Patricia MC

Patricia Somewhere

Patricia MC

WITH DEEPEST REGRET, I WOULD LIKE TO INFORM YOU PATRICIA PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 12, 2017.

MAY THESE ENTRIES, SO LOVINGLY MADE BY PATRICIA, BE AN EVERLASTING TRiBUTE TO A PHENOMENAL, HUMANIST WOMAN. PATRICIA IS FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS AND THOUGHTS.

JOHN CALI, HUSBAND


I'm a Brazilian and long time resident of the US.
I've always been fascinated by cultural diversity and I've had the opportunity to travel overseas over the years. 2005, however, brought me the "wings" to fly solo and further away. I started these new jorneys with Tibet (picture). That's huge for someone who used to panic in airplanes!

I have a passion for exploring and learning about our incredible world and people watching is one of my favorite hobbies. I'm enjoying the opportunity to observe and absorb so much from people in their own environment. I'm particularly drawn to cultures which still preserve their cultural values and environment, or at least try to.

My travels around the world are not from one big trip. I come and go, usually for no more than 2 to 3 weeks at a time, due to work and family responsibilities. The important thing to me is that I go, I see, I taste, and I smell the world, and in the process, I learn and hopefully I give back a little too.

The world simply fascinates me. Sharing is part of the pleasure of discovering. Thus, here I am, sharing some of my experiences and photographs with you.

"Tchau" and Keep in touch.

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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech October 9th 2016

SALAM again from Marrakesh What else did I see and experience in the pink city? JARDIN MAJORELLE Our first attempt to reach the Jardin Majorelle by foot on our second day in town, got as lost and back to the center of the Medina. So, today we got smarter and took a cab. French painter Jacques Majorelle spent forty passionate years to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”. But it wasn't until famous designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé, bought the Jardin Majorelle in 1980, saving it from becoming a hotel complex, that the recent history of the garden began. They revived the garden, added to the collection of plants, and made the Villa Oasis their home for years. When Yves passed away in 2008, his ashes were ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech October 7th 2016

THEN… I took a “sip” of Morocco some 10 years ago, when I crossed the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry, from Spain to decadent Tangier, for just a day. I was sick and nauseous most of the day, and walking under the scotching sun, followed by insistent sellers who glued to you for up to an hour, wasn’t pleasant, and not a way to judge the country. One thing that fascinated me then, was watching locals coming in and out of what seemed like a hole with a little entrance, a couple steps down from the street level. That was the public “bakery”, where people came to leave their bread to bake, and them came to get it. How did they know whose bread belong to them? Each family had a symbol “stamped” on their bread, ... read more
Look at the arquitetural details
Me
Beautiful

Europe » Portugal » Lisboa December 7th 2015

I haven't been able to backpack or venture into remote places around the world for two and half years now. The unexpected diagnosis of cancer has kept me near treatment centers. It just isn't wise for me to engage in adventures "my style". However, despite the "purple dragon" and chemo side-effects, I feel fortuned that I have been able to sneak out a couple of times. I felt the urge to plan a trip to a place I had not been at yet. It had to be "civilized" (as with hospitals and not a remote village) place, not too far from Massachusetts. In trying to figure out a quick intercontinental getaway from Boston, the obvious choice to me was Portugal. Why Portugal? First, I have been practically everywhere in Europe, except Portugal... although I speak Portuguese! ... read more
Peacock on top of a wall. Gorgeous
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica December 6th 2015

PURA VIDA in COSTA RICA (back in July 2013) Let me start with the brief "bad". We chose to go to LA FORTUNA, a town at the base of VOLCAN ARENAL. We took a bus from Granada, in Nicaragua, and after crossing the boarder, we got off the bus at Cañas since the driver assured us there was another bus to La Fortuna. He called his taxi-driver "cousin", who took us to Tiraran, but again, there was no bus for La Fortuna, so another taxi and $75 to finally arrive at La Fortuna... 10 long hours later. It didn't take long to see that La Fortuna is a tourist trap, offering overpriced activities and food to foreigners, particularly Americans. Moving on to The GOOD There are a number of resorts, many with pools filled with natural ... read more
400 yr old Ceibo tree

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 15th 2015

BOSTON - Destination of hidden meanings I haven't blogged much these past year and a half, since most of my trips have not been exciting at all. I came and went to cancer centers to get treatment, most of the time. Who would like to read about that on a travelblog, right? BOSTON was different though. The Universe had other plans for me up its "sleeves". Memorable new connections and re-connection with special people happened because I came to Boston, and I also got to enjoy some very good times there.. The city is gorgeous, easy to navigate on public transportation, Lyft or Uber; the air is crisp and fresh during the time I visited. Food is great, from vegan to … everything. There is also so much history and so many nice sites to visit. ... read more
Sailing on Carles River


NICARAGUA Last minute planning for an international summer trip left us with little option. Flighting to Peru, Bolivia or Argentina was too expensive, so we turned our attention to Central America. Voila!! Nicaragua became our destination. This small country isn't on the popular vacation radar for most, but what a mistake this is. Nicaragua has hidden jewels to be discovered at affordable cost and it is probably the safest place in Central America. Put behind whatever you know about its political/civil war history and open yourself up to discover what Nicaragua has to offer today. DAY 1 MANAGUA Capitals usually don't attract me. I don't favor big cities, but a quick look I can always handle. And so it was in Managua: just a day, enough to see that the city isn't particularly attractive but that ... read more
Granada old hospital
On the rim of active volcano
sunset with volcano on background

South America » Brazil » Alagoas » Maceió February 22nd 2013

VENTURING BEYOND MACEIO: Piaçabuçú e Foz do Sao Francisco During my trips to Maceio, I usually visit the same places, where our loved ones are. This time I was determined to start exploring a little beyond my usual surroundings. I had seen a picture of the dunes by where the San Francisco river and the Atlantic ocean meet and was determined to go take a peek during this trip to Maceio. We packed the car and left for the more than 3 hours drive by the coast. Along the way, we see green coconut groves, small fisherman homes. I was very glad to see, that although poverty is still seen, misery is not. Arriving to the town of Piaçabuçú was refreshing: the colorfully painted homes, cobble stone streets, kids playing around, the church towering high. The ... read more
Reflexion
Tranquil beauty
A tree, a tent, a boat, surrounded by beauty.What else?

Asia » Bhutan February 1st 2013

Hiking to the cliff-hanging Tiger Nest was one of the items on my Bucket list: Now, scretched off. Yeahhh! On May 2012 I made it to the tiny kingdom of Bhutan, where I spent the first few days exploring a little of its wonders and getting a taste of its culture, while getting used to the high altitude, before embarking on the hike. Paro Taktsang is the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery, also known as The Tiger's Nest, a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located on a cliffside of the upper Paro valley. A temple complex was built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days and 3 hours in the 8th century. Padmasambhava ... read more
TIGER NEST
Impressive Tiger Nest
Way up there

Europe » Switzerland January 26th 2013

from my fall 2012 tripWengen Our a delicious breakfast, it was time to hit the road again. Wengen was our destination for the day, to get a more up-close experience of the Swiss Alps. We parked the car and took a scenic train to Kleine Scheidegg. Dazzling alpine views all the way. Kleine Scheidegg: At 2,000m above the town, the magestic snowcapped mountains of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau (4,158m/13,642ft above sea level). Climbed to viewpoint. Saint Bernard dog at the station. On the way back we got off at Wengernalp, headed to the market called Coop where we bought cheese, crusty bread and chocolate. Had a picnic at the square, in front of train station On our way back... Susten pass ,After Interlaken, the views of the greenish blue lake... read more
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Glacier
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon November 4th 2012

YANGON This is a long overdue blog from my trip to Myanmar last year. On my first entry on Yangon, I talked about the decay on the areas I visited before heading to the northern part of Myanmar. As I returned to Yangon, first I got a glimpse of the another face of Yangon, one enjoyed by few. Heading from the airport to my hotel, I passed by the posh part of the city: mansion like homes, with Rangers and Jaguars parked just outside their gates!!! The taxi driver points to the mansion of the controversial owner of Bagan Airlines. There were 6 cars parked on his huge garage!!! Next came a parade of shops selling golf clubs and western fashion, coffee shops ... all with names in English! "Where did the traditional Myanmar, go?", I ... read more
Shwedagon Paya
Shwedagon Paya rituals
At Shwedagon Paya




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