“My mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita”. – Ernest Hemingway
Cuba, one of the last bastions of communism in the world, a forgotten country so close to USA and so far away…
My first trip to Cuba was in 2008. I joined an international Cuban tour organized by Cuban Adventures. And from then on, a life of Cuban adventures has started!
Passing through the José Martí International Airport in Havana, is like being in another world, a world stopped in time 50 years ago: aged buildings, grandma fashion and smell of cigarettes. People were smoking while waiting to pick up their luggage!
I accepted a ride to my hotel from two men inside the airport. Their “taxi” was a very old, broken Lada soviet made car. Of course, no safety belt or taxi meter. The men were very friendly and smiling all the time, until they frown up…
Japan is a country like nowhere else on earth, a country of extremes: traditional and modern, simple and complex, conservative and wild. The beauty of Japan is astonishing. How they can do it? How can I show a glimpse of Japan without going through the city-by-city travel stories? A good start would be by defining the principles of beauty or the aesthetics of Japan. Read More
“A city in the desert. A culture of possibility. A network of dreamers and doers.”
“Burning Man” is an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance that takes place annually in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, USA.
The Burning Man event is guided by ten principles: radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation and immediacy.
This year the event starts now, August 28, and culminates with the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight on Saturday night, September 3, 2016. Read More
Nepal is one of my top destinations with incredible historic sites, stunning landscapes and wonderful people.
The “Children of Nepal” is a photo essay inspired from my 2010 trip to Nepal. The images are from Kathmandu, Annapurna Mountains and Chitwan.
Everywhere in Nepal the children were very happy to have their photos taken and see themselves on the LCD screen of the camera. Despite the hardships of life in Nepal and the poor areas I came across, the children never asked for anything, but gifts in toys or school requisites were welcomed.
Meet the children of Nepal! Read More
“Hiroshima had a profound effect upon me.” – Wilfred Burchett
71 years ago, on this day, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped by a US bomber over the city of Hiroshima.
The time was 8:15 a.m., as recorded by this watch that remained still once the explosion reached the ground. Read More
Enjoy my favorite travel quotes coupled with stories I lived and photos I took during my travels.
“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown and accept whatever comes in the spirit in which the gods may offer it.” – Freya Stark, Baghdad Sketches
“When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
What a city, Vienna! It is one of the most tranquil and civilized cities in the world!
Get a glimpse of the imperial grandeur by visiting the Belvedere, Schönbrunn and Hofburg palaces, or just walk through the old city centre starting from the Stephansplatz. The sound of music will follow you: Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Liszt, Brahms and many others. Read More
The most thrilling experiences are when you first arrive in a new country, especially if the country is so different from yours. Pico Iyer would call it “The Shock of Arrival”. For me was “Rush Hour in Kathmandu”.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
One of the highlights of the Navaratri Hindu Festival are the religious rituals, such as the piercing of body parts.
Apparently the devotees experience no pain and they do not bleed from their piercings.
At the Navaratri festival in Bangkok I witnessed the cheeks piercing of a Hindu devout with a metal spear. View the piercing ritual step-by-step. Read More
Navaratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshipped. (Wikipedia)
In Bangkok the Navaratri Hindu Festival is celebrated every year during the ninth month of the lunar calendar mainly around the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple on Silom Road.
The roads around the temple are closed, making space for thousands of worshippers to pray and make offerings alongside hundreds of makeshift altars and stalls with flowers, food and souvenirs. Read More