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Mack Prioleau on 8 Things You Shouldn’t Do in Other Countries

Mack Prioleau Shares Ten Things You Should Avoid Doing in Other Countries

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Having traveled to various places in the world and having friends who have done the same, I’ve learned a thing or two about usual gestures that we may have been accustomed to and that we consider normal, but which are seen as offensive in other countries. Hello once again, friends! Mack Prioleau here. Today let’s talk about some of the things we should avoid doing when visiting other countries. Here are eight of them:

1. Avoid tipping in Japan at all costs. The Japanese are known for their high standards when it comes to service so you can expect to receive exceptional service at their hotels and restaurants. They’re proud of this, and tipping may be seen as an insult.

2. Always use your right hand in India. Whether you’re receiving an item that you bought from a stall or shaking hands with a local; eating or paying, always use your right hand because the left hand is considered unclean.

3 and 4. Never honk your horn in Norway and New Zealand. Honking signals an emergency and this could cause unnecessary panic among the other drivers around you. In New Zealand, honking is regarded as insulting, so try to avoid it when you’re behind the wheel.

5. Never give even numbers of flowers in Ukraine. When you want to give someone flowers in Ukraine, make sure that the number is uneven because flowers in even numbers are given during funerals.

6. Don’t finish all the food on your plate in China. This act is seen by the host as a sign that the food they provided wasn’t filling enough for you which insults them. Leave a little on your plate. Burping out loud is also seen as a sign that you were satisfied with the meal.

7. Never give the thumbs-up sign to anyone in Iran. In Iran and other parts of the Middle East, the thumbs-up sign is regarded as a demeaning or foul gesture so to be on the good side of the locals, refrain from doing it.

8. Don’t use the OK sign in Turkey. Giving someone the OK sign may seem like approval in our country but it is seen as offensive in Turkey because giving someone the OK sign here means you think the person is a homosexual.

Stay tuned for more travel tips from Mack Prioleau.

 

 

Mack Prioleau on 2 Travel Books for Exploring the US

Mack Prioleau on 2 Must-have Travel Books for Discovering America

Hi, all! Mack Prioleau here. In one of my posts, I mentioned that this year, I vow to explore more of the United States. I’ve been to various places around the world, each one offering me new experiences, but I must admit that I haven’t really taken the time to explore all the wonders of the country. I plan to change that!

But first, I need a little help as I don’t have a lot of information regarding all the amazing places in the country—or what others would call a “must-see.” So my first order of the day is to get travel books that can help me better navigate the country. And below are the top two that always come up in my searches.

1. 1,000 Places To See In The United States And Canada Before You Die by Patricia Schultz. This book made it to the New York Times’ bestseller list, and even made it to the top spot. The book is highly informative and will provide you with all the details that you need for a smooth trip. The book includes phone numbers and websites to check out that can help you with your travel plans. There are also sections that mention which ones are family-friendly and which ones are great for outdoor adventures. I may not be able to go to all one thousand of them, but I’m going to try to go to the best ones during my lifetime!

2. American Road Trip: Color Your Way to Calm from Coast to Coast by Brian Sharkey Vaught and Michelle Sharkey Vaught. Going on at least one road trip in your lifetime is a must in my opinion. There’s so much to discover on road trips, whether you do it alone or with a friend. This book takes road trips to the next level because other than mapping out routes that can help you make the most of your road trip, the book is a coloring book as well! Color the cities and towns as you visit them. This road trip will surely be anything but boring!

Have you been on a road trip? How was your experience? Please do share! I’d love to hear all about it and I’m sure the readers will also enjoy reading your road trip adventures!

This is Mack Prioleau signing off for now.

 

 

Mack Prioleau on 4 Underrated Attractions in New York

Mack Prioleau Shares Four Underrated Attractions in New York Worth Checking Out

When you think of touring New York, what might immediately come to mind are the museums and art galleries, Central Park, the Manhattan skyline, shopping, and trying out the best restaurants in town. I’d like to keep the focus away from these for now and talk about other attractions that are worth your time. Mack Prioleau here; let’s explore NewYork’s underrated attractions starting with these four:

1. Tannen’s Magic Store, NY, NY. If you love Harry Potter or you simply marvel at the illusions performed by magicians, then you’ll like this place! The store has been providing magicians with tools and toys for their acts since 1925. The best part? The people at Tannen’s will gladly show you how the products work if you ask them to. Now you can go home and entertain friends and family with your own magic show!

2. Brooklyn Flea Market. The flea market is open every weekend year round, so you’ll never have to worry about missing it when you visit. Everything that you see here are artisanal products, from arts and crafts to jewelry, vintage apparel, furniture, antiques, and collectible items. True, it’s popular among locals and some tourists, but I feel that it deserves more acknowledgement and should be included in every travel brochure’s itinerary.

3. IFC Center, NY, NY. When in New York, make time for a movie or two at the IFC Center. It has 5 state-of-the art cinemas where you can watch local and foreign independent films, documentaries, sci-fi movies, Hollywood classics, and other cult favorites. Gourmet snacks and organic popcorn make your viewing experience even more enjoyable!

4. Ghostbusters Firehouse, NY, NY. With the recent remake of the cult classic “Ghostbusters,” the Ghostbusters Firehouse is a must if you loved the original films. This is a working firehouse and on occasion, they might let you see their collection of “relics” from the actual fires they’ve put out.

Are there other places you’d like to add? Please feel free to let me know! Again this is Mack Prioleau and I hope to see you all back here!

 

 

Mack Prioleau Skiis on Mauna Kea | Mack Prioleau | The Outdoors

Mack Prioleau on Skiing on Mauna Kea

The state of Hawai’i has always been one at the top of my list of places to visit. From my research i have learned that it is more known for its beaches and tropical rain forests, the state is home to very high peaks, including the volcano Mauna Kea on the island of Hawai’i.

Mauna Kea measures almost 13,800 feet. But because its base lies 19,000 feet underwater, it’s actually the highest mountain in the world when measured from bottom to top. The variations in elevation make for interesting climate and weather differences. The name “Mauna Kea” means “white mountain” in Hawai’ian, and the snow covers the volcano’s peak during winter. Between November to April, temperatures can reach as low as 24.9ºF. But because of the altitude, the wind chill can make it seem a lot colder.

At first glance, Mauna Kea could be one of the best skiing spots on the planet, with over 100 square miles of terrain covered with fine white snow, which locals call “pineapple powder”. While Mauna Kea’s summit is dotted by the numerous astronomical observatories that take advantage of the clear weather, there are no lodging facilities or ski lifts on the summit itself. Despite this, a few friends of mine have gone up to the summit on a rented SUV, planning to go skiing down the summit. In lieu of ski lifts, one of us acted as the designated driver for each trip up and down the slope, picking up skiers at the bottom of the snow line.

They told me that the scenery more than made up for the effort we exerted just going up to the summit. But Mauna Kea is not for beginners – it takes a certain degree of courage to even go up the highest peak in the world. Something I plan to do in the near future

Interestingly, while there are zero ski facilities on Mauna Kea, there is a ski shop on the Big Island that rents skis and snowboards. They’re not always open, but when they are, you’re sure that there is just enough snow on the summit for you to play on.

 

 

Mack Prioleau Speaks About Perth

Mack Prioleau on Visiting Perth, Western Australia

I’ve visited much of North America and Europe, but until recently, Australia was uncharted territory to me. So, when an Aussie teammate of mine wanted to speak about his visit to his hometown of Perth for the holidays, I was excited to hear more about it. One thing became clear after his trip, though – if you’re looking for wide open spaces and wildlife, amazing architecture, and golden sunshine and beaches, Perth has everything for you. They have a well-preserved old town, the largest inner-city park in the world, and more!

Kings Park

If you thought Central Park in New York was big, Kings Park is massive. At more than 4 square kilometers, it covers a large part of Mount Eliza and preserves the native bushland of the west coast, yet is directly beside the Perth central business district. Don’t forget to check out the DNA Tower on top of the hill!

Perth Zoo

If you’re curious about Australia’s unique wildlife, the Perth Zoo houses more than 164 different species, including dingoes, emus, Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, cockatoos, and echidnas. At 17 hectares, the Perth Zoo is also home to the African Savannah and Asian Rainforest exhibits, and is heavily involved in conservation efforts across the globe.

Fremantle

This city serves as the port of Perth. Because of its long history as a trade center, it is home to well-preserved historic buildings, fresh produce, and a vibrant arts and culture scene. The market is also a popular site for buskers, so chances are, you might just be listening to the next big star!

Sunset Coast

To the north of the city itself lies the Sunset Coast. With more than a thousand kilometers of coastline, you can choose from one of the numerous fine white sand beaches, get stoked, and paddle out into the waves.If you’re into surfing like me, Trigg Beach is the place to visit according to my friend. I look forward to traveling to Perth soon!

 

 

Mack Prioleau on 4 Underrated Attractions in New York

Mack Prioleau Shares Four Underrated Attractions in New York Worth Checking Out

When you think of touring New York, what might immediately come to mind are the museums and art galleries, Central Park, the Manhattan skyline, shopping, and trying out the best restaurants in town. I’d like to keep the focus away from these for now and talk about other attractions that are worth your time. Mack Prioleau here; let’s explore NewYork’s underrated attractions starting with these four:

1. Tannen’s Magic Store, NY, NY. If you love Harry Potter or you simply marvel at the illusions performed by magicians, then you’ll like this place! The store has been providing magicians with tools and toys for their acts since 1925. The best part? The people at Tannen’s will gladly show you how the products work if you ask them to. Now you can go home and entertain friends and family with your own magic show!

2. Brooklyn Flea Market. The flea market is open every weekend year round, so you’ll never have to worry about missing it when you visit. Everything that you see here are artisanal products, from arts and crafts to jewelry, vintage apparel, furniture, antiques, and collectible items. True, it’s popular among locals and some tourists, but I feel that it deserves more acknowledgement and should be included in every travel brochure’s itinerary.

3. IFC Center, NY, NY. When in New York, make time for a movie or two at the IFC Center. It has 5 state-of-the art cinemas where you can watch local and foreign independent films, documentaries, sci-fi movies, Hollywood classics, and other cult favorites. Gourmet snacks and organic popcorn make your viewing experience even more enjoyable!

4. Ghostbusters Firehouse, NY, NY. With the recent remake of the cult classic “Ghostbusters,” the Ghostbusters Firehouse is a must if you loved the original films. This is a working firehouse and on occasion, they might let you see their collection of “relics” from the actual fires they’ve put out.

Are there other places you’d like to add? Please feel free to let me know! Again this is Mack Prioleau and I hope to see you all back here!

 

 

Mack Prioleau on the Best Family-friendly Attractions in Florida

Mack Prioleau on Why Florida is the Best Place to Visit for a Holiday with the Kids

There are plenty of attractions in the United States that are perfect for families vacationing with kids but if there’s only one place that you can choose, I recommend Florida. Hello, readers! It’s Mack Prioleau. If you’re looking for vacation spots in the US, and you’re traveling with kids, Florida is where the magic begins.

Home to Universal Orlando, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World and Legoland Florida, the state is teeming with attractions that kids of every age will surely enjoy—and adults too! Do your kids love Harry Potter? Head to Universal Studios at Universal Orlando and explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Visit Hogsmeade and get your school supplies at Dervish and Banges, or feast on Chocolate Frogs and Cauldron Cakes bought at Honeydukes. And don’t forget to get your wand at Ollivanders!

After you’ve stocked up on your wizarding supplies, head to Platform 9 ¾ to catch the Hogwarts Express.

When you want to experience more magic, head to Magic Kingdom where you can enjoy rides like the Astro Orbiter, Barnstormer, Buzz Lightyear’s SpaceRanger Spin, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Enjoy the parade of famous Disney characters like Mickey and friends, Disney princesses, and Pixar pals.

Cap off your holiday at Legoland Theme Park and Water Park. Build your own Lego structures at the Building Zone and marvel at the amazing artistry behind the Daytona International Speedway replica. Toddlers will enjoy DUPLO Farm, DUPLO Splash & Play, and DUPLO Tot Spot.

From this brief information alone, you can already see why Florida is the best place for a holiday with your kids. Have been to these attractions before? What was your favorite part? Please let us know! You may reach me, Mack Prioleau, through this page.

I invite you to come back for more places to visit in the United States.

 

 

Explore the Old and New in Japan: Visit Tokyo

Explore the Old and New in Japan: Visit TokyoExploring Tokyo

I’ve always wanted to explore Asia. I’ve been to South Africa, and I’ve visited various other parts of the U.S. to get to know its natural wonders. While I’ve lived here all my life, I am embarrassed to admit that I’ve never really explored its many amazing wonders until recently. Traveling, I believe, is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of a country. And for me, meeting the locals is always the best way to truly get to know the heart and soul of a country.

This summer, I’m thinking about exploring Asia, and my first destination of choice is Japan. Japan’s rich and colorful history has always intrigued me. I figured that the best way to explore the old and new Japan is to visit a favorite tourist destination that perfectly epitomizes these: Tokyo.

Museums in Tokyo

The capital of Japan and considered as the most densely-populated metropolis in the world, Tokyo is a bustling city with plenty to offer a first-time traveler. Shopping, dining, and nightlife seem to be the favorite activities of tourists here. But since I’m more interested in its history, I’d like to explore its museums first before I explore the modern side of Tokyo.

First stop is Tokyo National Museum, the oldest and largest museum in the country. Relics and items that showcase the history and culture of Japan, as well as the country’s national treasures, are on display at the buildings that comprise the national museum.

Next on my list are the Edo-Tokyo Museum and the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Museum. Tokyo was formerly known as Edo, which used to be a small castle town during the Edo period. Life-size replicas of the structures in this historic town can be seen here, so that will surely be a sight to behold.

The history and cultural lessons you learn in these museums provide a contrast to the now modern life in Tokyo. Walking down the streets, you will see young executives in smart suits rushing to work. And the city is lined with various world-class restaurants, shops, bars, and clubs.

If and when I do get to visit, I will share my experiences exploring the beautiful city of Tokyo with you.

 

 

Mack Prioleau NBA Update

Today we are going to be talking about what has happened this past week in the N.B.A. This has been a big week for sports, we currently have the N.F.F draft going on but we have seen some big developments in the N.B.A as well. First off, let’s talk about the team that was easily the favorite to repeat as world champions of the world until a recent development. You have probably heard by now but Step Curry is out for the foreseeable future. After injuring his ankle in game 1 of the series against the Houston Rockets, it looks as if he slipped on the wet spot on the floor in game four and injured his knee. The scary part is that the team did not say he would be back in two weeks, they said they would reevaluate his knee with in two weeks. Which means he is most likely out until the N.B.A finals at the earliest if they are lucky to make it. They would currently play the winner of the Portland Trailblazers and Los Angeles Clippers which is a perfect segue way to our next topic. The Clippers, a team that seem can never catch a break. With the M.V.P from the last two seasons of the league injured and a lead in their current series, it seemed as the Clippers had a great chance to make the Western Conference Final. Not less then a day later news comes out that their two best players in Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were injured and would be out for the rest of the playoffs. Of course injuries are just part of the game and something all teams have to deal with. But this was their best chance in the history of their franchise to make the conference finals and they do not even get a day to rejoice in this, as always it seems that dreams in Clipperland get dashed before they can ever come true.

Mack Prioleau: NFL Draft

With the NFL draft just around the corner there is definitely a lot of anxiety and excitement in the air. All the way from the owners, down to the fans. The draft can make a team and set them up for years of success. Just look at the Colts who drafted Andrew Luck and have set themselves up for years of winning seasons. Even this year with him injured and having the worst season of his young career they almost made the playoffs. The draft is also a place that can destroy a team’s momentum for years. Just look at the Cleveland Browns. A story was just published that discussed how “Siri” from Apple when referred to the Brown’s Stadium as a “factory of sadness”. (Here is the link just in case you want to check it out http://www.cnet.com/how-to/siri-knows-where-sadness-resides-in-cleveland/). This draft is shaping up to be a great one, in case you have been out of the loop here are the most pressing stories heading into the draft.

  • The Rams who just moved to L.A must be looking to make a splash in this year’s draft because they traded away six future draft picks, including two first round selections. The Rams are in desperate need of a quarterback as they currently have Case Keenum as their starting quarterback. Are they planning to draft one? If so, which quarterback are the leaning towards?
  • The Browns traded away their second overall pick to the Eagles. The Brown’s received six future draft picks including two first round selections. The Browns are in desperate need of a quarterback as well and must have decided that it was not worth wasting a number two selection on a QB. The Eagle’s just signed Sam Bradford to an extension, what could be their play for moving up to number two?
  • There are two quarterback’s above the rest it is Jared Goff from Cal and Carson Wentz from North Dakota state, how do these trades affect both these young men’s future?

 

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