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Cuba is the country of indescribable charm. Clear blue water, miles of white sand beaches, beautiful architecture, colourful facades, vintage cars, the best cigars and rum are some of the reasons why I fell in love with Cuba. Cubans are the gem of this country with their vibrant personalities, lively culture, and welcoming hospitality. If you have paid this country a visit then I am sure that you know what I am talking about. For those who never been before, get ready to discover one of the world’s best kept secret. Perhaps the isolation from the more modern world has helped to conserve the personality of the Cuban society. Cuba seems to be lost in time, somewhere in the 1950’s and it is not just the old cars or colonial architecture with peeling pain that makes it seem this way.  However, one has to accept that Cuba is slowly changing […]

Choosing the right career

If you take a look of the people close to you, you will immediately realise that the traditional three- step career plan no longer applies. It is clear that graduating college, getting a job and getting promoted at the same company plan is outdated. Today people change their job titles, move between many companies and industries throughout the course of their career. The main advantage of this trend is that people are more flexible and have more choice when it come s to choosing a career. The downside is that all choices are not necessarily good and having too many can be daunting. Choosing a career path is, for the majority of us, a confusing, difficult and anxiety filled experience. Even if you ask for help of professionals, you can still be confused about what is right for you.  Many will tell you to find something that you love and […]

Christmas is probably the most celebrated holiday in the world. The modern Christmas is a product of hundreds of years of both secular and religious traditions from around the globe. All over the world, Christmas celebrations reflect local and cultural traditions. In my opinion Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. For a couple of weeks every year people are happier, peaceful and the world takes on a magical radiance. Since I was young, I have been interested in different cultures. First of all I find it extremely interesting to learn about cultures different than mine. A little extra knowledge never hurt anyone and it would probably come in handy at some point or another. Whenever I learn about a different culture I find it very stimulating and helps me think in a different way and expand my thoughts. Recently I carried out some research about Christmas traditions […]

How to succeed in life?

No matter how old you are, your gender, your nationality or what you do for a living, as humans we all share one thing in common – desire to succeed. Success is a subjective notion. Success means different things to different people. We don’t all want success with the exact same things. What does it mean to succeed in life? Does it mean having a good job? Does it mean having a great relationship or perhaps being filthy rich? Even though we don’t want the same things in life, there are some common themes to what succeeding in life means. Success is not something unattainable, it does not come easy. There are a lot of studies published online which give tips on what it takes to achieve more in life. Find out what you enjoy doing and do it passion: Psychologist Angela Duckworth carried out a study which found that […]

Visit Slovenia

When planning a trip to Europe, a lot of people think about Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris and Berlin. But we can assure you that Europe offers many other wonderful places to explore. Despite its outstanding natural beauty, Slovenia still remains overlooked by many tourists. I am sure that after reading this article Slovenia will be on top of your list. Slovenia offers something for everyone. It is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian and the Karst. Here you can find the most breathtaking mountains, magnificent lakes, charming cities and fast- running rivers. The constantly changing landscape is what makes this country so special. You can be looking at the sea, then look in the other direction and you‘ll find towering mountains. Even if you only have a few days at your fingertips, it’s very easy to visit the main places of interest that […]

Christmas is soon here!

Christmas is soon here! Christmas has become a global celebration, regardless of religion or location. It is one of those holidays that are filled with cheer and wonder. Let yourself be a kid again and embrace the holiday spirit. Whether it is leaving the cooking and milk out for Santa or decorating the Christmas tree, indulge in a little holiday tradition and some magic this year. Colourful lights are hugging the trees, the mistletoe’s are hanging in doorways and Santa and Rudolph are everywhere around. For the majority of people, Christmas is about meeting friends and spending time with family. Take advantage of this time to reconnect with friends and family whilst indulging in Christmas food. Movie nights are also popular during this wonderful period. Organise a movie night where you invite friends and family and serve hot chocolate and cakes. This is the season to be jolly and do […]

Happy Halloween !

Halloween is the second most commercial holiday after Christmas making it a huge part of America’s culture. If you really stop for a minute to think about Halloween and all the strange traditions that go along with this spooky holiday, you may actually start to wonder where all these crazy traditions came from. The history behind Halloween origins might surprise you, because Halloween didn’t actually originate in America, contrary to what many people believe. Despite the fact that it may seem like it’s all about scary costumes and candy, having only became popular in the early 1900s, Halloween has its roots in pagan beliefs. Halloween market the Celtic New Year and was originally known as Samhain, which means ‘summer’s end’ in Gaelic. Long before it was Halloween, it was Samhain, a Gaelic festival that was held on the 1st of November, the day before the return of the ghosts. In […]

The Concrete Ceiling

There may be more diversity directors today, but minority women in professional and management positions say it’s still difficult to reach managerial positions of the corporate world. The metaphor of a ‘concrete ceiling’ stands in sharp contrast to that of the ‘glass ceiling’. Glass ceiling and concrete ceiling refer to the barrier that limits upward mobility of qualified people, especially women. Glass ceiling is often used to describe a situation where the advancement of qualified people in an organisation is withheld because of certain forms of discrimination. The most commonly known discriminations include racism and sexism. Concrete ceiling is also a term that describes the barrier which blocks the advancement of qualified persons. However, when compared with glass ceiling, concrete ceiling is harder to break through. Many women of colour who have made it on boards and to the top management position describe the process as breaking through not a […]

Women in the work place

The women on boards and in top management positions is increasing in almost every sector and country. Male executives may have to swallow their pride when it comes to which of the sexes do a better job at running a company. Music to my ears! A report on global businesses called ‘Women Matter’ conducted by McKinsey & Company, suggest that the firms where women are found at board or top management levels are also the companies that perform best in terms of profit and growth. This study shows how companies run differently when more women hold power. In the management suites of Adobe Systems Inc., Best Buy Co., Target Corp. and Gap Inc., women occupy as many as five of eight spots on the male chief executive leadership team. It is very interesting to note that these female executive often serve as role models for other women in the company. […]

Ireland- Heaven on Earth

No matter what time of the year it is there is always something different to check out around Ireland. Ireland is bursting with personality and vibrant feel. A country filled with fine museums, beautiful parks, lively pubs and outstanding buildings, Ireland offers something for everyone. Ireland’s climate is influenced mostly by the Atlantic Ocean and as a result of this they don’t have the extreme temperatures that other countries at similar latitude would have. It is not too hot and not too cold, I am sure that you will find Ireland’s climate just right. There is no such thing as a perfect time to visit Ireland. The summer months are high season amongst tourists. A lot of people, including myself, visit for the long sunny evenings, colourful parks, breathtaking nature and al fresco dining (more about this later). And of course during summer, there are festivals are plenty. Autumn and […]

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