Month: June 2013

Everyday Life in Havana, Cuba Part 1 of 2

Havana, Cuba, still seems like a complete  and utter mystery to most people—especially Americans. With so much history and culture, the alluring draw of this  off-limits city is bringing more and more hesitant tourists to wonder about it,  especially after celebrities have been deciding…

Interesting Maps From The Ultra-Addictive Tumblr MapsOnTheWeb

Tumblr Maps on the Web It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Lots of maps. And it’s  mesmerizing. Not only are maps fun to look at, they also explain the world. Here are some from more recent postings: 1) Countries and the number of cities…

10 Incredible Buildings By The Architect Who Shaped Barcelona-Antoni Gaudí

  Today is the birthday of Antoni Gaudí, one of the most famous and recognizable architects in the world, often considered the father of the Catalan Modernista movement. If the revolutionary architect were still alive today, he’d be 161 years old. Of course since he…

These Are The Most Interesting Homes On The Planet

    70  dome houses were built for villagers who lost their houses to an earthquake in  Indonesia’s ancient city of Yogyakarta. The monolithic domes can withstand  earthquakes and winds up to 190 mph.           These homes in Rockland Ranch, Utah are built inside the blasted…

Flip This House: 4 Simple Rules To Follow

      I met this couple in 2006. They were very nice people — but extremely  aggressive investors. They were buying and flipping property in Las Vegas using  a third-party  turnkey real estate investing company. They  made a ton of money at first. But they lost everything despite…

5 Charts To Understand Why Brazil Is Ready To Erupt

Even as Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, the  economy has been grappling with slowing growth. Locals have taken to the streets  to protest  inadequate infrastructure and rising costs to host the World Cup. President Dilma Rousseff has said people…

Oliver Luxury Real Estate Presents: McKinney Creek, Lake Tahoe

Beautiful West Shore Estate McKinney Creek, Lake Tahoe, California * Level .5-acre lot surrounded by conservancy land * Perched over McKinney Creek   * Custom iron work, granite, hardwood & green features   * Media room, great room, yoga studio, master suite & 2…

Time For Manchester (Tenn.) & Bonnaroo…. 10 Bands not to miss

MANCHESTER, Tenn. – The headliners usually get all the ink and this year’s group at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is definitely ink-worthy: Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons and Tom Petty. It’s the down-list acts, though, that make this a particularly strong Bonnaroo…

Asian Americans Say US Parents Are Way Too Soft

Helicopter Parenting, Tiger moms, you name it they are more than just a legend,  according to a recent report from Pew Social Trends. The survey found that 62% of U.S. Asians  say American parents in general don’t apply enough pressure. U.S. Asians were much more likely…

Combining Vintage & Modern

    Love order and minimalism in buildings. New, freshly planned, pristine and perfect are great attributes for new structures , yet we also find ourselves drawn to things that aren’t so flawless. Recycled, repurposed, previously loved, salvaged. Buildings that have a previous life…