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A Taste of Africa …come join us!

Courtesy of African Travel

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A Taste of Africa …Join us for a presentation with African Travel that explores the dazzling sights, sounds, scents and flavors of Africa. Discover travel options that provide intimate access to abundant wildlife that you’ll find no other place on earth, grand landscapes that can make even an elephant look small, and welcoming people proudly sharing their fascinating culture.

When: Tuesday October 30th, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Where:  Queen of Sheba, 2308 N. MacArthur Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73127

All About Travel, Ltd.
6104 Northwest 63, Oklahoma City, OK  73132

www.allabout-travel.com

Please RSVP to:  Anje Vela  anje @ allabout-travel.com

405-384-3880 voice / 405-384-3888 fax

African Travel Introductory Video

Gross National Happiness in Bhutan

Penn State Ph.D. candidate Matt Branch recently embarked on a journey to better understand a potentially unique approach to environmental governance. In December, Branch traveled to Bhutan, a tiny Buddhist kingdom nestled in the eastern Himalayas, to research environmental governance in the country. Bhutan has gained important international attention for developing a concept called “Gross National Happiness,” or GNH, which is an alternative to mainstream development models oriented toward GDP, or Gross Domestic Product. The concept was born in the 1970s by the fourth king of Bhutan, in response to criticisms that Bhutan’s GDP wasn’t growing rapidly enough. The king stated that he was more concerned with the well-being of his citizens than simply increasing the country’s economy.

The concept has gained quite a bit of traction since then. Bhutan has transformed GNH from a broad guiding principle to a quantitative metric that involves intensive national surveys that aim to understand the population’s happiness levels and what the government can do to improve them. Originally understood to have four pillars, good governance, sustainable economy, a healthy natural environment, and cultural preservation, GNH has since evolved to have 72 empirical indicators. In 2008, Bhutan crowned a new king and completed its transformation to a parliamentary monarchy, holding its first democratic elections. Thus, the country is at an interesting crossroads, as GNH will undoubtedly change with the shift in government.

Read More: Gross National Happiness in Bhutan

 

A Taste of Africa …come join us!

Courtesy of African Travel

You’re Invited This event is FREE but space is limited!
Reservations are required
A Taste of Africa …Join us for a presentation with African Travel that explores the dazzling sights, sounds, scents and flavors of Africa. Discover travel options that provide intimate access to abundant wildlife that you’ll find no other place on earth, grand landscapes that can make even an elephant look small, and welcoming people proudly sharing their fascinating culture.

When: Tuesday October 30th, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Where:  Queen of Sheba, 2308 N. MacArthur Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73127

All About Travel, Ltd.
6104 Northwest 63, Oklahoma City, OK  73132

www.allabout-travel.com

Please RSVP to:  Anje Vela  anje @ allabout-travel.com

405-384-3880 voice / 405-384-3888 fax

African Travel Introductory Video

 

Tea culture around the world

There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims

 

Tea time in London: 3 modern teahouses
Forget staid scones. Go to the right London spot, and you’re more likely to be served green-tea-infused scones or tea-smoked salmon squares with Japanese yuzu mayonnaise… CNN

 

Tea Culture in Los Angeles: 5 Tea Houses To Try
Jun 12, 2011 – Celebrate National Iced Tea Day on June 10 with a visit to a Los Angeles tea house. These venues offer exotic teas of the hot and cold varieties…Huffington Post


Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.  ~Chinese Proverb

Chinese Tea Culture, Tea Drinking Custom, Tea Tasting, Yum Cha
For the Chinese, tea drinking and tasting are not the same. The former is for refreshment and tonic effect. The latter has cultural meaning…Travel China Guide

 

Tea cultures around the world | Matador Network
Chinese green tea is as famous in the East as Earl Grey is in the West. For the best in Chinese teahouse culture, head to Chengdu.

 

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.  ~Thich Nat Hahn

 

Tacoma Arts and Festivals – Part II – Native American Festival

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This second part of my latest blog post will feature snippets from the In the Spirit Festival, a celebration of Pacific Northwest Native Tribes that took place this weekend at the Washington State History Museum – Tacoma. Along with native arts and crafts for sale, the outdoor amphitheater crowd was treated to a series of dances and songs performed by several native tribe members dressed in their traditional regalia. Some of the tribe members came from as far way as the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. The crowd was also treated to traditional performances by a native Maori family that came all the way from New Zealand. What a treat! Needless to say, I took lot of photos!

Let’s start with the Aleut tribe. But first of all, I want to point out that the word “Aleut” is not in the tribe’s language. That is a modern man’s word. The…

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Go Away – All About Travel

A great piece about our agency on Bucket List Publications.  Thanks to Lesley Carter!

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A slice of Semana Santa

Cadillac Ranch: These Are Not Your Grandad’s Caddys

Huntington Beach – Surf City USA