The moment seemed at the time like a fleeting interaction between a team that had already traded its top pick for Carson Palmer and a prospect whose NFL potential appeared uncertain. But in that 2012 exchange in Indianapolis, 33-year-old Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo matched wits with 23-year-old Michigan State passer Kirk Cousins, and something clicked. DeFilippo had been impressed by Cousins’ stirring speech at the 2011 Big Ten kickoff luncheon; Cousins was struck by the preparedness of an athletic director’s son who vowed at 10 years old he’d be coaching in the NFL. The meeting yielded no immediate fruit — the Raiders took Utah tackle Tony Bergstrom 95th overall, while the Redskins took Cousins seven picks later to be Robert Griffin III’s backup. But the two men, meticulous types not quick to forget a name, walked away impressed with one another, and made a point to follow the other from a distance. The Vikings, who’d coached Cousins … [Read more...] about Vikings’ John DeFilippo and Kirk Cousins: a melding of the minds
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Going on trips with kids can be challenging, and planning is definitely everything, but Stockholm makes things fairly easy. Most buses are free for people with strollers, while kids under seven also travel for free on the metro, and most restaurants offer child friendly seats and baby changing areas. To make planning even easier still, we've rounded up Stockholm's must-dos with kids throughout the year. And don't forget to check out some of the great playgrounds all around the city too. Spring Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT The weather isn't so steady in spring – Swedish spring can be quite cold – but if you make sure to enjoy the sunnier days you will fall in love with the season. Thanks to a couple of national holidays there is a lot of time to spend outdoors with your kids, too. It's no secret that children love animals. Jill Leckie, blogger at littlebearabroad recommends the youth organisation 4H gårdar, which runs several farms in and around … [Read more...] about The best ways to entertain kids in Stockholm, whatever the weather
The Local recently ran a straw poll on our Facebook page, asking people what they saw as the best way of getting around the Bundesrepublik. Train travel ended up being the clear winner, with 60 percent of respondents saying they preferred taking to the tracks to flying, buses or ride sharing. But state-owned rail company Deutsche Bahn isn’t to everyone’s taste. After they announced a price increase earlier this week, several readers complained that tickets were already too expensive. So what are the other options? Flixbus has come to monopolize bus routes but still (mostly) offers cheap tickets, budget airlines hop between several German airports, and ride sharing offers an interesting option for former hitchhikers. We've picked a few popular routes to decide whether Deutsche Bahn really is all that. Munich - Berlin In December a new train line, which cuts through the hilly centre of the country, will finally offer a direct service between Germany's two … [Read more...] about What is the best way to travel around Germany?
We’ve just finished a week sailing around Croatia with MedSailors, a sailing company owned by 3 Kiwis who run group sailing holidays around Croatia, Turkey and Greece for 20-35 year olds! It was our first experience sailing and I’m happy to say it was one of the most incredible weeks travelling we’ve had in all our years of traipsing around the world. As an Aussie I gravitate towards the sunshine, salt, sand and sea and after two years in the UK I was in serious need of some Vitamin Sea. There’s nothing better than waking up and diving off your yacht into the crystal clear, aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea and then spending your days sailing, stopping in gorgeous bays, paddleboarding, relaxing and then docking up on a beautiful, new island each day to explore historic towns, try wonderful new cuisine paired with local wines and relax onboard your own yacht with your new friends, some who will become friends for life. A sailing holiday with MedSailors … [Read more...] about MedSailors: The Only Way to Sail in Croatia
September 17, 2016 by Carol Perehudoff 20 Comments Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a spa vacation in a Czech spa town? I did a week-long spa package at the historic Hotel Nove Lazne, and found that there’s no better way to learn about European spa culture, improve your health and eliminate stress. I’m passing on what I learned to you, so here it is: The easy way to spa at Marianske Lazne (Marienbad), Czech Republic. Spa trip to Marianske Lazne starts out with a bang Crack! I hit my head on the top of the van as I’m climbing in, tumble back and end up sitting on the sidewalk. I get up and reel around for a moment, wondering if I’ve done some permanent damage. It’s not like I have any brain cells to waste. The young Czech driver insists on accompanying me to the reception desk at the Nove Lazne Hotel where I’m checking in, and explaining to the front desk clerk what happened. I don’t … [Read more...] about The easy way to spa at Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic