Best New Year’s Eve destinations

Christmas is a date with great importance for the whole family and the loved ones. Surely more than one has planned to spend an unforgettable New Year’s Eve in some world-famous destination to start the year in a different way. Well, that is our goal today, discover the best places to spend the first night of 2019 to remember your whole life.

Berlin

Take advantage of these dates to soak up culture, art, and good beer. If you are also one of those who likes to do some exercise to download such copious Christmas meals, do not miss the Silvesterlauf race, or the Pancake race (ok, it may not be the best example), a race where thousands of runners dress up and enjoy the taste of the pancakes while touring the picturesque streets of Berlin. At night the party moves to the Brandenburg Gate, from where you can enjoy the fireworks and the Berlin party.

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Koh Phangan

The famous party island in Thailand (for sure you have heard about the Full Moon Party). Well, if your idea is to spend the last night of the year surrounded by madness in the company of your friends, this is your place. As soon as the sun sets the party starts at Sunrise Beach and it does not end until … until one wants to. You can even start the first dawn of the year with a good dip on the beach while watching the sunrise. It sounds good, right?

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New York

We could not miss the city of skyscrapers. Surely we are not very original when we recommend you to go to Times Square, but if you are in New York that night and do not pass by there you may regret it for life. Just like if you do not visit the most famous tree in the world at Rockefeller Center or you do not take your family to ice skating in that same place.

Without a doubt, 2019 is going to be an unforgettable year so it is best to start it here.

Sydney

Who says it’s cold at Christmas? Well, the Australians certainly do not. Christmas can be spent on a boat while you enjoy the fireworks and the famous Opera House as a backdrop. Another alternative is to pass it ashore at a table in the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Of course, there are thousands of places to spend this magical night. Luckily for you, we can offer you the best in each place, so that wherever you are, you always feel at home.

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Exotic marathons around the World in 2019

Are you a running addict and you would like to perform a marathon outside your comfort zone? Well, this is the ideal post for you. We are going to discover what marathons are the most suitable long-distance trails for the craziest and toughest runners who need a bit of adrenaline an new goals. Of course, we all know the mythical marathons like New York, Athens or the great and mythical cities. Therefore, we will give you 5 options a little more alternatives.

1. The Great Wall Marathon (18th May 2019)

A Marathon that opened in 1999 and now has approximately 2,500 runners. A very tough race, since it crosses the 5,164 steps of the Great Wall of China, one of the most famous scenarios worldwide. Mentalize to endure the humidity and heat of the area, that is one of the most important conditions with which you will face.
If you are not prepared to run 42 kilometers but you still want to have the chance to experience it, do not worry, you can make other distances such as the half marathon or even an 8.5 km fun run.

2. Midnight sun Marathon (22nd June 2019)

The next edition of this marathon celebrates its 30th anniversary. The most curious thing about the race: the sun will accompany you all the way. With 24 hours of daylight in the summer, this unique evening marathon can start at 8:30 p.m.
Sure, you have to deal with possible freezing temperatures and a few crossings of the grueling Bridge of Tromso, but you might also spot some polar bears hiding out in the snowy mountains, too.

3. Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu (June 28th – July 7th, 2019)

Rated as the toughest Marathon on the planet, it can not be completed in a single day or two. It is a little-known race since it only has 6 years old. It started in 2012 with 40 entries and is gradually increasing in number.
For this event, it is necessary to be an expert runner as it’s described like “A Marathon in distance but an ultra in effort”.
The highlight of the trip is one of the world’s hardest marathons as well as the most scenic South American marathon with the finish line at Machu Picchu (Peru).

4. Antarctic Ice Marathon (13th December 2019)

If you are into eccentricities this is your one. 42 km crossing the ice and the low temperatures characteristic of the Antarctic. That is why it is impossible to establish an average finish time since the weather conditions and terrain are variable from one year to the next. To give you an idea: The men’s event record of 3: 34.47 was set by Petr Vabrousek (CZE) in 2013, while the women’s event record of 4: 20.02 was set by Fiona Oakes (GBR) in 2013.
It’s a unique event that usually does not have more than 50 brave humans, are you one of them?

5. Great Ocean Road Marathon (18th May 2019)

This is a foot race on one of the most iconic routes of Australian road trips. But you must bear in mind that it can also be extremely hard: the point-to-point course is winding, hilly and is technically 45 Km in distance to the finish in Apollo Bay (although you’ll get a finish time at the 42 Km mark, too). A unique opportunity to experience another way of traveling by road.

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Why Holidays are so Important to our Health

We all like holidays because it is a time when our body and our mind can finally disconnect from this busy life full of stress and worries. Holidays have become a basic necessity in our society and there is a good reason for it. There is a diversity of studies that show that vacations have certain direct and beneficial effects on our health.

Several studies have been carried out over the years to see what effects the disconnection period has on our mind and body. For example, in one of them, a number of participants were selected and divided into two groups. The first group continued with their routine while the second was sent on a two-week trip to different destinations, including Thailand. After these two weeks, values were measured and the results were compared with those obtained before going on vacation.

The results, although not conclusive since the number of participants in the studies were not very high, were clear enough. Holidays have a direct impact on decreasing blood pressure, improve sleep quality, prevent cardiovascular problems and reduce stress levels considerably.

1. Decreased blood pressure

Following the previous study, the group that took the two weeks off decreased their blood pressure an average of 6%, while those who continued with their normal life hardly suffered any changes. Therefore, for those hypertensive people, vacations are much more than a need.

2. Better sleep quality

People can improve sleep quality by up to 17% during the holiday period, which in turn helps to prevent stress. This is a very significant fact since the hours of sleep and the quality of it are a determining factor for the proper functioning of our body.

3. Healthy heart

In another study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh researcher Karen Mathews, approximately 9,000 men between the ages of 35 and 57 were monitored for 9 years, all of them at high risk of coronary heart disease.
The conclusions were very clear: the participants who did not take vacations annually were 32% more likely to die from a heart attack.

In addition, the University of New York states confirms that men who take vacations reduce their chance of dying from any cause by 20%, and their risk of death from heart disease up to 30%.
If we go to the other sex, various investigations have concluded that vacations are even more beneficial for women than for men.

According to a study conducted in 2005 by the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, women who take vacations less than once every two years are more likely to suffer from depression. In addition, those who do not usually vacation frequently are about eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or suffer a heart attack.

4. Reduce stress levels

An investigation by the Arizona Department of Health Services concluded that women who take vacations frequently are less likely to be tense, depressed or tired.
These psychological benefits that lead to a higher quality of life also produce a better work performance.

If you need more facts: there is an increase in the mood after these days off, as well as a loss of weight. Another study determined that vacations cause a drop in glucose levels, thereby reducing the risk of obesity and diabetes in vacationers and increase mood and energy levels. Check out this tips for healthier holidays before you pack.

Now you know, vacations are not a simple whim, they are as necessary as breathing if we want to enjoy a long and healthy life. Do not waste more time and start taking care of your health with cuddlynest.


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Walk around Berlin through the big screen

There are thousands of films shot in Berlin and in all of them the city is not just any scenario, it is just another character. One of the characters that have marked some of the most important historical events of humanity. To walk through Berlin is to walk through human memory, through disaster and overcoming, through the urban movements that run around its streets and its walls that remind us that war only leads to destruction and separation.

Today we are going to propose 5 movies for you if you are thinking of visiting the German capital or simply because you are lovers of good movies.

The lives of others 

East Berlin, 1984. The Stasi follows closely a couple of intellectuals and things do not end very well. The scenes of the prison of the lives of others were filmed in a royal prison, the former Central Prison of State Security (Stasi) of the German Democratic Republic, today converted into the memorial site of Berlin-Hohenschönhausen. It is possible to visit their facilities upon registration. Former prisoners often offer guided tours where they narrate their personal experience with the system of political persecution of the GDR. The true life of others.

Goodbye, Lenin!

The West-East Berlin division is still aesthetically evident today: the immense and homogeneous Karl Marx Allee has little to do with the Ku’damm. However, if the convinced socialist and mother of Alexander (Daniel Brühl) in Goodbye, Lenin! lived to take a tour of Alexanderplatz today, would throw his hands to his head to see how he has become an exemplary icon of capitalism, yes, far less luxurious than that advocated by Western galleries KaDeWe. There would be no hoax that Alex would concoct to disguise it.

Run Lola Run

Lola has a mission: to bring 100,000 marks to her boyfriend Manni in twenty minutes so they do not kill him. The starting point is her apartment, located near the Friedrichstraße station. Manni is in Charlottenburg, near the Deutsche Oper. Before, she has to stop at the bank where his father works, on the Museum Island, practically next to her home. However, on its way, it passes through Schlesischer Tor, Oberbaumbrücke in Kreuzberg or the beautiful square of Gendarmenmarkt in Mitte among many other streets and more or fewer tourist areas that do not catch you at all. In short, its route does not make any geographical sense, but how good and beautiful is Berlin from beginning to end from home and in less than an hour and a half?

Berlín, Symphony of a great city

Approximately 80% of Germany’s monumental heritage was destroyed during World War II. That’s why Berlin, Symphony of a great city has an incalculable historical value: this silent film of Soviet inspiration immerses us in any day in the center of Berlin in 1927, a Berlin that we neither knew nor will know as it would be reduced to rubble a few more years late. Probably only the river Spree has remained immutable since then. The Berlin Cathedral, like so many other buildings and monuments portrayed by Walter Ruttmann’s camera, we only know of its recent reconstruction. And others, like the Royal Palace in Berlin, cannot be visited again until 2019 (next year). Work in progress.

Germany, Year Zero

Roberto Rossellini stood in what was left of Berlin in 1947, made a casting between non-professional actors and filmed the third chapter of the quintessence of the Italian neorealist: the trilogy of Rome, Appointment aperta, Paisà and this Germania, anno zero. The result is devastating. Edmund Kohler is thirteen years old and wanders through the center of Berlin with the sole purpose of surviving and helping his family survive. The backdrop is a Reichstag that is already only a rubble and the barren esplanade of the Tiergarten, whose wood served to warm German homes during World War II. The penury was such on and off the screen that many actors escaped when it came time for repatriation after recording the interiors of the film in Rome.

 

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25 Interesting Facts About Croatia

Have you ever been to Croatia? Whether the answer is yes or no, today we are going to reveal 25 things you should know about the country. We all have heard about the wonderful Croatian culture, the food, the dreamy landscapes and the friendliness of its people. In addition, surely most of you already know that it is one of the locations of Game of Thrones, which makes the country a very special corner for a large population.

This is definitely worth reading if you are going to visit Croatia as it will give you that much more information on which you can focus during your stay there. We will be happy to include any facts that you think we should mention here, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

1. Croatia is a small, beautiful country in southeastern Europe.

2. It is bordered by Hungary to the north, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia to the east, Montenegro to the south and Slovenia to the west. It also has a coastline along the Adriatic Sea to the south.

3. Croatia also includes more than 1200 islands and islets off the coast of the mainland.

4. There are names of two Croatian’s on the map of the Moon. Scientists J.R. Boskovik and A.Mohorovicic.

5.  Croatia is the home of world popular dog breed Dalmatians.

6. It is thought that the necktie is a Croatian invention, with the Croatian military first wearing knotted neckties in the 1600’s!

7. Croatia is the home of the world’s smallest town called “Hum”.

8. World’s first pipe organ that is played by the sea’s rhythmic waves is in Zadar.

9. Croatia is the 127th largest country in the world.

10. Almost 10% of Croatia is made up of nature parks. 

11. The Sphinx in Split was brought over from Egypt for Diocletian and is over 4.000 years old.

12. Croatia enjoys 2.715 hours of sunshine a year. That’s more than Sydney.

13. Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia in the village of Smiljan. world.

14. World first torpedo was constructed by Ivan Lupis Vukic from Rijeka.

15. Alfred Hitchcock said that the seaside town Zadar in Dalmatia has the best sunset in the world.

16. Croatia has the richest collection of remains of Neanderthal people in the world.

17. Croatian Slavoljub Penkala invented a mechanical, called the Penkala in 1906. Today we call it “Pen”.

18. Vinkovci in eastern Croatia is one of the oldest towns in Europe, having been continuously inhabited for more than 8,000 years!

19. Amphitheatre in Croatia (where the gladiators used to fight), is one of the only 3 preserved in the world.

20. Zlatni rat beach changes in shape and color depending on the wind.

21. The main exports consist of textiles, transport equipment, foodstuffs, chemicals and fuels.

22. Croatians live for an average of 77 years.

23. The capital is Zagreb; it covers an area of 247 square miles (641 square kilometers) and had a population of 687,000 in 2015.

24. Croatia has the highest number of UNESCO Intangible Goods of any European Country.

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