* It’s Germany’s 2nd-largest city (after Berlin) with 1.8 million residents.   Located in the North, Hamburg also is 1 of the 16 federal states. 

* Most foreign tourists just visit Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, etc. and are ignorant about the many things one can see and do in Hamburg and in the Northern part of Germany in general - this has its advantages as it isn’t as touristy. Hamburg city is a unique blend of historical monuments, modern architecture, and nightlife. For those who enjoy maritime culture with ships and harbors, it’s a great place to visit. It’s a very green city with nice views, clean parks, and a lot of sightseeing and shopping.  

* Hamburg is 7 x the size of Paris and 2 x the size of London by area. The average living space is 30 square meters per person, supposedly making it the city with the largest average living space in the world. 

* Hamburg houses the 2-nd largest port in Europe. Over 13,000 vessels are passing through annually. It’s also Germany’s largest port, and the 3rd-largest in the world. Most ocean freight imports into Europe come through here and through Bremerhaven. 

* With a count of more than 2500, Hamburg has more bridges than Venice or Amsterdam.

* Hamburg is the greenest city in Germany. 14% of it is made up of green spaces like parks, natural preserves, and gardens. About 50% of the metropolitan area is enveloped in greenery. What also makes Hamburg unique is its lack of skyscrapers. Buildings with more than 10 floors cannot be found. To maintain the picturesque scenery around the Alster, it’s a rule for the surrounding buildings to be white with copper roofs.

* Hamburg has a lot of entertainment with 30+ theaters, 50 museums, 6 music halls, and 10 cabarets along with a vibrant nightlife. So if you’d like something different and off the usual beaten “Germany tourist” paths, give Hamburg a try.

Not all Republicans

It’s tempting for a lot of people to say Trump is an anomaly, and in some ways he is. He’s uniquely thin-skinned, especially ignorant, and more vindictive than just about any other prominent politician.

But policy-wise? He’s a basic Republican.

It’s true that he differs on a couple issues with his party, at least rhetorically, but none of them are spurring protests right now. He suggested that the US government should probably negotiate prices with drug companies (which is correct), and has thrown out some wild protectionist ideas, and that’s about it.

Every issue he’s being rightly called a fascist for, every single one, is supported by 95% of elected Republicans.

The Republican Party is going to use Trump’s historic unpopularity to push through historically unpopular plans: repealing Obamacare, privatizing national parks, selling federal lands, cutting social security and Medicare benefits, privatizing schools, attacking sustainable energy, defunding public transportation, strengthening executive power, politicizing federal agencies, controlling women’s bodies, further militarizing police, unreasonable deportations, eliminating state and local wage laws, breaking up unions, the list goes on. And they’ll argue for a “real conservative” in the face of the backlash and the inevitable economic failure they initiated, claiming as they have since Reagan that the last president wasn’t sufficiently conservative enough.

And voters will fall for it, because they so badly want to see themselves, their friends, and their family members as “reasonable Republicans.”

Reasonable Republicans no longer exist, and they haven’t for years.

The Republican Party is Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and Donald Trump. It’s not the party of Jon Huntsman or Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was never really even the Party of Mitt Romney.

It is radical, it is fascist, and it must be destroyed without sympathy.


Roger Federer defeats Rafael Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 (Men’s Singles Final) at Rob Laver Arena - Australian Open, 2017.

He did it !!! 18 Grand Slams, after so many years his hard work is paid off. No words can describe how Federer fans are feeling right now. 

Thank You Roger Federer ! 👑👑👑 I’m so proud. ❤❤❤



Castillo de Chapultepec - Mexico City
Mexico - 2015

Located at the center of the park of Chapultepec is a one of a kind castle that has continued to withstand the test of time though the decades of change in Mexican history. Having served as the home for past presidents and emperor for Mexico, this castle has also seen its wall converted into a Military Academy and presently serving as a museum for our rich history. The site is one of the most visited in Mexico City due in large part to its location but also history and view that it offers of Paseo de la Reforma, one of the most iconic streets in Latin America. 


May 28th 1892: Sierra Club founded

On this day in 1892, John Muir founded the famous environmental organisation - the Sierra Club - in San Francisco, California. Muir was a notable conservationist and preservationist and became the Club’s first president. The Sierra Club worked to establish and protect federal national parks, most famously Yosemite National Park. Their cause received a boost during the Progressive Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency (1901-1909), who was a naturalist like Muir. Some of the Club’s most notable successes since 1892 came during Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programme, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. The Sierra Club continues to be an influential group in the United States as one of the largest pressure groups in the nation. It has a significant influence over environmental issues and dedicates itself to tackling climate change and damage to the environment, most recently protesting against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.


Women’s Vans Park Series Finals at the Vans US Open | July 26, 2016

The competition was steep at the Women’s Vans Park Series yesterday in Huntington Beach, CA. With each heat, riders brought out their best tricks and style that made for an epic final round. Congrats to dark horse and crowd favorite of the day, Hanna Zanzi on her 1st place finish in the finals. After taking a 7 year break from skateboarding, Hanna came back with an incredible run to claim the 1st place price next to our very own Lizzie Armanto in 2nd, and Jordyn Barratt in 3rd. 

Miss the women’s event yesterday? Watch the full Women’s Final webcast, and check out the podium runs from Hanna and Lizzie.

The top 10 finishers earned spots for the International Skateboard Federation-sanctioned inaugural Womens “park terrain” World Championships in Malmö, Sweden this August!


Photos: @anthonyacostaphoto

Crown Lands in Ontario.

In Canada the vast majority of land is held by provincial governments and the federal government in the name of the crown. Most land in all provinces is held by each of the provincial governments as Provincial Crown Land and most land in the Territories is held as Federal Crown Land by the federal government. Native Reservations and National parks are also under the federal government. Provincial Parks are under the provincial governments.

Some notes about this map:

  1. The data is from 1998, so it’s out of date. But hopefully not enormously so to make the general impression inaccurate.
  2. It includes federal land under the same label as private land. While this isn’t a huge deal since the vast majority of crown land in the province is provincial it does obscure some stuff.