Travel experiences on places to visit, the local foods, music, cultures. Also advice on the dos and don'ts in various countries and places. Advice on learning english and spanish and phrase book articles in various languages. Useful guide for any traveller or english language learner. We work in conjunction with a London Business English Course Provider.
The Caribbean is a sun seekers dream, warm all year round
with numerous islands and beaches looking out at clear seas. However, it can be
hard to choose the island that is right for you. Grenada is a real dream of an
island. It is situated in the south of the Caribbean, close to the shores of
South America and Trinidad and Tobago. The island possesses one of the best
beaches in the world, Grand Anse Beach. This beach is a few miles long and
possesses wonderful white sands and crystal clear water.
The Legendary Grand Anse in later afternoon
Author Varun Kapoor Image courtesy of wikipedia
Grand Anse is not overdeveloped like many famous beaches in
neighbouring islands, but it still has amenities. There is a range or hotels,
from high end through to more affordable. There are also some great places to
eat and drink in the area.
The majority of tourists in Grenada come from the US, UK,
Canada and neighbouring countries. However, the numbers are generally not as
high as on the neighbouring islands, which makes for less crowds on the idyllic
The food in Grenada is varied due to the mixture of the
people. The majority are of African-Caribbean, but there is also a sizeable
minority of Grenadians of East Indian origin. There is also small number of
Grenadians of French or English origins, due to Grenada’s history as a British
and French colony. This means that there are excellent creole dishes, combining
the various cultural influences that came to the island. You can also get great
curries and rotis from the island’s Indian culture.
The island is volcanic, so it has steep mountains in the
centre of the island and some beautiful remote waterfall, which can provide a
perfect break swimming in sea water. The volcanic soil is hugely fertile, so
this makes the scenery very green and fruits are abundant.
Grenada is one of the world’s largest producers of high
quality nutmeg and mace. This is why the island is often referred to as the
Island of Spice. There are also many cocoa plantation that produce very high
quality cocoa. Near to Grenville on the Island’s east coast, there is a great
plantation to visit called the Belmont Estate. This estate has a lovely
colonial feel, with a large restaurant serving high quality local food. You can
also sample some of the cocoa, cocoa balls and chocolate.
Author Brocken Inaglory
Image courtesy of wikipedia
Fish is another attraction to Grenada, on Fridays you should
visit the west coast town of Goyave. Here there is a special event in the streets
called Fish Friday. Here are the local varieties of fish are sold in a street
market. There is a real party atmosphere with soca bands and live music.
If you are looking for an exotic break or winter sun, look
no further than Grenada.
Madrid is Spain's capital city and is a very vibrant and diverse city. The history of Spain and the warm culture is evident at every street corner. We will highlight some great locations to visit and also talk about the Spanish capital's food and nightlife.
Madrid has two globally prominent art museums in the centre of the city. El Museo del Prado (The Prado) is truly spectacular, with arguably the best collection of Spanish art in the world. The art includes a wide range of artists from the 12th - 19th century. This is definitely worth a lengthy visit.
Reina Sofia, named after Queen Sofia of Spain, is a great testimony to modern art in Spain. It was founded in the name of the reigning Queen in 1992. It holds a wonderful collection of art by Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso and so much more. The closest staion is Atocha and it is definietly worth another lengthy visit.
The City is certainly not all about museums, for those who love gardens and outdoor life, there are parks. The most famous and prominent is the central park of Parque Retiro. Here ther are tree-lined paths, cafes, bars, a large lakes, ornaments and nice gardens. Given Madrid attractive dry climate, this can be a great place to relax.
Retiro Park, courtesy of wikipedia buy author Jkiang
There are many great areas to go out in Madrid. In the area aorund Banco De Espana, there are some upmarket bars. One of these bars is Ramses bar, they have great interior design and are quite an experience. If bars in the day is your interest, why not finish a lovely walk in park with a quick champagne in Ritz Garden Bar. For shopping, Gran Via, Sol and in particular the El Corte Ingles (Department Store Spanish Chain) may be of great interest.
Above: Plaza Mayor with thanks to Wikipedia from author Sebastian Dubiel
For Plaza and sitting out in large square, Plaza Mayor and Plaza Santa Ana are very popular.
All the same food is extremely important in Spain and a night of tapas is most common. La Latina, Chueca, Plaza Santa Ana all possess speciality tapas bars. Be sure to try Bacalao (Cod), Gambas Ajillo (Garlic Prawns), Jamon Iberico (Ham of the highest quality), Lomo Iberico (Pork Tenderloin in a type of Ham/Chrorizo format) and much more. Madrid is a city where wondering around can lead to you stumbling on a great find.
London is a major cosmopolitan city, with a robust economy. At present, it
is very popular with young, job seeking Europeans.
Why is London so popular?
In term of population London is the largest in Western Europe. The
population for a large part is diverse and young. Many people who are looking
to travel to a foreign city will want to feel comfortable, rather than an
outcast or foreigner. London has many different communities within it, which
makes many young migrants feel more comfortable. The fast pace of life and
numerous attractions is also appealing to many young people.
The main reason for mass migration is usually economic. At the moment many
European Peripheries are struggling with unemployment. This has encouraged
upwardly mobile Spanish and Italians to seek work and opportunities in London. Elsewhere,
the EU has enabled many Eastern Europeans to seek a brighter future in London.
The United Kingdom is Europe’s largest English speaking country. English is
the most important language for international travel and commerce. This means
that is important for many young European to develop their Business English
Skills. Therefore, many come here to work part-time, whilst attending Business English Courses. This will not necessarily mean that they are seeking to gain a
career in London, but to take the newly found language skills back home to their
native countires and advance their careers.
Pace of life
London is unique within the United Kingdom, as the pace of life is very fast.
There are constantly people departing and arriving in this international hub.
This can make the city somewhat transient, but it does mean that there are
always others who are new and looking to form a circle of friends. This is
heartening for any new arrival and encourages more immigration.
Culture and Nightlife
The City’s culture is thriving, with all the great museums such as the Tate,
National Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, the British Museum and all the great
theatres of the West End. New trendy areas are constantly being revitalised by
the artier types of Londoner, which makes for fun and diverse nightlife.
Coming to London to Work and Learn
London is a great place to visit for one or two years, whilst you work and
pay for learning English. The City is multi-cultural, so it can be welcoming to
any a wide range of new arrivals.
If you want to learn English, there are many great colleges and institutions,
but be clear on what you want to learn. You need to check out the criteria of
the schools and your teacher. Make sure that they are offering the right course
and that the teacher is qualified.
If you want to use your English commercially or to get a job, you should
look for a Business English Course. This will ensure that you learn all the
rhetoric to handle issues in a business environment.
Also, be aware that the city is large and you will need to research the best
area to suit your finance and personal needs. This can take some research so
plan out your accommodation and don’t be
rushed into taking the first place that you encounter.