Salsa, sweat, socialize Comments Off on Salsa, sweat, socialize 2202

Traveling makes for a hectic lifestyle often moving from city to city, country to country rapidly. With such a capricious lifestyle, making friends and keeping up with exercise can be difficult. The answer to both of these problems is dancing salsa. Salsa is an activity that can remain permanently in an inconsistent lifestyle. The evidence can be observed in any salsa club. On the surface, the crowded dance floor seems just to be filled with dancers spinning, swaying, and sweating to the beat of the music, but below the surface, the salsa club is much more than just dancing. Pay attention more carefully and the most impressive elements surrounding salsa will become evident. Notice dancers sweating, laughing, learning, and socializing; these are the elements that make salsa special. Salsa is not just a dance that happens to be an insane workout, but most importantly, it is a community. A supportive community that can be found in just about any city in the world, making it the ideal exercise for the world traveler.

While salsa music and dancing is important to many Latin American countries in the Caribbean, its roots are in Cuba. Salsa is a relatively new music, developed in the 1900s, heavily influenced by Afro-Caribbean culture. Salsa has been brought to many countries since its creation and today, many countries have their own style of salsa. In Cuba there is Cuban and Casino style dancing; in Colombia, there is Caleño style; in Puerto Rico, there is, of course, Puertorriqueña salsa; and in the USA there is New York style also known as Mambo and LA style salsa, just to name a few.

With such a vast number of styles, salsa dancing is the perfect exercise to take-up for those who get bored with the mundane easily. There is always something new to learn, it’s impossible to get bored. The health benefits are not just physical, but also beneficial in achieving happiness and mental health. Step into any salsa club to witness the intensity of this full-body workout. Inside watch dancers spend four to five hours per night dancing non-stop. To be a salsa dancer is also to be apart of a community of people who are always learning and helping each other. This community is a great resource to newcomers as friends, teachers, and guides to the salsa community in that area.

Salsa culture has permeated society in hundreds of countries, making it the perfect activity for the solo traveler. While traveling alone has its benefits, it also has its downfalls. Traveling alone sometimes can be, well, lonely. Going out alone is often awkward or looked at as strange by society. On the contrary, going to the salsa club alone is quite normal. Since it can be difficult to find friends that dance or have the desire to learn to dance salsa, many dancers start out by going to the salsa clubs alone to improve their dancing. In fact, due to the nature of social dancing, it is often better to go out dancing salsa alone. It’s normal to dance with total strangers. Dancers change partners with each song, therefore meeting someone new with each dance, making this one of the most social and mobile exercises in the world.

With so many free lessons offered around the world, getting started is easy. Usually, each salsa club has a night where they offer free lessons geared towards beginners, hoping these beginners will stay for the remainder of the evening. These free lessons are a great way to meet people in the salsa community. Staying for a few dances can gain you access to the dancers that have details on the best free classes and which places are best to dance each day of the week. After one night of dancing, it’s common to leave with a list of new friends that are eager to help you navigate the salsa scene.

Finding the best places to dance in a new city requires some research. With a little bit of creative Googling, finding an article about where to dance in each city is usually pretty easy. Typically there is even a website or Facebook group dedicated to posting Latin dance events each night. Here is a short reference of places to dance around the world to get you started.

Los Angeles, USA – Monday nights at El Floridita Cuban Restaurant. Each Monday, you can find some the best salsa bands and some of the best dancing in the city. Monday nights here are famous in LA. On Monday nights, it’s not uncommon to see someone famous here, spotting guests such as Wilder Valderrama, Jennifer Lopez, and Amber Heard. Free lessons start around 8:00 pm. Get there before 10:00 pm to avoid the line.

Medellín, Colombia – Wednesday through Saturday at Son Havana. On a quiet corner, a few blocks from the party district of La 70, Son Havana is a hidden gem. This simple salsa bar has great dancing Wednesdays and Thursdays, and live bands Fridays and Saturdays when the crowd doubles in size and dancing gets very intimate. It’s easy to spend the night dancing here until 4:00 am.

Quito, Ecuador – Thursdays through Saturdays at Salsateca Lavoe. From the outside, Lavoe seems unwelcoming, but when you walk through the door everything changes. Lavoe is a large salsa club with a huge dance floor and many new dancers. Throughout the night there are impressive performances from local salsa and bachata teams. Remember Quito is in high altitude so take breaks and drink plenty of water.

Montpellier, France – Friday Nights at The O’liver Pub. While it may seem to be in the middle of nowhere, making it to The O’liver Pub is well worth it. The massive dance floor is full of friendly dancers of all levels. Free classes start at 8:00 pm.

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The Netflix show you need in your life Comments Off on The Netflix show you need in your life 72479

Netflix is definitely the place to go if you are looking for the best of the best. Their shows cover all genres, niches, clichés and so much more – there’s something fun for everyone. Aside from their exclusive Netflix original series’, they also let you stream hundreds of shows from anywhere on up to six devices. The little company that started out as a mail-in DVD rental startup has grown into one of the biggest names in motion production and streaming.

Currently, Netflix has a seemingly never-ending library of top-notch award-winning TV shows. Their series mostly receive positive reviews from their audiences and the fact that all the episodes of a season are usually released all at once makes the fans even love them more. Who doesn’t love a good Netflix “binge?” It really removes the mind-numbing pressure of waiting one whole week for another episode of a series that has twenty-something episodes in a season. While we’re discussing Netflix, it’s also important to mention that they make series’ that are considered “next-generation” and “out of this world,” so it will make what we are attempting to do here extremely difficult, but we have to be tough. 😃

Listed below are some of the best series out there based on popular review and well, our opinion too. Picking one show is tough, so let’s explore some shows that made the final cut for the “one Netflix show that you definitely must see.”

The Umbrella Academy

If you are into superheroes, then the obvious choice of a Netflix original will have to be The Umbrella Academy. Although the series debuted just a few days ago, it has racked up quite the reviews from fans and critics everywhere. The extreme and unexpected turn of events was unprecedented, and don’t get us started on the bad-assery that is number five. The plot revolves around seven individuals all born on the same day through arguably miraculous means. They were, however, unfortunate enough to be adopted by an eccentric billionaire bent on saving the human race. After adopting these kids, the billionaire built a school, The Umbrella Academy to help these kids harness their powers and save the world. Surprisingly, they all quickly disbanded as they hit their late teens and sought out life outside the four walls of The Umbrella Academy, all except number one. They all reunite thirteen years later to scatter their father ashes and they stay around to investigate their father’s death and stop the apocalypse that their long-lost brother five warns them about.

This series features an unexpected ending, a cast that is to die for, and a diverse set of characters.

Stranger Things

The 80s were famous for the wacky theories that floated around everyone’s minds, Stranger Things revisits those theories and the 80s of course, and brings them to life. Join Dustin, Lucas, Mike, Steve, Nancy, and Eleven as they try to rescue Will from the Upside Down all while fighting a monster who can appear out of thin air. The show explores theories of government top-secret researchers and the discovery of alien life. The show takes an old idea and gives it a fresh new outlook. It makes most producers and writers ask questions like: Why haven’t we thought of this? The show also won a ton of awards and has fans binging the old seasons in anticipation of the next season to drop in April.

Narcos

If you love Tom Cruise in American Made then you will love Narcos. It’s the famous Netflix retelling of the rise of the drug trade in Columbia in the 80s. It recounts the life tail of famous kingpins and their battle with law enforcement. It’s filled with everything you’d expect from the legendary Pablo. It’s packed with power plays, money, guns, and of course, drugs.

13 Reasons Why

If we look at the drama section of Netflix there are a ton of great options. From the thriller Ozark to the emotional 13 Reasons Why to the insightful Orange is the New Black. This section is packed with options. If we had to pick one though it’d be 13 Reasons Why. The series offers an insight into the reasons or conditions surrounding the suicide of Anna Baker. She left 13 audio tapes that were to be passed around between people that she deemed relevant in her life and help them understand why she did it. The series is like being on an emotional rollercoaster of suspense and heartbreak, we highly recommend it.

Black Mirror

Black Mirror is one of the earliest and the most satirical Netflix productions, second to Dear White People. This series is a collection of satirical stories exploring the perceived dangers of modern-day technologies. The series is arguably one of the shows that made Netflix the streaming service it is today and it has this multi-faceted nature that allows the mind to wander.

Our top pick, because the fan loves it so much is Stranger Things.

How to ask your boss for a raise Comments Off on How to ask your boss for a raise 71103

In most companies out there today, there are measures that have been put in place to ensure that employees get promotions and, subsequently, a pay increase. But in the rest of the world we aren’t so lucky. For you to get a pay increase you have to get it done the old-fashioned way; asking your boss for a raise. Upon initial thought, most might think it’s a bad idea. Asking for a pay increase does seem suicidal in the employment front, but it doesn’t have to be. Surely not all bosses are like that but regardless of their temperament they might think the idea ridiculous unless it is supported with a long list of requirements to cushion the request.

In this world we live in, there is no way that someone who doesn’t trust you or particularly like you will choose to favor you or give you what you want. It doesn’t just work that way. It’s simply the order of things and as such your boss needs to like you, trust you and your abilities, and think you deserve a raise before he/she will actually give it to you. Asking him or her after all these boxes have been checked is going to be a breeze, a mere formality. Here are a couple of tips that will help convince your boss to say yes when you ask him or her for a raise.

Put in the time

Your boss won’t just sign off on a salary increase if he or she feels like you are not devoted and consistent. Consistency is very important in the workplace. It shows devotion and dedication to a universal goal. When you come to work on time and clock out at the very last minute your boss will see things differently. He or she will begin to think you are a hard worker and you are a step closer to getting a yes when you ask for a raise.

Increase your productivity

Staying late is but one part of the entire equation. You need to not only put in the time, but the work as well. There needs to be a distinguishable difference in the quality of your work. This will convey that you are as dedicated as you are productive. You don’t have to outshine everyone on your team, you just need to make sure that the boss knows that you provide better results than other teammates. This will make you look industrious and dedicated.

Always help everyone you can

This is a very important step in the plan. When you help your fellow workers and employees out constantly it makes you seem like you care. And this acknowledgement will help your crusade. Make sure you don’t leave the very boss you are trying to impress out. You must make it a point to help your boss when he or she needs it. You could help him/her with the financial books or help with his/her kid. Anything to ensure that the boss understands your importance.

Be a problem solver

This is usually the trump card in this endeavor. This is an instance where you come to the aid of the company you work at. There is always bound to be some form of crises sooner or later when you work at an organization. It’s simply a norm at every institution. When these problems arise and they seem like they might be more complicated and challenging than most anticipated, it’s your chance to dig deep and try to solve the problem for everyone. It’s not a do-or-die situation, but getting a raise is all about scoring points with the boss (over time) and the best way to do that is defusing a bomb that threatens the entire workplace.

Getting a raise without getting a foot in with the boss is extremely difficult. Like any reasonable person, they need to make sure that you deserve the extra sum of money that you are requesting. They can’t simply give out raises without being confident in the recipient’s ability. This is where checking all the boxes comes full circle. If you are a great employee that helps when crises strike, you will definitely be on the boss’s list.

Checking all these boxes will ensure that your request is seen as important and placed above everyone else because you have proved that you are an important part of the team and you deserve a raise. After fulfilling some or all tasks on this list asking your boss for a raise could get you a sure yes. However, it’s important to note that fulfilling this long list is not an assurance that your request will go through. There could be extenuating circumstances that could prevent the boss on signing off on your requests. Circumstances like budget cuts or seniority, etc.

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