Car Rental Might Be a Good Choice!

Why Rent a Car? – a question that rang a bell on most drivers’ mind, especially at times when their own cars are causing more trouble than its expected benefits. The most reasonable argument though, to underline the answer as to why we should rent cars is that it gives the driver the luxury of having a car to traverse around town without having to worry about servicing and repairs. Excluding the fact that renting a car is a simple phone call away!

A. Travel: In reality, a cab’s cost more than what they really worth. Renting a car will extinguish the trouble of having to hail a cab, or wait for the cab to drive you back to your hotel room from your business meeting. Renting your own car gives you the freedom to control your own time while traversing downtown at the liberty of your hands controlling the wheel and not at the mercy of reckless cab drivers.

B. Date to Impress: Renting cars, especially the flashy, luxurious ones, is a certified awe-factor to your date. Also, renting for weddings, special events, can make the day more memorable. Pimping up the ride with a high class “rented” car is a pleasure one should try.

C. Servicing and Repair: This one is the most common and obvious reason why renting is a plus. A broken down, OWNED car demands frequent repairs, new paintings, and etc. With renting, much time and money is saved without worrying about the expensive servicing when the car breaks down

D. Practicality. Available and accessible trans, subways, buses makes it foolish to own your own car. It’s like having your own car without using it as often as you would like. It’s a costly and wasted investment since going around the city is as easy as riding a train. Whilst, when traveling is needed, renting is the best idea, since small trips are not frequently done, and renting a car for such occasions is the best bet one could deal with.

So, to the longstanding question of “Why Rent a Car?”– In a nutshell, it saves time, MONEY, effort and the loathed long term commitments and liabilities. It is not as bothering as having your owned car regularly checked up for leaks, and it gives the drivers the choice of renting flashy cars according to what the event demands, such as renting a luxurious limo or a cool convertible.

Varsity Lakes – Suburban Area Gold Coast

Varsity Lakes is a beautiful suburban area of the Gold Coast. Originally, this suburb was known as Stephens, but in 2002 Andrews, Stephens and a section of Robina was combined to form a new suburb known as Varsity Lakes.

Tt is one of the most popular communities of Gold Coast to live and to do business with its emerging business precinct and housing estates. Adjoining the Bond University, suburb is only few minutes away from the North Burleigh Beach and Robina Town Centre. The Gold Coast Airport is just 25 minute away from the suburban area. The central location and impressive sea view residential blocks attract a lot of people. Family homes with the view of the sea are easily available. Business and land space are also available in this area. Market Square is an easily accessible retail centre that caters to the need of the locals for everyday living.

Robina Town Centre features about 220 stores including Woolworths, Coles, David Jones, Target and cinema. Q Super Centre is just a 5 minute drive from the suburb and has Action supermarkets, Bi-Lo Mega Fresh and many other retailers.Buses by the local companies ply almost seven days a week and at present are well connected to Robina Railway Station and the main coastal services. These bus services operate as a part of Trans Link, which is a structured public transport network. Varsity- Lakes Tavern is another popular spot for those who want a bit of nightlife. It serves great food and has two stylish bars. There are various restaurants and cafes in the area. Robina has numerous entertainment options for people of all age.

If you are outdoors, then there are a plenty of lakes and walking trails to explore. An internationally acclaimed university known as “Bond University” is situated in the heart of Lakes. Varsity College is broadly regarded as one of the top public and private schools in Gold Coast.Varsity Lakes is also acknowledged as an ultra-modern industry which utilizes high-speed information in the area. Leading companies like Goldman Sachs JB Were, IBM Australia, Cardcall and Minter Ellison Law are based in the commercial sector at this place. Other professional services include medical practitioners and architects operating in the area.

A variety of restaurants, cafés and shops are positioned all around the shores. The 18 hole Robina championship surrounds the this area. The residents of Varsity lakes enjoy automatic city council consent to operate a home-based business. Varsity -Lake is emerging as a popular suburban area of Gold Coast and certainly has a lot to offer to the residents as well as the tourists.

Get Cruising Along Russia’s Rivers

There are many ways of exploring Russia, whether it is by flying from place to place, taking the trans-Siberian railway or using buses or standard trains.

However, one method that might have escaped your attention is river cruising, which can be a great way of seeing some of the main highlights of a particular part of the country. For example, the tours run aboard the Dr Zhivago and Peter the First ships take in Moscow and St Petersburg while stopping at interesting locations in between the two cities.

These tours generally depart from either Moscow or St Petersburg and stop at a variety of cities and sites of cultural or historical interest. Moscow is of course the highlight of any Russian tour, thanks to its long, rich history, wondrous architecture and plethora of attractions.

Just a few of the main sights to take in while in the capital city include St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, the Red Square, Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and Lenin’s mausoleum. Other top ports on a river cruise between Moscow and St Petersburg include Uglich, where the son of Ivan the Terrible – Prince Dmitry – is believed to have died a tragic death, inspiring the construction of the Church of Dmitry on the Blood and other buildings.

Elsewhere, the city of Yaroslavl is another potential cruise stop filled with cultural and religious attractions such as the Church of Ilia the Prophet and the Spassky monastery and its museums. In Kizhi, holidaymakers will want to take in the stunning wooden Transfiguration Church and its 22 domes, as well as the Winter Pokrovskya Church, both of which are seen as fine examples of 18th century Russian architecture.

St Petersburg will likely inspire just as much awe as Moscow. While it is not as old as the capital, the city is home to some amazing buildings encapsulating the most beautiful styles of Russian architecture, as well as famous attractions such as the Hermitage Museum and the Kirov Ballet. Make sure to also check out St Isaac’s Cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt and the Russian Museum while in St Petersburg.

Travel Tips for Quito, Ecuador

Information

– Confederate Books

My favourite Bookstore in Quito. Sells and buys. Friendly US-Owner. Big choice of used Lonley Planet books.
(Calama 410 y J.L. Mera, (02) 2527890)

Activities

– TeleferiQo / Rucu Pichincha (admission $4)

The hike to the Rucu Pichincha (4700m) from the top of the TeleferiQo is a good opportunity to acclimatize oneself. Besides that you enjoy an amazing view over the whole city of Quito. Be sure to be at the teleferiQo station punctual at 9 oclock, to avoid waiting and to profit from the clear sight, which often lasts only till noon.
(Calle Arnulfo Araujo y A v. Occidental, (02) 3250085)

– Soccer Game (admission $8)

Quitos two best teams – Liga Quito and Nacional Quito – both have their own stadium. While playing against smaller Teams like Cuenca the stadiums arent fully crowded and fans are peacfull and laidback. The games are spectacular and visiting a game in Quito is a must for every footballfanatic. There are mostly two games a week (for example Wednesday and Sunday). Buy the newspaper “El Commercio” to check the dates. Buy the tickets right at the stadium (tribune around $8)
(Estadion Atahualpa (Nacional Quito) Av. Naciones Unidas y 6 de Diciembre)

– Daytrip to the hot springs Papallacta (admission $7)

The thermal bats of Papallacta are my favorite place in Ecuador. Luxurious, modern and clean you could spend the whole day in the different pools which vary from ice-cold to boiling-hot and are located in a lovely landscape between high mountains. Theres also an icy river through the complex, where you can cool down. To go there catch a bus at the Terminal Terrestre (2 hours ride) and ask the driver to drop you off at the road to the baths in Papallacta. When returning to Quito you sometimes have to wait more than an hour for a Bus to Quito.

– Museo Solar Inti Nan (near Mitad del Mundo – admission $2)

Interesting experiments right on the equatorline and fascination outdoor exhibition. When driving to Mitad del Mundo head out directly to this place 300m east of the official Mitad del Mundo Monument.

– I don’t recommend: Mitad del Mundo Monument

The Monument is not on the equatorline and I see no reason to visit this very touristic site.

Courses

– Spanish School Lector Academia

An excellent and reasonable priced German/Ecuadorian-run spanish school located in the northern region near the airport. Offers activities like city-tours and daytrips. Also arrange stays in friendly hostfamilies all located in the quiet and secure northern area.
(Calle Yumbos N50-270 y Fernando Dávalos, (02) 2276220)

– IE Internacional del Espanol

Offers trainings for spanish-teachers and publishes excellent spanish grammatic- and excercice-books for selfstudying. Good opportunity to improve your spanish on the road.
(Pinto E4-358 y Amazonas, (02) 2564910)

Tours

– Gulliver

I joined their two-day tour to the Cotopaxi ($160). Perfect organization. I can also recommend their Hosteria PapaGayo in the Cotopaxi-area to spend the night before Climbing Cotopaxi or Illiniza.
(JL Mera z Calama, (02) 2529297)

– Positiv Turismo Ecuador Trips

Swiss-run agency, which offers well-organized trips and Galapagos Cruises. I joined their Cuyabeno-Rainforest Canoetour and was really happy about everything. Friendly people.
(Voz Andes N41-81 y M. Echeverría, (02) 2440604)

– I don’t recommend: Rainforestur

Went to the Illiniza Norte with them. Organization was a catastrophe (see LP Thorntree Topic). Definitly a bad agency with an unfriendly owner.

Sleeping

– L’Auberge Inn (single room with private bathroom $10)

Swiss-run quiet place with garden, internet, in-house agency and pool table. Rooms can be cool at night. Excellent Pancake for breakfast.
(Av Colombia N12-200 (near Old-Town and Mariscal), (02) 2552912)

– Hostal Charles Darwin (single room with private bathroom, Cable-TV and breakfast around $30)

Quiet location, garden, near the Mariscal area, friendly service.
(La Colina 304, (02) 2234323)

Eating

– Seven Eleven

Modern european-styled bar and restaurant. Eventhough the (strictly electronic) music is terrible loud, its worth a visit because of the excellent, reasonable priced and beautiful arranged dishes. Try the Filet Mignon ($5).
(Calama E619 y Reina Victoria (Mariscal), (02) 2556234)

– Los Troncos Steak House

Visit this Argentine Steakhouse for delicious grilled meat. The steaks are as juicy as the prices are, but if you don’t mind spending $20 for the best “Lomo Fino” (Steak) in Ecuador this is the right place for you
(Av. de los Shyris 1280 y Portugal (near Parque Carolin), (02) 2437377)

– Pizzeria Milano

This Swiss-Italian run Pizzeria serves the probably best and only real italian-style pizza in town (Big Pizza $5)
(Calama y 6 de Diciembre (Mariscal, right before the 6 de diciembre corner))

– I don’t recommend: Ch Farina

In a restaurant of this popular Pizzeria-Chain i’ve got sort of food poisoned after eating pizza and salad.

Entertainment

– Santino Club

While the bars and discos in the Mariscal area are overcrowded with tourists, you’ll be the only gringo in the several places in front of the Swissotel (Av. 12 de Octobre 1820). Discoteca Santino is crowded with young, well-dressed locals who dance to Salsa, Cumbia and Merengue till dawn. Admission $10, for this amount you can order drinks at the bar. Bouncers are rough: Dress well and be in female company.
(12 de Octubre y Baquerizo Moreno, (02) 2248078)

Getting Around

– Panamericana Internacional (Buses to Cuenca, Loja, Guayaquil, Machala, Huaquillas, Pasaje, Manta, Esmeraldas)

Most comfortable Buses, own terminal near the Mariscal so you can avoid the chaotic Terminal Terrestre where all the other buses leave.
(Av. Cristobal Colon y Reina Victoria), (02) 2553690)

– Trans Esmeraldas (Buses to Atacames, Esmeraldas, Guayaquil, Salinas, Lago Agrio, Coca, Ibarra, San Lorenzo, Manta, Machalas, Huaquillas)

Modern and comfortable buses leaving from an own terminal near the Mariscal.
(Santa María 870 y 9 de Octubre, (02) 2505099)

How to Get to Uyuni and When to Go

Getting to Uyuni

It is possible to get to Uyuni by land, by train or by bus. Unfortunately, it is temporarily not possible to get to Uyuni by air.

Following the different route options:

La Paz to Uyuni

To get to Uyuni from La Paz city, take a bus. The trip takes approximately 12 to 15 hours. The suggested bus companies to Uyuni from La Paz are:

1. Todo Turismo with daily departures at 20:30, highly recommended.
2. Trans Omar
3. Trans Panamerican

The highway from La Paz to Oruro is paved till Challapata town. From there the road is a dirt road, which means that during the rainy season the transit is difficult.

Oruro to Uyuni

The trip from Oruro to Uyuni can be made by bus or train:

By bus: Trans Azul buses make daily departures at 18:30

By train there are two alternatives:

1. Expreso Sur with departures on Tuesdays and Fridays at 15:30
2. Wara Wara with departures on Wednesdays and Sundays at 19:00

Potosi to Uyuni (230 km)

The trip from Potosi to Uyuni can be made by land and takes approximately 7 hours by bus.

The bus companies that travel by these routes are:

1. Diana Tours with daily departures two times a day at 11:00 and at 18:38 p.m.
2. Emperador Bus with daily departures twice a day at 12:00 p.m. and at 19:00 p.m.

Villazon to Uyuni

The trip from Villazon to Uyuni can be made by train on the Expreso Sur which departs on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 15:30.

The trip can also be made by train of the Wara Wara company with departures on Mondays and Thursdays at 15:30

Tips

– Other suggested routes are from La Paz to Sucre by air, then by land to Potosi and from there by bus to Uyuni.
– The travelers can take the train from Villazon, Tupiza, Uyuni and Oruro Getting to Uyuni from Chile

To get to Uyuni from Chile, take the paved highway from Iquique, passing through Calama till San Pedro de Atacama and arriving at Hito Cajones. Getting to Uyuni from Argentina

In order to get to Uyuni from Argentina, I recommend Aerolineas Argentinas to San Salvador de Jujuy. From there go by road to La Quiaca. Cross to Villazon and from that town it is possible to take a train to Uyuni – the journey takes about 9 hours. Another option is to take a flight from Buenos Aires to Cochabamba, go from this city to Oruro by bus and from there to Uyuni by train. Unfortunately the flights from Cochabamba to Uyuni have been temporarily suspended.

When to visit the Uyuni Salt Flat

The Uyuni Salt Flat in Potosi, Bolivia, can be visited all year long – even though the majority of the tour operators in the area strongly recommend the dry season of the year between April and October. Rainy season (November to March)

During the rainy season the Uyuni Salt Flat is covered by about 20 cm of water and as a result it becomes a huge mirror reflecting the sky. Without doubt this is an amazing landscape worth to be appreciated and photographed. Another advantage of a visit during the rainy season is the presence of at least 25000 pink flamingos and other birds at the Colored Lagoon (Laguna Colorada). The disadvantage of travelling during the rainy season is that the Galaxies cave and the Fish Island are covered by water, making it impossible to visit these attractions. During the rainy season the roads are muddy and some vehicles experience technical problems. Dry season (April to October)

The dry season is the most recommended period for a visit to the Uyuni Salt Flat. The octagonal salt formations can be appreciated in full and all the attractions of the area can be visited. June and July are considered to be the high season. Expect more tourist presence during this period. Useful Tips:

– The best hours to visit and photograph the Colored Lagoon are between 11: 00 and 14:00 hours. During these hours the temperatures are higher and the sunlight is stronger – therefore the colors are more intense.

– The month December is when the Flamingos appear, so it is possible to observe large quantities of these beautiful birds bathing and feeding at the Colored Lagoon.

– Do not forget to bring warm clothes during the dry season, as temperatures can get rather low during this period. Perhaps even an extra blanket or sleeping bag will be necessary, as some of the hostels and hotels are known for a bit cold at night. Make sure that you have clothes that you can layer, as this will make it easier to stay comfortable in case you get too warm during a hike. Also, be sure to bring plenty of water âEUR” always bring more than you think you will need. Sun block is a good idea as well, since the sun in the desert can burn you even though it might feel quite chilly outside.

– Choose your tour agency carefully. It is often best to opt for a three to four day tour and visit all the attractions of the Salt Flat. Tour agencies that offer separate driver, guide and cook are the most recommended.

– Besides the Salt Desert, there are many more tourist attractions in the area that are worth visiting: the Village of Four Names, the Thunupa volcano and the mummies of Colquesa are just a few examples.

Mcdonald’s Nutrition Vs Homemade Nutrition

How Does Mcdonald’s Nutrition Stack Up?

Fast food is a huge part of our lives whether we eat it or not. We see dozens of ads every day on TV, billboards, buses, emails, mobile ads, and many more. We are constantly reminded of the convenience, affordability and improved “healthy” qualities of various fast food items. But how healthy or unhealthy is fast food really? Is it worth saving a few minutes of cooking to eat that double cheeseburger or hard shell taco? I’d like to start a series of posts comparing the nutrition facts of various fast food chains vs their homemade counterparts. Today I’ll show you some of Mcdonald’s nutrition facts compared to the nutrition facts of a healthier, homemade option, then you can be the judge on whether saving a dollar or a few minutes is worth the nutritional differences.

Mcdonald’s Nutrition – Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese
Vs
Homemade Version – Quarter Pound Burger w/ Wheat Bun and Cheese

Mcdonald’s Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese:

Calories: 520

Calories from fat: 240

Total Fat: 26g

Saturated Fat: 12g

Trans Fat: 1.5g

Cholesterol: 95mg

Sodium: 1100mg

Total Carbs: 41g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Sugars: 10g

Protein: 30g

Vitamin A: 10%

Vitamin C: 2%

Calcium: 30%

Iron: 25%

Homemade Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese on Wheat Bun

Calories: 401

Calories from fat: 118

Total Fat: 15g

Saturated Fat: 7g

Polyunsaturated Fat:.6g

Monounsaturated Fat: 4.5g

Cholesterol: 93mg

Sodium: 723mg

Potassium: 469mg

Total Carbs: 31g

Dietary Fiber: 4g

Sugars: 7g

Protein: 35g

Vitamin A: 16%

Calcium: 57%

Iron: 3%

There you have it. The nutrition facts for a fast food joint and a homemade burger. Let’s take a minute to discuss the differences in Mcdonald’s nutrition and the homemade version. We will start with the fat content. the Mcdonald’s version has more saturated fat and trans fat (the bad fats) while the homemade burger has higher amounts of mono and polyunsaturated fat (the OK fats). The Mcdonald’s nutrition shows higher amounts of cholesterol, sodium, sugars, and Iron. The homemade burger shows higher amounts of fiber, protein, vitamins and potassium.

It is no surprise that the homemade version is healthier than the Mcdonald’s version. The real surprise is how much healthier it actually is. By avoiding the Mcdonald’s nutrition and taking a few extra minutes to make your own burger, you’ll be taking in less fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar, and more fiber, protein potassium and vitamins. In other words, you turn Mcdonald’s nutrition into muscle building nutrition. A homemade burger with 35g of protein, 4g of fiber, some good fats and much less starch makes for a muscle building, delicious dinner.

Keep an eye for my next fast food comparison coming soon!

Thailand Traveling Tips for the Active Traveler

My 75-year old aunt loves the typical Asian tours, with hordes of like-minded seniors comfortably traveling in gigantic, air-conditioned buses. Of course, there are advantages to this type of travel: One has a greater expectation of safety and expects to see the highlights of the destination without wasting much time in trying to find them. Another point to note is the unavailability of literature (at least for non-English speakers) in describing what they are looking at. A guide for a particular group will most likely be able to communicate in the group’s language, making the whole spectacle that much more understandable.

On the other hand, there are travelers that love the personal discovery that could only be had by hitting the road on their own. Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand offers one of the most gorgeous opportunities to find your own way. The need to rely on large tour operators is limited, as the country has a cheap and easy transportation structure, with options ranging from trans-country train tickets that start under five dollars to first-class flights to tropical island destinations. Most importantly, the country is manageable in size so that traveling within the borders never take too much of a toll.

Such travelers tend to like, or at least do not shy away from, physical activity. Of course, when one visits Thailand for the first time, a couple of days in urban Bangkok are necessary. Skip being outdoors, though, and opt instead for the air-conditioned excess of fine restaurants and fancy shopping. Then leave the big city and discover the rest of Thailand.

Here are some specific destinations to consider if you love an adventure:

Koh Phangan: A quick flight from Bangkok can take you to the stunning islands in the Gulf of Thailand in a matter of minutes. The island that gets the most press is probably Samui, though its hippy sister just 25 minutes to the north draws a fun and natural crowd. Expect lots of sunshine and few hassles: No peddlers trying to sell you items on most of the island’s many beaches. Try some yoga, as it is everywhere on the island!

Kanchanaburi: Just 3 hours west of Bangkok is Kanchanaburi province, covering a great expanse that borders up to Burma. With its 7 National Parks, Kanchanaburi offers the active traveler a great choice of activities from river rafting to wild jungle treks. Famous sites include: Bridge on the River Kwai, a hike on the tiered Erawan Waterfall, and The Tiger Temple.

Kho Ya: Also about 3 hours north east of Bangkok is one of Thailand’s most stunning National Parks. Khao Yai (“big hill” in Thai) overlaps 4 provinces: Saraburi, Nakon Nayok, Nakon Ratchasima and Prajinburi. With more than 500,000 acres of land to explore, this stunning location provides the ultimate backdrop to camping, sightseeing and hiking.

Happy travels!

Ski Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain belongs to the North Shore Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Located on the outskirts of Vancouver, British Columbia, the area is a popular outdoor sport area. In the winter, the mountain features 26 separate ski runs along with an ice rink. In the summer, the park features hiking and lumberjack shows. Year round activities include the zip lines, an aerial tram, a mountain theater and a wildlife refuge.

Used by NBC to headquarter their 2010 Olympic coverage, Grouse Mountain features a unique ski lodge with gorgeous views of the city of Vancouver. The Mountain top is reached by the tram or by climbing of the pathway known as Grouse Grind. Grouse Mountain map guides show the locations of these activities. Opening in December and remaining open into May, the ski areas are supported by four chairlifts and is one of the most popular places to ski in Vancouver. The mountain was named in 1894 by a visiting hiking group who noticed grouse sitting on the mountain.

The mountain has grown to be one of the most popular public attractions in British Columbia. Its location less than 15 minutes away from Vancouver makes it easy to access. The selection of restaurants on the mountain include a location to satisfy most appetites. Close hotels in the beautiful wilderness area only add to this location’s desirability.

Directions to grouse mountain

There are several ways to reach the mountain parking area, according to the Grouse Mountain map. Driving time is about 15 minutes from the city. The mountain is open 365 days a year from 9 AM to 10 PM.

Take the Trans Canadian Highway 1 to the Capilano Road and follow this road up to the parking area.
Drive to Main Street, continue as it turns into Marine Drive, and follow this road to Capilano Road.
Public transportation – Take Bus 232 or 236 from downtown Vancouver to reach the parking area. These buses run on a 30 minute cycle throughout the day.

Local Hotels

There are no hotels on the mountain. Hotels located in Northern Vancouver are less than five miles away from the mountain. Here are some examples of local hotels.

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites – One of the newest hotels in the area. The hotel features large rooms with free internet and parking. There is a lounge and restaurant on site. The inn has an indoor pool and is set in a lush garden.

Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier – Located near shopping and public transportation, this hotel is a favorite of visitors to Northern Vancouver. The hotel provides bikes for guests to ride, access to a complete spa and workout facility, and has several levels of dining available at the hotel. This hotel is also next to the 2010 Olympic park and torch.

Lonsdale Quay Hotel – This hotel is near the harbor area. The Lonsdale provides a comfortable room at great prices. Near all the shopping and public transportation in the North Vancouver area, this hotel is conveniently located near the mountain. There is a glass atrium on the roof for guests to view the city.

Restaurants On the Mountain

Grouse Mountain restaurant locations are found at the top of the mountain. These restaurants run from snack bars to fine dining establishments. Here are some of the choices.

The Observatory – This is the pinnacle of dining at a Grouse Mountain restaurant. Order from the menu or enjoy the Chef’s Five Course Taster Menu. The Observatory features a board selection of wines and native cuisine. Open for dinner at 5 PM, this restaurant serves the public seven days a week. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends. Reservations include a free ride on the tram.

Lupins Cafe – Located in the Peak Chalet, this self-serving cafe overlooks the valley. Selections are perfect for lunch or dinner, and the cafe is relaxed and personable. This is a great dining location for families with young children visiting the mountain.

Altitudes Bistro – Friendly service with great views are provided at the Bistro. The Bistro features local specialties as well as hot and cold sandwiches. This is a great place to put your feet up after a long hike.

Grouse Mountain Weather

Weather on the mountain peak changes during all four seasons. Fall begins in September with a cooling down in the weather to the low 40s and 50s during the day. Winter begins in December with snow falls and temperatures reaching into the teens and occasionally below zero. Spring begins in April, with the melting of the winter snows. Summer arrives in June, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s, with an occasional heat wave. Grouse Mountain weather features a full complement of outdoor challenges.

Winter Conditions On the Mountain

In the winter, there is plenty of snow and powder on the mountain. The mountain supports 26 ski runs at all levels from expert to beginner. The most famous run is called the Cut, and is at a beginner to intermediate level. These runs are reached by four ski lifts. While there is plenty of natural snow on the mountain, 37 snow guns are available to make snow. This helps even out snow during the season. The average yearly snowfall is over 26 inches. Half of the runs have lights for evening runs; skiing the mountain in the evening is a very popular activity among the locals after work. The Grouse Mountain website provides up-to-the-minute weather reports on the mountain areas.

The New Trend of Vigilance With Video Surveillance Systems

Contemporary scientific advancements have reached un-scalable heights. Reality of this time has touched the imagination of the past. Things which people only used to fantasize and hallucinate about have turned into hard core happening reality. Sheer fancy and artistic illusions have ceased to become illusions any more. Especially, the process of computerization proved to be a severe boon for the entire human race. With the invention of the technique of digitization the existing periphery between the world of reality and the virtual was firmly delimited once again. This is something that is better described as the transitional phase to mark two separate ages. Human life before advent of the cyber age was a certain entity. The same in this present cyber age is a complete different entity. The two are so drastically apart from each other, that is hard to imagine.

Communication has become so easy in all aspects these days. The distance of geography is no more a problem, thanks to the virtual world. Trans-continental communication hardly a few decades back implied crossing over the oceans and continents of the world to reach one point from another. It was both time consuming as well as expensive. The cyber age has resolved all such related constraints and many more. Today, audio-video feeds send from a spacecraft clearly shows the cosmic changes happening in the outer space. This technology has proved to be equally helpful in introducing us to surveillance camera system to boost our personal safety and security in this changed atmosphere. This new-age security system involves video cameras to transmit audio-video signals to a desired location, generally on remotely placed monitors. For this reason, the security system is also known as video surveillance systems.

The modern security system has manifold advantages. These are very common in markets all over the world. The gadgets involved in this are quite simple to install, use and control. Cameras are available in all possible shapes and dimensions. This makes it possible to install them at the most vantage points and locations. Powerful lenses inside these cameras are indifferent to extreme weather conditions. Most of these are as well capable to capture videos in low light conditions. Surveillance camera system that is available these days are almost free of buses and cords. This makes the installation process easy and the entire place remains clutter free. These are very reasonably priced which makes it easily affordable in all homes.

Particularly in places like ATMs, parking lots, banks, casinos etc. this system proves very helpful. Sensitive security zones like airports and various government and military establishments require these modern video surveillance systems perhaps more than anywhere else. In factories and in large industrial manufacturing houses, this surveillance system has its utility too. There it can be used to monitor a part of a procedure where the environment is hazardous for human existence. The biggest advantage that it offers is the elimination of human involvement in the surveillance process, thus resulting in massive cost cutting in the entire process. The gadget has gained considerable domestic acceptance and is common in many homes too.

Varsity Lakes – Suburban Area Gold Coast

Varsity Lakes is a beautiful suburban area of the Gold Coast. Originally, this suburb was known as Stephens, but in 2002 Andrews, Stephens and a section of Robina was combined to form a new suburb known as Varsity Lakes.

Tt is one of the most popular communities of Gold Coast to live and to do business with its emerging business precinct and housing estates. Adjoining the Bond University, suburb is only few minutes away from the North Burleigh Beach and Robina Town Centre. The Gold Coast Airport is just 25 minute away from the suburban area. The central location and impressive sea view residential blocks attract a lot of people. Family homes with the view of the sea are easily available. Business and land space are also available in this area. Market Square is an easily accessible retail centre that caters to the need of the locals for everyday living.

Robina Town Centre features about 220 stores including Woolworths, Coles, David Jones, Target and cinema. Q Super Centre is just a 5 minute drive from the suburb and has Action supermarkets, Bi-Lo Mega Fresh and many other retailers.Buses by the local companies ply almost seven days a week and at present are well connected to Robina Railway Station and the main coastal services. These bus services operate as a part of Trans Link, which is a structured public transport network. Varsity- Lakes Tavern is another popular spot for those who want a bit of nightlife. It serves great food and has two stylish bars. There are various restaurants and cafes in the area. Robina has numerous entertainment options for people of all age.

If you are outdoors, then there are a plenty of lakes and walking trails to explore. An internationally acclaimed university known as “Bond University” is situated in the heart of Lakes. Varsity College is broadly regarded as one of the top public and private schools in Gold Coast.Varsity Lakes is also acknowledged as an ultra-modern industry which utilizes high-speed information in the area. Leading companies like Goldman Sachs JB Were, IBM Australia, Cardcall and Minter Ellison Law are based in the commercial sector at this place. Other professional services include medical practitioners and architects operating in the area.

A variety of restaurants, cafés and shops are positioned all around the shores. The 18 hole Robina championship surrounds the this area. The residents of Varsity lakes enjoy automatic city council consent to operate a home-based business. Varsity -Lake is emerging as a popular suburban area of Gold Coast and certainly has a lot to offer to the residents as well as the tourists.