Greyhound Diaries: A Series Based on the Traveler’s Experience

We all know what a Greyhound bus, however what we don’t know is that there are thousands of untold stories of people who use the means as transport. Most of us would rather walk than use the bus due to the perception that we have developed towards the bus. Nonetheless, Doug Levitt has made the Greyhound bus and his experiences a platform for people to understand what it entails.

The Greyhound Diaries is a project began in 2004 by Doug levitt. With only his guitar in hand and a few personal effects, Doug set off on a journey with the aim of trying to understand the travelers and learn their stories. Sometimes, the bus goes for so many hours and sometimes, even the most uptight people find themselves sharing their stories. Most of these stories are of personal nature, which he uses together with their pictures to make up the Greyhound Diaries.

Doug Levitt is a trained journalist from Cornell University. He worked in Rwanda and Afghanistan, following the stories and state of the countries as a foreign correspondence. He was their voice. However, Doug wanted to do something else, something different. The Greyhound Diaries was therefore conceived, to shed a light on the travelers.

On the bus, Doug admits that he has met different people some of whom have impacted his life greatly. Most of the people using the Greyhound Bus have a criminal record or are addicted to something. Some of them are scary at first, but with the long tiring journey, they tend to open up and share their stories and learn more about Doug.

One common thing about the experiences is that most of them are not melancholy and frustrated. Most of them have no jobs, families and hardly have the basic needs. Their movements from one place to another is in search of the basic needs, which is hard to come by due to their personal problems. Being an artist and songwriter, Doug uses the conversations and pictures to compose songs and a web series that is aired to create awareness on the state of melancholy these individuals face as they struggle with their addiction and state of poverty and more information click here.

Ouran High School Host Club! Gender Bending Anime Madness!

 

If you have a anime on Netflix hankering and a free weekend then you need to tune into ‘Ouran High School Host Club’ pretty much as soon as possible. This anime perfectly encapsulates what we love about anime: gender bending madness, Vic Mignogna, and an idea that is so wacky that it would never be allowed in real life. ‘Ouran High School Host Club‘ is about an elite social club at a private high school where handsome men go on (innocent) dates with their fawning fans — for a price. How is this gender bending? Well, a poor young girl named Haruhi Fujioka gets a scholarship to the academy — and accidentally ends up as a member of the club!

 

The gender swap anime revolves around Haruhi Fujioka and how her short haircut and boyish looks gets her mistaken as a boy around school. The Host Club leaders end up hiring her on and she decides to keep her gender hidden in order to fit in, make money to pay off her debts, and have a little bit of fun. Along the way Haruhi’s hidden gender begins to create some real problems as she becomes the most popular Host in the school.

 

What we love about ‘Ouran High School Host Club’ is that it is unafraid of being ridiculous but it is still committed to being fun. Throughout the series we get some real emotional depth along with commentary on the Japanese class divide. It’s a hilarious, cute, and ridiculously fun show that deserves being watched if you’re into comedy anime.

A Simple Guide Towards Understanding France’s Wine Label Designation System

French wines tend to border on the earthy side and have an inkling taste of chalk, earth, and mushrooms. To most people, France’s appellation of wine is a mind-boggling procedure with mouthful names. What is known as AOC is the abbreviation of Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée. AOC is the highest quality of French wine according to the wine designation system and stocks in international vintners like UKV PLC. Unlike most new world wine makers, France labels wine according to the place of origin, also known as the ‘terroir.’ When French winemakers such as UKV PLC talk about ‘terroir,’ they are referring to the location’s climate, soil type, slope, and local tradition. The notion behind the labeling is that environment plays a vital role in the kind of grape reared.

When one mentions Pinot Noir wine, they are referring to Burgundy wines which have an earthy palate. Burgundy has both red and white wine, whose grapes grow in the eastern France. The second most widely varied wine category is Bordeaux, whose grapes grow on the Atlantic Coast. Bordeaux has averagely red wines that include Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sauvignon, and Malbec. Unlike traditional perceptions, the only Champagne is Champagne from North Eastern France and not every sparkling wine. Other bubbly wines are called Crémant. The most widely differentiated appellation is Loire, whose name stems from the grapes growing along the Loire River in North Eastern France.

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Wine vintners in Europe, such as UKV PLC, do not limit their supply partners and offer most of the appellations. UKV PLC wine vintners specialize in the distribution of all the wine types in France. They help clients pair wines and pick the most suitable delivery time according to appellations. UKV PLC also assists clients looking to stock or drink the most acclaimed wines in the European market.

Kim Dao Attends the Sailor Moon Musical

Kim Dao met up with some friends in Shibuya to attend a Sailor Moon musical. Sailor Moon began in 1993 as several musicals based on the anime character of the same name. It follows the adventures of a school girl named Usagi Tsukino who’stransformed into a magical Character. It’s quite a successful franchise. Kim Dao and her friend Sharla looked through a large catalog of different gifts that had to do with  Sailor Moon. People can dress like the characters, get figurines, jewelry, and more. The tickets were purchased at a vending machine. The theatre supplied special glasses to see the performance better. There’s also a device that you can wear in your ears to translate the language in whatever language you want. During intermission, Kim Dao and her friends went for a snack. Like most concession stands, the snacks, such as sherbet, were pricey. There were vending machine that sold Sailor Moon charms that are bought but lie around in drawers taking up space.

 

After Sailor Moon, Kim Dao and Sharla went to Spins where they have clothing with cartoon character images like Pokémon and the Cookie Minster from Sesame Street. Spins also has regular clothing with no celebrity or cartoon icons on them. After leaving Spins, Kim Dao and Sharla did more shopping before going to a sushi restaurant. Kim Dao browsed the displays of makeup, false eyelashes, lipsticks, and eye shadows, Kim Dao bought a keychain wit a pink ribbon. Finally, the girls stopped off for Sushi.

 

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