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The “Sleepless Town” (眠らない街)

“Tokyo’s hidden erotic wonderland is open for business.” – National Geographic

When I arrived first time at the Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, I was lost. 3.64 million passengers pass through the world’s busiest transport hub each day, more than the population of Toronto! Once you find your way out (from over 200 exits), you may head to the famous red light district of Tokyo, Kabukichō – the “Sleepless Town”.

Kabukichō (歌舞伎町)

Your first clue that you are in the area is when you are seeing well dressed young Japanese men with very long hair. You will find them at the main entrances to the Kabukichō red light district, every day and night.

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From Kensington Market to Harbourfront – photos from January 18, 2020 Toronto winter storm.

The Harbourfront area on the shores of Lake Ontario offers an escape from the busy city of Toronto, a transition between city and nature, between skyscrapers and Lake Ontario. A pretty deserted area during a  winter storm…

“Bad weather always looks worse through a window.”

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Toronto winter storm warning for January 18, 2020: 15 cm of snow expected!

The snow was falling all day long. It was more like a blizzard, with strong winds and low visibility. Especially on the shores of Ontario lake.

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Brisas Los Galeones

Galleone(s): sailing ship in use (especially by Spain) from the 15th through 17th centuries, originally as a warship, later for trade. 

Brisa(s): A gentle to moderate wind.

A three stars resort with five stars service

Brisas Los Galeones is an intimate, adults-only all-inclusive resort set on top of a hill, overlooking the Carribean Sea and Sierra Maestra Mountains (two hours drive from Santiago de Cuba). With only 32 rooms and most of the guests being retired Canadians, the place is pretty quiet – except for the occasional goat bleats during the day and the beautiful Cuban music – performed by local jazz and salsa bands during the dinner time.

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“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

It is the time for Christmas – a time for joy, celebration and reflection, a time to look back to the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead.

Looking back many years, the Christmas caught me in some unusual places such as in the airplane flying from Toronto to Bucharest, in a deserted lounge of the Lagos airport, near the bridge over the river Kwai in Thailand, on the top of Carpathian Mountains or at a cabaret show in Havana.

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The Ban-Tod-Ja-Roen School in the Aranyaprathet District is a small school in the Thai countryside, few hours drive from Bangkok. I visited the school with my Thai friends to bring donations to the school children.

We bought school requisites, a water cooler, toys and other items. The women from our group prepared Thai food for children. And we even had ice cream!

Follow the story in 13 photos!

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