As every year, while most of us are enjoying the grapes, the cava and the party, the mechanics of the Dakar rally teams rivet the last details of the cars, trucks, quads and motorcycles that will take the exit, today Sunday, in a new edition of the toughest motor vehicle race on the planet.
We have been in the taxi for more than 20 minutes and the area through which we circulate does not seem far from the Paharganj District, in the Old City of Delhi. Although I have never been there before, something tells me that this dark area, half under construction, and discouraged cannot be the Old Quarter full of bazaars and restaurants that Nicole, our friend, has spoken to us about so much and where we supposedly have to meet with her tomorrow afternoon.
Róisín, equipped with crampons and ice axes, only needed 5 hours to complete the top of this active Andean volcano that reaches 2,847m. 0.0 00
Only such a thing can happen in Vilnius, Lithuania. The statue of his favorite son, Franz Zappa, submerged in the middle of the city with the largest baroque old town in Europe. The politically incorrect teacher surrounded by angels and cherubs pointing to the sky. Vilnius is like that. In the Lithuanian capital, during the day thousands of devotees and pilgrims of other nationalities travel through the churches of the city.
Well, we are again in Kasol, after spending some curious but relaxing days in that small village lost in the mountains called Flea. It was Nicole's birthday, so we celebrated with dinner, courtesy of the house, in our friend Didoo's restaurant; a bottle of whiskey bought and introduced in the restaurant clandestinely, and of course, a few chillums.
Each one feels the wonders of nature or of the different civilizations that have inhabited this planet in a certain way inside when they see them. As in art and literature, each one has a unique feeling when they come into contact with extraordinarily beautiful places that mark us in the heart.
We echo a story on the Greenpeace website where we are alerted to the destruction that forests are suffering in Argentina. Due to the disorganization that exists between the provinces of the country, forests are reaching a record level in their deforestation. Approximately 300 are lost annually.
The Chinese, as always, have opened in a big way what today is the biggest casino in the world. It is located in Macau and they have spent a whopping 17 billion euros to create a kind of Las Vegas in the same Chinese city. Macau is the only city in China where the game is legal and in it all citizens arrive wanting to hit roulette and slot machines.
A 2,000-year-old tunnel has been found in the city of Jerusalem. The tunnel was created by the Jewish people to escape the plundering of the Romans. Through it, the inhabitants of Jerusalem could escape the city of Roman harassment from its south side. The tunnel was recently found under the rubble of a monument that staged the dramatic scenes of the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD.
The independence and partition of ancient India for political and religious reasons made the country the current division of the Republic of India and Pakistan. After the split, for six weeks, between August and September 1947, the largest emigration in human history occurred when twelve million Indians and Pakistanis moved from India to Pakistan and vice versa.
Three years in a row crossing Africa and clown to steal the children's smile. This has been the life of Álvaro Neil, Asturian by birth, during the last three years. It is called the biciclown. A few years ago he left the notary where he worked. As he says, "just as some are born ministers, others are born clowns."
15 years ago, due to a storm, a container ship unloaded thousands of plastic ducks "Made in China" in the Pacific and since then they have been circling the world through the Earth's oceans. Recently they have been seen arriving in Clyde, in Scotland, where they have even been seen happily navigating the Glasgow River.
These are the interior views from one of the windows of the Sabra hostel in Kairouan. Located in a privileged place before the walls of the old sacred city, the hostel shelters inside a splendid hamman or Turkish bath that for three euros and a half will leave you as new. Very very highly recommended.
I don't know if it's four or five times that I've visited this magical place. I lived a good season on the Emerald Island and every visit I received meant a new trip to the west of Ireland. Every time I return to the Cliffs of Moher it is a real ritual: I find my favorite place, I lie on the ground next to the cliff, I point my head slightly down the cliff, I look down and I am dumbfounded for a while before this wonder of nature.
The euro has broken a new historical record placing the change to 1,415 dollars. That means a step backwards for European exporting companies as they find it much harder to compete with the prices of US dollar products. On the other hand, for travelers it is great news.
To get to Isla del Sol, located on Lake Titicaca, you can choose between any of the following 2 alternatives: Option number one: Take a tourist boat from Copacabana, a picturesque town located on the lake. Option number two: Walk from Copacabana to Yampupata, and from there cross a small strait to reach the Isla del Sol paddling.
When you go to Australia do not forget to pay a courtesy visit to the beloved kangaroos! Australia is a relatively sparsely populated country, a fact that allows kangaroos to roam freely, sometimes even approaching to look at how humans ride it. If your itinerary doesn't allow you to get too far from Sydney, don't worry!
In One Bag they offer us a useful illustration that will help us in future business trips to correctly fold the clothes and have them in conditions at the right time. Personally, these tips would work great for some of those work trips that touch me from time to time. Anyway, when the time came to prepare the next suitcase, I am sure that I will be unable to fold the clothes and place it as God commands.
In Denmark, in the style of Bicing in Barcelona, there is a simple bicycle rental system designed by the municipalities. Unlike Barcelona, in Denmark anyone - whether resident or tourist - can rent one of these bicycles without having to be registered or pay an annual fee.
Getting on a Ryanair plane today is becoming something like riding a train in India. Every quarter of an hour someone passes through the aisles proclaiming their merchandise: Samosas or duty free shopping, chai or coffee, birianis or lottery tickets. You no longer know if the aisle of the plane has become a kind of Madrid trail or a Maghreb medina.