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Living in Portland Why So Many Are Embracing the Weird

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Some Quirky And Weird Things About Portland That Will Make You Want To Move There

Sure we’ve heard about Silicon Valley, the southern part of the San Francisco area in Northern California. We’ve heard about the innovative tech companies that reside there and blah blah blah. Boring. Have you heard about Silicon Forest? Wait. What? Silicon Forest, what and where is that? You ask. Silicon Forest is the term given to Portland, Oregon that is now home to a cluster of high-tech companies in the area. Yes, Portland is now a tech hub and with that, picturesque living with a quirky vibe. Today, we’ll talk about some of Portland’s “off-the-beaten-path” kind of unconventional things that most out-of-towners may consider weird. But despite the “weirdness” that others perceive Portland to be, it is actually a great place to move to and live. So here we go.

Stumptown

Contrary to Portland being now considered “Silicon Forest,” Portland was first nicknamed “Stumptown”. The name is derived from its early history when Portland was experiencing rapid growth (mid-19th century). Because of this, the residence, at the time, had to quickly clear the land to support the growth. Although the trees were chopped down, the tree stumps were not immediately removed. Thus, “Stumptown” was coined. It is also said that the tree stumps were used by residents as a way to avoid muddy unpaved roads by jumping from stump to stump. Imagine carrying a basket full of eggs doing that! Today, Portland is Silicon Forest but the coined nickname stuck around with it being used as part of the names of local businesses.

A Short Block Walk

Depending on where you are from, a typical block is about 10 for every mile or 311 feet long. In the case of rural Texas, it could be up to 12 blocks a mile. With that said, you’ll find it relatively strange that Portland’s downtown city blocks are only 200 feet long. So what would’ve taken you to walk 10 blocks at a mile elsewhere, in downtown Portland, it’s only a half-mile walk. Strange but could be beneficial, cutting time so you can get to work quicker, sort-of.

Too Polite?

Since we’re talking about commuting and all, let’s talk about traffic. Yes, I know, traffic is no strange thing, no matter where you live. You get the honks, the occasional (or always) “bird”, you get curse words, and road rage. But have you ever been to a place where traffic stalls because people are too polite in traffic? Like something out of the Twilight Zone, Portland is sometimes too, way too, polite when it comes to traffic etiquette. For instance, a pedestrian is slowly but surely crossing the street, you wait patiently while huffing and puffing in your mind and looking at the time. They’ve all crossed and traffic on the other side continues, preventing you from making a turn. While you are left frustrated and boiling over, Portlanders on the other hand, are the epitome of patience and politeness. Not only do they wait politely for all pedestrians to clear the crosswalk before turning, but they also “hold the door” for other cars to get by. Which means traffic will stall because Portlanders are too polite.

Biking: The Way of Life in Portland

As mentioned, Portland is a picturesque city — to the west the ocean, to the east are mountains. With that, it’s no wonder Portland is known to rank as one of the top places for biking. Portlanders are so into biking that the city has incorporated dedicated bike lanes and off-road areas to bike as well. Well, that makes sense, nothing weird there. Right? But did you know that Portland holds an annual naked bike ride? Participants ride their bikes in their birthday suit, annually. So now you are probably searching for Portland’s public nudity law. Portland and the entire state of Oregon has a relaxed approach to public nudity in its laws. It says that public nudity is broadly legal, and here’s the but (no pun intended), you can be nude as long as it does not cause arousal in others. By now, I am laughing out loud while also saying, “WEIRD!”.

These are only to name a few of the many unconventional things that make Portland the next city you should move to and live in. Since now you are convinced to make that move, you are probably searching for long-distance movers to get you and your things moved clear across America and into Portland. You’re probably seeing a sea of search results, too. Well let me make it easy on you, services provided like those from, Suddath Portland long distance movers, offer you the ease in moving, especially if you’ve acquired tons of things throughout the years. They provide free in-home estimates and cater specifically to your needs and budget. They can also provide an estimate using your mobile device via a virtual walkthrough, putting you as part of Portland’s tech community and into Silicon Forest.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Ways to exercise or walk during constant traveling hours

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For many of us out there who are not fond of traveling and for them, it can be a big and hectic process especially when the flights are being delayed. Initially, it depends on the purpose of traveling, i-e: if you are traveling for vacations or the business, it can be difficult to stay healthy, relax and feel safe especially with all the scary news and stories of pandemics due to the passengers flying overseas. Sometimes it might sound like everyone is doomed to get sick during a flight. But that is not always the case.

  •         Health and fitness concerns related to flights:

Most people don’t realize that while sitting in a cramped metal tube with many other fellow passengers from around the world, at 8,000 feet of pressure, your body isn’t the same. Your immune system gets stressed and even breathing is more labored due to less availability of oxygen in the air at such high altitude. Also, the breathing system is under pressure because of the air’s diminished humidity.

In addition to all these, sitting idle for a couple of hours or more and eating processed food, caffeine, and sugary products adds more to the deteriorating health status of your body. The worst of all is the jet lag, making your body turn upside down. So the question arises, is it possible to stay healthy and fit during long-haul flights?

Another very common condition is a result of long flights which is generally termed as an economy-class syndrome or deep vein thrombosis. During air travel, the long durations of immobility results in the development of clots and cramped legs, the reason being low cabin pressure, dehydration and immobility. The doctors and physicians suggest passengers especially in long flights to create a situation where they can stretch themselves and move their limbs and legs for joints and muscle movement and regulated blood flow especially in lower half of the body to prevent such conditions.

Understanding all these health and fitness-related concerns, recently at Philadelphia Airport various health and fitness-related trends started to show up. The addition of yoga rooms, stationary exercise bikes and walking tracks scattered throughout the terminals making your overall traveling experience much better than it was ever before. 

  •         Simple exercise routines at airports and during flight:

During the flights when you sit upright for longer durations, it tends to stiff and tense your muscles. Also, it can be a cause of feet swelling due to fluid collection in your feet. To avoid certain conditions and prevent deep vein thrombosis, you are suggested to stretch before flights or even during the flight when the seatbelt sign turns off. Even a few laps to the toilet, simple walking, can be a good thing (if you are not disturbing other fellow passengers).

Some airports around the globe, like the Philadelphia Airport, have specified areas- the Philadelphia airport’s fitness zones, around the terminals for you to stretch yourself a bit before taking off. They have brought gym directly to the concourse and also created walking paths both inside and outside the terminals and the yoga rooms with loaner mats, encouraging easy access and low-impact exercise for everyone in the vicinity.

You can even pay for the gyms that are found nearby and at the airport terminals or hop on the stationary bikes and ride for a couple of minutes. Make sure to make most of the airport terminal space and amenities.  

  •         Philadelphia Airport Marriott fitness center:

The Philadelphia Airport Marriott is located at a very convenient location. Connected directly connected to Philadelphia Airport Terminal B, it allows passengers to get settled with an exceptionally accessible location, into comfortable areas quickly before getting lost in the sightseeing of the city. It is not only located near the Airport premises but is also in the center of all famous attractions and corporate hubs. You can just ho on an airport shuttle for free which departs every 20 minutes or you can simply walk straight to the gates to the hotel. You can also book the shuttle service on-demand between 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM. For health and fitness freaks, the Marriot is facilitated with a fully-equipped 24-hour fitness center. You can maintain your workout routine while in Philadelphia and can enjoy modern cardio equipment, free weights, and dumbbells, workout space with flat-screen TV’s throughout and total body exercise machines.

  •         Other fitness centers near Philadelphia International Airport:

ü  New Old City Ironworks- Situated about 15 minutes away from the airport by taxi ride and charge only $ 10-day pass.

ü  The Sweat fitness- Located just 20 minutes away from the airport by taxi ride and charge only $15 per day.

ü  The Ridley Sports Club- Situated about 10 minutes away from the airport by taxi ride, one day rates are free and charge only $10.00 after that. You can do aerobics, indoor tracks, aquatics, weights, racquetball and much more.

ü  The Bally Fitness- Located just 15 minutes away from the airport by taxi ride.

  •         Exercise during flight:

If you don’t have enough time to spare and head towards specified gym and fitness centers, you can still perform simple and easy exercises (better to say stretching exercises) during the flight, just to stay active and not to exhaust yourself. Like;

  1. Knee lift

While sitting, you can gently and slowly bend your knees in the upward direction, towards you, one leg at one time. This simple exercise will improve blood flow in your lower body.

  1. Foot stretch and pump

While standing (make sure to find support to balance your body), lift your heels and stretch as high as you can. Then put both feet back on the floor and this time, raise your toes upwards and stretch as far as you can. It is the best stretching exercise for your lower body, especially feet, and legs.

  1. Shoulder roll

By creating gentle and simple circular movements for your shoulders and stretching them, improves the blood flow and relaxes joints. First, hunch your shoulders forward and then move them upward, backward and then downward, and repeated the cycle gently moving your shoulders.

  1. Knee hug

For a knee hug, clasp your knee while bending slightly forward and lifting your leg like hugging it towards your chest.

  1. Forward bend

Even simply bending forward while keeping your back straight and touching your thighs, lower limbs, foot and floor (entirely your choice and stretching capacity) is proved to be beneficial. Slowly ease yourself back up after holding for 10-15 seconds.

  1. Neckroll

Keeping your shoulders relaxed, drop your ear towards your shoulder, and then gently roll your head from side to side, at least 10 times on each side.

Exercises at the airport:

Traveling means longer hours of idle sitting such as layovers, long flying hours, delayed flights and so on. After all of that holiday food, it feels good to stay fit and all of the downtimes at the airport are the perfect time to get some stretching. Some simple exercises you can do at the airport can be a great help.

  1.     Lunges:

It is a single-leg bodyweight exercise that works your hips, hamstrings, and your inner thighs. In the less crowded area, lunge out one leg ensuring your front knee go past your toes.

  1.     Squats:

The Squat is a lower-body exercise. This exercise targets the thighs, quadriceps, hamstrings and the glutes. Place your feet hip-width apart and put your body weight in your heels. Squat to 90 degrees and gently balance your body back to the normal standing position.

  1.     Tricep Dips:

Tricep dips are one of the best exercise targeting arm strength. While sitting on a chair or a bench, set your body and feet so that your upper body will be vertical. Holding from the edge, lower yourself down and extend your legs.

  1.     Chair Push-Ups:

Align your body straight while placing your hands on a chair and lower your chest while bending the elbows.

  1.     Seated Leg Lifts:

While raising your legs out in front of you, squeeze your thighs. Keep your focus on the lower body. Not only do seated single-leg lifts work your core, but they can also help stabilize your knees after an injury.

  1.     Wall Sit:

Sit up against a wall with your legs at a 90-degree angle and hold it for as long as you can. Simple!

  •         Exercise tips for non-gym persons:

A question arises, when you are not much of a gym, exercise or a yoga person and after tiresome flight hours, not much of strength is left to sweat. So, we are here to guide you along the path which is much easier, convenient and most interesting of all is, not even generally considered as an exercise.

Some several stretches and techniques will not only improve the benefits of walking but also help prevent injury. Here the idea is, even the simplest moments of the body and joints can prove to be beneficial for health. Using the following techniques will help improve the benefits of walking:

ü  The majority of the forward motion should start with the hips and each stride should feel natural like neither too long nor too short stride.

ü  Walk briskly but don’t forget to carry on a conversation generally as to maintain enough breath.

ü  To get optimum aerobic benefit, maintain a good form while walking with each step, keeping in mind to protect your back and avoid injury.

ü  Keep the stomach stand fully upright and pulled in slightly as it is important to help support the trunk of the body and the spine by using the abdominal muscles.

ü  Keep the shoulders relaxed but straight, head up and centered between the shoulders; avoid slouching forward and the eyes focused straight ahead at the horizon.

ü  Avoid leaning forward as you walk.

If you are stranded at Philadelphia airport, there’s more to do now. The new exercise equipment such as elliptical machines and exercise bikes have been installed recently for travelers to use in the terminal representing new development in the growing availability of fitness facilities. The free-standing low-impact cycling machines consist of devices that measure heart rate, pedals and seats and are free of charge. Also wooden rocking chairs are positioned near the shops and restaurants near the terminals in an attempt to tempt travelers to extend their sitting time before boarding their plane. Also, you can find pop-up gym that moves between the airport’s terminals every two weeks so that the passengers can have a light workout and stretching.

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TOP 7 KERALA TOURIST PLACES YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS

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If you want to experience and explore the beauty of nature, then you can’t afford to miss touring the regions of Kerala. There are many unimaginable and unbelievable tourist destinations in Kerala that will leave you wondering that you still have to learn more about the magic of nature.

Kerala is one of the notable states in India. It makes up about 600km of the shorelines of the Arabian Sea. Being near the sea, it has one of the most classic scenes of nature. The shorelines in the region are famous for connecting canals, rivers, streams, and lined-up palm beaches. Bordering the state are fascinating mountains, guttered by beautiful slopes, plantations and wildlife reserves.

Because of the natural composition of its regions, the state developed and made Kerala, one of the leading tourist hubs in India. When you tour and visit Kerala, you’ll get stunned by the beauty of nature and incredible scenic environments. To get you started on Kerala Tourism, the following are top-rated tourist places to keep in mind:

1. Kochi—Port City.

Kochi is a remarkable tourist destination in Kerala. It forms part of Ernakulam District. Local and international travelers refer it as the port city of Kerala, found at the West Indian coastal shorelines of the Arabian Sea. Many people celebrate Kochi because it is the best tourist attraction in Kerala and the sixth in India. The collection of attractions that catches the eyes of many include Jain Temple, Kochi Marine Drive, and Kochi Harbour Jain Temple. The city also serves as the destination for popular chemical industries and other ports in India.

2. Kannur—Drive-In Beach.

Kannur forms part of a Kannur District, found on the north of Kerala. The city is clean, beautiful and famous for its breathtaking beaches. Some popular beaches present in the city include Meenkunnu, Payyamballam, Muzhappilangad and Ezhara. Muzhappilangad ranks as Asia’s only drive-in-beach and has exquisite scenery and remarkable features.

3. Kollam—Backwaters.

If you are looking to visit one of the ancient seaports in India, then Kollam should come to mind. It is a seaport city on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake. Cashew processing and coir manufacturing are the main industrials activities carried out there. It has Ashtamudi Lake, which contains the backwater tourist destinations of Kerala, Cashew Capital manufacturing centre and Kollam, which ranks as the best seaport in India.

4. Thekkady—National Park.

Thekkady is a famous tourist destination in Kerala. It has a beautiful national park, a wonderful wildlife reserve in India. You can find the national park in Periyar. That is why they named the park after the city, “Periyar National Park”. The park serves as the home for the Bengal tigers, Indian elephants and Indian bison. In the national park are the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and the Periyar River. The river is an artificial lake that supplies water to quench the thirst of the animals in the national park.

5. Alleppey—lagoons, backwaters and beaches. 

Are you looking to tour some of the best beaches, backwaters and lagoons in Kerala? Then find your way and travel to Alleppey, in Alappuzha district, the coast of the Arabian Sea. When you tour this region, you get to experience the best of natural water tourism. There are boat services that take you on a tour over the water.

6. Wayanad—mountains, rivers and waterfalls.

It is always exciting to tour a waterfall. You’re full of awe and amazement as you see the waters flowing through the peaks of the mountains to the valleys. That is what exactly what you experience when you visit Wayanad District of Kerala. This region has a collection of natural tourist attractions of lakes, rivers, mountains and waterfalls. The most popular waterfall in the area is Meenmutty Falls. It lives in Kalpetta, having a three-tier fall at a height of 300 meters.

7. Kozhikode—luxurious temples and mosques.

Religion is one of the things buried at the heart of India. So, when you get to any of the cities, you will hardly find a place without mosques. While most of the temples and mosques take the normal form, Kozhikode city is different. You can find some of the most luxurious temples, mosques and art collections in the entire world at Kozhikode, which is also called Calicut. Apart from the religious tourism, there is also the famous British East India Company, Thussharagiri Falls, Vasco da Gama lands, seaport and Kuttiyadi Dam.

Conclusion

Kerala features great tourist attractions of Indian. It is a great place to rest, relax and meditate. In each city, you will find an interesting tourist attraction that will fill your needs. Every year, Kerala tourist places attract hundreds of thousands of people, making the various regions as a tourist hub in India. Apart from the named tourist places above, there are other breathtaking destinations of Kerala that you will see when you get there.

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Tips For Diving In Australia As A Beginner

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Being able to do diving during your spare time can be life-changing. There’s so much just waiting to discover in our oceans that it seems like a wasted opportunity to not explore it. Being above ground, we see the vast expanses of ocean, but many of us will never venture underneath to see the wonderful wildlife and nature that lives below. For anyone diving for the first time, the experience might seem a little daunting, however, once you know the basics, it gets easier. Here are some tips for diving in Australia as a beginner.

Do Your Research

Research is important, as it is when it comes to anything that’s new for you. It’s important to get an idea of what is expected of you as a first-time diver, the places that are available to dive and the dangers that come with it. For many, diving is something that is based on how healthy you are and how you perform underwater. If you’re afraid of vast open spaces, then perhaps diving in the deep end isn’t something you’d enjoy and so you’re probably going to prefer the shallow end. Think about what might pose as a health risk for you as an individual and whether it’s something that could endanger you or can be looked past if managed in the correct manner. Consider all these factors and do plenty of research before you start looking for companies or services that offer the diving experience.

Find A Good Location

A good location is essential for diving, and although you shouldn’t really be doing anything too daunting for your first time as a diver, there are still plenty of places that are iconic for their beautiful nature and wildlife underneath. When researching good locations, it might be worth starting off with HMAS Brisbane. They offer diving activities in a diving site called HMAS Brisbane, which is a sunken wreck. This unique type of diving experience is one that will definitely quench your thirst for diving, and you’ll soon find yourself wanting to explore other diving areas, whether that’s in Australia or throughout the rest of the world.

Always Listen To Your Instructor

When learning to dive for the first time, it is essential that you listen to the instructor and to not allow yourself to be distracted. Just like you would when doing a skydive or an extreme sport that requires you to learn the basics first, it’s important to pay attention. Otherwise, you might be putting yourself at risk and the risk of other people’s lives who are there to look after you. When it comes to diving, you are going to be underwater, and in some situations, it might be a place that’s significantly deep. Getting into air trouble, you want to know the relevant signals or procedures that the instructor has put in place for you. These rules and instructions are put in place to protect you, so take them seriously.

Ease Yourself Into It

Diving isn’t as simple as the more basic of things that you learn in life, and so it’s good to ease yourself into it, rather than throwing yourself into the deep end (pun intended). It’s the pressure that you don’t want to put yourself under unless you feel confident enough to face that type of dive. Start in shallow waters first before venturing into the deeper parts of a dive site. Always proceed with caution and if you have any reservations about doing it, speak to your instructor. Panicking in these types of situations isn’t helpful for anyone, and you want to go into the dive feeling confident and knowing that this isn’t something that is going to feel out of your comfort zone.

Buy Yourself Your Own Equipment

When you’re skilled enough in diving, it might be worth getting some of your own basic diving equipment. This can provide for more opportunities to go diving alone or with family, but it’s something that you shouldn’t be doing until you’re more experienced. Having your own equipment can encourage you to do more of it, even if it’s as basic as a snorkel and goggles. It can be nice to have your own when it comes to diving and doing more of it.

Diving in Australia and beyond is something everyone should give a go, and it’s possible to pick up the skills quite quickly by using these tips. You’ll start off as a beginner, but you’ll soon find you become comfortable in the water after you get the help needed.

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