Trivia: Switzerland

Here’s a quick one for you trivia lovers, Pub Trivia: True or False? Is Switzerland a member of the UN?
True – Switzerland is indeed a member of the UN, having been sanctioned to membership on 10th September 2002. Switzerland is actually the 190th member country at the UN.

Designing an Authentic Adirondacks Lodge, With a Twist

Decorator Thom Filicia has designed lake houses before, but the Manhattan talent had never worked on an Adirondack great camp. Those palatial yet rustic compounds, which had their heyday a century ago, were private havens in upstate New York where the families and friends of Gilded Age tycoons could swim, canoe, hike, fish, play tennis, and share three hearty meals a day without ever leaving the property.

A Line in the Sand

BEFORE IT WAS INCORPORATED AS NORTH MANHATTAN BEACH, THE EL PORTO NEIGHBORHOOD OOZED WITH SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL. TAKE A TIME MACHINE BACK TO DAYS WHEN PILOTS, ROCK STARS AND DRUG DEALERS OUTNUMBERED THE REALTORS, RESTAURANTS AND YOGA INSTRUCTORS.

Funding Family Holidays with Logbook Loans

Are you looking for the ultimate break? Do you ache to head overseas with your loved ones? If you’ve put all of your finances into buying a home, you may feel as though you’re stuck there with no alternative to travel. The good news is there is an easy way out of this financial stalemate:…

Travel Tips: Scenic Pit Stops in New Zealand’s South Island

The beauty of New Zealand, many argue, is uncompromisable. The rolling green hills and stunning lakes and waterways that New Zealand has to offer are second to none, many of which are accessible right alongside the highway as you make your way through either the north, or south island. Although we love both islands equally…

The 7 Features Your New Car Won’t Have

(MCT)—The next time you test drive a new car, you might be in for a shock. While you would expect a place to stash your stogie or a slot to slip in your copy of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” you’re in for a surprise. Most likely, that new car won’t accommodate you. Call it…

How to Survive an Aussie Road Trip with Children

Whether you’re taking your car or a campervan, hitting the road with the family is a great way to form strong bonds and enjoy each other’s company in an interesting environment. However, being stuck with each other inside a vehicle for long hours can be quite trying, especially without the right prior preparation. To help…

How Retiring Overseas Reduces the Major Living Costs

  By Kathleen Peddicord – Many people reduce their spending by eliminating or cutting back on minor discretionary expenses. For example, you could eat out less, buy fewer new clothes and start making your daily coffee at home. However, I’d argue that by cutting back relatively small out-of-pocket spending like this, you’re just tinkering around the edges.…

Best Places to Retire Abroad in 2014

  By Kathleen Peddicord – If you could retire anywhere in the world, where would you go? As we find ourselves at the beginning of a brand new year, that’s a question worth asking. The very good news is that we are living in a time when it’s not only possible, but easier than ever to launch…

How to make high-speed rail work in California

Two court decisions have blocked the California High-Speed Rail Authority from issuing more than $8 billion in bonds and from using bond funds on construction until it fixes its funding plan. Now what? The authority says it will move forward using federal funds. But as one of the attorneys who successfully challenged the project, I…