Monthly Archives: September 2015

Zachary Stephen Layton – Visiting Interesting Places in Central and South America

Zachary Stephen Layton is a biomedical engineer who loves to travel. Over the years, he has traveled to several interesting places in Central and South America together with his family and children. South America is home to some of the most exotic places on the planet. Whether you are interested in archeology, dining, culture or just enjoying the beauty of nature, you will find something interesting when you visit places in South America.

Zachary Stephen Layton

Zachary Stephen Layton

Galapagos Islands

If you have never been on an island before, visiting the Galapagos Islands is highly recommended. The Galapagos Islands are popular for its colorful creatures such as lizards, seals, tortoises, and penguins. The islands have a very small human footprint making it another attraction. More than hundred years after Charles Darwin made his way to the islands aboard the legendary Beagle, adventurers still follow his footsteps to discover this amazing paradise.

If you are planning on visiting the Galapagos National Park, just remember it will cost you an entrance fee of around $100. This money is used to fund various conservation projects in the park.

Machu Picchu and Cusco

Take a trip to Machu Picchu and explore the ancient Inca temples. The verdant mountains in the background give the place a truly mystical look. If you are looking for a true adventure into the past, Machu Picchu is the pace to visit on your next trip to South America. If you are planning to visit Machu Picchu, you will have to make base camp at Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. You might want to rest after the hike to Cusco, before exploring the other attractions such as the Stargaze at the Cusco Planetarium and the Pre-Columbian Museum.

Zachary Stephen Layton has traveled around the world and is planning on traveling to the Middle East shortly.

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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Science



What You Should Know About Traveling to Southeast Asia

Known for its beautiful beaches and captivating historical sights,Southeast Asia is an inexpensive travel destination in which Globetrotters and backpackers have flocked to year after year. With the fertile and culturally rich landmarks like Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Thailand, and the city of Bangkok, Southeast Asia is a destination that shouldn’t be missed. If you are planning on visiting Southeast Asia, here are a few things you should know about the region and what you can do to create a memorable trip.

Zachary Stephen Layton

If you are planning on making purchases while in Southeast Asia, you should work on your haggling skills. Most vendors don’t put prices on their wares, and when asked, they will offer a price that is quite high. Don’t be afraid to ask for a lower price as the vendor a few feet away will most likely be selling the same thing.

Partaking in the cuisine in Southeast Asia is a part of the excitement. However, before you grab the nearest piece of meat on a stick, check to see if other patrons are dining on the fare before diving in, and ask to see the free English-written dining guides if you’re feeling a little unsure.

If you want to have an exciting vacation, check out the attractions outside the mini-tourism hubs. While they can be entertaining, you will never know what is just around the corner if you never venture off the beaten path.

Zachary Stephen Layton is a biomedical engineer from Seattle, Washington, who has traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia with his family. He warns that you need to keep your personal belongings with you at all times as muggings happen everywhere throughout the region.

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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Science



The Most Common Cooking Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Zachary Stephen Layton

Zachary Stephen Layton

Cooking is an art. Whether you are cooking for two or an entire banquet hall, there is a certain art to making sure that everything is edible and that you don’t have to order 25 pounds of pasta from the restaurant down the street. However, unlike other forms of art, cooking is something that can be taught and mastered if the following mistakes can be avoided.

  • You don’t read the entire recipe before you start cooking – not all ingredients may be listed at the top of the recipe. Without reading the entire recipe before you start to cook you could be leaving out ingredients or missing steps.
  • You’re too casual about measuring ingredients – not adding the precise measurement, especially when baking, results in many textural mishaps.
  • You don’t get the pan hot enough before you add food – without heating the pan before adding oil will result in food that sticks, pale meat, and scallops with no sear.
  • Your burger “meatballs” on the grill – making your patties a bit larger in circumference than the hamburger buns is the start to this problem. Avoid overworking the meat, and create an indentation with your thumb, a little more than ¼-inch deep in the center of the patty.
  • You don’t know when to abandon ship – don’t feel bad if you have to toss away food and start over. Everyone makes mistakes. However, if you are past the point of no return, the only thing you may be able to do is acknowledge the problem, apologize, and move on.

Zachary Stephen Layton is a biomedical engineer who enjoys the art of cooking. He spends the evenings with his wife and two daughters experimenting with new recipes and teaching his girls how to cook properly.

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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in Science



Traveling to the Middle East – The Safest Places to Visit

The Middle East is a wondrous place to visit with its warm waters, beautiful mountain ranges, and untouched beauty. With some of the oldest history in the world, the Middle East is a great place to visit. However, over the last couple of decades, the political unrest and terrorism in the region have made finding a safe place to explore in the Middle East like searching for a needle in a haystack. There are, however, several places you can head to without compromising your safety.

Zachary Stephen LaytonThe Nile, Egypt – Right now, there are plenty of safe places in Egypt that you can visit. From the pyramids of Giza to the Valley of the Kings, traveling along the Nile is a great option right now.

Cyprus – more than two million visitors a year flock to this sun-drenched island. With spectacular coastlines and quality mountain hikes, as well as the ruins of medieval castles, Cyprus is a great place to escape for some relaxation.

Qatar – the host city of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar is becoming noticed as a great vacation destination in the Middle East. After spending a day kite-surfing, you can head to the camel racetracks to enjoy the traditional sport of camel racing.

Jordan – Even with its proximity to Syria and Iraq, Jordan is the safest places in the Middle East to visit. While there you should visit Petra, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, take the morning to float in the Dead Sea, or dive into the waters of Aqaba.

Zachary Stephen Layton, a biomedical engineer from Seattle, loves to travel with his wife and two daughters. They have traveled to numerous international destinations and are currently planning a trip to the Middle East, which they hope to be able to take in the coming months.

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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Science