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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Hong Kong]]''' is a place with multiple personalities, as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and under a more recent contemporary ex-British influence. It is a '''unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences''' from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be ''Asia's World City''. While "legally" part of China, Hong Kong is secluded from mainland China as a dependency with a high degree of autonomy. The former colony has its own constitution which lays out its own government, own laws, separate immigration controls, financial system, own passport and is officially bi-lingual (Cantonese and English). This important East Asian hub offers its visitors lots of attractions. In June the city celebrates '''Dragon Boat Festival''' with colorful dragon boat races and food celebrations. <small>([[Hong Kong|more...]])</small>
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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Sydney]]''' is known as the Harbour City. It is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in [[Australia]] with an enviable reputation as one of the world's most beautiful and livable places. Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, it is set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. Recent immigration trends have led to the cities reputation as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. In '''October''' the city hosts '''Australia's largest food festival'''- Crave Sydney- and '''Musica Viva Festival'''. <small>([[Sydney|more...]])</small>
  
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[Sedona]]''' is a town in [[Arizona]], [[United States of America]], 120 miles north of [[Phoenix]].  Known for its beauty and serene setting amidst the beautiful Red Rocks, the town is famous for its vibrant arts community with nearly 100 art galleries and events. It offers excellent outdoor adventures, including mountain biking, hiking and off-roading. Sedona is surprisingly sprawling, with Oak Creek to the south, West Sedona and Uptown Sedona each providing great views, hikes, dining and arts. Sedona is an outstanding place to experience "new-age" left wing counterculture Americana. The locals lean far to the left of center and are welcoming to outsiders. <small>([[Sedona|more...]])</small>
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| OTBPBlurb= Situated on Lake Champlain, '''[[Burlington (Vermont)]]''' is the heart of a small urban area that acts as Vermont's vibrant and cosmopolitan center.  Known for its ultra-liberal environment, Burlington is both a college town and an important commercial city, while maintaining an intimate atmosphere. Fall is a great time to visit Burlington as the city is aglow in bright colors. '''Foliage season''' begins in mid to late September, with color increasing day by day until "peak" around the first or second week of October. <small>([[Burlington (Vermont)|more...]])</small>
 
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{{newsitem| Overly aggressive vendors near Egypt Pyramids |4 Jun 2013| A warning has been issued by the U.S. Embassy about the increasing number of incidents that have occurred in the area surrounding the pyramids, as vendors try to cope with difficult economic times. Some of the vendors are approaching criminal conduct, according to the embassy. The ancient pyramid complex is located approximately an hour outside of [[Cairo]]. Visitors are experiencing Egyptians vendors who surround tourist vehicles and pound on them, in what the embassy calls an effort to pressure visitors to ride in their horse-drawn carriages. Some more extreme situations have involved angry vendors trying to force the vehicle doors open, which frightens visitors. The minister of antiquities for Egypt, Ahmed Eissa, insists that the [[Giza]] pyramid complex is still safe for visitors, saying that his office hasn't received any complaints, and neither have the tourism police, according to Egyptian newspaper reports. [http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/6483/20130604/egypt-pyramids-warning-u-s-embassy-warns-tourists-overly-aggressive.htm] }}
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{{newsitem| US Shutdown ends| 17 Oct| Federal employees return to work, national parks and monuments reopen after 16 days. [http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/shutdown-ends-federal-employees-return-work-national-parks-monuments-reopen-16-days-article-1.1488428]}}
{{newsitem| Central Europe flood waters rise |3 Jun 2013| Thousands of people have fled their homes across central Europe as deadly flood waters continue to rise. Emergency operations are under way in [[Austria]], [[Germany]] and the [[Czech Republic]] to cope with river levels which have reached record heights in some places. Landslides and flooding have led to the deaths of at least seven people. More than eight others are missing. The German army has been drafted in to help reinforce flood defences in the south and east of the country. In the Czech Republic, a nationwide state of emergency is in force. Around 3,000 people have been forced to leave their homes across the west of the country. The authorities in the capital, [[Prague]], are on high alert amid fears that the River Vltava could swamp its historic center. As a precaution the city's metro system has been closed, metal flood defences are being erected and sandbags built up along the banks of the Vltava. No major evacuations are planned in Prague, but tigers at the city's zoo have been tranquilized and moved out of an enclosure thought to be at risk of flooding. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22752544] }}
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{{newsitem|The Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore open| 11 Oct| [[New York (state)|New York state's]] tourism budget will fund the park and the state will pay $61,600 a day over the next several days to keep Lady Liberty open. According to the statement, a 2012 annual report from the National Park Service counted 3.7 million visitors to Liberty Island in 2011, generating nearly $200 million in economic activity and supporting more than 2,000 jobs. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer also negotiated an agreement with the federal government to reopen Grand Canyon National Park as well, also using state and local funds amid the ongoing federal government shutdown.A similar deal was struck in South Dakota in order to reopen the mountain bearing the faces of some of America's greatest statesmen. The state government is paying $152,000 in order to keep Mount Rushmore open for 10 days, from Oct. 14 through Oct. 23. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/11/politics/shutdown-statue-of-liberty/index.html] }}
{{newsitem| Protests in Turkey |3 Jun 2013| Protesters seething over their treatment by security forces hurled rocks at riot police in [[Ankara]]'s Kizilay Square, the latest in a string of violent clashes that have punctuated massive anti-government demonstrations spreading across [[Turkey]]- leaving thousands injured and at least one dead in the past two days alone. The protests united demonstrators from across the political spectrum against a common foe: security forces who unleashed tear gas and water cannons on them in response to what had been largely peaceful protests against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/03/world/europe/turkey-protests/index.html] }}
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{{newsitem|Mass evacuations in Eastern India| 11 Oct| More than 200,000 people in India are being evacuated as a massive cyclone is sweeping through the Bay of Bengal towards the east coast. Cyclone Phailin, categorized as "very severe" by weather forecasters, is expected to hit [[Orissa]] and [[Andhra Pradesh]] states on Oct 12 in the evening. The Meteorological Department has predicted the storm will bring winds up to 220 km/h (136mph). A deadly super-cyclone in 1999 killed more than 10,000 people in Orissa. But officials say this time they are better prepared. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24487130]}}
{{newsitem| Venezuelans Face Shortages |31 May 2013| In the past weeks, Venezuelans have struggled to find goods such as toilet paper and staple food items like milk, sugar and cooking oil. Economists say the shortages stem from the socialist government's controls on the prices of some goods and on foreign currency, which makes it hard for producers to pay for things they need to import. President Nicolas Maduro blames the shortages on hoarding and says anti-government forces are trying to destabilize the country. [http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/church-venezuelans-face-shortages-19298755#.Uaj-Qpxc0UM] }}
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{{newsitem|Utah cuts deal reopens its National Parks| 11 Oct| Leaders in Utah say they found a way to get around the government shutdown. Utah will reopen its five national parks by Oct 12, as well as three other nationally run locations. Utah's Governor Gary Herbert made the announcement Thursday, saying a deal had been reached with the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. "Utah agrees to pay the National Park Service (NPS) up to $1.67 million— $166,572 per day—to re-open eight national sites in Utah for up to 10 days. If the federal government shutdown ends before then, the State will receive a refund of unused monies" an official press statement explained. The deal would reopen [[Arches]], [[Bryce Canyon]], [[Canyonlands]], [[Capitol Reef]], and [[Zion]] national parks. The other three locations that will be opened are Natural Bridges and Cedar Breaks national monuments, as well as Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/11/us/utah-parks-reopen/index.html]}}
{{newsitem| Ethiopian protesters take to streets |3 Jun 2013| Thousands of protesters have demonstrated in the Ethiopian capital to demand the release of jailed journalists and activists. It is the first major demonstration on the streets of [[Addis Ababa]] since 2005 when hundreds of protesters were killed in violence. Demonstrators shouted slogans calling for freedom and justice. Ethiopia's governing party, the EPRDF, maintains strict control over public life in the East African country. The protests were organised by the opposition Semayawi (blue) party. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22748834] }}
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{{newsitem|Travel Warning- Sudan| 11 Oct| The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to [[Sudan]], urges U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to the [[Darfur]] region of Sudan, the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states, and advises you to consider carefully the risks of travel in other areas of Sudan. While the Government of Sudan has taken some steps to limit the activities of terrorist groups, elements of these groups remain in Sudan and have threatened to attack Western interests. Terrorist actions may include suicide operations, bombings, or kidnappings. You should be aware of the risk of indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets in public places, including tourist sites and locations where westerners are known to congregate, as well as commercial operations associated with U.S. or Western interests. [http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6171.html] }}
{{newsitem| Biarritz battles beach pollution |31 May 2013| Local authorities have recently forbidden bathing and nautical activities due to dangerously high levels of pollution. May has been unusually wet, stormy and cold for the southwest of [[France]]. Heavy rainfall in the middle of the month has already caused flooding in parts of the Bearn region, inland of Biarritz, and the French meteorological agency has issued flood warnings for the whole area in the upcoming days. This river and rain runoff, combined with strong onshore winds, has led to high levels of sea pollution. The current order affects all the beaches in the suburb of Anglet, which are the most popular with locals, tourists and surfers. For the moment there is no indication how long the ruling will remain in place, but with rain forecast until the start of next week, anyone planning a beach holiday to the Biarritz area should look elsewhere. [http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog]}}
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{{newsitem|Travel Warning- Burundi| 11 Oct| The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Burundi. This Travel Warning updates without change the Travel Warning for Burundi dated April 22, 2013. The Travel Warning reiterates existing security concerns and notes the security restrictions on travel for Embassy personnel remain in place. Because Burundi participates in peacekeeping operations in [[Somalia]], the terrorist organization al-Shabaab, based in Somalia, has threatened to conduct terror attacks in Burundi. [http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6170.html] }}
{{newsitem| Police move in on Kyrgyz protesters  |31 May 2013| About 1,000 people have been camped out for days calling for a bigger share of the profits from the Kumtor mine, owned by Canada's Centerra Gold group. The government has now declared a state of emergency around the gold mine. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22726891] }}
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{{eventsitem| Vivid Sydney Festival |24 May- 10 Jun 2013| Vivid Sydney Festival is the largest international music and light show in the Asia-Pacific region that promises to enthrall the senses of all visitors and locals. The festival of light, music, art and ideas, Vivid Sydney Festival, transforms the city of Australia into a vibrant creative hub each year attracting thousands of visitors from all over the globe. The festival is designed to showcase the entire city as one big living canvas that runs from Hyde Park through Macquarie Street, Sydney Opera House and Circular Bay. Darling Harbour too is added in the list to host a few Vivid events. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/vivid-sydney-festival.aspx] }}
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{{eventsitem| Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta|5-13 Oct|The Fiesta is the world's largest ballooning event, largest annual international event in North America, and one of the most photographed events in the world. A cultural landmark for Albuquerque (and indeed, all of New Mexico), this festival gives you a first-hand look at the world of ballooning. For nine days in October, you may walk out onto a large field where balloonists from around the world set up, inflate, launch, and possibly land their balloons. Mass ascensions of balloons with hundreds of different colors and shapes create an often stunning and magnificent sight. It's one of the most heavily attended festivals in the entire U.S. [http://wikitravel.org/en/Albuquerque#Albuquerque_International_Balloon_Fiesta] }}
{{eventsitem| Meadows in the Mountains , Bulgaria |7-9 Jun 2013| Meadows in the Mountains and its Rhodopian Mountain setting on the Bulgarian border of Greece promise sublime vistas and a vibe that's been described as 'wild and romantic'. The festival's focus is dance music, but there are also things going on for arts and literature lovers. [http://www.meadowsinthemountains.com/}}
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{{eventsitem| Nepal’s biggest annual festival, Kathmandu|5-14 Oct|The monsoons are over, the air is clearing, and it’s time for Nepal’s biggest annual festival. If you’re in Kathmandu this month you’ll be able to celebrate Durja Puja or Dashain along with the residents. This religious festival is wrapped around the seasons and the harvest. You’ll see animal sacrifices, barley seeds being sown, and hopes for a good year to come. [http://bit.ly/18CkRMC] }}
{{eventsitem| The Midnight Sun Film Festival, Finland |12-16 Jun 2013| The Midnight Sun Film Festival in [[Sodankylä]], [[Finland]], held during the 'white nights', is a five-day-and-night celebration of new cinema. [http://www.msfilmfestival.fi/index.php/en/]}}
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{{eventsitem|Leavenworth (Washington) Oktoberfest|5-20 Oct|Leavenworth is modeled after a Bavarian village, which makes Oktoberfest a particularly fun time to visit. The town’s three-weekend long celebration is the place to go for German beer, cuisine and entertainment. Event is only on Fridays and Saturdays. [http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/09/27/8-october-festivals-not-to-miss/] }}
{{eventsitem| Dragon Boat Festival, Hong Kong|12 Jun 2013| The fifth day of the fifth moon of the lunar calendar is the day the Chinese celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival or Double Fifth Festival! The festival combines traditional elements of a religious occasion with the drama and glory of a sporting event. The event takes place every year in [[Hong Kong]]. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/dragon-boat-festival.aspx]}}
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{{eventsitem| Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake, Myanmar|16 Oct- 2 Nov|It’s an important time in Myanmar, especially if you’re near Inle Lake. For this Shan celebration a procession of leg-rowed boats tow four Buddhist statues around the lake. Thousands of people from around the state, plus visitors of course, attend over the two-week period. [http://bit.ly/18CkRMC]}}
{{eventsitem| 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice|1 Jun- 24 Nov 2013| The title chosen by curator Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th International Art Exhibition is Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopedic Palace. Massimiliano Gioni introduced the choice of theme evoking the Italo-American self-taught artist Marino Auriti who “on November 16, 1955 filed a design with the US Patent office depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite. Auriti’s plan was never carried out, of course, but the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up throughout history, as one that eccentrics like Auriti share with many other artists, writers, scientists, and prophets who have tried - often in vain - to fashion an image of the world that will capture its infinite variety and richness." [http://www.labiennale.org/en/art/exhibition/]}}
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{{eventsitem| Keene Pumpkin Festival|19 Oct|This is one of the best Pumpkin festivals this Fall with food, craft court and a pumpkin road race. What sets this festival apart are all the jack-o-lanterns. The town carved and brought in nearly 30,000 jack-o-lanterns last year, and they illuminate each and every one right around the town’s center.Keene has celebrated the joy of the pumpkin in a way that no other town in the region or the world has been able to match. [http://www.pumpkinfestival.com/] }}
 
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{{eventsitem| Fantasy Fest, Key West|19-28 Oct|Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest is a 10-day costume party with events like the Headdress Ball and a homemade bikini contest. On the second Saturday of the festival, check out Captain Morgan's Fantasy Fest Parade feel like you are in New Orleans circa Mardi Gras. [http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/09/27/8-october-festivals-not-to-miss/]}}
  
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Sydney is known as the Harbour City. It is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia with an enviable reputation as one of the world's most beautiful and livable places. Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, it is set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. Recent immigration trends have led to the cities reputation as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. In October the city hosts Australia's largest food festival- Crave Sydney- and Musica Viva Festival. (more...)

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Situated on Lake Champlain, Burlington (Vermont) is the heart of a small urban area that acts as Vermont's vibrant and cosmopolitan center. Known for its ultra-liberal environment, Burlington is both a college town and an important commercial city, while maintaining an intimate atmosphere. Fall is a great time to visit Burlington as the city is aglow in bright colors. Foliage season begins in mid to late September, with color increasing day by day until "peak" around the first or second week of October. (more...)














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