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Russian Billionaire Offers $1 Billion To Breed Lebron and Serena

A report circulating on the web suggests a white billionaire is ready to splash $500 million apiece to have a super sport baby courtesy 22 grand slam winner, Serena Williams and Lebron James. According to Cremebmp, Russian billionaire, Vladist Sugarin is going to invest $1 Billion in acquiring a baby that would dominate all sports.

The billionaire is giving the pair till the end of the week to give a feedback and he is even willing to offer some ownership in his company which is worth over $15 Billion.

Now, I know genetics might not work this way... and even if it does, they aren’t horses, or dogs.

Now the story which was published by Cremebmp, which is a website that specializes in parody stories is somewhat fake, but what if...what if.

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Beyond Oil

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Beyond oil, what’s next? : The Niger Delta Avengers Blow up Another Pipeline

Recently, the Niger Delta Avengers have threatened to blow up several pipelines of oil operating companies which have exploited their lands without compensating the people of Niger Delta adequately. The rise of these avengers is due to the poor state of these people who believe they provide the source of Nigeria’s wealth through the sale of crude oil. While the federal government of Nigeria has been thinking of what step to take to alleviate the uprising of these avengers, they have just blown up another pipeline Qua Iboe 48-inch oil crude oil export line belonging to Exxon Mobil in Akwa Ibom state. The avengers have vowed to obstruct all means by President Muhammadu Buhari to export crude oil because he did not address their demands. Qua Iboe recently resumed operation in June after an attack which the avengers claimed the responsibility for.  The spokesman of the group Gen.Murdoch Agbinibo said, “The Niger Delta Avengers blew up ExxonMobil Qua Iboe 483 crude oil export pipeline. When will these International Oil companies learn to listen, we (avengers) said no export.”

According to the Vanguard newspaper, “Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) shut down the Trans Niger Pipeline, one of the two major pipelines that carries the Bonny Light crude grade for export following an outflow in Gio, Ogoni land, Rivers State.” The militant group which declared its close monitoring on repairs being carried on damaged pipelines attacked the Nembe 1, 2 and 3 Tedeba Brass trunk lines in Bayelsa and Rivers states on June 8, after the company carried out repairs on leaking Nembe Creek Trunk Line, NCTL (Amaize). In addition to this, they also bombed the Forcados 48-inch Crude Export Terminal in Delta State last month because Shell flouted its order not to carry out repairs of any sort on its installations damaged by the militant group until government addressed its demands. All these attacks have hampered oil production in oil companies.  The militant group said, “Until President Buhari takes our demands seriously and set up a genuine framework to address the Niger Delta question, we will continue to obstruct all avenues to export our crude oil”(Amaize). The armed forces are working on a plan against the next attack of this group of people.


Reference: "Avengers Blows up Another Pipeline as FG Considers Action against Militants - Vanguard News." Vanguard News. N.p., 2016. Web. 13 July 2016.

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This Popular OAP Wants You To Take The Minimum Wage Challenge

What Is The Minimum Wage Challenge?

The minimum wage challenge is an initiative first used in the U.S. in 2014. It was a call for all elected officials and community members to live on Florida’s minimum wage of $8.05 an hour for 5 days and document the experience on social media. The reason behind this was that some felt the need for the minimum wage to be increased and what better way to convey this message to the “men in power” than to make them experience what it felt like to live with that as an income for a month. Since then, it has been kept in the wraps until May, 2016 when former Florida Democratic Party Chair and Candidate for Congress District Bob Poe, announced that he will take on the Minimum Wage Challenge.

The minimum wage in Nigeria is 18,000 naira and despite the rumours of an impending review and possible upgrade to 45,000, Nigerians are not keeping their hopes up just yet. Former NLC leader, Oshiomhole said that N200 to one US Dollar means Nigerian workers are earning just meagre income of $90 per month at the current N18,000 minimum wage, The Union reports, but that was before the Naira to Dollar relationship became what it is now.

As a result of this, Popular Nigerian OAP and to a fair point, social media influencer @Osi_suave took to twitter and decided to live on 18,000 a month. I mean, if Ben Murray-Bruce could get us purchasing indigenous stuff all from the comfort of his internet enabled smartphone, surely we can get the likes of him to take the Minimum Wage Challenge.

 

And he is ready to give you a hand if you are willing to join him.

 

Poor Osi even got a little motivation from IK.

 

Okay, sorry, this is funny.

 

Barely two days in and Osi is already losing his mind. I know a lot of you would read this and dismiss it without giving it a second thought and I was going to ask for us to all get involved but then again, most of us already live this life unknowingly and I know that no amount of involvement can make elected officials here take this challenge and see it truthfully but it’s worth a shot.

If you feel inspired to take on this challenge, feel free to do so and document your experience online to help spread the word... 18,000 a month is just not going to cut it.

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Tjan’s Aduke Now Has A Video And It’s Every Bit As Heartwarming As Its Audio

Amazing songwriter/Vocalist, TJAN released Aduke months ago. A truly breathtaking radio worthy song about love and companionship featuring the multi-talented Cohbams Asuquo which seats at a comfortable position midway through our monthly music chart. The video has just been released and it’s just as heart-warming as the audio. Shot and directed by Kemi Adetiba, here is the video to the Amazing Aduke.

 

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Pokémon Go: What’s All The Fuss About?

First it was Temple Run, so quickly it became Candy Crush and then the incredibly annoying Flappy Bird. I turned to social media a couple days back and it seemed we had turned back the hands of time, everyone was talking or rather hunting Pokémons.

According to Vox, a teenage girl even found a dead body while looking for Pokémon. And police in Missouri claimed that four suspected robbers lured in victims with the possibility of Pokémon.

The Nintendo owned franchise that took the world by storm in the late 1990’s is making its way back through a mobile game called Pokémon Go. The mobile game available on both Android and iOS platforms is well on its way to becoming the most actively used App on the Android platform.

How does this App work?

Simply put, Pokémon Go accesses your phone’s GPS and recognizes where you are in the game and makes Pokémon appear at specific locations around you in actual real life lol quite something eyy? This combination of real life and game reality is called “Augmented Reality” and you should be seeing more of that as you get older. As you play the game, you would unlock different Pokémon characters as you move from place to place... I’ll say it’s a clever way to encourage people to exercise a little.

So why are people so excited to go Poké hunting? The idea is simple, ever since the first Pokémon screening, fans of this idea have always asked the question “What if Pokémons are real and are existing in the real world?” This mobile game aims at answering that question... I personally found one in my living room.

So here’s the thing, Pokémon Go isn’t available in the Nigerian Apple store and will require you to switch Stores but if your Bank account is linked, then that wouldn’t solve your problem either. You will have to create a fresh Apple account and link it to the U.S. Store but make sure you don't include bank details  

If you use a Droid, here's what you have to do.

  1. Go to Settings > Security > and allow permission to download 'Unknown sources'
  2. Download the Pokémon Go APK file, from download site such as APK Mirror or APK Pure. After downloading, say 'OK' to the warning message
  3. Swipe down from the top of the screen and select 'Install' on the Pokémon Go file in the notification centre
  4. There have been reports of malicious software appearing in Pokémon Go APK files so make sure to check reviews before downloading. Or to avoid hackers having access to your phone.

Pokémon Go really is a good game, the only down side being that it just kicks in full swing without any proper introductory speech or learning curve to go through.

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Forget Everything You Ever Knew About Your Zodiac Sign

For people who believe in this type of stuff, I’m not sure how you to break this to you. Recent discovery has led to a new belief system about the constellations and the birth of a new zodiac sign, the effects of which have sent reverberations echoing all round the world... for people who believe in this type of stuff.

Let’s Back It Up A Little

The photo circulating all over the internet was from a TIME magazine publication in January 2011, a publication that wasn’t acknowledged well enough for people to change what they believe about the zodiacs. However, the way twitter works; we expect the resurfacing of this photo to cause a lot of controversy.

So What Is TIME Magazine Saying?

When Astrologers say “The sun is in Pisces”, the sun really isn’t in Pisces and since your astrological sign has been determined by the position of the sun on the day you were born, you probably are not what you think you are – And the reason is this:

Astrologers had a little problem right from the inception. Ancient Babylonians had 13 constellations, but wanted only 12, so threw out Ophuchicus, the snake holder. Libra didn’t even enter the picture until the era of Julius Caesar.

So here’s the deal, if all the constellations are to be taken into consideration, this is how the real signs of the zodiac should look like.

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11.
Pisces: March 11-April 18.
Aries: April 18-May 13.
Taurus: May 13-June 21.
Gemini: June 21-July 20.
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10.
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16.
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23.
Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17. 
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20.

So there you have it, if you believe in this type of stuff, everything you ever believed about yourself is wrong and if you ask me, you’re better off in the hands of fortune cookies.

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Is Western Racism A Problem For Africans Too?

Derek Luke, plays Silla Ba Dibba, in History's New Orleans-shot remake of the slavery epic 'Roots.' (A E Networks) 


Too many African Americans, adults and children alike have been shot by police in the back, unarmed, after stops for minor violations totaling in more than 500 deaths in just 2016 alone. Thanks to social media, the world is bearing witness to the face of systemic racism.

In 2010 a swell of violence against African-Italian farm workers in southern Italy left 70 people injured which lead to the evacuation of 300 farmers from the region.

In 2009 and 2010, there were increasing racist attacks against Indians in Melbourne. Fearing racist attacks and lynching, the Indian government issued an advisory warning on the dangers of travelling to Melbourne.

Racism goes beyond what makes up the thoughts of an individual person at the moment of a particular act. Racism is the swelling history of all those thoughts and acts. They add up to a system in which people of color are consistently treated differently from white people. Unfair racial stereotypes have taken root in the hearts of people. They cause us to react to people differently—in stores, on the streets, in encounters between police and citizens no matter what country. They even affect the way we see ourselves. Nigeria has its fair share of problems but as a Nigerian, when I see yet another black person gunned down on the news in a distant country, I see myself because they are in fact our brothers, the descendants of our ancestors stolen from our home. The treatment they endure is a reflection of the perception white people have on the citizens of African countries.

 

Racism splits people into groups, based on physical characteristics. Groups create cultures that they live by and groups with thriving cultures are difficult to repress.  A Racist society suppresses the cultures of a particular race by appropriating, smudging, profiting and distorting facets of that culture in order to spread myths about the races, their abilities, and their roles, which provide the bases for racist belief and action in the other social institutions.

There is a western invention called “whiteness” pushing black people to marginalise themselves. Culturally and aesthetically, all good and pure things are white and all bad and impure things are black. Jesus is white, the angels are white, history is white, religion is white, philosophy is white, white is right and the colour black denotes everything ordinary. But that is a lie, a lie that will always be perpetuated because of racism, because it still festers in the world. Who created those constructs that we all seem to adhere too? It wasn’t people of African descent I will say for sure.

Ironically Africa is the cradle of civilization, the originator of mathematics, medicine, architecture, dance, music, art and science but again comes “white washing” the erasure of our original authorship, a cultural smudging of what is ours becoming to become theirs. Culture is important because your culture is way of life and if it is taking away from you what do you have to live for.

Racist attitudes are now woven into our systems and institutions like poisonous threads, hurting us all.

The world is a global community with resources flowing through all channels. History has proven racist logic led to slavery and the raping of our land and resources. History has proven that racist stereotypes linger and have an alarming effect on the way white business employ black people, immigrants and do business with African countries.  Presently Nigeria still deals with the effects of pollution caused by western oil exploration companies and Libya still burns from the interference of the United States in their political atmosphere.

The media encourages this racist stereotype just for more clicks and hits. Hollywood distorts our history with casting white actors to erase our origin, identify countries in film as just “Africa”, ignoring our identity, restructuring our stories to brand us as helpless by-standers while white people are the heroes who set us free of our ignorance. Our music and dance founded in rhythm, beats and blues are exported out of our land, given a new name and replanted into the ears of the west as “edgy and innovative”.

Nothing real can be threatened and African culture is the real thing. It was the first concept ever made and will always exist no matter how many bullets go through its back. The bigots, racists and extremists all have an agenda against people of darker skins, which transcends countries, borders and blood. If they come for our brothers, one day they will come for us. I pray that the bank of truth, equality and justice shall never be bankrupt.

 

Doyle

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5 Places We Want You To Consider For Your Next Vacation, Tour Guide Inclusive

This is an excerpt from our December 2015 Editorial.

As a full blooded Lagosian, I know that no year is complete without a vacation to ease off the stress that is a part of all of our daily routines and completely unwind from the road rage (Lagos traffic can drive you mad sometimes). We plan our leave days so perfectly so we spend maximum time with our families and are free of the buzzing phones and endless emails. Sometimes, we may even have the luxury of taking a travel vacation outside of the country in order to soak in new sights and sounds. Unfortunately, choosing a vacation location can cause a headache with so many cities to choose from, travel options to consider, accommodation and cost of travel and vacation expenses.

So here’s my vacation wish list. Five cities I’d love to spend my vacation in, given the opportunity and maybe a bonus or two. If you can afford to, make sure to see all five cities. If you can’t, wait until you can and make sure to see all five cities (yeah, they’re definitely worth it).

 

Dubai, UAE

Dubai is one the fastest emerging cities in the world and a popular tourist destination within the middle-east. A city characterized by immense luxury and incredible architecture, it provides a rich middle-eastern experience without losing any of the comforts of today’s modern cities. Tradition blends with innovative technology to create a wonderful tourist experience you will not soon forget.

Where to Stay: Home to the world’s first seven star hotel, Dubai is teeming with luxury accommodation that caters to your every comfort. Even if you can’t afford to stay at the Burj al Arab, you can always book a room at any of the Hilton hotels all around Dubai known for their great locations and excellent staff. There are also a couple of Sheraton Hotels including the Four Points that provide a memorable experience. The excellent locations of luxury hotels all over the city coupled with top-notch architecture ensure you have wonderful accommodation anywhere with great views of the city.

Tour Guide: Begin with the dashingly new metro, going everywhere in the city, and then head for the traditional souks and magnificent malls, the lofty creek and the stupendous towers, and the breath-taking fountains show. Conversely, start at the Burj Khalifa which has one of most interesting architecture in the planet. The tallest building in world with more than 150 floors is an excellent symbol of engineering and lots of visitors come consistently to take a perspective of this incredible building design. Proceed to the Dubai Museum with its architecture and uniqueness that shows the culture of the city. Here you can explore the interesting history of the nation, and light effect give a mesmerizing view over there at night. A tour of Dubai of course wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Burj Al Arab and except you’re lodged there, this marvel of engineering is wonderful place to visit.

The Palm Island in Jumeriah is also another amazing feat of engineering in a city that is constantly pushing the boundaries and is an artificial island shaped like a palm frond. You have just got to see it from an aerial view; majestic. Then, there’s the Dubai aquarium complete with a diving experience, the Jumeriah mosque, the Al Badia Green hill, the Dubai creeks and the Wild Wadi Water Park which can provide fun for the kids; all a part of the excellent Dubai experience.

 

Dublin, Ireland

If you wanna visit a metropolis much similar to London without all the crowds or the extra cost, then Dublin is the place to be. With its small city feel and Irish charm, the city is as easy to drink in as a smooth pint of Guinness and although the Irish capital has undergone a number of changes over the years, it has managed to retain its history despite that. With its down-to-earth, friendly atmosphere and welcoming, open-hearted people; it is no wonder this vibrant city is one of Europe's top tourist destinations.

Where to Stay: There’s the hip new Dean Hotel located downtown, capped by a beautiful rooftop restaurant. If you don’t mind a 20-minute walk to the city centre, opt for a private room at the Generato Dublin, a design-forward hostel housed a former Irish folk-dancing hall. The Dylan, Shelbourne and Clarence hotels, all from the 19th century are also very wonderful accommodation steeped in the history of the city.

Tour Guide: Dublin has a myriad of visitor attractions to suit all interests so that you enjoy maximum fun during your stay in the city. Top on the list of attractions to visit during your time in Ireland has to be the Guinness Storehouse located in the heart of the St. James Gate Brewery. Whether or not you’re a fan of the black stuff, this is a must-see. This seven-storey building has been remodelled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness and its tour comes with a complimentary stout at the Gravity Bar. The St. Patrick Cathedral and the Book of Kells are a pointer to the city’s rich religious history and a time when it wasn’t so metropolitan and will make for a divine tourist experience. The Book of Kells was written around the year 800 AD and is one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. It contains the Latin texts of the Four Gospels and it was deposited for safe keeping in Trinity College Dublin in 1653. The Botanical Gardens and Dublin zoo are also wonderful for nature lovers. Art enthusiasts are welcome to indulge at the National Gallery or the National Museum of Archaeology as a part of a wonderful Irish experience. Finally, there may not be leprechauns in Dublin but there is a world’s first; The Science Gallery at Trinity. It’s a masterpiece that is now being cloned all over the world. Their collection is always changing and there’s always something new to see. Make sure to visit different pubs, art galleries and shops and get the feel of the city through the eyes of locals.

 

New Orleans, U.S.A.

Home of jazz music and known as the Crescent City for the curving shape of the Mississippi as it snakes through town, New Orleans is truly cosmopolitan. It is also one of America’s most astonishing cultural melting pots. The French left their language, and the Spanish their flamboyant architecture. Africa donated the rhythms that morphed into jazz and the blues. The Caribbean left a love of celebration and a touch of voodoo magic, while Cajun Americans pulled all these influences together to create one of America’s most eclectic cuisines. Whether you come for Mardi Gras or the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival or any other reason, a visit to this unique destination is never the same trip twice. Now getting over the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina, the city seems to be on the rise again.

Where to Stay: The French Quarter is the ideal neighbourhood for anyone coming to New Orleans. It’s historic, festive, artsy and at the centre of everything although it’s usually in high demand and kinda expensive. I would recommend other places but the French Quarter is just too awesome. So find a way to get yourself accommodation in the Hotel Mazarin or the Hampton Inn (or even any Bed and Breakfast) cause staying anywhere else isn’t even half as amazing.

Tour Guide: The attractions of New Orleans are the same as they have always been – riding rattling streetcars and the Algiers ferry, snapping your fingers to hot jazz in colonial cafes, seeking out occult relics in ancient cemeteries, or just admiring the stately architecture in the French Quarter, Bywater, Faubourg Marigny and Tremé. Then of course there’s the greatest-show-on-earth that is Mardi gras, held in late February or early March. If you miss it, don’t panic; there are few weeks in the year when there isn’t some festival or other filling the streets with crowds and music. As the locals say: “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”). There’s just so much to do that you’re never at any moment, bored. Immerse yourself in the city’s rich cultural history and incredible body of art. Make sure to visit the National WWII Museum and enjoy incredible music on Frenchmen street or Jackson Square.

 

Seychelles, Southern Africa

 The islands of Seychelles has being a holiday fantasy of mine for a long time. I came across Seychelles during my geography class in my first year of senior secondary school and it had a mystic appeal to it that I was very much drawn to. Years later, when holiday plans were no longer dictated by my parents, I decided to look up Seychelles and my hunch was confirmed; it is an exquisite place to be. Stunning and unspoiled, the Seychelles star in countless tropical island fantasies. Beautiful boulder-strewn beaches, virgin jungles, thriving coral reefs, and UNESCO-listed nature reserves are just some of the many attractions of the archipelago's 115 coral and granite islands, which are the peaks of a vast underwater plateau.

Where to Stay: Like any beautiful island with unbelievable scenery, Seychelles is littered with hotels and resorts dedicated to catering to the needs of the large amount of tourists who make their way there every year. Some of the top hotels with the best views include the luxurious Four Seasons or the Raffles Praslin although the cost of lodging is pretty steep. However, if you want accommodation that’s affordable with a feel of the local flavour, you can lodge in at the Indian Ocean lodge. Whatever your proclivity, there is just about a lodge, hotel or resort that is well suited to it.

Tour Guide: Start off your holiday in Seychelles by sun-soaking on Anse Intedance; a small and secluded crescent of sand on the island's south coast. Beautiful and a favourite spot for surfing, this picturesque palm-framed strand is a delight for photographers. Proceed to the Baie Lazare with its neo-Gothic Baie Lazare Church; dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, which provides a panoramic view of the area. Looking out to sea at Beau Vallon, mountainous Silhouette Island shimmers on the horizon and the alluring curve of glittering sand is a magnet for both tourists and locals. Visitors will find a variety of water sports on offer, including jet skis and water skiing plus this is also a good choice for families with small children. The national parks including Ste Anne Marine Park, Morne Seychellois, Vallee de Mai, Cousin Island and Aride Island are an enormous delight with wildlife of incredible diversity. Even more beautiful islands complete your tour of the country and you simply cannot get enough of nature’s breath-taking beauty in Seychelles.

 

Venice, Italy

Since the Roman Empire, Italy has been long associated with beauty and grandeur. The Vatican, the Colosseum, the tower of Pisa and beautiful cities with impeccable architecture yet Venice manages to stand out. Whether you’ve been to Venice two or 20 times, there’s always something new to discover. Indeed, even the most seasoned visitors get lost in the city’s labyrinthine network of islands, bridges, pedestrian alleys, and canals. And therein lies the beauty of the destination: afternoons spent wandering from palace to piazza, exploring the small art museums, shopping the stalls that line the streets, and encountering a fresh side of Venice, a fascinating amalgamation of influences—Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Italian—every time you round a corner. Swoon-worthy beauty is Venice's calling card. Canals and bridges crisscross the Italian city, people gather in 17th-century palazzi, Renaissance masterpieces hang in museums, and not a single car traverses its stone paths.

Where to Stay: Venice is filled with quality hotels and lodging like most cities in Italy and you have an endless array of beautifully structured accommodation that houses you until you’re ready to step out and soak in the city’s beauty. If you’ve got a little more money, feel free to lodge in at the Aman Canal Grande with sumptuous interiors and excellent views of the Grand Canal. The Belmond Hotel or Gritti Place Hotel are also excellent choices.

More affordable choices include the Al Ponte Mocenigo hotel, the Locanda Orseolo hotel or the Oitre il Giardino. Whatever your budget, you are still treated to beautiful accommodation befitting of the splendour of the city of Venice.

Tour Guide: If you do not take a boat ride along the Venice Grand Canal, then you might as well not have come to this beautiful city. The canal begins at St. Lucia and terminates at St. Mark Basin after taking you through the central districts.  Also visit the Campamnile di San Marco—Erected in 1912, the bell tower of St. Mark affords spectacular views from the top and is another Venice travel must and make sure to see the Torre dell'Orologio; a restored astronomical clock. The Ca 'Pesaro museum houses a serious collection of modern art; and despite no large bags or cameras of any kind being  allowed inside the Basilica di San Marco, this architectural wonder still makes for a wonderful experience. Galleria dell' Accademia di Venezia is one of Italy's best art museums and a paradise for art lovers. Make sure to visit various shops, galleries and restaurants for an all-encompassing stay. See a Verdi or Puccini masterpiece at the newly restored Teatro La Fenice; the city’s famous 1836 opera house (whether you’re a fan of opera or not). Stop at the Da Fiore for some oysters or fritto misto and just get completely lost (maybe literally) in all that the city has to offer.

 

Bonus

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio is a beautiful city with a tropical setting that is enjoyed to the fullest by its fun loving citizens and a deep history with the sport of football. Brazil’s former capital has managed to retain much of its distinguished character with magnificent churches and mansions clustered in downtown Centro. Forget the sites though, Rio’s best quality is its party loving, happy go-lucky citizens. There’s sure to be a party at any time of day somewhere in Rio. The sunny beaches and bodacious beauties aren’t a bad way to relax either. Its non-stop entertainment in this wonderful South American city and it epitomises the best parts of the Hispanic people.

Where to Stay: I wouldn’t advise you to do much sleeping or staying indoors but since your luggage must reside somewhere, you could lodge in at the Belmond Copacabana Palace or any Windsor hotel that offers luxury service. There are also other top-notch hotels including the Sheraton Grande Rio Resort and the JW Marriott. Any other adequate lodging suited to your budget will also suffice and can be booked through a proper travel agency.

Tour Guide: Your stay in Rio is absolutely incomplete if you do not get to visit the Maracanã Stadium, Christo Redentor or Copacabana. The Maracanã Stadium was once the world’s highest capacity football venue (it was able to hold nearly 200,000 people when it opened in 1950). Safety concerns may have reduced that number but this still remains a soccer shrine and home to some of football’s greatest moments.

Perched atop the 710 meter (2,330 feet) high peak of Corcovado Peak, the statue of “Cristo Redentor” stands with arms outstretched, gazing serenely out over the city is a pointer to the city’s rich religious culture and history. Visitors can take a vertical cog train to reach the base of the summit. Copacabana and the other beaches are also great for sunbathing and soccer or volleyball. You may then proceed to see the Sugarloaf mountain, Tijuca National Park and Botanical Garden which are a mind blowing sight to behold and express the beauty of nature in all its forms; topography, wildlife and vegetation. The culture rich neighbourhoods (Lagoa, Santa Teresa and Lapa) are nice for interactions with the locals and for a heck of a good time.

 

Of course you don’t necessarily have to go to any of these places to make your holiday a wonderful one and the more important aspects of a holiday such as spending time with your family and getting to relax should be foremost on your mind. Make the best of whatever location you get to spend your holiday (even if it’s just your house) and ensure to let go of all the stress and just have fun!

 

 

 

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