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30 Unusual Things You Can Do At Night During Your Travels

30 Unusual Things You Can Do At Night During Your Travels

1. Experience the authentic Finnish sauna, Kuopio, Finland

finnish sauna

    There’s no better place to experience a sauna than in Finland, the country that invented it. For the locals sauna is a necessarily part of their day, with mental and physical benefits and plays an important role of their culture. As the Finns admit, sauna is best enjoyed in your own lake house. Experience your first sauna as part of a full Finnish evening or book in a lake house, where you can dip in and out of the lake whenever you want at night.

    2. Learn tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    tango

      Dancing tango is associated with the term milonga, used to describe an event where people come together to dance tango. This passionate dance remains one of Argentina’s defining traditions, and with Buenos Aires being the tango capital of the world, there’s no better place to attend a milonga, either as a watcher or a participant.

      La Milonga del Indio is one of the top five milongas in Argentina and it’s a free outdoor event taking place in a plaza after 7 p.m. on Sundays. To avoid the unnecessary crowds go late, around 10 p.m. and watch the event become more interesting as only the real lovers of tango will be staying until late. Don’t be shy to learn a few basic steps with the dancers or give a show if you have already mastered tango.

      3. Watch a movie at an outdoor cinema, Athens, Greece

      Cine Thisio Athens Greece

        Outdoor cinemas are the most romantic way to watch a movie, especially in summer nights. There is a bunch of them in Europe and around the world, but if you have to choose one, let in be in Greece. Next time you are in Greece in summer time, don’t miss a movie in the open air, with a hard to beat view. Both Cine Thisio in Athens and Cine Kamari in Santorini will make for an unforgettable night. Choose Athens in August to avoid the big tourist crowds.

        4. Tree camping, Elk, California

        tree camping

          If you are already familiar with camping, take it to the next level by experiencing a night tree camping in California. The different level tents provide for a lively and fun experience, not necessarily private though, so prepare for that. An experience best enjoyed with a small group of friends or your partner. Enjoy a wonderful sunset and/or sunrise from the highest branches of a tree, amidst nature and all its sounds. Be sure to be fit enough to climb a tree and a rope in order to set your own tent.

          5. Star gazing, New Zealand

          star gazing

            While most of the star gazing spots are located in Northern America, South America and the United Kingdom, choose to experience star gazing in far away New Zealand. The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the southern hemisphere’s first dark sky reserve, and the world’s biggest. You’ll have a memorable experience, which you can compare to different ones you can have around the world.

            6. Attend a festival by a castle on the sea, Vlorë, Albania

            art kontakt festival

              Art Kontakt Festival is a two nights event held in August at the Porto Palermo Castle, right on the sea, in Southern Albania. This contemporary art festival brings together visual performances and live music, by featuring artists from the Balkans and Europe, becoming a Biennial of it’s genre.

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              Attend if you want to be part of an interesting community, share your own visual project or just for the experience full of art and good music till dawn. Projects are shared inside the castle and performances are held outside, as well as the parties.

              7. Visit Central Park, New York

              central park

                This is the first park not to miss while in New York. While it is crowded during the typical busy day times, it could be easier to explore until 1 a.m. in the evenings. Go for a long walk, run or have a picnic by the water. With its wide range of activities and landscape option, there is something to please everyone at Central Park.

                8. Attend a “panigiri”, islands Greece

                greek panigiri

                  A “panigiri” is a religious feist, traditional for the majority of Greece’s villages and islands. Each place celebrates on a specific Saint’s day, after whom their church was named. They usually take place in summer. In big villages the “panigiri” may last a few days. Ask the locals where the best one is held near you, the next time you travel to Greece.

                  You will get to know the Greek tradition and folk culture better, their religious devotion and the respect they pay to certain concepts. However the best part for everyone is the big festivities held until morning, with food, drinks and some epic Greek dances. It will be a fun night.

                  9. Go on a sleigh ride, British Columbia, Canada

                  sleigh ride

                    This might seem more like a romantic activity for couples, but it could me much more fun with friends or with a random group of people. There are options of drinking hot beverages or a fondue meal while riding, but skip those and focus on the experience itself. Even if it is not snowing that night, chances are you can still see the stars and enjoy yourself. Dress appropriately and more heavily than you would think. There are usually blankets available, but better be prepared.

                    10. Open air pool in the baths of Budapest, Hungary

                    bath budapest

                      The Szechenyi Spa Baths in the capital of Hungary, Budapest are a typical daytime activity. But during the summer they throw parties on Saturday nights, mostly attended by young locals or tourists. Bikinis and good music in a one hundred years old open air bath pool is an experience you don’t want to miss. If you don’t fancy the loudness of the party, go on usual nights, during the whole year.

                      11. Ice skating, New York

                      ice skating

                        This traditional activity can be enjoyed best in New York if you want everything fancy that comes with it, especially at the iconic Rockefeller Center. Open for the whole winter season, it is less crowded at the start and the end of season (until April). Avoid the period from Thanksgiving to Christmas if you don’t want to wait in line and skate along a big bunch, but totally go there if you want to feel the magic of the season just like in movies.

                        It stays open until midnight. A cheaper alternative that is open until after midnight is The Standard Ice Rink, located on the High Line. It has a more adult vibe and evenings look more like parties.

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                        12. Dine by the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

                        dinner by the golden gate bridge

                          This one needs a little preparation beforehand but it is a no fail way to make a birthday or special occasion unforgettable. Be sure to get all permissions necessary to throw a dinner and follow all rules for a no fuss experience. Take inspiration from Jordan Ferney, who has hosted two dinner parties with little effort and a handful of good friends by the beach looking at the Golden Gate bridge.

                          13. Enjoy a show at the fountain of lights and music, Prague, Czech Republic

                          Křižík's Fountain

                            From Spring to Autumn the musical Křižík’s Fountain in Prague performs a unique computer-controlled light-and-water show. There are performances selected from the world’s most famous compositions to please every taste, from classical music to more contemporary great artists.

                            You can enjoy the show after sunset and in summer nights go even later to enjoy the spectacle of music, water, ballet and colors. Some of the performances include projection of films on water. No booking in advance is required, but you can look at the programme on the website.

                            14. Visit the Temple Street Market, Hong Kong

                            temple street market

                              The Temple Street Night Market is a popular street bazaar, that has served as the backdrop to many movies. Along with the traders, fortune tellers and opera singers appear. The Temple Street Market is an example of the festivity of a Chinese market. Every night there is a show. One can shop for electronics, clothes, antiques and taste different traditional foods.

                              15. Rate the Christmas lights and decorations, Richmond, Virginia

                              Christmas lights

                                There are many places around the globe where you can have a magnificent experience of rating Christmas light and decorations and Richmond makes it to the top list. You can go as small as walking around a neighborhood or as big as taking a guided tour. Even limo tours can be arranged. Experience the best of the “tacky lights” and watch how people compete with each other, with 40.000 lights as a minimum to enter the map of lights.

                                16. Play night paintball in Scottsdale, Arizona

                                paintball

                                  Playing paintball at night makes for a pretty intense activity. The adrenaline reaches a high level and with a group of good friends it will end up being a fun night. Try Westworld Paintball, one of the safest and oldest fields for paintball. They offer outdoor ones that stay open until 11 p.m. on Fridays, which happens to be Ladies Night. If you meet the minimum number for a team, you can book your own private game.

                                  17. Go clubbing on top of a hill overlooking the Adriatic sea in Budva, Montenegro

                                  clubbing

                                    Club Top Hills is one of the most attractive clubs of the Balkans and further. It is located on the top of Toplis Hill above Budva, one of the Mediterranean towns bursting with tourists during Summer. The club can welcome around 5000 people, who can enjoy the best music, different theme bars and many attractive activities.

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                                    18. Visit the world’s oldest open air museum Stockholm, Sweden

                                    open air museum Sweden

                                      Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum, created in 1891. It is a great way to understand five centuries of the history Sweden, by visiting historical buildings with period dressed people, having traditional food, visiting the zoo and shopping for souvenirs. It stays open until 10 p.m. in summer nights, but check for special festivals and later times. A great way to spend time outdoors and learning about the history and traditions of the country.

                                      19. Artistic performances, Brooklyn, New York

                                      artistic performance

                                        Join the Beer Garden of Photoville in Brooklyn to grab some food or drinks with like minded artists. Enjoy the multimedia presentations shown at night with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. Installations, exhibitions and various artistic performances were shared for free during last year. Check their website for more information, programs and coming events.

                                        20. Explore the city by segway, Rome, Italy

                                        rome

                                          Take advantage of segways to explore one of the biggest capitals in Europe. Packed with tourists during the day, Rome will be charming at night, when the temperature drops in summer and the crowds get fewer. Rent a segway for a solo adventure or book a tour of eight people and be guided through the city. Visit the most important monuments and ancient parts of the city accompanied by experienced tour guides for around two and a half hours in the evenings of Spring and Summer until September.

                                          21. Go on a canal cruise during light festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

                                          canal cruise

                                            The Water Colors Cruise departs during the Amsterdam Light Festival from November 27 until January 18. Hop on the boats to enjoy the best views of the city at night and watch the light works of international artists and the lighted ships and buildings of Amsterdam. Beat the cold with mulled wine or a warm bite offered in the cruise. The last one departs at 9.30 p.m. on all nights of the festival.

                                            22. Go to a luna park, Sydney, Australia

                                            luna park

                                              The park is open until 11 p.m. on the weekends, so take advantage of them, even if it seems more packed than weekdays. This one seems to be visited by all ages and is not one particularly created for kids. You can catch a concert, grab a meal or go full on fun and ride the Tango Train or Ferris Wheel. Originally created in the ’30s, the park was restored in 2004. If you are lucky, there might be a wedding ceremony or a private celebration or even a gala event you can watch or join.

                                              23. Go fishing in Bendigo State Park, Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

                                              night fishing

                                                The East Branch of the Clarion River that flows through the Bendigo State Park is stocked with trout and many cold-water pieces, being an excellent fishery. A fishing platform behind the pool allows for easy access. Normal opening hours are before midnight, but you can choose to camp on site in order to have access to the water all night. Make sure to read the fishing rules and regulations from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.

                                                24. Watch a cliff divers show, Acapulco, Mexico

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                                                cliff diver

                                                  Watching the Acapulco’s cliff divers plunge the 136 feet to the crashing Pacific at night, holding torches is a remarkable experience. La Quebrada Cliff Divers are a group of professional high drivers that perform daily for the public, including four evening shows. The best viewing spot is from La Perla restaurant terrace, right at the Cliffside El Mirador.

                                                  25. Samba in a favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                                                  brazil favela

                                                    Taking a tour of the famous Rocinha favela during the day is a mind shifting experience you shouldn’t miss. Opt for a tour offered by the locals themselves for the most authentic insights. But if you want to complete your experience attend a night party at the favela. It involves samba and funk dancing with the locals until 4 a.m. or later.

                                                    26. Visit the illuminated Niagara Falls by boat, Canada

                                                    Niagara falls

                                                      Sit on the glassed outdoor deck of the boat, while you enjoy a 40 minute Niagara Falls nighttime cruise. Admire the colorfully lit American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls. On Fridays, Sundays and Canadian and American holidays, as well as certain dates there are fireworks lighting up the sky and reflecting on the water, making the experience more exciting.

                                                      27. See a volcano in Tenerife, Spain

                                                      volcano Tenerife

                                                        Visit a volcano on Southern Tenerife’s Mount Teide. The Spain’s tallest volcano is located in the UNESCO-listed Teide National Park. It is the best place to watch the sun set and then learn about the constellations in the sky from a local guide.

                                                        28. Sail on a yacht, Croatia

                                                        yacht sail

                                                          Croatia’s has hundreds of islands along it’s 220 mile Adriatic coastline, crystal-clear water, beautiful medieval towns, lots of beaches and ports amongst its breathtaking landscapes. These facts combined withthe growing international yacht culture, with the yacht week festival being held in the last couple of years make Croatia ideal for a night out sailing on yacht or anchored in the port of a small village to enjoy the romantic views from the deck.

                                                          29. Hike in the Yosemite Park, California

                                                          Yosemite Valley

                                                            Visit Yosemite for the first time during a night hike or rediscover it through the changing sounds and smells of nature under starlight. A small group of 24 people is guided through a short, flat one mile hike in the Yosemite Valley. During the hike, you will learn about the animals behavior at night.

                                                            30. Go on a sangria tasting tour, Lisbon, Portugal

                                                            sangria Portugal

                                                              While many people would bet that sangria is a Spain signature drink, the best one can actually be found in Portugal. Next time you are in Lisbon or any other city in Portigal for a matter of fact, take a long leisurely walk around the town and stop every time you spot a bar promising “the greatest sangria you have ever had”. As bars and restaurants start to fill with people very late in the evening, this is a sure way to get you past midnight, or as long as your feet can carry you through the cobblestone paths of the city.

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                                                              Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                                                              Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                                                              Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                                                              Your brain is the most intricate and powerful organ in your entire body. It’s essentially a super-computer with brain power like a Ferrari.

                                                              If you have a Ferrari, would you put cheap gasoline in it? Of course not. You want to put in high-octane performance fuel to get the most out of your investment.

                                                              When it comes to the brain, many people are looking for the top foods that will supercharge the brainpower to help focus better, think more clearly and have better brain health.

                                                              In this article, we’ll look at the top 9 brain foods that will help create supercharge your brain with energy and health:

                                                              1. Salmon

                                                              Salmon has long been held as a healthy brain food, but what makes this fish so valuable for your brain health?

                                                              It’s important to understand that your brain is primarily made up of fat. Roughly 60% of your brain is fat. One of the most important fats that the brain uses as a building block for healthy brain cells is omega-3’s.

                                                              Omega-3’s are essential for building a healthy brain but one of the most important omega-3’s for your brain is DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) forms nearly two-thirds of the omega-3’s found in your brain.[1]

                                                              Omega-3’s and DHA in particular help form the protective coating around our neurons. The better quality this coating is, the more efficient and effective our brain cells can work, allowing our brain power to work at full capacity.

                                                              Studies have shown that being deficient in DHA can affect normal brain development in children, which is why so many infant formulas and children’s supplements are beginning to include DHA.

                                                              Being deficient in DHA as an adult can cause focus and attention problems, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and poor sleep.

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                                                              2. Blueberries

                                                              Blueberries top the list as one of the most beneficial fruits to maximize your brain health and performance.

                                                              Blueberries have some of the highest content of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, than any other fruit, which helps protect the brain from stress and promote healthy brain aging.

                                                              Blueberries antioxidant content also help reduce inflammation, which allows the brain to maintain healthy energy levels.

                                                              Blueberries have begun to receive attention for their connection to brain performance.[2] Studies have demonstrated that eating blueberries on a regular basis can not only improve brain health but also brain performance as well including working memory.[3]

                                                              Blueberries not only taste great but are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

                                                              3. Turmeric

                                                              Turmeric is a very impressive spice that has well-researched and proven to have tremendous benefits for your brain. Turmeric’s main compound that benefits the brain is called curcumin, which is responsible for turmerics bright yellow appearance.

                                                              Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.[4]

                                                              Curcumin increases the production and availability of two important neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved with happiness, motivation, pleasure, and reward.

                                                              Curcumin has been well documented to have powerful anti-depressive effects. In one study, it was found to be as effective for depression as popular medications such as SSRI’s like Prozac.[5]

                                                              Curcumin has also been shown to:

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                                                              • Increase blood flow to the brain.[6]
                                                              • Increase BDNF production, a powerful stimulator of neuroplasticity.[7]
                                                              • Increase DHA availability and synthesis in the brain.[8]
                                                              • Increase antioxidant levels in the brain to prevent brain aging and inflammation.[9]

                                                              4. Coffee

                                                              Coffee is the wonderful elixir of energy that many people cherish every single morning. The biggest reason people drink coffee is to get a dose of caffeine.

                                                              Caffeine is a natural neurological stimulant that not only gives you energy but also prevents adenosine, a neurotransmitter involved with feeling tired, from binding in the brain.

                                                              Many people are surprised to find that coffee actually contains a large quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are important for reducing inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized. The antioxidants in coffee also provide a neuroprotective effect, protecting the brain from stress and damage. [R]

                                                              Coffee can also:

                                                              • Improve alertness and concentration.[10]
                                                              • Help with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.[11]
                                                              • Reduce your risk of depression.[12]
                                                              • Improve your memory.
                                                              • Provide short-term boost in athletic performance.[13]

                                                              5. Broccoli

                                                              What was your least favorite food as a kid growing up?

                                                              Most likely, broccoli was your answer.

                                                              Broccoli may not have been your top choice, but it might be the top choice for your brain.

                                                              Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown to promote the proliferation and survival of brain cells by reducing inflammation and boosting production of BDNF. It has also been shown to boost neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.[14]

                                                              Broccoli is also loaded with important nutrients Vitamin K and Folate. Vitamin K plays a vital role in protecting brain cells.[15] Folate plays a crucial role in detoxification and reducing inflammation in the brain.

                                                              6. Bone broth

                                                              Bone broth wasn’t just created to combine with soups, you can actually drink bone broth by itself.

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                                                              Drinking bone broth has become one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness industry and for good reason. Bone broth isn’t actually a new thing. Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing tonic to promote health and longevity.

                                                              Much of the nutritional benefits and value of bone broth comes from its substantial vitamin and mineral content. Primarily calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

                                                              Your gut is called your second brain for a reason. Research continually shows that there is a direct and indirect connection between your gut and your brain. Your gut also houses and stores many important brain compounds involved with optimal brain performance. Therefore the health of your gut is vitally important for your brain health and performance.

                                                              Bone broth has become a go-to tool for helping heal the gut and provide the gut with the vital nutrient and resources it needs to heal and perform optimally.

                                                              With the vast amounts of nutrients that bone broth contains, it makes the list as a go-to food for your brain health.

                                                              Look for high quality, organic bone broth for the best results.

                                                              7. Walnuts

                                                              Walnuts are one of the top choices of nuts for brain health. Walnuts also look similar to a brain.

                                                              Amongst the wide variety of nuts available, walnuts contain the highest amounts of the important omega-3 DHA. DHA, as seen above, is a critical building block for a healthy brain.

                                                              Walnuts also contain high amounts of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which help to lower inflammation.

                                                              Melatonin in walnuts is an important nutrient for regulating your sleep. Having low amounts of melatonin can make it challenging to get good quality sleep and getting poor quality sleep can dramatically impair brain health and performance.

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                                                              8. Eggs

                                                              For years, eggs were put on the nutritional naughty list; but now, eggs are finally getting the credit they deserve. Eggs can provide a tremendous boost to your brain health and longevity.

                                                              Eggs, particularly the yolks, contain a compound called choline. Choline is essential for building the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an important role in mood, memory, and intelligence.

                                                              Egg yolks contain some of the highest quantities of choline. This is very important because low levels of choline can lead to low levels of acetylcholine, which in turn can cause increased inflammation, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

                                                              9. Dark chocolate

                                                              You’re about to love chocolate even more because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is great for your brain.

                                                              Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins, your brains “feel good” chemicals. This is why you feel so good eating chocolate.[16]

                                                              Chocolate also increases blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory, attention, focus, and reaction time.[17]

                                                              Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which has been coined “natures valium” for its ability to calm and relax the brain.

                                                              Lastly, dark chocolate has one of the highest antioxidant profiles out of any other food, including popular superfoods like acai berries, blueberries, or pomegranates.[18]

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              Your brain is a high performing organ and it uses quite a lot of energy, roughly 20% of the bodies energy demands.

                                                              In order to maintain a healthy brain, you need the right fuel to ensure that your brain has all the nutrients it needs to perform as well as adapt to the stress of life.

                                                              If you want to keep your brain performing well for a lifetime, then you want to make sure you are including as many of these brain health foods as possible.

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                                                              Reference

                                                              [1] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function
                                                              [2] Canadian Science Publishing: Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation
                                                              [3] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7- to 10-year-old children.
                                                              [4] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.
                                                              [5] Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.: Turmeric, the Golden Spice
                                                              [6] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effect of combined treatment with curcumin and candesartan on ischemic brain damage in mice.
                                                              [7] Science Direct: Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB
                                                              [8] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.
                                                              [9] PLOS: A Chemical Analog of Curcumin as an Improved Inhibitor of Amyloid Abeta Oligomerization
                                                              [10] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of Caffeine on Cognitive Performance, Mood, and Alertness in Sleep-Deprived Humans
                                                              [11] American Academy of Neurology: A Cup of Joe May Help Some Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
                                                              [12] American Academy of Neurology: AAN 65th Annual Meeting Abstract
                                                              [13] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of caffeine on the metabolic and catecholamine responses to exercise in 5 and 28 degrees C.
                                                              [14] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Hyperammonemia induces glial activation, neuroinflammation and alters neurotransmitter receptors in hippocampus, impairing spatial learning: reversal by sulforaphane
                                                              [15] Oxford Academic: Vitamin K and the Nervous System: An Overview of its Actions
                                                              [16] Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D: Chocolate and Mood Disorders
                                                              [17] Health Magazine: Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin and brain
                                                              [18] Chemistry Central Journal: Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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