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A glass of wine from La Rioja

I am Susana and I live in the north of Spain, in a place called La Rioja. Although it’s the smallest region in Spain. This land is famous because there are good wine and olive oil. The most famous wine is the red one.

red wine There are many different wines according to their quality, taste, and prices. The grapes are the main ingredients, but the technique is important too. In every season, the grapes juices must be kept in wood recipients for many years.

The experience of grape growers and winemakers has resulted in a selection of those grape varieties that best adapt to the region’s climate and soils, producing wine of the highest quality. Today the blend is usually dominated by Viura, also known as Macabeo, Malvasía for oak-aged styles, and white Garnacha in small doses. Other blends permitted include Tempranillo, Maturana, Verdejo, and Turruntés.

In the past, it was not uncommon for some brands to age their red wines for 15-20 years or even more before their release. One notable example of this is Marqués de Murrieta which release its 1942 vintage Gran Reserva in 1983 after 41 years of aging. Today most bodegas have shifted their winemaking focus to wines that are ready to drink sooner with the top wines typically aging for 4-8 years prior to release though some traditionalist still age longer. The typical bodega owns anywhere from 10.000 to 40.000 oak barrels. There is a wealth of historic producers, many of whom have been making wine for centuries, but recently the region has seen the arrival of a new wave of ultra-modern bodegas that are pushing the boundaries and taking the wines to even greater heights.

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The seven wonders of Liverpool

It is very easy to find inspiration to write about reasons for choosing Liverpool as a destination for your personal journey of learning from other cultures and also, improve your English. If you have doubts or are thinking about already…Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Liverpool is a friendly city with a multicultural history that still remains in its buildings and its people. Every street or road has the trace of a millenarian history and between their old walls, you can find and feel the scent of ancient ages of architecture combined with the modernism so particular of Liverpool City. Not in vain, it was declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site. Liverpool got one of the largest collections of Grade I listed buildings in the UK and largest cathedral in Britain.

That´s the Wonder One in our list: The Liverpool Cathedral, the largest in the whole of the UK and the fifth largest in the world, unique and fascinating which amazingly survived two world wars. The height of its walls makes them disappears in front of our eyes and the beauty and solemnity of the art paintings and sculptures take our breath away.

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Turkish Egg Dish: MENEMEN

Hi, it’s Ezgi from Turkey.  Today I’ll give you a traditional dish recipe of Menemen.

Menemen is an extremely tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner recipe. You might have heard about the world-famous Turkish breakfast, which consists of several appetizer-like foods. Mostly, we eat Menemen at breakfast but whenever we want to eat something delicious and easy to cook in that time we prefer for lunch or dinner. It’s a great combination of tomatoes, green peppers, and eggs which are dancing in a pan and to cook is very simple. These are the main elements of Menemen. But I like to eat with onion and cheese as well. There was a huge discussion about “Should we add onion into Menemen or not?” 50% said Yes and 50% said No. So, even Turkish people divided into two parts about it. But I think onion gives great taste and makes it even more delicious. So you are a painter and the pan is your canvas whatever you like just put into the pan and create your special, tasty, yummy dish. Oh my god, even imagining makes me hungry.

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A lovely city of Hungary: Budapest

I’m from Turkey and I lived in Budapest for 5 months. It was a beautiful period of my life and I will never forget my memories there. I have been most countries in Europe, The USA, The UK but Budapest has a big part of my heart.

Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube. There are 7 bridges which are connected Buda and Pest side. The one famous is the Chain Bridge. And the other one is Liberty Bridge.

visit the capital of Hungary

enjoy the famous buildings

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Venezuela: The little Venice

What if we talk about a place with the best weather in the hole world, a place where you can easily go through big cold mountains to warmest rivers and beaches, with desserts and snowfields just a few kilometers between. All this surrounded by the kindest people you can meet. Sure you’re thinking about Eden, but no. We are talking about Venezuela. A true piece of heaven sharing the best of the Caribbean and SouthAmerica.

It´s very easy for me to talk about my country because their beauty is more clear for me now that I’m not living there since two years ago. From the outside is just amazing how you do can admire and appreciate the beauty of your own place.

Its name comes from Cristobal Colon third travel, and he saw this kind of autochthons houses in the middle of the lake and remembered him Venice in Italy, so he decided to call this new place the little Venice “Venezuela”.

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Bridges in Berlin

Did you know that Berlin provides more bridges than Venice?

My hometown is Berlin, the capital city of Germany. Berlin is a crowded and wild place. I live in Berlin for 22 years and I still have a lot to discover. There are a lot of fascinating things going on. In Berlin I work in a large theatre, that makes shows almost every day. One day during work, a man came to our office to have a look backstage, I felt like I knew his face, when he went out my colleagues were very excited, because he was a famous singer in Berlin.

It feels like everything can happen in this city.

 

Bahn, Züge in BerlinWe have beautiful stylish places as well as places where you are afraid to stay during the night time. You often say Berlin people are unfriendly. That’s completely true. I mean not all of them, but when you need to use the train in the morning, you see long faces staring at their phone. When I came to Liverpool I was surprised how friendly strangers can be. It feels like being part of a community that takes care of each other. Nevertheless, I miss my home town. Some people might not be friendly but they are honest.

 

Schloss Charlottenburg in BerlinThe city is exciting. We have a lot of trees to fresh up our air, we also have a very small mountain in Berlin, the best place to see the fireworks at new years beginning. The small mountain is called Teufelsberg. Full of nature and as well a discovering adventure.
To see one of the most beautiful bridges in Berlin, have a look at the Schloss Charlottenburg. Full of green spaces and a river. Behind the castle, there is a huge park which is a wonderful place to relax. Or maybe visit the “Tiergarten” another great natural place with a river and lots of trees. Did you know that Berlin even has a small waterfall? If you want to have a look at it, visit the “Viktoriapark”.

 

The city is full of life, every day there are hundreds of events taking place. The city is openminded and consists of many different cultures. That is what makes the city an interesting place, you get to know people of so many different cultures, just by walking through the streets.

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Architecture

Getting in touch with the Turkish culture

 

Baklava is the greatest sweet that I ever tasted and they offer it in a range variety. Have you ever drunk black Turkish tea? You can either drink it pure, 100% black tea, or you drink it less strong, diluted with water. Turkish culture has a range variety of different meals. Whatever you like, you surely find it in the Turkish cooking culture as well. Even if you are vegan, they also offer a lot of different menus for you.

 

“Azıcık aşım, kaygısız başım”.
Let my food be little but my head be worryless.

 

BaklavaTurkish People are often very lovely and friendly. Invite you into their home, offer you food and even a place to sleep if you need it. When you are visiting a Turkish family, you should keep a few things in mind: 1. Take your shoes off when arriving at their home. 2. Bring some sweets or another gift with you. 3. Respect the elder ones. The family has a very high value in Turkey. If you want to make a very good impression, then greet the elder people in the traditional way: Kiss the hand and then put the hand onto your forehead.

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Using lunch boxes is a sustainable way to restore food

Packing tips to travel sustainably

“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly” – Anne Marie Bonneau.

While packing for a trip there are some little things that – if you take care of them – are steps to save our planet. Here are some ideas which may inspire you.

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Travel to Bocas Town

Trip to Costa Rica and Panama’s Caribbean coast

My name is Sam, I’m French and I have just arrived in Liverpool to start my two months intership in Hola People as part of my University curriculum. In this article I will be telling you about the incredible experience I got to live right before starting here.

The adventure started when I decided to join a friend who was doing her internship in Costa Rica. Since she had a week of holiday for Semana Santa, she wanted to travel to the South-East of the country and to Panama in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. I had always dreamed of leaving at the last minute to travel, so I took this opportunity when it presented itself. So one week later, I took off from Paris to the US for a short layover, before landing in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

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Croatia’s Most Spectacular

Croatia has a lot to offer; charming cities such as Dubrovnik and Split, a breathtaking coast, beautiful nature and landscapes. For these reasons, Croatia’s popularity has been increasing in the last couple of years among tourists. Are you thinking about visiting Croatia soon? We have listed some of Croatia’s nicest places to visit.

 

Zagreb

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