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Don’t miss it! 3 things you need to know about Turkey

Tired of the tour that sleepping in the car and getting off to take a photo? Turkey definitely gives you a  surprise! Pack up and fly to Turkey to have a real trip! Before you go, here are 3 things you need to know about Turkey!

1.  Visa Policy

Turkey offers preferential policies for citizens of over 120 countries, you can check it in the following map.

2.   Cuisine

Not everyone can stay for several days in Turkey, here only recommands three tradditional dishes for you!

1) Döner kebaps

Made with sliced meat and put in bread with onions and vegetables.

2)  Köfte

Known as Turkish meatballs, made of minced meat, spices, onion and shaped by hand, then fried or cooked in sauce.

3) Pide

Described as Turkish pizza, which was made into a thin, oblong dough base and then folded over around the edges and put into a stone oven.

3.   Attractions

1) Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a magic place with otherworldly beauty, consists of honeycombed hills and towering boulders. Fascinating cave hotels are definitely deserved to experience as well as the hot air balloons.

2) Fethiye

Fethiye is a seaside city with the finest natural harbour. To enjoy the beauty of mediterranean, a tour by designed boat or paragliders will be a perfect experience in life!

3) Pamukkale

Pamukkale is covered by gleaming white calcite travertines with blue spring gurgling down from the top of the mountain. After thousands of years of calcification, the natural white limestone looks like a flower of cotton on the hills.

Hope this blog will help you!

Image Reference

http://www.xinhuanet.com/food/2015-05/04/c_127762025.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Turkey

4 most popular Nigerian dishes to try

Are you planning a trip to Nigeria?

One activity you need to incorporate into your schedule is definitely to experiment on the various delicacies Nigeria has to provide. From the east, west, north and south there are plenty of rich and flavourful dishes which bring us together.

  1. Pepper Soup

This is one of Nigeria’s most favourite appetiser, it is often cooked during special occasions. The soup stock is rich, with an intense spicy flavour, which contains pepper, ginger, garlic and onions to give it that extraordinary taste and also this dish can either be cooked with meat or fish.

 

2. Jollof Rice

Jollof rice is one of the Major party foods and a staple in every Nigerian home, this delicacy is food to many West African Countries, not just Nigeria.  It consists of rice, onions, tomatoes, chillies and a variety of spices. It can be served with vegetables and desired meat, chicken or fish.

 

3. Egusi Soup

Egusi Soup is a widely consumed dish in Nigeria. It is made from melon seeds, the soup consists of red or any desired meat, sea food, fermented beans, a variety of vegetables and onions. This is one of my favourite and it is often accompanied by pounded yam.

 

4. Akara

Akara is known as fried bean cake, it is one of Nigeria’s popular street food. it is a delicious protein-packed fritters ideal for breakfast or throughout the day as a snack. It contains brown beans, onions, spices and then fried in vegetable oil.

 

 

The top 3 challenges students face in the University

  • Change of Environment.

It is always hard when it comes to adjusting  into a new environment, especially as an international or first year student. You should expect to experience a different language, culture, weather, food etc. However, it is essential not to get into craze over getting everything right. Give yourself some time, and expect to get a little frustrated, but always stay positive and focused, eventually you will come to love the University life.

 

  • Social Life

Though University is all about the academic experience, it also about the social as well. Making and investing time with colleagues and flat mates is essential for building community and sometimes positively helpful towards academics, especially when you have a friend helping you do better. However, spending too much time with friends doing social activities can be distracting, and conflicts can arise. Learn to take some time out for yourself, remember why you are here, set your goals and priorities.

 

  • Money Management

This is an issue most of us students, especially first year students face. For many young people, University is the first time we learn to manage money. Students often try to live outside their means, spending more than is required, often due to peer pressure. Students need to understand it is okay to say “no”. If your friends want you to go on an activity with them and the only money you have left is for groceries, focus on your needs vs. wants and learn to say no.

Foodie Thrills in Hull UK City of Culture

Hull is the UK City of Culture in 2017 which makes it an unquestionable must-see destination goal. From fine dining to incredible fish and chips, there’s bounty to find.

Explore all the foodie thrills that Hull brings to the table with our rundown of the finest eateries and bars in the city. Regardless of whether you’re searching for something extraordinary or a brisk nibble to eat, Hull has gourmet grub to suit all tastes.

#1 in Best Places to Visit in Hull UK City of Culture

Ambiente

Special occasions, cheap eats

Why Ambiente?

Ambiente offers customary and creative tapas alongside a staggering wine and sherry basement. It additionally has a Josper oven, which adds a smokily scorched touch to dishes like bistec de arrachera (dry rubbed skirt of meat with BBQ simmered onions and chimichurri). A decent place for a long lunch with loads of little dishes and sampler flights of sherry. Tapas from £1.95.

#2 in Best Places to Visit in Hull UK City of Culture

Roots

Casual dining, cheap eats

Why Roots?

Hull’s first Caribbean restaurant is the best place to get chicken wings, a mean curry goat and hot pasties. It is typically occupied with a more youthful group attracted to cocktails, delicious food, and appreciate good music. Mains from £7.50.

#3 in Best Places to Visit in Hull UK City of Culture

The Fish & Chip Kitchen

Why?

The best place to enjoy Hull’s most noteworthy pattie butty – battered, crushed shabby and sage served in a bread cake and battered fish.

 

The Traditional Chinese Cuisines

• Chinese cuisine is an important part of Chinese culture, which includes cuisine originating from the diverse regions of China, as well as from Chinese people in other parts of the world. Imperial, royal and noble preference also plays a role in the change of Chinese cuisines.

• The preference for seasoning and cooking techniques of Chinese provinces depend on differences in historical backgroundand ethnic groups.

• Geographic features including mountains, rivers, forests and deserts also have a strong effect on the local available ingredients, considering climate of China varies from tropical in the south to subarctic in the northeast.

• Modern “Eight Cuisines” of China are Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan, and Zhejiang cuisines.

• Color, smell and taste are the three traditional aspects used to describe Chinese food,[4] as well as the meaning, appearance and nutrition of the food.

• Cooking should be appraised from ingredients used, cuttings, cooking time and seasoning.

• Tastes of Chinese food are traditionally categorized into five flavors: salty, spicy, sour, sweet, and bitter.

• Chinese emphasize “he” harmony of five flavors. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the harmony of the five flavors can not only improve taste enjoyment, but also have the function of achieving balance to promote health, as well as treating diseases and aiding recovery from injury.

• Of course, the seasoning of cooking food is also very important, if you have the opportunity to taste Chinese food, certainly not to miss the following 12 kinds of Chinese seasoning!

1. Salt
2. Soy Sauce
3. Oyster Sauce
4. Sesame Oil
5. Rice Vinegar
6. Rice Wine
7. Chili Sauce (or Chili Paste)
8. Soybean Paste
9. Star Anise
10. Five-Spice Powder
11. Chili Powder
12. Sichuan Peppercorn

Dear friends, welcome to China to taste Chinese food!

3 HARDEST THINGS ABOUT LIVING ABROAD

Although I love traveling and have traveled to many places before, living in an entirely different country can be extremely overwhelming.

MAJOR MISSING

Even though this is something I did anticipate, you can never really be mentally or emotionally prepared for living so far away from your family and friends. Knowing that your entire support system is thousands of miles away and the downhearted feeling of missing out on all the family celebrations and festivals.

But this is what is going to make that trip back home all the more exciting and you will learn never to take your loved ones for granted.

COMFORT ZONE- More like the lack of it…

Initially, fitting into a new place and adapting to your surroundings can be taxing. You will find that EVERYTHING is out of your comfort zone. Simple things like asking for directions or taking the train by yourself can be overwhelming.

But when you find comfort in the change, that is what is rewarding! It’s all part of the learning experience which will make you a strong independent person.

MAKING FRIENDS IS HARDER THAN EXPECTED

Forming a meaningful friendship can be a challenge when you combine it with an unfamiliar culture and a new environment, even if you’re an outgoing person.

But if you don’t give it a try, you will never know. Confidence is key!

Remind yourself why you made the move, and keep pushing forward.

What was your hardest struggle? Feel free to comment below.

The ultimate guide to planning a trip to NYC

I have recently been planning my up coming trip to the Big Apple at the end of March and it has inspired me to write about the tips and tricks I’ve learnt that can help when planning a trip.

1. Write down a list of everywhere that you want to visit. We all know the iconic New York landmarks that you just can’t miss out on when visiting the city, so make a list of all the ones your interested in as well as any other places you’ve heard of and prioritise them.

Exploring Brooklyn is high on my list

2. Research, research, and research some more. New York is a huge place with so much more to offer than just the typical tourist attractions. Research all the best places to eat, the must-see museums, and quirky hidden gems. When you’ve trawled the internet, add any extra must-see places to your list.

3. Make an itinerary. My advice is to sit down with your laptop and a cup of coffee and plan out each day of your trip from start to finish. Remember to work out how you’ll travel to and from attractions.

Exploring central park is also on my list!

4. Don’t leave it until the last minute. Going to NYC is a trip of a lifetime so to get the most out of it make sure you’ve organised everything well in advance so when the trip rolls around you can enjoy every minute of it!

#Why_Egypt

Despite the negative news that stops people to travel to Egypt. There is a bright side you should see.

Egypt has not one but TWO of the 7 wonders of the world, the Great Pyramid and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

The great pyramid is quite possibly the most well-known landmarks in the world. It has been a defining symbol of Egypt since it was constructed as a tomb for the king, two more were later constructed along with the Sphinx.

 

The Lighthouse of Alexandria was the first lighthouse in the world constructed back in 290 BC it was built on the island of Pharos, to help guide trade ships into its busy harbour at Alexandria.

 

The weather

This might be an obvious one, what with Egypt being in North Africa, but it has to be said. Egypt has year-round sunshine both in the North and the South reaching highs of 48 degrees. What a better way to spend your trip than basking in the sunshine, just remember to drink plenty and pack your sun cream!

Finally, the coastline

The beaches and red sea along the Sinai desert are some of the most beautiful in the world. Whether you want to drag your feet in the sand, go sailing the shores or dive among the coral and fish, Egypt has it all.

Egypt is also considered as great value for money. The country has cheap prices for some luxurious services, you will have a balance between the morning life and the nightlife.

#This_is_Egypt #WhyEgypt

Long-haul flights: A survival guide

In recent years, travelling and the benefits of experiencing new cultures has become increasingly popular. If you are lucky enough to be exploring far off lands any time soon then hopefully these suggestions can help make your flights a little more comfortable!

1. A Travel Pillow
Whilst this may seem like an obvious one, you’d be surprised how often this vital piece of carry on is overlooked.


(Photo source: The Independent)

Putting your posture under large amounts of pressure, can cause significant long-term damage – with 88% of people complaining of neck pain following a flight. You can find a list of the best travel pillows here.

2. Snacks
When the reputation is so bad that chef Gordon Ramsey will refuse to eat on a plane it’s safe to assume that aeroplane food is – at best – edible.


(Photo Source: Buzzfeed.com)

With food being prepared between 12-72 hours before, you can’t be blamed for wanting to avoid it. I find that before the flight it’s best to raid the duty-free sections for over-sized chocolate bars or a sandwich, whilst this may not be the reach of culinary excellence, at least you know what you’re getting.

3. Moisturiser
In the UK we often enjoy humidity of around 50%, when cabins can reach lows of around 10% it’s no surprise that spending hours in this environment can lead to dehydrated skin.


(Photo Source: Clinique.co.uk)

Keep your favourite in your carry on or bring a sheet mask, providing you take the time to moisturise your skin will thank you. Find the best moisturisers of 2018 here.

Do you consider these travel essentials? If you have any more then let us know!

INDIA: TIPS FOR FIRST TIME TRAVELERS

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before” – Dalai Lama

Traveling to India can be a very rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging and overwhelming, especially for first-time travelers.

In the 5 months that I have been in the UK, I’ve had a lot of people express their desire to travel to India to soak up the myriad cultures and try the delectable cuisines. Hence I take it upon myself to prepare you with a few tips.

Take your time with India

India is vast and diverse, it’s impossible to try and see everything during the span of one trip. Limit your trip to a few places and try and absorb as much of the unique vibe and spirit of those places.

Begin in the South

I would recommend first-time travelers to begin their trips in the South, places like Goa or Kerala. These places are much cleaner, safer and laid back as compared to the North.

Dress conservatively

It can be confusing, choosing what to wear in India, especially for female travelers. India has a relatively modest culture, so cover up to avoid unwanted attention, which is likely going to make you feel uncomfortable.

Stay Healthy

DO NOT drink tap water. Be careful while choosing where to eat and always carry hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and mosquito repellent.

Traveling to India is more of an experience of a lifetime, than a holiday.

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