4 must visit summer festivals around the world Comments Off on 4 must visit summer festivals around the world 112,403

Fête de la Musique
  1. Feria de Las Flores, Medellín, Colombia
Feria de Las Flores
Feria de Las Flores

In the beginning of August, head over to Medellín to celebrate the rich culture and beauty of Antioquia at the Feria de las Flores. The main event is a parade which displays the flowers that are grown in the mountain villages surrounding the city. The flowers are arranged beautifully on “silletas” which are carried on the backs of the villagers throughout the parade. The festival goes strong for 10 days with plenty of events and artisanal markets, and most impressively, free concerts every day and night throughout the city. Dance the night away until the early hours of the morning with Colombian artists playing a variety of different genres live like reggaeton, salsa, cumbia, and traditional Colombian folklore music.

 

  1. El Petronio Alvarez, Cali de Santiago, Colombia
El Petronio Alvarez
El Petronio Alvarez

It’s no surprise that two Colombian festivals have made the list. Colombia ranks third in the world with the most public holidays, needless to say, Colombians know how to party. If planned properly, after the Feria de las Flores in Medellín, you can head straight over to Cali for El Petronio.  Every August people from all over Colombia travel to Cali to celebrate the music of the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Commonly knowns as “El Petronio,” it is a festival that celebrates the traditional music from all over the Pacific coast. Not only does it celebrate the music of the Pacific coast but the food, culture and traditional drinks of the coast as well. Eat incredible seafood dishes and grab a bottle of “viche,” a traditional liquor, to share with those surrounding you at the concert. Did I mention that the event is gratis? Attendees in 2017 had the opportunity to see Choquibtown, one of the most popular Colombian bands in the country, perform live, free of charge.

 

  1. Fiestas Patronales de Menorca, España
Fiestas Patronales de Menorca
Fiestas Patronales de Menorca

Each summer, starting in June, marks the beginning of nonstop outdoor parties on the island of Menorca. While the island is more famously known for its impressive beaches, “las fiestas del pueblo” are not to be missed. Each week a different town holds their festival for about 3 days. The festival celebrates the horses of the island. These majestic horses enter the square full of people, and charge through the crowd of people as the locals provoke the horses to stand on their hind legs as long as possible as the crowd applauses. The horses dance to the music of an orchestra as the horse riders attempt to ensure the horses don’t accidentally dance on anyone’s toes. After, the streets are full of people drinking pomada the official drink of the festival and dancing outside in the streets to the music playing from the bars and clubs. Before you know it, it’s 6am and time to head to the beach to sleep and relax. Be sure to do as the locals do and make your pomada at home, throw it into bottles and bring it with you the festival, simple enough to prepare, pomada is Gin Xoriguer made in Menorca and lemon soda mixed together.

  1. Fête de la Musique, Francia
Fête de la Musique
Fête de la Musique

Every year at the end of June, France celebrates live music, countrywide with the Fête de la Musique. Every city sets up live stages outdoors in all of its squares and parks and has one full day of non-stop music all over the city. Each year a different city is chosen to be filled and streamed live on television. The streets are filled with a sea of people dancing and enjoying the live music. The event is free of charge and if you find a band you like, ask if you can buy a CD, normally the bands are selling their albums right there at the concert. Party until 4am or 5am dancing to music and making new friends. The hard part is choosing which city to visit during the festival. Paris and Bordeaux come highly recommended!

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3 Podcasts We Can’t Get Over Comments Off on 3 Podcasts We Can’t Get Over 201,286

Podcasts are the way of the future. Think radio shows but being able to listen whenever and wherever you want. The best part about podcasts is that there’s a niche for everyone. Whether you’re into finance or the Bachelor, we’ve got you covered on the 3 podcasts we can’t get over. 

Finance is Fun!: The Financial Diet

The Financial Diet is the perfect mix of learning more about finances, different career paths and having fun. Each week Chelsea Fagan interviews a guest with an interesting job position. From Youtubers to publicists, you’re sure to feel like an insider after the episode. Chelsea pressures guests to reveal big financial numbers in their life. For some, it’s how much student debt their in while others discuss how much money they made off one Youtube video. If you’re interested in learning the finances behind different professions, check out this podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcasts! 

True Crime Crazed: Crime Junkie

If your ideal documentary is on serial killers, then Crime Junkie is the podcast for you. Crime Junkie features two true crime enthusiasts telling stories about the missing, captured, and murdered. Each episode captivates its listeners with a thrilling narration of true-crime from around the world. There are over one hundred episodes to binge, so start listening today! Another true-crime themed podcast that you have to hear is Serial. Serial started the genre of the crime podcasts and is still a true-crime favorite. The hit podcast has three seasons. Each season the hosts investigate a murder case in real-time. With new evidence pilling up each episode, it’ll be hard to pull away from this intense series. 

The Bachelor Nation’s Favorites: The Viall Files

The Bachelor is the show that keeps on giving. Between The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise, ABC produces a season full of love and drama – but mostly drama. Nick Viall, the bachelor in season 21, recaps each episode on his podcast The Viall Files. Bachelor Happy Hour is another amazing podcast where co-hosts and past Bachelor contestants Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrindives dive into each juicy episode. 

Podcasts are great for long car rides, getting ready in the morning, or winding down at night. There are thousands of podcasts to choose from, so you’re sure to find one you like. We hope you’ll love these podcasts just as much as us! 

How a simple detox can boost brainpower Comments Off on How a simple detox can boost brainpower 193,498

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You know that one person who’s always talking about the latest cleanse or trendy detox and how “life-changing” it is. It’s almost guaranteed that within a few days, they’ll be on to the next one. Who doesn’t want to lose weight, improve endurance, and purge toxins? It’s not surprising to see short term physical benefits from detox, but often not mentioned are the mental health and cognitive performance benefits also gained from a proper detox. Mental health and brainpower benefits are significant.

Anxiety. Insomnia. Depression. Dementia. Eating disorders. Even Alzheimer’s is on the rise. While going on a short term cleanse or detox to help treat any disorder might seem counterintuitive, restoring your body to health both mentally and physically can drastically boost your mood and overall disposition. The glow of positivity from improved self-image helps interpersonal relationships as well.

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Is a detox right for me?

Grow new brain cells

  • Most detox diets are significantly low in calories which may help boost Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). This chemical signal in the brain promotes new cellular growth.
  • As a result, it may lead to a number of mental health benefits including improved brain health and functioning, as well as to help stave off mental illnesses. There are some great BDNF studies available online.

Enhance focus and concentration

  • Another benefit one can attain from slightly restricting calories during a detox is the increase in focus. This is thought to come from a mechanism known as “food-seeking behavior.”
  • The mechanism involved has to do with a rise in hormone production. Dopamine, adrenaline, and cortisol boost focus and reduce distractions. Along with helping to block out distractions, a detox can also help keep your mind focused on tasks. This can help boost productivity in an academic setting or in the workplace, as well as helping to accomplish tasks at home that require efficiency and critical thinking. Additionally, it also may help improve focus and intensity during sports and other physical activities.
  • Certain supplements called nootropics help boost brain function even further by promoting increased blood circulation, stimulation of the central nervous system, and stimulating new brain pathways.

Increase blood flow to the brain

  • Detox diets can boost brainpower through PGC-1-Alpha. This multi-faceted signal assists in a wide range of bodily functions including increased blood flow to the brain improved blood circulation and supplied nutrients and oxygen.
  • This effect is quite beneficial to cognitive health.

Boost mood and good vibes

  • High levels of vitamins and minerals consumed in certain detox treatments boost mood and good vibes by producing serotonin and dopamine.
  • Processed foods, refined sugar, and other food-like products may cause mood swings, feelings of lethargy, energy crashes, and other unpleasant symptoms that may lead to malnutrition.
  • Nutrient deficiencies should be addressed in order to promote overall healthy body function.
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No more brain fog!

Improve brainpower, cognitive function, and problem-solving skills

  • This should come as no surprise. High-nutrient, low-calorie foods can greatly improve cognitive functioning.
  • Eliminating nutrient-deficient foods will lift “brain fog” caused by poor diets.
  • Clearer thought processes and faster decision-making skills may be felt almost immediately after commencing a detox.

Improve brain-signaling

  • Hydration is always important. And increasing water intake is usually an aspect of many detox plans. Proper hydration enhances overall health, and greater hydration levels can lead to improved brain-signaling.
  • It goes without saying that water is important for all living things, and it’s especially true for living organisms that are made up of mostly water. In the human body, 73% of the heart and brain is water. This is why dehydration has a direct effect on cognitive performance.

Prevent mental illness

  • Aside from boosting mood and good vibes, assisting in the growth of new brain cells, and improving cognitive performance, a detox can also help prevent mental illness.
  • Brain matter growth can help prevent illnesses like depression or bipolar disorder from developing.
  • An increase in nutrients can help reduce anger and may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. With the rise of mental illnesses, it’s worth trying different methods every now and then to see what works best for you.

Prevent cellular breakdown

  • A detox diet can help reduce inflammation in the body. This helps prevent cellular breakdown and promote healthy cells (which, obviously, helps overall health). This is true for all the body’s cells, including those in the brain.
  • Implementing a regular detox may not only help promote the growth of new brain cells but also help protect the cells you have, which can preserve and further boost brain function.

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