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A Vacation that’s Good for Your Health

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Club Getaway in the Berkshire Mountains of Kent, Connecticut, is the ideal vacation spot for those looking to stay in shape and stay healthy. The club is somewhat like an adult summer camp that goes all year long. It’s not only a very relaxing vacay spot, but it’s also a great place for those who enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle.

It’s very healing to spend time in nature and breathe in the fresh air from the trees. We are so bombarded by pollution in our modern world and we often don’t realize the detrimental impact that it has on us.

It’s very common for people to go on a vacation and put on a few pounds before they return home. Luckily that’s not an issue if you choose Club Getaway. Exercise is inherent in your experience at the club. Club Getaway is located high up in the beautiful mountains which means that even if you sit out the other activities, you’ll still get some movement in from hiking around the property. Also, rowing a kayak or a boat for a couple of hours surpasses lifting weights at the gym any day.

There are plenty of other fitness activities to take part in as well. The club offers a myriad of choices when it comes to exercise classes including Zumba, Pilates, kickboxing, Yoga and pole dancing. In addition, there are plenty of great activities in the great outdoors like zip lining, rock climbing, hiking, and organized sports. Of course, you can also check out the selection of water sports such as waterskiing, water wakeboarding, and kayaking.

The bottom line is that whichever activities you choose, you will be taking care of yourself while having a blast on your vacation.

For more information and a full list of activities at Club Getaway, check out their website at

Rent a Car for The Ultimate Grand Caymans Adventure

September 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

When travelling in a foreign country, there is no better way to experience the sights and scenes than to do it the way the locals do. Many tours and guides will show you the tourist destinations the way tourists will see them, but very few tours and guides will really take you deep in the local culture the way only you can. There is no simpler way to immerse you in the many sights than it is to grab the keys of a car and just drive.

This feat couldn’t be any simpler through a car rental in Grand Cayman. Carve your own path through the majestic sights of the beautiful Grand Cayman in your very own automobile. A car rental Grand Cayman Island adventure is one of the best ways to really experience the sights and scenes the way the locals do. Drive around town and experience the crisp sea breeze in your hair, the smell of the ripe fruits as you pass stalls by the kerbside, and the lush tropical greenery filling your eyes. Be intoxicated by the beautiful island atmosphere as you hop from location to location in your own automobile.

As you enjoy the wonderful scenery the Grand Caymans has to offer, you are also rewarded by the convenience and ease-of-access to the many locations around time by having your own car during your stay on the island. Remember, if you’re in the market to explore the Caymans, nothing beats driving around with car rentals Cayman Islands.

This article was submitted by Andys Rent-A-Car, a leading provider of quality car rentals Cayman Islands.

Rio de Janeiro: The Best City to Visit in Brazil

September 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phineas Upham

If you’re looking for a colorful destination full of interesting cultural events and delicious cuisine, plan your next trip to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

This amazing festival is for everyone and anyone who likes to have a good time. For those who aren’t familiar with Carnival, keep reading.

Carnival is a wild celebration that spans over the course of five days, 40 days before Easter. It begins on a Friday in February and finishes on Fat Tuesday at the start of Lent. Ash Wednesday starts the season of abstinence for Brazilians and many others all over the world. Everyone is expected to abstain from all bodily pleasures for the season of Lent. It’s the time to give up vices of all kinds: sex, gambling, alcohol, certain types of food, and all other types of addictions. In a way it’s as if Carnival allows people to let their crazy, dark side out before saying goodbye to that part of themselves for the next 40 days.

Carnival, pronounced Carnaval by Brazilians, happens all over the country, but Rio is the capital of the action. There’s a reason that Rio’s Carnival is the biggest and the baddest. Thousands of Brazilians and foreigners participate in the giant party. Over 500,000 foreigners visit at that time of year. Rio gets absolutely wild. This is not the trip for those who prefer a quiet and serene environment.

The entire city is taken over by the festival. The streets and squares, bars and clubs are jam packed with people taking part in the festivities. Everyone is dancing the Samba and smiling from ear to ear. At least once in your life, you have to check out the Carnival in Rio.

Phineas Upham About the Author: Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or LinkedIn page.

Masala, Dal, and Curry: Oh My!

September 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phin Upham

If you’re a lover of Indian food like I am, then you have to go to India to try the real thing! The food in India surpasses all of the Indian restaurants outside of India.

Indian cuisine is incredibly eclectic and varies by region. Northern and southern India offer very different dishes and style of cooking. However, there are some basic staples in the Indian diet including rice, lentils, and beans. Certain regions don’t eat specific meats that they view as unclean or for religious reasons. Clarified butter, known as ghee, is also typically used throughout the country. Of course when you talk of Indian food, you have to talk about the spices!

It’s no secret that Indian food can be very spicy. Some foreigners aren’t a fan of spice. There are some spices that are in virtually every single Indian dish, including cumin, turmeric, ginger, coriander, and garlic. Saffron, nutmeg, and cinnamon are traditionally used in the sweeter dishes. Yummy!

The unique thing about Indian food as compared to many other cuisines is that it not only offers intense flavors, but a whole culinary experience. It’s customary to eat with your hands and eat while sitting on the floor. Indian food is so much more than the spices, it’s also an exciting experience.

I was lucky to eat my favorite dish while there–homemade chicken biryani. Biryani is one of the most delicious Indian dishes. I highly recommend it! It’s a rice dish that’s typically made with ghee, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, ginger, onion and garlic. However, there are many variations to this dish. It can be made vegetarian or with various meats.

Other favorites include a lentil stew known as dal and tikka masala which is most popular in the northern state of Punjab. I wasn’t disappointed by any of the Indian dishes I tried.

Phin Upham About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or Facebook page.