One of the world’s premier gaming hot spots, Macau is a must-go place if you are visiting China. A unique blend of cultures, this city has great food, gorgeous casinos and beautiful European architecture.
When we hear about the countries that could be world leaders, alongside Brazil and others, comes India. I never quite understood how this country could be on that list. Living in England, I always saw the Indian community as a hard-work people. Those who wake up at four in the morning and just go to sleep at midnight, working tirelessly.
One of the most ravishing tours we took in Bali was the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud (beautiful area in the heart of the island). The ride itself announced that something amazing was about to come.
Besides the huge time zone difference, which makes you numb for a while, I arrived in Beijing in one of the coldest days of that year. Temperatures around -14°C and very windy. When I left the hotel without a jacket or a hat, I felt a heavy weight, as if someone had laid their hand over my head, but actually it was the cold wind starting to freeze me up.
Jumping to the other side of the world for the first time is a fantastic and exotic experience. It all begins with the length of the trip: about two days between airports and long Air China flights to arrive in Beijing.
Kyoto has an infinity of temples, pavilions, gardens, palaces and thermae. It is best to get organized and make a “to do list” about what you would like to see. Reminder: Kyoto is quite big and it takes time to go from one place to another, and most attractions close around 5pm.
I was in love with Tokyo and decided to stay there the 10 days my boyfriend and I had to stay in the land of the rising sun. My sister-in-law, born in the Japanese capital, advised us to spare a few days in Kyoto – the most beautiful city in Japan, according to her and some Japanese friends we have. The disappointment was evident when I told people I preferred Tokyo over Kyoto.
Traveling in Japan has an inner characteristic of non-western countries: one can lose patterns of culture and behavior. Globalization has leveled some differences some years ago, fine. Yet, the cultural shock is inevitable as soon as you arrive in the land of the rising sun.