Nomad Destinations – Lost Nomad Thu, 23 Jun 2022 18:48:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nomad Destinations – Lost Nomad 32 32 Sustainable Travel 101: Shivya Nath explains how she navigates the road less traveled in eco-tourism | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel Thu, 23 Jun 2022 13:27:41 +0000

As ecosystems around the world move closer to the point of no return every day, many people are choosing the sustainable path to give the planet a fighting chance. Sustainability is no longer an abstract concept but a way of life for many, even if it remains elusive for a large part of the population.

One of these sustainability champions, Shivya Nath, motivates many to embrace the concept, giving a more substantial meaning to the word “influencer”. Shivya is a travel writer who has embraced sustainability in the best possible way and included it in her travels.

Shivya quit her corporate job in 2011 to travel the world, and not one to do things by halves, she also became a vegan in 2015. When she started, she had no idea she would one day have a wide audience. people inspired by his lifestyle.

Just as moved by its content as its followers, we decided to interview Shivya as part of our month-long celebration of the Environment Day theme “One Earth”. Below, she explains how she makes responsible travel so easy.

What was the incident or thought that prompted you to explore the road less traveled – that of sustainable travel?

The first seeds of sustainable travel were sown in my mind in 2011 when I took a sabbatical from my digital marketing role at the Singapore Tourism Board to volunteer in the remote Trans-Himalayan Spiti Valley in India. While volunteering with Spiti Ecosphere, I learned how tourism – if done right – could be used as a tool for sustainable development.

It was a social enterprise that used tourism to create local livelihoods through a list-based community stay program while bringing solar power, greenhouses and solar baths to remote villages. of the Himalayas. Participating in local projects while experiencing the breathtaking beauty of the valley has been a deeply transformative experience for travelers.

Durability and practicality do not always go hand in hand. Have there been any instances where you had to forego sustainability for practical reasons?

I’ve been trying to make responsible travel and lifestyle choices for many years – minimalism (living with two bags), slow travel, veganism, choosing community-run and eco-friendly travel experiences, using my ” influence” to advocate for sustainability, etc. With a resolve to fly less, I’ve taken on adventurous overland journeys in recent years – traveling solo from Thailand, across Myanmar back and forth, to speak at a tourism conference responsible in India. After a travel mission in Iran, my partner and I traveled from the Persian Gulf, via southern Iran, to Armenia.

However, my Indian passport makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to avoid flying – and my job as a travel writer involves crossing borders frequently. I try to club travel missions or turn them into digital nomad relays, push for speaking engagements to be done virtually, and since 2021, in line with my climate action plan, I’ve been monitoring my theft to make up for what I can’t avoid.

Not every place you travel has to be vegan friendly. How do you manage your diet in these cases?

When I became a vegan about seven years ago, driven by the imprint of suffering from animal products, I was pretty sure I would have to choose between my travel lifestyle and staying vegan. The road, however, was full of surprises.

With growing awareness, many major cities around the world have become home to local vegan and animal rights movements, and all-vegan or vegan cafes and restaurants have sprung up in droves. HappyCow is my go-to app when I travel, to find vegan places wherever I am in the world.

Becoming vegan deepened my relationship with food and introduced me to surprising culinary traditions around the world. In Japan, I learned that the traditional diet was largely plant-based and meatless during the Edo period. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that people started consuming beef, horse meat, and seafood in large quantities. Buddhism and Shintoism, practiced for centuries in Japan, encourage compassionate eating – and locals still say “ita daki mas” before each meal, an expression of gratitude for the animals and plants whose lives have been sacrificed to fill his plate. In Ethiopia, I learned that guided by Orthodox Christianity, the locals traditionally eat plant-based foods for almost 200 days of the year – so one can walk into any restaurant, cafe or bakery in across the country and ask for “fasting food”.

So far I have been able to travel as a vegan to over 30 countries around the world, often spending time in remote areas. It hasn’t always been easy, but along the way I’ve had some of the best meals of my life and developed some great friendships rooted in shared values.

Tell us a bit about your recent trip to Chile.

In February 2022, I traveled to Robinson Crusoe Island in the Juan Fernandez Archipelago, 700 kilometers off the coast of Chile in South America, as part of the Work for Humankind initiative by Island Conservation and Lenovo . Given its remote location in the Pacific Ocean, the island’s biodiversity has evolved in isolation – and many species are found only there on the entire planet! Even though 97% of the archipelago is a protected national park, biodiversity is threatened by invasive species and climate change, and some species are literally on the verge of extinction. Fewer than 500 of the Juan Fernandez hummingbirds survive today, and only ONE tree of the Dendroseris Neriifolia subspecies remains on the island – and in the entire world.

The Work for Humankind initiative aimed to use smart technology to strengthen Island Conservation’s work on the island. For a month I worked on the move from what is certainly the most remote “office” in the world and started two projects locally – one to inspire community farming and the other to enable the access to clean energy on the island (it is currently powered entirely by diesel). We are still actively seeking technical and financial support for the latter.

After two years of not traveling during the pandemic, spending a month on such a remote island has been transformational in so many ways – not only because of its awe-inspiring beauty, but also because of all the beautiful souls I’ve been blessed with. to cross.

What advice do you have for amateur travelers that would help them travel sustainably?

Next time we travel, let’s remember that the world is not one big selfie ground. We need to change the long accepted narrative that traveling is something we only do for ourselves – our pleasure, our escape, our entertainment, our fulfilment. Our travel choices have far-reaching consequences – on the places we go, the people who live there, and the planet as a whole.

Some practical tips to consider for a more sustainable travel experience:

1) Ask why you are visiting a destination. Is it just because it’s trending on Instagram, or do you have a deep personal interest in its natural beauty, culture, food, architecture, or something else?

2) If you are traveling to a popular location, try to travel off season. This creates less strain on local resources and sets us up for a more immersive experience without the crowds.

3) Slow down, instead of trying to pack too many flights, places and activities into one trip. Take time to chat with the locals, experience “living there” for a while, learn about public transportation, attend local events, and really get to know a place. Looking back, these are some of our most memorable travel memories.

4) Instead of choosing accommodation solely based on our comfort and budget, choose one that also supports the local community and proactively takes steps to protect the environment.

For more sustainable travel tips, check out Shivya’s blog.


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Visitors’ Bureau honors businesses for their impact on local tourism | Wed, 22 Jun 2022 00:05:00 +0000

SUNBURY — Valley businesses and organizations have been honored for their perseverance, evolution and contribution to revitalizing tourism in the region.

Six different organizations have received awards dating back three years to 2020, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Timothy Dowhower, chief marketing officer for the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau. The businesses were recognized at a special Visitors Bureau event at Whispering Oaks Vineyard on Tuesday evening.

“They all did something unique that had a huge impact on the Susquehanna River Valley,” Dowhower said.

UnPAved in Susquehanna River Vally, Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury, and Joy Through the Grove in Knoebels received the Herb Bendt Award, given for events, businesses or individuals that act positively toward tourism in the Valley.

Shamokin Area Businesses for Economic Revitalization (SABRE), Nomad Distilling Company, Williamsport, and Covered Bridge Brewhaus in Shamokin received the Dan Baylor Tourism Entrepreneurial Award. The award is given to individuals and organizations demonstrating an exemplary spirit in tourism.

Herb Bendt UnPAved recipient of the Susquehanna River Valley is one of the top 10 gravel events – biking on unpaved roads and trails – in the United States

“They kind of reinvented themselves,” Dowhower said. “We are extremely proud to have these businesses located in the valley.”

He said events like UnPAved make the region a unique destination.

Dave Pryor, co-founder of UnPAved, said he wanted to create a more localized event for off-road cyclists, a flagship event on the east coast. He said there are many different sides to UnPAved.

“The railroad was key,” said co-founder Mike Kuhn. “And then it took us out into the forest, and it was huge. That’s what makes it work.”

“That was key,” Pryor said.

Both Pryor and Kuhn attend the events with attendees.

UnPAved, which begins Oct. 9 and is expected to have 1,500 attendees this year, has other events happening around it, such as a boot camp, and expanding into nightly events, according to Pryor.

“Entrants can start the day before,” Pryor said. “I don’t know if we know exactly where we are going, but there are a lot of opportunities.”

Breakfast is provided, they said.

Pryor credited the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Bald Eagle State Forest for being active participants.

As for the impact beyond the trails, popular events have prompted hotels to offer special packages around UnPAved, according to Pryor.

Spyglass Ridge Winery, now in its 21st year, was the region’s first winery and, along with five other wineries, started the valley’s wine route, according to owner Tom Webb.

Webb, a former sound engineer, said there were now 18 wineries on the track and two more ready to board.

“Feels good. It’s really good because you’re still working. It’s kind of a gift to feel recognized,” Webb said.

The cellar live venue also drew audiences from New York, Philadelphia, Maryland and Virginia to see artists like Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top and Jeff Dunham.

The 2023 concerts will feature Stix, REO Speedwagon and Skillet.

Some attendees came from as far away as New Zealand, according to Webb’s wife, Tammy Webb.

“To me, that’s the really cool thing, we attract people,” said Tom Webb.

Tammy said one of the reasons they came was that no one knew Sunbury.

“People now know where Sunbury is,” she said.

“When we built the cellar, everyone thought we were crazy,” said Tom Webb.

Next on Spyglass’ to-do list? A distillery.

“Hopefully. We’ll see with the economy,” Webb said.

Knoebels began his joy through Grove’s drive-thru holiday exhibit during the pandemic as a gift to the community.

“It’s brought a bit of joy while maintaining a safe environment,” said Jon Slodysko, Knoebels’ chief operating officer, who has worked at the park for 27 years. “We are very grateful for the recognition and our fans and guests who recognize our hard work.”

He said he hopes people will come back to the park in the future.

Covered Bridge Brewhaus, with a team of 15 employees – including two new brewers and six bartenders – took advantage of the opportunities presented by the pandemic.

“Proud to be part of Shamokin’s revitalization,” said Brewhaus owner Eric Kuijpers. “COVID hit us but we kept changing our strategy. Instead of closing the door, we kept trying different ways to make it work.

Kuijpers called the award unexpected and said it was humbling to receive it. The business has been running for seven years – business is good, he said – and has grown from one store to three and now hosts outdoor events.

The addition of Kuijpers’ girlfriend, Cindy, as director took the business “to a new level”, he said.

Another Dan Baylor Award winner, SABER, has been an integral part of Shamokin’s revitalization.

SABER was an initiative of State Representative Kurt Masser, according to agency president Kathy Vetovich.

“I took over and that was the catalyst from there,” Vetovich said.

Ten years ago, Shamokin looked like another depressed little town.

Vetovich said that during the pandemic, 10 new businesses came to Shamokin.

“It wasn’t just because of SABER, but they provided the impetus for new ventures,” Vetovich said. “We are very collaborative in what we do. There are many different facets to SABER.

“Working with the Visitors Bureau opens up so many opportunities. For them to recognize us, it is certainly an honor to make a difference in the region.

Where are the best digital nomad villages in Europe? Mon, 20 Jun 2022 04:00:28 +0000

So, you’ve agreed with your boss that you can work remotely as a digital nomad for a few weeks or months, but where do you choose to fly? Will there be decent wifi? Where will you be staying? And could it all get a little sad and lonely once the tourist shine fades? This is where digital nomad villages come in.

These tend to be loosely organized nomadic communities that center around coworking spaces and coliving apartments, with a central social media group to plan joint activities and events.

Lots of Europe top digital nomad destinations are still in big cities like Lisbon, Barcelona and Budapest, but nomadic villages are now beginning to provide urban infrastructure in quieter pockets of Europe. For people looking for a less hectic “job”, they can be a great place to settle down for a short time and meet like-minded people. So where are they?

The best digital nomad villages in Europe

Madeira, Portugal

The Portuguese archipelago of Madeira is apparently the birthplace of the world’s first digital nomad village. Established in February 2021 – when most of Europe was plunged into Covid restrictions – the village is designed to be a one-stop-shop to help nomads settle on the island.

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Arrivals have access to a free coworking space, advice on finding accommodation and permission to join the nomad’s Slack group – where events such as hikes and sunset beach fitness classes are posted every week. Locals said subdued that they like the climate (it’s 24°C even in November), the proximity to nature and the relaxed atmosphere of the island.

The Canary Islands, Spain

Like Madeira, the Canary Islands are geographically closer to Africa than mainland Europe, making them another attractive option for those looking for warmer climates in winter. If you are looking for a true digital nomad community experience, Las Palmas in Gran Canaria is home to nomadic city, an established remote work community offering coliving accommodation, private coworking space recommendations, and a Facebook group for nomads to connect and socialize.

If you are looking for a slightly less intense and organized experience, there are others, small nomadic communities in Tenerife and Fuerteventura to discover, all offering coworking spaces with fast wifi.

Lagos, PortugalLagos is one of Europe's digital nomad villages

One of the booming digital nomad villages is Lagos in the Algarve region of Portugal. It offers coliving and coworking spaces and a Facebook group to meet your traveling colleagues. Nomads have previously told Sifted that Lagos community caters especially well to those looking for “mindfulness activities” (think meditation, yoga, ecstatic dance, and holotropic breathwork). So, if you are looking for ways to unwind after the work day, Lagos could be the digital nomad community for you.

Bankso, BulgariaBankso is one of Europe's digital nomad villages

Most of the other digital nomad villages on this list are pretty confined to sun, sand, and sea, but beach life isn’t the only way to be a digital nomad in Europe. Bansko is a ski resort in the Bulgarian mountains and has become one of Europe’s leading digital nomad communities in recent years.

During the summer months, the city becomes a haven for hikers, climbers and mountain bikers, and is one of the cheapest places to live on Europe’s digital nomad map. The station now has several coworking and coliving spaces, and a lively Facebook group featuring all sorts of events for nomads throughout the year.

Trento, ItalyTrento is one of Europe's digital nomad villages

Five years ago, a couple from San Francisco moved to a picturesque town near Trento, Italy, hoping, like many other nomads, to experience something new. While the hiking, skiing, and summers on the lake — not to mention great schools and the beautiful city nearby — were appealing, they realized one thing the digital nomad village was missing: community.

So they launched Trento Remote, a so-called all-in-one program for remote living. Participants receive help finding accommodation and coworking spaces, while Trento Remote also organizes meetups, events and curated “adventures” to help participants make local and international friends.

The best of the rest

If none of these places appeal to you, there’s still plenty to offer the digital nomad – you may need to head to a larger city to find what you’re looking for.

These are the next most popular places for nomads in Europe, according to nomadlist, a resource that rates locations based on factors such as wifi quality, cost of living, and safety:

  1. Lisbon
  2. Budapest
  3. Port
  4. Warsaw
  5. Tbilisi
  6. Istanbul
  7. Sofia
  8. Krakow
  9. Athens
  10. Belgrade

Tim Smith is Sifted Iberia’s correspondent. He tweets from @timmpsmith

Estonia removes all entry requirements and reopens fully Fri, 17 Jun 2022 20:01:28 +0000

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It was announced on Wednesday that the Baltic nation of Estonia to drop all entry requirements for international travelersfull reopening after more than two years.

The announcement was made by officials on Wednesday and the changes went into effect immediately. Which means that from June 16, 2022, travelers will no longer be subject to Covid-related entry requirements in order to be admitted to Estonia, including pre-departure testing, proof of vaccination or quarantine.

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The new travel rules for Estonia will apply to all international arrivals, including those from outside the EU.

“The repeal of the Border Crossing Order will remove restrictions on third country nationals arriving from outside the European Union, European Economic Area, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican,” the government’s official statement said of Wednesday’s announcement.

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It was announced on Wednesday that the Baltic nation of Estonia to drop all entry requirements for international travelersfull reopening after more than two years.

Prior to Wednesday’s announcement, there were still entry restrictions for all non-EU travelers to Estonia.

As per entry guidelines, all travelers outside the EU/EEA region had to present proof of Covid vaccination, certificate of complete recovery from the virus OR a negative test result or the traveler had to self-isolate for 7 days on arrival.

Narrow street in the old town of Tallinn, Estonia

According to the guidelines of the official Visit Estonia website, masks are not mandatory in indoor or outdoor public spaces in the country. All services such as restaurants, bars, shops, hotels, etc. are open to everyone, regardless of their vaccination status.

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The lifting of all Covid-related entry requirements seemed to have a domino effect last spring when nations around the world began announcing they were reopening to international travelers without restrictions.

New countries have been added to this list of fully reopened countries virtually every week since the start of 2022.

As for the European continent, there are only 7 countries left that still have entry requirements for international arrivals. Countries include:

  • The Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • France
  • Luxemburg
  • Finland
  • Malta

At the time of writing, over 70% of Europe is open to travelers with no Covid-related entry requirements, masking rules or any other pandemic-related travel restrictions.

close up of a flower basket on a windowsill in an old street in Tallinn, Estonia, cobbled roads

Although lesser known than its Western European counterparts, Estonia is a unique country on the Baltic Sea with a lot to offer travelers. Its capital is Tallinn, where you will find a superb old town dating back to the 13th century and it is one of the best preserved of its kind.

You can easily spend a few days in Tallinn exploring the Old Town gates, castles, Orthodox churches and cathedrals, the city port and much more.

In many ways, Tallinn is the cultural heart of the country, but travelers also like to head into the Estonian countryside to enjoy the rocky beaches, lakes and national parks that are perfect for nature lovers.

There are an impressive amount of small towns to explore in Estonia once you venture beyond the coast. In particular, the towns of Toila and Pärnu are well known for their wonderful public baths and spas.

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Estonia got a little more buzz in the world of international travel when the country announced it would create a digital nomad visa for remote workers, as more countries announce a visa for self-employees. -called digital nomads, Estonia was a pioneer in this field as it was the first to announce such an opportunity.

The visa is basically a one-year (temporary) residency program for high-end remote workers and freelancers. To be accepted for the visa, applicants must earn at least 3504 euros per month as gross salary.

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]]> Explorar will open on the islands Koh Samui and Koh Phangan in the fourth quarter of 2022. Thu, 16 Jun 2022 05:55:07 +0000 Explorar Hotels & Resorts expands its portfolio in Asia with the opening of two exciting new resorts in Thailand.

(The Magazine Plus Editorial): – Phuket, Thailand June 15, 2022 ( – Expansion into popular island destination of Koh Samui and cultural experience of Koh Phangan Island part of growth strategy fast continues the hotel group in Asia and paves the way for one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the region based in Thailand.

Explorar Koh Samui offers 125 beachfront rooms, suites and pool villas, set against the bustling backdrop of Mae Nam Beach in Bo Phut, home to one of Samui’s best views of the sea and the famous village. of fishermen. The resort has an incredible infinity pool that overlooks the sea with a swim-up bar, The Market, an all-day restaurant that focuses on being local, authentic and healthy, with fun events, festivals and market evenings for customers. .

Explorar Koh Phangan is located on the golden sands of Haad Rin Nai Beach and offers 75 contemporary rooms, suites and villas, with a mix of sea views and lush gardens with terraces or balconies. Regional cuisine sourced from local farmers, fishermen and markets at the market, vibrant events throughout the year aligned with the popular Full Moon Party, with one of the most ‘sunset’ views instagramables” from Thailand at the guest door. Both properties will focus on a peaceful escape with an adult-only environment (16+).

Unique to the Explorar Hotels & Resorts brand, “The Exchange”, a social workspace for the digital nomad, with fast connectivity, charging facilities and premium Starbucks coffee. The exchange also serves as a dynamic meeting place to exchange information, quickly grab something to eat, a local snack or something more, and talk about adventure stories over a cocktail or a local beer with other guests or one of the Explorars crew members during “social hour”.

“This continued growth and exciting development shows that Explorar Hotels & Resorts’ spirit of ‘experience-driven’ and ‘social travel’ is gaining momentum in this new era of travel. We are excited to be opening both Explorar Koh Samui and Explorar Koh Phangan in the coming months. We are delighted with the positive interest we are receiving for growth in the Southeast Asian region. Explains Niels Huby, co-founder and development manager of Explorar Hotels & Resorts.

Tim Sargeant, co-founder and CMO of Explorar Hotels & Resorts, is looking forward to creating an online buzz among travelers with Explorar’s unique online community forum called “The Exchange”. “Social travelers seek to share their experiences with others. We took the opportunity to develop the Exchange community. This online forum is featured on our website where customers can post and share their stories about the best places to find local shopping, excursions or “off the beaten path” experiences so customers looking can plan their trips before even to arrive. Tim explains.

He further adds that targeting the millennial traveler via a strong social media presence is key to the success of the two new Explorar sites, “we know that 75% of millennials want to travel abroad compared to 50% of other generations, US Millennials take about 5.6 trips per year compared to 4.0 for Gen X, 4.4 for Gen Z and 3.5 for Baby Boomers. is to communicate with this demographic using the channels they trust and soak up the latest travel trends.

“We are very excited to join the Explorar Hotels & Resorts brand and bring two exciting resort properties to life on Koh Samui and Koh Phangan; both islands are incredibly unique, raw and experience-driven destinations, a perfect fit and brand association. Gordon Oldham, Owner Explorar Koh Samui, Explorar Koh Phangan.

These exciting signatures join Explorar Treehouses El Nido, designed by the award-winning design team at Underwood Art Factory. A unique experience awaits where design meets nature with spectacular treehouses with private pools located in the lush rainforest of El Nido, Palawan Island in the Philippines.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts management team continues to grow the group by strategically establishing hotels in key destinations across Asia, Europe, Central America and the Caribbean, offering four destination-based themes and unique experiences. Beach, eco, cultural and urban unite the brand and offer the social traveler clear choices for their individual experience.

Harry’s table; (MALIN+GOETZ); Columbus Park shoe repair; La Pecora Bianca; StretchLab; Super Racers – West Side Rag Tue, 14 Jun 2022 14:08:30 +0000

By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava

Harry’s painting, a large and upscale Italian specialty market and cafe—similar to Eataly in the Flatiron District—is now open at 235 Freedom Place South at Waterline Square (near 61st Street). Inspired by the vendors that make up traditional Italian street markets, the 28,000 square feet have counters and stations dedicated to different foods and drinks, including: “a coffee bar, an ice cream and pastry shop, a bar pizza shop, pasta lab, fish counter, Fossil Farms butcher, caviar bar, cheese and charcuterie department Cipriani, the hospitality company with event spaces in New York City, originated the concept and sells its own Cipriani-branded products in the market, as well as other local and imported products.” Our goal is to create a cuisine away from home for residents and the neighborhood, as well as an interesting and fun destination for visitors. “, said Guiseppe Cipriani, CEO of the family business.

(MALIN+GOETZ), the natural skincare and fragrance company, opened a new store at 72nd Street and Columbus, replacing the Swatch store. This is the company’s second location on the UWS – the existing store on the corner of Amsterdam and 82nd Street opened in 2009. Although (MALIN+GOETZ) has locations worldwide , it has its roots in Manhattan, first being in Chelsea in 2004. In addition to skin care products such as cleansers, toners, scrubs and moisturizers, the apothecary also sells shampoos, conditioners, hair styling products and candles. (Thanks to Dave for the tip.)

Columbus Park Shoe Repair on Columbus between 93rd and 94th Streets, which was established in 1980, is closing at the end of the month. “The landlord hasn’t accepted a new job for a few months because he was too busy, but unfortunately he says he’s closing shop because of the rent increases,” writes forecaster Adrienne. “It’s so unfortunate because there’s obviously a huge demand for the service.”

La Pecora Bianca, the Italian restaurant known for its pastas and pretty decor, opens in the large and important space at the corner of 77th Street and Columbus Avenue. It replaces the short-lived Mediterranean restaurant 8th Hill and, before that, Isabella’s, which was a UWS staple for decades before suddenly closing in 2017. All pasta at La Pecora Bianca is homemade, mostly with outside. whole grain and with gluten-free options, written Enthusiasm in a review of the Nomad site. It also has locations in Midtown, the Meatpacking District, Soho and Bryant Park.

StretchLab, a stretching studio that aims to improve posture, relieve pain and reduce stress, opens at 330 Columbus Ave at 75th Street in late August or early September. The studio will offer one-on-one stretching sessions with a trained “flexologist,” in addition to a few small group stretching classes. “Our trainers have over 100 hours of stretch training in addition to their fitness certifications,” owner Patrick McGeogh told the West Side Rag. StretchLab studios are franchised and individually owned. Founded in 2015, the company has locations in New Jersey, Westchester, Long Island and Forest Hills and also plans to open a new location on the Upper East Side.

Super Runners Shop opened at 395 Amsterdam Avenue, southeast corner of 79th Street, replacing Classic Kids Photography. For the past 37 years, the store was previously located a few blocks away at 360 Amsterdam between 77th and 78th Streets, manager Shawn Marcelle told WSR. “The upgrade was long overdue. Our new store is brighter, cleaner and has a nice corner with lots of light,” he said.

Cameron Carter Vickers trusts Celtic to fulfill their World Cup dream via Champions League adventure Sun, 12 Jun 2022 19:14:16 +0000

Cameron Carter-Vickers insists Ange Postecoglou’s advice can take him all the way to Qatar via Europe’s footballing hotspots.

The American is now on his way to El Salvador for the international final of the summer program in the early hours of Wednesday morning in our time.

Carter-Vickers travels to the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador with his club’s future assured after confirmation on Friday of a permanent £6million transfer to Celtic.

The 24-year-old is desperate to be part of his country’s World Cup push at the end of the year and believes Postecoglou’s leadership and conviction can make it happen.

Carter-Vickers was a nomad before arriving in Glasgow. Six spells on loan from Spurs gave him no sense of security.

But Postecoglou changed all that. The Australian’s move in the final hour of last summer’s transfer window gave the centre-back his chance to settle.

CCV did enough to win two trophies, earn massive accolades and restore him to the American setup.

The defender could feel the heat from the stands as he played superbly for Parkhead’s new side during his charge for the Premiership and Premier Sports Cup and, more importantly, in charge of Postecoglou.

He is now on the second leg of the journey with immediate rewards and riches within his reach.

Carter-Vickers heads to the biggest stage in club football when he joins his teammates in the Champions League group stage.

Performing well among Europe’s top flight will go a long way to sealing his place in the World Cup and the stopper is adamant he has the right person to get him there.

Carter-Vickers said: “It’s hopeful when you know the manager trusts you and he believes in you. Me and the rest of the players believe in him too.

“We believe he will pick us up and lead us down the right path. It was important last year and will be again this season.

“As a team, we want to build on what we did last season. Obviously it was great to win the league last season and it’s something we want to do again next year.

“And we want to test ourselves in Europe, in the Champions League, we’ll be playing against big teams and big players, so to see how we perform will be great.”

Carter-Vickers, of course, got a taste of the continent last season when he featured in the Europa League.

Even before leaving Spurs, he had taken part in a qualification and then moved on to the groups with Celtic.

It was a steep learning curve, with the Postecoglou side losing more goals than anyone else during this stage of the competition, but tough education was key to their development.


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Now it’s the biggest tournament of the lot and he said: “The Champions League will be great to play in, it’s the best competition in club football so to be involved in it will be great.

“And speaking of the World Cup, that’s something I try to do to be in the team and make sure I’m there with the United States.”

Carter-Vickers picked up his 10th cap for the United States over the weekend in a convincing 5-0 win over Grenada.

Manager Gregg Berhalter could mix up his pack again for the game against El Salvador as he looks to freshen up the squad.

That could leave Carter-Vickers a free ride during his vacation before hard work resumes at Celtic’s pre-season camp in Austria early next month.

The defender is eager to get things back on track at Parkhead after enjoying such a successful first term at the club.

Carter-Vickers played a pivotal role in the title win and his partnership with Carl Starfelt was the rock on which the flag triumph was built with Joe Hart providing added insurance behind their backs.

The former England keeper has already taken to social media to express his joy at his fellow United States’ permanent capture and Carter-Vickers said: “A few of the boys have messaged me, a few of they put things in the group chat.”

Carter-Vickers will soon be back among the group for the hard-hitting transplant but, if it’s like last trimester, it’ll be sweaty smiles.

The defender has also built up a great relationship with the fans during his time at the club so far and can’t expect the same.

Carter-Vickers told Celtic TV: “I really enjoyed last season. I enjoyed working with the manager and the group of players and because of that I knew I wanted to stay.

“Last season was not only great for me, but also for the team. In terms of all home games but also away games, the support we got was magnificent. That was part of it.”

La Zona debuts with Nomad Music Festival Fri, 10 Jun 2022 20:46:56 +0000 Centro San Antonio, a place-making organization that works to activate downtown San Antonio, has just come off another successful season of Peacock Alley. But don’t expect Downtown to rest, Centro is immediately launching its next activation location, La Zona, this weekend.

La Zona is located on the 300 block of Commerce, behind the Alameda Theater next to San Pedro Creek. Like its predecessor, the idea behind La Zona is to revitalize an abandoned block, turning it into an entirely unique destination.

The space is already home to unique art and architecture, including a giant statue of Vladimir Lenin’s head with a miniature Chairman Mao on top. The sculpture, titled “Miss Mao trying to stand on top of Lenin’s head”, was made in 2009 by brothers Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang, is a satirical commentary on communism. The play itself brought its own history and its own controversy to San Antonio alone.

The activators themselves come from a variety of backgrounds. La Zona aims to be a place for the homeless. It will connect with creators who don’t necessarily fit into specific industries. It can be an activation and guiding ground for creatives who have nowhere to showcase their talents, lack the capital to do so, or simply need help getting started. Centro wants to guide them along the way.

“La Zona is a breath of fresh air,” said community activator Chris Leal.

Leal, who helped coordinate activations down the aisle, says previous events outside of downtown felt half-done, with no real community. La Zona, like the Allée before it, wants to be different.

“Miss Mao trying to balance herself on top of Lenin’s head”, a large-scale sculpture, was installed in a courtyard in the 300 block of downtown Commerce Street.

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“He will provide an incubator for the downtown San Antonio scene to grow and thrive.”

Leal has won three events at La Zona, with his first event set to take place in early to mid-July.

The name La Zona comes from the cultural district of La Zona. The overall district has 44 full blocks, and in 2015 was officially recognized as the Texas Commission of the Arts District; a designation shared only with 27 other districts statewide, King William being another.

La Zona’s historical significance carries weight, as an area as old as the city itself.

“The cultural story of Zona tells the story of San Antonio,” says Elizabeth Burt, director of urban activation + play at Centro. “From a presidio to a bustling and vibrant global city, La Zona offers Centro and the city a unique opportunity to marry our respect for history, culture and community with a nod to our cool and vibrant future. prosperous.”

La Zona will kick off its summer lineup with the Nomad Music Festival on Saturday, June 11.

La Zona will kick off its summer lineup with the Nomad Music Festival on Saturday, June 11.

Courtesy of Centro San Antonio

The activation of La Zona will focus on two different phases, starting with experimentation and curation. The second phase will transition to true hosting, an open call engagement from the community to define the place with more stakeholders and creators.

La Zona’s launch event is the Nomad Music Festival on Saturday, June 11, with performances by several local artists starting at 4 p.m. The concept comes from Joshua “The Nomad” Patino, another community activator. Patino is a young local who has turned the back of a van into a clothing company, Life’s Sweet Co.

The Gelato Anita store has opened a new location in New York Wed, 08 Jun 2022 22:50:53 +0000

There are a ton of ice cream shops around New York, but there aren’t as many destinations serving ice cream in the city (yes, the two desserts are very different from each other). So when a new ice cream shop opens, you better suggest the masses flock there immediately, especially if we’re talking about a proven concept like Anita, the Israeli shop that already operates a location on the Upper Cote. is.

The brand’s new outpost is now open at 1141 Broadway near 26th Street and continues the legacy of its partner destinations by serving a selection of over 150 different kinds of 100% made ice cream, sorbet and yogurt. by hand, as well as a variety of toppings.

Just as is the case in Israel, Australia, Spain, Puerto Rico, Cyprus and downtown New York, traditional flavors are sharing display space with more creative versions of the treat. , like milk chocolate and salted pretzel, rum and raisins, honey and caramel popcorn. , savory bagel, chestnut with hazelnut cream and grapefruit campari, to name but a few.

“After the success of Anita Gelato in Tel Aviv [and other destinations], New York was the obvious place for the brand to continue and grow internationally,” said Adi Avital, co-owner of Anita, in an official statement. “New York is considered the capital of the world and we chose to launch on the Upper East Side because of the inhabitants of the neighborhood and the atmosphere that reminded us of Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood where we opened in Israel. . Now that Anita is established in New York, we’ve decided to bring our unique offerings downtown, where we know the brand is already familiar and loved.”

Photograph: Courtesy of Anita

Out-of-town visitors will also be pleased to learn that the company plans to open new locations in Miami and Los Angeles later this year.

Lest you think Anita is a random name, think again: the shop’s nickname is an ode to Anita Avital, Adi’s mother. The ice cream chain was actually born in Anita’s kitchen in Netanya, Israel in 1998.

A single mother of four (and grandmother of nine!), Anita started making traditional Italian gelato at home with her son Nir in the late 90s using a small ice cream maker. After gaining popularity with their neighbors and being sold from a weekend cart by Nir, the duo decided to open their very first boutique in Tel Aviv in 2002.

Fast forward two decades and today there are four Anita stores in Tel Aviv, along with others all over the world. Needless to say, New York is honored to be home to two of them.

The workcationers are coming, will your rentals be ready? Mon, 06 Jun 2022 15:31:25 +0000

What’s clear is that reliable high-speed internet is now as essential as sunscreen as employees push the boundaries of hybrid working. According to a recent survey by, 65% of American workers taking a work vacation said that reliable internet was the top concern when choosing their accommodation.

A recent study by Verizon and Morning Consult found that people who have moved highly value a quality home internet connection. Among employed adults who have recently moved, half say they have taken part in work-related video calls at least once a day on average over the past 18 months. Twenty percent of employed adults who have recently moved participate in more than five video calls with clients, co-workers or clients each day.

This trend will likely continue to grow this summer as people choose to work at resorts, lodges, vacation homes or other getaway locations for longer periods of time.

For those working in the hospitality industry or those looking to convert a property into a vacation rental property for hybrid workers, it’s worth a quick check to see if the right tech capabilities are available to keep visitors connected and do the job.

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For owners with vacation rentals: Verizon Home Internet

There are three fast and reliable Internet solutions, depending on where you live. The first step is to determine which option covers your region.

For Owners of Resorts, Lodges and Larger Destinations: Verizon Business Internet

With 5G business internet available in select regions, businesses of all sizes can benefit from exceptional performance, reliability and convenience.

To see if the wireless alternative to wired internet is available in your area, see the link below. If Verizon Business Internet was not previously available in your area, check back as we are expanding our coverage area.

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