5 Canadian Destinations for a Romantic Weekend Away

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Sometimes you and your beloved just need a romantic weekend away from everyone so that you can reconnect with one another and spend some much-needed quality time together. And while there are plenty of places that you can go to experience some new sights and sounds, some of the best romantic destinations on the planet are in Canada. Check out the five popular Canadian destinations below, as they are just a few of the many romantic options that you can choose from.

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Tips for First-time Motorcycle Buyers

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A new motorcycle should fit your lifestyle. It should aesthetically fit in with your style and be the right size to handle long journeys or your daily commute. Beyond just looks, you’ll also want to consider price (including repair costs), your experience level and the bike’s safety features. The following outlines everything you need to know before you buy, so you can buy your next motorcycle with confidence.

Safety First: Motorcycle Safety Concerns

Novice motorcyclists are encouraged to buy a bike that’s designed with safety in mind (even if it’s a bit slower than the latest hot rod). Operating a motorcycle is complex, but the first 30 days of driving is the most dangerous time; it’s when insurance companies see a peak in claims. Although those first 30 days require a fair amount of safe navigating, the first year as a whole can be dangerous, so it’s important to choose a bike that has safety features for novice drivers.

Bachus & Schanker LLC, a leading injury law firm in Colorado, reports that “4,006 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents in 2004 and thousands more suffered devastating injuries as a result of traffic collisions.” It’s important that you understand fault and no-fault when it comes to accidents and that you’re prepared to receive compensation or restitution if necessary. After an accident, it’s important to call the police, photograph the scene and take down the other driver’s license plate and insurance information.

Different Types of Motorcycles

There are a number of different motorcycles, and what you purchase is going to depend on your skill level. The original motorcycle was simply a bicycle outfitted with a motor, a far cry from the roadsters and sport bikes seen today.

· Sport Bikes – Sometimes called “crotch rockets,” these bikes ride low to the ground to help riders navigate at high speeds. They typically come in two classes: superbikes in the 1000 cc class and supersport bikes in the 600cc class.

· Spork Nakeds – Sometimes called “street fighters,” these bikes are intended for daily riding but feature fast motors and sport suspension.

· Touring Bikes – Heavy motorcycles with lots of features and places for holding luggage. These bikes are perfect for beginners because they’re designed with safety and long-distance driving in mind.

· Sport Touring – Sometimes called “adventure bikes,” these bikes feature comfort and luxury features, as well as large sporty motors. They’re designed to drive lots of miles, so they’re perfect for road warriors.

· Cruisers – Big, heavy motorcycles with twin motors and greater low end power. Harley Davidson is a popular source for cruisers.

Don’t Skimp on Gear

A lot of riders report that they skimp on gear because it’s expensive. This is a mistake; motorcycles are expensive, but motorcycle accidents can cost you your life. Properly outfitting yourself is going to ensure that you’re protected. No investment is more worthwhile than an investment in your own health and safety.

You’re going to want a quality jacket, such as a compound jacket. If leather is a bit heavy, a compound jacket is the versatility you need because it’s leather only where you’ll slide and a more comfortable textile in other areas. You’ll also need some pants with reinforced knee plates, or a pair of chaps to wear over your jeans. A pair of gloves can help you keep a strong grip on the handles, as well as avoid scrapes if you spill.

The most important piece of gear is your helmet. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle helmets save lives, but only 58 percent of motorcyclists are wearing them. Don’t go helmet free, and don’t make the mistake of buying a crotch rocket if you’re an inexperienced driver. The real secret to first-time motorcycle buying is to get a bike that can help you learn and adapt to situations and ensure you’re alive and prepared for your next bike, which with experience can be as turbo-charged as you’d like it to be.

  

Fun games to play on the Internet for free

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When it comes to surfing the internet, despite having literally the whole world at our fingertips, it’s not uncommon to find yourself on exactly the same sites day after day. If this sounds familiar, fear not – today we’re listing some of the most fun games you can play online for free.

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Drink of the Week: The Jasmine Cocktail (Robert Hess’s Take)

The Jasmine Cocktail.I found the Jasmine Cocktail, or simply Jasmine, in Robert Hess’s oh so reliable “The Essential Bartender’s Guide.” Today’s recipe, however, is actually the second version of the recipe that Hess presents and I decided to do this version for a reason. You see, while the ingredients in both Hess’s version and the original, reportedly created by bartender and writer Paul Harrington in the 1990s, are the same, the proportions of everything but the base spirit are wildly different.

Harringtons’s gin-based cocktail is relatively heavy on lemon juice, light on flavoring elements and, as I’ve often mentioned, very tart drinks aren’t really my super favorites, though I’m usually fine with more bitter flavors. Since the Hess version takes down the lemon juice slightly while significantly increasing the proportion of two bittersweet cocktail standbys, Campari and Cointreau, I was naturally more attracted to his version.

Still, I’m liking the Jasmine Cocktail a la Hess so much that I’ve grown curious about the original. So, stay tuned for that next week. In the meantime, here’s my slightly altered take on the Hess iteration.

The Jasmine Cocktail

1 1/2 ounces gin
1 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
3/4 ounce Campari
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 lemon twist (optional garnish)

Combine all the liquids in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and, if you like, add a lemon twist garnish. (I thought the twist helped slightly when I used Cointreau and hurt slightly when I used triple sec.)

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How your hobbies can lead to big opportunities

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In our working lives, if we are lucky, most of us have an opportunity to progress our career, to learn new skills and to earn money. In domestic settings, whether you live alone, with a group of friends or are in a relationship with someone, you probably have to do or share household chores. Outside of these two arenas, there’s a third area where you can choose to do activities you positively enjoy in your leisure time. Hobbies or pastimes are known to be beneficial, as they allow you to relax and unwind, making them good for your health. Check out the many opportunities your preferred hobby can bring to your life.

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