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Avocado Bar in Brooklyn?

Calling all avocado lovers (so… basically everyone, right?)! If you’ve ever dreamed of a one-stop shop for satisfying all your avo-cravings, today’s your lucky day: An avocado bar has officially opened in Brooklyn, New York.

That’s right: A place where you’re not only allowed but encouraged to eat avocados all day every day has arrived in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood. The niche restaurant celebrated its grand opening on April 10, and it’s safe to say it was a success: They ran out of avocados three hours into opening, according to Extra Crispy.

Which makes sense, considering every single item on the Avocaderia menu features a healthy dose of your favorite green fruit. So basically all our healthy-fat dreams are coming true.

It certainly is a dream come true for founder Francesco Brachetti, a Florence, Italy, native who fell in love with the little green fruit while living in Mexico, according to The New York Times. Once Brachetti came up with the idea for an avocado bar, he recruited his cousin and chef Alberto Gramini and friend Alessandro Biggi to help him get the place started — and now, as the Times puts it, Brooklyn officially “has it all.”

Source – DrozTheGoodLife


Impact of Skateboarding in South Africa

Within the Valley of a Thousand Hills in rural Durban, South Africa, there’s a group of young skateboarders practicing on a half-pipe and a bowl. They’re all part of the Indigo Skate Camp, a movement that looks to nurture sustainable skateboarding environments for rural and vulnerable youths, and Andile Msomi is one of them. The camp looks to empower local Zulu villagers to learn and grow through the language of skateboarding—and that they do. This short documentary by Jess Colquhoun follows Andile and his friends to their first competition, where the most important thing is not to win but to enjoy the ride.

Ancient Underground Cities?

Underground Cities? These troglodyte cave-cities were excavated as early as Hittite times, and expanded over the centuries as various marauding armies traversed Central Anatolia in search of captives and plunder. There are 36 underground cities in Cappadocia and the deepest one is Derinkuyu underground city, while the widest is the Kaymakli Underground City.

The Derinkuyu underground city is located in the same named town Derinkuyu, which is situated 40km from Goreme (30 minute drive). There are about 600 outside doors to the city, hidden in the courtyards of surface dwellings. The underground city is approximately 85m deep. It contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries etc.) Apart from these, a large room with a barrel vaulted ceiling on the second floor was a missionary school, the rooms to the left being study rooms.

From the 3rd and 4th floors onwards the descent is by way of vertical staircases which lead to a cruciform plan church on the lowest floor.

The 55m deep ventilation shaft was also used as a well. Not every floor was provided with water wells up to the surface in order to protect the dwellers from poisoning during raids. Derinkuyu contains at least 15,000 ventilation ducts that provide fresh air deep within the underground city. The Derinkuyu Underground City was opened to visitors in 1965 but so far less than half of it can be visited.

It is unlikely that the underground cities were ever intended for permanent dwelling, or even long stays, but they were clearly built to withstand attack and could support large numbers of people and their domestic animals, for extended periods of time. The urban organization was very complex, and there was probably always work in progress.

The extensive networks of passages, tunnels, stepped pits and inclined corridors link family rooms and communal spaces where people would meet, work and worship. The cities were complete with wells, chimneys for air circulation, niches for oil lamps, stores, water tanks, stables and areas where the dead could be placed until such time as conditions on the surface would allow their proper disposal. Most importantly, carefully balanced moving stone doors, resembling mill stones, were devised to quickly block the corridors in the event of an attack. Of course, these doors operated from one side only!

Read the full article at GoReme 

Travel Tips for Working Artist

Travel Tips for working artist!  

Written By Bri Simpson

One of the greatest gifts I can give my inner artist is the opportunity to travel. Sure nice brushes come in handy and funds to expand my business are appreciated. However, none of these things matter if I do not grow as a person.

Photography by Demarco Valentine

This is what traveling does.

It allows you disconnect from your everyday, to plunge into a new and/or different environment, and become a version of yourself that may not otherwise flourish in your regular environment. Exploring a new city, state, or country allows you to be a hands on student of the world.  As nice as this sounds, the first thought for many when “travel more” is mentioned is:

“How do I pay for this?”

Fair enough. It is a bit overwhelming thinking about transportation, lodging, food, and how much spending cash you may need. But, there are many tools available to plan an affordable trip now more than ever. Now, speaking as a single, employed person, I have found some tricks and hacks that allow me to travel and not put me into a deep hole of debt.

Photography by Demarco Valentine

Traveling/planning a trip is usually broken down into four categories:

Transportation,  Stay/Lodging , Food, and on hand cash & funds.

Start with the most expensive thing first, and work your way down paying for the others. Maybe buy your flight on one paycheck, and then in a few weeks, secure your stay. Paying in little chunks not only eases your stress, but it’s nice to see a trip come together.


If you’re flying:

I buy my flights off of It’s just convenient. I sign up for email alerts for flights I’m looking at ( When I get an alert that the flight I’m interested in has a price drop, I go book it (thank you credit card). The earlier you book your flight, the cheaper it is. I tend to book my flights at least a month-month and a half in advance of the trip I’m planning. I try not to pay no more than $350 round trips. That’s my preferred price cap. There are also airlines now similar to Megabus that offer cheap flights (Frontier is one. This is good for backpack trips because they have baggage fees. But their flights can be as cheap as $29 for specified days)

Ground transportation:


I have a higher tolerance for long rides than others. I just pack snacks, get a good music playlist, and hibernate for a few hours. If you are like me, megabus can be as cheap as $1-15 for a one way to cities(If you buy a ticket a month or so in advance.)  If you waited too long to buy a flight, this can be a nice backup to consider, but it will most definitely add to your travel time. Wanderu is a website/app that lists multiple bus options (megabus, greyhound, and local transits, as well as trains) and let’s you choose which one is the most convenient/affordable.

I use these apps more when I’m out of town. I like to be among the people when I travel, so I take city transit when I’m there. But if I need to get somewhere faster, quick share rides make getting around just as easy. Plus, you can chat with your driver and ask them about things to do locally.

2.) Lodging:

**I don’t stay in hotels if I can avoid them. Instead, I use airbnb and hostels.**

Hostels, not like the horror movie, are what I describe as adult dorms. The rooms tend to be shared bunk beds, same sex or mixed genders. Depending on the place, there could be private rooms available for a slightly higher fee. If the point of traveling is to be out and about, hostels are a great option. They tend to be $25-$40 a night. When on a budget this is great.

Hostels usually have 24 hour check in, access to a full kitchen/complimentary breakfast, some amenities (linen, game room, computer access, things like that), and the people tend to be young/international travelers. My roommate in New York was Chinese and we communicated through text message translations. You wouldn’t get that from being cooped up in your hotel room.

Airbnb is another cheap alternative. Great for groups and solo travel. Solo its cool to find a host who will show you local things to enjoy, even better when they hang out with you. Airbnb offers shared rooms with the host, private guest rooms, as well as whole property rentals. With the map tool, you can find the perfect place close to attractions that you want to be around the most. I’ve rented private guest rooms from the lowest being $39/night.

3.) Food:

I like to eat. Not stuff your face kind of eat, but I genuinely see cooking or culinary as another art form. I always make it a point to eat out somewhere nice when I am out on a trip. And then the rest of the days I try not to spend more than $20 on food for all meals. This means eating light and planning ahead. When choosing a place to stay, I try to either find a place where they offer breakfast or have a kitchen & fridge access. This helps tremendously because you can store leftovers.

4.) Spending money:

As far as spending money goes, it’s really up to what you want to do. I like going to museums, so I always have enough for that. I also like to shop. Usually I set aside a paycheck for larger trips and save up about $200 or so for smaller, weekend trips as on hand cash. You also want to make sure you have available funds just in case of an emergency, (like you lose your bank/credit card or your account gets flagged, or your’e somewhere that only accepts cash) especially if you are traveling solo. Lord willing you won’t have to use it, but it’s nice to take that precaution.

**Bonus tip**: Check Groupon for activities as well as city tour packages, for discounts and free admission days. In New York MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) is free on fridays, the Bronx zoo is free on tuesdays. live tapings for shows like Jimmy Fallon is also free (you just have to sign up on the website in advance.)

So get out there and start traveling! Take that beach get away you keep daydreaming about. Take that trip to the Midwest. Have your cabin retreat. Life should inspire you and what’s more inspiring that seeing this big ‘ol beautiful world, one trip at a time.

Bri Simpson is a Creative  assassin for AB+L Radio. Check out her website for more of her work

Demarco Valentine is a freelance photographer & international giraffe fight referee for ABL Radio. You can see more of his work on IG @demarcov. 


Travel Selects – Upolu

This natural swimming pool on a volcanic Samoan island offers visitors the ultimate experience in relaxation.

To Sua Ocean Trench, which literally translates as ‘big hole,’ is located in Lotofaga village, on the south coast of Upolu island in Samoa. When the volcanoes erupted on the island, much of the ground fell away, and this 98-foot deep hole was the result.

Steps lead down to a ladder, which tourists can use to descend into the grotto, or use as an impromptu diving board (providing the water levels are high enough).

For those less brave, a tumble in from a board a matter of inches above the water may be the safer option.

The To Sua Ocean Trench on the Samoan island of Upolu offers swimmers a truly unique and unforgettable experience

The To Sua Ocean Trench on the Samoan island of Upolu offers swimmers a truly unique and unforgettable experience

The green landscape is matched by crystal clear waters, an abundance of tropical fish and a sandy bed. A series of canals leading from the pool to the South Pacific Ocean ensure the hole is never dried out.

In order to protect the serene spot, as well as maintain the safety of the visitor routes into the water, there is a charge to swim. It will cost adults £10 ($15), children £3.85 ($6.00), but is free to those under the age of seven.

The pool is maintained by water flowing in from the South Pacific Ocean through a number of channels and tunnels

The pool is maintained by water flowing in from the South Pacific Ocean through a number of channels and tunnels

Visitors to the trench are warned to take care when walking down the ladder, as expectedly, it can become slippery.

CJB1985 adds on TripAdvisor: ‘The climb down looks bad but if you take your time and wear sandals it’s ok.’

The review website has scored To Sua Ocean Trench a four-and-a-half rating out of five based on visitors’ reviews. Of the 401 people to have commented on the tourist attraction, 319 have rated it as ‘excellent.’

Other stunning natural swimming pools around the world include Iceland’s famed Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and the travertine pools and terraces in Pamukkale, Turkey.

The beautiful swimming pool is found on the volcanic island of Upolu, belonging to Samoa and located in the South Pacific Ocean

The beautiful swimming pool is found on the volcanic island of Upolu, belonging to Samoa and located in the South Pacific Ocean



It’s the hardest semester in Kalu Yala’s history, with the most rain and interns, putting a strain on this fragile community. The stress causes a staff member to leave on the eve of the semester, later followed by 11 interns, with one to be expelled. – VICELAND

An interesting attempt …. it will be fascinating to watch how this plays out and what they learn. It reminds me of a Real World MTV but based around an Eco friendly mission. 

The Archaeopteryx

The Archaeopteryx is a high-end rigid wing hang-glider in sailplane configuration. It is an extremely thermally sensitive aircraft, with which long range flights can be carried out – even with weak up-currents. It has the turning radius of a paraglider and the sink-rate of a high performance sailplane. The Archaeopteryx aircraft is very versatile, simple to rig and to fly and has very safe flight characteristics. – According to Youtube