“I came, I saw, I conquered.” – Julius Caesar
Being One with Nature
Are you planning a family vacation this year and picturing something a little less National Lampoon-ish than years prior? Trying to come up with something unique that doesn’t scream “typical American” like Cancun or Aspen?
If you love nature and have always aspired to be closer to it, you can’t do much better than traveling to Norway and staying at the Tree Top Hut. Founded in 2005, the Tree Top Hut is a cluster of individual lodges built into the side of a mountain that utilizes its natural surroundings to create quaint, rustic, and breath-taking accommodations. The lobby area is an authentic teepee with a fireplace and lounging furniture built from the trees of the mountain side. Each room -or more accurately, each hut -is also made from nature, meaning the lodgings are tree houses. Literally.
Yes, now you can nostalgically skip down childhood lane and relive the good old days of sleeping in a tree house, only this time with a bit more style.
A typical stay is roughly $300 American dollars so if you can swing the price of the plane ticket and the lodging, it’ll be an experience unlike any you’ve probably had. To learn more about the Tree Top Hut, check out the gorgeous architecture, and make reservations, you can visit their website here.
There has been a noteworthy change in the direction television is going, particularly in how shows depict people. Gone are the days where everyone is beautiful with superficial problems like which boy to choose from or how rough their job is. (Okay, so the beautiful thing is still pretty much a thing.) However more “average looking” people are getting roles albeit they are usually outliers or supporting roles, but still… there is some hope for the future of television.
While shows like Thirteen Reasons Why (about a teenager that commits suicide) and Intervention (a show premised around getting the medical help for a drug addict) have undergone scrutiny due to their harsh depictions of reality, I would argue that it is a step in the right direction.
Continually we hear in the news about someone suffering from a mental disease or a drug addiction or thoughts of suicide. With such publicity, you would think we as a society would feel more comfortable addressing and talking about the multitude of things that plague us humans on a daily basis. However, it still remains taboo.
Which is why I was really excited when the Netflix original series Atypical came out. Premised around a teenage boy that suffers from autism, the show delves into how much such the everyday struggles an individual on the spectrum undergoes can spread like a virus throughout the family. It’s not only the individual that suffers; it’s also family and friends and sometimes even strangers. While Atypical may get some things wrong about what autism is really like, it is still an attempt to normalize an affliction tons of kids are facing right now. And I think that’s admirable. To learn more about the show and the talent behind the characters, click here.
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