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Can you guess where this building is?

Can you guess where this building is?

Can you guess where this building is?

And what’s inside it?


I asked my Twitter followers if they can tell where this building is. And moreover, if they can guess what’s inside it. If you think you may know the right answer but are not 100% sure, I will give you a couple of hints first, to solve this problem I put together with Veikkaajat and Uhkapeluri.


  1.  It is in a warm climate, but the temperature drops drastically in the winter. I have had a great time by the pool side in this city in September.

2. In this city, you will find world-class entertainment. As a matter of fact, many of the stars on MTV have performed concerts or held resident shows here, that can run for months or even years. For many of the artists, it’s also their “last resort”.

3. If you haven’t guessed the answer by now, I’ll post another picture for you.


Does the Egypt theme give the answer away? Could it be a casino?

Does the Egypt theme give the answer away?

4. Think of all the places in the world where the architects could be this crazy to mix such a modern structure with a sphinx imitation. And for sure, it’s not in Egypt.

5. Okay, I’ll post one more picture, which hopefully reveals which city this building is in. And then you should be able to guess what’s inside this building, too. But keep reading on.


Welcome to Las Vegas, the casino capital of the world!

Welcome to Las Vegas sign in the capital of casinos.

…And the answer is…

Drumroll please…


The black pyramid-shaped building is one of my favourite buildings in the world. It is the Luxor Casino in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. The Luxor Casino sits at the top of the “Strip”. When you first fix your eyes on it from the landing plane, it does stick out from the rest on the Strip. Inside, casino goers sit side by side at the poker, blackjack, roulette and baccarat tables, hoping for that win of a lifetime. Free beers are served to those playing at the slots machines, that can vary from Game of Thrones themed ones to the Big Bang Theory or even Golden Girls.


I did say that the casino capital, Las Vegas, is a kind of “last resort” for many artists. By this I meant that in many cases, you haven’t heard a peep from these singers in a decade or two. With some, you didn’t know they were still here, let alone performing. At the time of writing this article, tickets for the shows of Ricky Martin, Backstreet Boys, Cher, New Kids on the Block, Billy Idol and Britney Spears were being advertised.


Although I’m not a big gambler myself, I know that increasingly people are enjoying playing at online casinos. If you are intrigued to try, and are over 18 years old, I’ve heard that this casino is particularly good for US customers or this one for the European customers. You usually also get some free stuff when you join. But do play responsibly. Enjoy the free drinks if you are headed to the slot machines of Las Vegas but remind yourself what time of the day it is – as you won’t be going to Vegas casinos to enjoy the sunshine!


Now, if a picture of Ricky Martin’s comeback doesn’t cheer up your day, I don’t know what will.


Guess what: Ricky Martin will headline in the casino capital, Las Vegas

Ricky Martin will headline in the casino capital, Las Vegas

Thanks guys!



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Free exercise classes in New York – Your weekend workout

Free exercise classes in New York – Your weekend workout

Work out for free in NY

I wanted to write this post for a couple of reasons. I have found that trying to lead a healthy life style in New York is expensive. Organic food prices in Manhattan are really high. Also the gyms are incredibly costly and I have found that their sales tactics are almost aggressive. To get an affordable membership fee, the NY gym chains try to tie you down for as long as two years of monthly credit card payments. And to get out of such a contract, your best bet is to give them proof that you are moving so far from the nearest location that you are unable to use their facilities again. Before we get to the free exercise in New York, I want to mention one gym, as I know some of you are looking to join a new one or get out of a contract that is just too expensive.


The Brooklyn gym with best value for money

Although I have tried out many of the New York and New Jersey gyms, I don’t want to list most of them here, as I don’t think they were good value for money. The only gym I agree with is Crunch Gym in Bushwick, as the membership costs you $10-25 per month. And let’s be clear, this is not a paid advertisement, I’m not getting any compensation for mentioning them in by blog. I have also tested other gyms by the same chain and the price variation is huge. These gyms are franchises and they are able to set their own prices. So check their prices on the websites and use the free day pass to test the facilities first.


Free exercise in New York: where to go this Saturday

For many of us, free exercise in New York sounds good, especially if you are in between gym memberships. And although in Manhattan every business is trying to conquer your wallet, there are still some exceptions out there. Here’s a list of free workouts you can attend this Saturday!



Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park

Free walking and strengthening in Manhattan: 8:30 am-9:30 am

Start location: Cabrini Boulevard and Fort Washington Avenue

This is a regular fitness event that takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until the end of December 2017. Walking, stretching and strengthening exercises.


NYRR Open Run: Astoria Park

Free running class in Queens : 9:00 am-10:00 am

Start location: Astoria Park Track, Queens. Meet near the tracks, next to the bathrooms.

D.A.S. boxing & self-defense

Free boxing class in Lower East Side, Manhattan: 10:00 am-11:00 am

Location: Goldie Chu Community Room (2nd Floor), 82 Rutgers Slip

In this regular class you will learn beginner to intermediate boxing techniques, such as stances, evasive movement, footwork and offensive techniques. Your cardio will be built up together with the team atmosphere. Free exercise in New York can be fun! To join this class, you need to fill out an annual registration form. 


NRC Long Run

Free social run in Midtown, Manhattan: 9:04 am-10:34 am

Start location: Niketown New York, 6 E 57TH ST, NEW YORK, NY

This run explores the city and your pace will determine the distance of your run. Please leave your valuables at home. To join these events, please register in advance.


For more free workouts in NYC, check these out

Athleta: weekly free classes

Bandier: weekly free classes

Jackrabbit: free running classes

Lola: free running classes

Shake Shack: free running classes

Sweaty Betty: get fit for free in Soho and Flatiron


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