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Planning the weekend around the globe (8)

Nalynn Dolan Caine |
Any weekend
South America, Argentina
This is a time of journeys. But, on the other hands, maybe you are not of those who have this privilege. Anyway, if you find yourself in Buenos Aires, this or any other weekend, visit leather specialist Casa López. His main branch is located in the city centre near Florida shopping street. His collection for women and men is comprised of over 200 stylish items including handbags, luggage, and wallets all handmade with 100% Argentine leather, lizard, alligator or Carpincho. Spend a few pesos on one of their must-have wallets, or more on thing that your heart desires.

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Any weekend
Europe, Belgium
Belgians adore antiques. Maybe this conclusion is not hundred percent accurate, but almost every city have lot of antique shops, and fairs. If you adore antiques half than Belgians adore, you must inevitable visit one of the "million" shops in Brussels. Lesser known than Brussels, the antique shops of town Ghent are always a treasure trove of good finds. They are located on the following streets: Onderbergen, Koornlei, Kraanlei, and Steendam. In town Tongeren, visit Tongeren antique market, one of the most famous markets in Belgium with over 300 stands. Or, if you are not so informed on this topics, meet the Sablon antiques market, place for antique amateurs. Bestow your dear ones with some special antiques, or leastwise yourself. You deserve it.

Any weekend
Every day, except Saturdays
South America, Grenada
This week we put on our "menu" the Belmont Estate, one of the best spice plantations on show to the public in Grenada. The island Grenada is famous for its spices and sugar-cane rum. Visitors of Belmont Estate plantations can see the ruined sugar mills, and also check out the old fashioned process for making cocoa - stamping on the beans in a copper basin to polish them. This process is known as "dancing the cocoa". The owners of the estate have opened a museum so you can learn what life was like on a plantation some 50 years ago. This tour will cost you around 5 dollars, and if you are asking should you go there, I can simply say: Yes. Because you'll be in Grenada, you'll have a good fun and, I hope, you will forget business for a while.

August 12 – 20, 2007
Asia, Abu Dhabi
After we guide you through some shopping and advise you to drink the rum, now we offer you a new challenge. Abu Dhabi is one of the most business-friendly cities in this part of Asia. For those who accept challenges of business every day, Abu Dhabi offer challengers in chess, August 12-20. The Organizing committee of the 17th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival has the honour to invite you to participate in this prestigious event, which includes several FIDE rated tournaments for all players. The program is: Master Tournament, Open (over 12 year of age), Children Tournament (under 12) and Blitz Tournament/Simultaneous Match. The participating players shall pay the accommodation expenses during the festival. For other information contact Abu Dhabi Chess & Culture Club and let you grey cells run.

Central America, Belize
Anti stress programs, spa and wellness centres are unavoidable in business life. If you are near to Belize inevitable visit Oceanic Society's new research station in Belize's coral reef-ringed Turneffe Atoll. We declare it "the best anti stress centre" in Belize. There can't be too many opportunities out there to swim with bottlenose dolphins, but this one in Belize has to be one of the best of them - and while you bond with dolphins you help the researchers too. All you must know is how to swim - no other skills are required to participate. Your days could be spent working in small teams, searching for dolphins and assisting the researchers at fieldwork. If all goes as planned, you can take photos of these awesome creatures and meet their friends, the manatees, too. If this is not a perfect wellness...

August 18, 2007
Europe, Helsinki
On August 18, at 3pm start the Helsinki marathon, Finland's biggest running event and the second largest in Scandinavia, with more than 6000 runners every year. For 65 euros you can join the group of the best runners. The marathon starts by the statue of the legendary Paavo Nurmi and finishes at the Olympic Stadium. Participants can rest assured they will be well treated as there are 19 refreshment stations along the route, and music too. All runners who finish in less than six hours are awarded a medal, T-shirt and later a race result magazine with diploma. If swimming with dolphins is too "sissy" for you, well, sweat and run. Just don't break something.

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