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You Can Buy a Home in These Charming Italian Towns for About $1

If you’ve ever dreamed of retiring in the Italian countryside, surrounded by nature but yet have access to the sea, now is your chance. You can buy a home in these Italian towns for about $1. The “Case 1 euro project” is trying to address the problem of shrinking populations in some towns and villages in regions like Sardinia and Sicily. One can buy an historic property for a fraction of the market price. The Sardinian Town of Ollolai Ollolai is located in the Nuoro province of Sardinia and has approximately 200 homes for sale. And some for as low as one Euro. Fresh local staples like sheep cheese can be found here. Surrounding the town are idyllic lakes, hillside retreats and parks. The town currently has about 200 stone-built homes that up for grabs, according to CNN. Buyers can spend th...

The Most Romantic Gestures According to Both Men & Women

Dating and maintaining a decent relationship in the 21st century is far from easy. Some may even call it a nightmare. There are many reasons for this. We have greater freedom and most of us are always ‘on’ when it comes to workplace culture. But, of course digital technology (dating apps) and social media make it easy to just swipe left or block when things don’t go the way we’d like.  The most romantic gestures according to both men & women are not all the same, but we do have a lot in common. 75% of People Would Like More Romance in Their Lives Approximately 60% of people are confused about what constitutes romance. Gone are the old days when romance was the norm and doing something nice for your date was very much appreciated, if not expected. Today many people (about 57%) are afrai...

What No One Ever Told Me About The Netherlands

If you’ve ever visited The Netherlands then you’ll know what a pleasant surprise it is. There are amazing things to see and experience. Before visiting I imagined what it would be like. But, there were incredible, subtle things that nobody told me about The Netherlands. No Chaos People told me to keep an eye out for cyclists as they don’t mind pedestrians but it’s not the case. Bicycle paths here are taken seriously. This means that there aren’t any garbage bins placed on them, or pedestrians strolling on them or crossing them before looking both ways. Traffic at busy crossings may seem chaotic at first glance but the locals are very efficient at navigating through them. Independent Shops Preferred If you’re from another big city you are then accustomed to the large shopping centres that a...

Things to Know When You’re Learning a New Language

Learning a new language is never easy but is a lot of fun. Your horizons open to new cultures, new ways of thinking and expression with a new language. Here are some things to know when you’re learning a new language that will help you grasp it a little easier. Make Realistic Goals Ask yourself what you’d like to achieve and by when. When learning a new language, it’s best to break your goals down. Make them more manageable and achievable over a few months. This will be both more realistic and more motivating. Remind Yourself Why You’re Learning Everyone has a different reason for learning a new language. For many who are teaching themselves it’s especially hard to stay motivated and to keep the momentum going. Write down your top 10 list of why you are doing this and keep it in fron...

Spain’s 10 Most Beautiful Villages

In Most noSelecting the most beautiful villages in Spain is no easy task, as there are many. Stunning landscapes, beautiful buildings and interesting history make these places worth visiting. Here are what we think are Spain’s 10 most beautiful villages. Zahara de La Sierra Recognized by the Spanish Beautiful Villages Association, this village located in Cadiz province, was an important Islamic enclave until 1407. The influence from this period is still visible in its monuments, traditional homes and whitewashed streets. Main Image: Blanchi Costela (Getty Images) Briones, La Rioja  Vineyards welcome visitors to this medieval location. Brimming with cobblestone streets, palaces, churches and mansions this village has a long and rich history. In addition to well-known wineries, small family ...

The Scientific Benefits of Love

There is now scientific proof of the benefits of being in a happy relationship. The scientific benefits of love will make you even more grateful for your partner. Being by yourself also has its own upsides also of course. A University of California study suggests that singletons are sociable, more fulfilled and self-sufficient than many of their married counterparts. Science has proven though that there are great advantages to being in a stable and loving relationship. We’re not talking about the beginning of a relationship when everything is dreamy but about long-term fulfilling partnerships. So, here we are talking about ‘happy’ couples. Keep these seven scientifically proven benefits to being loved-up in mind the next time you feel annoyed by your partner… 1. Better Stress Managem...

Mallorca’s Best Areas to Live

Mallorca, Spain is a true paradise island for living and many who reside here year-round feel fortunate to do so. However, if you are not familiar with this Balearic Island it can be difficult to decide on which area will be best for your day to day life. If you are looking to buy or rent a home in Mallorca this guide to Mallorca’s best areas to live will be useful. Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca is the capital of Mallorca. This city has the benefits of a cosmopolitan city mixed with old world charm. Palma is easily reached from the airport and is located directly by the sea with the largest marina on the island. Palma de Mallorca was recently declared the best place to live in the world by the UK ‘Sunday Times’. If you are looking for a home here, you will find a range of sea-view, h...

How to Behave Like a Local in Manila

Moving to Manila may be intimidating for anyone, but it doesn’t have to be. From acting like a shark in theatres, pointing with your lips, these tips will help you fake it until you feel completely immersed in local society. Pretty soon people will be calling you “Chip” or “Te.”  Find out how to behave like a local in Manila with these tips. How to Talk to Strangers Address men as “Boss,” “Chip” (chief), “Kuya” (Tagalog for older brother), “Pogi” (handsome) or “Pare.” When speaking with women, call them “Miss.” But replace the short “i” with a long one, so that it sounds like “Meees.” If that doesn’t roll off your tongue, then you can call women “Te” which is Tagalog for older sister. In Manila, communication between people is about a balance between fam...

10 Things We Could All Learn from People Who Never Diet

If you’ve tried diets and have failed then consider not dieting.  It’s a different way of thinking but here are some great things to learn from people who never diet. 1. Have Dinner with Friends. Often. Enjoy socializing during a meal. Linger over conversation and enjoy what is on your plate in front of you. We were not meant to eat alone. 2. Every Day Isn’t a Special Occasion Muffins at the office, a decadent meal, birthday cake? Most people’s lives are quite full of special (or not so special) occasions and reasons to indulge. Treats are just that – treats – and should not be an every day thing. So choose wisely here and cut out the rest. Share dessert with the friends you’re having dinner with and pass on the office snacks. 3. Don’t Waste Time on Diet Foods Low f...

Things That Make French Food Amazing

A lot of shade gets thrown at French for, frankly, being uncompromisingly French. Known for their underwhelming economy, and accused of nurturing a deeply held conviction of their superiority. However, when it comes to popular French food, the French sense of entitlement sits comfortably on the solid ground. French Gastronomy French gastronomy is where many cuisines aspired to be. Revered at home, respected abroad, traditional French food holds an extraordinary and enduring place in the hearts of the French. Whether it’s the fantastic flair the French demonstrate with all things pastry, their decadently rich sauces or their deep relationship with local cheese and wines, it’s easy to understand why our love affair with French food lasted. French food is more than just a melding of rec...