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San Francisco is a stunning, charismatic, inventive, caring, and cosmopolitan city that manages to be both traditional and counterculture. It is the city that gave birth to the Summer of Love 50 years ago and now leads technological advancements. It's no surprise that so many people leave their hearts here.

When to Go

Summer brings swarms of visitors from all over the globe, but don't anticipate California beach weather because of Karl the Fog, a relentless force of nature. Fall (September-November) brings the hottest temperatures and sunniest weather of the year. In April, expect less people and nice weather.


Every February, the streets of America's oldest Chinatown are filled with floats, dragons, and colorful costumes to celebrate Lunar New Year. The Mission District celebrates Mexican ancestry, particularly during a family-friendly celebration held on the Saturday closest to Cinco de Mayo. At San Francisco Pride, which takes place the final full weekend in June, throngs of rainbow revelers celebrate diversity. The famed Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music event, held in Golden Gate Park on the first weekend of October, is free.

How to Eat

Locals in San Francisco are crazy with Mexican cuisine, particularly the forearm-size "mission style" burritos available at famous spots El Farolito and Taqueria La Cumbre. San Francisco's hallmark meal is cioppino, a delicious fish stew. For a genuine flavor, wear a bib and dive into Sotto Mare's "Best Damn Crab Cioppino."

Take-Home Souvenirs

Sweet memories may be discovered within a box of Recchiuti Confections chocolates featuring photographs of some of the city's most well-known monuments. Anchor Brewing features a gift store on the premises that sells t-shirts, glasses, and even barrel-aged bottled brews that are not available elsewhere. Cards, posters, books, and souvenirs featuring classic San Francisco photos are available at the Warming Hut on Crissy Field, with sales benefiting the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Sustainable Travel Tips

San Francisco is built for walking. Don't be concerned about the hills; the reward is spectacular vistas of the bridges and harbor, Alcatraz and Angel Islands, plus sights and noises that would otherwise be missed from a vehicle window. Choose a neighborhood and start walking!

View Worthy of Instagram

Crissy Field is more than simply a place for residents to walk their dogs, run, cycle, jump, and picnic. It also has the most spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The suspension bridge is a drool-worthy background for photography, particularly early in the morning when the rising light colors the bridge brilliantly.
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The "most lovely time of the year" is coming, and locations throughout the globe are getting into the holiday mood. The greatest locations to visit for Christmas are those with cheery decorations and festive activities that capture the holiday spirit — and it doesn't hurt if there's also stunning landscape. Not to mention that many of these wonderful Christmas spots are scattered around the country, so you're just a short drive away from a fantastic December holiday. These are the greatest locations to travel to for Christmas this year, from sunny beaches to winter wonderland ski resorts.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

This December, take advantage of excellent skiing and lovely Christmas celebrations at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Guests may enjoy family-friendly activities such as New Year's Eve fireworks during the Holiday Roundup, which runs from December 23 to December 31. There are a number of beautiful slopeside hotels to select from, including the luxury Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa and the ski-in/ski-out Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole. Keep an eye out for the elk antler arches that frame the Town Square in downtown Jackson, which will be lighted up with white lights over the Christmas season. You may also arrange a trip to the Granite Hot Springs Pool, which can only be reached by snowmobile, fat bike, dog sled, or ski for a unique journey that embraces the hot and cold.

New York City, New York

There is nothing quite like Christmas in New York City. Seeing the city decked with dazzling lights and towering trees while shopping for last-minute presents or sipping hot chocolate is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience that everyone should enjoy. You may enjoy a renowned holiday tradition, such as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the holiday markets.

Beaver Creek, Colorado

At Beaver Creek in Colorado, hit the slopes for the ultimate winter wonderland experience. The Christmas season provides festive activities for the whole family to enjoy – see the resort's schedule for a complete list of holiday events. Stay at The Osprey at Beaver Creek, a RockResort that provides magnificent accommodations and an outdoor heated pool, or reserve one of just 60 rooms at The Pines Lodge, a RockResort that features spectacular views and ski-in/ski-out access.

Solvang, California

If you won't be able to visit the picturesque streets of London or Munich this winter, you may have a taste of Europe right here in the United States. Solvang is a tiny community in California's Santa Ynez Valley that was developed in the early 1900s by a group of Danes. They helped to build this lovely Danish hamlet, which is today recognized for its Danish companies and European architecture. Each Christmas season, Solvang has Julefest, replete with festive activities and décor – check the website for information on this year's festivities. You may also stay in one of the city's lovely boutique hotels, such as The Landsby or The Winston.

Washington, DC

This December, visit the nation's capital for the ideal blend of Christmas spirit and fun activities for the whole family. There are so many amazing things to do in D.C., and many of them are free, so you can save your money for some last-minute Christmas shopping. To escape the cold, visit one of the famed Smithsonian museums, wrap up and visit the National Zoo, or stroll down the National Mall and see the winter decorations (hot cocoa in hand, of course). When it comes to lodgings, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown is a great choice for convenient access to the city's most picturesque area.

Florida Keys, Florida

The Florida Keys are a perfect vacation for people wishing to spend the holidays in a U.S. beach resort, with delightfully mild December weather. Take a lovely drive across the Florida Keys, stopping at islands along the way to the famed Key West. Because December is a popular season to visit these gorgeous islands, you may prefer to stay at Sunset Key Cottages for a more private stay. Guests board a boat from Key West to the 27-acre island to reach this quaint resort. When you arrive, you'll discover tranquillity only a short ride from Key West's attractions.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is a fantastic destination at any time of year. The city is well-known for its culture, culinary scene, and scenic surroundings, but it also stages a variety of festive activities throughout December. Ski Santa Fe, located less than an hour distant, also offers adjacent winter activities. Book your accommodation at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, which provides a variety of festive facilities, or spend the night on the historic Santa Fe Plaza when you stay at La Fonda on the Plaza.
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The World Cup has officially begun, with the first matches taking place in Qatar on Sunday. Continue reading if you want to feel even more connected with the competition! We've compiled a list of health tips and methods that World Cup stars swear by!

Have Fun With Your Activities

England's Phil Foden enjoys fishing in his spare time, while Harry Kane and Wales captain Gareth Bale enjoy a round of golf. According to nutritionist Jess Hilliard, "they may reduce stress and anxiety as well as boost focus and patience."

Consume Vitamin-rich Meals

Lionel Messi of Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal are both fans of seaweed. Seaweed is a vitamin, mineral, and protein-rich diet that also includes important antioxidants and iodine, which helps to maintain a healthy metabolism.

Maintain Your Mental Sharpness

Trent Alexander-Arnold, an England defender, swears by hobbies such as sophisticated augmented reality games and chess to increase response time, memory, and depth perception. When asked about chess, he remarked, "It's comparable to football in that it's all about strategy, tactics, and various methods of playing."

Take A Little Power Sleep

"I adore sleeping directly after training," England great Eric Dier said about napping. It lifts my spirits for the remainder of the day." For football players and the rest of us, a fast power sleep increases alertness, memory, and performance!
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Carin Kreutzer and Leah Buturain Schneider of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology provided Thanksgiving ideas that help both the mind and the body.

Remember to Express Gratitude

Gratitude is beneficial to your health. According to research, it may lower blood pressure, reduce depression, and enhance quality of life. Buturain Schneider, a gerontologist, theologian, and mindful aging specialist at USC, remarked, "Gratitude works." But, she says, thankfulness is a habit that may be practiced every day of the year, not an emotion. "You may increase your gratitude consciousness by discussing what you are grateful for or by telling them how much you appreciate them." Expressing this helps us heal gaps, links us to the sacrifices of others, and enables us to perceive plenty rather than scarcity."

Serve Up Solid Partnerships

Recently, social isolation has been identified as potentially more hazardous to health than smoking or obesity. Despite the hassles of travel and the stress of family relationships, Thanksgiving fosters community through fostering shared experiences with family and friends, as well as accepting strangers. "Most individuals say they wish to stay healthy until they are 80 years old. People claim that around the age of 80, what counts most is connections," Buturain Schneider added. "The Thanksgiving holiday is a poignant reminder of how sharing a meal with others can bring a feeling of camaraderie and belonging that many individuals, especially older persons, lack in their life."

Offer a Helpful Hand

Many homeless shelters and senior communities are overwhelmed with volunteers to offer Thanksgiving dinners. And, like thankfulness, research suggests that helping others may boost the giver's health. "We feel most alive when we use our abilities to benefit others," Buturain Schneider remarked. "The issue is to create time in our life to do this all year so that recipients may show their thanks and get support on more than one occasion."

Body: Make Lunch Your Main Meal

Research is increasingly indicating that it is not simply what we eat, but also when we consume, that is important. Many families eat their Thanksgiving dinner in the afternoon rather than the evening, which is a start in the right direction for all days, according to nutritionist Kreutzer, head of the USC Leonard Davis School's Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan, and Longevity program. "Our bodies are more effective at burning calories throughout the day while we are active than they are at storing extra calories as fat when we sleep." Front-loading calories allows you to absorb all of those calories well before night, which may help with weight reduction and general health, including managing and avoiding diabetes and obesity."

After Meals, Get Moving

Thanksgiving provides yearly chances to exercise, from local Turkey trots to family flag football games. Moderate daily movement, in addition to a balanced diet, is a proven intervention that may lower the risk for a range of illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's. "Thanksgiving is an excellent time to start incorporating activity into your daily routine." A daily walk or other sort of activity is beneficial to both the body and the mind."

Keep Some Leftovers

Some folks prefer the turkey sandwich on Friday to the main course on Thursday. Whatever you decide, it's critical to distribute the reward. Practicing portion management at each meal helps us avoid eating too much in one sitting. "Three to four ounces of protein is plenty for most individuals," Kreutzer says. "Saving food for the following several days helps you to enjoy the meal numerous times and avoids consuming too many calories all at once."
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When we wake up, the quality of our sleep and our attitude have a direct impact on whether we have a happy and productive day. While some of us love to slumber until the very last second before rushing out of bed and accomplishing all we need to before walking out the door, others prefer to wake up slowly, providing additional buffer time to temper the hurry. According to experts, the latter is typically the better choice for most people, since how we begin our day frequently indicates how the remainder of the following 12 hours will play out. "Many of us think of the morning as a 'new start,' a chance to plan our day ahead of time," psychologist Dr. Emily Guarnotta, Psy.D. adds. "This kind of thinking may become self-fulfilling, where we truly profit from planning and projecting our day." Creating a morning routine, on the other hand, may help you feel more in charge and lead to positive messages that will carry you through your day to-do list. When we start our days unknowingly, such as by reading through the news, social media, or your email, we begin in a reactive rather than a proactive mindset, according to London-based integrative nutrition health coach Lianna Nielsen. "This may set you up to be less productive, particularly in terms of reaching your own personal objectives, and give you less control throughout the course of your day," Neilsen adds. "Exploring negativity, fear, or comparison first thing in the morning may also form a lens through which you see the world." If you fit this description, it's time to stop the pattern. Experts lay down the seven factors that might be ruining your morning—and restricting your productivity for the rest of the day.

Snooze Button Pressing

While clicking "snooze" may seem to be a simple method to get a little more sleep, it isn't, according to Dr. Amanda K. Darnley, Psy.D., owner of Chrysocolla Counseling in Philadelphia. In reality, it merely adds to your stress since you're reducing the time you need to get ready and mentally prepare for your day. Dr. Darnley recommends that those who often press the snooze button in the morning find a way to motivate themselves to get out of bed at the first sound of the alarm. "Perhaps it's arranging to eat your favorite breakfast dish or pre-setting the coffee maker so you always have a hot cup available."

Opening Your Electronic Devices Right Away

You may consider checking your phone, tablet, or computer to browse through email or social media to catch up on anything you may have missed throughout the nighttime and early morning hours. However, experts warn that this tendency might reduce productivity and negatively impact your mood. "Not only can scrolling be a significant time suck, resulting in rushing the rest of your morning," explains Dr. Darnley, "but it may also leave you feeling stressed out or frightened, depending on what you read." "Instead of scrolling through social media or checking email, prepare a brief five-minute guided meditation." Alternatively, set your alarm to play music and, instead of turning it off, stretch to the music before leaving your bedroom."

Getting Your Day Started with the News

In the same way, Nielsen believes that news should be prohibited. "If you start your day by exposing yourself to the world's issues, it tends to produce a more negative and fear-based lens through which you perceive your life, which may impact how you make choices and communicate," she adds, adding that the accompanying sentiments can also inhibit productivity. She suggests beginning your day by checking in with yourself and your needs before engaging with news. "If you must, scan the headlines and read any relevant items after you get at work," she says.

Not Allowing Enough Time for Yourself to Wake Up

According to Aimee Bernstein, a psychotherapist, executive coach, and mindfulness-in-action instructor and author of Stress Less Achieve More ($17.95, amazon.com), it's critical to give yourself at least 30 minutes to completely awaken. "If you don't take the time to properly wake up," she adds, "you risk being carried away by the people and events you meet and having your vitality sapped." "Instead, take a minute to appreciate the beauty of being, to feel where you are, to notice your breathing, and to express thanks for everything in your life."

Increasing Sugar and Carbohydrate Intake

Bagels and doughnuts may seem like the most appealing options, but Nielsen cautions that they might take your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride, leading to a high surge and a drop. "Our mood and attention are affected by our blood sugar, so if you start your day with simple carbohydrates, you can anticipate your blood sugar to plummet a few hours later, sabotaging your productivity, mood, and focus," she adds. If you prefer breakfast, she suggests beginning the day by balancing carbohydrates with protein, healthy fats, and greens. "Try some avocado, nut butter, or eggs on toast, or add some greens to your smoothie," she suggests. "Eating for blood sugar balance will set you up to be the most productive, so maintain protein, healthy fats, fiber, and greens balanced at every meal."

Not Making Your Bed

You may believe that making your bed is only for show, but it really goes a long way toward preparing yourself for a productive day. "Being productive needs both an energy flow and a framework," Bernstein adds. "You won't have the desire or creativity you need if you don't have an energy flow, and if you don't have structure, you'll lack organization and may end up spinning your wheels and doing very little." She suggests making your bed every morning as a routine that gives a foundation for the rest of your day. "Over time, this small achievement builds a muscle for completeness and organization, leading to a feeling of wellbeing and further successes," she says.

Purchasing "Sunday Scaries"

"Monday mornings are firmly connected in our society with a sense of dread about the week ahead," says Dr. Ashwini Nadkarni, M.D., associate psychiatrist and teacher at Harvard Medical School, as well as director of wellness for the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital. This anxiety, though, may have an impact on our feeling of purpose and, as a result, our eventual productivity. She suggests reframe this emotion as a sense of purpose—consider what you can do about these dreadful happenings. "For example, if you start your mornings dreading a noontime meeting, think of it as the time throughout the week when you intend to present a new concept or make it an occasion to communicate with someone on the team in deeper detail," she adds. "Reframing the 'dread event' as a chance to pursue a personal goal or purpose might be beneficial."
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Consider increasing your regular calcium intake if you want to improve your general health. "Calcium is a required mineral for all people since it plays an important role in numerous bodily activities, notably bone and tooth health, where around 99 percent of calcium is found," explains Dalina Soto, MA, RDN, LDN. We asked specialists to identify the most delicious calcium-rich foods, as well as how much calcium humans need each day and how to acquire calcium without dairy.

How Much Calcium Do I Really Need?

The recommended daily dose of calcium for men and women between the ages of 19 and 30 is 1000 mg per day. After the age of 50, the recommended dose rises to 1200 milligrams per day. "Depending on their age, I normally advise my clients to aim for 350 to 400 mg of calcium consumption at each meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to assist them break up their daily calcium supplies into more manageable chunks. This will allow them to more realistically accomplish their objective of 1000 to 1200 mg per day "Wintana Kiros, RDN, LDN, clinical dietitian at Reset Lifestyle, agrees. If you're unsure if you're getting enough calcium, ask your doctor for a blood test, which will give you the most precise findings.

Calcium-Containing Foods

There are so many wonderful and surprising ways to incorporate calcium to your diet, from beginning your day with a cup of full-fat yogurt to finishing your day with grilled tofu and steaming green veggies. "The most essential thing to remember is to have a calcium source diet with 350 to 400 mg every meal. These sources should be meals that you love while also respecting your culture and heritage in order for it to be sustainable "Kiros states


This well-known plant-based protein is high in calcium. Tofu has 215 mg of calcium per 14 cup serving when supplemented with calcium sulfate or lactate (unfortified tofu only contains 10 milligrams of calcium). Check the ingredient label on a box of tofu to check whether it has additional vitamins. Do you want to know how to include tofu into your diet? Try our Tofu Soba-Noodle Bowl or Tofu with Ginger-Cilantro Sauce.

Fish with Bones

Three forms of seafood that are high in calcium include salmon, sardines, and anchovies. A modest 3-ounce portion of salmon (fresh or canned) has around 181 milligrams of calcium, whereas sardines have about 325 milligrams. Enjoy a healthy dose of calcium with our Wild Salmon and Romanesco Pilaf or our Crunchy Panko Salmon, both of which may be served with stone-ground corn polenta, which is also high in calcium (especially when mixed with cheese).

Dark Green Veggies

Broccoli and kale, according to Soto, are two of the most calcium-rich veggies. One-half cup raw broccoli has around 24 milligrams of calcium, whereas one cup raw kale contains about 90 milligrams of calcium. 135 milligrams of calcium are found in 1/2 cup of raw spinach and 1/2 cup of collard greens. These foods are ideal for vegans or anybody who is lactose intolerant or has limited calcium sources. "You can get calcium from your leafy greens," adds Feller, "but I would double or quadruple the quantity and add melted cheddar cheese on top to achieve a proper amount of calcium."

Breakfast Foods High in Calcium

Looking for a calcium boost first thing in the morning? Cozy up with a bowl of oats, which has 85 milligrams of calcium per 1/2 cup serving, or cream of wheat, which has 60 milligrams per 1/2 cup serving. Chia seeds may help with either (1 tablespoon has approximately 6 percent of the daily recommended value of calcium). A whole egg has 25 milligrams of calcium, so for a calcium-rich lunch, create a three-egg omelet with cheese and spinach.


We'd be negligent if we didn't include dairy, which has long been hailed as the finest source of calcium for both adolescents and adults. "There is strong data that demonstrates that when individuals drink full-fat yogurt as part of a healthy, balanced diet, it offers protein and calcium while also leaving them feeling well," explains nutritionist Maya Feller MS, RD, CDN. Depending on the type, dairy products provide between 300 and 415 mg of calcium per serving. One-half cup of part-skim ricotta cheese has 335 milligrams of calcium, whereas one ounce of mozzarella and cheddar cheese has 205 milligrams of calcium each, and one ounce of pepper jack and Swiss cheese has 220 milligrams of calcium. One cup of nonfat milk has 305 milligrams of calcium, whereas one cup of non-alcoholic eggnog contains 330 milligrams of calcium.
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Networking is essential in today's economy, particularly if you want to secure the job of your dreams. However, if you already have a job, you may not believe it is required. There are still several reasons to keep up your networking efforts. And there are several advantages to doing so at work. If you work for a huge corporation, chances are you don't know half of your coworkers. Making an impression on a colleague is not the same as networking for a new job. It just takes being pleasant and striking up a discussion to understand more about them. Here are some pointers for networking at your present employment.

Have a Lunch Conversation

You could be one of those persons who never eats a meal. It's time to get started. You should relax and take a rest. If you're heading to the break room anyhow, try striking up a conversation with someone rather than sitting alone in the corner. This is an excellent time to discuss topics other than work, and it may even lead to a strong personal and professional relationship. Most people will appreciate a midday chat, but you should also be considerate and watch for indicators that the other person does not want to speak right now.

Simply Be Pleasant

This is something we all learnt in kindergarten. To have a friend, you must first be a friend. A memorable moment may be created by just asking someone how their day is going or simply smiling at them in the corridor. When you encounter the same individual in the break room, elevator, or wherever else you have a few seconds to start up a discussion, it acts as an icebreaker. Friendship is directly tied to familiarity, and the more people who recognize your face, the simpler it will be to connect with them.

Introduce Yourself to the New Employees

Being the new person is daunting, but you have the chance to connect with them. Your freshly hired professional is certainly eager to meet as many individuals as possible. Even if you're not used to networking in any way, chatting to a new recruit is simple. If you know their name ahead of time, you may use their LinkedIn page as a starting point for a chat. Give the new recruit some helpful hints, and they'll remember you and contact you more often.

Maintain Your LinkedIn Connection

LinkedIn is a straightforward networking tool. And you should make first-level ties with the folks you now work with. Those are the most straightforward links to establish. In fact, LinkedIn may identify the same business name in other accounts and recommend that you connect with them. When you connect on LinkedIn with individuals in your job, you'll get some familiarity and make it much simpler to start discussions when you meet in person. When it comes to networking, don't forget about your present job. Make time to meet new people, connect with individuals on LinkedIn, and deepen your relationships with those you currently know. The individuals there are natural links that may be valuable resources today and in the future.
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Yes. Companies do employ during the holidays, and not only for temporary help. It is a fallacy to believe that everything grinds to a standstill because the holidays are busy and people are traveling and vacationing. Companies must still create and spend money, employment choices are made, and individuals may even change careers during this time of year. Here are some statistics to think about whether you're searching for a new job or changing jobs this holiday season.

Job Boards Are At Capacity

Have you checked out a job board over the holidays? That should be enough to address your question. There are now hundreds of job vacancies for immediate recruitment. HR managers are always on the lookout for excellent candidates for existing or forthcoming vacancies. During the holidays, they aren't sitting around twiddling their thumbs; instead, they are actively evaluating individuals via LinkedIn and other channels to fill openings.

Businesses Have Money To Spend

At the end of the year, a corporation may have additional funds to invest, but it may not. You should not avoid writing applications and cover letters because you believe a firm would not employ you over the holidays. Many businesses pay for end-of-year recruiting so that they have people in place when the new year begins.

There Is Less Rivalry

Many individuals are thinking the same things you are, which implies there will be fewer job candidates over the holidays. Take advantage of the lower competition by polishing your executive resume bio for submission. There's a good possibility you'll get an interview you wouldn't have gotten at other times of the year.

There Are Several Networking Opportunities

This time of year moves at its own speed, with social gatherings at work, with friends, and with family. These are excellent occasions to network and reconnect with individuals with whom you may have lost touch. If your workload has changed, you may have a chance to spend some time on your LinkedIn profile to ensure it is properly optimized before you start engaging with people online, especially if it has been a while. Plan a coffee date with a former coworker or attend a professional event. Don't skip out on these natural social gatherings over the holidays. Job possibilities may be found in a variety of settings.

Temporary Employment Is An Option

Even if the firm you want to work for isn't recruiting right now, you may get your foot in the door with a temporary position. Most temporary executive job openings are the consequence of end-of-year financial worries rather than the Christmas season. Depending on where a company's budget stands, they may not be able to recruit a full-time employee in December, but you will be eligible for full-time work immediately after the New Year begins.

Companies Are Always Hiring

There is never a period when businesses are not employing. Typically, a corporation will employ a candidate if the ideal prospect comes into their office. The Christmas season may be slower for job seekers, but it seldom affects whether a firm is recruiting. In fact, some businesses prefer to employ near the end of the year since they know the people that apply will be serious because they are looking for work throughout the holidays. So, choose the finest executive resume writing service and submit your resume. Expert Resume Services is a team of professional executive resume writers that have helped executives just like you get your dream job. Employers don't stop recruiting during the holidays, and we don't stop assisting professionals like you in finding the right match. Please contact us at any time if you need help with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, or any other area of your vacation job hunt.
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The John Lewis Christmas promo, Tesco's stuffing sandwich meal deals, and, most significantly, Mariah Carey saying it's time are all unmistakable signals that the holiday season has officially arrived. And, just as Cinderella's carriage turns into a pumpkin at midnight, London changes into a magnificent hive of yuletide delight on November 1. Streets shine with Christmas lights, hotels and stores are decked up for the holidays, and songs play out across the city. While we're crossing our fingers for a genuine winter wonderland this season, we've compiled a list of activities to get you in the holiday spirit in the meanwhile. Without further ado, here are the top nine Christmas activities in London.

Top Hints

Purchase early: Because London is predicted to have an increase in tourists this season, most tickets, particularly for events, will likely sell out quickly; book in advance to obtain the finest seats in the house. Some winter festivities and eateries also need reservations. Warm-up: As is customary in the United Kingdom, the weather may be unpredictable, with high winds one minute and a rain the next (sometimes both at the same time). Layer up and don't forget your waterproof gear. Avoid shopping craziness: Christmas crowds are unavoidable, but you may reduce your stress by figuring out where you want to go first, avoiding peak hours, and shopping early in the day if feasible.

1. Take an ice skating lesson

This holiday season, glide over one of the capital's numerous open-air ice rinks. There are several options, but Skate at Somerset House is undoubtedly London's most famous. This year, it's turning up the heat (or, more appropriately, the freezing power) with a larger skate zone nestled in the estate's neo-classical courtyard. Food, beverages, and rink-side DJs will keep the party going late into the night. Lessons offered by certified teachers are also available for beginners or those looking to improve their skating abilities. Glide, a newbie at Battersea Power Station, is also worth a look. It's a peek of New York's iconic rink at Rockefeller Center, set against a stunning background of the city's most historic skyscrapers and centered on a 30-foot Christmas tree. Built by the same team that created Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland and the Natural History Museum's skating facilities, London's only riverfront ice rink has expansive Thames vistas and a plethora of wonderful activities for anyone to enjoy. Go on a date, or gather your best friends and put on your skates. Here are some more of the top ice skating rinks in London.

2. Look at the Christmas lights

When it comes to Christmas lights, no other city does it better than London. Every nook is enchantingly lighted with elaborate decorations that make it an entire experience in and of itself - this is why catching the first light is so magical around here. Plan your evening in downtown London to provide enough time to properly see the enormous splendor of these exhibitions. Begin in Oxford Street, where 5,000 LED stars glitter beneath the night sky, then go to Regent Street to observe the shimmering angels before entering Carnaby Street to be mesmerized by the technicolor lights. If, on the other hand, you'd rather see the lights from above while taking in panoramic views of some of London's greatest, book an open-top bus trip instead. Head south to Crystal Palace Park for Lightopia, a multi-sensory neon lights display that will immerse you in a magical experience like no other, and don't miss Kew Gardens' annual light show.

3. Visit the Christmas markets

It's the Christmas market season, and people in town are spoilt for choice when it comes to the best street cuisines, drunken pop-up bars, and sparkling gifts. Many of these world-famous markets, including downtown London's Leicester Square holiday fair, the Covent Garden Christmas market with its iconic 60-foot tree, and the Southbank Centre's seasonal treats along the Thames, are returning this winter. It will be difficult to escape the seductive scents of fresh sweet churros, spicy bratwurst, and handmade mince pies while touring the markets, so we recommend simply giving in and munching your way through the food booths. While visiting gift booths offering hand-crafted seasonal delights, keep warm with a hot chocolate, mulled wine, or cider.

4. Dance your way through the winter festivities

The winter festivities, which run into the new year and simultaneously with some of London's spectacular markets and ice rinks, are jam-packed with live entertainment, Christmas foods, and funfair rides. The most prominent is Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, which has the UK's biggest ice rink as well as a wide variety of street cuisine, rollercoasters, and carnival games. There's even an ice-filled drink bar. Others include Christmas by the River at London Bridge City, which includes free outdoor cinema screenings, and King's Cross Après Ski Wonderland, which includes club curling, spectacular ice sculptures, and lots of hot toddies.

5. Look for ideas for your own Christmas tree

Stroll the streets of London or go into any store and you're certain to see a Christmas tree decked up in its finest garb. While the majority of the city's Christmas trees are yet to be displayed, keep an eye out for these iconic locations: Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Coal Drops Yard, and Leadenhall Market. Some of London's best hotels are also put on display, so look inside The Connaught, Claridge's, and The Ritz when the trees are up.

6. Attend a Christmas-themed performance

This season, sing your heart out at Elf The Musical at the Dominion Theatre. The play, which runs for just eight weeks, is based on the popular Christmas film Elf, so prepare to be transported to Manhattan and icy Central Park. The West End staging of Disney's popular Frozen and a fine-tuned rendition of The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House are both must-sees. For something different, go to the award-winning cabaret La Clique in Leicester Square. No Christmas would be complete without seeing at least one pantomime, and Jack and the Beanstalk at the London Palladium promise to be nothing short of amazing.

7. Get creative

If making something for loved ones seems intriguing, consider taking a pottery class or making custom candles in seasonal aromas like cinnamon, cedarwood, and clove. The Covent Garden branch of Petersham Nurseries is also holding wreath-making lessons, just in time to display the DIY masterpiece besides the gleaming decorations. Spend the evening at a cocktail-making class organized by Mixology Events, followed by a nightcap at one of London's slickest cocktail bars.
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Kyoto, Japan's historic capital and royal court seat for almost a century, has a rich culinary legacy. The local cuisine is varied, ranging from aristocratic kaiseki course banquets to monks' vegetarian shojin ryori and basic obanzai home-style cooking. While some restaurants draw influence from the past, others experiment with new cuisines. There are also fusion restaurants in the city, which blend ingredients and methods from Kyoto cuisine with culinary styles from other regions of the globe. The Pontocho nightlife zone is a great spot to locate fusion eateries as well as classic ones. Not far away, the Gion neighborhood, as well as the Kyoto Station area, provide a variety of intriguing eating options. Regular Japanese cuisine that is not generally associated with Kyoto, such as ramen, sushi, and udon, is also accessible throughout the city. Foodies should not miss a trip to downtown Kyoto's Nishiki Market, which has been servicing the city for generations.

Kaiseki Ryori

Kaiseki ryori developed from the tea ceremony into an extravagant eating style favored among aristocratic circles. Kyoto-style kaiseki ryori (kyo kaiseki) is very sophisticated, emphasizing delicate tastes and locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The arrangement of courses in a kaiseki dinner is controlled by the cooking style of each dish. Staying at a ryokan that includes a kaiseki supper is one option for guests to experience kaiseki. However, kaiseki dinners may also be eaten at restaurants, especially high-end ryotei, with many of them located in the Pontocho and Gion areas. A excellent kaiseki lunch typically costs roughly 10,000 yen per person, however prices may range from 30,000 yen to 6,000 yen. Some restaurants deviate from tradition by incorporating components of other cuisines.

Ryori Shojin

Whereas kaiseki sprang from the aristocratic prosperity, shojin ryori arose from the asceticism of Buddhist monks. Buddhist monks had to live without meat or fish since they were forbidden from taking the lives of other living beings. Shojin ryori, which consists entirely of vegetarian foods, may be both flavorful and satisfying. Those who stay at a temple accommodation will be able to enjoy a dinner as part of their stay. Tofu, a Kyoto speciality, is a popular element in shojin ryori. Tofu preparation is so ubiquitous that it is also known as Tofu Ryori ("tofu cuisine"). Yudofu, soft tofu cooked in broth with veggies, is a popular dish offered in tofu restaurants in Kyoto. A Yudofu dinner normally costs between 1500 and 2000 yen, however the price might vary based on the quality of the restaurant. Tofu cuisine is very popular in the Nanzenji and Arashiyama regions.

Ryori Obanzai

Obanzai Ryori is Kyoto's traditional home-style cuisine. It consists of a number of little meals that are typically relatively easy to make. Seasonal local stuff is best suited for the recipes. Despite the fact that the cooking techniques are typically simple, obanzai meals may be made exceedingly rich by chefs who are skilled at bringing out the inherent tastes of the ingredients. Obanzai ryori restaurants may be found all throughout Kyoto. Many of them offer a casual and welcoming ambiance, which mirrors the home cooking approach. A complete lunch will typically cost between 2000 and 3000 yen, however this might vary based on the amount and kind of items ordered.


Outside of downtown Kyoto, Kawayuka, or Kawadoko, is the summer tradition of eating on temporary platforms erected over flowing water. Kawayuka, which was created to combat the summer heat, is a terrific opportunity to explore Kyoto cuisine while enjoying the cooling benefits of the flowing water and vibrant summer ambiance. The most well-known location for kawayuka is along the Kamogawa River in downtown Kyoto, particularly at Pontocho. From May through September, eateries on the river's west bank build temporary wooden decks across the canal. Many restaurants provide kaiseki dinners, although other kinds of food are also available. Kibune and Takao in the wooded highlands north of downtown Kyoto are other popular spots to attempt kawayuka, which is known as kawadoko here. The platforms at Kibune, in particular, are erected only millimeters above the river and give virtually total respite from the summer heat. Terrace eating is popular, particularly along the Kamogawa River on weekends and holidays, when prior reservations are required at most river-facing eateries along Pontocho (usually in Japanese by phone).
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