If Europe were a schoolroom, Switzerland would be the overachiever. It's the land of watches and punctuality (ask anyone who's travelled the rail system). A jaw-dropping vista of lakes, mountains and chalet-spotted valleys. More than 450 varieties of cheese. Four official languages. And dozens of Christmas markets, each oozing food, drink, crafts and decorations steeped in Old World traditions. Nowhere is more atmospheric than the German-speaking eastern two-thirds of the country.
I get several e-mails each week from snowbirds asking when is the best time to buy U.S. dollars. I wish there were an easy answer, but there isn't. However, I can offer a few tips that may help you get the best exchange rate. First, let's look at some recent history. According to the Bank of Canada website, the Canadian dollar opened 2017 at US$0.7443. That meant it took $1.3435 of our dollars to buy one U.S. greenback.
Despite the fact the Orange State has been pounded by a series of meteorological storm troopers in the form of category havoc hurricanes, it is already well on the way to recovery and should be up and running in time to welcome snowbirds when the annual migration begins this winter, says Visit Florida president Ken Lawson. Many areas of the state did not see significant impacts, he said, adding that "areas that were more impacted are rebuilding and planning to reopen as soon as possible."
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".