living in colorado springs


If you are thinking of living in Colorado Springs, Colorado then here are a few fun facts you should know:

Tons of hiking places.
People here are active and exercise often. The local government of Colorado Springs has also created tons of recreational parks for families and athletes to do their training or hiking. Bar trail is one of our favorites.  The manitou incline and the red rock canyon are also great.  Before you make a huge decision of relocating to Colorado Spring or or in any place around the United States, you should weigh the advantage and disadvantages of what you are about to do. Colorado is one of the most beautiful places I have seen in my life. It is so rich in natural attractions. Living in Colorado Springs is so pleasant. People are kinda conservative but mostly mind their own

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Expect  a higher crime rate on some areas. Colorado Springs is one of the largest city in Colorado so you can expect all the same conveniences and inconveniences of a medium sized city. There are a few places with higher crime rate because of its bigger and growing population. However, compared to some other parts of the US, the crime is pretty low.

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The housing is another thing you have to check for.  I noticed the house prices are fluctuating a lot. It was continuously dropping on months of february-april 2015. Military workers were moving to other places and selling their properties. This place is a hot area of buying a house.  Any time of the year is ideal. You can also check it’s neighboring towns with a smaller population like Fountain. The interest rates are dropping drastically as people are moving in and out of the city.

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There are jobs available in the area. There are 5 bases around town. Most of the jobs that will be available here are associated with the military.  There are also some companies operating in Colorado Springs but the overall population of people’s jobs here are working in the

Lower Tax is also attractive. Colorado Springs tax charge only 7.63 %. It is way lower comparing to other places like LA which is 16 %. I found out the price difference are HUGE between Coloradod and California as we were booking a hotel in in places like Hollywood and tickets for LA.

Colorado Springs has a variety of food and restaurants.  The variety is definitely not as good as some larger cities in other states.  For example, there is an Asian market really only one and it is a 20 minute drive from the place we live. I always look for the filipino store.  There is one in Colorado Springs, but it is pretty small.  For filipino stores are even fewer.  Generally, when it comes to food and restaurants, there are not much availability here.

Colorado Springs is a great place to raise a family.  There are many areas that are very peaceful and it is great if you love nature.



DimeTravel Kuwait Podcast

My feelings on Kuwait are mixed.  I would not go there for fun, but for work it was ok.  I lived in Kuwait for one year for work.  The money was good but it is not a place I would visit for fun.  There are some crazy drivers there.  There is actually a lot of beauty there.  I wish there was more infrastructure to help the immigrants workers.


What are the best places to go in la

We recently visited Los Angeles, California.  L.A. is one of the hottest tourist destination in the world.  One of the first things we noticed was how many OTHER tourist were there when we tried to go to Griffith Observatory to get a picture of the Hollywood sign.  EVERYONE had the same idea.  There were people from China, India, Mexico, Europe and from many other states.  Since L.A. is so diverse you can really only speculate where they are from base on their language, car or just asking them.  It is not uncommon to mean a South Korean or Armenian for example who does not speak great English but is actually in the US as a permanent resident or even a US Citizen.

We had a checklist of things we wanted to see.  We ate at Korea town, we walked on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, we checked out a few fancy restaurants, we took pictures of the Hollywood sign.

There were a couple of cool extras that were not on our list of things to do in L.A. that were really great!  Santee Alley and Roscoe Chicken and Waffle.

What to expect in LA?

Tourist traps – Expect an enormous crowd everyday in every la tourist spot.  If you don’t want to avoid the tourist spots, then go during off peak hours (before 8am).

Crazy Traffic – Be prepared for the heavy traffic and aggressive drivers.  If you are an inexperienced driver, you should just avoid driving if possible.  We drove around L.A., fought through the traffic, maneuvered through the ridiculous intersections and let me tell you.. it is exhausting if you are not used to it.

What are the most interesting places to see in los angeles?

Hollywood – The Hollywood sign was very cool to see.  It is such an iconic symbol that you almost have to check it out if you are in L.A.  Hollywood boulevard is also nice to see.  Wax museum is located there as well as other famous tourist spot. Another one that is worth seeing is the La Brea Tar pits.

It might also be worth your time to check out the lots where they actually make movies like Paramount Studios ( or Warner Brothers (

There is also Universal Studios to check out.

What is the best part of LA?

The best part of L.A. is actually in L.A.  It is a city about 30 minutes away in a city called Long Beach.  It has the classic feel that everyone thinks about when they think L.A. only if they are NOT FROM the real L.A.  It looks like Tampa.  It is very clean, rich looking area. It is very classy with lots of restaurants around.  It is also not as crowded as LA. The apartments there look beautiful.

What did I like the most?

Santee Alley – Oh my gosh, Santee Alley!  It has all the new styles.  I loved it. They have really nice lingeries there too.  They sell cheap, high quality knock off clothing, purses, and shoes. You can also bargain if you are not tired. L.A. is an international fashion hub.  Many new styles of clothing start there.  The place resonates cool and starts world wide trends by accident.  Beautiful people flock to L.A. trying to make it as actors, musicians and models…

What is the most disappointing attraction I had been?

Walk of Fame was really not what we expected for sure.  I felt terrible going there. We were expecting a gleaming sidewalks with facy shops lining the sides of the streets.  What you get is a huge crowd, with solicitors every 10 feet, and poor homeless living off random change from tourists.  The stars with the names of famous actors, directors and writers of hollywood are there, but I imagined much more.  I was sadly mistaken.


What is the cost of living in London?

The Cost Of Living In London Is More Expensive Than Many Places Around The World

Many believe the cost of living in London is more expensive than the rest of the UK, and according to reports it is. London has become so expensive that thousands of people who work in the capital cannot afford to live there.

With the high house prices and the extremely high rental prices, many of those who do decide to live in London have to share a room in a house.  This is not ideal for those wishing to buy their first property or to rent their own flat, but with the high unemployment in the UK, many people have no other option.The average price. Depends what part of london but you are looking at around £400,000 to buy one. For a basic flat to rent, you are looking at around £1,600 per month but you will not get much for that.

For people visiting London, many are shocked at how high the prices are for food, entertainment and travel compared to other countries around the world. A stay in a hotel is much more expensive than most other parts of the country, and that is why many tourist who visit London either stay in a Bed and Breakfast or a hostel.

A pint of beer in London can cost on average nearly £5, which is much more expensive than the rest of the UK. Even soft drinks have become expensive, including bottled water.

An average meal in McDonalds will cost around £5.15, which is not bad considering other prices on food. Shopping in supermarkets is much more expensive in London compared to the rest of the country, which includes personal care items such as hair shampoo that is priced at around £4.44.

Many travel experts believe the high prices in London are putting off the tourists and driving them to other parts of the country including Manchester. Many suggest a person visiting London should bring with them 50% more in spending money than they would visiting other countries around the world.

Although the prices are high in London, the capital is still one of the most visited capitals in the world.

Sample cab fare price:  Start : Great North Way, London NW4 1PT, UK

End: Saint Mary Somerset Tower, London EC4V, UK   £ 35.60

Women shopping : Santee Alley

Welcome to the “Disneyland of women’s shopping” in L.A! L.A. is the hub of fashion in the west coast.  It is where many of the world styles start.  On our last day in LA, my husband was talking about taking me and my mother in law  to another attraction before we finally leave for our cruise.  To my surprise, he mentioned shopping (which sounds strange coming from him).  He said there is another attraction in LA called Santee Alley.  They sell all kinds of clothing there and knock off brands.  The place looks average and not clean in some areas but they have any style of clothes you can think off.

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I am so delighted that my husband took me there. Santee alley made my LA trip fulfilling.

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Summary of shopping:

 3 inch high heel shoe Buy one, 30% off 2nd pair:     $ 30.00

black elegant dress       :      $ 25.00

Acid wash dress       :      $ 25.00

Long sleeve acid  wash shirt                               :      $ 15.00

Acid wash long skirt                                             :      $ 25.00

Lingerie                                                                :      $ 25.00

Sexy stockings                                                     :      $ 15.00



1. Wear flat shoes.

2. Shoe early at 9am before it gets too hot and crowded.

3. The nasty bathroom are blocks away so it is better to use the toilet before going there. They also make you pay for .50 cents and it is gross looking toilet.

4. You can bargain if you think the price is quite high.

5. Do not make up your mind in buying the first nice clothing you see. There might be better option along the way.


Denver Art Museum

There are lots of things to see in Denver.  You can go to an amusement park (Elitch Gardens), if you are in to nature you can go hiking or check out the botanical garden, The Denver Nature and Science Museum is definitely worth checking out, you can check out a football game and there are hundreds of restaurants in and around town.

If you are an art connoisseur, then you must go to the Denver Art Museum.

Entrance fee for Colorado Resident / Adult : $10.00


Admission for kids:  Free everyday

General admission is free for everyone on First Saturdays


Parking Fee: $ 9.00 for whole day

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Denver Art museum is truly a great experience. It is the second museum we have visited in Denver. There are tons of things you can see there. The architecture is spectacular. They also offer free days on special occasions.

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Denver Art Museum has a souvenir shop and the ticketing booth located on the first floor. The second floor display famous paintings and unique sculptures from artists like Matthew  William and others.

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Souvenir shop



Souvenir Shop


A painting with real looking images

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The Denver Art Museum even has an area for kids to enjoy art.

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kids art



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Ancient Collection

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Metallic handprints

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Giant Hallway wooden sculptures

You can visit their website at

Cappadocia – splendor of Turkey

Cappadocia – splendor of Turkey

After a short general walk through of the main tourist destinations in Turkey, now it’s time to turn towards a rather unknown but majestically beautiful place called Cappadocia.

Situated in the Eastern, more Islamic part of the country, Cappadocia is a rising tourist destination, with many areas benefiting from unique geological, historical, and cultural features. The main cities of the region are Nevsehir, Kayseri, Aksaray and Nigde. There are regular flights from Istanbul or Ankara to Kayseri airport, but rail connections have also improved in recent years. As we mentioned in our previous article on Turkey, the best way to get around the region is by car; so either bring your own or rent one.

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One place you really have to visit, when in Cappadocia, is the “Fairy Chimneys” rock formation, near the city of Goreme. These sedimentary rocks were formed by lakes, streams and ignimbrite deposits that erupted from ancient volcanoes approximately 9 to 3 million years ago. The view is spectacular, many Turks choosing to take their wedding photos there. It’s a truly magical place – the fact that you can rent a hot air balloon and fly over this fascinating sea of pointy stones makes it even more interesting.

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Trekking is very popular in the region. The Mars-looking features of the landscape in Cappadocia offer a unique experience to wilderness lovers all around the world. Don’t worry about getting lost – the Turkish police will find you, eventually (!). The most popular trekking destinations are the Ihlara Valley, Monastery Valley (Guzelyurt), Urgup and Goreme.

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Finally, one should not leave Cappadocia without taking a tour of the magnificent mansions and cave houses. People living in the Cappadocian villages carved out houses, churches and monasteries in the soft rocks of volcanic deposits one can find everywhere. Göreme became a monastic center based mainly on rock churches in 300–1200 AD. Nowadays, tourists can have the full experience; some of these houses or palaces being rented out by locals, so that people can spend a couple of nights living like their ancestors. Most of the rentals are located in Urgup, Goreme, Guzelyurt and Uchisar.

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Trips to local urban centers, such as Kayseri or Aksaray, are also worthwhile. The atmosphere is more Middle Eastern than in the Western part of the country. You’ll see a lot of people going to mosques and more women wearing traditional veils. Each of these towns has their own bazaar, so you’ll definitely find things to spend your money on.

Tips for your trip are pretty similar to the ones mentioned in the main article on Turkey: keep track of your money, but also of your ID or passport – migrant smugglers are known to steal documents of people that resemble the ones they want to smuggle; keep away from street protests or potential local unrest, but ultimately, try to enjoy your time there – it’s a place that you won’t forget, for sure.

Turkey – Western flavor in the Orient

Turkey – Western flavor in the Orient

At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, between the Black and the Mediterranean Seas, lies Turkey, the most Westernized and liberal of the Muslim countries. With almost 80 million inhabitants, it’s one of the biggest states in the Islamic world, helping the Turks see themselves as the leaders of Allah’s subjects.

Prominently located in what is today called “Little Asia”, the largest part of Turkish territory lies in Asia, while a small smudge, including Istanbul, in Europe. A long time ago, the Turks have been the leaders of one of the most powerful states that ever existed, the Ottoman Empire. They conquered most of North Africa, large parts of Europe, as well as Persia. After the collapse of the Empire, at the end of WWI, Turkey denounced its Muslim heritage and started looking westwards. This created the mix of Islamic traditions and Western thinking that is today the Turkish society.

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Probably the most important touristic hot spot that everybody knows about is Istanbul. This 10 million people metropolis was the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires for the last 1000 years (now, the capital is Ankara). Major landmarks can be found in Istanbul, such as: the Topkapi Palace – former seat of the Ottoman sultans, who enjoyed a lavish lifestyle while they conquered the rest of the known world, the Hagia Sofia – a former Christian church, transformed into a mosque after Istanbul was conquered by the Turks in the 15th century, the Maiden’s Tower, situated on a small island in the middle of the Bosphorus Strait (it was also featured in the James Bond movie “The World is Not Enough”). The city itself is an interesting experience: going through the Grand Bazaar, avoiding the infernal traffic, taking a boat trip on the river – all these added-up will surely make you enjoy your time in Istanbul.

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The vastness of Turkey has more to offer than just its biggest city. The Southern part, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, is exotic and warm in all seasons, making it the ideal place to spend a nice family holiday in a 5-star all-inclusive hotel. Kids playing beach games and you sleeping on the sea bed; sounds good, eh? The best places to do this are Antalya and Alanya (Antalya airport has flights coming in from all over Europe or Asia, so you’ll get there easily).

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More to the West, the city of Izmir and its surroundings are just superb. The so-called “White Sea” in Pamukkale, made out of limestone, is a definite must do. You can bathe in the waters that are caught in natural pools made out of limestone, in crystal clear water that suddenly becomes white, because of the material on which it stays.

Probably the best way to travel through Turkey is by car. Rental companies are everywhere in the big cities, mostly around airports, and fees are a bit lower than the ones in Western Europe. Public transport has also improved in recent years, but only in the Western part of the country.

A few definite top tips: guard your wallet and keep your eyes open, because Turkey is scam heaven – from the money exchange, to the hotel clerk and taxi driver, everyone will try to fool you into giving them money or buying crap – keep a clear evidence of the money you have and always keep spare notes in your hotel room, just in case; don’t get involved in any street protests or similar things – police tend to be brutal sometimes and you don’t want your vacation ending at the hospital.  Make sure that you get health insurance – hospitals in Turkey are some of the best in Europe, but they come with a “spectacular” price tag. Nothing more to say, except: have fun!

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