Montasir Ahmed's Blog https://montasirahmed.com Sat, 25 Sep 2021 04:14:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.3 Lady with The Web https://montasirahmed.com/lady-with-the-web/ https://montasirahmed.com/lady-with-the-web/#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2020 23:06:44 +0000 http://montasirahmed.com/?p=610 With a heavy head Alex woke up this morning. “Must be the result of last night’s drinking” he murmured as he shoved his duvet aside and walked to the bathroom. He spent more time than usual in the shower and used quite warm water with hope that the ache in his muscles will ease. “Must …

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With a heavy head Alex woke up this morning. “Must be the result of last night’s drinking” he murmured as he shoved his duvet aside and walked to the bathroom. He spent more time than usual in the shower and used quite warm water with hope that the ache in his muscles will ease. “Must be the result of too much dancing” he thought. Alex knew the too much party and drinking lifestyle is not doing him any favour, still he went to the parties, drank, danced and occasionally had sex with the girls he met at the bar. Once he had thought that such life would give him pleasure as he did not have to take any responsibility and he can have as much fun as he wanted. He could not lie that he did not have any expectation from such lifestyle. He wanted happiness but did he really get it? “No” he spoke loudly in the shower. He knew he is a coward. He never managed to actually face himself in the mirror and fight his inner demons. He just did what his friends and colleagues did. He simply went with the flow. And he is still flowing.

He finished showering and get out of the bathroom with a towel draped in his lower body. The hangover still hung there and that pissed him off. “What a morning!” he thought “A massive hangover with body ache. Nice!”  After quickly dressing in a casual Capri and Topshop t-shirt he got out of his apartment. He lived in one of the busiest places in North London called Wood Green. He liked the area because it had all the amenities one can think of – cinema, shopping mall, supermarkets, gym, restaurants, etc. He wanted to lose himself amongst the crowd with hope that he might find some relief from the emptiness he feels deep inside. “What should I do today?” he asked himself while walking towards the tube station. Being Sunday afternoon the streets were bussing with people. Some were busy selling their products in the street market beside the co-operative bank , some were busy preaching the teachings of Jesus or Allah, couples were busy making out in public as if there is no tomorrow, singles were browsing shops and  families were out to do their weekly shopping. One Black guy was spreading leaflets and gave one to him. He politely took it considering that he would probably toss in the dustbin on his way to the restaurant. For some odd reason he wanted to read the leaflet. “A Sunday Market at the Famous Alexandra Palace Park Showcasing Local Produce and Crafts” read the headline. It has been ages he went to the park although it was only 20 minutes walk from where he lived. “OK, I will go to the park today and check out the market. It will be a good way to pass my Sunday and maybe will help get rid of the hangover” Alex decided. But first he needed a good cup of Cuppachino as he was extremely thirsty. He walked to the Costa coffee shop next to the tube station and bought a large Cuppachino takeaway and started walking towards the park.

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6 Facts Everyone Should Know about UCAS Personal Statement Social Work https://montasirahmed.com/know-about-ucas-personal-statement-social-work/ https://montasirahmed.com/know-about-ucas-personal-statement-social-work/#respond Sat, 27 Jun 2020 16:38:50 +0000 http://montasirahmed.com/?p=773 It is good to seek out advice prior to writing your UCAS personal statement for social work, or any other degree. To think of only 6 facts you should know is quite limited, as there are many facts you should know. As always, write your personal statement to show a bit of you in it, …

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It is good to seek out advice prior to writing your UCAS personal statement for social work, or any other degree. To think of only 6 facts you should know is quite limited, as there are many facts you should know. As always, write your personal statement to show a bit of you in it, but also follow the advice given to you.

  1. Do not plagiarize. It is supposed to be your original work. How can they read about you, when you have taken someone else’s work and ideas? Then it is not your personal statement. Also, be careful since the statement is submitted online, the school may have a way to check to see if the work is original or not. Lastly, what if the person whose work you stole wanted to go into a different Scot of social work? Your application, personal statement and letters of recommendation would not match up. Then what?
  2. Lying is not allowed in your personal statement in social work. If you never volunteered at a care facility or interned at a retirement home, they do have a way of finding out. Your letter of recommendation would not match the places listed on your personal statement. Think twice before trying to beef it up.
  3. Applying late is not acceptable. If it is not in, then it shows that you did not care to submit in time and that there are other things that are more important. To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late and to be late is to be dead.
  4. Be clear. The admissions team want to know why. If you are unable to answer why clearly, then how can you expect to be accepted into the program? Explain, clearly and counsel why you want to go into social work. Use simple language to get your point across if necessary.
  5. Be enthusiastic. Women often write like we speak. If you are passionate about your application, then it will be reflected in your personal statement. It shows you care and you are excited to continue onto the next path in your education. Tell them why you want to study. Tell them how social work makes you feel. Enthusiasm will separate you from everyone else. Believe me.
  6. Do your research. If you think, but you do not know, then do not include it. Only write well researched facts you learned in school and facts you know about the university you are applying to. If the program is relatively new, do not make a statement that you have been dreaming of attending the program for your whole life. Not a good idea.

I hope these facts and titbits have helped you out while writing your personal statement in social work. Go over everything carefully and be sure to proofread once done writing. I am sure it will stand out when submitted.

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How to cure sleep apnea https://montasirahmed.com/cure-sleep-apnea/ https://montasirahmed.com/cure-sleep-apnea/#respond Sat, 27 Jun 2020 16:23:50 +0000 http://montasirahmed.com/?p=770 The simplest explanation of apnea is that it’s a medical condition when a person makes pauses in breathing during the sleep. Besides that, breathing seems shallow and interrupted, with snoring between pauses. And that’s usually very loud and annoying snoring. Those pauses can be short and take a piece of a second, but can take …

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The simplest explanation of apnea is that it’s a medical condition when a person makes pauses in breathing during the sleep. Besides that, breathing seems shallow and interrupted, with snoring between pauses. And that’s usually very loud and annoying snoring. Those pauses can be short and take a piece of a second, but can take very long time.

That can be very dangerous. The long break between breaths tends to stop someone breathing during the sleep. The person literally can suffocate. After the pause is finished, a person take a deep breath (because the organism is empty and feel stressed due to break in breathing); which can be followed with the ugly and loud sound of snoring.

A major problem in treating apnea is common believing that snoring is not a big problem. That is why the person avoids visiting the doctor. Even the person snore and its family complain about it. Snoring basically doesn’t cause apnea, but can be a very important symptom of it. Sometimes it shows that person’s life is practically in danger. That’s why is threatening of apnea starts from an understanding of the snoring and learning about the causes of it.

Snoring is a condition which people usually tend to ignore and make fun of it. Even family and partner find it very annoying and disturbing; this condition basically is not harmful, except for the married people who must live with the partner who snores. Otherwise, nobody else realizes how dangerous snoring can be. But, it is dangerous. When snoring is followed by apnea it can cause death. So, if you’ve know that you snore; you should consider the possibility of having apnea.

Do you remember children’s comic books when everybody who sleeps has the cloud with the letter „Z“ on the top of the head?

According to scientists, half of the population on the world snore. It’s possible that you or your partner snores. As a matter of fact, if you’ve never heard your partner snoring, you should consider the possibility that you are the one who snore… And, there is a very big chance that you or your family knows how sound of snoring looks like. Practically, every home has someone who snores.

In normal condition, snoring is just a sound of turbulence and resistance in the upper airway. Snoring can look like that it comes from the nose, but that’s a mistake. It’s actually formed in the back of airway, behind the tongue, usually because of the stricter oropharynx. All of these happen during the sleep when the airway is relaxed and the person doesn’t control breathing. This usually happens during the REM phase of the sleep, when your dream is deepest.  Upper airway becomes tight and smaller than usual; air, passing through the airway, causes vibrating of the soft tissues behind the tongue.

There are many factors that cause snoring, from age (elder snore more often than younger people), over the sex to the weight. Obesity people has more chance for a problem with snoring. There are also other causation like drinking alcohol or un-comforted position during the sleep. Those causation are permanent and stop after the changing of the position or bad habits.

If you found that every night is time for the “music” which comes from you, you should ask yourself do you have this disorder. Even the condition is usually taken as “normal” or “very often”, this condition is a very reliable symptom of sleeping apnea. And doctor should consider it and take all steps needed to examine the person and find the best cure.

Especially if some other symptoms are present, like repeated pauses in breathing during the day, excessive daytime sleepiness or loud and short inhaling during sleep, you are maybe a person with sleeping apnea.

Sleeping apnea is an actually chronic condition which doesn’t mean that it’s incurable, but interrupts the sleep and cause serious problems with the persons’ life quality. Those persons usually have short breath and poor concentration. Sometimes they have very obvious slow reflexes. They can’t fall in deep sleep or if they can they very easy wake-up and sleep poor and light. The consequences are obviously tiredness which leads to increased risk of accidents, prolonged stress, and many other sicknesses after a while. Even in daily sleeping a person can’t relax and fall into sleep.

Sometimes this problem is detected on regular doctor’s examination. And sometimes a person comes to the doctor because of problems with someone others sleeping. It’s not unusual to see someone’s wife in doctor’s office to ask for a help or advice.

The person who has sleeping apnea episodes during the sleep has a problem with oxygen level in the blood, which drops from time to time while the breathing stops. That’s why brain must wake up that person with a characteristic choking sound. A person, who was in sleep a second ago, usually doesn’t remember that sound or interrupted breathing and fall in sleep again. This type is called obstructive sleep apnea. The other type is central sleep apnea when a person does remember awakenings and that shocking during the sleep is something which is aware of.

If you have any of these symptoms go to your doctor:

  • Snoring, loud and unpleasantly every night
  • Gasping and choking during the sleep
  • Short of long pauses in breathing
  • Feeling short of breath during the night or after the shockingly waking up
  • Constantly feeling of tiredness, daytime sleepiness, and fatigue

There are some other symptoms which you may consider:

  • A sore throat and dry mouth every time after waking up
  • Nighttime awakenings and insomnia
  • Frequently going to the bathroom during the night
  • A headache in the morning
  • Impotence
  • Restless together with the fitful sleep
  • Depression with unusual moodiness and irritability

It’s especially dangerous if apnea is found in children, but it’s very easy to recognize in them. They sleep in strange positions, have perspiration at night, suffer from bed-wetting, have night terrors and loudly snore. In this case, if you suspect on sleeping apnea you immediately must go to the pediatrician who will do all important examines.

People are usually afraid of this condition once when they found out that they have it, but that is not something you should be scared of. There are many different and very successful ways for curing sleep apnea so you don’t need to worry about the resolving the problem you may have. Some of the very easy ways of curing apnea are:

  • Weights lose – if the doctor finds that you are obesity person, he will recommend weight loss as the first step in curing sleep apnea. That’s very easy to detect, just with measuring the person’s weight and finding the BMI as the comparison of someone’s weight, height, and age. There is a very obvious connection between obesity and sleep apnea, so the doctor will firstly consider that.
  • Surgical – when all other problems are solved and the person still has a problem, the doctor will recommend a surgeon. Besides the potentially surgically resolving a problem with obesity; the doctor can also operate upper airway where the stenosis is found and free airway for normally breathing.

If the problem with sleeping apnea is not that big and the person doesn’t have an anatomic problem in the body, he can learn some easy home methods for curing sleeping apnea. That actually means using home remedies which can’t cause any harm to the person, but can be very useful and successful in curing sleep apnea.

  • Honey

Honey has many great ingredients, which are not good only in curing, but as the prevention and stopping the many diseases and disorders. They have anti-inflammatory properties, good in curing and threatening inflammations and infections; reducing the swelling around the throat and lubricating it. It’s also great for promoting sleep and relaxation. Drink a glass of water with a tablespoon of honey before bedtime.

  • Chamomile

As our mothers learned us, chamomile tea before bedtime or after the stress situation can make a miracle for our dream and relaxation. It’s enough to use two tablespoons of tea and put it in a cup of hot water. After five minutes the tea is ready for drinking. You can drink it every night before bedtime or during the day. It’s actually no limitation in drinking the tea and if you like it, go ahead!

  • Cinnamon

A popular ingredient in the cookies is actually a great sedative with many benefits for our health and sleep. Add a medium-size cinnamon stick to a cup of hot water with a tablespoon of grated ginger and boil for a few minutes. You can also add a honey, which has a double effect and drink every day before bed. You can also use a cinnamon powder with boiled water as a tea that you’ll drink once a day. Or put cinnamon mixed with a little water on shoulder and neck for better sleep.

  • Lavender

As the most common cure for stress and insomnia, lavender can be prepared in many ways, but the best usage is as oil solution. Few drops of lavender oil put in a cup of hot water, wait for a couple of minutes. Inhale it before bedtime or at any time during the day when you need a relaxation.

  • Garlic

It can be swallowed with a glass of water before bedtime every night, but consult the doctor if you have any problem with the stomach and digestion.

  • Peppermint

It’s actually good option for reducing blockage in upper airways and for easy breathing. You can use it in water solution and inhale it. You can also consume it as a tea prepared with a cup of boiled water and a tablespoon of peppermint leaves.

Whatever the problem with your breathing and sleeping is, you should visit your doctor and consult him before starting with any home remedies.

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Women’s Mental Health: What more affects the women’s mental balance https://montasirahmed.com/womens-mental-health/ https://montasirahmed.com/womens-mental-health/#respond Sat, 27 Jun 2020 16:10:50 +0000 http://montasirahmed.com/?p=760 A humorous quote attributed to Freud says that before accepting a diagnosis of depression, you need to make sure that the person is not surrounded by idiots. It was not possible to confirm whether the father of psychoanalysis is the author of this maxim. But the fact is that when it comes to women’s mental …

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A humorous quote attributed to Freud says that before accepting a diagnosis of depression, you need to make sure that the person is not surrounded by idiots. It was not possible to confirm whether the father of psychoanalysis is the author of this maxim. But the fact is that when it comes to women’s mental health, including depression, is twice as common when compared to men. Before diagnosing depression, it is the doctor who should make sure that the symptoms described by the patient are, in fact, of a psychic nature. @ Women’s Mental Health

To achieve this goal, it is necessary to rule out the presence of some diseases that leads to the manifestation of similar symptoms. The use of substances subject to abuse, as well as a possible simulation for legal purposes, among other factors.

Mental illness is a condition that leads to the limitation of functional capabilities. For the patient, there is a restriction of having feeling and well-being. And this impairs their working performance as a whole and, moreover, affects their social and family relationships, as it fails to mature. What the person experiences is a difficult to enjoy life in general. @ Women’s Mental Health

From the biological point of view, women are more vulnerable. Why? Cause it is under the effects of hormonal fluctuations that occur at menarche, pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause. But this can not be considered an exclusive factor. The genetic heritage is relevant. Children of a parent who has mental illness will have a greater chance of presenting the problem. If the father and mother have depression, the risk increases even more.

Thus, the hormone factor is one of organic elements, as well as genetic,  but environmental and social issues influence the condition. Women with less education are more vulnerable because they have less quality of life (including food and working conditions outside and at home), and still have little access to treatment and early diagnosis.

For her is easier ask for help because, apparently, the women admit suffering more easily than men. And it is faced in a more painful way, which leads her to recognize the problem and accept help. While men tend to resist more, they have a reduced perception of the damage that mental illness brings to life itself. This behavior in the medium and long term, lead to serious damage that could have been avoided if admitted. For example, depression or alcohol dependence. Added to this the fact that women are most in demand for assistance in any medical specialty. There is a macho culture that the search for support is a type of unacceptable weakness in the male ward. Fortunately, this is changing. @ Women’s Mental Health

What are the most common causes?

They are psychic and emotional. Before concluding a diagnosis, however, the expert must rule out any physical illness. Anemia has as manifestations sadness, discouragement, lack of energy. These signs seem to depression, but the origin is anemia. Hyperthyroidism will cause anxiety, insomnia, physical discomfort.

The use of substances such as medicine (hydrocortisone, dexamethasone) and drug abuse (alcohol, marijuana) too. And it may be that the malaise relates to personal, family or professional context, which leads us to the causes related. Add to that list a possible suggestibility of patients living with a psychotic person (folie a deux – “madness shared by two” in French, is a very rare psychiatric syndrome in which a psychosis symptom is transmitted from one individual to another), as well the simulation of the disease to get legal advantages. Discarded these possibilities, we will seek the causes. And they are multi-factorial: genetic, environmental (family and work) and even the weather.

The person experiences a set of psychological difficulties, emotional and relationship, but the conversation with the friend or spiritual leader does not relieve the emotional distress. The person realizes that is difficult to solve problems at work and to meet the family’s needs and your relationships. Finally, the right time to ask for help is always there is doubt and difficulty experiencing well-being, and when overcoming attempts have not led to a significant improvement.

Are severe cases when outpatient care, which excludes hospitalization, do not lead to an improvement. But in the last two decades the medicines options have improved their efficiency. Thus, the use of medicines, in addition to psychotherapy, brings more rapid and lasting results. Thus, gravity will be established from the need of intensive care, ie, weekly returns to the clinic or hospital.

Can you prevent mental illness? @ Women’s Mental Health

Yes, you can, by means of what is called secondary prevention. There are two types of prevention: primary, one that makes an assessment before the onset of the disease – a mammogram to identify breast cancer, for example. And the secondary, which does not perform tests, but stems from the enlightenment of the people on certain psychic pathology. This includes professionals of all levels, which should be ready to detect this type of symptom, in any assessment. In this case, what happens is an active search of the disease, although the reason for consultation has another goal. Secondary prevention is a way to anticipate a diagnosis by means of information – for the patient and the doctor. Both feel encouraged to look for corresponding signals, same as the query does not have this purpose.

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Travel plan for 5 days in Uruguay https://montasirahmed.com/travel-plan-5-days-uruguay/ https://montasirahmed.com/travel-plan-5-days-uruguay/#respond Sat, 27 Jun 2020 16:08:50 +0000 http://montasirahmed.com/?p=755 Despite to be a small country, Uruguay may surprise you with its tourist charms. Bathed by the Rio de La Plata and numerous parks, where the movement is constant Uruguayans and their thermos bottle of mate herb. The country does not have large skyscrapers, pollution or traffic jam as in large urban centers in the …

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Despite to be a small country, Uruguay may surprise you with its tourist charms. Bathed by the Rio de La Plata and numerous parks, where the movement is constant Uruguayans and their thermos bottle of mate herb. The country does not have large skyscrapers, pollution or traffic jam as in large urban centers in the world, on the contrary, the peace hovers around the country. By knowing the historic center of Montevideo you understand how the city attracts many tourists with its ancient history and rich culture.

With a landscape of beaches, fields, historic towns, and winery, Uruguay is certainly a country that should be used and lived down to the smallest detail. You will be delighted by the place right away, to arrive in one of the nicest airports in South America. With its modern and sophisticated design, the Carrasco airport calls attention by its size, cleanliness and structure in general.

When you settling in your hotel, it’s time to start your tour through the city. You can go by bus or car, the  Montevideo streets are very well marked, safe and the Uruguayans are very helpful. Below is our 5-day itinerary:

Day 1 – The starting point is the Plaza de la Independencia, the heart of the city, where it’s main artery, Avenida 18 de Julio, which is named after the date of enactment of the 1st Constitution of Uruguay. In addition to being the scene of several restaurants, theaters and pubs, is there that occurs every Sunday, the most important street fair of Montevideo, the Tristán Narvaja.

At the Plaza Independencia is the statue of the great national hero, General Jose Gervasio Artigas and just below the statue is the mausoleum where is the remains of Artigas. Access is by stairs side the statue.

Through one side of the square, you can meet what was already one of the largest skyscrapers of South America, the Salvo Palace (you can take the guided tour of the building).

Around the square, you will also find the Estévez Palace, the Torre Ejecutiva of the National Government and the famous Teatro Solís, which is the main artistic stronghold of Uruguay and worth a visit.

Also in the square is Puerta de La Ciudadela, a structure which was the entrance to a military fortress called Ciudadela, in the mid-eighteenth century. Now is an area that establishes the boundary between the old town and the new town. Passing through the door you will be in Ciudad Vieja and its heart is the Plaza Constitución where is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Montevideo, built in 1970. During the week the movement of people is intense, but on weekends the streets are deserted and not it is recommended to go through some of the dark streets. In the center of the square, there is a fountain opened in the 19th century.

After knowing the historic center of Montevideo, you can finish your day in the Port, to know the Mercado Del Puerto and savoring the famous Uruguayan meat in one of the several restaurants over there.

Day 2 – On the second day you can enjoy to relax and stroll the Ramblas, which is nothing more than a great avenue of 22 kms that is changing name along its length and along the Rio de La Plata. A good option is to rent a bike and see how Uruguayans maintains a good relationship with the river. If it is cold, sit in the river and take a mate to warm the body. Include that day a tour at the Rodó Park which is close there. If you are looking for nightlife, this is a great area to stay, where are the neighborhoods of Pocitos and Punta Carretas, known for its pubs and restaurants.

Day 3 – Leaving Montevideo, from bus or car, 180 kms south is the city of Colonia Del Sacramento. The small town is one of the most charming of Uruguay. The streets smell history, its so romantic restaurants, the colorful houses and its pleasant weather makes you want to return often.

To visit Colonia, just one day is enough, but go easy. Walk through its cobblestone streets, rest the edge of the Rio de La Plata, have a coffee in one of the charming restaurants with tables on the sidewalk.

Colonia is rich in history and culture, was founded in the 17th century by the Portuguese, but for a whole century, the city was fought with the Spaniards, who won the war. So the city has a unique architecture where the Lusitanian charm mingles with the Spanish. When walking through the city, you surely know the Calle de Los Suspiros, perhaps the best-known street in town. It has this name because of the slaves who lived there, rumor has it, to feel cold, hunger and pain, could be heard the sound of a cry, like a sigh. It is also on this street there is a famous workshop for its handicrafts and rare pieces.

Another historic building in Colonia is the Porton de Campo, built in the 20th century, is the gateway to the old town. In the vicinity of Porton is the main little square of the city, the Plaza Mayor and very nearby there is the lighthouse. Climb in the lighthouse and you’ll have a beautiful view of the city and Rio de La Plata.

End the day in the restaurants, delight you in a good chivito (typical dish) and tasting excellent Uruguayan wine.

Day 4 – Back in Montevideo, head north, 120 km’s is Punta Del Este. Known for its bustling summer, it is also very charming in winter. Surrounded by luxurious mansions and huge casinos, Punta is an extravagant city, but also quenches the plainest desires.

The city wakes up late and the movement in the streets starts around 10am. If it is summer, you can guarantee a place in the sun at Brava beach, where is the best-known landmark of the city, the Los Dedos (The Fingers). It was built by artist Chilean Mario Irrazabal in 1982, several arrangements for its meaning: the presence of man in nature, a man coming to life or the hand of a drowned man, so the monument is also known as La Mano (The hand) or Monumento ao Ahogado (monument to drowned man). You can enjoy exploring the river meets the sea. If you have time and want to take advantage best beaches and hype of Punta Del Este, you can extend your stay by a day or two.

If you go in winter, go on foot or ride a bicycle the Rambla enjoying the cool breeze of Punta. Visit Puerto de Punta, there is a marina, several restaurants and shops. It is in this port berthing large cruise ships.

At the end of the peninsula is a residential neighborhood with dozens of mansions, there is also the Punta lighthouse and the Iglesia de La Candelaria (a Church), it is worth to stop by. Another attraction can’t stay out and is also a postcard of the city is the Puente Leonel Vieira or Puente de la Barra.

Be sure to visit the Casino Conrad, considered the most important in South America and built in 1996, is the only Casino in Uruguay that is not managed by the government.

On the way back to Montevideo, worth the stop in Punta Ballena to enjoy the beautiful sunset at Casa Pueblo, a complex with many art galleries, museum, restaurants and hotel. It was built by the hands of the Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaró.

Day 5 – Last day in Uruguay, if your flight is in the afternoon, enjoy getting to know the Montevideo Botanical Gardens and the Centenary Stadium.


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Mattress for Side Sleepers https://montasirahmed.com/mattress-for-side-sleepers/ https://montasirahmed.com/mattress-for-side-sleepers/#respond Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:59:50 +0000 http://montasirahmed.com/?p=751 Research has shown that people tend to have particular sleeping positions. Their choices are mostly based on comfort. While some people are very comfortable sleeping face up, they might not find sleeping face down comfortable. On a general note, people tend to prefer a particular sleeping position over others. Although they might be able to …

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Research has shown that people tend to have particular sleeping positions. Their choices are mostly based on comfort. While some people are very comfortable sleeping face up, they might not find sleeping face down comfortable. On a general note, people tend to prefer a particular sleeping position over others. Although they might be able to change their sleeping positions to accommodate postures like sleeping face up, face down or alternating between both sides, their preferences often still differ.

Sleeping Positions and Why

There are several reasons why people adopt the sleeping position that they maintain. Some people are just not comfortable with certain positions. Some people are not able to sleep on their backs facing up.  This means they are not able to stretch out facing up while sleeping.   This could be due to health reasons or mere discomfort. These groups of people often succumb to the preferred alternative of being ‘Side Sleepers’. They find it much more comfortable sleeping on their sides.

Side Sleepers

Sleeping on the sides tends to be the best choice of the sleeping positions among many people. This is because it is a very comfortable sleeping position. People who are ‘Side Sleepers’ may not find other sleeping positions as comfortable as sleeping on their sides.  Some ‘Side Sleepers’ even have a particular side as the preferred side of sleeping.

The ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’

There is a particular kind of ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’. This is not like the everyday or usual kinds of mattresses. Unlike other sleeping positions, sleeping on the side puts the body structure in a particular form. This is why researchers in the health and fitness industry came up with a ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’. Most times, side Sleepers still needs something else apart from just positioning themselves on the ‘Mattress. Some side sleepers still place a pillow between their knees for support. For people who experience pain on their lower back, they often find it much more comfortable sleeping on their sides.

Sleep on a good Bed: The type of bed on which an individual sleeps, goes a long way to affect the quality and quantity of sleep received.  It is advisable to get a bed with soft mattress for sleep.  As much as possible, avoid sleeping on the couch as this cannot produce quality sleep.  There are several types of mattresses and most of them are termed best by manufacturers, no matter the quality associated with any particular mattress, ensure that your mattress is soft and succulent.  This is the only way you can determine the best mattress for yourself.  When you sleep on your bed, your body must be able to fee the comfort of your mattress.

The Best Types of ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’

Many side sleepers are not even aware that there is a right ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’. They are not aware of the fact that the type of mattress on which they sleep, to a large extent, affects the quality of sleep that they are able to get. Some side sleepers wake up in the mornings and wonder why they have muscular pains. They have not been able to understand the importance of making use of the ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’.

The major reason for the special ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’, is basically because of the pressure placed on the bony sides of the body’s structure when it is on the sideways position. The ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers,’ has been structured and framed in such a way that it is able to help the body preserve its natural alignment and shape. The body’s curves are well held on the ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’.

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Wrong ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’

Any mattress that does not give allowance for the pressure points of a side sleeper cannot be categorized as a good ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’. Comfort is the key when it comes to the right ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’.

Side Sleepers place the weight of their bodies on their shoulders and hips. This position brings about an inner springing of these body parts to create a distortion of the spine’s natural curve. This distortion further places more pressure on the shoulders and hip bones. In order to correct any problem associated with this posture; Side Sleepers should ensure they sleep on the right ‘mattress for Side Sleepers’.

These kinds of mattresses are a little bit softer than other brands of mattresses.  They have been designed in a way that they are able to make pressure points gain absolute relief. The softened cushion frame of the ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’ curves and aligns along the body’s shape and length. The fact that adequate support is provided is what makes the ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’ the best choice for side sleepers. The latex maintains and supports the body’s natural curves when sleeping or when just lying down on the ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’.  Each pressure point is cradled as they come in contact with the ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’. The body weight is evenly spread across the surface of the ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’.

The needed extra support for the hips and shoulders are very important. This is because most of the strains are on these parts of the body when lying down on the sides. The only and best way these supports can be provided is by making use of the right type of mattress, the real ‘Mattress for Side Sleepers’.

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Leisure time in Ukraine for you and your family https://montasirahmed.com/leisure-time-ukraine-family/ https://montasirahmed.com/leisure-time-ukraine-family/#respond Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:53:50 +0000 http://montasirahmed.com/?p=747 I know that most travelers use a common idea of holidays. It is something more like home – airport – taxi – hotel – excursion (depends) – taxi – airport – home. There is nothing bad in such routine, it is stable and predictable. What else do you need while traveling with your family? I …

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I know that most travelers use a common idea of holidays. It is something more like home – airport – taxi – hotel – excursion (depends) – taxi – airport – home. There is nothing bad in such routine, it is stable and predictable. What else do you need while traveling with your family? I am talking about the new experience of facing true life without cardboard decoration. What do I mean? You can try a new type of holiday which is fun (definitely) experimental (can be) and challenging (no doubt). You can travel to Ukraine.

 Why should you choose Ukraine?

 Mostly because it is in Europe and has related history, architecture and culture. The majority of tourist-friendly cities of Ukraine like Lviv, Odesa, Kyiv have places that everyone would be happy to see – opera houses, museums, architectural monuments and churches. But in Ukraine there are something that can take your breath away – it’s rivers and seas, mountains and valleys.

What do you choose for your trip?

  • The Seaside with rocky or sand beaches in Black or Azov seas, valleys near Dnipro or Dniester rivers or wide mountain view near the Carpathian mountains. It depends on what your family lifestyle is. Let us start with a simple task.

 Decide what is your type of transport?

If you like 2-3 hours trip to Ukraine choose airplane with it quick and comfortable transition to Kyiv. People of romantic nature can take a boat trip on a cruise liner to Odesa. The easiest way to visit Lviv from western Europe is to take a bus.

Western Ukraine can surprise you with architectural Lviv and ancient villages near Carpathian mountains. People in this area like to cook and to treat every tourist with highlander culinary. Prepare yourself and your stomach for this tasty meeting and don’t be overwhelmed with their modesty because they can trick you to taste every of their generous table meal.

Odesa-mama is one of the colorful and corky cities in Ukraine. You can feel it’s marine breeze or listen to the sound of a tram on its streets or get a laugh at an old man’s joke. You can find yourself in it and keep your good memories for the rest of your life.

The last in our list but definitely not the least is Kyiv. It has everything you can desire: ancient and modern architecture, museums, restaurants and culture life. You have to be energetic to try its city life. This capital combines the modern style of living with a strong connection to roots and history. Try two hours walking tour through its small and hidden streets and you will love this city forever.

People of all of the cities and villages (doesn’t matter if they small or big) share one land and filled with Ukrainian heartiness. And that what makes this country worth seeing. It can bring to your life tons of new sensations and good memories. All you need is to be ready and open to a new experience. The only thing left to do is to try – travel to Ukraine!

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The Ugliest Actors In Hollywood – famous, creepy looking actors https://montasirahmed.com/the-ugliest-actors-in-hollywood/ https://montasirahmed.com/the-ugliest-actors-in-hollywood/#respond Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:46:50 +0000 http://montasirahmed.com/?p=734 Some actors don’t even need to do well to succeed on the big screen. Just a pretty face to fans of crowds jostling at the box office every new film. But Hollywood doesn’t live by beauty … there are actors who have managed to build a career having overcome the challenge of not fit the …

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Some actors don’t even need to do well to succeed on the big screen. Just a pretty face to fans of crowds jostling at the box office every new film.

But Hollywood doesn’t live by beauty … there are actors who have managed to build a career having overcome the challenge of not fit the beauty standards that the film industry imposes.

Here a short list of talented and ugly actors.

Willem Dafoe

Great American actor Willem Dafoe is a monster of acting in films. One of the most important roles him was Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin. Is it scary, isn’t it? The evil and the ugly! Willem Dafoe is one of the most talented and versatile actors of his generation, but it is also one of the ugliest that have ever gone through the big screen. The guy is so ugly that not playing the role of Jesus Christ (in The Last Temptation of Christ) gives to ease.

Clint Howard

This is Clint Howard, American actor, known for elders to have acted in the series Gentle Ben (The Bear Friend) in the 60’s. He’s weird, isn’t he? Michael Berryman Michael Berryman is an American actor, known for participating in several horror films, among them, The Devil’s Rejects. Also, it is easy for him to participate in a horror movie: he, natural, it’s awful, imagine makeup!

Gerard Depardieu

Besides being one of the main French actors Gerard Depardieu is a huge guy, big nose, with tousled hair and a bit lanky manner. Not for nothing that the talented actor just acted like the Gallic Obelix in the cinema, the guy is the own Roman-beater, perfect for the role!

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Danny Trejo

I want to give a tip to Hollywood producers: Danny Trejo (Machete and Bad Ass) can not convince as a romantic pair of anyone! You even believe the guy is thick-skinned and that can end the life of everyone in the beating, but we can not believe this guy can hook up some pretty woman… please right?

Marty Feldman

The actor Marty Feldman was a great comedy partner Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder during the 70’s, known for its peculiar appearance it is by far the ugliest actor who Hollywood has ever seen. With a big nose, bulging eyes and thick eyebrows, hardly anyone will be able to beat Feldman that category. Marty Feldman died in 1982, a victim of a heart attack.

Mickey Rourke

Incredible as it may seem, he has already been one of the most beautiful actors in Hollywood. It was because of the boxing fight that he got this ugly face. The time wasn’t a great friend of Mickey Rourke. The ex-boxer and actor is more and more strange. According to his face changes, he has achieved best roles and his performance is always evolving.

Ron Perlman

Being cast as Hellboy and the beast in Beauty and the Beast, it is a double blessing. He has great jobs. But, on the other hand, he’s acting like a beast and a red devil. It’s just a little worse than acting as the Phantom of the Opera or Darth Vader when he takes off the mask. So congratulations to Ron for having the courage to accept the roles that frighten others.

Steve Buscemi

If have a guy who is unanimity in all the lists of ugly celebrities, this is Steve Buscemi! One of the great actors of his generation he played a key role in great films like Reservoir Dogs, Fargo and Big Fish. Yeah, there is a guy who won by the talent, because if were by the beauty…

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21 Ways to Save Money While Traveling In Prague, Czech Republic https://montasirahmed.com/traveling-prague-czech-republic/ https://montasirahmed.com/traveling-prague-czech-republic/#respond Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:37:50 +0000 http://montasirahmed.com/?p=917 Prague does not need to market itself much: this enigmatic, beautiful city is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Just a few decades ago, not many travelers knew about Prague as it only regained freedom from communism in 1989. Today, Prague has grown to be a well-loved city where many people come and …

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Prague does not need to market itself much: this enigmatic, beautiful city is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Just a few decades ago, not many travelers knew about Prague as it only regained freedom from communism in 1989. Today, Prague has grown to be a well-loved city where many people come and often never leave, its medieval towns, cobblestone paths, and post-Soviet charm leave a permanent mark for anyone who visits.

Despite the fact that Prague is a newcomer to the world of tourism, it is a friendly town to visit. It is also relatively easy to find affordable and economical ways to go about your trip, and save some money along the way. In fact, a city as beautiful as Prague does not require visitors to engage in many activities just to enjoy a trip. It is enchanting on its own, but if you aren’t careful you can end up spending unnecessarily.

We’ve done the research on the 21 ways you can save money while traveling to Prague. Read on below.

  1. There are many ways to arrive in Prague, depending where you are coming from and how much you are willing to spend on airfare. The Václav Havel Airport Prague serves numerous European and international carriers, as well as budget airlines. If you are planning to arrive by plane, purchasing your ticket to Prague can save you some money especially if you choose to travel via budget airline.
  2. Upon arrival in the airport the bus is the cheapest way to get into the town. Make sure that you already have Czech money before you leave to pay for your transport. A Public Transport booth is situated in Terminals 1 and 2 of the airport, which sells tickets to the bus services at lower prices (32 CZK) as compared to purchasing them from the bus driver (40 CZK). The Airport Express bus is another option to get to the city, but it will cost 60CZK. Other options to getting to the city include the Cedaz bus, shuttle, and taxi although these are significantly more expensive.
  3. Land transfers to the city are also plentiful in option, especially if you are coming from a neighboring town or country. Traveling by bus, rental car, or train is a great way to see the countryside if you have the luxury of time. If you are coming from another European city the most economical way to get to Prague is by taking the rail network, since the city is well connected to many others. Traveling by the European rail network is the most popular method of getting around especially for budget travelers who are looking to visit Prague and many other cities. Visiting Prague by train is quickest if you are coming from Berlin, followed by Munich, Vienna, Linz, Bratislava, Budapest, and Warsaw.
  4. Once you are in Prague, the best ways to get around are via their well-developed public transportation methods and by foot. It is not recommended to drive around, as Prague is known for their narrow streets. The city’s public transportation system is a combination of affordable bus, metro, and tram systems that are ultra-efficient, making getting around a breeze. Another bonus for foreign travelers is that the transport systems have English guides as well.
  5. Avoid hiring taxi services especially in touristy areas as they are known to charge much more. It is illegal to operate a taxi service without offering a receipt, so if you must take the taxi opt for a radio dispatched service at all times.
  6. Budget accommodation is easy to find, with numerous apartments, bed and breakfasts, and hostels abundant throughout the city. Most hostels and guesthouses offer free breakfast, and this will save you money on food. Online booking sites such as http://www.booking.com and http://www.agoda.com are a great place to start researching on accommodations, but if you prefer affordable self-catered apartments, AirBnB (http://www.airnbnb.com) is an excellent resource too.
  7. The best places to go for currency exchange are only banks and ATM’s. Other places have bad exchange rates, causing you to lose money unnecessarily. Also, do not change your money at the airport. The popular tourist areas also have a number of private services offering currency exchange, attracting unsuspecting tourists with seemingly attractive rates but they will charge you high commission fees.
  8. As a tourist in Prague, it always helps to count your money at all times. There have been numerous scams reported where tourists are shortchanged by as much as 100kc.
  9. When dining out, avoid restaurants that list its prices in Euros as these are generally more expensive. Restaurants may also offer bread and butter, while these are complimentary in other countries it is not always the case in Prague. It helps to be aware of this by asking if there will be an additional charge.
  10. Generally, Prague is a very safe city for travelers but it always helps to be aware. Pickpockets are skilled in this side of the world, noted hotspots for these scams are highly touristy areas in the city including the Charles Bridge. Tourists are always recommended to use bags which can be carried in your front pocket so you can keep an eye on it at all times.
  11. Save money on sightseeing by getting yourself a Prague Card, which provides discounted and free entrances to many of the city’s most famous attractions. Apart from saving you money, the Prague Card allows you hassle-free entrance to many attractions without having to wait in line. Just some of the many attractions you can visit with the Prague Card include the Basilica of St. George, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. Wenceslas Cathedral, the Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, Old Royal Palace with Vladisav Hall, Prague Jewish Museum, a free Vltava River Cruise, and discounts on car rental and airport transfers.
  12. Take in some local culture by visiting the local theatres and booking the cheapest seats. You will be able to appreciate a fantastic show at world-class venues at the National Theatre and the Municipal House without having to break the bank.
  13. Prague is a city that is rich in art, but visitors do not need to shell out heaps of money in order to enjoy them. Many of the city’s best galleries offer free entrances during certain days of the week:
  • The National Gallery houses an impressive collection of both contemporary and medieval art. Every first Wednesday of the month from 3:00 to 8:00 pm, no entrance fees are charged.
  • The Museum of Decorative Arts, a well-loved local heritage site with breathtaking opulent interiors, is free every Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Each exhibit at the museum is carefully thought out, with many interesting displays featuring Bohemian glass, ceramics, graphic arts, toys, and many more.
  • The Kampa Museum houses a stunning collection of works created by local artists who are living in exile. It contains a permanent exhibition, mostly of art which were acquired by Jan and Meda Mladek. Entrance to Kampa Museum is free every first Wednesday of the month.
  • The Galerie Display offers many artistic and cinematic experiences, and is free admission every Wednesday to Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
  • The Jiri Svetska Gallery has an extensive selection of contemporary and modern art, free to all from Tuesdays to Fridays at 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm.
  • The Moser Glass Factory is worth a day trip for learning about Bohemian glass. The museum has free admission on weekdays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on Saturdays until 3:00 pm.
  1. Prague also offers many other free attractions, all you need is yourself and a camera. Almost every corner is so picturesque and perfect for that unique European photo op. Here is a list of the best free attractions in the city:
  • Take a stroll on the Vltava River, which is stunning during the day but truly breathtaking at sunset and on clear evenings.
  • Visit the Astronomical Clock, which has been around since 1410. Thousands of tourists come to see the clock every year to witness the oldest working clock in the world.
  • See the John Lennon Wall, one of Prague’s famous landmarks from the Cold War. This historical attraction became an outlet for political graffiti after John Lennon’s death in 1980.
  • Not only is Charles Bridge one way to get to Prague’s Old Town, but it is also popular with tourists. Here you will find a number of artists, entertainers, and musicians, making an excellent spot for people watching and soaking up the scenery. The best time to visit Charles Bridge is late at night or early morning if you want to escape the crowds.
  • The Dancing House is one of the unique establishments and a popular landmark of Prague. It is situated at the right riverbank, truly standing out of its neighboring Art Nouveau, Gothic, and Baroque establishments.
  • Stroll along the peaceful, charming Riegrovy Sady. It is recognized as one of the best parks in Prague where you can bring along picnic goods and refreshments for a relaxed day out.
  1. If you are looking for views that will take your breath away, head over to the Petrin Watch Tower, fondly referred to as Prague’s Eiffel Tower. Entrance fees are minimal, and to get the most out of your trip combine it with a visit to the Strahov Monastery and library which are just around 20 minutes away. If the climb tires you out, you can enjoy affordable food and refreshments at any of the two cafeterias situated in the tower itself or at the bottom.
  2. Prague isn’t exactly known as a culinary destination, in fact it is more widely known as a city where you can get great tasting cheap beer. However, the culinary landscape continues to evolve, with more restaurants now offering delicious food without a huge price tag. Ideally, tourists looking for good food while on a budget should stay away from the Old Town as well as Karlova Street, which are highly touristy areas and its vendors are known to sell food at exorbitant prices. Here are some tips on dining out in Prague:
  • Don’t leave the city without sampling some of the traditional Czech food, usually very meaty and gamey, as well as heavy on carbohydrates. These include goulash, Vepřo-knedlo-zelo, Koleno, Tatarák, Ovocné knedlíky, Pivo, Bramboráky  and Nakládaný hermelín.
  • Lunch specials are popular in Prague, as the restaurants target the working set who need to fill their tummies without spending too much. You may want to consider making lunch the biggest meal of the day because you can save a significant amount of cash on lunch sets, in fact they have been known to give fast food chains a run for their money.
  • Don’t be afraid to try the street food, some of which are extremely tasty. Wenceslas Square is known for its sausage stands, which make a cheap and filling snack.
  • The best way to find an affordable yet authentic good local restaurant is by following the locals. Ideally, the suburbs of Prague are a good place to start.
  1. If local food isn’t really your thing, don’t worry because the city has plenty of other options when it comes to dining on the cheap. Here are some recommendations:
  • Vietnamese Pho is a popular budget meal, as well as some spring rolls. Head over to Pho Vietnam or the Holesovice market for a wonderfully filling bowl of this Asian dish.
  • Osteria de Clara (Vrsovice district) serves excellent pastas that are ideal for sharing. Their pastas are also good value for money because of the large size. Try the other items on their menu of delicious Italian fare that won’t break the bank.
  • La Bodeguita del Medio (Kaprova 19/5, 110 00 Praha 1) For classic Cuban food and a vibrant atmosphere, La Bodeguita del Medio has a great selection for lunch as well as coffee. At night it turns into a more upbeat party place that also serves excellent pub food.
  • Wings Club (Lucemburska 11, Praha 3): An aviation themed restaurant, Wings Club offers a wide range of food including pasta, Mexican food, meats, and many more at decent price points.
  • Radost FX (Bělehradská 234/120, 120 00 Praha) is known for fantastic vegetarian fare in a classy, boudoir style restaurant. Radost FX has an interesting range of tasty vegetarian dishes including hummus, pasta, burritos, pasta, curries, and sandwiches.
  1. Prague enjoys the reputation of being a city where the beer is actually cheaper than water. The going rate starts at about $1 for .5 Liters of beer (in fact it’s possible to get it for even less), this can serve as your benchmark when deciding which bar or pub to drink at. Alternatively, you can also purchase cheap and good beer at the supermarkets which you can then enjoy at the park. Here is a list of some budget friendly places to also grab a drink while in Prague:
  • Café-Pub Atmosphere (119 08 Praha 1)
–          Sportsbar Zlatá Hvězda‎v(Smetanovo nábřeží 14, Praha 1)
  1. Don’t worry about tipping too much during your travels; the usual tipping amount is just around 10-20 CZK. However, if you found the service left much to be desired, you don’t have to tip at all.
  2. If you are booked at a self-catering apartment and enjoy your time in the kitchen, making your own food will cost a fraction of your restaurant bill. The city’s supermarkets are well-stocked with an extensive selection of premium meats, pastas, bread, and rice.
  3. Prague has numerous shopping options for the traveler who wants to buy anything from local delicacies to handmade goods. The city is dotted with boutique shops, markets, and shopping malls that have just about everything you need. Crystal, glassware, and jewelry that are made in the Czech republic are popular souvenirs for tourists. Some shopping tips:
  • The shops at the Old Town and Karlova are slightly more expensive as they cater to the tourists, but you can find some relatively well-priced glassware and ceramics at Dum Porcelanu (Jugoslávská 567/16).
  • If you are looking for exquisite fashion pieces at a bargain, Secondhand Fifty Fifty is known for their great collection of vintage clothing. Located at Slezská 28, those looking for good quality second hand goods are urged to take at least an afternoon to sort through their expansive collection of items.
  • Locally made cheese is excellent, and for a quick one-stop shop check out Cheesy. They have many branches all around the city as indicated on their website, but one of the more popular and complete shops is located in Jugoslávská 23.

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Save Money While Traveling in Rome, Italy https://montasirahmed.com/save-money-traveling-rome-italy/ https://montasirahmed.com/save-money-traveling-rome-italy/#respond Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:29:50 +0000 http://montasirahmed.com/?p=877 ­Ask someone who’s been to Rome to describe the city, and you’ll often hear adjectives such as “romantic”, “fascinating”, and “magical”. Rome is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world, carved out of centuries of history and art that remain for modern day visitors to behold. The capital of Italy played an …

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­Ask someone who’s been to Rome to describe the city, and you’ll often hear adjectives such as “romantic”, “fascinating”, and “magical”. Rome is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world, carved out of centuries of history and art that remain for modern day visitors to behold.

The capital of Italy played an important role in history, once being home to a vast Roman empire. Today, Rome’s historical landmarks are still up, testament to the colorful history of this magnificent city. Rome resembles the blending of old and new, with modern structures that are built around iconic structures such as its aqueducts, theaters, churches, and gardens.

Because of Rome’s numerous attractions, it could be slightly overwhelming especially for the first time visitor who wants to soak it all in. If you aren’t careful, a trip to the city could also be quite costly. But don’t panic, we’ve done the research to give you a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know to enjoy Rome on a budget. From planning and preparation down to eating, we’ve got all the tips down pat.

  1. The best time to travel to Rome is between the months of April to June, and September to October. During these times the weather is usually pleasurable, and there aren’t as many crowds. From mid-June to August, Rome is teeming with visitors from all around the world that it may even be difficult to get around without experiencing swarms of people. Italians take month-long vacations starting August 15, which means that most of the attractions, bars, restaurants, and services will be closed. On the other hand, shops have shorter hours or undergo renovation from October to Easter, while the months of November and February are usually too cold.
  2. Once you’ve locked down a time for you to visit Rome, it is recommended to book your plane ticket months in advance. As soon as you know when you would like to visit, start scanning the internet for great deals on airfare. Planning ahead of time will save you money, as airlines usually come out with advanced-booking promo deals.
  3. You can also save additional money if you take a low budget flight from your hometown to another major European city nearby such as London, Frankfurt, or Paris then take a connecting low-cost airline into Ciampino Airport. Doing so may mean that you would have to sacrifice another 2 or 3 days of travel but this would save you a significant amount of money that you can use for food instead.
  4. Keep in mind that traveling by taxi is the most expensive option in Rome. Whether you land in Fiumicino or Ciampino airport, there are airport shuttles as well as public buses available that can take you right to your destination. If you are staying near the Termini station you can opt for a shuttle bus, but if you are staying in another district it is equally easy to find public transportation from the Termini station.
  5. Invest in good walking shoes before your trip, because you may be doing a lot of walking when you are in Rome. The city’s public transportation system is well developed, but the distances between stations are quite far. It is also best to plan your days according to the proximity of one attraction to the other, many of Rome’s attractions are within walking distance to the other so you can save money on trains or bus passes.
  6. Rome’s popularity as a tourist destination has resulted in the city having an extremely wide range of hotels and hostels to choose from. Unfortunately, many of these hotels are already old and run down but with some careful research you can still easily book an affordable yet comfortable stay in Rome. Depending on how much time you have, you may want to opt for a hostel that is closer to the city center. If you have more time to spare, you can opt for an affordable self-catering apartment, many of which are available on AirBnB and similar sites. Before you book, it is best to research on customer testimonials to reduce your chances of staying in a place that will result in a bad experience.
  7. Rome can be brutally hot, it is always recommended to bring a bottle of water and a small umbrella in your bag. Water is relatively inexpensive but it’s crucial to stay hydrated at all times. The cost of water can easily add up, but if you bring a bottle of water these can be refilled at many of the public fountains. Watch out for signs that say “aqua non-potabile” though, which means that the water is not potable.
  8. There are numerous free entertainment options available in this art-filled city. You don’t always have to shell out cash to enjoy art. Most of the city’s churches are free of charge, and house spectacular works of art inside.
  9. It is best to book ahead online for popular tourist attractions such as the Vatican museums and the Borghese gallery. A Roma Pass will also come in handy, with 48-hour and 3-day pass options available. Both cards offer free passes to numerous museums and attractions as well as public transportation (http://www.romapass.it). The Roma Pass is also highly recommended purchasing even if you are visiting Rome during peak periods when hotels and attractions raise their prices. Throughout the year, the pass comes with 2 free entrances, and to maximize your pass it is recommended to use these free passes to the most expensive attractions on your list. Usually, the priciest attractions are the Colosseum as well as the Villa Borghese. It is also important to keep in mind the Roma Pass’s expiry, so to maximize the pass, it is recommended to start using it during the early morning. Its validity begins as soon as you first use it, not on the day it is purchased.
  10. For travelers who have a serious interest in learning about Ancient Rome, it is recommended to invest in the Archaeologica Card (http://www.pierreci.it) . This card costs just 23 euros and will provide free entrance to all the notable attractions of ancient Rome including the Colosseum, Palatine, Baths of Carcalla, 2 Appian Way monuments, all Museo Nazionale Romano museums, the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, and the Villa dei Quintili.
  11. On every last Sunday of the month, entrance to the famous Vatican museums as well as the Sistine Chapel is free. You can expect large crowds during these days but it will still save you a few euros on entrance fees.
  12. It is recommended to always bring a valid work or school ID when visiting Rome, as you can get discounts or free entrances to museums and various attractions especially if you are:
    1. A European citizen under the age of 18, under 25, or over 65 years old
    2. Non-European who teaches or studies architecture, art, conservation, literature
    3. A student from anywhere in the world (remember to bring your university ID)
  13. Visiting Rome is similar to visiting a live art museum. While it appeals to many art and history buffs, there are actually many free attractions you can enjoy if you are taking your kids along. Here are some of the city’s free attractions for children:
    1. Children will always love fountains, and in Rome there are 280 fountains you can visit with them. Of course, the most famous is the Trevi fountain, which is a delight no matter how old you are. Take the whole family here to toss coins in, which they say will ensure your return to Rome.
    2. The Villa Borghese Gardens encompass a large public park, which features an artificial lake, amphitheater, temples, fountains, botanical gardens, sculptures, and museums. Some of its museums require visitors to pay fees, but it’s a great place to spend an afternoon sightseeing, relaxing, or enjoying a picnic with the children in tow.
    3. Rome’s piazzas, or city squares, are a must-see during your trip. These piazzas are home to many restaurants, cafes, fountains, and stores. The piazzas also tell quite a bit of history, and are a great place to take the kids to soak up some culture too. The piazzas are bustling with activity during the day, but become more relaxed during the nighttime.
    4. Kids will love visiting Rome’s many ancient ruins, especially the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum. These serve not only as fantastic backdrops for family photos, but useful learning tools for history and architecture. The Colosseum is not to be missed if you are with children, they will enjoy seeing the gladiators interesting and entertaining!
  14. You will find encounter many persistent street salesmen in Rome, whom are quite knowledgeable scammers. If you aren’t careful you can end up being a victim of one of their scams which include selling knock off bags, scarves, umbrellas, and many more. In order to avoid being tricked, avoid eye contact and talking to them.
  15. It is almost unavoidable to shop in Rome, as this city offers many excellent bargains if you know where to look. The city’s big sales happen during January and July, so if you are here to shop these are the best times to book your trip. More tips for shopping in Rome:
    1. Always try to have the exact change when you go shopping, it will make it easier for you to haggle when shopping at flea markets and street shops.
    2. Leather is much more affordable in Rome, it is made locally at top notch quality, and much cheaper than buying it abroad.
    3. The Flaminia flea market, open during Sundays from 10am to 7pm, has some excellent finds.
    4. Throughout the city there are many outdoor shops that have great bargains on locally produced clothing and souvenirs.
    5. Rome is a haven for designer shopping, but not everyone can afford brand-name goods. Fortunately, there are still many areas where you can buy designer goods for a fraction of the price. For discount designer shopping, check out Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, and Via del Governo Vecchio. The suburbs also have quite a few outlet shopping options, including Castel Romano where you’ll find 110 boutique outlets.
  16. When it comes to drinking, wine is almost always the more affordable option when in Rome. You might want to skip the beers if you are visiting a country that is known for their wines. Opt for the house wine option rather than two beers and you’ll save much more money. Here are some recommendations for drinking on the cheap while in Rome:
    1. Bar San Calisto ( Piazza San Calisto): The Bar San Calisto is filled with décor from the 70’s and seems a little edgier than your usual bar in Rome. It’s retro feel is enjoyed by tourists and locals alike, who come for the cheap drinks ranging from 2 euros up.
    2. Enoteca Cavour (Via Cavour 313): If you’re after wine, and lots of it, don’t miss Enoteca Cavour which features an extensive wine selection. Glasses start at just 3 euros while you can get a whole bottle for 13 euros up.
    3. La Vineria (Campo de’ Fiori. 15 Campo de’ Fiori): La Vineria is a charming bar that overlooks Campo de’Fiori, and features a wide range of great wines. Cocktails start at 1.50 euros and wines are available by the glass at affordable rates.
  1. Dining out can be pricey when in Rome, but here’s an insider tip: areas that are frequented by office workers usually offer lunch sets for the working crowd which are filling and affordable. If you are thinking of snacking to save money, make it a dinner picnic rather than lunch so you can maximize special lunch menus offered from 10 to 20 euros. These same lunch dishes usually double in price for dinner.
  2. There are many inexpensive ways to enjoy Rome’s food while on the cheap. If you are staying in a self-catering apartment, the city has many markets that sell fresh produce, fruits, cheese, vegetables, and many other ingredients for making local dishes. While on the go, pizza, pasta, and paninis or sandwiches are relatively inexpensive (around 4 to 5 euro) and will give you enough fuel for sightseeing. Remember that eating out will always be much cheaper than dining in. A pasta will set you back around 8 euro, while larger 12 inch pizzas will cost about the same. For recommendations on cheap eats while in Rome, here are some starters:
    1. Campo de’ Fiori (Campo de’ Fiori 22 / Vicolo del Gallo, 14): Known for their pizza which can be enjoyed alone without any toppings, or served like a sandwich with your choice of fillings including cheese, vegetables, and cured meats. Slices are usually served for around 6 euros, and pizzas are sold by weight.
    2. Pastificio (Via della Croce 8): This restaurant has some excellent lunchtime deals, but is known for freshly made and delicious pasta dishes. For around 4 euros you can enjoy a large serving of pasta with water or the house wine. Because it is located at the beautiful Piazza de Spagna, you can alternatively have your pasta for take out and enjoyed outdoors.
    3. Barnum Café (Via del Pellegrino, 87): Home to classic Italian favorites including pizza, pasta, wine, cocktails, and comfort food, Barnum Café is not to be missed. They have daily blackboard specials and free WIFI, and the ambiance is homey and inviting. Barnum also has an excellent selection of cheese, meats, and salads that are great for a picnic.
    4. Dar Filettaro (Largo dei Librari, 88): The only dish on the menu here is a delicious fried cod fillet, just 5 euros. Enjoy it with various antipasti, including mushrooms, salami, and zucchini.
    5. Hamburgeseria (Via Del Teatro Pace 35/3): Burgers for craving while in Rome, satisfied at the Hamburgeseria! This nondescript burger bar offers excellent burgers at 7 euros, with fries on the side for additional 3 euros. They also offer chicken wings, quesadillas, and salad for less than 7 euros.
    6. Gelaterias are common in Rome, but don’t spend more than 2 or 3 euros per serving.
  1. It is common for restaurants to offer bread and water to you while waiting for your main dish. Since you are traveling on a budget it is wise to first ask if these are free, take note that not all of them are. You can politely decline the bread and water (if you already have your own).
  2. When visiting Rome’s bars and cafes, the locals know that standing at the bar is cheaper than asking for table service. If you are in need of a quick coffee or a croissant in between tours, you can save money by consuming these on your feet.
  3. Unlike in other countries, the usual tip fare in Rome is much smaller. Unless you truly appreciate exceptional service in a few establishments, Rome’s waiters don’t expect a tip that is more than 5 euros.

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