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EUROVISION 2019: EVERYTHING ABOUT THE MUSIC FESTIVAL AND TEL AVIV

If there is something that makes us feel nostalgic, it is the Eurovision song festival 2019. It is definitely one of the most important musical events of the year in which emerging singers confront each other in a musical battle for the glory of their country.

As Netta was the winner in 2018, this year the gala will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel. This is one of the most modern and vibrant cities in the world and also it has a Mediterranean beach to chill.

Whether you are preparing your trip to Tel Aviv to live it in person or you just want to follow the festival, we will tell you about both things. Here we include the Eurovision 2019 dates, the locations and the events. In addition, we will tell you what to do in Tel Aviv. And also how to enjoy the festival if you are lucky enough to attend. This edition will be also special because Madonna will attend to Eurovision as a guest to sing a couple of songs.

Presumably, there will be large crowds in a city that is already touristy. Therefore, we recommend you to use Wave Let’s Meet. It is a free app where you can share your location in real time with your friends and make sure you do not get lost.

In addition, the app comes with a GPS navigator and a direct access to Uber. The app has a chat in which to share images, messages and voice notes, a plus to organize your group trip to Eurovision 2019. It is available for iOS and Android.

WHEN IS EUROVISION 2019?

  •        On May 14 the festival begins and ends on May 18.
  •        The first semi-final will be on May 14 at 22:00 IDT.
  •        The second semi-final will be on 16 May 2019 at 22:00 IDT.
  •        The final will be on May 18 at 9:00 p.m. IDT.

WHO WILL SING IN THE SEMI FINAL OF EUROVISION?

  1. Cyprus – Tamta with Replay
  2. Montenegro – D mol with Heaven
  3. Finland – Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman with Look Away
  4. Poland – Tulia with Fire of Love (Pali się)
  5. Slovenia – Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl with Sebi
  6. Czech Republic – Lake Malawi with Friend Of A Friend
  7. Hungary – Joci Pápa with Az Én Apám
  8. Belarus – ZENA with Like It
  9. Serbia – Nevene Božović with Kruna
  10. Belgium – Eliot with Wake Up
  11. Georgia – Oto Nemsadze with Keep On Going
  12. Australia – Kate Miller-Heidke with Zero Gravity
  13. Iceland – Hatari with Hatrið mun sigra
  14. Estonia – Victor Crone with Storm
  15. Portugal – Conan Osiris with Telemóveis
  16. Greece – Katerine Duska with Better Love
  17. San Marino – Serhat with Say Na Na Na

HISTORY OF EUROVISION

How has an international song festival like Eurovision become one of the events of the year? Let’s briefly review its story.

After the fateful Second World War the European powers worked together for peace. It was then thought that a television festival would be the best of the ambassadors of this new united Europe. For this reason, a television network was created whose main task would be to organize the festival.

In the beginning, the ‘Big Five’ along with the countries in western Europe participated. The big Five are Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. As the years have passed the number of participants has risen to 41.

HOW DOES EUROVISION WORK?

The festival is summarized in two major events, the semi final, splitted in two days, and the final. Only the countries that have gone through a first filter, in addition to the Big Five and the host country, arrive at the semi final. In the final the 35 winners face each other in a musical battle in which the jury of all Europe and the judges vote.

In this edition of Eurovision 2019, the score of each artist in ascending order will be made public for the first time, until finishing with the winner.

The winner is then announced and rewarded with a crystal microphone. Also, with a promise of success in his or her artistic career. Usually, his/her country is the host country for the event the following year.

HOW  TO ACQUIRE THE TICKETS FOR EUROVISION 2019?

Buying tickets for the venue is a difficult task, especially for attending the final. The first round of tickets are sold, though.

In the upcoming months the organization will sell the rest of them. Everything is on the free Eurovision app. that is available for free for iOS and Android.

WHERE TO ENJOY EUROVISION IN TEL AVIV?

Eurovision 2019 will be officially held at the Tel Aviv Convention Center Arena.

However, throughout the city we can enjoy screens, events and music as in the Eurovision villa, in the Charles Clore park. The introduction of the artists will be in the Habima square. For the biggest fans, the Euroclub and Euro Fan Cafe clubs will offer special related events.

WHAT TO DO IN TEL AVIV DURING OUR TRIP TO EUROVISION 2019?

Tel Aviv is one of the most avant-garde and eclectic cities in Asia, with influences from Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. It has a modernist and vibrant atmosphere, even hipster in many neighborhoods such as Neve Tzedek. There it is common to get lost among cafes, pubs, art galleries and cozy bookstores.

Once we walk and chill a bit, we can enjoy an exciting nightlife with travelers from all countries to celebrate our arrival to Eurovision.

During the day, it is necessary to visit the White City, a set of streets with light colored buildings and architecture of the Bauhaus. That is a German architectural school that the Jews who resided in the country before the world war brought to their new home in Israel.  

As a particularity, these are slightly different from their brothers in Europe. They have more terraces and fewer windows to adapt to the tremendous heat of Israel. We can go to the neighborhood from Allenby Street or from Gvirol Street.

Continuing through the white neighborhood to the east, we will reach the Mediterranean coast, where we can take a bath to cool off after our tour. This area, which also houses the marina, is a vibrant and commercial area, full of cafes, souvenir stalls and, of course, beaches.

Another thing that we can not miss in our trip to Eurovision in Tel Aviv is a walk through the historic center, Jaffa’s Old City. There we can visit the flea market and the old alleys of the city. In addition, the Rabat square is one of the neuralgic zones of the Israeli capital.

Finally, if you are in Tel Aviv you can not miss an excursion to the ancient city of Jerusalem, you will feel in another world completely.

Meet friends online to play games, eat local food or enlarge your network with these apps and tips

How to Meet Friends That Share The Same Hobbies? Use These Apps!

How have you met your last group of friends? Making friends and forging relationships is a grateful way to make our lives happier and sometimes we wish we could find someone to find fun things to do near us. However, with our busy lives it is difficult to get out of the routine and throw ourselves to meet friends online.

One of the fun things to do when meeting someone is finding a hobbie that you both share. The key is actually meeting people that are interested in what we are doing or what we like to do with our leisure. With some apps we can easily meet friends online that share our hobbies. Here are our best picks to get you find new friends while tasting new cuisines, playing virtual games or learning new skills.

MEET FRIENDS ONLINE TO SHARE THE TABLE

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One of the fun things to do when we travel or when we plan a dinner out is trying new restaurants. While foreginers may enjoy the local food in general, we may want to find the best restaurant near us that serves our local specialities. That is why connecting both locals and travelers is one of the best ways to meet friends online that share the passion for the gastronomy.

Eat With is an app that proposes to establish as a meeting point the table of thousands of chefs. It works for both reputed and amateurs to meet strangers who want to get closer to the local culture. We can be a host or a guest in a house to have authentic local food, get to know other people and the culture if we are in a new country. Sharing a made in house food it is such a good way to start a conversation and even a friendship.

How does it work? When we install the app we can select to be a guest or a host, and then fill some details about our location, cuisine, expertise and so on. After setting up our profile we can meet friends online to connect with other foodies. A nice supper out can be the beginning of a friendship. It is free and available for iOS and Android

MEET FRIENDS ONLINE TO PLAY A GAME

Gamers are experts in online games, and many friendships have been forged among virtual graphics, however there are some games more collaborative than others, such as Clash Royale. This game is one of the most fascinating mobile games of the moment, in which we can plan strategies, collaborate with players to obtain the clan’s chest and discover worlds with players from all over the world.

The championships are played as a couple, so in the end we spent a lot of time talking and planning our next move with another player in the world. This relationships can move us forward to the next level or take us back, so it is essential to communicate properly with other players and make a strong team. Surely we can find some friends in here, as well as spend entertaining the dead hours. It’s free and available for iOS and Android.

MEET FRIENDS ONLINE TO EXPAND YOUR NETWORK 

Meeting people from our professional sector can elevate our professional future if we coincide with people who offer us new points of view, who make us grow and who contribute something really useful. We can connect with thousands of profiles using professional social networks, however once we have them all it is difficult to identify the right ones to start a conversation and actually break the ice.

To facilitate the conversations and the meetings with new contacts, the app Shapr proposes us a seleccion of Linkedin profiles that matches with our experience and interests, so we don’t need to navigate through our whole list of contacts to find a good profile to talk with. Getting the right connections is difficult, that is why the Shapr app is an easy solution to identify which people we should know.

How does it work? Once we have linked our Linkedin account the application scans our profile and searches in their database for other profiles that share some of our skills and introduces them to us. When we see one that fits us we can request to connect with him or her and if they also want to connect, then Shapr activates a chat of us to start talking and perhaps arrange a meeting to have a coffee.  It is a win-win, since we both want to know each other and there is no place for weird conversations.It is free and available for Android and iOS.

MEET FRIENDS ONLINE TO PLAY TRIVIA IN GROUP

Meet with a group of friends to play a board game is a very interesting option to have a good time and relax on a Friday night, but also to meet people from all over the world and compete to be the winning team. This is the dynamics of Lively, an application that presents a chat with video call for four participants in which to play trivia with people from all over the world.

How does it work? Once the users register they can join a group either at 3pm CEST or at 7pm PST for 30 minutes or just jump in an open game. Users can see each others with the video camera and also chat, and in the case they get along, add each other as a friend. There is no better way to start meeting people than sharing a relaxing time playing fun games such as trivia. Its mission is connecting people while doing something and we believe it is a great idea. It is free and available for iOS.

How you will move around in your city in 2018: Smart cities

Millions of people struggle every day to reach their workplaces and study areas in cities in where pollution and long commutes are decreasing the quality of life of the inhabitants.

Smart cities want to solve some of the most common problems that plague the big cities, but what are they? We list here some of the main concerns: pollution, traffic congestion, poor light efficiency and lack of safety for pedestrian roads.

Pollution is a global concern that is damaging the health of the population and speeding up the climate change. According to WHO it is a serious global health risk that is responsible for premature deaths and respiratory problems, especially in the most polluted cities in the world in Nigeria, Pakistan and South Arabia.cityscape-2394753_1920

It is worth to mention the quantity of vehicules circulating in massive cities. Just in Mexico City, the most congested city in the world, there are 5 million of vehicles and there are 30 millions of car trips everyday. In Jakarta 2000 new motorbikes join the circulation every day, according to a recent study by Citymetric.

In Europe Bucharest is the most congested city and a recent study of Tomtom estimated that roughly every driver spends 128 hours of extra time driving per year. Other very congested city is London, that over the past decade has taken a series of measures to reduce traffic. Those go from expanding the public transport network and bike lanes, to taxing the most polluting vehicles and cutting the city center completely to traffic.

Technologies for Smart cities in 2018 and beyond

To address these problems, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are basically collecting data from pedestrian walks and vehicles roads to better understand how people travel around the city and how to manage their flow better. There are complex devices that estimate how many people move around certain areas and at what time, as well as surveillance and sensors that do the same in roads.

There are various ways to determine the flow of people though, for example London Subway uses Wi-Fi pings to learn how passengers travel.

Citizens can also take advantage of real time location systems. For navigation, apps like Waze gather traffic in order to estimate if there is a traffic jam or an obstacle on the road.

People walking or driving to meet their friends in the crowd can also use location services in real time like Wave Application, a free app that facilitates the meetings by enabling two or more people to share their live location on a private map with their contacts.

Once cities have started to comprehend how their citizens move around the city, it is time to implement changes and improve their quality of life. These are the ones that can be visible in the smart cities of 2018:

Find a pak spot

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Studies show that finding a park spot raises the congestion. To help people park their cars Palo Alto city developed floor sensors that warned via an app users when a parking spot is available. Now the city is expanding its use over the city.

As cities are introducing timidly electric and gas cars the question on how to distribute the charge stations around the city arises. Would they been in malls, as they plan to be in Madrid or in private parkings as the Hong Kong Baptist University suggests? Well, it really depends on the city as smart technologies are very adaptable. 

Light the city

The light consumption of the cities can be more efficient and better distributed thanks to the ICT information to determine when and where it is better to turn a light on or off. Thus, in areas with more traffic or with greater incidence of crime, the application could alter the brightness of the streetlights. In 2018 several cities around the world will use this system, like Wellington in New Zealand.

Safety of Pedestrians

The safety of pedestrians is another measure that we can begin to notice in Columbus, Ohio, that will implement an efficient crossing system in one of its streets. In Dubai we will see a passenger counter in one of its crossings to reduce the waiting time of the traffic light if there is a crowd. On the other hand, we will see new crosses adapted to people with less vision, thanks to a system of lights and signals in New York.

Reduce waste of water

The parks and forests of the cities are necessary for everyone’s health. Increasing their extension could be feasible if the consumption of irrigation water is reduced. To do this, cities such as Barcelona are implementing humidity sensors in urban parks that will determine how much water is actually needed to irrigate the parks.

As you can notice, smart cities are not only electric cars or Wifi Spots. The possibilities are endless and the New Year is bringing us amazing technologies to improve our daily life. What is your city doing to be smarter in 2018? Drop us a line!

Top destinations in the world to travel in autumn

Going on holidays in autumn is a perfect way to live authentic changing landscapes around the globe, while enjoying a mild and warm weather and low prices. This season is almost free of festivities, despite of Thanksgiving, and traveling could be a good choice to take the most out of the season.

At this time going out with a bicycle, hiking or just enjoying a vibrant local culture is such a good experience, framed in red and yellow leaves everywhere. Whether it is a flowery festival in Japan, an adventure trip around Australia or a lifetime festival in New Orleans, we have it covered. Autumn is the perfect time to take the backpack, boots, camera and go out exploring the world. Do not worry about the destination, we have selected the best places in each continent to visit this fall and live a dream vacation.

AFRICA

Buthan is an African country with forests that occupy a 60% of its land. That offers many possibilities for nature lovers who want to trek on authentically natural terrain, go climbing, cycling or stargazing as they could not do in any part of the urbanized world is a perfect destination for this fall.

It has recently been highlighted by National Geographic as one of their favorite autumn destinations, when it celebrates two international festivals in which to taste all African traditions. Thimphu Tshechu takes place over the first week of October with traditional dances, local music, invited artists and masked balls. Black-Necked Crane Festival takes place on November 11 due to the migration and arrival of the Black-necked Crane and it is a unique experience to see the wild fauna while traveling in autumn.

ASIA

The arrival of autumn is lived with different intensity in different parts of the world, however there are places where the love for plants and flowers is almost sacred as it happens in Japan. One of the most idyllic places to enjoy the colorful nature is the temple of Toshogu, surrounded by a natural park. Another worthy destination is the Hitachi Seaside Park, a natural park in which blue nemophilas are surrounded by fiery crimson bassia bushes. All of them makes up a real chromatic spectacle for the eyes

If you are lucky enough to go, besides making a photo worthy of the best ‘instagrammer’, you will find yourself in a wild and natural landscape in which to relax, do group sports and enjoy a hot tea in one of the villages with an ancient and particular culture.

EUROPE

Maybe when we talk about Europe almost nobody would look at Iceland. However, autumn is the best time of year to visit this authentic natural environment near the North Pole, as the Northern Lights begin, when the sky dyes green as a result of the reflection of light. It is the time when the days are lengthened and still not too cold, bearing in mind that temperatures are above 0 degrees celsius.

The wide variety of Icelandic landscapes, from volcanoes and glaciers to green forests, make it an ideal destination for nature lovers who can do water sports, go hiking, go whale watching, visit the waterfalls of Snaefellsnes or take a thermal bath in Bláa Lónið.

SOUTH AMERICA

Colombia is one emerging country that offers tourists the most every year. Far from being a stage of war, the tranquility in which the country live nowadays, along with its temperate climate, rich culture and a tasty cuisine make it one of the ‘must’ destinations to visit on vacation. Autumn is an unique month to visit the country, due to the absence of agglomerations, a calm and dry climate and the magnificent marine fauna that reaches the island of Providence, where it is the third largest barrier reef in the world. In addition to scuba diving and snorkeling, you can go hiking or biking in the Guatapé natural park, enjoy the beaches of Cartagena de Indias or the nightlife of Bogota, the vast capital with 7 million inhabitants in which you will be able to taste all the delights of the country.

NORTH AMERICA

Taking a walk through the deep south of North America is a unique experience for anyone from outside, but visiting New Orleans in Fall ensures you to live one of the greatest cultural shows in the world. Historically, it has hosted walkers from all over the world adapting and mixing their celebrations, which results today in some of the most iconic festivals of the world.

There is the Burlesque festival in September, the international music festival of Voodoo Music Experience in October, that counts this year with stars such as The Killers, Foo Fighters or Galantis, from 27 to 29 October, and the the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival culinary show in November. This last one is a week of celebrations around Po-Boy’s sandwich, accompanied by activities for all audiences, musical concerts and a real party in the streets. If you are passionate about sport, in New Orleans you can go hiking, cycling, canoeing and kayaking in one of the natural sites that surround the city.

AUSTRALIA

In this part of the world the months of September to December live a blossoming spring and delight the landscapes covered with flowers over the sunny days. In Australia everyone can enjoy any type of adventure sport, excursion and walks at dusk. One of the most famous flower festivals in the world is the Canberra Floriade, which takes place throughout October, with a very unique chromatic landscape, accompanied by culinary festivals and music concerts to suit aIny taste.

Adventure sports are an awesome experience in this wild country, from scuba diving or snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, to surfing in Palm Beach, hiking, biking and camping at Emu Creek Retreat or climbing in Tasmania. An adventure for the most daring.

Wave Application app to share the location find friends

What will be your favorite trip for this special season? Be an expert traveler and download Wave Application before you go, a free app where two or more people can share their LIVE location on a private map and find each other even in crowded places, a suitable tool for anyone traveling abroad.