One of the best ways to experience and learn more about a culture is by looking for and picking through the local markets. Depending on the destination, markets can be found in the out-of-the-way nooks and crannies of larger cities or can function as attractions on their own merit.
In Egypt, many of the bigger tourist cities, like Cairo and Alexandria, are home to awe-inspiring markets filled with any number of interesting, beautiful and one-of-a-kind crafts. Stay away from the typical tourist souvenirs and make sure to pick up something unique on your trip.
The types of crafts to look out for depend on the way you plan on transporting your purchases. Hand-blown glass is popular, and you will likely be able to find it at many stalls throughout any given market. These glass pieces range from tiny Christmas ornaments to decorative bottles and more. Take your time and pick a glass you really like.
You will likely come across any number of straw tools, like baskets. These are hand-made tools to add some Egyptian authenticity to your home décor.
Also be on the lookout for different kinds of jewelry and accessories. From shalateen necklaces to shoulder bags to leave-in hair tonic, there are all kinds of accessories on the streets of Egypt’s markets.
The Fear of Missing Out greatly affects students who study abroad. For months students look forward to the countries they will call home, whether for a semester or a year, and then after they arrive, the loneliness and separation sets in. It’s difficult to be away from family and friends for a long amount of time and studying abroad is no exception, no matter how badly a student wants to fall in love with their city.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Breweries are everywhere today and, while many craft and microbreweries specialize in particular styles of beer, few are quite as specialized as Ghent Gruut Brewery in Ghent, Belgium. Here, the current craze for hop-heavy India Pale Ales is entirely eschewed as absolutely no hops at all are used in the brewing process. Before you clamor to claim this can’t be beer at all as everyone knows the four ingredients of beer are grain, water, yeast, and hops, consider hops weren’t actually added to beer until the 13th century. Before then, all beers were flavored with herbs and spices, or gruut, as the French population of medieval Ghent called them.
For many couples, honeymoons serve as a once-in-a-lifetime luxurious trip, often fulfilling a bucket list destination or experience. South Africa is one of those places. The country offers a variety of experiences, whether you want a relaxing or adventurous honeymoon.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., with some of the most beautiful views of the nation’s capital, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the most endearing small cities in America. From the historic charm of Old Town to the artistic development of the waterfront and the bohemian flair of Del Ray, Alexandria has something for everyone. With increased attention comes an ever-exploding culinary scene and, despite its size, Alexandria already overflows with excellent options. These five will give you the best representation of the city’s diverse scene.