I have been living in Europe for more than 8 years now, and only this last weekend I finally visited the Netherlands. Why did I take so long to go to these “lower countries” I will never know. What I do know is that Amsterdam is now one of my favorite cities and one on my list of most characteristic places I have seen. Although the 3 activities I loved the most were admiring Vincent at the Van Gogh Museum, reflecting at the Anne Frank House and enjoying food, here I share the 5 most interesting discoveries I made during my short but intense time here.
The first time I touched Irish ground was 10 years ago when I was visiting my sister in Madrid and had a very short layover in Dublin airport. That was the first time I literally had to run to the gate shouting to the people walking idly in front of me to move and let me through (yeah like in a movie). I was the last person to get on the plane. They closed the doors behind me and sweating and totally out of breath I sat on my seat and thought to myself that I had to one day return to visit (everyone had been so nice, love here, sweetheart there). It was a strange feeling, as if I knew right then that I was going to love Ireland and the Irish. I was right.
País miembro de la Unión Europea, Malta es una pequeña isla situada al sur de Italia que decidí visitar en ocasión de mi cumpleaños. Malta tiene mucho por ofrecer, leí en varios sitios de turismo: playas fascinantes, gente amable, sitios maravillosos, comida para chuparse los dedos. No, no es así. No hay varias, sino una sola playa fascinante. La gente no es amable. Los lugares maravillosos son contados y para encontrar buena comida se debe tener mucha suerte. Malta es uno de esos lugares que se pueden visitar una vez en la vida pero que no se querrá visitar de nuevo.
Clean, orderly, and civilized like Switzerland. Vast, colorful, and lively like New York City. Filled with history, traditions, and great food like Italy. The perfect blend, Tokyo is intense. Each district or ‘special ward’ has so much to offer one would need to spend weeks in each one in order to experience it all. Tokyo is not just another ‘cool’ city; it is the city, and the most interesting, intriguing and stupefying I have ever visited in my life, not to mention my favorite.
Another splendid day in Japan: the Seto Inland Sea and the breathtaking Great Torii welcome you from afar. This is Miyajima island, an enchanting place we visited before heading back to Tokyo for our last days in the amazing Land of the Rising Sun.
When planning our honeymoon, we were hesitant about visiting Hiroshima. We were both intrigued by it but didn’t know if it was really worth the visit, considering we didn’t have much time. So I asked a dear Japanese friend of mine who encouraged us to go by saying that, and I’m paraphrasing here, it is important to see the scars Japan still has not only on its people but also on its land. The word scar struck me at first, but of course she was right. Japan is the first and only country in the world that has been atomic bombed, and although this is no reason to be proud, I believe its outcome has greatly contributed to uplifting the Japanese spirit I so much admire and felt in this city of hope.
I think the best adjective to describe Hiroshima is bittersweet. This is exactly how I felt when I laid my eyes on its people, its, streets, its monuments, the A-bomb Dome. Continua a leggere
I recently returned from a two-week business trip to India. This time I was prepared and knew what to expect from it. Visiting India for the second time can be less overwhelming, but surprising nonetheless. A stroll in old Pune, just like any other tourist, proved it to me. I knew I wanted to visit a Hindu temple and the city’s market. So I put on tennis shoes, wore light comfy clothes, grabbed my camera and hopped into a cab.