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Asia » Bhutan » Punakha May 10th 2012

CONTRAST IN PANAKHA: The Bedazzling Dzong & the Crumbled Village PANAKHA: According to my itinerary, I was to go to Panakah on my second day. The agency, which had already changed my hotels, also changed my itinerary. I insisted on proceeding to Panakan valley on the originally planned date, but this would require a change on my “visa” for the restricted-area travel permit!!! That’s when I realized how tightly controlled every move of tourists here is. The visa office only opened at 9am so I had time to kill before living, we drove up to the unfinished Buddha view point. The 3storey golden statute was made in China and is being donated to Bhutan, I believe by Singapore. STUCK AT THE DOCHU LA PASS: With the late departure from Thimpu, before we reached the Chula Pass, ... read more
punakha Dzong
Traditional bhutanese architecture
With Panakha Dzong on background

Asia » Bhutan » Thimphu May 8th 2012

ON THE WAY TO THIMPHU: On the way from Paro to Thimphu we visited a small private monastery across the river, TAMCHHOG LHAKHANG. The suspended iron chain narrow bridge, from where colorful prayer flags were hung, was both picturesque and frightening to cross. It was built by a Tibetan saint, composer and engineer who built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan. A 100-year old tamarind tree and vertical white prayer flags completed the enchanting landscape. But what made the visit at this monastery quite special was to find a group of village Bhutanese seating on the yard outside the chapel and kids playfully around the yard, some playing soccer. THIMPHU, the capital of Bhutan: Nothing really special about the capital that doesn't have a single traffic light. The 4th king is responsible for many changes which ... read more
White vertical prayer flags...
Bhutanese woman
Playful boy.

Asia » Bhutan » Paro May 6th 2012

DAYS AT THE TINY, ENIGMATIC KINGDOM OF BHUTAN KUZUZANGBO LA (“Hello in Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan) I started travelling to the Himalayan region in 2005 with my first trip to Tibet. I got a taste of the Buddhist way of life up close and personal, and fell in love with it. In the years to follow I returned to Tibet two more times, and visited Nepal, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, India and Thailand. One last place where Buddhism is prominent remained on my bucket list until now: the small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. My curiosity about Bhutan heightened when I read about its philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) and even more so when I met an young Bhutanese who spoke so proudly of his country’s eco friendly stands ... read more
Paro Dzong by the river
Windown at Paro Dzong
Another window at Paro Dzong

North America » United States » Washington April 29th 2012

Plenty to do in DC. Museums galore, parks, monuments. Felt as a school kid on a field trip at times, but seeing the cheeryblossoms made up for tinconvenience of being in DC at peak season.... read more

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas November 5th 2011

LAS VEGAS: Returning to SIN CITY A LITTLE HISTORY: Yes, even Sin City has some history. Most interesting is its past relating to its very early days. The oasis in the middle of the Mojave Desert was discovered by a Mexican teenager in 1830 and was colonized by Mormons in 1855. The Mormons, however, didn’t last more than 3 years in the oasis on a sea of sand, returning to Salt Lake City as their crops fell. Fast forwarding to 1903, the railroad came and the town was created, 30 years later the Hoover Dam was built. By 1945, the town was already known as the gambling oasis in the desert. Fast forward to 1990s, there was a campaign focusing on turning the now known”luxury-minded playground for adults” into a family-friendly resort town. Luxury palace-hotels began ... read more
Aria Hotel
Sunrise in Las Vegas
Blue Man

South America » Brazil » Alagoas » Maceió July 19th 2011

"Oi" (Hi) One can say I am biased to write about Maceio, since it's my hometown (even though I've lived abroad for a very long time), but this city is a true gem if you enjoy a warm destination by an amazing ocean. True that culture is not necessarily "in your face", and if one is interested to go beyond the surface, he has to take the time explore it. Here, it's just a brief overview of one more passage through Maceio and surroundings. WEATHER: I usually come home when it's winter time in brazil, but it's still a great time to visit Maceio. It's warm, from 21-30C, and although it rains intermittently, the sun still appears often enough for one to have a good time. I just returned from a walk under... read more
Jatiuca Beach
Splendid view and serenity

Asia » Burma July 10th 2011

BAGAN: EXPLORING MYANMAR’S MOST WONDROUS SIGHT (Dear friends. No, I’m no longer in Myanmar. I’m actually in Brazil, but time didn’t allow me to finish blogging on my last trip until now. So, here is a little more on Burma, before I blog on Maceio. Among the joys of travelling are meeting of travelers and at times bringing down stereotypes. I had a chance to do just that as I started my journey to Bagan and the sights of the centuries old temples of which first drew my attention to Myanmar. From Inle to the Heho airport I shared the taxi ride with Laura, an incredibly talkative and friendly girl from Latvia. She was nothing like the stereotypical person from the Baltic region: “cold, unfriendly,…”. Arriving at the airport, I meet 2 very arrogant, unfriendly Brazilians. ... read more
Our Horse Cart
On Temple Top

Asia » Burma April 21st 2011

INLE LAKE and NYAUNGSHWE This was a more tranquil, yet still awesome experience in Myanmar. I feared I’d not enjoy Inle, fearful the area would be crowded with tourists since it’s one of the top destinations in the country. My fear was in vain, as there were very few visitors around and the ones I did meet turn out to be great travel companions. At arrival at Heho airstrip, my pre-arranged taxi driver awaited for me. His vehicle was old and beat-up, his driving too fast for my taste and safety standards, but the 45 minute drive to Nyaungshwe presented me with unexpected treats: - First we encountered a huge procession ceremony on its way to a Buddhist temple. Music, women caring offerings on their heads or arms, little girls to become novices at the ... read more
Intha Village.
solitary fisherman
Adorable lake kids.

Asia » Burma April 14th 2011

SECOND TREKKING DAY Trekking around Kengtung gave me a deeper glance at the still practically untouched multiculturalism of Myanmar, since I got to witness daily lives and costumes of diverse villages of the 47 official (135 non-official) ethnic groups existent in Myanmar. Before my guide arrived, I had already headed to the market and then to the internet by myself. The internet connection is more predictable at 6am but the café nearby doesn’t have government permission to operate until 9am, so I have to go to one further away. Met my guide at 7:15 and went back to the market to buy food and soap to distribute at the villages. At 8am he got my permit and we drove to the trekking point. TREK Just as we started to get hot, we passed through an inviting ... read more
kengtung Palaung  Woman;
Almost at the top
Palaung Woman on rice field

Asia » Burma April 10th 2011

KENGTUNG I’ll start letting you know what happened 4 hours after I left Kengtung: My plane took off from Kengtung, very close to Tachelet at 2:45pm. At 6:45pm, already in Inle Lake area, while I was having dinner at Smiling Moon, chatting with Pepe and Silvia from Spain, I started to feel very strange. Seconds later, Pepe looked weird, we looked at each other and he shouted: “Earthquake”. The 3 of us run to the streets, from where we could see the lampshades swinging from side to side. The earth moving stopped but we stood there for a while, in panic, without knowing if that was it, or more would come. Calm restored and thinking positively, I suggested: “This was just a tiny earthquake and this is probably common here, as most people didn’t run outside”. ... read more
Akha Woman with traditional silver headpiece
With Akha Woman in traditional costume
Akha Woman with head piece protector

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