There are certain places on this beautiful green planet that just don't look like they belong on Earth. Rather, they look like something that an artist may have dreamed up for a new movie set - or for a new sci-fi book.
Did you know French (mostly Parisian) people call Paris Paname, when they are talking about it as an exotic place? Well, Paris is an exotic place, especially if you've never been there, you probably romanticize it (or not). And in reality it has so much history and hidden gems that it is a treasury that has no end; it keeps going on and on. And if you are going to Paris, thinking about going to Paris or dreaming about going to Paris someday, I would love you to see it the way I do, because Paris is more than only the Eiffel Tower and The Arc de Triomphe (although these are nice places too).
Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) "season" (it only lasts a week) is a fantastic time to be in Japan. Enjoyed across the nation by young and old alike, it is a festive occasion that has been passed down from generation to generation for some 12 centuries.
Your carry-on is one of the most important and strategic parts of planning if you'll be sitting on a long flight.
Hostels are an intimidating concept to most beginner backpacks with only a guide book and dreams to keep them on the right path. It doesn't help when stereotypes about the place keep popping up. Some say homeless people linger under the beds. Others say that they are havens for alcoholics. And others, thanks to Eli Roth's infamous film Hostel, believe them to be murder havens where rich elites come to murder innocent teens.
Travel is a hobby for many of us, and like many other hobbies, it tends to attract certain people over others. The fact is that those who travel often have tendencies that make them easy to stereotype and pick out from a crowd. This is even more true when you yourself are a traveler, and are currently on a trip.
One of the joys of living here in Colombia is the diverse and plentiful selection of fruits to choose from. The choices are quite abundant and it is an integral part of the culture to imbibe in a cold and tasty fruit juice at the end of a long day.
I went to college in Plattsburgh, New York – the North Country. Every weekend the downtown bars were mobbed with college students drinking one dollar beers and doing what they do. Scattered along side, "townies" tried to pass themselves off as us. It was always an uneasy piece, as it probably is in many places across the country. But if you really wanted to get a taste and put aside this youthful air of undeserved superiority that we haughtily wore among our community hosts – "The Royal" was the place to go. That said, we from our pretentious suburban, urban and middle class perches have all given these places a go. And while we hope our arrogance is forgiven, we are all the better for rising to the level of the down to earth people that are always encountered. I recently found a bar such as this in the unlikeliest place – West 42nd and 9th avenue in Manhattan.
Relocating to another country to live in paradise is a reality for many people. Some leave behind the snow storms that paralyze the North Eastern United States while others are looking for a leisurely lifestyle at a much lesser price. However, paradise does not come without effort. As with my post about some of the challenges specific to traveling, this post is about some of the pitfalls you want to avoid if you are thinking about relocating. Generally speaking, this is not for someone whose job relocates them and offers full relocation services that include assistance with finding a home.
If you’re planning a visit to Australia then there is a lot to think about — a lot of different places across this vast continent all competing for your attention, all with different selling points.
So the journey continues...by now you know from reading Journey to San Vito Part 1 and Part 2, that very little went according to plan. At this point we are on a bus from Rio Sereno to Paso Canoas, an unexpected detour after being turned away at the Rio Sereno border. This part 3 concludes our journey.