The Lazy U Motel

Verlyn and Cindy Bourne have owned and maintained the motel for the last fifteen years. One of the last Mom & Pop’s in the Black Hills, The Lazy U is a real gem. They have given the little motel a charm that is rare in today’s bustling world. Parked out front, a 1954 Chevy Truck greets you, complete with The Lazy U logo. Cindy’s grandfather owned the truck brand new and she learned to drive in it. You may find Cindy taking it out to the farmers market or a trip to the grocery store. Restored from a former farm truck to The Lazy U Mascot, the Bourne’s are always glad to use it for photo backgrounds.

Transported back in time upon entering the lobby. You will you find reasonable prices and friendly faces. A personal greeting awaits you by the family themselves – Cindy, Verlyn or Cindy’s cousin, Jackie. Travelers can enjoy a cool drink and lively conversation and a slew of maps and brochures. After check-in, receive a real key with a throwback-bright-turquoise key fob. The Bourne’s and their family members delight in making your stay a most enjoyable one.

You will feel right at home and part of the family. Enjoy gleaming rooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and room-front parking. Verlyn, the Routemaster, or one of his understudies will be glad to map out your day trips. Hike, bike or visit the many beautiful sites and attractions in The Black Hills. Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse only the beginning of your Black Hills adventure. After a long day of adventuring, come home to a cool, clean room.

Enjoy the most comfortable night’s sleep that one can expect away from home. The beds, recently and often changed out for brand new pillow top sets, will leave you wanting to sleep in. Crisp clean linens and soft towels will help you to feel pampered. Hairdryers are available at the front office but you will have to bring your own shampoo. The family foregoes expensive toiletries for low price lodging.

Emigration Dream

It’s not that simple

If it was that easy, we’d all be doing it. Unfortunately, moving to another country just isn’t that simple. As seamless as some articles can make it sound, you won’t just slot into a new and improved lifestyle. According to most, all you’ll need is faith/determination/passion/insert alternatively sickening buzzword here… It’s so compelling you’d be forgiven for believing them. But, while this may be a reality for some, the fact is, like many things in this world, it’s probably too good to be true. Real world considerations have to be made. Perhaps you need a hard-to-procure visa, a very specific skillset, a network of contacts, diverse language capabilities, an initial investment to kick start your new lifestyle, a thousand boxes to ship all your stuff. The list goes on. I know, because I’ve done it. The stress of moving can push relationships to breaking point. There have been more tears and arguments in my household in the past few months than there were in the previous 4 years. But I’ve learned that’s OK. It’s a big transition and it will take some getting used to.

You still have to go to work

I just want to make this absolutely clear. You’re probably still going to need some source of income. There are myriad articles online about people giving up high-flying careers to lounge on a beach in Bali or getting paid to Instagram their breakfast. While that certainly can happen, it involves a lot of work behind the scenes that is rarely shown or mentioned. If you’re remaining in the same role, or the same industry, any negative aspects of your work won’t magically disappear or suddenly become funner. You’re essentially doing the same stuff, just in a different place. You might still need to commute long distances (although this will almost definitely improve if you move anywhere outside of London). You might still hate your boss. You might still be underpaid and underappreciated. You might also have just lost your work wife – the only one you can drown these sorrows with.

This doesn’t apply exclusively to your professional work either, I still have to do ironing (loathe), I still have to hoover my apartment (double loathe) and apparently, I still have to clean the bathroom (THE HORROR!). In many instances these annoying tasks have even become worse. Trying to set up medical insurance or register a new vehicle without being a bona fide citizen have caused unimaginable amounts of pain and suffering, where previously I would have understood the system or had friends around me I could ask for help. Admin. Admin doesn’t go away. I still have to make a budget and pay my bills and shop around for internet service providers. None of these things go away, no matter where you are in the world. You still have to function as an adult. I know, annoying.

To begin with, you may not have many (or any) friends.

This was probably one of the hardest to come to terms with for me. Living in and around London most of my life I have been blessed with a better quality and quantity of friends than I deserve. In this regard, I have been incredibly lucky and, quite possibly, it took moving away to realise that. Meeting new people here is easy, especially with my accent for an ice-breaker (“Say ‘tomatoes’ again!”, “Do you know the Queen?”). But crafting genuine, meaningful relationships takes time, energy and the confidence to sometimes be vulnerable. Making friends has been a more daunting task for me than any romantic relationship I have ever pursued and, being completely honest, I’m not sure it’s going to get any easier. Making friends as an adult is awful and I hate it. I’ll let you know if that changes. (Unlikely).

Money doesn’t solve all your problems.

If, like me, you’re looking to get out of London because the cost of living is crippling you and you just want to have a nice life with some semblance of disposable income – this applies to you. I wouldn’t exactly call myself money-obsessed – I once spent a full year using toilet roll stolen from a nearby office building and would rather wet myself than lose 25 of my hard-earned pence on a train station wee – but I didn’t want to spend my entire 20s scrabbling together a meagre living in pursuit of making enough ground to (maybe) enjoy my twilight years when I’m on my second hip replacement and all my friends are dead. I had visions of moving abroad and suddenly being inundated with cold, hard cash, obviously leading me to ultimate happiness. Spoiler alert: This is not the case. For the first few months money was extremely tight. In between paychecks, we had to start all over again with our home, buying everything from sofas to spatulas. Add to that visa processing fees, flat deposits and finance for a new car and let me tell you, we spent more nights eating cereal in the dark than I care to admit. Even if the money does start rolling in, it doesn’t bring with it a magical fix for all of life’s problems. There will still be disagreements about how it’s spent or distributed, but for the record we absolutely DID need a $30 hand-blown water carafe for the bedside table. Unsurprisingly, I still don’t have a mega yacht.

Above all else, you’re still you.

You won’t become a new person. Aspects of your personality that you know you need to work on won’t change. Sure, you get a chance to start afresh and be whoever you want to be, but at the end of the day you’re still you. And whether you’re moving to the big city from a small town or escaping the grind for a slower pace of life, your insecurities, worries and fears will all come along with you. The concept of an ‘outfit’ continues to elude me and I’m still convinced my boss will figure out I have no clue what I’m doing any day now. The idea of meeting new people still renders me nauseous and no, my unwanted bodily hairs haven’t suddenly disappeared forever. I haven’t transformed into a ‘morning person’ either, but I’m working on it. Just like I was in the UK.

Hotels in Boston Overview

Logan International Airport is located just two miles from the heart of Boston. If you want to stay near the airport, there are options such as Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor and Hilton Boston – Logan Airport. These are two nice, decent hotels just a short distance away from the terminal.

One of the biggest attractions of the city is the Museum of Fine Arts. The Verb Hotel, The Midtown Hotel, and Constitution Inn are the best hotels in Boston if you want to visit the museum. There are several other accommodation options located near this attraction as well.

Are you looking for a luxurious experience? Or at least want to stay at an upscale four or five star hotel? Then how about staying at one of these?

  • Four Seasons
  • The Ritz Carlton
  • InterContinental Boston
  • The Boxer Boston Hotel
  • Ames Boston Hotel (Curio Collection – Hilton)
  • The Bostonian
  • Omni Parker House
  • The Langham

These are some of the highest-rated, best hotels in Boston, and each is located near popular attractions.

The oldest park in the US is the 50-acre Boston Common, which is located between Back Bay and downtown. If you go during winter, you can enjoy ice skating at Frog Pond. During spring months, the Public Gardens are very beautiful. Consider staying at Kimpton Nine Zero, The Godfrey Hotel, Boston Park Plaza, or Club Quarters Hotel.

No trip to Boston is complete without a visit to Fenway Park. Even if you don’t go during baseball season, you’ll still want to be as close as possible. A couple of good recommendations include the Lenox Hotel and The Elliot Hotel. Inexpensive options are Boston Park Plaza the Midtown Hotel.

For a suburban experience, head to Cambridge. It’s home to Harvard, MIT, and the Mass. Institute of Technology. Stay at the Sheraton Commander Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Hotel Veritas, or the Royal Sonesta.

Compare rates and amenities on the best hotels in Boston and start planning your trip today. Decide whether you want to combine the hotel reservation with either airfare, car rental, or both.

Amazing Gardens Around The World

Dubai Miracle Garden (UAE)

What we know about Dubai and the Middle East are the vast desert land and very humid climate. Who would have thought that the place grows the largest garden on record? But, we can always expect grand and extravagance in Dubai. Miracle Garden’s magic will truly change your love for flowers. It houses more than 45 million floral varieties in vivid colors and fun shapes. The garden arrangement will change from season to season. You will definitely enjoy an assortment of flowers shaped into stars, arches, and hearts.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha (Australia)

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, established in the 70s, has become more breathtaking if that is even possible. It consists of several gardens arranged in different themes that bring the gardens from around the world into the 52-hectare field.

Flowers and plants incapable of growing under the Australian climate are grown inside the Tropical Display Dome. Seeing the plant display inside will give you the urge to grow your own and order flowers online Brisbane florists have in their gardens.

Versailles (France)

Château of Versailles is famous in its own right that even Hollywood royalties like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West tied the knot in the glorious estate. Its gardens are true to its roots with the formal French garden style and design that took André Le Nôtre 40 years to complete. Over four decades of hard work is worth the timeless beauty of the garden.

The garden’s fountains, ponds, and topiaries are the winning features of the garden. It may not have colorful blooms, but it flourishes alluringly cut or clipped topiaries into interesting shapes. Traipsing around the garden will give you the majestic French experience.

Jardim Botânico de Curitiba (Brazil)

Jardim Botânico de Curitiba show that love for country can be expressed through flowers. The flower field is a place for botanical research of scientifically recognized and systematized blooms that also promotes of floral patriotism. Special legislations are enacted for the protection of the garden. Yes, it is that important.

New Orleans

The French Quarter
Do not miss out on this old section of the city as it is the original settlement of the French and Spanish who first stepped onto American soil. They were called the Creoles; their culture and influence are felt everywhere with their unique wrought-iron balconies, magnolia courtyards and tall shutters. You will enjoy a spiff of spicy etouffee in the air while strolling this quarter.

It is the French Quarter which adds essence to New Orleans; there are nightly revelries to keep you awake the whole night. It houses Jackson Square that spawns immaculate lawns and beautiful shrubs, with the breath-taking St. Louis Cathedral as its backdrop.

At the quaint café of Monde, you will sniff scents of tasty chicory-laced beignets to whet your appetite. The French Market makes an interesting stop to check out the community farmer’s produce which boasts of being the nation’s first outdoor produce market.

For the shopaholic, nothing can drag you away from Royal Street which offers a wide range of products but it would be the antiques and art pieces that will steal your heart; and if not alert, your wallet too.

St. Charles Streetcar
New Orleans’ quaint St. Charles Streetcar is an interesting ride that one must try while in this city. It is considered a national historic piece that runs from Canal Street clanging its way through Garden District before passing on Tulane and Loyola Universities, Audubon Park, and beautiful wraparound porch mansions before stopping at Palmer Park. Its 13 mile ride is barely 90 minutes to give you a quick and fascinating sight of New Orleans. This Landmark streetcar would travel back and forth on its route with its bench seats switched to the appropriate travel direction for a good view.

Faulkner House Books
For the book lovers, a big ‘thanks’ must go to Joe DeSalvo who opened Faulkner House Books. It is situated inside the French Quarter townhouse which was William Faulkner’s residence while writing Soldier’s Pay, his first novel. There are a wide variety of books for your browsing pleasure such as fiction, poetry and biography with a bit of local lore.

Mid-19th century townhouses on Julia Street
Another amazing sight to behold is the collection of mid-19th century townhouses on Julia Street that takes up 600 blocks although there are only 13 pieces. These are often known as Julia Row; sometimes they are called the Thirteen Sisters. Besides the impressive architecture of these townhouses, it is its art that makes the greater impact. The ‘SoHo of the South’ houses hundreds of fine art pieces.

Garden District
This is really the ‘Yankee’ section of New Orleans where there is hardly any French. The residents enjoy vast spacious gardens of magnolia, live oak and palms.

Kamakhya Temple

Temple History

Kamakhya Temple is an ancient temple built around 7th Century CE. The king of Gupta Emperor Samudragupta is one of the earliest references which mentions about the temple located in Assam. During that period, the temple was considered as a marvel of architecture. The temple was built during the rule of Pal dynasty.

The temple was damaged in the 11th- 12th Centuries by Nasiruddin in 1227 and Malik Uzbek Tughril Khan in 1225 and 1257. These rulers plundered almost all the temples starting from Bihar, Bengal, and Assam. During these expeditions, Devi Kamakhya temple was severely damaged.

Then the King Chilarai erected the temple structures of the Koch family in 1565. In 1658, when King Jayadhvaj Singha (of the Ahom dynasty), seized the lower half of the city, the temple received the attention of these rulers who restored the place to its present form.

In the following years, successors of this dynasty became ardent devotees of Shaktism and Shaivism. In 1714, when Siba Singha came into power, he handed over the responsibility of temple supervision to Krishnaram Bhattacharyya who was the head priest then.

Architecture of the Temple

The architecture of the temple is very unique. The main temple has seven bee hived shaped Shikaras (gopuras), with each shikara having a golden Trishula. The Kamakhya Temple also consists of three chambers known as Calanta, Pancaratna, and Natamandira. The large and rectangular chamber facing west has an idol of Naga Mata, which the devotees seldom worship. In the South, a chamber is the idol of Devi Chamundeshwari.

The Pancaratna or the middle chamber leads to the Garba Griha or the Sanctum Santorum. The Garba Griha is in the form of a cave with narrow steps dimly lit by oil lamps leading to the Yoni, where the fissure of rock is found and worshipped.

The temple complex has three other temples dedicated to Lord Kedara (Kamaleswara), situated near the northern side of the main temple. On the north- western direction is located the Gadadhara temple and on the eastern foothills is located the temple of Lord Pandunath, also known as Pandu.

The Bleeding Goddess:

The temple is also popular as the bleeding goddess or the menstruating goddess. In the month of Ashaad (June), the goddess bleeds or menstruates, the Brahmaputra river turns into red. The temple then remains closed for 3 days and holy water is distributed among the devotees of Kamakhya Devi.

The Ambubachi Mela

The major attraction of Kamakhya Temple is Ambubachi Mela, also known as a fertility festival. It is held in the month of June for five days. During this time, the temple remains closed for 3 days. In this time many devotees, as well as tourist come from various parts of worship.

How to reach there

  • By Air: Guwahati airport is the nearest airport which connected to various major cities.
  • By Rail: The Paltan Bazar Railway Station in Guwahati is one of the major railway junctions in the region and connected to various major railways Junctions as well as Cities.
  • By Road: Many Bus services are there, both Private and Public for road travelers.