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  1. Pictured: Linden Employees Field Trip to the Lavender Lake Balloon Festival This is the first official Destination Guide Highlights post of 2021! Now that the Destination Guide is completely uplifted to the cloud, and the Suggestion Form is working, I will continue to do my weekly Friday features on some of the best new destinations of the week! Here are 10 enchanting new locations we added to the Destination Guide this week. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions! Lavender Lake Balloon Festival Come enjoy the fresh breeze at the Lavender Lake Air Balloon Festival! For the month of January explore four regions floating through the sky in your personal hot air balloon. You can also rez a boat and sail, or jump in the water and explore marine life the whole year. Visit in Second Life Incanto Musical Dreams Incanto Musical Dreams is an enchanted full region, where you can spend some beautiful moments with your friends and/or your lover. The majestic castle surmounts the land, currently under the magic of the snow, together with a giant dragon. You can visit the medieval village, the enchanted wood, the lovers' bridge, and every corner by horse or skating on ice. You can dance in one of the magical ballrooms, even underwater. Take photos in the most stunning places or attend one of the awesome musical shows of the fantastic dance group “The Incanto Dreams” and much else besides. Visit in Second Life Planet by Cica Ghost ''What if I'm a princess on another planet? And no one on this planet knows it?'' - Candace Bushnell Visit in Second Life Panacea Panacea is a peaceful, remote, and relaxing winter region. It is an escape from everyday life. Explore the landscape on foot and listen to the soothing sound of nature. Visit in Second Life Lundy Island It is the year of our Lord 1589. The sovereign Duchy of Lundy, under the stewardship of the House of Winters, has begun to transform itself from an obscure isle into a center of culture and commerce. Welcome to an immerse paragraph role-play experience. Visit in Second Life The Land Of Eight Places The Land Of Eight Places is a group of islands with interesting places to linger and hang out. There are romantic corners, playful areas, forest impressions, magical moments, dream dances, and much more. Long walks are also possible. Interesting for photographers, travelers, and couples. Visit in Second Life Vargsången A land in the far North, a long time ago when there were gods and giants, Valkyries, dwarfs, and trolls. A land where the winters were long, dark, and cold and the summers not so warm either but exploding with flowerage for a short period of time. Everyday life was a challenge, sometimes ending way too early. - Viking life in the Early Middle Ages, with a touch of mythology. Visit in Second Life Planet Idun Idun. A tropical jungle planet, set in the far reaches of the Milky Way galaxy. Featuring a full day and night cycle, dynamic weather, stunning scenery, views, and hidden spots. You might also discover ancient monoliths, mysteries to solve, and plenty more to discover on this lush jungle planet. Once you have finished exploring, make sure you head to the highest bar on the planet, Idun's Roof! Visit in Second Life Mystical Isle One of the latest destinations for Merfolk, Elves, Faeries, Petites, and their admirers! All are welcome to explore this underwater and mystical wonderland. Great for dancing, photography or just hanging out and relaxing. Visit in Second Life Florence At Low Tide Spring Spring has arrived at Florence at Low Tide. It’s time to kick off those winter coats and boots and enjoy this quaint seaside village. The snow is melting slowly from the mountaintop, and the meadows and fields are in full springtime bloom. Wander, explore, take photographs and enjoy this lovely land by the ocean. All are welcome! Visit in Second Life We’ve also dusted off our Valentine’s Day category and we’re ready to include all of your romantic destinations themed for this upcoming event! Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form. Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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  2. Today's Second Life pic of the day is an entry by Leanne Mordue to the "Second Life One Billion Rising" campaign. The campaign ends February 1st, click over to learn more about it and participate yourself. Many other Residents have submitted their campaign images to our official Flickr group. The One Billion Rising in Second Life event will be on Sunday, February 14th, 2021. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
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  3. This week we are raising awareness for the COVID-19 information center on Inspiration Island. Lissena, who also goes by Wisdomseeker, guides us through the colorful and comforting realm of Inspiration Island, which she created with many other volunteers to promote wellness in a fun and accessible way. In this region you can also find Whole Brain Health, which Lissena describes as “the virtual arm of our nonprofit Ageless Mind Project. Our mission is to give people the tools to stay sharp, active, and healthy, based on research coming from neuroscience, gerontology, positive psychology, and creativity.” The COVID display in the courtyard was built by Lady Brielle, a medical librarian who maintains the text as new data becomes available. Lady Brielle has been a tireless essential worker throughout the pandemic, and her work has not gone unnoticed. Lady Brielle tells us that “our outreach work in Second Life has been recognized by the National Library of Medicine and won an award in Research by the Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association.” Information on COVID-19 is displayed in Spanish, American Sign Language, and English. The creators of Inspiration Island took a multidisciplinary approach to presenting information so that as many people as possible can be positively impacted by visiting. In addition to medical data there are stories submitted by other Residents about their personal experiences of social distancing to remind us that what we’re feeling is totally natural, and we’re not the only ones who feel that way. There are also many activities to facilitate mental stimulation and help people feel connected. Lissena wants us to know that even the scary parts of sickness are addressed here: “Once a month Rob, a member of the Collective in Germany, hosts a Death Café -- something he is trained to do professionally outside SL -- conversations that help make death less {of} a forbidden subject. Amazingly, we laugh a lot there.” This vibrant region is the labor of love of a devoted community. Marly Milena, a volunteer, explains that she provides “programs focused on creative expression on Inspiration Island. I have introduced a way of working with arts-based processes, called Symbolic Modeling (SymMod for short). We use the building tools so people can make art in SL, and then we guide them in exploring meanings, new ideas, feelings, etc.” Thuja Hynes, the associate director of the project, builds educational exhibits and tours. Two of her current projects are called Simply Impossible and Hero Walk. Francisco Koolhoven, media director, creates unique, invaluable tools for the project. There are also many weekly events. Faust hosts the Positive Change Circle at Whole Brain Health on Sundays, and Arisia Vita plays piano in the gazebo every Monday and Wednesday. Priceless contributions are also provided by community members Catseye Tennen, Ghaelen D'Lareh, and Marylou Goldrosen. Second Life is proud to host a space that incorporates elements of education, creativity, and community, and Inspiration Island is a living example of the positive it can bring. Lissena feels that the activities found here “give you insight into yourself, encourage your creativity and your sense of purpose and reduce loneliness, which is really important.” It is open to people from all walks of life, so stop by for a visit today. Video Production Credits: Draxtor Despres COVID-19 Resources @ Health Hacienda Healthcare PRO Brielle MacXaris curates this comprehensive resource about health issues, respected options, and the latest research. Interactive and engaging materials in English and Spanish. Share your pandemic experience, and take the new Vaccination Survey! Visit in Second Life
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  4. (Photo taken at Puddles) One of the things I miss the most right now is spending Saturday morning in a coffee shop. There’s something about sipping an espresso beverage while nibbling on some kind of carb that makes me feel like all my worries have floated away and the day is filled with glorious potential. I found this video by Resident Emily Wand that really illustrates that experience. I ended up hopping around to a few different coffee shops in Second Life and without even meaning to, let out the biggest sigh of relief. I could even sense the muscles in my shoulders drop, because something about being in that environment makes me feel so relaxed. With all the Cafes & Hangouts available inworld, I encourage you to treat yourself to that feeling of “Ahh, that’s perfect” as soon as you can. There are so many good ones, each with a unique atmosphere, so I wanted to mention a few. Puddles Cafe and Lounge really hit the spot for me. This two level hangout has a super tall ceiling and a hip converted industrial loft aesthetic. Plus, prepare yourself for what I am about to say: there is a cat on a roomba. I may or may not have chased it around with a grin on my face for 15 minutes. Add the rainbow flag and Black Lives Matter sign, and I’m officially moving in. A sign says that there are group chats on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6pm SLT, so check it out! For a more rustic setting, check out Il Nido. As a cafe and wine bar, this is a great option for more of a late afternoon vibe. From my research I also discovered Bellis Blues Cafe, with DJ Stephanie every Monday from 10:00am-12:00pm. Coffee shops like Burrow Coffee & Whisky Co., which is remodeled regularly so there’s always something new, are great places to meet people and experience art, music, and the little things that make us happy. I wasn't kidding!
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