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Myths of Peru’s Rainforest

May 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Samuel Phineas Upham

The Amazon is home to the most biodiversity on the planet. The layers of the rainforest each hold their own breeds of creatures that all thrive on different aspects of the rainforest itself. The natives of the area tell several myths and tales about the region to try and explain the world around them or form a narrative perspective on why they are here in the world. Here are just a few of those myths.

El Tunchi

It is said that the people who live and die in the rainforest become part of el tunchi, the roaming spirit that protects the jungle. The wind blowing through the trees carries a short tune, and if you return the tune the spirit will present itself to you. If you have respected the forest, the spirit will merely scare you and move on. However, if you have mistreated the forest dire consequences await you. According to the locals, the best bet you have is to simply ignore the whistle to begin with.

La Lupuna

There is a story that a woman was hiking through the jungle when she heard nature’s call. She relieved herself on a lupuna tree, and promptly began experiencing abdominal pain and extreme bloating. She sought the help of a shaman when doctors failed to help her. He explained that the woman was being punished for disrespecting the lupuna tree. The shaman went into the jungle to search for the moody tree, taking some of its sap to form a potion for the woman. As soon as she drank the potion, the story goes that she recovered almost instantly.

Samuel Phineas Upham

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Experience Elite Dating While in NYC

May 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by New York Socials

Do you travel to NY on a regular basis? Are you there so often that you’ve considered dating someone who lives there? A member’s only dating club in New York City offers what some frequent travelers may consider an added degree of comfort and enjoyment while dating in the Big Apple.

Members of New York Socials don’t have to put up with traditional dating services in the city. For example, they don’t have to meet one woman that has been pre-selected for them. Instead, they’re matched with several women and invited to a high class social event at one of the top restaurants in New York. While there, they get the opportunity to get to know the women in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Another difference between New York Socials and the typical matchmaking service is that members don’t have to plan the dates. Instead, the parties are organized by the club, which takes the stress out of the first date experience.

Who can join? The elite dating club, which caters to affluent men who live in the city, also accepts members who might not live in New York but who visit often either on business or for pleasure. Although the club accepts a limited number of members, potential members are encouraged to apply by contacting the company via phone or email.

In addition to personal matchmaking services, New York Social provides image consulting, dating coaching, and relationship coaching in the city. The goal of the club is to help members find true love, which is why they provide ongoing relationship guidance and support.

New York Socials offers personal matchmaking services in NYC. Visit the website to learn more about this elite dating service in NYC.

Mawson’s Exploration of the Antarctic

May 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This article was written by Phin Upham

Douglas Mawson was an Australian explorer and academic with aspirations to cross the Antarctic region. He led 31 men into the white in November of 1912.

He wanted to map the uncharted interior of the Antarctic, a place missed by the Robert Scott expedition the year prior. Though he could not make a name as the first man to explore the territory, Mawson meant to be the first person to chart the region.

His group had reached a point 300 miles away from the hut by the time they were 35 days out. Mawson and company had crossed glaciers, hidden fissures carved into the ice, and snow bridges that were perilously thin.

They lost one of their explorers early into the expedition, and most of their best gear and sledding dogs along with him. He tumbled away into the abyss, the only evidence he left behind were scattered satchels and one of his dogs (which was in view of Mawson, but impossible to reach).

The two improvised a shelter to keep them warm during the below freezing temperatures. Their tent was flimsy, but it held. In the end, they had to shoot several dogs for food, after the huskies gave out and collapsed in the snow. Mawson’s partner soon fell ill and lost most of the strength to continue. His partner soon died, and Mawson lost the souls of his feet. They literally detached from his body, which he had to reattach through gauze. He had some serious struggles, but he did make it back. Unfortunately, he missed his boat by five hours which forced him to live an additional year in the Arctic.

About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website

Get the Most Out of Your Cayman Vacation

May 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Andys Rent-A-Car

You can’t go wrong with a vacation to the Cayman Islands. People from all over the world flock there in the millions each year to get a chance at those sun-kissed beaches and amazing views. Of course, if you love snorkeling or scuba diving, the Cayman Islands may be one of the best destinations for you in the entire world.

However, a lot goes into getting the most out of a trip to the Cayman Islands. For example, you’ll want to put some thought into where you stay in order to be as close as possible to all the different attractions you want to see.

This also means considering Cayman Islands car rental services. If you try to depend solely on public  transit, there’s a very good chance you’ll end up disappointed after not too long. So instead, put some of your budget aside to rent a car.

Of course, if you’re nervous about driving on the other side of the road, you can always car hire a Grand Cayman service to drive you around. This way you don’t have to worry about driving, yet you can still get every where you want with ease.


Andy’s Rent-A-Car specializes in Grand Cayman rent a carservices. Thanks to their experience with the island, the company can not only rent you the car you need to get around during your vacation, but also point you in the right direction no matter what type of plans you have.

Amazing honeymoon destinations at the Poconos Mountains

May 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If you have just been recently married, and you live in the East Coast, particularly in Philadelphia or New York City, you’ll find that you’re actually quite close to the Pocono Mountains. It’s a beautiful and incredibly picturesque place that’s tranquil, serene, and absolutely perfect for a honeymoon getaway. A quick search for Pennsylvania resortsor Honeymoon resortswould definitely lead you to various resort destinations at the Pocono Mountains. You can reach the mountains by driving through Pennsylvania routes 115, 715, 903, and routes 209 and 6 as well in the Pocono Mountain Region. This is perhaps the ideal honeymoon spot not only because it is beautiful and scenic, you also have a range of resorts and activities to choose from that include camping, gambling, racing, skiing, as well as visits to state parks, game lands, and a national park as well. This group of mountains also includes a river region and a lake region. Needless to say, this setting is the perfect romantic getaway from newlyweds where they can concentrate on nothing else but themselves and their love for each other. There is no shortage of great deals as well for the many resorts here that include spacious suites, unlimited breakfast and dinners, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, nightly entertainment, special events, as well as unlimited activities and amenities. You will never run out of things to do here, and it’s nearly impossible to get tired of the wonderful view that awaits you every time you open your room curtains or step out.


Tourist Attractions in Virginia

May 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Relocate to Richmond

If you’re looking to plan your next vacation, come find out why so many tourists prefer traveling to Richmond, Virginia. Houses in Richmond, VA are at an almost all-time high in terms of popularity and this in large part due to the beautiful weather and Southern hospitality. However, even if you’re not interested in a home for sale in Virginia, you’ll be pleased with all there is to do on a vacation.

For those of you who are history buffs, there is no shortage of options. Come see Mount Vernon, Jamestown, Arlington National Cemetery, Monticello and much more.

People who would like to see some wildlife will love the opportunity to see the beautiful Shenandoah National Park. You can also get an eyeful while safely underwater at the Virginia Aquarium. Either is a great choice for getting up close and personal to wildlife.

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to see Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center where you can see all types of historic aircraft from throughout the ages. There’s also the United States Air Force Memorial if you just can’t get enough of aviation.

No matter what your interests are, Richmond, Virginia has something for everyone!


Relocate to Richmond is a realtor in Richmond, Virginiathat specializes in homes for sale in Virginia. With homes in Richmond becoming more popular than ever before, it can make all the difference in the world to have a qualified realtor with experience in the area help you find your new home.

The Best Places to Watch Soccer around the World

May 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Soccer Garage

Soccer is loved around the world. Sure, the game can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home on television, but if you’re a serious fan, there’s nothing like watching a live game at a great soccer stadium. The energy, excitement, and passion of thousands of people gathered in one place to support and cheer their favorite teams is an exhilarating experience that can’t be compared to any other live event. But you don’t have to be a fan to appreciate this live experience. Tourists who venture to popular European countries can consider watching a live game as a great way to experience the country’s passion for the game.

So where is the best place to watch a live soccer game? There are many renowned soccer stadiums around the world that offer the perfect setting for watching this beloved international sport. Some even have unique features you won’t find at just any soccer stadium. Here’s a list of our favorite soccer stadiums around the world.

Stamford Bridge, London

You can’t be a true Chelsea fan if don’t attend a game at Stamford Bridge in London England. This stylish stadium, home to the Chelsea Football Club, fits about 42,000 people and offers a great atmosphere to watch the live game. Guests can also enjoy the area’s many bars, restaurants, and two hotels nearby. When you’re done watching the game, don’t forget to visit the two-story megastore featuring soccer clothing, gear, and souvenirs. It’s been around since 1904.

Estacio Vasco da Gama, Brazil

Are you a fan of Vasco? It’s time to visit Brazil! Located in Rio de Janeiro, Estadio Vasco da Gama is where Rio de Janeiro’s Vasca da Gama soccer club practices and plays “the beautiful game.” With room for 40,000 fans, this unique venue has team benches and coaching areas located behind the goal line at the same end of the stadium. Other features that set this stadium apart from most include an onsite chapel, a trophy room, and an Aquatic park.

Allianz Arena, Germany

While many of our favorite soccer stadiums have been around for nearly a century, this one was recently built for the 2006 World Cup. Located in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Allianz Arena is the home ground for both FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich. It features a unique outer covering of inflated ETFE plastic panels which changes colors. This unique venue seats about 70,000 fans and features three day-care centers, a fan shops, and a megastore offering soccer t-shirts, gear, and souvenirs.
Soccer Garage is an online retailer of soccer gear and equipment, including soccer clothing, replica soccer jerseys, uniforms, shoes, balls, and more.