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FESTIVITY! FROM FASHION TIPS TO SOCIAL ACTIONS, EVERYTHING TO MAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS MORE SPECIAL

SOLIDARITY,

a splash of colors IN A BLACK AND WHITE WORLD

FA SHION • GA ST RO NO M Y • C ULTUR E • B E H AV I O R • B USI N E SS • TR AVEL


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EDITORIAL

THE POWER OF

CHOICES

Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year. Togo – A girl from Togo is delig ted t find a teddy bear inside er s eb x gift

Marisa Abel Editor-in-chief Beyound Us • 4

Photos: Author’s personal archive | Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

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very day we have in our hands the opportunity to choose attitudes that can change our lives, and consequently, of some people around us or even strangers. Many times we make simple and unconscious decisions, others, we spend days thinking about the different options and how to act, but it doesn’t matter if the decision is spontaneous or premeditated, it will always change something in our lives, so the tip is to be prudent and opt for positive and productive actions. In this atypical year full of uncertainties, we were “taken” away the freedom to do various activities, which impacted our choices. This also affected the selection of our content, as the world program for the Holidays has changed completely. We wanted to show the world the wonders of the Christmas Markets in Germany, the traditions in Belgium, the events in Brazil and the USA and so on, but suddenly everything was canceled or postponed, including limiting the number of people we should receive inside our houses, something unimaginable in January 2020. It’s as if the Grinch had come, disguised as Covid-19 to steal our celebrations. We couldn’t drop the ball and let Grinch win this battle; we needed to find creative alternatives so that our publication could bring you a positive content, portraying the importance of choosing love, kindness, charity and solidarity. So we produced this edition with great affection, portraying in our articles tips and actions that can change the course of history. Wake up with energy, have productive days, choose the options that will positively transform your life and those around you. Take advantage of the tips in this edition to have a conscious Holidays; if you cannot travel and be with loved ones, decorate your home in a special way, meet with those you love (even if it is online), use your imagination and good choices to spread love; see that in each obstacle created, there is an opportunity to expand the vision to a new range of options. Learn that there is always a way to take something good from the situations. Just a reminder that the extra protection during this pandemic must keep being respected. Always clean your hands, if you are going for activities outside your home, if you are in places that still have outside activities, respect the social distance. So mask up and enjoy the festivities!


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IS ART It’s Christmas - events around the world

CONTENTS 26 • PARENTING Meaningful gifts

28 PET SCENE Unconditional love

30 • COLORS AND FLAVORS Soft cupcake 33 • BARGAIN HUNTER Cool and affordable gifts

10 • THE IT ITEM Pure Gold

34 • GREENBACK How do financial successful people act?

12 • BEAUTY ESSENTIALS Jolly allure

36 • SEEMLINESS Vitaminate yourself 38 • THRIVING José Vitor Leme, the 1 million dollar cowboy 40 • HOP ON HOP OFF Kevin McCallister’s NY 42 • COUNTRYSIDE - Japan: Hokkaido, culinary experience and the Snow Festival

14 • TRENDS FROM UP HERE Trends from North Hemisphere - Cold festive days 15 • TRENDS FROM DOWN HERE Trends from North Hemisphere - Warm festive days 16 • LET’S TALK ABOUT FASHION Details that became highlights 18 • COVER - ENLIGHTENED LOVE Operation Christmas Child, from Samaritan’s Purse, changing lives

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HOME IN AND OUT Creativity at the table

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WHERE NEXT? In Page’s Backyard


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IS ART

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LUMINOCITY FESTIVAL

Lighting up Randall’s Island, in New York City, the festival brings amazing sculptures inspired by nature, history, and magic that dazzles the visitors! It is a multidimensional experience where we can walk to different fields such as the Mysterious Forest, The Dangerous Dunes, The Forgotten Ruins, The Hidden Land of Hria and Mystical Moon Land. We spent around 1:30 hours amazed by every sculpture. It is a unique experience that pops into our eyes. Great event for a full family, the place will entertain you as it has a mysterious and magical life. Since it is an outside event, and we are in the winter time in NYC, nothing better than getting a special hot chocolate in the food trucks next to the wonderland of lights.

When: From November 27th 2020 until January 10th 2021 Where: 20 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035 Time: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm Tickets and information: www.luminocityfestival.com

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IT’S WE HAVE SPECIAL EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS, ARTS AND CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD TO CONNECT AND PROVIDE YOU WITH AMAZING EXPERIENCES

KOZIAR’S CHRISTMAS VILLAGE

William M. Koziar, the creator of Christmas Village, began decorating his home and property in 1948 and the Koziar’s Christmas Village has grown to a regional and national phenomenon with third and fourth families’ generations taking the magical trek to see the stunning lights.

When: Until January 2nd 2021 Where: 782 Christmas Village Rd. Bernville, PA 19506 Information: www.koziarschristmasvillage.com

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NORTH POLE EXPRESS TRAIN, IN PENNSYLVANIA

This year the New Hope Railroad invites you along as we set the clock back and showcase a magical journey mirroring those of years ago, dating back to the first half of the twentieth century. The trains are all heated and will be traditionally decorated for the season, creating a warm and cheerful feeling during your trip. The experience has one hour duration and the route is from New Hope to Lahaska, in Pennsylvania. Bucks County, in Pennsylvania, offers the perfect activities and events – both virtual and in-person - to celebrate the holiday season.

www.visitbuckscounty.com

A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

The world-famous dome St Paul’s Cathedral is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Because of the new restrictions of Covid-19, there is capacity control. For those who cannot join the in person celebration Symphony. You will be able to find many more experiences online in their website:

www.stpauls.co.uk

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THE IT ITEM

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By Fernanda Langhammer

Photos: Provided by the brands

THE FESTIVE SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND EVERYONE IS PRETTY HAPPY TO SAY GOODBYE TO 2020. UPGRADE YOUR END OF THE YEAR LOOKS WITH A GOLDEN TOUCH!

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.BLACK AND GOLD

The most sophisticated combination for your festive wear is pairing black and gold. The yellowish hue adds light to the somber dark shade and creates an astonishing result. If you want to impress, opt for shimmering pants. They are difficult to wear, but if you manage to pull them off, this will be an outfit to be remembered in years to come!

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.OH MY HAIR!

Headbands are having a big comeback in the past seasons and incorporating them to your looks gives you a fashionista status. This yellow gold accessory can complement your festive outfit or add some radiance to your basic white tee and denim kind of days. They look great in shorthaired girlies. Beyound Us • 10

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. AIM FOR THE STARS!

Don’t let the setbacks of this year put you down, it’s time to look up and the answer might be in the stars. If you believe in their power, you can now carry them with you day and night. Accessorize created a collection of golden pendants that represents stars constellations for each zodiac sign. A subtle personal glitz.

Accessorize Capricorn Constellation

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Dune London

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. DAZZLING TOP

The occasion might be a small family celebration or a dinner with your closest friend; however, they are the ones who deserve to see you at your best! Don’t be shy and go for fullon sparkle. If you are not a big fan of yellow gold, opt for a toned down shade to paint your blouse and pair it with a shimmering skirt. Shine like a diamond!

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. FEET DETAIL

If too much sparkle is not your thing, you can go for comfortable footwear to run your daily errands. Golden mules are easy to pair with casual outfits without making them too basic. End of the year shopping list is starting to knock at your door and whatever the scenario is, online or hitting the stores, you’d better have comfy shoes.

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BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

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BEAUTY IS ON THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER THEY SAY. HOWEVER, WE CAN ALWAYS GIVE AN EXTRA HELP WITH SOME SKINCARE AND NICE MAKEUP. ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS GRACEFULLY! By Fernanda Langhammer

WINTER WONDERLAND Looking for a creative and useful gift set for that special someone? Lush, the vegan and cruelty-free brand put together their most-wanted products in one cherished box. You find the bestselling Rose Jam Shower Gel with its lemon-rose aroma that goes very well with the Sultana of Soap and its leather scent. Sugar Plum shower bomb, Rub Rub Rub sea salt scrubbers with its mimosa fragrance and last but not least, Sakura Body Lotion with its delicate cherry blossom bouquet. Whoever gets this gift, will not only get a very perfumed box, but a personal pampering session!

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TOUCH OF GEM Jade rollers are sworn by celebrities, common people, aestheticians and dermatologists all over the globe as a good tool to improve your facial skin circulation and lymphatic drainage. The result is a glowing and less puffy skin. The stone is used for face massages and its cold to the touch property combined to the soft pressure has been applied to the skin since the seventh-century in China. Sounds so amazing that it might be the right addition to your beauty cabinet.

beauty Jade rollers

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LIP SMACKING

COUNTING THE DAYS

Still in the Christmas spirit, Sephora created a limited edition ornament. The girly Christmas tree decoration features two new exclusive lipstick shades, Fireside (dark red, satin) and Festive (pink nude, satin). Spice things up by pairing this unique trinket next to your shiny baubles.

Christmas is that wonderful time of the year and the expectation to that one special day is usually counted by children all over the world with their chocolate advent calendars. However, Sephora created an advent calendar for grown ladies and you are surprised every day with an assortment of makeup, skincare and hair products. To all beauty queens out there!

Sephora

M&Co

Sephora

FOR HIM

Marks & Spencer

NIGHT RESTORATION Who never had short nights with important early commitments in the following day? This product, from Marks & Spencer, claims that its Absolute range formula makes your skin look like it had eight hours’ sleep even when it didn’t! This gift set is composed by the Ultimate Sleep oil, to be massaged onto your face and neck every evening, followed by the Ultimate Sleep cream to complete the regime. The oil comes exclusively in this duo.

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Beauty products are not meant to be only for women. Nowadays, you find a selection of products created to please men’s needs. This body care box set from M&Co brings a hair and body wash and a bar of soap scented according to men’s taste. A good Christmas gift to give to your male Secret Santa!


TRENDS FROM UP HERE

COLD FESTIVE DAYS

By Fernanda Langhammer

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t’s that time of the year again and the jingle bells are playing in store; preparing us for the joyful season. Find out what to wear to embrace your merry days in style!

December is here and the good feelings that come around this period of the year are once again filling our hearts with hope and wishes of better days ahead. Let them be cozy and in full health!

LUSTROUS VELOUR

CRIMSON FLAIR

H&M

Christmas asks for something red and a midi-skirt in fake vermilion leather is the item to have! You can style it in an array of outfits and never go wrong. It can be an option to your office wear or the missing element for that killing look. Mango

FUNKY WEAR

Christmas sweaters - are you a lover or hater? There is no middle ground when it comes to wearing them. However, their jolly intention is sure to get your smile this time of the year, no matter if you own one or not. New Look

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Gillian Anderson for Dune London

MONOCHROMATIC PALETTE

The weather forecast predicts lots of grey clouds in the sky and designers agree with creations in the same shade. Opt for a total look in dove grey to spend the cold season in style! Finalize your outfit with black boots, just like Gillian Anderson (X-files and Sex Education) has done in this Dune London campaign, stunning!

SOFT TOUCH

Looking for warm pieces to keep you company this winter? Capodimonti Cashmere is a brand based in Italy that produces fine and atemporal sweaters, shawls, gloves and more. In this idyllic place, they comb the sheep to remove the wool, no stress for the animals! The pieces are handmade and have a timeless style. (@capodimonti_cashmere)

Capodimonti Neckwarmer

Photos: Provided by the brands

The smooth fabric is a popular pick to give life to dramatic dresses during the colder days of the year. Dust off your velvet frocks and pace your way with lots of confidence.


TRENDS FROM DOWN HERE

HOT HOLIDAYS

By Léia Marinho

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ere in South America heat is our companion, and that alone dictates our main trend: “light looks”, within this idea we can diversify and use what best matches the style of the party.

JUMPSUIT

They leave the look with an air of elegance and power, both at Christmas and at New Year’s parties, the choice is right, you can risk what people guarantee!

Photos: Provided by the brands | Marisa Abel

PENCIL SKIRT

Grace Karin

Forever 21 AVEC VOUS

Elegant, the pencil skirt is a good choice for the upcoming festivities. Italian brands bet on the piece in their collections with a more modern look and we took the opportunity to give a more chic look to our look. Before choosing the pieces remember to evaluate how the combination should be, as it can disadvantage your strengths.

RED BECAUSE I WANT YOU

First color that comes to women’s heads for Christmas Eve is red. It is always present, regardless of the color chart prevalent in the year.

The model Ntina, in hers Christmas photoshoot, wore a dress from Mac Duggal

SKIRT WITH HOT PANTS

A beloved look at parties in beach towns where the look combines chic with boldness, leaving the legs exposed due to the transparency of the fabric. Option for those who want to have something over their legs while showing them.

DRESSES WITH LASTEX

This is the name given to the effect of the fabric when sewn with many thin types of elastic, this trend always comes back in the summers and this year is no different, it adjusts to the body and leaves the silhouette very feminine.

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LET’S TALK ABOUT FASHION

D E T A I L S THAT

BECAME

HIGHLIGHTS PRODUCT PACKAGING ENCHANTS AS MUCH AS THE PRODUCT ITSELF. MANY BRANDS PAY ATTENTION TO THIS DETAIL TO EXCEED CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS.

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hen you hear about product packaging, what comes to your mind? Do you think about the shapes of yogurt cups? Or the drawings of the breakfast cereal boxes? We can say that all product creators need to think about this detail of usefulness and why not to mention beauty, which is the packaging. Especially now, at Christmas and the end of the year festivities, which is a very marked retail date and sales increase, the brands take the opportunity to innovate. As our focus here is fashion, let’s talk about the importance of packaging for this sector. The pieces of clothing are what really delight the customer and many brands forget or do not value the opportunity to continue enchanting the consumer when transporting their pieces; therefore, they end up missing a chance to surprise even more after the purchase has already been made.

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Photos: Provided by the brands | Laura Chouette Julian O’Hayon; Kitera Dent; Highlight ID – Unsplash.Valeria Aksakova – Freepik. Suzy Hazelwood – Pexels.

By Léia Marinho


In fashion, nobody sees the packaging before the purchase, we see the pieces in the racks, in the shop windows and even on other people and when we decide to buy, we give the brand another chance to take from us that: “Wow, what a beautiful bag!”, “What a wonderful box!”, “It was a gift, but I want the packaging for myself!”, among other expressions that show us that the duty has been fulfilled by those who were kind enough to produce enchanting packaging. Companies like Apple think of their packaging as experiences; from the organization of the parts in the box to the way the lid slides smoothly, all of these things create an expectation in you; everything is thought for the experience to be positive, for people to be surprised when opening the products, and not just as protection and transportation. We know that in clothes, because the materials are a little different and much more flexible, we can be surprised in other ways. Now, if you work in this field, here’s a tip: the idea is to impress and think about solutions focused on the product. Perfumes sprayed on fabrics to give an olfactory memory of the brand, tags hung delicately with satin ribbons and different pins, charming folding boxes, personalized or resistant bags to be reused and thus show the logo for longer; these are some resources that have already been used in fashion, which inspires us to dedicate some time and create this “experience” with others in a personalized way for each situation. Thinking carefully about the details makes the other one our fan, a hard task to be accomplished.

Gift Bag Anthropologie Gift Box L’OCCITANE

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COVER

Enlightened

LOVE By Marisa Abel

THE ENERGY OF DECEMBER IS SPECIAL, LIGHTS UP IN PEOPLE THE CARE FOR OTHERS; IT BRINGS HOPE AND EMPOWERS THE VIBES THAT BETTER TIMES IS COMING.

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t’s the Holiday season and the cities around the world are decorated with special lights and colors, also typical Christmas music has been playing over and over, and it is magical. This is the time of the year when we can express and feel the power of hope, because the date means love for others, a wish that better times are coming and happiness. Around the world people find time and energy to help others, to organize special celebrations, whether small acts and events (organized in the neighborhood, among a group of friends, local churches) to the large ones like big companies or non-profit organizations. No matter which one you are part of, it is time to cherish precious moments. Beyound Us • 18


Ecuador – Jamyleth (right) who received a shoebox gift as a child enjoys helping a new generation of children discover God’s love for them through simple shoebox gifts.

Dominican Re public A girl in the D ominican Re public shows toy she receiv off the “wow ed in her shoe ” box gift.

Photos: Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

Botswana – “Wow” toys like the stuffed animal this girl received in her shoebox gift are sure to delight children worldwide!

In Brazil, for more than 30 years, the company Correios (main company of mail and delivery services) created the “Correios’ Santa Claus”. Children from the whole country send Santa a letter talking about their lives and wishes and people who want to be the “godmother or godfather” of that child build a package with gifts and deliver it to the nearby Correios’ station; they will be responsible to deliver it to the children. It is an amazing way to spread hope, love and of course give them some gifts. Years ago, here in the US, I was talking to a friend of mine about Christmas solidarity actions based on what I knew from Brazil and Eliane Mendes

introduced me to Christmas Child Operation from Samaritan’s Purse as one of the hugest programs that brings hope and love to children around the world. All you have to do is build a shoebox full of school material, hygiene products, toys and clothes; write a letter and pray for the children who will receive that shoebox. It looks so simple, but it is much more than that. Going deeper into the stories you can see that it is not just a shoebox full of gifts; it is a package that can change lives, bring hope and spread love. By reading the many stories from those who received the shoebox I could see how those boxes were a game change in so many lives. It is magical! >>>

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Lucas Zeller, from Samaritan’s Purse, called me to manage the interview and the information that we needed to write this edition’s highlight; by listening to his voice it was possible to feel the love about the program and how important it is, even more in current times. He said that “every shoebox provides opportunity for local ministries, present in many countries, to bring hope to the children in Jesus’ name. We do not yet have the numbers for 2020, but since 1993, when Operation Christmas Child started with our president Franklin Graham, more than 178 millions of boxes have been delivered around the Globe, in more than 150 countries.” For many kids, it is their first gift ever, it represents more than a gift but also that they are not forgotten and a lot of people around the Earth care and want to give them a tangible expression of God’s love. We interviewed Izabela McMillon, she is involved with the Operation Christmas Child now, but years ago she was one of the teenagers that received the shoebox and it changed her life. During our conversation, she expressed how important it was in her life, how grateful she is and more importantly, how you can make a difference in someone else’s life. Beyound Us • 20

BeyondUs: You got the shoebox at age 13. Why were you on the list to have a shoebox? Izabela: It is really interesting this question. I received my shoebox gift when I was 13 years old in post-Communist Romania. I was not specifically chosen to receive a shoebox gift as the ministry came into my country to bring aid after the fall of communism. I received a shoebox gift along with all the other children who were present that day. BeyondUs: What was your first impression when you opened the box? Izabela: My shoebox was like a splash of color entering our black and white gloomy world we were used to. Everything in my shoebox was colorful and new. It deeply impacted me to know that I was not forgotten and a gift was given to me with no strings attached. My shoebox was life changing, because it allowed me to experience for the first time God’s unconditional love and His

Photos: Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

Mexico The smile on this Mexican girl’s face indicates just how much packing a doll in a shoebox can bless a child in need.


Kiribati Samaritan’s Purse plans to bring gift-filled shoeboxes to children on 1,000 Pacific islands over the next five years

existence. I finally understood that God is truly a personal God who cares about each and every person. BeyondUs: You said that it was a splash of colors. Today, how important is it to have a “colorful” life? Izabela: Today I am grateful for the opportunity to have the freedom of speech, freedom of religion and have the opportunity to freely choose to give back to the very ministry that deeply impacted my life through packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. BeyondUs: More than gifts, the boxes have prayers and are giving hope, it also can be expressed in the letters. How does it work in your house when you and your family are building the boxes? Izabela: I love packing shoeboxes with my family, and teaching my children that it is indeed better to give than to receive. We love to make every shoebox unique and place a letter and a picture in each of them, so that the child who receives it will know they are loved

Dominican Republic This girl is one of millions of children in the Dominican Republic to receive an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift since Samaritan’s Purse began delivering gifts there in 2000.

Mexico More than 12.5 million children in Mexico have received a shoebox gift as a tangible expression of God’s love.

and have been prayed for. We also spend very intentional time praying over every shoebox we pack. Shoeboxes truly become a tangible representation of God’s unconditional love, and we get to play a part in that. BeyondUs: In your words, it is better to give than receive. Years ago you got a box that changed your life, now you are on the other side, building boxes full of hope. How important is it for you? Izabela: I want to be able to extend the same unconditional love that was extended to me, and I want to be part of the life-change that happens at the receiving end of shoeboxes. BeyondUs: What is the most important message you learned working with the Operation Christmas Child? Izabela: Hope is powerful. Hope fuels faith, and faith gives us strong will to continue to move forward no matter how hard life circumstances might be. My shoebox provided hope for me in a way I have never experienced before. I knew for the first time that I was not forgotten, and there was a hope and a future ahead, and I want to be part of providing the same >>> hope to millions of children around the world. Beyound Us • 21


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THE AMAZING JOURNEY OF A SIMPLE SHOEBOX GIFT

Kiribati Botswana

It starts with people choosing what will be put inside the shoebox, then the wrapping and praying, finally the drop-off in the locations or sending by mail. After that, thousands of volunteers ser ve annually inspecting and preparing shoeboxes for the international shipping. The wo rl dw i d e d i s t r i but i o n is amazing; no matter what type of transportation, they will find a way to get in the cities or remote locations. Peru

Mongolia

Ecuador

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Photos: Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

Volunteers


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HOME IN AND OUT

CREA TIVITY

Photos: Personal Archive Carla Cacace

AT THE TABLE

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his year was atypical for the whole world and the need to create and reinvent ourselves came to our table during the next holidays. With shortest budgets and the number of guests reduced to family members there is nothing fairer than investing in a more modest but special decoration. I have prepared two special tips for you: the first one you can either use what’s left of last year’s decor or invest a little without spending a lot to make the table more elaborated. The second tip is to use your imagination to decorate with pieces and crockery that are already part of your cabinet.

CHRISTMAS THEMED TABLE:

At this time of year it is easy to find home decor with Christmas themes, you can look for decorated dishes, leaves, candles and a minitree. Alternate colors, if the plates are like the one in the photo, green and gold, use a towel of another color, such as red, to highlight the decoration. It doesn’t need much exaggeration Carla Cacace Interior designer because less is more. Some details that reflect @home_decor_for_women this time give the perfect touch. Another tip is a mini-tree that is already lit with fiber optic light; it is delicate and gives a special touch. Tip: what my guests love and find very affectionate is a chocolate box that I always leave for each one, right next to the plate.

PANNING THE CABINETS In the second option, but not less special, I used everything that was already inside my house, some decorated dishes that are kept for special occasions, a small vase of flowers in the same colors as the plates as well as a small candlestick. However, to give it a Christmas touch, I invested in red flowers and a plastic pine branch that you can find in any cheap store, the real pine I found in the neighborhood,

details that make all the difference. Use the cloth napkins, in the photo the special touch is the natural green leaves, these I took from my garden. Always make a contrast with the table cloth; in this option, I opted for the white towel that harmonizes with the dishes. Everything practical, simple and easy for you to make a beautiful Christmas table with great affection for your family!

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PARENTING

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ne of the biggest lessons of 2020 is that we have to take better care of our planet and of each other. One way of doing this is to look for different ways of gifting our children this year. It might be by supporting a company that gives something back to charities, a brand that is heavily investing in recycled materials or even an unusual present such as adopting an animal in Africa. There are many creative ways to make this Holiday season more meaningful to your child and to end a very difficult year with a positive message. Let’s create a conscious movement around the world and plant the idea that the change starts on each one of us. Here are some ideas:

FUNKY STOCKING

Yoobi is a stationary company that creates fun, colorful and useful materials to be used at school, home or office. Their products are a good option to fill your kids’ stockings during this time of the year or to gift that talented and crafty child. What’s great about them: for every item purchased, they donate a school supply item to a child in need in the US. They work in partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation that ensures that every kid is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. Each Yoobi classroom pack is filled with 425 items or 30 school supply sets for 30 students. www.yoobi.com

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AFTER A YEAR FULL OF CHALLENGES, OUR FIRST INSTINCT AS PARENTS IS TO USE THE HOLIDAY SEASON AS AN EXCUSE TO OVERCOMPENSATE OUR KIDS WITH GIFTS. BUT HOW TO DO IT CONSCIOUSLY? By Fernanda Langhammer


ADOPT A WILD ANIMAL

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is a non-profit organization that aims to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. They organize their work in six areas: food, climate, freshwater, wildlife, forests and oceans. What’s great about them: everything they do is great! All the awareness and active actions pro nature is enough to justify them here. However, there is a nice way to support their global conservation, you can symbolic adopt a wild animal. A great option to get kids to protect the world we live in. There is an adoption kit that comes with a soft stuffed toy from the chosen animal (they have around 140 options), a frame certificate and photo, species card, all in a special gift box. www.worldwildlife.org

COZY HUGS

Cuddle+Kind was founded by a family of five and creates cute hand-knit dolls, made with premium cotton yarn that is certified non-toxic and safe for even the littlest of little ones. A great gift for small kids as a companion that will watch them grow or even a collection idea! What’s great about them: despite creating safe and unique soft dolls to every item purchased, the brand

gives 10 meals to children in North America and around the world. To date, they have donated over 14 million meals to children in 66 countries. But that’s not all, the dolls are handcrafted in Peru and helps empower 750 talented artisans with sustainable and fair trade employment. www.cuddleandkind.com Beyound Us • 27

BEYOND SKINCARE

Lush is a handmade cosmetic company with ethical actions in their core values. It uses 100 percent vegetarian ingredients, fights animal testing and tries to minimize the use of packaging. For the teenager in the house, their products can be the perfect gift! What’s great about them: if you choose to purchase their Naked Charity Pot or Coin Body Lotion, 100 percent of the purchase price goes to grassroots organizations upholding human rights, environmental justice and the protection of animals. Each coin available has a design that represents each of these areas of support. The nourishing product combines cocoa and shea butters, olive, jojoba and moringa oils with notes of vanila, ylang ylang and rosewood. Also available in a potted cream formula. www.lush.com


PET SCENE

T P O D A ADOPTING A PET IS A SERIOUS DECISION THAT MUST BE TAKEN WITH GREAT CARE, AS THE LOVE OF AN ANIMAL IS NOT DISPOSABLE BUT UNCONDITIONAL

By Marisa Abel

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s long as I can remember I have always had a dog, stray or breed. In my family we like to adopt; we have already collected those who were abandoned in the streets, other times we have taken puppies from friends and even from animal shelters. I have wonderful memories of each one of them, with their unique personalities and exceptional ways of showing love. They have always been treated like family members, as they should be. Adopting a pet goes far beyond removing it from the street and providing shelter, you have to give them a home, which means space, comfort, food, medical care, affection and attention. Taking care of them can be Beyound Us • 28

expensive and because of that it is a very serious decision. Since it will affect your pocket and your routine for many years, it is necessary to prepare yourself as it will be in your hands, or in your family’s, the responsibility of taking care of a life. According to the Shelter Animals Count website, each year approximately 6.5 million pets enter animal shelters in the US, 3.2 million are adopted and another 1.5 million are euthanized. An alarming number that could be reduced if the person knew the responsibility of adopting a “paws’ friend”. This situation occurs in dozens of other countries around the world. Danilo Manha, president of the Vidanimal Association, warns about the responsibilities of those

Photos: Marisa Abel,Personal Archive Danilo Manha and Michelle Cerniciuti

unconditional love


Thor at Pedra Grande, Atibaia, SP, Brazil

who adopt a pet in Brazil: “Anyone who wants to adopt a pet should look for the Zoonozes Control Center of the city halls or the NGOs that mediate the adoption. The animals are spayed and microchipped. When adopting an animal the person becomes legally responsible for it and abandonment is a crime.” Open your heart to a new member in your family, but be aware of all the responsibilities. Below there is a list of what is important to consider before, during and after adopting a pet; it was prepared by Danilo Manha, president of the Vidanimal AVA Association, he has been active in animal protection in Brazil for 15 years and is the coauthor of the Law 12916 / 2008 which prohibits the killing in the “dog carts” of the State of São Paulo.

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Open your heart and consciously adopt: • When choosing your new friend, take into account his temper and see if he will adapt to your home; • Avoid an animal with a lot of energy if you live in an apartment, for example. In the case of puppies, you may need patience to educate them; • Adopt an animal that has already been neutered, or you commit to neutering it as soon as it reaches its age. This is very, VERY important! After all, a non-neutered kitten or puppy can generate through its descendants hundreds of animals that will not have a home; • Keep in mind that you will need money not only for food and vaccines, but you can also spend money on treatment for any health problems; • Like people, an animal can also become sick or old. That is when they will

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need your attention and care the most; • Dogs and cats can live 15 years or more and you will be responsible for taking care of them for that long; • All residents of the house must agree to the adoption. This helps to prevent your friend from being mistreated or even abandoned; • Animals are not toys. They have feelings and need constant care and attention. If you are not willing to be patient and devote much of your time to it, buy a stuffed animal; • If you spend a lot of time away from home, how about adopting two? The job is almost the same, and it has the advantage that they keep each other company in your absence; • NEVER abandon an animal. Both dogs and cats get attached to their owners, and often go into deep depression when they are rejected.


COLORS & FLAVORS

CUPCAKE Photos: Castorly-stock / Pexels, Freepik, Sally Wynn / Pixabay and kaboompics

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A good tip to sweeten our lives for the coming holidays is to prepare recipes that please our eyes and taste. As this year’s festivities it will be different because of social distancing, the ideal is to make recipes that are served in individual portions and nothing better than cupcakes. The one chosen in this edition is made with sponge cake dough, which gives lightness and flavor.

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{RECIPE} CHOCOLATE SPONGE CAKE INGREDIENTS: • • • • • • • •

8 eggs 2 cups of sugar 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence 3 cups of wheat flour 1 cup of chocolate powder 1 tablespoon of baking powder 1 cup of warm milk 2 tablespoons of margarine

PREPARATION MODE:

PREPARATION:

Reserve the cream and the rest of the ingredients in a pan. Take it to the fire until forming a cream. Turn off the heat and add the cream.

Beat whole eggs with the sugar and vanilla essence until it forms a light whitish cream. Sieve together the flour, the chocolate and the yeast and set aside. Take the milk to the fire and add the margarine so that it melts. Mix with the cream of the mixer alternating with the dry ingredients and the milk. Mix lightly. It is important that the flour, the chocolate and the yeast are sifted to make the dough lighter. Place in small cupcake molds (preferably already lined with the special paper that goes to the oven) and bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 1520 minutes. Tip: The dough in the cupcake should be only half of the container as it will grow.

COCONUT FILLING: • • • • • •

2 cans of condensed milk 21/2 can of regular milk 200g unsweetened coconut flakes 1 small glass of coconut milk 200 mL of heavy cream 1 tablespoon of cornstarch

DECORATION:

• 200 mL of whipped cream ready mix • Typical Christmas sprinkles

HOW TO DECORATE:

After the cupcake and filling have cooled down, you can use icing syringes to “inject” the filling. If you want the most mixed flavor or you can also make a small circular cut in the middle of the cupcake with the tip of the cupcake nozzle. Reserve the little piece of dough you have removed, fill it with the coconut filling and put the little piece of dough back on top. Use the confectioner’s beak to decorate with the whipped cream and throw the sprinkles on top. For those who prefer to use a decoration other than whipped cream, it is also great with melted chocolate. Just melt 200g of white or milk chocolate in a bain-marie, and with the chocolate still liquid put on top of the cupcakes to your taste for decoration. By Marli Abel @bel.marli

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HOLIDAYS ARE AROUND THE CORNER: FIND COOL GIFTS WITHOUT SPENDING A LOT

All it takes is to stroll down the sale sections or to visit classic department stores that sell really good products from the last season. Here we selected really nice stuff that you can get for less than $10.

1 – CASTELBEL SUGARED ALMOND SCENTED SOAP.

Photos: Marisa Abel and Provided by the brands

The high end Portuguese brand started in 1999. Aquiles Barros, professor of chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto for 26 years, was challenged to create a manufacturing unit that would produce luxury scented soaps for an American brand. Their Christmas Collections are always outstanding, with beautiful packages and lovely scents. This super cute and delicious bar soap can be bought for $3.99 at Marshalls.

2 – BARR-CO. LIQUID HAND AND BODY SOAP. Created by Kelley Hall-Barr and her husband John, Barr-Co. prides itself on creating eco-friendly, quality goods in small batches all made in St. Louis, MO. Usually expensive,

By Ana Carol Reis

this amazing Sweet Amber hand and body soap can be found for $6.99 in stores like Marshalls and TJ-Max.

3 – MARIO BADESCU FACIAL SPRAY.

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Anyone who’s ever tried Badescu products knows they are hot stuff. The skincare line is extensive, but one of the best-sellers is the Facial Spray, a mist that hydrates and refreshes the skin. They offer a variety of scents, but Sage and Orange Blossom is a must! Only $7 at their website and in stores like Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Nordstrom.

4 - SOAP MUSIC BOX. Punch Studio. Headquartered in Culver City, California, brings to life in stationery, gift, home and office decor, and beauty and accessories. We found this amazing music box with a luxury apple cinnamon soap, at Marshalls, for just $6.99. Beyound Us • 33

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5 – “EAT LIKE A LOCAL” HANDBOOK. Love the

combination travel + food? These books offer a hint of cool places around the world to grab a bite. The food tour pocket book collection includes New York, Paris, London, Barcelona and Tokyo. Fun, useful and affordable gift, sold for $9.95 at Anthropologie.


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• Write your objectives in a clear and defined way, set goals (annual, monthly, weekly and daily), write down where you want to go; • Create a list of income and expenses and follow them daily; • Compare the prices of what you want to buy. There are several sites for this on the Internet; • Buy only what you need. Use the shopping LIST technique;

and are installable without interest; • Read your goals daily. “A commander must know if the route is correct.”

• Learn to live according to your standard of living. Otherwise, in a short time, you will have to downsize one way or the other; • Review your concepts regarding the purchase of a car, cell phone, TV / cable, impulse purchases (use the shopping list technique), restaurants, bars, entertainment, etc.; • Aim to save between 20% to 30% every month, look for more information about investments (banks, investment funds and brokers). The above suggestions will make you change your behavior, your attitude, and create the habit of saving, and it will certainly lead you to become a financially successful person.

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RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE BODY SAFE, VITAMIN D HAS ALSO A STRONG IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH

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hen the winter arrives in the Northern Hemisphere it brings shorter days and much less sun, which can be challenging for body and mental health. This may be related to low vitamin D in the blood due to the lack of sun. Vitamin D is essential for bones, muscles, the immune system and even to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. It is through vitamin D that we absorb calcium and phosphorus; thus becoming also a strong ally to maintain mental health. Lack of vitamin D can increase the risk of depression by up to 75% in older people, according to a research published in 2019, by the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. When it comes to vitamin D deficiency in winter periods (when the days are much shorter and exposure to the sun is much less), and its impact on mental health, nutritionist Bruno Lima, a resident of the Northern Hemisphere for 17 years, gives the hint of the Mediterranean diet, “The diet that mostly resembles the healthy eating behavior which may

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Photos: Daria Shevtsova and Helena Lopes / Pexels, Freepik and Jonathan Borba / Unsplash

By Ana Carol Reis


For the ones who don’t get to see the sun each day of the year, vitamin D supplementation is very important. There’s no food that replaces vitamin D with sun exposure”

lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety is the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in vegetables and fruits, legumes and fish every week. Keeping low in the consumption of red and processed meats and alcoholic beverages also helps. Fatty fish, fortified milk, cheese, egg yolk, and mushrooms are rich in vitamin D.” With the exception of egg, foods that replenish vitamin D are not as ordinary in the pantry, like: liver, oysters, sardines and mushrooms. That said, supplementation is very necessary. It is also important to be up to date with the tests to see the level of vitamin D in the blood (which should be between 30 ng / mL and 100 ng / mL). However, only good food is not able to replace this decrease during the winter; the practice of physical exercises and supplementation are crucial in the equation.

FOOD + EXERCISING + SUPPLEMENTATION = A HEALTHY WAY OF LIFE During the winter months, people may tend to eat more or not pay too much attention to their diet. It’s extremely important to maintain a healthy weight during those months and to continue eating as healthy as possible. People tend to stay inside their homes more often during winter but

doing physical activities for at least 30 minutes a day play a major role in maintaining a healthy weight and keeping the body active. Another important factor is vitamin D supplementation, if your blood levels are below 30 ng / mL: “For the ones who don’t get to see the sun each day of the year, vitamin D supplementation is very important. There’s no food that replaces vitamin D with sun exposure. It is important to be exposed to the sun every day. The ideal time is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when there is a greater production in the body. For those who can’t expose themselves to the sun every day, the best thing is to supplement. The ideal supplementation dose would be at least 2000 IU per day combined with food (lunch, coffee or dinner) because vitamin D is fat-soluble; it needs fat to be absorbed, so you have to take it with food. “, points out the doctor Dayan Siebra.

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THRIVING THRIVING ON THE BIGGEST STAGE OF BULL RIDING IN THE WORLD, BRAZILIAN JOSÉ VITOR LEME, BORN IN RIBAS DO RIO PARDO (MS) WON THE 2020 PBR (PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS) WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP By Marisa Abel

José Vitor Leme THE 1 MILLION DOLLAR COWBOY

A José Vitor

year marked by several 8 seconds of victories and many glories, this was 2020 for the young Brazilian, only 24 years old, who is part of the elite athletes of PBR. Cowboy number 1 in the world today, this year he won 16 rounds, ended the year with 63% success rate (during the year reached almost 80%), took the gold buckle home, the One-Million-Dollars check, but more than that, he fulfilled his dream of becoming a World Champion. Our team went there to personally check out the event that took place in November at the AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas, USA, where José Vitor guaranteed the World Champion Cup in advance, when he won the third round (there were a total of 5 rounds), facing Woopaa (Barker Bucking Bulls), the number 1 bull from the ranking of ABBI (American Bucking Bull Inc.)

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Photos: BullStockMedia3 and Isarte Communication / Déia Abreu

to the right place, and I can only be thankful.” Grateful for all the achievements he says that the fact that the PBR managed to find alternatives to continue holding events during the pandemic helped him a lot. “I am grateful to PBR for having continued this work, to have continued holding the events, even in such a difficult year, and if I am a champion today it is thanks to them, who have JVL VS WOOPAA endeavored to maintain the 2020 season.” Since his arrival, he has been dedicated to improving himself in the Leme was in perfect sport, invested his money shape to match the in his ranch in Texas, trained powerful bovine athlete a lot, learned English, jump to jump, reaching 8 and married Amanda seconds of success and Rodrigues, a Brazilian lady a gigantic score of 95.75 with whom he’s waiting for points, the highest of the their first child. year in the American Regarding his recent fame PBR and the highest José Vitor and the 1 million dollar check he says he is not yet used of José’s career in the to it, but he really likes this lands of Uncle Sam. “An affection and support from the fans. “It’s really inexplicable moment, we didn’t expect to ride like crazy because when I go to the market people that in a World Final event, having the World Title know me, say hello and I don’t even know who with that ride will remain in my memory and in they are, but it’s really cool. A lot of people giving the history of PBR. I tried to do my best and I me strength, this is very cool, I had a simple life in want people to remember me for the good things Brazil, here it is quite different.” I have been able to do. I can only thank God”, said José Vitor was the 19th cowboy to win the World the young man. Title in these 27 years of competition, he was also In an exclusive interview for our magazine, he the seventh Brazilian to lift the cup and is among talks about his achievements on the American one of the best athletes of all time. soil since the end of 2017, from when he landed The next season of PBR starts in January 2021 here for the first time in the World Finals in Las and instead of happening in NYC (New York City) Vegas until today. The Brazilian cowboy’s earnings as usual, the opening stage will be in Georgia. have already surpassed the $3 million mark in recent years: “When I got here, I had nothing, if I was asked what I had, it was just a bicycle. Here More information and complete coverage in the United States we get the credit for working with all competitors mounts, you can find on my YouTube channel: hard. It’s inexplicable to me because my life has www.youtube.com/marisaabel changed so fast. Only God can explain it. I came Beyound Us • 39


HOP ON HOP OFF

KEVIN MCCALLISTER’S

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28 years have passed since the release of the film Home Alone, lost in New York, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, who enchanted and generated millions in the early 1990s. Almost three decades later, we decided to take a tour of the city to show how the sights of the Big Apple are going and some considerations about locations and real addresses.

By Marisa Abel

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LA GUARDIA AIRPORT – When Kevin arrives in NYC he has a vision that is not the real city seen from the La Guardia, this is because he sees the Pepsi Cola Sign in Long Island City, the UN Building and Empire State. Those who arrive at the LGA will realize that the panorama is different. The airport is currently undergoing a massive renovation and many innovations are being implemented. A luxury! Queens, NY 11371.

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CENTRAL PARK – Kevin, the bad guys and the homeless appear at various points, let’s list the main ones: Gapstow Bridge: Here, the protagonist delivers the dove, a symbol of friendship to the homeless lady. It is one of the most famous bridges in Central Park, it is beautiful at any time of the year and has been the scene of dozens of other films and TV shows. East Side entrance at 62nd Street.

Wollman Rink: Where the bandits plan to rob the toy store. The rink is one of the most famous in the park and is an essential destination for those who want to have unique experiences in the Big Apple. It runs from October to April and to make reservations and see the special specifications for this pandemic period, just go to the official website: https://www. wollmanskatingrink. com. East Side entrance at 62nd Street.

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Photos: Marisa Abel

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PLAZA HOTEL – Hotel where several scenes of the film are set since Kevin is staying there and later in the movie his family is also guaranteed accommodation in a wonderful suite. The Plaza remains beautiful and majestic. Its facade was renovated a few years ago and still represents one of the city’s tourist attractions. 768 Fifth Avenue – New York, NY 10019.


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MCCALLISTER’S HOUSE – The uncle’s house is where the bandits Marv and Harry fall into the protagonist’s traps. It is a very quiet street on the Upper West Side in Manhattan and the houses are typical of the city. Similar to those that appears in the film. 51 West 95th Street.

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CARNEGIE HALL – Where the homeless person takes Kevin to see a concert. Founded in 1891, the theater is a national historic landmark; it has an international standard of musical excellence and receives the best artists in the world. Currently, due to the pandemic, it is offering attractions that can be seen online from different parts of the world. Located in the corner of 57th street and Seventh Avenue.

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DUNCAN’S TOY CHEST – The biggest toy store in the city where Kevin meets Mr Duncan and where the bad guys carry out the theft. In real life the store does not exist, but it represents the famous FAO Schwarz, which at that time was in front of the Plaza Hotel, it would not make much sense to go by car as Kevin did. For more than 150 years, FAO Schwarz has represented class, dream and extravagant toys. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111.

Bethesda Terrace – Bethesda Fountain – This is where Kevin manages to escape from the bad guys by getting into the trunk of the carriage. Located in the heart of Central Park, this is a must-see tourist spot. In the summer it is possible to ride a boat on the lake. The fountain is one of the largest in the city and the image of the Angel of the Waters seems to bless those nearby. It is right in the middle of the park, entrance on 72nd Street.

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ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE – In his prayer in front of the famous Christmas tree, Kevin asks to see his family again and it is at that time that his mother shows up and they are reunited. The decoration is beautiful; it has the ice skating rink in front and the corridor of angels with trumpets. The choice of the tree and its lighting are always special events in the city. This year, unlike any other, the ceremony to turn on the lights and illuminate the tree took place live via the Internet. However, people still have access to the place, much more restricted than in previous years, but possible. The Rockefeller Center is at 49th and Fifth Avenue.

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COUNTRYSIDE

Hokkaido CULINARY EXPERIENCE AND THE SNOW FESTIVAL

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HOKKAIDO IS A JAPANESE ISLAND LOCATED IN THE EXTREME NORTH OF THE COUNTRY THAT HAS A RICH HISTORY, CLIMATE, NATURE AND CUISINE


Photos: Author’s personal archive

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ften the image that comes to our minds when we think of Japan is that one of the large and technological metropolises, such as Tokyo and Osaka, or the secular temples of Kyoto. However, although territorially much smaller than countries like Brazil and the USA, the archipelago of Japan is divided into 47 cities, each one of them have and preserve their own traditions, festivals and cuisine. This is Hokkaido, much less popular than other destinations, located in the main island of the Japanese archipelago. In Sapporo, the main city of Hokkaido, you can enjoy the best Japanese cuisine it has to offer. In the small shops and restaurants of Mercado Nijo, located in central Sapporo, you can experience the famous Hokkaido Kaisendon (bowl of rice, fish and seafood), which includes salmon, crab, ikura (salmon roe) and uni (sea urchin). Hokkaido also has other culinary specialties, such as Lamen, Nabe, KarĂŞ and Yakiniku prepared in the typical regional fashion. With the harshest winter in all of Japan, Hokkaido often gets covered in snow during the winter, being the perfect stage for sports such as skiing, snowboarding, as well as ice fishing. And it is precisely in winter that the biggest and most traditional Hokkaido festival takes place, the Yuki Matsuri (Snow Festival). Every year for a week in early February, majestic ice sculptures are sculpted by local artists and displayed outdoors at the Odori Park, in the central Sapporo. The under zero temperatures keep the sculptures preserved for days. In addition, attractions for people of all ages are assembled, and as it could not be missing, at the time that beat that hunger, there are food stalls for all tastes as well.

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By Luiz Henrique Mormille Brazilian that lives in Japan


WHERE NEXT?

IN PAGE’S BACKYARD

LOVERS OF NATURE, NATURAL BEAUTY AND TRANQUILITY WILL LOVE THE CITY OF PAGE, ARIZONA. USA. By Marisa Abel

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HORSESHOE BEND

Magnificent at sunrise and sunset so I went at both times of the day to appreciate the beauty of the place. We paid a small fee per vehicle at the entrance to the site and then went up on foot in a short walk. The Horseshoe Bend is nothing more than a curve on the Colorado River and has a horseshoe shape, a natural spectacle of colors and shapes.

Photos: Marisa Abel

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he city was initially planned to house the workers who built the Glen Canyon dam in 1957. Today it has about 8 thousand residents and many options for tourism. As for those who want leisure, sports, adventurous activities and as for those who just want to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the canyons and the Colorado River, the city offers a range of options which you will need much more than the two days that I spent in the city. As my trip was in November, and it was already a little cold, many of the water activities were left off the list, and because I only had about 48 hours in the city, I chose the most famous tours and I was blown away by such a natural beauty.


LAKE POWELL

Created when the Glen Canyon dam was formed, Lake Powell is a recreation center on its 1960 miles of coastline. I took a boat trip through its crystal clear waters and it was an experience that will remain in my memory forever.

UPPER ANTELOPE CANYON

A stunning sandstone monument sculpted for hundreds of years by water and wind, transformed into beautiful rock formations to behold so is Antelope Canyon, which lies about 10 miles southwest of Page, and is part of the Navajo Reservation (it is a Tribal Park) . There are two options: the Lower and the Upper and my fellow travelers and I went down to the Upper Antelope Canyon. To get there you need to buy your ticket and you are driven to the place in a 4X4 car, the visit is limited by the number of people and the guide will show you strategic points inside the crevices for you to take incredible photos. I can say that the imagination of the staff is very creative, as it was possible to see several different shapes like a heart and even the face of Abraham Lincoln. The slot canyon is very wide, which allows you to walk peacefully and immortalize, in the form of photos, incredible moments. >>> Beyound Us • 45


WHERE NEXT?

WHERE TO STAY?

The city has a tourist infrastructure, so there are a bunch of accommodation options. There are dozens of hotels for the most varied “pockets”. I stayed at the Best Western View of Lake Powell Hotel. Super cozy and with easy access.

As I had only 2 days in the city, I did not have the opportunity to visit different places, but the ones I did I loved it. Starting with the Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge, a delicious and cozy place, wonderful sushi and even better dessert, it was a perfect dinner. The next day I had lunch at Strombolli’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, as I am a fan of Italian food it was perfect. Excellent service and food that “my Nona” would approve of. P.S. Due to Covid-19, several attractions are closed until January 1, 2021, when the reopening date will be decided.

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