Discover Things to Do In Frankenmuth, Michigan

Frankenmuth, a Bavarian themed town, is unlike any other city in Michigan. It feels like you have stepped back in time to when things were simpler, perhaps a little more peaceful. It’s a place where families can enjoy quality time together while forgetting the outside world. I enjoy visiting Frankenmuth throughout the year, not just in the summer.

Within about one square mile, this quaint town offers visitors a taste of Bavaria as they wander in and out of shops, enjoying chocolates, tasting wines, sampling cheeses and of course, dining on delicious famous chicken.

Speaking of chicken, it is impossible to talk about Frankenmuth without mentioning its world-famous chicken! Zehnder’s and the Bavarian Inn are owned by brothers, Mr. William Zehnder and Mr. Edwin Zehnder. The restaurants are located across the street from each other with both offering all-you-can-eat chicken dinners with all the trimmings in a beautiful Bavarian themed atmosphere. Consistent with the theme, cheerful servers dressed in Bavarian style uniforms deliver your hearty meals.

The Bavarian Belle Riverboat is another Frankenmuth favorite. For just a few dollars (cash only), you can sit back and relax as the river boat captain guides the beautiful covered boat down the Cass River. As a bonus, the Bavarian Belle is a family owned and operated business. As such, the father and sons operation strives to offer you the best possible experience with every trip down the river. Oh, and they pop delicious popcorn for each trip down the river!

As you take in the sights, the river boat captain will point out wildlife along the shore, sneak in witty jokes and share informative history about the area. There is never a dull moment as he points out homes of prominent Frankenmuth residents and discusses the Star of the West Milling Company as you catch sight of their operation near the river.

Wandering along Main Street is a feast for the eyes and stomach. Frankenmuth Cheese Haus attracts visitors young and old for a photo opportunity standing next to a huge wedge of bright yellow cheese with a mouse popping its head out at the top. Handmade candy, sausage and chocolate shops with large open windows draws in curious visitors. Don’t miss the hidden Castle Shops located on the lower level of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

South of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant toward the east is the nostalgic Covered Bridge. Vehicles and pedestrians alike can cross this bridge with safe walled pedestrian walkways on either side of the bridge. Be sure to walk on both sides of the bridge to enjoy the scenic view of Heritage Park and the beautiful downtown area. It’s especially exiting to cross the bridge as the Bavarian Belle glides below.

Lastly, the River Place Shops located at the south end of Main Street offers culinary delights such as SugarHigh Bakery that won Cup Cake Wars in Season 7, The Popcorn Wagon for 40 flavors of yummy popcorn and La Crepe du Jour for sweet and savory handmade crepes. River Place Shops contain oodles of family owned businesses catering to our taste buds, beloved pets and children. Clothing stores, wineries, a distillery and leather goods are sure to delight shoppers of all ages. Not to mention a small river meanders through the shopping area.

Understanding The Best Tents For Camping

Camping is a fun filled occasion that every adventurer looks forward to. Despite how exited you are, you won’t have a dandy time if you don’t have the right camping tent.

How to buy the right tent

For you to buy the right camping tent you need to consider a number of factors:

Rainfly: this is the tent’s umbrella. The bigger it is the better. When making the purchase you should go for a tent with a fly that flows smoothly down the sides of the tent rather than across the top.

Tub floor: the floor protects from running water. For a great experience you should go for a tent with a floor made from a waterproof material. As rule of thumb you should ensure that the floor is a few inches up the sides before it gets to the walls. You should check the floor and ensure that there are no seams for water to seep in.

Stake loops: you should ensure that your tent has loops at the base. There should also be loops at the center of each side. The loops are large enough to accommodate large plastic stakes. For durability, you should go for a tent with material stake loops. You should avoid plastic loops as they easily break when you hammer in the stakes.

Fabric: what material is the tent made from? The fabric determines the durability of the tent. For a long lasting tent you should go for one made from tough, waterproof canvas. In addition to being long lasting, a canvas tent is also breathable. You should avoid nylon or polyester tents. While the two are cheaper, they deteriorate fast.

Ease of use: a durable tent doesn’t have to be difficult to use; it should be easy to use. For it to be easy to use it should have fewer poles and pegs to make set up easy.

Major types of camping tents

If you are interested in camping tents there are many types that you can go for. The most common ones are:

A-frame: they resemble the classic pup tent and have a triangular support on either end. If you look closely you will find that the tent resembles a triangular prism. There are other versions that have a ridgepole between the two end supports and a center hoop that creates a roomier interior.

Pyramid: from their name, they have a single central pole that supports the center of the tent. Although, having a pole at the center is cumbersome, the tent is light to carry. You can also easily set it up.

Dome: it’s made up of four or more hoops that criss-cross over the middle of the tent. They are loved by people as they are very strong thus can withstand harsh weather.

Conclusion

Camping tents are a must have for every fun loving individual. To buy the right tent you should be cautious and consider all the tips explained above. While there are many stores you can buy from, always buy from a reputable one, okay?

Choosing A Ski Lodge Is Easy If You Do This

A ski lodge vacation is something that was once thought to be part of conversations of the social elite. It was thrown in with other casual talk about hitting the slopes, sipping on hot cocoa by a big fireplace, and keeping on eye on the markets.

When you stop and think about it, there is something quite exotic and breathtaking about traveling to a ski lodge, strapping on some skis, and zipping down a mountain. The allure of getting that close to nature & experiencing a true case of the wind whipping through your hair is quite appealing. As such, more of these places have realized that their increased success lies in attracting a wider range of the population. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

But as with any vacation plan, there’s always the need to talk about the actual planning, and that’s never fun. Still, running around with no direction, while sometimes entertaining, can prove to be wasteful in terms of time. When you decide that you and your family are going to a ski lodge for your next family getaway, you have to decide what amenities you need, as well as what room arrangements you desire for your lodging.

Choosing the right destination for your family isn’t hard, but you need to follow these steps:

Figure Out What You & Your Family Want/Need – Your vacation is a family trip, so why not actually get the whole family involved in the discussion. See what kinds of things the kids would like to experience. Who knows? You may even find that you and your spouse may be on different wavelengths, so having an honest discussion with everyone involved makes it easier to know what you want out of the ideal ski lodge.

Explore Alternative Activities – Take a page out of the Winter Olympics and realize that there are a number of other ways to enjoy the slopes. Snowboarding, tubing, and even just hiking are great ways to get the best out of the amazing terrain that a ski lodge affords you.

Explore The Town/Area – Don’t be anti-social. It can be a little easy to just hide away in your lodging without ever setting foot outside, but you’re missing out on one of the best parts of visiting a ski lodge – the town. Locals are very friendly and love to give insight into the hidden gems that visitors should experience.

Finally, it is important to know that your ski lodge needs to have one thing to actually pay-off in the long run – the ability to ski. Yes, it’s that simple. You can’t have a ski lodge without skiing! You need snow, mountains, and other snow sports available to you. Sure, there is the majesty of nature all around you, but if you’re going to a ski lodge, you need to be able to get on the slopes, even if you’re only on a bunny hill/slope.

Winter Camping in California

Can’t resist the call of the wild? Does summer seem too far away to wait to hit the great outdoors? Many people only think of camping as a summertime activity, but for many of us we simply can’t wait around half the year before getting back out in open. Luckily California has many amazing places where you can camp during the winter months. Winter camping is usually cheaper and less crowded than camping in the summer and you will also get to experience California in a whole different way.

California has blessed us outdoor lovers with a variety of different landscapes and climates to experience. And while the high sierras are covered in snow, the Mojave Desert and Pacific Coast beckon campers to come and experience their winter beauty. The beach is usually the best place to go to escape the cold inland winters thanks to the moderate temperatures experienced year round. Of course for true adventure seekers there are also opportunities for snow camping in the higher elevations, so why not pair a ski trip with a camping trip? Regardless of where you choose, these places are downright beautiful, yet few people have experienced this beauty in the wintertime. They are calling for you to come visit!

Angel Island – Northern California / San Francisco Bay Area

As a Bay Area resident I am very fond of Angel Island… when it isn’t overflowing with people. It is a quick trip to anyone in the Bay Area of Sacramento regions, and it has absolutely spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, including the San Francisco Skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and views of Tiburon and Sausalito. Rain and thick fog are common for Bay Area winters but relative to the rest of Northern California the temperatures are pleasantly moderate. The past five years have seen very dry winters in the Bay thanks to the terrible drought we’ve experience, but this year’s El Nino has already poured rain across the state, so be expecting wet weather if you choose to visit Angel Island this winter. From December through March daytime high temperatures average 56-61 degrees fahrenheit and nighttime lows average 41-45 degrees fahrenheit, so there really isn’t too much difference between night and day. The eastern side of the island is better sheltered from the ocean breezes but the western side gives a front row view of amazing sunsets under the Golden Gate Bridge. East Bay Sites and Sunrise Sites are located on the eastern side of the island near Fort McDowell. Ridge Sites and Kayak Camp are located on the western side of the island near Camp Reynolds. For more information on the campsites check out the brochure and park map from the park’s website. Note that some of the information is outdated but most is still relevant.

Getting to Angel Island is half the fun of the trip. Public ferries run from Tiburon via the Angel Island Ferry and from Pier 41 and the Ferry Building in San Francisco via the Blue and Gold Fleet. Adult tickets cost $15 from Tiburon and $9 from San Francisco. These fares include the park entrance fee as well. Note that during the winter months these ferries only run on weekends, so the earliest you can get to the island is Saturday morning and the latest you can stay is Sunday late afternoon unless you plan to stay the whole week. But there are other options! You can use your own private boat or borrow a friends. Or if you’re like me and don’t own a boat you can charter a private boat or take Tideline Water Taxi. Tideline is a great option, it is pretty expensive but it is still cheaper than chartering a boat and provides the most personalized schedule and service, so you won’t be limited by the ferry schedules.

Big Sur – Central Coast

Big Sur on the California Central Coast is an absolute gem. It epitomizes all the beauty California’s rugged Pacific Coast has to offer. From hundred foot redwoods, backwoods trails and miles of beaches, Big Sur has it all. And thanks to its proximity to the ocean it stays relatively moderate in the winter time, with average high temperatures from December through March ranging from 60-63 degrees fahrenheit and average low temperatures around 43 degrees fahrenheit. As always, in the winter you must be prepared for rain, heavy fog and ocean winds. Big Sur is very busy during the summer months, but during the winter the crowds have dispersed, leaving you with miles of empty trails and beaches to explore.

Perhaps the most amazing part about winter camping in Big Sur is the chance to watch the majestic Gray Whales migrate between Alaska and Baja California. December through early February you can see the whales migrating south, and beginning in February you can see them migrate north with their newborn calves. It is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

Big Sur has many campgrounds which can be found here. For those of you looking for a little more warmth and comfort I would suggest one of the campgrounds with cabins, such as Big Sur Campgrounds and Cabins or Riverside Campground. Both of these campgrounds also offer many tent and RV sites in addition to their cabin accommodations. Another recommendation for tent and RV camping is Kirk Creek Campground. Kirk Creek is a beautiful campground located on a huge bluff overlooking the ocean. Due to its open location it is susceptible to strong winds and moisture so prepare yourself for that if you choose to stay there.

Lake Tahoe – Northern California / Sierra Nevada Mountains

For those wanting to truly experience the winter, then snow camping on the shores of Lake Tahoe is right for you. During the summer months Lake Tahoe is one of the most popular camping destinations in the world. During the winter months it is one of the most popular skiing destinations in the world. Basically Lake Tahoe is awesome and everyone wants to go there regardless of what month it is.

Sugar Pine Point State Park on the western shore of Lake Tahoe offers the best of both worlds. The camp is one of the only campgrounds in the region open during the winter months for snow camping, and it conveniently located only minutes from some of the world’s greatest alpine ski resorts. Homewood Resort (8 mins), Squaw Valley Resort and Alpine Meadows (32 mins), Heavenly Mountain Resort (45 mins) and Northstar California Resort (50 mins) are all located within an hour drive of the campground. Sugar Pine campground is also a great choice for any first time snow campers since it isn’t far off the beaten path, so any services are accessible nearby.

Sugar Pine Point State Park also offers some of the best cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails the Lake Tahoe region has to offer, all with easy access from the campground. In fact it was these trails which were used for the biathlon and cross-country skiing events in the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympic Winter Games.

And if you still aren’t up to tent camping in the snow you always have the option to find some amazing local cabins to stay in. Airbnb is your best bet for booking one of these.

Mt. San Jacinto State Park – Southern California / San Jacinto Mountains

Snow camping is also readily accessible in Southern California in the beautiful Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Idyllwild Park offers year round camping. Tent camping and RVs are welcome on a first-come/first-serve basis November through March. The campground is located less than three hours from both Los Angeles and San Diego, making it a great option for those looking for a weekend escape from the city life. Snowshoeing and sledding are very popular activities at the park during the winter months.

There is plenty to do in and around the State Park. Including visiting different parts of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument or hiking a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. You can even spend an afternoon riding the world famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which takes you from Chino Canyon near Palm springs up nearly 6,000 feet to the Mountain Station.

Death Valley National Park – Southern California / Mojave Desert

Death Valley is quite amazing. On July 12, 2012 Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park broke a heat record when the low temperature was 103 degrees fahrenheit, tying the world record for highest low temperature in a day. Then on July 10, 2013 Furnace Creek broke another heat record with a high temperature of 134 degrees fahrenheit (!!!), breaking the US record previously set in 1913. Needless to say you won’t be dealing with these hellish temperatures during the winter months, in fact Death Valley is downright pleasant during the winter. Average high temps from December through March range from 67 to 81 degrees fahrenheit with average lows ranging from 38 to 53 degrees fahrenheit.

Since Death Valley is in the middle of the desert it is susceptible to big swings in temperatures, with nighttime lows dropping below freezing. This is where winter desert camping mostly differs from winter beach camping. In the desert the temperatures can swing dramatically from day to night while near the ocean the temperatures remain relatively stable.

Tent and RV camping is available at Furnace Creek RV Park and Fiddler’s Campground for $18/night or at Mesquite Spring for $12 a night. Both campgrounds have RV dump stations and flush toilets. For tent campers you can stay at Emigrant or Wildrose Campgrounds. (note: Wildrose accepts any vehicles under 25 feet, Emigrant is tent camping only)

Joshua Tree National Park – Southern California / Mojave Desert

Another great desert camping destination in Southern California is Joshua Tree National Park. The park is easy to access, located only about 2.5 to 3.5 hrs from Los Angeles (depending on traffic of course). Like Death Valley, Joshua Tree is located in the middle of the desert, so while it can be blistering hot during the summer months, it is very pleasant during the winter. With average high temperatures from January through March ranging from 60-70 degrees fahrenheit and average low temperatures ranging from 35 to 42 degrees fahrenheit. For a list of all the campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park check out here. For a campground in the northern portion of the park I suggest Jumbo Rocks Campground, which costs $15/night and is first-come/first-serve. There is no water and only pit toilets at Jumbo Rocks Campground so be sure you come prepared. For those looking for a campground in the southern portion of the park I suggest Cottonwood Campground for $20/night, which has a dump station, water and flush toilets.

By now you understand that camping in California is both a summertime and wintertime activity. There are many amazing places to escape to in the winter, even if there is snow on the ground. Take advantage of the cheaper fees, shorter reservation times, and uncrowded campgrounds while you can before winter ends. Camping in California never takes a break for the seasons!

Now it’s time to get out there and experience what winter camping in California has to offer! Stay warm, stay safe and stay camping in California!

The Importance of Vacations

Summer is almost over and I can guarantee more than half the people you know have yet to get away on a vacation. The fact is, most people do not take vacations often enough. In addition to this, increasingly, when individuals do take vacations, they take their work while on them. Taking your work with you on vacation essentially defeats the purpose of a vacation, as you are remaining in the mindset that you’re trying to escape. This lack of an ability to relax is problematic for many reasons.

Vacations Promote Creativity

A valuable vacation can help us to reconnect with ourselves. It may encourage self-discovery, allowing us to get back to feeling our absolute best.

Vacations Prevent Burnout

Employees who take time to relax are less likely to experience burnouts. This results in more creative and productive work, unlike under-rested counterparts who will become fatigued and overworked.

Vacations Can Keep Us Healthy

Taking time off work to recharge and revitalize can lower your stress levels. Ultimately, lowering your stress levels will keep your healthy.

Vacations Promote Overall Well-being

A study found that three days after vacation, employees’ physical complaints, quality of sleep and overall mood improved dramatically. These enhancements were still present five weeks later, particularly in the individuals who had more personal time and overall satisfaction while on their vacations.

Vacations Can Strengthen Bonds

Spending time enjoying life with your loved ones can help keep relationships strong. Enjoying the good times and assisting you through the hard times, these vacations are what you need.

Vacations Can Help With Your Job Performance

Studies show that more frequent vacations lead to increased quality of life, which results in increased quality of work on the job.

Vacationing is supposed to be a relaxing time. Becoming more predominant with regular vacationers is the purchase of second homes, a place where they can go to be at ease. However, many homeowners worry about their homes when they are on vacation, and worry about their cottages/vacation property while they are at home. Using one of Absolute Automation’s monitoring units may be the way to provide peace of mind.

The Intermediate Freeze Alarm

With its Quick Status Feature you are able to hear the current temperature and power and battery status with just a simple 15 second phone call! This device will call up to three phone numbers and alert you with a voice message if ever the temperature gets too cold/hot, the power fails, or if the back-up battery needs replacing.

Journey Of The Braves

We all know that going to Europe is a good thing, because it is obvious that one could make it bigger and faster there than here in Africa, but the question remains; by which means do Africans travel to Europe mostly, and what are the challenges?

Of a long time history, Africa has always seemed to be so difficult for the poor masses to survive in it, despite the fact that it is highly recognised world widely for its mighty farming potential and other sources of wealth that occur naturally, such as; Minerals, Fossil, Fuels, Timber, etc. That is to say, with what Africa has, if there be good leaders, it could feed the world. But its selfish politicians only care about themselves, ignoring the tears of the poor citizens. But nevertheless..

(Life goes on)

As a young boy or a young girl growing up into a poor family, your parents may not be able to sponsor you throughout your study. Or if paraventure you have acquired a university certificate but could not find a job, at that point in life, you may begin to have negative thoughts, self condemnation, asking yourself some silly questions like; “why is my own case different?” “Will I ever make it in life?” Well, “you will make it” but it all depends on your spirit, because everyone is destined to be great in his or her own world, but fear, environment and lack of information hinder many from ruling their destinies, leaving them with no choice than to be just “dreamers”. But now I think its the right time you convert those your great ideas and plans into “action” in order to touch those hopeful dreams. All you need to do is to make some positive changes by going out to acquaint yourself with good people, those who you feel they know more than you do, because “If you are not informed, you will be deformed”. Along the line, you will hear different opinions, suggestions and advices on how to make it in life from different people. Don’t decide yet, meditate with your Bible/Koran, ask God in prayer to guide and lead you into making the right decision. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

(Good, that you have done that)

Now, of all the stories and suggestions that you have heard, I know that you might have also heard about “traveling to Europe by foot” isn’t it? Well, it is real and it is not a bad idea, because one has to take some risks in order to achieve something great in life, since they say that “life is not a bed of roses” especially for those who were not born with silver spoons in their mouths. But at the same time, I must also tell you that the journey is not adviceful or encourageable, you just ought to know that it doesn’t give life guarantee. The chances of being persecuted along the way is 100%, the chances of death is 70%, while the chances of survival is 30%. But let it not drive you up the wall, you just have to be “BRAVE”. (Deuteronomy 13:6)

Now that you have made up your mind to hit the road, that is to embark on this long hazardous journey, get yourself prepared. Far from the fact that you will have to be transited many times from one place to another, the journey is called “TPPR”, (Two Parts of Perilous Routes), commonly known by people as “See Agadez see Libya, See Libya see Italy” or “See Agadez see Morocco, see Morocco see Spain”, therefore, you have the choice to make either to Morocco for Spain, or to Libya for Italy. When you get to one of these two African countries, you may decide to stay and work for a couple of time, or you may decide to cross Europe without delays, the choice is yours, but you must have with you at least USD $1,000 before you say “goodbye to your people” that will sustain you for both feeding and transportation fees.

(Good luck!)

Now, let us take the route of Libya. As a Nigerian, Beninese, Ghanaian, Gambian, Togolese, Senegalese, Cameroonian, your first arriving point will be “Agadez” the largest city in the central Niger, this is where most people from different parts of Africa amass, while making their transportation’s connections, because the city lies in the “Sahara desert”. Know that this is the largest desert in the world, covering a surface area of about 3.5 million square miles, you could find it sandy and some areas stony, it is roadless and treeless, maybe you could find a single dry tree at a certain area, but not assured, although, it depends on the area your compass navigates you through. Therefore, it is obvious that you will stand the risk of high sun intensity during summer, or heavy cold during winter, and you will find nowhere to dulge them. The minimum period of time to spend on the first movement through “Sahara desert” is four days, that is from “Agadez to Gatron”, Gatron is one of the Libya’s states sharing a common boundary with “Niger”, however, that still depends on your connection, if you make a bad one, you could spend more days.. Notwithstanding the fact that you made a good connection, there is still 50% possibility of missing your way, which would result your driver into driving around the desert, including where he has passed before, without even noticing. For this reason, people spend two weeks or more in the desert, then, your food and water will have finished. Whenever this problem occurs, women are sustained longer than the men, because they can Urinate up to five times haven’t drunken any water, whereas the men can only urinate twice. You may survive for some days without food, but definitely not without water, subsequently, at a certain point, you as a man will have to buy “Urines” from the women to drink, while the women will drink from theirs.

Those drivers are mostly from Chad and Niger, they are very wicked and they don’t value human’s life. If a passenger falls down from the vehicle, they will never stop to pick him or her, and we know that the desert is very wide, so, it is possible that one may not see another vehicle passing through that same area within two days, for these reasons people die. There are two types of vehicles that are being used, (911, also known as combined) the one you’re seeing its picture on top here. Then, Hilux, one man’s business). 911 is likely safer because it is a combination of different connections, they always keep their eyes on it to make sure it delivers in peace, and again even if one falls down while on the move, which is usual, one could also run to meet them because it runs very slowly, other passengers would lay helping hands to lift him or her up. But the disadvantage is the fact that it runs at a snail’s pace (very slowly) so, it is beyond a reasonable doubt that it could spend not less than 10 days in the desert, even though nothing happens to the vehicle apart from the usual stops for people to eat and sleep for like 3 hours. The Hilux is quicker but incurs more risk, if at all nothing goes wrong, you could see Gatron within four days, but obviously, it will encounter some obstacles like; getting spoilt, but the drivers are mechanical engineers themselves and they will have with them everything it would take to fix it. Far from that, it will encounter an obstacle like; sinking in the sandy area, which will demand everyone to come down (to push). Bear it in mind that no matter the quantity of food and water that is taken along by all the passengers which will be allowed by the drivers into that small vehicle that will also Carry up to 42 passengers, they must finish within three days, therefore, you must be prepared to stay without food and water for at least one day, and that’s if nothing goes wrong. But if paraventure the vehicle encounters any, or all of these problems, you will spend more than you expect, then, where would you gain the strengths to push the vehicle out of the soft, sandy-hill areas? You will have no choice than to wait for God’s miracle.

Your drivers will tell you all to say your last prayers, that you have come to the end of the road (everybody must die), then, they walk a little distance away from you to lie down, smoking and drinking alcohol. During this period, their hearts have turned to stones and are easily provoked, if anyone of you cries louder than others, they could shoot the person. They have accepted death even before you, but they seek for a little opportunity to kill everybody before they die.. Don’t worry, all you need is to be prayerful and faithful, desert is disastrous but also miraculous. (Isaiah 35:1-10) After you might have given up, you may be crying until you sleep off, but really, someone might wake you up for good, or better still, before you all wake up in the morning, you will find out that “Breeze has blown the sandy-hill away” demanding no one to push the vehicle again. That’s the way God works for his children in the Sahara desert. If not, this is why people die.. Apart from the problems of the vehicles, there are still other challenges that people do face which affect the women mostly. They are sometimes raped by the drivers. And again, whenever they get mad at you for noise makings and complaints, they could drop you, forcing you to sleep with one another at gun points. For this reason do women get unwanted pregnancies before reaching their destinations.

(Oh! You have arrived in Gatron at last, thank God.)

The moment you get here, the transportation’s connection you have made has expired, you will have to make another connection that will drive you from “Gatron to Sabha”. Beware! Because there are many Black Africans that reside here doing all sorts of violative businesses like; Human trafficking, Forcing women into prostitution, etc. Each of them has a place called “Ghetto”, and in one of these places will you stay for at least three days before moving to Sabha, (whichever state you get to in Libya, it is your driver that is responsible to find you a ghetto nearby). If you are a woman going to Europe for prostitution, then, Gatron is the place you may start from, either being forced or voluntarily. If you are a man, your ghetto boss’s target would be either duping you to frustration, or selling you to poor Libyan farmers, where they will imprison you to labor for them, yet, getting no payment. Therefore, while in the ghetto, you will need to be very careful and fast in making your connection to Sabha, it is a straight road and a half day journey without much stress. The people there can be extremely wicked and helpful, but that will depend on your first impression the very day you arrived. Once they see you as a wise and a serious person, they will even be the one to help you find a good connection.

You have finally arrived in Sabha. Which means (you are now fully welcomed to Libya). Sabha is one the metropolitan states of Libya, highly populated by foreigners from different parts of the world, mostly Africans. It is hotter than for example; “Lagos” in Nigeria. If your money was stolen along your way before arriving here, there is nothing to worry about, in Sabha you could do some odd jobs like; Washing cars, or buying yourself a Hammer and a chisel, with which you would use in breaking down old houses, pulling old tiles, etc. This job is common in Libya, and it is generally called “Kasora”, through which you could raise another money to continue your journey. But, mind you that human trafficking which I mentioned earlier that goes on in Gatron happens most in Sabha, so, whenever you go out from the ghetto where you are staying to work or to somewhere else, you will have to be very vigilant, otherwise, you may be kidnapped by the Libyans themselves (Asima boys) demanding you to pay a huge amount of money before they release you, one could also be kidnapped more than once if not careful, and this has frustrated many people, leaving them with no choice than to remain in Libya and forget about moving to Europe, because they cannot raise the amount needed for the transport fee to Tripoli where they will make the last connection to Europe. But, if you have not lost your money in the first place, I would suggest you to make a quick connection to Tripoli without wasting much time in Sabha, because for as long as you stay in a ghetto, you must be paying for rent, however, it is not always much, because there would be many people in a single room, as large in number that you may not be able to turn your body after you have laid down. Such places are always cheap, and that is how every ghetto in Libya is. But, to avoid contacting diseases, or falling into the hands of these slave traders, it would be better you find your way to Tripoli as soon as possible, because Sabha is as dangerous as a broken bottle.

There are two connection alternatives for going to Tripoli, it is either through straight road or through desert. But, the two options have equal risks, although, it is unpredictable that you cannot figure out which one would be safer.

Straight road, this is just a day journey, however, it costs more than of the desert route. If you have the vaccination card/yellow card, which Libyans call “X pataka”, then, you may be somehow free from the police, but definitely not free from the Asima boys and some of their police men that are crazy, but if you don’t have this card, it’s worst. You would stand the risks of being held by the police on the way, the penalty would be sending you to prison, and then deport you back to your country after some months you will have spent in the prison with hard labor. And again, the so called Asima boys are always the drivers to take people to Tripoli from Sabha, therefore, with or without this card, they sometimes divert their passengers to a secluded area where they would be kept for a long time, demanding money from them at gun points. Obviously, they will collect from everyone like twice or more, then, if you happen to be involved and you have just the money for crossing to Europe, it would be obvious that you will call home for more money. When they feel that they are due with what they have gotten from you all, they will take you to Tripoli, but that is if anyone among them is merciful to plead and convince the others, if not, they will abandon you all there. Think of how secluded that place might be, and for the fact that you have no document guarding you, if you wander about searching for the main road, you may get yourselves into the hands of another group of criminals, or the police men, which would eventually land you in prison and also back to your country thereafter, this reason people die… (Solutions) Never you think that Libya is a country that its route was discovered only for the reason of crossing to Europe because of the Mediterranean sea, majority of Africans live and work there, and don’t even think of going to Europe for the kind of money they make. Consequently, whenever people find themselves into a situation like this, they obscurely search for uncompleted buildings. Libya has always been and will always be under infrastructure, that is to say, anywhere you are in Libya you will always see a lot of buildings under construction, and the builders are always foreigners, mainly Africans. African workmen in Libya are likely good, unlike those ones into business like, (Ghetto bosses). So, you will find a building under construction, and the people there could help you for shelter and job until the money for your journey completes.

Desert way, first of all, I want you to know that the previous desert you have experienced is more risky than the one you’re about to enter, because it is a boundary between two countries, even a single helicopter flying across, you cannot find there, and there is no network for phone calls. While this very desert is inside a country, therefore, there are possibilities that the drivers could make calls if your vehicle misses its way, and you could also be seen by helicopters within two days, and again the Xpataka is not necessary. But the truth is that you will experience more pains than your first trip in the desert because of how the drivers will stack you on the Hilux like “Geisha sardines”, covering you with an opaque trampoline and putting up blocks round the edges.

This way, desert forces will not notice what they are carrying. The journey is not more than three days if no obstacles, but nevertheless, it is possible for one to die on that Hilux after his breath is ceased for the way they stacked you. Despite the fact that the journey is three days or more, there would be no stops for food, lest the desert forces catch you. But if unfortunately they meet these forces, they would have no choice than to drop you and go their ways, these forces are normally with dictative dogs, they could find you whichever area you are.

It is true that desert is big, but it is wide open, therefore, they must find you. But if none of these obstacles happen, then, you will only suffer pains, hunger and thirsty, the drivers mostly go on credit, hoping to collect their money when they get to Tripoli, therefore, they always try their best to make sure they deliver you for their money, that is to say, the thought of abandoning you in the desert is out of their plan, unless something else happens unexpectedly.

(Wow! You have just completed your first step of journeying through the two parts of Perilous Routes. Congratulations!)

This is Tripoli, the state capital of Libya, so, it is more peaceful and secured than other states of Libya, because of numerous police men patrolling around its cities. There are no much Asima boys, and the ones there operate with fear. But for the sake of the police, you are to hide yourself more than ever, so that you will not be cought, remember (you have no document). Here is the final place where you will have to make your connection to Europe, be careful!

There are two main places involved in this business of crossing Africans to Europe, they are; Tripoli and Sabratha/Zawiya, because they share boundary with the Mediterranean sea, but you are not to decide whether Tripoli or Sabratha. Now you’re at the Ghetto, you will just have to pay your crossing money to the ghetto boss, and then, dedicate your life to God, praying without ceasing, because you’re about to embark on a suicidal journey, and you will never know the day. If it would be from Tripoli, then, the suffering would be less, but if it would have to be from Sabratha, then, you will still have to be stacked on a Hilux or Truck like Geisha sardines again, or even in the boot of a car. While in the ghetto, you are not allowed to come outside the way you were allowed in Gatron and Sabha, because the police knows that ilegal immigrants are crossing from Libya to Europe through Tripoli and Sabratha, so, the security is very tight.

Wether from Tripoli or Sabratha, the next place to move from the ghetto is to the camp, is it built in a secluded area and not too far from the seaside, there are many camps, but they will just have to take you to one of them. It is just like an empty plot of land surrounded with high fence, so that no passenger could run, once you get there, (There would be no going back). You will meet thousands of passengers there, people from other connections, too. And I’m sorry to tell you, life in the camp of Libya is hell, you will suffer so much that you will regret ever embarking on this journey in the first place. Why? It is because your movement determines on wheather, they don’t just push you to go and die on the sea, they always make sure that the sea would be calm for at least three days. Therefore, your date of departure would be unpredictable, you may spend one to four months, even more or less while waiting for weather. Then, your money will have finished long ago. However, your connection men will bring food for you weekly, but definitely cannot feed thousands of people. Many will contact diseases from dirts, and they are always contagious. Many will also die of hunger and sickness… The worst thing is that even when there is good weather, they could only push like four boats, which contains 120 passengers each, so, your being among would depend on how lucky you are. Sometimes Libyan police do come there to carry people to prison, but it doesn’t happen always, so let us assume that it will not happen and you will not die there, perhaps you may contact a minor disease, but don’t worry, when you get to Europe, (Oyibo female doctors) will treat you for free.

Welcome to the seaside!

It is always at the night that they will bring you here from the camp because of police, and again, the fear of the sea if they allow you see it in the day time. The boat is called ‘Lampedusa’, it is made of trampoline with a small engine, they will pump it in the morning of the night that they will have to take you there, just to be sure that it doesn’t have a single leakage. You will not be allowed to wear any clothe that has ‘zip’, nor put on iron belt, or anything relating to sharp objects, lest it tears the boat. Immediately it is 1:00am they will start the loading.

once it is done, one person among you will be chosen as the captain, then, another intelligent person will volunteer himself out to read the compass. Normally, it is one day journey with the Lampedusa, then two days with ship. The ships are the rescuers, the countries involved in the business are Malta, Turkey, Germany and Italy. Therefore, you may not know the people that will rescue you. They are already between the European’s and African’s territory waiting, for they have seen you with helicopter, but cannot cross their territory, neither would they come close to the Lampedusa, because it’s always coming with heavy waves.

Why do people die? Apart from the fact that no one goes with any sharp objects, the boat can still burst for one of these four reasons; Fighting in the boat. Pain is something that is sometimes unbearable, almost a day journey with a boat carrying 120 people, it is obvious that women sitting down must develop leg pains, and must point fingers at each other, and from quarrelling to fighting, then, the boat could burst. Compass strategy. Mediterranean sea is as wide as a desert, therefore, if your compass’s reader misses the direction, then, you have lost your way, the captain will keep rotating around without noticing it, two days you’re still on the boat. The planks used in constructing the under it will disorve, then, water comes in. Spoilt engine. This boat is built for only going and not to return, therefore, they won’t spend much money constructing it. Its engine could spoil along the way, then, the wave will keep rotating it until its planks get desorved. Impatience. This is one of the reasons people die most in the Mediterranean sea. When you see the rescuers, you are not supposed to move your body, for they will from the ship come to you with small flying boats.

They will have with them enough lifejackets that will reach everyone, but when they start sharing it, people leave their positions to drag with people in the front, then, the boat will capsize.

Before you get to the European territory, there are still chances of you being cought on the sea by the Libyan Navy or Asima boys, toeing you back to Libyan prison, and from there back to your country. But if God be on your side, then, your journey would be a successful one. Once you have gotten onto the ship, I can assure you that you would be in Europe in the next two days, either Germany or Italy, mostly.

GOOD LUCK!

A Remarkable Beach and Lively Bar

Planning a great holiday vacation in the Isle of Wight with your family would be a good idea because Isle of Wight has fascinating tourist spots to explore. There are impressive sandy beaches and awesome bars. One of the first things you must do during your vacation in the Isle of Wight is to book one of the luxurious holiday cottages. The Isle of Wight holiday cottages are suited for both small and large groups. These self-catering Isle of Wight holiday cottages also allow visitors to take their pets to stay with them. They are also located close to most famous destinations that you could visit during your holidays. If you want to maximize your vacation, you stay in one of the cottages, so that you could readily hop from one place to another.

The Puckpool Park Beach

If you choose one of the holiday cottages,visiting the famous Puckpool Park beach during your holidays would be a terrific idea. This famous beach attraction is near many of the Isle of Wight cottages.Your kids would surely love the place, because they could enjoy playing and swimming at the crystal clear waters of this beach. You could relax and get a fine tan, while your kids enjoy building sand castles. The ambience and view of the beach is also eye-catching. Aside from the wonderful view, you could enjoy playing some sports like the 18-hole golf game. Tennis, bowling and other sports activities are offered at the Puckpool beach park. You could spend precious time with your family and engage in events, which you could all join in. You may want to spend a tranquil afternoon sunbathing on the beach. After a fruitful day, you can then retire in one of the convenient Isle of Wight holiday cottages.

The Anchor Inn

After a tiring yet fun day of visiting some attractions and exploring some beaches, you can unwind at the Anchor Inn before going back to your Isle of Wight cottages.You can have a good drink with your friends and enjoy a glass of wine or beer at the bar. You might also want to pamper yourself with some mouth-watering dishes, which could be served anytime. The inn serves special meals such as tasty Oriental Prawns or the Coronation Chicken. These meals are cooked with fresh ingredients and are cooked to perfection. Most families visit the Anchor Inn during their holidays to relish some great meals. The atmosphere at this bar is so relaxing and comfortable and the fine music by a live band is one thing you should not miss.You can try the exquisite drinks that the bar has to offer. Staying in one of the nearby Isle of Wight holiday cottages, would ensure that you can go back readily and safely.

Condos and Kids Are a Perfect Match

Condos can be an ideal option for those who are planning a getaway for a vacation. If you and the family want plenty of room and many options, then these facilities are far better than renting a hotel room. In fact, for those families that have kids, they can be the ideal choice. There may not be a better way for you to actually get the help you need keeping the kids happy than to give them what look sand feels like a home away from home. With the right facility, you may find that this is the perfect choice for getting exactly what you desire on your trip, including relaxation and peace.

Kids Love the Space

In a hotel room with just a couple of beds and a television, there just is no room to play. Kids love condos because there is room to play. They can play with toys, watch television and even do a bit of hide and seek if they want to. With more room, you can also have your own bedroom which means more privacy and a break from the kids every now and then. You cannot do this in most traditional hotels.

The Amenities Keep Them Busy

If you do not like going on vacation and then spending day after day touring an amusement park, you may love renting a condo instead of a hotel. These facilities tend to offer more of the features you want and need on your trip right onsite. This includes pools, both those for the kids and those for adults, tennis courts, volleyball nets and even fitness sections. Some have restaurants in them or they offer a gift shop. They give you more of the features you need without actually having to pay more for them.

They Give You Access to the Beach

Some of the best condos near beaches give you access to the water and the sand. You can easily step right out into the water and start enjoying your experience there. Unlike at a hotel, you do not have to walk a mile or more to get from the car to the beach with all of your gear in tow. For some, this is the best benefit of all. The kids are so much easier to have fun with when everything is close by.

Take a few minutes to check out the options available to you in condos at the destination you plan to visit. What you may find is that there is plenty of fun to be had even by the most picky kids out there. Now is a good time to book your trip and start counting on the relaxing.

Why Greenland Should Be Your Next Holiday Destination

The once-in-a-lifetime sledging experiences that Greenland offers are enough to entice you to visit this adventurer’s paradise. Here are the top reasons why Greenland should be your next holiday destination:

  1. Dog sledging

Experience the joys of dog sledding. In Greenland, many towns are home to more dogs than people, and dog sledging is a huge part of their culture.

  1. Kayaking

The kayak is an integral part of Greenland culture, an important transportation and hunting tool of the first wave of immigrants that came to this harsh land. Go on a kayak expedition among icebergs and glaciers in the Greenlandic wilderness.

  1. Inuit Culture

The world’s largest island is home to the vibrant culture of the Inuit people, who adapted to the challenges of this land thousands of years ago. Visit various museums found all throughout Greenland (Qeqertarsuaq Museum, Sisimiut Museum) or have a hands-on experience through cultural expeditions.

  1. The Northern Lights

This spectacular light show, unique to the Arctic Circle, is a part of Greenland’s national identity. This is best experienced between the months of September and April, and best of all, it is completely free.

  1. Arctic wildlife

In Greenland, you can go on a wildlife excursion by sledge. You can go whale watching, or watch land mammals such as musk oxen, caribou, arctic foxes, lemmings, and the lone Arctic wolf in their unspoiled habitat. You may even be lucky and have a rare siting of the Greenland polar bear that hunts seals and birds. Greenland is also home to beautiful birds such as the ptarmigan, which changes colour between summer and winter, the white-tailed eagle, puffins, and much more.

  1. Hiking in the Silent Arctic

Hiking trails in Greenland are simply breath-taking, with its bold rock formations and purple Arctic flowers. With pristine mountains and lakes, you will encounter very few hikers so that it feels like you have the place all to yourself. There are many hiking adventures on offer for both casual day-hikers and long-distance trekkers.

  1. Icebergs

Take a look at these impressive ice sculptures jutting out of the sea. The best and largest collection of icebergs in Greenland is found at the Ilulissat Icefjord, while one can identify the changing seasons through the impressive iceberg display found in Uummannaq.

Greenland has emerged to be one of the more popular places to visit in recent years. Going on a trip to this Arctic island requires thorough planning and preparation. One of the best ways to get ready for a major trip is to anticipate travel expenses, plan your itinerary, book ahead of time, and make sure that your safety and security is not compromised. One of the ways to protect yourself and your belongings is by taking out single trip travel insurance. Getting travel insurance for EU residents is a must, as it provides coverage for trip cancellations, medical expenses, lost or stolen baggage, and emergency repatriation, among others.

Excellent Dining Options in Dartmouth

When you go on Dartmouth holidays, you are sure to be fully loaded with all the fun and excitement. You can explore the place and visit the many attractions that are designed for the whole family. You must book at one of the popular Dartmouth holiday cottages, though so that you can truly enjoy comfort and convenience at its best. Dartmouth holiday cottages are the perfect place to relax at the end of the day. A combination of excellent customer service and great locations make the comfortable Dartmouth holiday cottages the accommodations of choice by visitors. They are located near the major tourist attractions in the area and allow you to see them without having to travel too far. The luxurious Dartmouth holiday cottages are fully furnished with modern amenities and have full facilities which make it a very convenient place to stay during your holidays. Even with the convenience of self-catering facilities, it would still be very interesting to visit the many restaurants available in Dartmouth. Here are some of them.

The Bullers Arms

Even if you are very much tempted by the comforts of your Dartmouth holiday cottages, it would be a great idea to go out and explore the many dining options that are available in Dartmouth. The Bullers Arms is one of the restaurants that you must try out during your holidays. It is located in Chagford and is very well-known for its delicious home-made authentic English cuisine. House specialties include smoked salmon served with crab and prawn quenelles and topped with thyme and lemon dressing; roasted garlic mushrooms, pancetta, duck and cranberry pie and sun-blanched tomatoes. You can visit the restaurant for lunch from Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on weekends. It is best to call ahead for reservations to get guaranteed seats as they are usually full.

The Bianco’s Ristorante Italiano

If you are yearning for some Italian cuisine during your holidays, Bianco’s Ristorante Italiano is the place to go. It has been elected as one of the most popular Italian dining places in the country. Bianco’s has been serving both locals and tourists with mouth-watering authentic Italian dishes such as pasta and pizza. You must order some of their recommended specialties such as: Tonno e Fagioli (Tuna with onions and Italian beans); Entrecote ai Funghetti (char grilled sirloin steak with smoked bacon, garlic, cream and mushroom sauce); Tagliatella ala marinara (pasta with cockles, prawns, tarragon and mussels in seafood sauce); Saltimbocca di Roma (veal escallops with Parma ham and mozzarella cheese) and Antipasto di Mare (marinated seafood with salad). You must cap your meal with deliciously tempting desserts and a glass of wine. You can visit the restaurant anytime from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. It would be a great idea to call ahead from your Dartmouth holiday cottages and make the necessary reservations.