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Educate yourself: take a trip abroad
Aug 3rd, 2013 by Warren Swil

Travel beats any classroom,

any teacher – hands down

Hotel Rui Plaza, an impressive 42 story high-rise with 557 guestrooms, is the newest addition to the Guadalajara skyline, which it dominates from every direction. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.

THERE ARE FEW BETTER ways to get a real education than to travel abroad.
That from one who spends a great deal of time in the classroom!
No classroom – and no teacher, alas – can offer the kind of lessons one learns from foreign lands: the cultures, the history, the social norms (all different from one’s own, no matter where you call home)… even the different currency, drinking age and favorite local beverages.
Not to mention the local cuisine!
Then there are the survival skills required in the modern, high-tech world we live in.

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Airport screening doesn’t improve safety, studies find (with video)

SECURITY HASSLES ARE JUST ABSURD THEATER
If it made any difference to safety in the skies, U.S. airport screening of passengers may all be worth the hassle, but it doesn’t, researchers say.
Everyone ¬– infants, grandparents, quadriplegics – has to take off shoes, unbuckle belts and put laptops in separate containers.
The lines are long and unpredictable.
It doesn’t have to be that way. It is time for a reassessment.
Get In the (K)now here now.


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ANGELES CREST HIGHWAY: a motorcycle rider’s perspective (with movie)

SCENIC ROUTE POPULAR WITH BIKERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (WATCH THE MOVIE)
The Angeles crest Highway from La Canada-Flintridge is a two-lane stretch of road winding its way through the San Gabriel Mountains some 66 miles to Phelan, a tiny village in the Mohave Desert.
On most weekend days, throngs of bikers from all over the region pack it full; auto drivers, beware!
Watch a video of the route from a motorcycle riders perspective. Get In the (K)now here now.


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Economic woes in Greece worse than most are aware

GREEKS WANT TO SOLVE PROBLEMS ON THEIR OWN
The economic crisis in Greece has hit the country way worse than most outsiders are aware.
But with the steady income from tourists, Greece might again be ready to stand on its feet sooner than expected.
Get an inside look from In the (K)now correspondent Alex Ghawi, reporting from Athens.


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Space shuttle Endeavour draws crowds at new home (with video)

L.A.’S NEWEST ‘ATTRACTION’ PACKS LEARNING WITH FUN
A visit to the retired space shuttle Endeavour at its new resting place in the California Science Center near downtown Los Angeles sure beats a trip to Disneyland. It is proving to be a popular attraction this summer, with Angelenos and visitors alike. Watch a video of its trip from LAX across town.


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Vancouver has city center like few others (with video)

SMART PLANNING, SOOTHING WATER MAKE DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER SPECIAL (with video)
Not many downtowns can offer the same combination of attractions, ambiance and elegance as Vancouver, B.C.
Perhaps it is the soothing effect of all the water – downtown is surrounded by it – or the fact that Manhattan is 3,000 miles away.
Watch the video and decide for yourself.


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Iconic image from UBC carried by almost every Canadian

ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM A WORK OF ARCHITECUTRAL ART
The dominant exhibit in almost every corner of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver is the totem pole. But “The Raven and First Men” sculpture by Bill Reid is its most widely-known artifact, featured on the Canadian $20 bill. There’s much more to learn about it here.


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FROM THE AIR: The best bike ride on earth

AERIAL VIEW OF THE MARVIN BRAUDE BIKE PATH
As we began our take-off roll down runway R-25 at LAX around 3:15 p.m. on Monday, I realized we were just about to have a magnificent aerial view of the Best Bike Ride on Earth.
ProCamera went into overdrive.
The Marvin Braude Bike Path was clearly visible as a thin strand of white against the yellowish off-white of the beach at Playa Del Rey See the results for yourself
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Newest addition to London skyline is spectacular

The Shard (of glass) – a brand new skyscraper – has totally transformed both the London skyline and the south bank of The Thames river where it is located.
If you get to visit, undoubtedly you will enjoy a unique experience, unavailable anywhere else … except, perhaps, a little further down The Thames, on the now famous London Eye.
Check out the views here.


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Vancouver, B.C. – A jewel of the Pacific Rim

CULTURAL OFFERINGS APLENTY IN VIBRANT CITY
The skyline is actually more impressive than Los Angeles. Vancouver, B.C. is remarkable for its progressive, artistic, architectural and cultural vibrancy.
At the center, arguably, is Granville Island, which I visited with my cousins on Tuesday.
There’s much more to discover, here.


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