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Events in July 2009

Nalynn Dolan Caine |
The last month was full of serious events and this month will be fun. Run with bears in Alaska town Chugiak, visit pizza day in Sao Paulo, shoot yourself with coffee in Sydney and watch body... art in Auckland.

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Chugiak-Eagle River, Alaska
July 8-12, 2009

Chugiak-Eagle River, situated north of Anchorage, is a hosts of Bear Paw Festival for 24 years in a row, the biggest and quirkiest community event of all. You most probably heard for running with the bulls in Pamplona, maybe even witnessed to that event. Have you heard of Running of the reindeer in Anchorage? That's a hilarious event. But, both events are children's play comparing to Chugiak-Eagle River Running with the Bears.

If you planned to visit Anchorage in the following next few days, stretch your visit until July 12, and witness Running with the Bears. It's only 274 meters long fun run (300 yards), because, to quote hosts: "After 300 yards it isn't fun anymore!" Oh, man! The competitors can win a round trip for two to Seward on the Alaska Railroad. That's actually a very nice prize for the route between Seward and Anchorage because it's considered by many to be the most scenic in the state.

Dog & Owner Look-a-like Contest, Slippery Salmon Olympics, Miss Bear Paw & Escort Pageant are just some of the events. This year's themed "Excali-Bear and the Knights of the Paw" event will end just like all before it with The grand parade. Hurray!

Sao Paulo, Brazil
July 10, 2009

You can live without breathing the air, but God forbid to be left out of pizza? You are A) Italian, B) have 13 or C) you live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Paulistanos, the residents of Sao Paulo, absolutely adore pizza much like the Swiss like chocolate and the Irishmen worship Guinness. Every year on Pizza Day on July 10, the whole city live, breath and think about one thing: pizza.

Going out to pizza has become such ritual in Sao Paulo that it has even found its place in the Brazilian lexicon. When politicians charged with corruption escape prosecution, Brazilians say the investigation "ended in pizza," which conjures up images of the accused celebrating over a pizza. On July 10 each and every establishment makes pizza and give it at no cost.

You can play safe and taste Margharita and Napolitana, "classic models" of pizza or the Paulistanos version, pizza topped with ham, hard-boiled eggs, onions and black olives. It would be very interesting to taste Japanese pizza which is a combination of mayonnaise, potato and bacon or Russians with red herring, but to taste those flavours you must visit some other continents.

Sydney, Australia
July 19, 2009

While in some parts of the world people are addicted to pizza, on some other continents they shoot with caffeine. To visit Aroma Festival and to explore liquid games of South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe you will must go all over to Sydney, and visit The Rocks, Sydney's district located across Sydney Cove from the Opera House.

Aroma Festival is Australia's biggest coffee festival which take place over The Rocks streets with more than 100 stalls and six stages of live entertainment. This year, and for the first time in 12 years of the festival history, visitors will be able to take a camel ride(!) from The Orient restaurant where they will taste Japanese coffees, some exotic herbal teas, classic brews, chai and spices, to The Oasis restaurant which serves Turkish coffee, has belly dancing (Oh-la-la!) and sweet treats.

At the South American Latin Quarter, coffee lovers can taste Brazilian teas, chillies and Mayan green beans while at The Continent restaurant they can experience European life style with the best blends from Italy, France and Spain as well as delicious sweet treats from Portugal (pizzazz included!) and Holland.

Auckland, New Zealand
July 25, 2009

Another continent and another affection, this time to the body... art. The 2009 New Zealand Body Art Awards Show which will take place in Takapuna at the Bruce Mason Centre on Auckland's North Shore, is dedicated to all who like body... art. Fantasia Asia! is the name of this year body... event and promotion of New Zealand as a centre of expertise in body... art, make-up and special effects to both local and international film and television networks.

Competitors will compete in nine categories and got three special awards, featuring popular Hand Painted, Special Effects, Mask, Tribal, and World of Fluorescent categories plus a new interpretation of Australia's culture in the Maori Myths & Legends section. There will also be a prize for the best (completely?) dressed audience member in Fantasia Asia theme.

So, the whole event is a mix of art and craft: the art of true artists expressing their feelings using the live models as a canvas, and the secrets of make-up professionals who work every day on TV and movie sets. While there, don't worry if some slice of pizza and ketchup end up on you. You can always say that's body... art.

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