and awkward, but I got through it.I was rather intimidated though, so after class I saw my teacher Simona to inquire whether Intermediate wasnt a level too high for me (considering I had no formal Italian learning background). Both Simona and the head teacher Anita concurred that Elementary would be too basic for me so I accepted their opinion of my language skills and trusted them that I indeed belonged to the Intermediate group.Although I found the role play rather stressful the first time around I concluded that it is a very effective way to get you talking, particularly about scenarios that one might encounter as a tourist in Italy. My first official Italian lesson was over, and I felt gratified that I could make myself understood, if sometimes with hands and feet, and that I managed to get my point across, albeit rather clumsily.After the class we had a couple of hours for lunch and we regrouped at 3:30 pm to attend a presentation about the Babilonia Language School. Alessandro gave us an overview of the school and educated us about its teaching methodology. Babilonias philosophy believes that language learning is not just about rote learning of grammatical rules, but about expressing emotion, even about learning local gestures. Our daily lessons would consist of two parts: Language Analyses (which includes grammatical explanations and exercises), and Communicative Tasks which uses all sorts of techniques including games and role plays to induce students to talk. During the Language Analysis portions students are corrected by the teacher while during the Communications portions the teacher refrains from correcting the student in order to encourage them to express themselves as freely as possible. The main goal of Babilonias language courses is to teach communication, verbally and in writing.As far as the schedule is concerned, private lessons are available from 8:30 to 9:25 am and from 2:30 until 5:25 pm. The Language Analysis class is taught from 9:30 until 11:20 am and the Communications Class is taught from 11:40 am until 1:30 pm. Alessandro also explained that there is a coffee break every day from 11:20 to 11:40 am during which students can order a lunch that will be provided by Ciro, a local caterer and restaurant owner of an establishment called Bistro. Lunch can be ordered using a preprinted order form and will then be conveniently ready by 1:30 pm and delivered to the student just after the class. This is certainly a convenient service, and I noticed that the prices were very reasonable, particularly in comparison with Taorminas rather high restaurant prices.Alessandro also explained that Babilonia offers a variety of excursions and social activities which include out-of-town bus trips to interesting locations, local walks and hikes as well as cultural and historical presentations to shed further light on Sicilys culture and history. I had already had the pleasure to participate in two of Babilonias excursions last week: a hike to Castelmola and a driving tour to the historic city of Siracusa. At 4:30 pm we got another chance to see Babilonias activity program first hand since Peppe Celano, Babilonias social activities coordinator and one of the language teachers, met us in front of the school to take us on a walking tour of Taormina.Taormina is one of Sicilys main tourist destinations, and the principal draw in this town is the beautiful Greco-Roman Theatre which dates back to the third century B.C. and was almost completely rebuilt by the Romans in the second century AD. The theatre is built as a semi-circle into the side of a mountain with a perfect view of the Ionian Sea and (on a clear day) of "Mount Etna" . The ancient Greeks were renowned for choosing stunning settings for their theatres, and the natural surroundings of the theatre always played an important role in the selection of the location. The Greek Theatre in Taormina holds more than 5000 spectators and is still in use today for theatre productions as well as a major international concert venue that has welcomed stars like Elton John, Diana Krall, Michael Bubl andWe continued our stroll through Taormina past the Gate of Messina towards the Municipal Market which every morning provides a great shopping opportunity for fresh vegetables, fruits, fish and meat. Along the way Peppe pointed out various restaurants and gathering places that might be of interest to us. Part of our walk took us along Corso Umberto, Taorminas main thoroughfare and a fully pedestrianized area that just swirls with people. The main square of Taormina, called Piazza IX Aprile, features a panoramic terrace with a great southwards view (which on a clear day would have featured Mount Etna, but not today) which is surrounded by the historic Torre dell Orologio (clock tower) and two churches. Right next to the clock tower is the famous Wnderbar, a rather expensive and upscale bar that was once frequented by Liz Taylor and Richard Burton.For more practical purposes Peppe also pointed out the local supermarket on the western edge of town and the only coin laundry in all of Taormina. Now appropriately equipped with local knowledge, a crowd of Babilonia students gathered in the evening at 7:30 pm at Bistro, the bar owned by Babilonias caterer Ciro. Babilonia regularly organizes dinners and culinary explorations for its students, and today we got a sampling of four different types of Sicilian pizza. I had a chance to sit beside a lady from Holland, a computer programmer, who had done a trip around the world in 1995 and had many interesting stories to tell. One of the most interesting tid-bits was that she ran into the same French couple by accident four different times in different locations during her trip around the world in places like Fiji and New Zealand. What an almost inconceivable series of coincidences: to bump into the same couple four times in different places on a trip around the world! She took this as a sign and is still friends with this French couple to this day.Together with two ladies from the US we also discussed topics like 911, and the War in Iraq and it was amazing to see that four women from three different countries could share such a similar philosophy. We even touched on the situation of Muslims in Holland since the murder of Theo Van Gogh by the radical Mohammed Boyeri. It was fascinating to be able to discuss these international events with citizens from the respective countries who shared their own personal insights. As world travelers, we all concurred that today the world is a much different place today.I could tell that an interest in travel, foreign cultures and foreign languages united us all, and it was wonderful to conclude this eventful day in the company of like-minded people. The party was still going strong when I left to catch a good rest for my driving tour of Mount Etna tomorrow.