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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Costa Rica]]''' is world famous for having an incredibly high level of biodiversity throughout its tropical forests. You can find there impressive volcanoes, mountain areas, rivers, lakes all throughout the country. Costa Rica is a country with an extraordinary wealth of things to do, but regardless of your travel interests, you're going to want to spend time at one of the country's great beaches. Costa Rica is also a popular destination for eco-tourism and medical tourism. <small>([[Costa Rica|more...]])</small>
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| DotMBlurb= Boasting the largest ski area in North America, '''[[Whistler]]''' is a popular winter snow-skiing and outdoor sports destination near Vancouver. If skiing or boarding is your thing, it's hard to be disappointed with Whistler-Blackcomb resort!<small>([[Whistler|more...]])</small>
  
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| OTBPBlurb= '''Gdańsk''' is a city in Poland on the Baltic Sea that is considered the most beautiful city on the Baltic coast having a rich and magnificent architecture. It's also Poland's principal seaport and a popular summer destination for many Poles and international tourists. In modern history, Gdańsk is known as the birthplace of Solidarity, the labour and democracy movement that helped to bring down the Communist government in Poland, and subsequently marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. The movement was led by the charismatic leader, Lech Wałęsa, who became Poland's first post-Communist president. <small>([[Gdańsk|more...]])</small>
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[Saba]]''', known as "The Unspoiled Queen" due to the protection of its unique ecosystem, is a volcanic island in the Caribbean. It's one of the top destinations in the world to go scuba diving due to its sheer underwater cliffs, pinnacles, and the multitude of diving locations surrounding the island that each offer a unique experience. The people in the local dive shops are very friendly and great at teaching inexperienced people how to dive. <small>([[Saba|more...]])</small>
 
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{{newsitem| Asia's heat wave | 13 Aug| For countries in Northeast Asia, this summer is becoming too hot to bear.A [[Japan|Japanese]] city has experienced the highest temperature ever recorded in the country. The [[South Korea]]n government is clamping down on the use of air-conditioning in an attempt to stave off power shortages. And [[Shanghai]] has been sweltering under a record-setting run of baking hot days. The searing temperatures have brought a spike in heat-related deaths, as well as harming crops and livestock. In Japan, of the 52 deaths from heatstroke nationwide between late May and early August, nearly one third of them occurred last week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. The agency issued a heat alert covering 37 of Japan's 47 prefectures on 12 Aug, warning that the high temperatures are expected to continue for about a week in western, central and southern parts of the country. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/13/world/asia/asia-heat/index.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Eruption of Mount Sinabung in North_Sumatra|04 Jan| The emergency response to the eruption of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra has been extended until January 4, 2014 as the volcano still shows signs of increased activity[http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/91899/sinabung-emergency-response-extended-until-january-4]}}
{{newsitem| Smoking ban on Hawaii's beaches | 13 Aug| Seaside cigarettes will be prohibited from January 1, 2014, while lighting up in parks, swimming pools and bus stops will also be outlawed. The ban will be preceded by a campaign to increase awareness among locals and tourists about the new rules. It will be enforced by beach lifeguards, with offenders facing a fine of $100. A statement from the Hawaii Tourist Board said the move would allow holidaymakers to “truly enjoy and relax in a healthy and beautiful smoke-free environment”. It is hoped the ban will prevent non-smokers from breathing second-hand fumes, as well as lessen the number of cigarette butts left on the shore. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10240311/Smoking-ban-on-Hawaiis-beaches.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Blizzard to reach from NYC to Boston Thursday night|02 Jan| During Thursday and Thursday night, the storm will affect 20 states with more than 120 million people in the [[Midwest_(United_States_of_America)]] and the Northeast combined and could have a major negative impact on travel for people returning from holiday destinations, heading back to school or resuming business activities.[http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/northeast-snowstorm-alert-thursday/21493316]}}
{{newsitem| Egypt police break up Morsi march | 13 Aug| Egyptian police have fired tear gas to disperse crowds of supporters of detained ex-leader Mohammed Morsi during a march in central Cairo. Morsi supporters went to a government compound to protest at the appointment of army officers as local governors. Local residents then clashed with the pro-Morsi crowds and both sides threw bottles and stones at each other, before security forces moved in. The army deposed Mr Morsi in July and put in place an interim government. Supporters of Mr Morsi, an Islamist leader who came from the Muslim Brotherhood movement, refuse to accept the new government and insist he must be reinstated. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23685055]}}
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{{newsitem| Heatwave hits inland Australia|01 Jan| Heatwave: temperatures climb towards 50C in parts of Australia. Weatherzone says intense air mass is centred over northern NSW and western Queensland, but it's cooler in the capital cities.[http://www.theguardian.com/weather/2014/jan/02/heatwave-temperatures-climb-towards-50c]}}
{{newsitem| 'Very Active' Hurricane Season Possible | 8 Aug| With the historical peak of the hurricane season right around the corner, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its updated forecast for the 2013 hurricane season. NOAA still expects an above average number of named storms this season and says the season has the potential to be "very active". NOAA is forecasting a 70 percent chance of 13 to 19 named storms, 6 to 9 of which would become hurricanes and 3 to 5 major hurricanes. [http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/hurricane-season-outlook-atlantic-20130802] }}
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{{newsitem| Four people dead due to a series of avalanches in Swiss_Alps|27 Dec| A series of avalanches in the Alps on Friday left four people dead, including a young Irishman, and several other skiers seriously injured, according to mountain rescue teams.[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/27/alps-avalanches-dead-injured-france-switzerland]}}
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{{newsitem| Two die as severe weather hits UK Christmas getaway|23 Dec| The deaths come as gale-force winds and heavy rain hit the Christmas getaway for road, rail, air and sea passengers. Fallen overhead power lines left thousands without electricity. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25484998]}}
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{{newsitem| Major Ice Storm for New England|23 Dec| Winter Storm Gemini was winding down over New England Monday, but thousands of families could be spending Christmas Day without power after the storm brought down trees and utility lines from the Midwest to [[New_England]] during the weekend.[http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/winter-storm-gemini-monday-state-state-20131223]}}
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{{newsitem| Ice Storms darkens much of Ontario|23 Dec| Hundreds of thousands of Ontarians may spend Christmas in the dark, as the ice storm that left a path of destruction in Ontario and Quebec causes fresh damage and power outages in the Maritimes.[http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ice-storm-darkens-much-of-ontario-still-hitting-maritimes-1.2473933]}}
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{{newsitem| Travel Warning South Sudan|17 Dec| The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to the Republic of [[South _Sudan]] and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in South Sudan depart immediately [http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6234.html]}}
 
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{{eventsitem| Manhattan, New York Summer Streets |4,11,18 Aug 2013| For this three-Saturday event, nearly seven miles of NYC from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Central Park will be cleared of vehicles, creating a pedestrian paradise complete with food and entertainment. Previous years have included free bike rentals, a rock-climbing wall, a zip line and picnics along the route. Be sure to look around for outdoor art installations. [http://www.nyc.gov/summerstreets]}}
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{{eventsitem| Ice Sculpture Festival Zwolle, Netherlands|Until January 26, 2014 |In winter, [[Zwolle]]’s city centre serves as the backdrop for wonderful snow and ice sculptures. Dozens of Dutch and foreign artists will use 250,000 kilos of ice and 250,000 kilos of snow to create their unique works of art, which will be exhibited on Rodetorenplein square.[http://www.holland.com/uk/tourism/article/ice-sculptures-in-zwolle.html/] }}
{{eventsitem| Serbia, Guca Trumpet Festival |5-11 Aug 2013| A brass band festival, the country village of Guca goes absolutely mental every August when it fills with thousands of musicians and thousands more who come to hear, watch, dance to the cacophonous sounds of Balkan brass and traditional gypsy wedding music being played absolutely everywhere, at speed and all at once. Emir Kusturica opens this year's festival; watch his filmBlack Cat White Catto get a taste of what you're in for. [http://www.guca.rs]}}
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{{eventsitem| Montreal Igloofest|January 16, 2014 - February 8, 2014 |Every winter thousands of electronic music lovers dance under the stars at the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal. With its icy décor blanketing steel structures, its striking architectural volumes, its programming drawing from the best local and international DJs, its igloo village, and its renowned "one piece" contest, Igloofest offers the hottest winter evenings in Montréal![http://www.igloofest.ca/] }}
{{eventsitem| Rhode Island, The Rhode Island International Film Festival |6-11 Aug 2013| The Rhode Island International Film Festivals brings directors, writers, and movie buffs to Providence. This is a festival to go to discover new voices of independent film [http://www.film-festival.org]}}
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{{eventsitem| Natchitoches Christmas Festival, Louisiana|till 6 Jan |Over 300,000+ Christmas lights and 100 plus riverbank set pieces are on every night at dusk through January 6, 2014. Downtown attractions include carriages tours through the historic district. Shops and restaurants open late. All events take place in the Landmark Historic District along the Cane River Lake and along the Cane River Lake south of Natchitoches. The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Parade is one of the most important elements of a day of festivities that brings more than 100,000 visitors to the City of Lights. [http://www.christmasfestival.com/] }}
{{eventsitem| Japan’s Obon Festival |13-15 Aug 2013| This Japanese version of Asia’s hungry ghosts festivals is the nation’s most important religious holiday, based on the Buddhist belief that on the 15th day of the 7th month, the gateways to Heaven and Hell open, allowing spirits to visit the living world. The Obon Festival lasts for 3 days and is celebrated at different times in different regions. Due to a shift from the lunar to the Gregorian calendar, there can be up to three different dates. Shichigatsu Bon (Bon in July) is celebrated in eastern cities such as Tokyo on July 15th. Hachigatsu Bon (Bon in August) and Kyu Bon (Old Bon) are based on the lunar calendar, and both are usually celebrated around August 15th. That can change yearly, however, so it’s best to check in advance.[http://www.fest300.com/festivals/obon] }}
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{{eventsitem| Cologne Christmas market |till 23 Dec|The city of Cologne offers 7 Christmas Markets in total. Among them are four big Christmas Markets located at the Cologne Cathedral, on the Alter Markt, on the Neumarkt and on the Rudolfplatz. Every year these wonderful four Christmas Markets attract almost 2 million visitors. The Christmas Market at the Cologne Cathedral is the most impressive one in Cologne, due to the huge backdrop of the imposing Cathedral. Christmas music, arts and crafts, toys, Christmas decorations and the scent of the Christmas bakeries create a wonderful atmosphere. It is not just children's eyes that light up when pewter pourers, wreath binders and glassblowers demonstrate their art, and the aroma of mulled wine, hot chestnuts and gingerbread fills the air. [http://www.cologne.de/events/christmas-markets]}}
{{eventsitem| Il Palio, Siena, Italy |16-18 Aug 2013| For 2 days a year, the Palio di Siena, or Il Palio as it’s more commonly known, takes over the city of Siena with its epic horse race. While it’s more of a sporting event today, its origins are deeply religious. The horses race for only a minute-and-a-half, but the celebrating lasts for days. [http://www.fest300.com/festivals/il-palio] }}
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{{eventsitem| National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas |5-14 Dec|The big bronc of rodeo competitions, the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) sees Vegas taken over by cowboys ready to ride and wrestle their way towards immortality. Known on the circuit as the ‘Superbowl of Rodeo’, NFR ropes in the season’s top 15 competitors (based on the ProRodeo world standings) in each of professional rodeo’s seven events: bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing. At stake are not just their bones and pride, but around US$5.5 million in prize money, which even by Vegas standards is real currency. NFR is running in conjunction with the rodeo is the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center. [http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/las-vegas/travel-tips-and-articles/77563#ixzz2mYM4jw1Q]}}
{{eventsitem| La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain |16-18 Aug 2013| In August the streets of Buñol, Spain, turn into a free-for-all food fight. Trucks roll into town hauling over 130,000 kilos of juicy tomatoes, and 30,000 revelers go medieval. Though the tomatoes take center stage, a week of festivities lead up to the final showdown. It’s a celebration of Buñol’s patron saints, the Virgin Mary and St. Louis Bertrand, with street parades, music, and fireworks in joyous Spanish fashion. To build up your strength for the impending brawl, an epic paella is served on the eve of the battle showcasing an iconic Valencian dish of rice, seafood, saffron, and olive oil. [http://www.fest300.com/festivals/la-tomatina] }}
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{{eventsitem| Great Bull Run, USA |24 Aug 2013| Organizers of a new event planned for several U.S. cities plan to unleash bulls to sprint through fenced-in courses as daredevils try to avoid being trampled. The Great Bull Run is inspired by the annual running of the bulls in [[Pamplona]], [[Spain]]. It's set to kick off Aug. 24 at a drag-racing strip south of [[Richmond]], Va. A second event is planned for Oct. 19 at an Atlanta-area horse park that hosted events for the 1996 Olympics. More events are planned later for Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania. About 5,000 people have signed up to participate in the Virginia event, and the number grows by about 50 each day, said Rob Dickens, co-founder and chief operating officer of The Great Bull Run. And with 2,000 signed up for the Conyers, Ga., event, Dickens expects 5,000 to 7,000 to run there in October. [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/05/great-bull-run_n_3707421.html]}}
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Boasting the largest ski area in North America, Whistler is a popular winter snow-skiing and outdoor sports destination near Vancouver. If skiing or boarding is your thing, it's hard to be disappointed with Whistler-Blackcomb resort!(more...)

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Saba, known as "The Unspoiled Queen" due to the protection of its unique ecosystem, is a volcanic island in the Caribbean. It's one of the top destinations in the world to go scuba diving due to its sheer underwater cliffs, pinnacles, and the multitude of diving locations surrounding the island that each offer a unique experience. The people in the local dive shops are very friendly and great at teaching inexperienced people how to dive. (more...)
















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