Encountering different cultures and people is an exciting aspect of travel.
Now that a deep freeze has settled over many parts of the world, some daring souls choose to revel in the frigid temperatures by engaging in activities that are only possible in a cold climate.
A band in Sweden called Ice Music celebrates “the winter spirit of Swedish Lapland” by using a new art form – where the musicians play on instruments made of ice.
Just outside of Luleå, one of the coldest places in Sweden, an Ice Music made up of violins, celli and basses performs every winter inside a concert hall made entirely of ice.
Ice sculptor Tim Linhart crafts all the instruments out of ice, carving faithful reproductions of the bodies of stringed instruments. They are made almost entirely of ice except for wooden fingerboards and real strings. Linhart also makes frozen guitars, banjos, drums and marimbas.
Hey brother, what a really cool concert! Listen to the band Whiteroom playing and singing the big hit “Hey brother” by Swedish artist Avichii.
The story about Ice Music in Swedish Lapland
Tim Linhart tells us some about the making of his incredible ice orchestra in Luleå, Sweden.
Norway’s spine-tingling ice music festival
It’s said the full moon can bring on unusual behaviour, and that certainly seems to be the case in Norway. For the last seven years, to mark the first full moon of the year, musicians from all over the world perform at a festival where all the instruments are made from ice and snow.
“You can trust our Grandmas. Plus, our Grandmas don’t text or tweet while they are watching your kids!”
With more and more families living further away from their relatives, there’s now a service that will place experienced grandmothers with families as nannies, babysitters, mothers’ helpers, housekeepers and maternity nurses. Should you wish to spend some time with your loved one away from your kids while traveling the world, renting a grandma might be a good idea 🙂 Anyway, Rent-a-Grandma is definitely a growing trend and maybe something you wish to sketch into your retirement plan if you still need some cash.
We take a look at the contrasting priorities of British men and women abroad
It turns out that women spend on average 4 more days than men researching their holiday, and also put more effort into achieving their ideal beach body.
However, men are more active when they are actually on holiday; being more likely to partake in adventurous activities such as scuba diving or para-sailing. Women meanwhile tend to spend more time relaxing at the side of the pool and keeping in touch with people at home.
There is also a bit of contention over the identity of our ideal holiday partners, with women identifying Johnny Depp as their ideal holiday companion, and men preferring Holly Willoughby. The only thing which is common across both sexes is the popularity of Stephen Fry…
Famous British band Jive Aces has a special message for us 🙂
Verbalists Interview: Jive Aces
Nisville Jazz Festival, Nis, Serbia
Verbalists brand begins with an idea to connect people to the power of languages and joy of journeys that inspire, surprise and entertain. It’s open-eyed and open-minded, living in the moment, and finding surprises where others might not see them.
Retail chain John Lewis’s first report on its customers’ shopping habits, published on 31 October 2013, reveals that Britons have become both more tradition-minded and more individualistic under pressure of recession and a halting recovery. Disposable “fast fashion” is falling out of favour; things that last and have a pedigree are coming in.
There seems to be a national yearning for cosiness. Sales of board games like Bananagrams (a Scrabble-like game) are up 17% on last year. Baking is in: John Lewis sold 29% more bread makers and 70% more cooling racks in the past year. Despite the ubiquity of smartphone cameras, photo frames and expensive cameras are in demand.
Britons mostly shop as one country, but there are some regional variation, most notably in women’s underwear buying habits. Welsh women are especially partial to red lingerie while north-westerners go in for thongs and G-strings. Knickers aside, united by appalling and unpredictable weather, for 80% of items, there is little regional variation in what Britons buy.
Get the full story: How Britain shops – Looking backward, The Economist
Brazil’s somewhat laid-back answer to the Arab spring works like this: invite your friends on Facebook to a mass barbecue in a public place to protest against a specified injustice. Then wait for it to go viral. The result is somewhere between a flash mob and carnival – the perfect cordial protest for a nation with an inbuilt aversion to confrontation and an obsession with Facebook.