Friday, March 26, 2010


This is a delicious dessert recipe, and easy to do, that Dra. María Jordano has left for you all as a little gift for the Easter break!! Really mouth-watering...
Any other "weight-reducing" but yummy recipes?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig

Welcome to for 2010!Dedicated to the Irish & Irish at Heart all around the World. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by the Irish and Irish at Heart in big cities and small towns alike with parades, "wearing of the green," music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Its a time for fun. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green! See all the Parades & Events going on around the World to celebrate St Patricks Day 2010

Well now St. Patrick's Day wouldn't exist if not for the man himself! But how much do we know about him? Did you know that he spent six years of slavery in Ireland until he escaped and undertook religious training abroad? Read more about this great man!
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig is the Gaelic way of expressing a wish that you have all the blessings of St Patrick's Day and the "luck of the Irish" to go with it. There are many humorous explanations for this expression. One comes from the legend of the 'Little People' of the land, know as leprechauns. Finding or catching a leprechaun (who would then give you gold) was a lucky event that could only take place in Ireland ! The Irish are descendants of great Celtic and Viking fighters and invaders. Their natural fighting skills often ensured survival & hence they became known as the 'lucky' people .a classic case of making your own luck ! But then "The Luck of the Irish" may all be legend.
Saint Patricks Day Parades Worldwide, Irish Pubs all around the globe, Fun Runs, Irish Associations, Irish Music Festivals, Irish Names, Irish Dancing Schools,Irish Music Irish Roots, Irish Festivals,Scottish Highland Games USA & Canada, as well as, Scottish Pipes & Drum Bands.
St Patricks Day is for thinking about our Saint as well as a time to think of loved ones across the water.
So, why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.

May be some of the readers of this blog have attended some time St. Patrick's celebration and is eager to tell us!! You are all welcome, take a virtual"green pen" and start telling us. Happy St. Patrick's! Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!!
And some practice for your ears: do not miss these great videos on St. Patrick's Day: history, traditions, parades...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

CHOOSE AND COMPARE: Which-- No advertising, no bias, no hidden agenda

Would you like some practice on adjectives and
a- to compare articles (and adjectives again) and have a look at reviews on 1000s of products independently tested and rated by Which experts?
b- to get Which advice: Over 450 comprehensive guides giving you straightforward, expert advice you can trust.
c- to find out more?


Now you can tell us about your experiences on cultural tourism: special, funny, mysterious, unexpected, particular places you have been to.
For those who prefer to write about what they'd love lo visit, please do it!!!
Write a comment!!

Here's some help:


UNIT 6 topic is about Cultural Tourism. So...
What, Exactly, is Cultural Tourism?
Cultural Tourism is the travel industry's term describing travel and visitation activities directed at an area's arts, heritage, recreational and natural resources. It's not a new phenomenon (tourists have come to Massachusetts for decades to experience these things), but it is a new way of connecting with visitors eager for a cultural excursion. These multi-cultural and multi-generation visitors make destination choices related directly to a region's performance, artistic, architecture and historical offerings. In Massachusetts, we have several of the world's best cultural destinations.
Cultural Tourism is the fastest growing sector of the travel industry.
Cultural Tourists spend $62 more per day and $200 more per trip than other travelers.
Cultural Tourists have higher levels of income.
Cultural Tourists include multiple destinations during a visit and stay one half-day longer at each destination

How Can I Take Advantage of the Cultural Tourism Boom?
Getting a piece of the Cultural Tourism pie takes planning, creativity, collaboration and a good knowledge of the basics. Get started and tell us here!!

Sunday, March 07, 2010


I have had a hard week: My right hand/arm aches like mad and I 've known I may have carpal tunnel syndrome!! It really aches, even in your sleep, and it gets worse if you have to use your pc mouse, of course, so I've been browsing the net and this man has saved my life, percusionist David Kuckhermann.
I know this post may have little to do with our subject but as we all use the computer for long hours, here is my contribution today. A really useful listening:

Thanks David!!!

*Now to you:
Have you surfed the net for help like me?
Did it work?
Any positive/negative answers?
I'll go and do my daily stretching... :-)

****By the way:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaTendinitis (informally also tendonitis), meaning inflammation of a tendon (the suffix "itis" means "inflammation"), is a type of tendinopathy

Monday, March 01, 2010

More on resorts


What is a Resort Spa?
A resort spa is a place where you can enjoy spa treatments while staying overnight. While a destination spa offers an overall immersion in healthy living and an opportunity for personal transformation, resort spas are more about providing a relaxing, pampering experience for people staying at the resort.
Resort spas come in a wide range of sizes and styles, from small privately owned inns like to the lavish, over-the-top
resort spas in Hawaii. It's good to do your research before you go. You don't want to find out the "spa" is a hot tub, or one treatment room off the gym.
Listen and watch:
Spa etiquette:

Hot stone massage:

It must be really relaxing to visit one of these resorts. Here you have some information about Spa resorts, Spa etiquette and Hot stone massage in spas.
Do you have more information about spas, what they have to offer?
Do you know other types of resort?
Remember this may be part of your mark... :-)
Your comments are welcome!