All posts tagged: travel

Across the USA

New York City “Wanted: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. See media for pic. Call 9-1-1 if seen.” At 8:57am, the first morning in New York, my phone buzzed with a gentle siren-like sound, but it wasn’t my alarm, so curious I turned to my side and rubbed my eyes to focus on the short text that was on the screen. This wasn’t exactly the welcome I was expecting, nevertheless, I groaned and forced myself to get up. Me and two friends that I’ve known since school were in the United States for a holiday. I’ve always had a keen eye on New York mainly because of Seinfeld, so I had some pretty big expectations, from the accents to the attitudes. It delivered straight alway as our taxi driver frantically wove through dense New York City traffic, beeping and yelling out the window the entire 40 minute ride to Harlem from JFK. It was everything that I had hoped for: rushed and angry, lively and cultural, and, well, funny. It was dark and wet, and very muggy, my hair was so matted, …

A Million Smiles: From war torn wreckage to bustling metropolises, Mike Worsman searches for a smile

The Mills Longitudinal Study at UC Berkeley was a 50 year investigation of the wellbeing and social development of a group of women since graduating from the college. The initial study examined the smiles from photos of 20-something year old women in their college yearbook in order to measure any favourable outcomes in their lives many years later. Only the Duchenne Smile was considered as it sees the corners of the mouth and cheeks raised, and crow’s feet formed at our brow. Essentially the Duchenne Smile is our physiological expression of true happiness. What the study posited was that emotional tendencies are believed to shape personality and the life course of their influence on cognitive, behavioral and social processes. 30 years later, the study found that positive emotional expression in their college yearbook photos related to stable aspects of personality change in certain traits over time, observers’ judgement of the women’s personalities and their responses to those women, and life outcomes measured up to 30 years later. In fact, over time, those who expressed more …

Between Cities

Oftentimes I find myself in another city. Though not necessarily physically, my mind may wander, triggered by a scent or a scene, or anything in between, and I’m in London, New York, Tokyo, Amsterdam…Daily life can get quite restrictive at times, so it’s not always possible to be there, even though you may really want to. Until we make it to these locations, we mentally transport ourselves, one-way ticket and all, and we’re there. feature image Shauna Leigh Robinson / FlickrCC

How To Order An Extraordinary Cup of Coffee

For many Melburnians coffee is essentially the elixir of the Gods. The velvety milk, or the glorious golden crema of an espresso, our baristas are artists in their own rights, steaming, frothing and pulling hundreds of their pieces de resistance for the grateful masses. But how do you ensure that you always order a coffee that will actually be good? I asked some coffee aficionados from Sydney Coffee Academy, Muffin Break, Jamaica Blue, and local baristas to help you order the right brew anywhere, every time. Sam Taylor, teacher and course coordinator of the professional Barista course at Sydney Coffee Academy says that the consumer can be part of the process as well. “Communicating how you’d like your coffee is of vital importance, poor communication or equally poor understanding from the barista will result in an ineffective outcome,” said Sam. It’s better to form a relationship with your barista. “Chat to your barista and engage with how they feel their product is best made and how that can be moulded to suit your taste,” he said. Jeremy Regan …

Sense of Purpose in Life? Your Heart Will Thank You For It

Researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York have found that a healthy heart is linked to having a sense of purpose in life. The researchers came to their conclusions after reviewing 10 relevant studies, and data from more than 137,000 people. Lead study author Randy Cohen, M.D, explained: “Developing and refining your sense of purpose could protect your heart health and potentially save your life…Our study shows there is a strong relationship between having a sense of purpose in life and protection from dying or having a cardiovascular event. As part of our overall health, each of us needs to ask ourselves the critical question of ‘do I have a sense of purpose in my life?’ If not, you need to work toward the important goal of obtaining one for your overall well-being.” Alan Rozanski, MD, study co-author and Director of Wellness and Prevention Programs for Mount Sinai Heart at the Mount Sinai Health System said that based on these findings future research should now further assess the importance of life purpose as a determinant …

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Things To Do in Paris (on Your First Visit)

Climbing atop La Tour Eiffel and Arc de Triomphe are necessities. Entering and leaving Paris without doing this would be a travesty. It is but a natural movement to make when in Paris. The lines here at these monuments are always long, but never take as much time as you would think. So don’t leave thinking you can come back at a better time. Make your way up top where you will have one of the greatest views of Paris’s iconic city layout, and when you reach the summit of the Eiffel Tower, indulge in a little bit of champagne. And don’t forget Sacre Coeur in Montmartre. In fact, Montmartre itself is a unique little portion of Paris. It’s old town aesthetic, rustic pastel buildings and cobblestone pathways make it an essential place of interest. Where to go La Tour Eiffel, Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 L’Arc De Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Sacre Coeur, 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 While the Louvre is home to some of the world’s most …