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5 Steps before Moving Abroad
1. Skype Credits As a traveler, it is common to purchase a SIM card for the country you are visiting. However, this can present challenges when needing to make international calls, such as contacting your bank to cancel a stolen card or communicating with your school about admissions and payments. To mitigate these issues, it is recommended to purchase Skype Credits before embarking on your journey. This allows for the ability to call any phone number directly through the Skype app, using only a Wi-Fi connection. This can be a cost-effective solution, as international calls can be expensive. It is advised to allocate a budget of $10 for Skype Credits, to ensure you have the necessary means of communication while traveling.
Yoga in Sand
My toes spread in the sand, seeking balance in tumbling grains. My body wobbled. I sank deeper into the earth, breathed, and found my position. My gaze was straight ahead. The sand shifted beneath my feet, a living, breathing entity. It was so different than practicing yoga on a stable mat. The very foundation on which I stood shifted, as if I was in an hourglass. The sand was a mirror of my soul, reflecting back to me my innermost thoughts and emotions. Waves crashed behind me. Their sound was a soothing symphony, guiding my breath and movements. I was in tune with the rhythms of nature, my breath in sync with the ebb and flow of water. Salty sea air filled my lungs, invigorating me as I stretched my limbs. I felt sunlight on my skin. Its warmth was a reminder of the life force flowing through me. I felt the earth grounding me as I rooted down through my feet and the sun lifting me up through my crown. My body was somewhere, something else. I found asana, my body a vessel for yoga.
Greek mythology is an enduring subject in modern literature, with countless books retelling the classic myths of ancient Greece. This niche book market has seen a resurgence in recent years, with a variety of new novels, graphic novels, and picture books exploring the tales of gods and heroes from a fresh perspective. As a writer, it is exciting to see the potential market for works readers will love and recognize as Greek mythology.
Life in the River
Zambia, circa 2017 As I approached the edge of the cliff overlooking the South Luangwa river, my heavy hiking boots providing a false sense of security. I couldn’t feel the earth crumbling beneath my weight. The dry season brought water levels to such a trickle, banks turned into cliffs. Tree branches stuck in the mud and looked like skeletons of a long-lost forest, disappearing beneath the water’s surface. The still water reflected the eerie scene, hinting at the mysteries hidden beneath the surface - sleeping hippos and crocodiles in wait. The cliff itself was nothing more than dried mud, baked by the sun in the absence of water.
Court of King Priam
“Here ye, here ye,” Troy’s herald chirped like a mockingjay. Silence fell over the court and he continued, “Let it be known that Aleksandros Leon approaches the throne room, seeking an audience with King Priam!" He gave a low bow, his tunic gracing the marble floor.
Natural Living for 21st Centurlings
Eastern shore of Bali, Indonesia Rewilding is a term that originated in the conservation movement, referring to the restoration of natural habitats and the reintroduction of native species to areas where they have been lost. In recent years, the concept of rewilding has been applied to humans as well, with the idea that our bodies and minds have evolved to thrive in wild environments, and that we can benefit from reconnecting with nature. The radical application of rewilding to humans involves undoing the effects of domestication and finding wild spaces within ourselves. This can be done by spending time in nature, practicing traditional skills, and reconnecting with our primal instincts. The goal is to find a balance between our modern way of life and our ancestral heritage, and to rediscover the joys and benefits of living in harmony with nature.
Interpretations of The Last Unicorn
The Last Unicorn, written by Peter S. Beagle, is a timeless fantasy novel that explores themes of loss of innocence, age, and the power of imagination through the story of a unicorn who sets out on a quest to find her kind. The novel begins with the iconic line, "The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone," setting the stage for the journey that unfolds.
A Wild Chiropractor
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains, I built a fence in rocky terrain. Pounding posts into the earth took all my strength, breaking granite and forcing agriculture’s will upon the land. Dust and sweat coated my aching body. The force of the work set one of my ribs loose, split from its position in my body like a stone shifting in rich soil. It floated in my thoracic fascia, loyal to no vertebrae. There was anarchy in my anatomy. Every breath rattled the rib, tainting my life with pain.
Whenever my humble shop door opens, it’s time for my scintillating performance. A homely bell welcomes my guest. It chimes on its own accord, untouched by the door. Snow waltzes in the open entryway, for just a moment, before a short girl emerges. She’s breathless from the cold. I crouch back into the shadows. Behind a looming bookcase I surrender to licking back a few strands of frizzy hair on my paws. There’s no need to alarm my visitor straight away. Let her browse.
Angels of San Francisco
Photo by Author First person I posed my question to was a bona-fide hippie. He had shoulder length blonde hair, gray stormy eyes, and smelled of, let's say, hemp. Cross-legged on the international arrivals bench, he seemed as friendly as a human could be. He let me borrow his phone to look at a map.
Best Places to Hang Out in Canggu
Canggu is the hippest region of Bali. It’s a region of epic waves, infinity pools, stunning beaches, and great food. Yogis, digital nomads, and surfers all find their way here. But life isn’t all surfing and yoga, sometimes you just need to chill. Here are the best places to kick back and relax in Canggu.