I wouldn't want you to feel the way I did as my initial enthusiasm for a trip, that I've been waiting for 2 years to happen, faded to an unknown somber feeling in my gut as I landed in Colombo's airport.
Is it a little India? Maybe…Those dark smiley faces drenched in sweat, hardly looking into your eye will feel familiar. The heat, the stench of sewage and crows even though it’s a lot cleaner than southern India. Less crowded which means that traffic clown business is not as crazy...
Napoli is not a city, it’s a living culture and a muse. If you speak the language you’ll definitely impress the locals, but that’s not the only upside, it’s an enabler, a key to their best kept secrets. The more you talk, the more you get…
Buses linking the Amalfi coast cities are considered public transportation and cost as little as 2 euros per person, but that also means you could be stacked inside like anchovies in a tiny glass jar, enjoying the view and an extreme physical experience.
The modern aperitif/aperitivo culture was invented in Italy, it’s also called apricena or a pre-dinner meal, but it could also date back to Ancient Egypt. However the important thing is to experience it with art.
We have arrived to the airport at 10 am, it was of one terminal in size. We were all crammed into one line waiting to stamp our passports, my bladder was willing to explode under the effect of the 3 bottles of wine I had onboard, waiting till we landed was not a good idea. I had to cheat and take the advantage of the amount of non-chalant people bundled together and managed my way through half of the line, signalling to the other generous half that "I had to go”.
The city has multiple names Greek Nafplio, Byzantine Nafplio, ancient Nafplia. The ottoman also called it Mora Yenişehir, or Peloponnese's new city. Strategically speaking it has three castles, one uphill called Palamidi, you need to climb 1000 steps to get up there, or simply drive upwards from the other side which I didn't know till it was too late for my mother's misfortune.
A spontaneous decision leading to a memorable road trip from the southern deserts to the northern mountains where green fields expand with no end...
nstead I'll tell you about Casanova; the 2 years old baby Elephant we met in Patong beach, He's about a regular person's height and an over dose of cuteness; he'd shower you in hugs and kisses with his trunk.
Algarve is the extreme southern region of Portugal. The word's origin in arabic means Al-Gharb or the West, it was the state of west of Andalusia. An embassy employee interpreted it to be the "cliff" (garf in arabic), it was also a plausible explanation because of the nature of the Algarvian coasts.