europe is on the list

Quinta da Regaleira - Portugal 

Quinta da Regaleira is a UNESCO world heritage listed estate near Sintra Portugal. The estate features a palace, a chapel, a lake, grottoes and fountains, and was once home to millionaire entomologist, Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro. 

There are two wells on the property, that have spiral staircases lining their walls. The wells were never used as an actual water source, instead they were used for ceremonial purposes, such as Tarot initiation rites. The design of the tunnels themselves connect to Tarot mysticism, with the number of stairs and landings all being symbolic to tarot. Tunnels connect the two wells, and also lead to various monuments and caves around the property. 

readerofthewilderwest  asked:

Is the Cohort in Lord of Shadows inspired by the reactions people have had to certain oranges?

Love the careful language :) If you’re asking whether the Cohort subplot of Lord of Shadows is meant to reference our current political situation, the answer is yes.

I had finished Lady Midnight and was working on Lord of Shadows when the terror attack in Paris occurred and then-candidate Donald Trump started talking about registering Muslims. At that point I already knew that one of the villains of the Dark Artifices was going to be the Cohort, an extremist group. I had written about the Cold Peace in City of Heavenly Fire, knowing that sweeping discriminatory resolutions tend to embolden those who are already prejudiced. There’s always been commentary in the books about how “the Clave is bigoted” and “the Clave tries to restrict people’s rights,” and that’s always been shorthand for “those in power in the Clave” — but to be fair, in actuality the Clave is made up of a wide variety of people with many differing beliefs and opinions. The Cohort, on the other hand, is in a way a rebirth of The Circle, in that it is a group within the Clave that has united behind their strongly-held discriminatory beliefs.

Hearing talk of registries was (and is) distressing to me as it is to so many of us. I am concerned for vulnerable populations that are being targeted, and also it brings to mind a horrifying chapter in the history of my own family and so many other families as well. Many people in my grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ generation died in the Holocaust. As early as 1938 the Nazis demanded that all Jews register with the authorities. Later, those registration records were used to draw up deportation lists used to send people to concentration camps. When I go to Eastern Europe now, and read the lists of the deported, I imagine the ghosts of my family, all the great-aunts and uncles that were, and the cousins that will never be, all around me.

Even in a world with demons, sometimes the scariest monsters are the human ones.

Temple of Tibidabo - Barcelona, Spain 

This Roman Catholic church is located on the summit of Mount Tibidabo in Barcelona. Built in various stages between 1902 and 1961, the bottom half of the church reflects a Romanesque fortress, while the top is neo-gothic in design, accessible by two grand stairways. . 

Stained glass windows adorn the Church, some of which are dedicated to Paul the Apostle, John Bosco and Pope Pius X. Sitting above the church like a crown, is a large bronze statue of Jesus. 

What to do before the Interrail trip

Also goes with other traveling

1. How are you going to this trip: alone or in a group. In a group you may be safer and have more fun, but you might also get into fights during the trip, even if you go with your best friends or family.
2. Time. How much you have time to travel. Two weeks or a month? Figure that out.
3. The budget, how much you have money to spend and remember to have some emergency money somewhere. Do not put all the money in the same place!
4. Are you going go-with-the-flow style or with a carefully made-up plan
- We have something in between. We know where we are going, but don’t know what we’ll end up doing there. Though we have looked what to do in all of the places, but we haven’t actually decided them.
5. Gather information
- About anything you’ll need
Phone numbers to: bank, embassies, insurance company, emercengy numbers where you’re headed, (your countrys international number),
Adresses: embassies, hotels/ hostels/ other accommodations, places of interest
Customs: culture, what not/to do, what you might need in somewhere (for example: long skirts/shirts in some churches)
- a list where you would like to go (but remember anything can happen and you might not get to see that, so don’t expect to get there 100%)
6. Payments, Insurances etc. important stuff
Interrail / Eurail pass
Visas if needed

Vaccinations/ medication for travel if needed

Flights if needed
Hostels/ Hotels / other accommodations if booked earlier
Travel insurance
Some places where you need to book your visit earlier through the internet (for example: Disneyland Paris is cheaper if booked online)
7. Shopping for essentials
- a good backpack, enough space for you, comfy for your back
- good shoes, trainers or similar, shoes that are soft and designed for long walks
- locks for backs and other locking situations
- a simple camera (if not owned yet) and memory cards
- adapters, chargers
- emercengy kit (plasters, disinfectant, medicine etc.), sewing kit
- guide books, maps, dictionaries (might not need and might weigh a lot, so think if you really need)
- a towel designed for traveling (goes to a small space and dries faster than normal ones)
- compression sacks (sacks that make your clothes compressed into a smaller size, so that you’ll have more room in your backpack)
- change money if needed
- a diary to write everything in
- washing powder for your clothes
8. What you’ll also need
- toiletries/ sanitaries, in small containers (toothbrush and -paste, sun cream, body butter, lip-cream, shampoo, soap etc.)
- medicine
- passport and other important documents (like prescriptions for some medicines etc.)
- a daypack
- penknife, flashlight might come in handy
- sunglasses, scarf for sunny weathers
- sleeping bag

- an old phone (because new smartphones attract thieves)
- chargers for any electric equipment
- some student-cards are handy even in abroad giving you discount
- cards to play with or something small to keep you awake in trains
- pens, scisors, tape, paper, safety pins
- handkerchiefs (also toilet paper if you want)
- plastic bags
- a plastic mug. You could cook something in a hostel in it and drink some juice from it.
- if you feel safe and want, a tablet (or Ipod touch…). In it you can put maps, books etc. You can also communicate with family with it, write a blog or something else. You can get into internet when Wi-fi is around. Down side is the same as for a smartphone, thieves like them so think hard before taking one with you.
9. Do not take
- lots of makeup, really no one sees you. Little makeup is okay, but really, do you need it? It also takes time.
- books, they’re heavy
- computer, a smartphone etc. You’re experiencing stuff, you will not need a smartphone during your stay, really.
- for girls, you don’t need all of your clothes and shoes. Only the comfy and practical ones. No high heels, maybe don’t take dresses as well, I don’t know.
- no hairstraightners, curlers or anything like them
- fullfillable waterbottle. When you’re abroad it’s safer if you only drink bottled drinks.
- do not take the whole insides of your wallet, only the essentials and leave others home. Also leave all the unneeded keys as well.
10. Clothing
- shirts: t-shirts, tank top, sweather, hoodie, jacket depending on time of the year and destination
- bottom: shorts, skirt, sweat pants, jeggings, leggings etc. No jeans (in warm places at least), they’ll be uncomfortable. Pockets are good, hidden pockets even better
- shoes: good ones that you can walk the whole trip with. You can take two or couple more if you want, but think how much you’re packing in your backpack.
- underwear, swimwear, socks, scarf
- flip-flops are usefull if you come across a hostel that has dirty showers
Everything in reasonable quantities! You won’t need everything. The more you pack the more your backpack will weigh.
11. Other
- watch and read other travel stories on the internet for more information, tips and inspiration: blogs, Youtube, sites
- ask family, friens, acquintances of their travels. Maybe they have something cool to inspire you on your trip
- make your bank aware that you’re going abroad, that they won’t think your card is stolen and close it
- it would be good if you’d take good walks before your trip that your legs will become used to walking and that your health would be good when you’re out there
- remember that in interrail/eurail passes not all the trains are covered with it, like night trains and private railroads
- if you’re going coach surfing, you might take something small with you to give the host, for example candy from your country or a small keychain
- meeting old international friends is a cool idea, and maybe they can help you in their home countries somehow. Remember to communicate with them in a good time before the trip.

Feel free to add things if I forgot :)

Important daily reminder

Without Muslims, you wouldn’t have:

1. Coffee, which an Arab named Khalid invented

2. Clocks, by a man called al-Jazari from Diyarbakir in South-East Turkey in the 1200s

3. Cameras, Ibn al-Haitham revolutionized optics

4. Cleanliness (toothbrush, soap, perfumes, etc)

5. Universities, because of Fatima al-Fihri

6. Planes, because of Abbas ibn Firnas who was the first person to make a real attempt to construct a flying machine and actually fly

7. Surgical instruments, by a man from the 10th century named Abul Qasim Khalaf ibn al-Abbad al-Zahrawi, a man known in the West as Abulcasis

8. Maps

9. Music, al-Kindi, an artist long ago, created the system of writing down songs

10. Algebra, which was introduced by Al-Khwarizmi

11. Guitar, which was originally known as a “qitara” in the Arabic of Andalusia

12. Magnifying glasses/glasses, the scholar Alhazen (Abu al-Hasan) from Basra was the first person to describe how the eye works

13. Hospitals

14. Distillation, was invented around the year 800 by Islam’s foremost scientist, Jabir ibn Hayyan, who transformed alchemy into chemistry

15. Vacation, brought to Europe from Turkey

And the list goes on. I just picked some of the ones that are still used a lot

Bern- Switzerland

The Old Town of Bern is picturesque like a postcard. It is both the capital of Switzerland, and a UNESCO heritage listed city. The Cobble stoned streets are lined by historic sandstone buildings. Covered arcades offer bottle shops, boutiques, restaurants and 16th century fountains. 

Largest K-pop Concert tours with the biggest audience

1. #1 BIGBANG-MADE (2014 - 2015)

This tour drew a whopping 1.5 million people across 66 shows. With this tour, they hold the record for Most attended concert tour by a Korean act of all time in Japan, China, the United States, and Australia. This is why the members of Big Bang are called Kings.

2. #2 BIGBANG-0.TO.10 (2016 - 2017)

The latest tour by Big Bang drew in 1.38 million people across 32 shows. They concentrated a lot on Japan for this tour as nearly 85% (1.167 million) of the audience came from their shows in Japan. K-pop might be popular in China but a bulk of the concert tour money comes from Japan.

4. #4 BIGBANG-ALIVE (2012 - 2013)

This tour drew an audience of 800,000 people. They held a total of 48 shows as they visited cities in Asia, North America, South America and Europe.

5. #5 BIGBANG-Japan Dome Tour (2013 - 2014)

Big Bang is on this list… a lot. A total of 771,000 audience members for 16 shows.

8. #8 BIGBANG-Japan Dome Tour X (2014 - 2015)

With this tour, Big Bang became the first foreign artist to hold a complete 5-dome tour in Japan in back to back years. A total of 741,000 audience members for 16 shows.

11. #11 G-Dragon-One Of A Kind World Tour (2013)

This is the largest solo tour for a K-pop artist. G-Dragon’s One of a Kind World Tour visited 8 countries (Korea, Japan, China/Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore) and gathered 570,000 people from 27 shows.

just some things i want to do
  • go to university and get a degree
  • visit asia
  • tour europe
  • tour usa
  • own a flat w/ some close friends
  • write a full length novel
  • become fluent in another language
  • live in london
  • officially achieve grade 8 in violin
  • learn to play the piano
  • marathon a book series
  • play in an orchestra again
  • visit the sites of ancient civilisations
  • act in theatre
  • see the northern lights
  • go on a roadtrip