Tourism: Lisbon Calling Hostel – Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon Calling is one of the best affordable places I have ever slept on my entire life. It has been described as a “stylish hostel“, but it is so much more. It is beautifully designed and offers a blend of charm and sophistication. This hostel is located in the heart of Lisbon, therefore giving the opportunity to appreciate the city during the day and to enjoy the bohemian nights at Bairro Alto.

"Very Hip"

Living Room @ Lisbon Calling – “Very Hip”

The rooms are very bright and spacious, bringing together an artistic sense and sensitivity.   Interestingly enough, the sleeping platforms and bunk beds are all custom-made.

Rooms @ Lisbon Calling – “bright and airy”

Lisbon Calling is being ran by a number of people who share their positive thinking mixed with an open-minded attitude. It is culturally diverse and provides an extremely comfortable and familiar environment.

To contact Lisbon Calling Hostel, go to:

http://www.facebook.com/LisbonCallingHostel

http://www.lisboncalling.net/

Price June-July: 20.00  to 22.00 euros depending on the dorm

If you think backpacking is not for you: please visit our next post – Lisbon Calling & The Room Next Door

Yours,

SeaShell

Elephants (Loxodonta africana): World’s Most Magnificent Mammals

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Many regions in Africa make great destinations to meet Elephants  (Loxodonta africana), one of the world’s greatest mammals. Elephants are the largest land animals found on Earth and they can grow up to 3m  in height and to 6,4m in length. Males can weigh up to 5, 000 kg and  females are smaller and can weigh up to 3, 000 kg.

In ancient cultures, elephants have been used as symbols for good luck, prosperity and fertility. In the Cederberg,South Africa, there is amazing rock paintings that portray the existence of elephants between 8 000 years to 100 to 200 years ago.

Rock paintings portraying Elephants

In certain parts of the world, it is possible to come close to this animal in its natural habitat, and this is the case of Kruger Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Just by looking at this elephant below, it is possible to see their impressive size and their remarkable intelligence particularly in terms of rituals, communication habits and magnificent sense of family ties have been appreciated by human beings for thousands of years.

In terms of senses, elephants have small eyes and they have limited and poor peripheral vision due to the size and position of their head and neck. Although they have a poor eye-sight, their sense of hearing is excellent and there are estimates that elephants can pick up on some sounds over very long distances. Elephants have a good sense of taste, their tongues are pink and long and they are highly discriminating in terms of what they eat. The elephant’s trunk is known to have many purposes: smelling, eating, picking things, making sounds and self-protection from potential dangers and it is described as an amazing weapon that is capable of killing.

Elephant in Kruger Park – 2012

Elephant populations are almost half of what they were 40 years ago. Although this is a very sensitive matter for conservationists, some parts of Africa have a really high number of elephants than populated areas can support. This is the case of Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. There are many organizations are involved in research of elephant behaviors, conservation of their habitats and finding sustainable solutions to make sure that human beings and elephants are able to co-exist peacefully in Africa.

Apart from conflicts with humans and habitat loss, ivory poachers are also a main threat to the elephant populations. These animals have been around for a long time and their place on Earth has should be secured.

My name is SeaShell and I am a big fan of elephants. Not so long ago, I touched a baby elephant, the cutest little thing with very tough skin. It was an amazing experience. They are kind animals. Elephant sanctuaries are amazing places anywhere in the world. Some of the elephants in these sanctuaries are very naughty and sometimes when your not looking, they steal a kiss from you. I just described why elephants are one of the world’s magnificent mammals and for all of the above reasons I think we should protect them.

I believe that whether you are a nature enthusiast or a wildlife dreamer, I promise to take you on exciting journeys around the world. Enjoy the little things in life!

Amor aos caracóis

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Antes de mais nada, uma pequena introdução à menina-mulher que está em frente ao ecrã. Eu, ThinkerBella, sou uma jovem de 25 anos (quebrando um tabu qualquer que diz que não se fala da idade das mulheres…o medo do tempo…isto é material para um outro ‘’post’’) natural do mundo… nascida em Lisboa, vivida em Luanda, Paris, Cape Town e agora Luanda, outra vez.

Trabalho na indústria que move o país (Angola), fascinante, sim!…Mas já aparecia concorrência, o país precisa, o povo pede!
Acho que vão acabar por me conhecer melhor pela maneira de escrever…pelo ‘’cheiro’’ das palavras e o ‘’som’’ da pontuação!

Agora ao que interessa!
Bem, primeiro, porquê em Português? Porque é um assunto que está tão perto do meu coração, que só a minha língua consegue fazer passar a mensagem que quero passar!

Desculpem-me os leitores que não a percebem… :(

 e por favor, não usem o google para traduzir o que está aqui escrito… prometo que vão acabar por perceber ainda menos! 😛

Agora ao que realmente interessa!!!
A relação com o cabelo começa desde bem cedo. As meninas (e rapazes) crescem assombradas por ideias como: bom cabelo, cabelo difícil de pentear, cremes milagrosos, carapinha, etc.

São atormentadas pelos domingos depois da praia, em que se lava, desembaraça e penteia o cabelo para mais uma semana!Conceitos, se calhar, alienígenas para aquelas que não tiveram que passar por isso!…

Mais tarde, a escola e a sociedade fazem a sua parte, sendo ‘’cruéis’’ com as que não se encaixam no ‘’padrão’’ de beleza da altura!
Conceito, que há bem pouco tempo descobri não ser crueldade (daí ter utilizado as aspas acima)… é pura e simples ‘’ignorância’’! A sociedade absorve as publicidades das revistas, televisão, etc; cataloga as pessoas por cor, classe social, bairro onde vivem e sim, cabelo! São cegadas por aquilo que estão habituadas a ver como sendo bonito e não conseguem descodificar o vasto mundo das diferenças.

O uso do cabelo natural é (ainda hoje) visto como ‘’desleixo’’ ou pior, em algumas sociedades, como falta de dinheiro para desfrisá-lo, usar extensões, ou fazer tratamentos super avançados que esturricam os caracolitos!

Se calhar convém dizer agora que não sou contra o uso de produtos químicos, extensões, ou outras artimanhas para mudar o visual! Aliás, estaria a fazer igualzinho à sociedade ‘’ignorante’’ se o fizesse!

Este post vai para além de modas, de estética… o que estou sempre a tentar passar, quando falo do meu cabelo… é o facto de ter sido a falta dele a fazer-me perceber que sou bem mais do que ele! E que a minha relação com ele fazia-me prisioneira de um creme, uma cabeleireira, um elástico, um secador, etc.

Portanto a mensagem que quero passar é esta: a partir do momento que vi a máquina 2 passar na minha cabeça e o cabelo, que me fez prisioneira durante anos cair ao chão…senti-me estranhamente livre! E aprendi que a beleza vai tão além dos caracóis, lisos, curtos ou compridos…a beleza vai e vem de tão longe!

E o que mais gosto é da caminhada para a descoberta dessa beleza, desse eu, dessa fonte de amor próprio que não depende de um adereço, um batom, uma roupa…
E o que desejo a todas as meninas e mulheres (e homens, claro!) é isso: encontrem dentro de vocês a fonte de amor próprio… e acreditem, ela pouco tem a ver com o que está por fora! Aliás, quando descoberta, ela irradia tanta beleza, que os poros não a conseguem conter!

by ThinkerBella

Five Senses Plus One: the beginning.

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Where did the idea of Five Senses Plus One started?

Cape Town, a cosmopolitan city in Western Cape Province in South Africa, and often referred to as the Mother City. It was in fact in Cape Town, where the idea of the 5ive plus 1 senses emerged, since the choice of exotic attractions and remarkable experiences appealed overwhelmingly to us and our senses. There is no need for complex words to be used when describing these unique experiences.

 

Cape Town, South Africa

Who are we?

We are citizens of the world with a passion for travelling, eating exquisite food and indulging in unique adventures around the globe . We have learned a great deal from the time spent in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America. For this reason, the different post on our blog will be in different languages such as Portuguese, French and Spanish. We will keep it simple and hopefully we will show you the benefits of learning a foreign language.

Where‘s Wally are the Five Plus One? We were there…

Our message

We would love to take you on a journey, introduce you to great experiences. We will be travelling the world and we will make sure that you are with us every step of the way, in every single indulgence. We will show you the best dining, exquisite destinations, mystery activities and great adventures.

Carpe Diem and Hakuna Matata!

Sushi: one of our favorites! Enjoy!

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