Month: January 2017

Transportation for Travelers

Matt Westenburg Talks Travel Tips Transportation is a big part of traveling. Wherever you go, the unfamiliar setting makes it more difficult to get around. Air travel is one of the most common methods of transportation, but it’s also one of the most expensive. Once you arrive at your destination, taxis and other car services are a popular way to get around, but they’re not always the best way to see a city. Here are some alternative transportation methods to consider whether you’re a local traveling to work, a tourist traveling abroad, or a visitor traveling around a new...

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Get Pumped: Science has Proven the Benefits of Workout Playlists

Your pump-up playlist might actually be improving your workout. Whether you’re running, walking, lifting, cycling, swimming or participating in any other form of activity, music can improve your exercise. Many people refuse to workout without music, and not just radio music, but your music. Personalized playlists streamed on portable devices through sound-proof headphones are as much a part of the workout as the activity itself. Consider the emotions and memories you associate with a song before adding it to a workout playlist. Most songs don’t have much meaning attached to them. The ones that do generate an emotional response,...

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French Food Fibs

The French are world famous for their cuisine, but some of the most popular French dishes didn’t originate in France. We’ve collected a list some of the most common “French” foods that have been misleading consumers for decades and traced them to their actual roots. French fries French fries are an American staple as iconic as cheeseburgers and the Statue of Liberty. As much as these french fried potatoes are part of American culture, they’re not native to the US. They’re not even native to France. The origins of french fries can be traced back to Belgium in the...

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6 of our Favorite Awe-Inspiring Places of Worship

Religious buildings around the world are recognized for their beauty and their impressive architecture. For centuries people have flocked to these places of worship to appreciate their historical significance and their structural splendor. Wherever your next travels take you, there is sure to be a cathedral, mosque or another place of worship nearby. These buildings offer important insight into a country’s values, history, and culture. Nidaros Cathedral, Norway Nidaros Cathedral in Norway was finished in the 1300s. This Romanesque and Gothic style cathedral is Norway’s most notable church, regarded as a national shrine. It was built over the burial...

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A Cup of Coffee a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Matt Westenburg Talks Coffee Most of us don’t need a reason to grab our morning cup of coffee, but scientists have provided us with justification. Coffee’s ability to improve our moods is not just a happy coincidence. Research has proven that caffeine affects our overall health in many ways. Caffeine improves brain function It’s no secret that coffee contains caffeine, which helps people perk up and pay attention. This effect can actually make you smarter. Caffeine travels to your brain, blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter and causes more neurons to fire. Basically, all those scientific words mean that caffeine increases...

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