Here is how men really behave in front of a solitary traveler

After a fourteen-hour bus ride to Valparaiso, Chile, I dragged my backpack up the steps of Luigi’s apartment and rang the bell. He opened a doorway, smiled and waved me in.

Surely that guy did not look like a clown.

Luigi showed a cut at the Mohawk and was studded with tattoos, and his apartment looked like the seat of a “circus” fraternity-a hoard of empty beer cans, top hats, dirty dishes, and juggling pins.

To some it may seem like a nightmare because the clowns make us immediately think of IT, the pedophiles of Law and Order SVU, or that doll that terrifies Carol Anne in Poltergeist, but you must know that in South America the clowns are much “cooler”.

Inside, a circle of hippies with tattoos, ridges and pigtails was sitting on the floor smoking a cane. Virtually no one spoke English. But after a few minutes, they began to give me balloons in the shape of an animal.

I learned that Luigi was a clown from his profile on couchsurfing.com . But it never occurred to me that I would sleep in a house full of clowns. In any case, it seemed like the kind of extravagant adventure I would normally find myself in.

Some of them were already looking at me like a lion watching a succulent steak, so I immediately went into “big sister” mode. After working and attending mostly male environments as a rafting guide, climber and ski instructor for years, and later as a comedian and a member of the troupe for the New York film industry, I was now an expert on how to make myself completely “non-sweaty” .

Sit down like a man, talk like a man, do not forget the burps. Do not flirt in the most absolute way and keep your head when you talk to them like a footballer. When sent correctly, these powerful non-verbal messages convince them to treat you like one of them rather than a hole in your legs.

It seemed to work like a spell. Finally I felt safe and could relax for once.

Traveling in Winter to NYC? Check These Cool Activities

 

The New York City, whose most of the part is built on the three islands namely, Long Island, Manhattan, and Staten Island, is one of the most beautiful places one could ever visit in his lifetime. In case you have planned to visit New York City, winter is the time when you should go there since you will get to experience a lot of cool activities.

Here we discuss with you people, some activities that you can do during your winter visit to NYC that will turn out to be great fun.

Escape Room

Escape the room NYC is a game where you have to discover clues and solve puzzles to accomplish your task. People of any age can play and have fun in this game. Generally, the team members have to complete their tasks of finding the solutions. The team, which wins, is the one who completes the tasks first and escapes the room.

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center

At one of the world’s most iconic places, you are undoubtedly going to love doing skating. After a few laps, all you can do is visit some cafe nearby to serve yourself with a cup of hot cocoa. Rock Center Cafe is a famous cafe which most of the residents would suggest to you. The experience is going to be incredible, which you will not forget in your entire life.

Also, there is a Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. It is selected each year carefully among candidates and happens to be the best in its way. If skating is not your thing, you should visit this tree for sure, which is free of cost.

A Visit to Top Most Museums

If you have been to NYC and still not visited the museums, have you ever visited the city? Friends, your trip to New York City is not completed if you have missed out visiting the museums.

The art museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are prominent three in the city. Each of these museums draws millions of people each year from all around the world. Once you have had a glance, you will find out the reason for so many visitors being there.

Yankee Stadium

Positioned in Concourse, Bronx, Yankee Stadium is a baseball park. Here, you will get to discover some traditional history, which makes it a prominent place for the visitants. If you are a baseball fan, this place will assuredly steal your heart. You must tour this place at least once in your entire life.

You can readily get the Yankee studio tour tickets at the New York City explorer park. Many people must be unaware of the fact that the stadium is famous as not only one name but multiple names like “The House that Ruth Built,” The Stadium,” and “The Cathedral of Baseball.” Amazing, isn’t it!

The Dog Show

All the dog lovers and the owners, you will have something to treat your eyes as well. The annual dog show takes place in early February. It is always pleasing to watch the dogs, and especially, the dog lovers would find it all the more exciting to see many breeds of their choice. However, if you have missed it by any chance, you can always watch it on the television which is televised widely.

 

 

How to Completely Enjoy your Trip?

Traveling is one of the best hobbies and activities to do. Going in one place to another is a very exciting idea since you are not just interacting with the different environment but also to the different types of people, culture, beliefs and law. These are fascinating ideas in traveling since you have the capacity to discover a lot about a certain area and tourist destinations.

You will discover how beautiful it is to be in different places around the world. You will be amazed by the things that you are not expecting to see. In order to completely enjoy the moments of fun, you can apply the following in order to fully enjoy the whole trip.

  • List the Travel Activities

It is essential to provide the list of activities that you want to do before and during traveling. It is the best way in organizing the successive trip activity that must be followed one by one in order to comply with the needs of the traveler to experience everything at once. Make it to the point that you to include the experience of trying the food of a certain place. This is part of the traveling activity that is mostly enjoyed by many.

Aside from this, you need to list down the traveling activities that must be done accompanied by the duration that you want to spend it with. This can help you to fully load all your intended travel activities on a given limited time. This method guarantees your travel activity a more experiencing one.

  • Time Management

If you are planning a trip, make sure that you have a sufficient time to experience the best out of it. It would be better to allocate specific time and date for every travel activity that you would want to conduct. It is one of the most advisable things to do when going on a trip.

Make your time a very important part of your traveling activity because experiencing best of the place is worth to remember and are very much enjoyable than any other thing. Time is gold and it should be used wisely in order for you to enjoy the complete trip.

  • Enjoy and Be Happy

The attitude should be more exciting and positive than ever! You know that in order for you to enjoy more of the trip, you should have a positive mindset that you can use in order for you to fully satisfy the travel experience that you are looking for. Experience the aesthetic beauty and calming effect of traveling. Remove the negativity of your mind. What is important is to enjoy.

In order to completely enjoy the trip, a better scheduling and a more positive persona must be implemented in order for the travel activity to be more fun and enjoyable.

 

 

 

Nugo, the app for traveling (without car) with just one click

Plan an entire smartphone journey combining and integrating public, collective and shared transport: trains, subways, buses, ferries, car and bike sharing, taxis and car parking in the railway station car parks. You can do it with a few touches on your phone or tablet thanks to Nugo , a startup that promotes integrated collective mobility from the beginning to the end of a journey.

The new application unifies all the phases of the travel purchase and provides the schedules of about 400 carriers of different modes of transport, 50 of which can already be purchased. A week from the launch of the app there are already about 14 thousand downloads from the Android and iOS stores .

NUGO
The goal is to make it possible to no longer use the private car to reach the destinations, for work, leisure and tourism, through the different means of shared transport and concretizing modal integration, one of the five pillars of the 2017 business plan- 2026 of Italian Fs.

In the stations of Roma Termini, Venezia Santa Lucia and Firenze Santa Maria Novella there are already the ‘Nugo Space Experience’, installations in which travelers and visitors can enter the virtual world of Nugo experiencing a sensory experience with stories of people, images of cities , moving vehicles and artistic abstractions on the journey. In the coming weeks, these installations will also be set up in other Italian railway stations.

Indonesia,tips for an incredible journey between Java to Bali

When the Boieng 777 Emirates EK356 from Dubai starts flying over Aceh at the northern end of Sumatra, it is still almost three hours to land in the capital. First indication of the Indonesian vastness; boundless nation of 17,000 islands in constant geological, economic and social metamorphosis.

A collection of beauties, stories and contradictions from the overwhelming megalopolis of Jakarta to the fragile marine eco-systems of the Raja Ampat of Papua in which the world’s largest archipelago, enchants and fascinates through an extraordinary variety of landscapes and cultural heritage ranging from tribal rituals from the heart of forests to European customs introduced over the centuries. All accompanied by an unprecedented economic boom that is still evident in the capital, is distant light years in most of the rural areas; including rural villages around Yogyakarta. A fertile and volcanic area where the “natural” tofù is still produced in the countryside, according to ancient traditions.

One of the many memories of the first commercial exchanges of the seventh century established by the Kingdom of Srivijaya with China and India and followed by the arrival of the Arab merchants of Gujarat who started the spread of Islam. With the landing of the Dutch, however, begins an intricate colonial history that will mingle with Muslim, animist, Hindu and Buddhist habits with the latter three that after the expulsion from Java, will find exile and peace in Bali; the island of the Gods. More generally, the succession of peoples, religions and customs have created a cultural heritage sui generis, a unique gastronomy and atmospheres of rare elegance and refinement. Particularly tangible in architecture between dwellings resting on perfect waves or built next to fertile rice fields and bamboo pavilions camouflaged in the jungle in the presence of rivers and volcanoes. Suggestions of a journey of extraordinary visual and emotional impact told by twenty unique and memorable experiences that only Indonesia can offer.

Ciak on Sicily: trip to the lighthouse of Salina, cinema of Lipari up to the taste of Trapani between sea magic, food and culture

Sicilia. Aeolian Islands. Ideal and real set for tourists and artists. The Sicilian archipelago made of sun, sea, wind and fire is one of the most exciting summer docks. Starting from Salina and its lighthouse of Capofaro, symbol of the island, still active, silent guardian of the cliff overlooking the islands of Stromboli and Panarea, which is reborn in this month of July with the opening to hospitality, thanks to the project of recovery and valorisation entrusted – through a national tender – to the Tasca d’Almerita , the historic Sicilian family, owners of the wine estate and of the Locanda & Malvasia that bears its name: in the spaces originally occupied by the guardian housing, today there are six new rooms and suites. Dizzying.

To disembark at Lipari , the largest of the seven islands-mountains, and immerse yourself in its ” Un Mare di Cinema ” which returns from Monday (23 July) to the 35th edition organized by the Centro Studi Eoliano with a tribute at 21.00 to Vittorio Taviani with the film “Kaos” partially shot on the island on the music performed live by maestro Carmelo Travia. And until July 31 presents appointments and clapperboard with the main purpose of contributing through the cinema to the dissemination of a culture that enhances the sea of ​​myth and the Aeolian territory making it known beauties and particularities.

BACK TO THE FARO DI SALINA overlooking the splendor of the Aeolian sea and its twin “volcanoes”, Didyme, which gave its name to the island in antiquity and today to the wine produced by the Tasca d’Almerita. The lighthouse tower is 12 meters high and its light is 56 meters above sea level with a nominal range of 18 miles (about 35 km) and is an example of industrial navigation archeology: the first official documents attesting to its existence they date back to 1882 when new lighting fixtures were used that came directly from Paris to a design by Henry Lepaute, a collaborator of Gustave Eiffel. Around the fifties, the lantern was moved to the position it now occupies.

In the wake of this enhancement project, the Micro Museum of the Sea and Malvasia was created, which tells, through a multimedia journey, the historical and cultural heritage that weaves the history of the island of Salina , its economic development based on the production of Malvasia delle Lipari and the development of the Marina through the lighthouses, which have always represented the strategic human settlement to protect the territory.

6 reasons to see Brighton at least once in a lifetime

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04: The start of Brighton Pride Parade 2018 from Hove Lawns on August 4, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Redferns)

For the British it is London by the sea: a more relaxed marine version of the city, less than an hour by train from Victoria Station (and Gatwick). But the bright and proud Brighton there is not only the good retreat of Londoners fleeing from stress and so, focusing on the mix of youth, music and creativity, last year she managed to take home the title of the most hipster city of world.

What this could mean you will discover it only by walking through its crowded alleys, by day or by night. And even if you do not understand what it really means to be the most hipster city of all, Brighton will surprise you anyway. That’s how.

The festivals

The most famous is the Brighton Festival , held every year in May: the beauty of three weeks of music, theater, dance, circus, art, cinema, literature, debates, outdoor events, which since 1967 take place in various location between Brighton and Hove, including the Brighton Dome . And if a festival is not enough for you, here is the Brighton Fringe , a theatrical happening, which takes place more or less on the same days and is second in importance only to the Edinburgh Festival. Also in May (which is evidently one of the best times to visit Brighton) the Artists Open House s explodes in the city , a festival of contemporary art in the homes and studios of artists and The Great Escape, a music festival that sees 500 emerging artists from all over the world performing around the city.

The musical scene

The proximity to London makes itself felt: in Brighton it is easy to cross great stars passing through for some concerts. But the city is proud of its independent music scene, where they find space “indie” labels such as Acid House and clubs like Mono , with dj sets of electronic music that can last even 5 hours. To watch performances of local talent in a sort of famous (indie version), go to the Green Door , which is located under the Brighton station. When we say underground music.

Vienna is the most livable city in the world in 2018 (but in the Economist standings there is no place for Italy)

Aerial view over the rooftops of Vienna from the north tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral including the cathedral’s famous ornately patterned, richly colored roof created by 230,000 glazed tiles, Austria

Vienna is the most livable city in the world in 2018. This is stated in the Global Liveability Index published annually by the Economist Intelligence Unit, according to which this year the Austrian capital has undermined Melbourne, which had the record in the last seven editions.

The ranking is based on a series of parameters including infrastructure, education, health services, and examines 150 cities worldwide each year. “In recent years, European cities have been hit by the increasingly widespread threat of terrorism – explain the experts who prepared the ranking – while now they seem to be back to normal”.

It was precisely the lowering of the terrorist threat, coupled with a low rate of criminality, that led to overtaking. There is no trace of Italian cities in the posts of excellence in the index. In reality, it also goes bad for the rest of Europe. in the top ten the only other European is Copenhagen. On the other hand, the worst city in terms of livability is Damascus, followed by Dhaka and the Nigerian capital Lagos.

BUENOS AIRES THE MAGNIFICENT

The Bomba del Tiempo

I’m going to Buenos Aires with my friend Argentina Pau and Oscar. We share a room for three. While the two of them leave to see Madonna’s concert, I join another Spanish friend, Raquel. This is an opportunity to get acquainted with the sprawling bus system, but so well organized the capital.

We go to La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion concert with conductor. Like every week, there is a special guest. This time, she is an opera singer. The atmosphere is huge in the yard, a huge pogo is formed and the musicians slant in the crowd.

Neighborhoods with different atmospheres

The following days impossible to join Sylvain who has no phone. I visit the city sometimes with Pau and Oscar sometimes with Raquel my Spanish friend. They make me discover the so Argentinian and colorful district of La Boca, where resonates the tango music, or that of Recoleta, which looks like old France with its superb cemetery that has nothing to envy to Father Lachaise. At the corner of a street, a small ska concert on a sidewalk, on a square the weekly demonstration of the mothers of the disappeared of the dictatorship. We enjoy a sunny afternoon for a few drinks on the terrace with some peanuts.

Buenos Aires at night

Finally I finally find Sylvain who lives in San Telmo. It is a beautiful neighborhood with a Spanish flair with its cobbled streets, terraces of cafes, and shops of artisants and junk shops. They introduce me to his friends, rather Americans and especially his girlfriend a French internship here. He takes me to one or two bars, visits me around the corner and we watch a tango concert on a pretty square. It is precisely the festival of tango that day.

Between his Spanish classes and his girlfriend, Sylvain does not have much time to give me. I end my week with a hip hop night with Raquel in a box in the Palermo neighborhood. Unbelievable ! It’s like being in New York. People are dressed like Ali G, crocheted cap, bandanas, sweatpants or baggy, soprtwear bras for girls and big glittering jewels. Of course it’s dancing like in a clip of Randy MC, in a circle. It’s a breakdance battle. Finally, I come back late at night. This time, I master perfectly the transport system helped by the ultimate book, the “Guia T”, which allows me to take the bus directly to my bed.

I leave Buenos Aires after a week. I leave Sylvain here. He will join me in Iguazu where are the most beautiful waterfalls of the world.

1 MONTH IN CORDOBA

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HEY, IF WE LEARNED SPANISH!

After a few days in Cordoba, Sylvain goes to Buenos Aires and I stay in Cordoba. We think it’s better to be separated to learn Spanish. Yes, it is our new goal before going further in South America. Sylvain, like me, knows three Spanish words: gracias, hola, por favor, and that’s all. In addition to the frustration of not being able to talk to people, it’s a real handicap in the everyday price-raising life. Example of dialogue on our arrival in Cordoba: “Hmmm. Hola, there is a free lito? No? A Chambra, No? Humm do you speak english a pocito? Yes? Ahh perfecto! ”

Francois solo in Cordoba

At the hostel (the Cordoba backpacker) I meet Erika, a girl from Quebec who is training here. She helps me look for a shared flat, she is also looking for one. Finally after a few weeks, we become the elders of the hostel and everyone knows us, from the housekeeper to the boss. I give up my research, I am at the hostel. After all here I speak Spanish a lot between Sylviana’s shenanigans because I drag my belongings “que quilombo aca”, Ivana who runs after me to pay the rent “francois pooor favorrrrrrrrr, me pagas”, but especially Victor who m ‘teaches the lunfardo (slang) of Cordoba’ culiado, that boludo … ‘, Nacho my art critic and then Sami and Carolina my teachers of particular French.

Meet the Argentines. The real ones

After a few days, Bastien (a friend of mine) introduces a friend of Cordoba who is celebrating his birthday. Paulina also invites me for the occasion at her birthday assado (include a barbecue party). I meet a whole little world of Argentinian nice people. Now well surrounded, I follow the evenings that start late and end much later: jazz concerts, Cuban zic, etc … I even see the Fabulosos Cadillacs in a stadium (huge stars here) and I partcipe a a funny festival called a penia where thousands of young people dance the Chacarera, a very traditional dance, very simple and festive, with a suspicion of Latin sensuallite and a small macho.

IGUAZU, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WATERFALLS IN THE WORLD!

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I take a night bus to join Francois who left a day before me in Iguazu. The Iguazu Falls are on the border between Argentina and Brazil. Tourists go to Iguazu to admire what many consider the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.

Francois found a hostel in Puerto Iguazu, the city on the Argentinian side. The hostel is really nice. They even have a pool. On the other hand, the music is unbelievable. They only spend the old rotten techno of the nineties. Francois took advantage of his first day here to learn how to do Caipirinha with a Brazilian met at the hostel. I am greeted with a good glass of fresh: Cachaca, lime and sugar with ice cream, delicious!

Falls on the Brazilian side

The next day, we leave to see the falls of the Brazilian side. We were told that the Argentine side was the best, so we keep it to the end. It’s a bit of a hassle to go there. The bus drops us at the border post without waiting for us and we have to wait for the next one to continue. We finally arrive at the falls. On the Brazilian side we have an incredible panoramic view. It’s hard to believe that it can be even better for the Argentinian side.

For statistics, the Iguazu falls are 275 waterfalls forming a front of about 2.5 kilometers. The highest of them reaches 90 meters in height. Suffice to say that we take full view. In the evening, we walk a little in Puerto Iguazu, the city is small and there is not much activity, only a concert of a group of the corner, in the street, a little kind Carlos has the clearance sale of Lomme.

There is a bridge to get closer to the fallsThere is a bridge to get closer to the falls

Awesome!Awesome!

The falls on the Argentine side

The next day, on the Argentine side, it’s really even more impressive. A passage built on the top of the river allows us to arrive just above the biggest fall, the Garganta del Diablo. We do not even see the bottom of the waterfall so there is a stir. Other paths allow us to see the falls in all their seams and we cross lots of exotic animals. We are lucky, the weather is good, which allows us to see tens of rainbows in the waterfalls.