29 February 2012

Online shopping? Frugality

Frugality is the right word to describe the main idea of frugaldad.com, the site where you can find a very rich collection of coupons to save money in, practically, all kinds of shopping online: from cheap hotels and travels to shoes and food. Saving money when you navigate this site is as simple as a click on the category you are interested in. The only thing you have to remember: don't be carried away by this great quantity of possibilities.

Coupons and deals are real and are actually interesting ways to have more from our hardly earned money. In this period of crisis -and I would say crisises that follow one after other- the possibility to purchase two or more objects or goods with the same money makes the difference. And frugality can gift us those things we would maybe never consider if we would accept thoughtlessly the first prices we see in the shop.

There are many ways to find coupons for online shopping: you can see them in your newsletters, in advertising banners and dedicated sites. But you don't need to look for them in all those places. Just bookmark the page of FrugalDad and open it when you need to buy something next time.

We tend to explain everything from the position of benefits, today. Now, what is the main benefit of frugality? It's easy: frugality can simplify you your life. To have less bills and more money for your personal needs or needs of your family -isn't it the dream you have every day? And it means more joy and happiness since you can live without everyday stress. Make a list of all those unuseful things you have. Did you notice that we often have too many equal objects? 2-3 cells, for example.

Using coupons and deals seem not very important way to save money, but if you count the advantages you had with attention, you will notice that all together they build a significant part that influences your budget in positive sense. What can you do with these savings? You can use them not only to buy more goods that are necessary to you today. With this money, you can even create you personal fund for your retirement, for example.

There is not matter, what do you need that money for. In any case, those coupons and deals, the frugality and attention in the everyday expensions can help you to make your life better.

23 February 2012

Madrid -the Most High-Altitude Capital in Europe

Madrid was the next city to visit in the list of one of my friends. She has a very good job: she can travel everywhere practically every month. So, this time it was Madrid. The city became a capital "recently", in 1561. Madrid is not only the highest but one of the most large cities in Europe (London and Berlin take the first places).
 Крыши Мадрида
«Крыши Мадрида» на Яндекс.Фотках 

Here is the main square of Madrid.
If you think that this square is a little empty, you have to remember that this place was created for all kinds of events and shows. It was a place for corridas, for parades, for shows. Here were organized the fires for heretics: oncew, in 1680, 21 persons were burned on this place and the royal family assisted this executions for 12 hours.

Центральная площадь Мадрида - Пласа Майор
«Центральная площадь Мадрида - Пласа Майор» на Яндекс.Фотках

Today, Madrid forgot public executions and it's a pleasant city with many nice places for persons of every age and interest. Ans a kind of paradise for tourists.

Церковь Святого Иеронима у музея Прадо в Мадриде
«Церковь Святого Иеронима у музея Прадо в Мадриде» на Яндекс.Фотках

15 February 2012

Sud Italy -Winter Means Rain

Italy, as all European countries, was reached by a very cold cyclone about 2 weeks ago.

The problem for this normally warm in winter country is that it was not ready to stand such a situation with dignity. Since there are never similar problems here, people do not have special cars and other necessary equipment to take the snow away. And I think with horror about the next future when all the snow will melt, specially that in the mountains.

Sud Italy was less hit by this natural calamity (in other countries, it is called simply "winter"). We had only rains here, and those who lives in the mountains came down with the cars covered with 20 cm of snow for 2 or 3 days.

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I had to guide a group of excursionists from Salerno to it's castel and had to learn the way before the excursion. Nobody of my friends knew how is possible to go out from the Old Town to the castel and I had to study the situation. That is why I had to pass some days in Salerno even if the rain did not stop even for a moment.

salerno, italy

The day of the excursion seemed to begin good enough: the rain was drizzling, and it even stopped then...

salerno, italy

I like excursions and I participate on them gladly. But not under the pouring rain, guys...
The association wrote me that the excursion is confirmated. Than, they did not come the next day. I contacted all the museums about our visit -and the group did not come... The 4 persons that reached us at the end wanted to go for the walk. And I had to show them all the itinerary except the castle.

I was completly wet after it. I could not warm myself for 2 days than. Never more I will consent to guide somebody if the weather is not good...

03 February 2012

Stories of Salerno -S.Trophimena

This ugly building in Salerno is the church of S.Trophimena, the protector of Amalfitans. Yes, Amalfitans in Salerno.

The existance of this church, actually closed for the visitors but excavated by archeologists, confirms a story, told by Chronicon Salernitanum, a chronicle written in X century, about the Amalfitans that first have seen their town destroyed by the Longobards of Sicardo, their houses plundered, the body of their protector transported in Benevento, -and than they were transported in Salerno -to repopulate the town maybe.

Salerno,S.Trofimena

 Later, after the death of Sicardo, the body of the Saint was given back to the Amalfitansand they, after a day when the rests of the Saint were celebrated in Salerno, was embarked on a boat and transportated in the cathedral dedicated to the Saint in Minori. Amalphitans turnd back in their town, too.

So, this church had to exist from the IX century. But it was built on the base of Roman buildings. And later, when the population of this quarter grew, they built a bigger new church using the old church as a crypt.

Salerno,S.Trofimena

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