Bavarian Dog Lovers Open World’s First Dachshund Museum

Dog lovers have yet another stop to add to their travel bucket lists: the Dackelmuseum (English: Dachshund Museum) in Passau, Germany. The new Dackelmuseum features thousands of fascinating items relating to…yep, you guessed it, the hotdog!

The museum’s two founders, both of whom are dachshund owners themselves, have been collecting memorabilia associated with the wiener dog for years. After two decades of gathering wiener dog wonders, the two florists decided to quit their day jobs and devote all their energy to the Dackelmuseum. Amazingly, it only took the couple a few months to bring this museum from concept to reality.

There are approximately 4,500 dachshund-related items guests can examine in the 80-square meter museum. The collection includes everything from wiener dog adverts and stamps to fine art and porcelain. Some of the more unique items in the Dackelmuseum include a loaf of bread and a huge golden statue – both in the shape of a dachshund, of course.

Staff members hope everyone who walks through the Dackelmuseum will gain a greater appreciation for the dachshund’s long and important role as a hunting dog. More importantly, however, the Dackelmuseum wants everyone to share in the joy dachshunds bring into our lives.

Most dog experts believe Germans began breeding dachshunds in the Medieval Era to help get rid of pesky badgers. Indeed, the name “dachshunds” translates to “badger dog” in English. For it’s various hunting roles, dachshunds are placed in the Hound Group in dog competitions.

According to the American Kennel Club, the dachshund remains one of the world’s most popular breeds. Most dachshunds have a lifespan of between 13-16 years.

Dackelmuseum formally opened to the public on April 2nd. Visitors can find the Dakelmuseum at Große Messergasse 1 near Dom St. Stephan.

Ryanair Teams Up with LaudaMotion to Provide Bargain Airfares

Irish air carrier Ryanair announced this week that it is teaming up with the new Austrian airline LaudaMotion to offer low-cost airfares to travelers flying within Europe. LaudaMotion is an upstart budget airline founded by former Formula One driver Niki Lauda.
The new airline will be based out of Vienna and will serve much of Europe. Ryanair will initially offer a 24.9% stake in the LaudaMotion. Upon approval by the European Union regulatory officials, this stake could rise to as much as 75% of the company.

This move is meant to increase competition in the market space currently dominated by European and international airline giant Lufthansa. LaudaMotion will offer flights from originating points in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria and will travel to popular short-haul vacation destinations. Germany flights will begin this week, with flights from Switzerland launching in April, and Austria beginning in June. Tickets are on sale already with a starting price point of 59 euros (approximately $74).

To promote growth, Ryanair has agreed to lease six of its Boeing 737s to LaudaMotion and an additional 30 more aircraft within the next three years. Ryanair has also committed to providing LaudaMotion with 50 million euros (approximately $61 million) in operational funding. Aviation experts predict that LaudaMotion will grow quickly now that it has access to Ryanair’s established financial resources and aircraft. The big winners in this partnership will be European travelers who will now be provided with greater travel options and lower fares.

Singapore Ranked World’s Most Pricey City!

According to a survey that took into account a multitude of factors, such as the cost of bread, gas and wine, Singapore is now the most expensive city in the world. Also, due to the tumbling U.S. dollar, the cities of Los Angeles and New York did not rank as highly as they did last year. Finishing in the 14th and 13th spots respectively, these American hotspots were far from the top.

Although some other Asian cities did make the most expensive list, many European cities also cracked the top 10. With Zurich and Paris in a dead heat for the second spot, Oslo, Copenhagen and Geneva also popped up. Although Tokyo has been making these kinds of lists for a very long time now—and even headlining most of them—the Japanese city actually finished in the eleventh spot this year. Directly above Tokyo was the Australian city of Sydney, which shot up a whopping four positions since last year.

As far as the Middle East goes, Tel Aviv was the only city to crack the list. But with geopolitics swirling and churning up quite a storm lately, it seems as if anything could happen with the economies of all cities making this list in 2018. Regardless, it should be interesting to see if Singapore manages to snag the top spot again in 2019!

Fascinating International “No-Nos” Revealed In New UK Report

The UK government just released a surprising list of cultural taboos around the world in preparation for spring break. Although the authors of this new report were targeting younger people, the advice could help anyone going on an international vacation. Below, we’ll share some of the most shocking lesser-known taboos at the world’s top tourist draws.

First, many over-the-counter medications in the West are banned in Japan. Believe it or not, if you bring a bottle of Vicks VapoRub or codeine hydrochloride into the “Land of the Rising Sun” you could be deported.

Continuing on into another Asian nation, the Thai government has strict laws against e-cigarettes. Any traveler caught using a vaping device could face a steep fine.

Just like in Thailand, Buddhism plays a central role in Sri Lanka’s culture. Sri Lankans take their religion so seriously that they won’t let you into their country if you have a Buddhist tattoo. Also, you could be deported from Sri Lanka for taking a selfie in front of sacred Buddhist monuments.

Moving on in our list to the Caribbean, travelers of all ages cannot legally wear camouflaged clothing. The most popular islands that enforce this law include Barbados and St. Lucia.

Anyone who wants to overcome a bad cussing habit should visit the United Arab Eremites (UAE) in the near future. Citizens and visitors to the UAE could be thrown in prison if they swear online or in public.

Similar to the UAE, Greece doesn’t take kindly to indecent public behavior. You can be jailed in Greece for dropping your drawers in public, even if it was done as a joke.

New Survey Reveals World’s Most Expensive Cities For Locals And Travelers

You’ve got to make a lot of money to live in Singapore. The former British colony in Southeast Asia clinched the top spot on 2018’s Economist list of the most expensive places to live.

To determine the winners of this year’s report, Economist reporters compared the prices for daily essentials in the world’s most populous cities. They also compared foreign currencies on the FOREX.

Analysts said one of the major reasons Singapore is so expensive is because almost all Singaporeans own cars. Researchers noted, however, that prices for groceries were slightly cheaper in Singapore than in other big Asian cities.

Most of the cities on the Economist’s list this year were either in Asia or Europe. Study authors said the weaker USD had a big impact on the lower rankings for major American cities.

Second place this year is a tie between the European cities of Paris and Zurich. Paris is the only euro-zone nation at the top of the Economist’s report. Other European names in the top ten this year include Oslo, Geneva, and Copenhagen.

The Asian cities Hong Kong and Seoul also found their way into this year’s top ten. The two standouts in the Economist’s top tier this year are Australia’s Sydney and Israel’s Tel Aviv.

Interestingly, Japanese cities failed to get into the top ten this year. As many readers should recall, just a few years ago Tokyo was considered the most expensive place to live on this survey.

As for the USA, the two “big spender” cities are New York City and Los Angeles. These cities fell, however, from ninth and 11th place last year to 13th and 14th this year, respectively.

Jiuzhaigou National Park Will Re-Open On March 8th

Chinese authorities are getting ready to re-open the Jiuzhaigou National Park later this month. Officials say all of the major sites in this famous park have been restored to their pre-earthquake glory and that they will welcome a certain number of visitors every day.

Jiuzhaigou National Park, which is in China’s southwestern Sichuan Province close to Chengdu, will host a small re-opening ceremony on March 8th. Visitors can now only gain access to Jiuzhaigou as a part of a pre-booked group and must have travel insurance. There’s no word yet when Jiuzhaigou will officially re-open to the broader public.

For at least the next few months, only 2,000 people will be allowed to visit Jiuzhaigou per day. Just to put this into perspective, park officials let as many as 20,000 people per day into Jiuzhaigou before the earthquake.

Park rangers were forced to close Jiuzhaigou in August of 2017 following a 7.0-magnitude quake. This earthquake caused extensive damage to the park’s major sites, especially the famed Nuorilang Waterfall.

Thankfully, conservation crews have helped rebuild most of Jiuzhaigou’s most important landmarks. In addition to the Nuorilang Waterfall, guests can visit the parks numerous colorful lakes.

This park was named after the nine Tibetan villages that used to comprise the area. Thanks to its otherworldly beauty, many Tibetans and Chinese believe Jiuzhaigou is a sacred place.

In total, Jiuzhaigou measures 180,000 acres and has peaks that go as high as 14,800 feet. Founded in 1978, the Jiuzhaigou National Park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 and is listed as one of China’s most important tourist attractions.

A Look At Some Of The Most Important Transactions In Southridge Capital Management’s History

Southridge Capital Management is a financial service firm with offices in New York and Connecticut. It was first established 22 years ago and it has since invested more than $1.8 billion into companies across the world. They offer their clients other services such as customized financial plans, securitization, and ways for their clients to enhance their credit. Southridge Capital Management is headed up by its chief executive officer and chairman Stephen Hicks. To date they have provided their services to more than 250 publically held firms.

While much of Southridge Capital Management’s growth over the past two decades has occurred organically, Stephens Hicks says that there have also been a number of important acquisitions over the years. One of these occurred in 2006 when his company bought Double Alpha Group which had been a hedge fund company. By acquiring this company he says that it allowed his firm to offer more services and it expanded their investor base. For more details visit Ideamensch.

Another important development in the history of Southridge Capital occurred in August 2012 when they created an agreement with ELayaway. This was a $10 million equity purchase agreement which allowed Southridge to enter into the layaway payment platform business. Elayaway offers b&m stores the ability to offer layaway services to their customers with Elayaway processes and manages. In July 2015, Southridge Capital also created a similar $5 million agreement with Elite Data Services, Inc. In this deal, Southridge Capital invested in a firm that designs and markets its own software applications. You can visit their website southridge.com

Southridge Capital has a formal social responsibility program in place. They promote volunteer work and donate money to a number of regional and national nonprofits. CEO Steven Hicks and his wife, Mary, also created the Daystar Foundation which provides funding to various charities. Over the years they have donated money to organizations such as the Bradford Peterson Memorial Scholarship Fund, Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association, Ridgefield Sunrise Cottage, Lounsberry House, Eric B. Huss Memorial Scholarship Fund, and Walnut Community Hill Church among other causes. The goal is to make a positive impact in the lives of others in the broader communities in which Southridge Capital operates.

Reference: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/southridge-capital-enters-into-a-5-million-equity-purchase-agreement-with-elite-data-services-inc-300118746.html

Virgin Atlantic Announces Three New Class Fares

Virgin Atlantic is jumping on the bandwagon of the latest trend in air travel. The airline announced on Wednesday that it is rolling out three new branded economy fares in an effort to entice bargain travelers. The new fares will launch this spring and are intended to align more closely with global partner Delta Airline’s class of economy fares.

The most basic of the three fares is the Economy Light version. Travelers booked in this class will need to pay extra for any checked luggage and will not be assigned their seat until checking in at the airport. The next step up in the fare ladder is the Economy Classic level. These passengers will be allowed one free checked bag and will be able to choose their seat when the ticket is purchased. The most premium level in the economy class offerings is the Economy Delight. In addition to the complimentary baggage allowance and advanced seat assignment benefits offered by Economy Classic, travelers booked with an Economy Delight ticket will enjoy three more inches of legroom and priority check-in.

All economy passengers can still expect to receive the same level of exemplary service provided by Virgin Atlantic. Complimentary food and drink will be offered to all travelers, regardless of the fare that was originally purchased. In addition to the new fare structure, Virgin Atlantic also announced that they will be adding Wi-Fi and charging outlets for each seat.

New In-Flight Menu Promises To Help Passengers Overcome Jet Lag

Australia’s Qantas Airways is getting ready to test a new in-flight menu designed to help travelers naturally overcome jet lag. These healthy food options, which were designed by Australian nutritionists, will be served for the first time on March 24th to people taking Qantas’s non-stop flight from Perth to London.

Researchers at the Charles Perkins Center at the University of Sydney developed all of these menu items with the goal of promoting a natural circadian rhythm and preventing dehydration. They also hope these innovative choices will improve passengers’ immunity while they’re up in the air.

Qantas has released three of the main courses that will be made available on this special flight. The first is seared sea bass drenched in a lemon garlic sauce with sides of broccoli and an almond salad. If that doesn’t sound appetizing, perhaps you’d prefer a beef salad with a lemony sauce, corn, and zucchini. Lastly, one breakfast option will be eggs served on a bed of quinoa with plenty of green kale and pistachios.

To help with hydration, doctors included fruits like strawberries and veggies like cucumbers in many of their dishes. For a snack, researchers encourage guests to dig into a raw Hawaiian poke bowl.

As for drinks, doctors have come up with their own unique herbal tea blend to promote relaxation. In-flight attendants will also offer guests a warm chocolate milk concoction to help them fall asleep and a probiotic-dense kombucha to help them wake up.

On this first test flight, doctors will simply collect data from guest surveys to gauge the success of their menu. In the near future, researchers hope to get more objective measures of their menu’s success by tracking passengers with interactive apps.

Madrid Pioneers “Tin-To-Table” Craze For Foodie Travelers

Foodie travelers have been pushing for more restaurants to get “back to basics” and put more emphasis on organic ingredients and authentic recipes. One interesting new offshoot related to this foodie trend is an increased interest in tinned foods.

The Spanish capital Madrid is one of the pioneering cities behind this tinned food craze.

For decades, Spain been at the forefront of preparing some of the world’s most highly-valued tinned foods. While the majority of tinned foods in Spain’s supermarkets are seafood related, there are also plenty of finely prepared peppers and veggies to choose from. Most of the time, Spanish tinned products are so well prepared that they cost more than the same foodstuffs in glass jars.

In just the past few months, restaurants in Madrid started to offer tinned-food menu options for guests. Today, there are at least six restaurants in the Spanish capital that focus primarily on tinned foods either from high-quality companies or made in-house.

These restaurants range in price and the type of service they offer their customers. Some are designed as “fast food” alternatives for people on the move. Others are more interested in providing guests with a fine dining experience complete with toasted bread, cheeses, and wine.

Locals love the convenience, quality, and lower prices of these new tin can restaurants. Not only do these meals cost less than an average Madrid restaurant, they are also far more nutritious than standard fast food.

Travel experts expect this tinned food craze to grow throughout Spain in the coming years. If all goes well, “tin-to-table” restaurants could soon spread out to Europe and North America.