Tea Plantations in Kenya

A man walks in the early morning to start his day picking tea leaves at a plantation in Nandi Hills, in Kenya’s highlands region west of capital Nairobi, November 5, 2014. Emerald-coloured tea bushes blanketing the rolling hills of Nandi County have long provided a livelihood for small-scale farmers, helping make Kenya one of the world’s biggest tea exporters. But ideal weather and bigger harvests, instead of producing bumper earnings, have led to a glut of Kenya’s speciality black tea. (Photo by Noor Khamis/Reuters)

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Venezuela Lauds World Records for Christmas Dinner “Made in Revolution”

“Venezuela praised its ‘socialist revolution’ for a culinary conquest on Saturday: Guinness World Records for the country’s beloved Christmas dinner staples. A cook-a-thon in capital Caracas landed Venezuela records for the biggest ham-filled bread, sugar cane juice infused with lemon, and “hallaca”, a cornmeal dish wrapped in plantain leaves. “Made in socialism, made in revolution”, Food Minister Yvan Bello said in a flurry of celebratory tweets. “The people are celebrating, Venezuela is a country of records, of achievements, thanks to the revolution!”, he added, feting the 20-meter bread, 12,000-liter drink and 120-meter “hallaca”. The initiative comes as Venezuelans struggle ahead of the holiday season due to shortages of basic goods and sky-high inflation that crimps purchasing power. Leftist president Nicolas Maduro has launched a plan dubbed “Operation Merry Christmas” to lower the cost of toys, clothes and appliances for shoppers amid the weakening economy. Critics blast the measures as unsustainable distractions to mask the OPEC country’s deeper problems”. – Alexandra Ulmer via Reuters.

Workers cook a giant hallaca – a mixture of beef, pork, chicken, raisins, capers, and olives wrapped in cornmeal dough and folded within plantain leaves, a typical Venezuelan Christmas dish, during an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest hallaca, in Caracas November 15, 2014. The giant hallaca more than 120 metres long. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

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Candlewood Cabins


Candlewood Cabins is a unique getaway retreat hidden in the beautiful hills of southwest Wisconsin’s Ocooch Mountains. Find yourself surrounded by nature. Indulge in a whirlpool bath or warm up by the woodstove fire.

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Carry On Cocktail Kit


The Carry On Cocktail Kit provides everything you need to craft two delicious Old Fashioned cocktails mid-flight—all you need to add is the hard stuff.

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Illegal Fishing in Zimbabwe

In this photo taken Wednesday October 29 2014, a fisherman poses with his catch on the shores of Lake Chivero, west of Harare. Illegal fishing can be hazardous in Zimbabwe, where poachers scan the banks for armed rangers and the water for crocodiles while they cast their rods. The country is in such a dire economic state that thousands of people, unable to find regular work, flock to Lake Chivero in hopes of catching fish, mostly bream, that they can sell for desperately needed income. (Photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP Photo)

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Asterix Amusement Park near Paris

Besides the well-known Disneyland, near Paris is another, no less interesting, place of entertainment for adults and children. The name suggests that the park is dedicated to two renowned characters from Gaul.

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China: Then and Now

Women wearing sunglasses pose for a group photo at a park in Beijing in 1980. (Photo by Reuters/China Daily)

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Underwater Wedding in Bora-Bora


The stunning wedding was organized by a dive club called Top Dive, which has launched a new concept for wedding tourism in French Polynesia. The bride and groom held hands as they stood in front of a Polynesian priest who performed their eye-watering ceremony. (Photo by Ben Thouard/AFP Photo)

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WHUDAT @ Maldives 2014 – Part 3: Angsana Ihuru


Step onto an island where nature beckons and plush comforts await. Let your eye wander across the endless stretch of the deep blue sea, rich with dazzling marine life. Feel the excitement in the air seep into your veins and flow through your being. German lifestyle-magazine WHUDAT was there to experience Angsana Ihuru, the island, which is yours when you are there.

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Baldface Lodge


With over 32,000 acres of open bowls, peaks, perfectly spaced trees and 500+ inches of snow all accessed by snowcats, guests never have to worry about waiting for lifts or competing for fresh tracks. A quick 10-minute helicopter ride transports guests to the Lodge for 3 and 4-day all-inclusive, guided snowcat skiing and boarding trips.

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World Heritage Gassho Zukuri Farmhouses Hold Water-Discharge Exercise

The frond house is Wada House, the biggest house at Shirakawa-go. Water is seen discharged over the traditional farm houses at Shirakawa-go, the UNESCO World Heritage site on November 9, 2014 in Shirakawa, Japan. This annual drill is held to prevent fire. (Photo by Kaz Photography/Getty Images)

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End of Life in Japan

The “Ruriden”, a cemetery that uses high powered LED lights to illuminate over 2,000 Buddha statues carved in crystals, is pictured in downtown Tokyo November 4, 2014. Funeral arrangements are normally left to those who have been left behind but the latest trend in Japan, which literally translates to “End of life” preparations, is for the ageing to prepare their own funerals and graves before they set off on their journey to the great beyond. With a population that is expected to shrink by nearly 30 million people over the next 50 years, the market for funerals, graves and anything related to the afterlife is still very much alive. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Reuters)

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Catalonia – the Consultation of Citizens

Figures of Catalonian traditional Christmas crib called “caganer” (the defecator) of a human ballot box with a positive vote despicting in the act of defecation, released in Torroella de Mongri town, Catalonian region, northern Spain, 04 November 2014. The “caganer” is a traditional figure of the Caralonian nativity scenes for at least two centuries. This year, the referendum for independence that was scheduled for next 09 November, Real Madrid as Champions League winner and Torrente character will be “caganers”. (Photo by Robin Townsend/EPA)

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Venezuela’s Eternal Storm

A girl skips with a rope in the village of Ologa in the western state of Zulia, Venezuela October 23, 2014. This year the Catatumbo Lightning was approved for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Guinness World Records, dethroning the Congolese town of Kifuka as the place with the world’s most lightning bolts per square kilometer each year at 250. Scientists think the Catatumbo, named for a river that runs into the lake, is normal lightning that just happens to occur far more than anywhere else, due to local topography and wind patterns. (Photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters)

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Leonhardi Procession in Bavaria

Farmers dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes ride in a wooden carriage on the way to the chapel on the Kalvarienberg in Bad Toelz, during the Leonhard procession November 6, 2014. The Leonhardi Ritt procession is an annual event that started in the 17th century to pray to St. Leonhard, the patron saint of animals. (Photo by Michaela Rehle/Reuters)

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