Although I am no fan of winter and cold so it attracts me to go north just to get something different. For example I have been to Iceland and I have been on a cruise in the Norwegian fjords and fascinated by the nature that are offered.
I have often longed to make a guest appearance on Svalbard or Greenland to look at polar bears, icebergs, whales and other things associated with these places. Perhaps it would be combined at some point with a study among Canadian Eskimos and possibly spending the night in an igloo with a polar bear trap that quilt? Does anyone know if this is feasible?
The problem with these trips to the north is that they are associated with high costs. A daily flights there, five days in Canada and a daily flight home. The same if you want to Svalbard. A cruise around one week where costs are at best 30 cardboard plus return flights.
Greenland Travel I’ve looked at is not entirely free. The cheapest you can get over a trip of ten days for the 25 cardboard but is actually flying.
So however much I may want to try such a trip, there is something inside me that says it is not worth it. Five days in Canada, or several months in Southeast Asia for the same cost. Based on that analysis, the choice is easy.
We make an abrupt roll here in a travel blog and leaving the pure white beaches, swaying palms and roaring seas and head off to northern latitudes. I commend my former colleague who published a magnificent story about polar bear safari in Canada. I read it with great interest and hope more of you did the same. If not, look through the Journal of the stack and save the last Saturday’s B-share before it is recycled.
Surely it can not to deny that it played out a real sunshine story in Chile in recent days. After 69 days in captivity, 700 meters below the surface were 33 people rescued from the San Jose mine in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. The drama was witnessed on television by more people than the first moon landing in July 1969 and not an eye was dry when each of the 33 miners were welcomed out of the dark not only by relatives but also by the President of Chile.
Kuala Lumpur is a friendly and tolerant city filled with interesting meetings, contrasts and differences.
Malaysia gained independence as late as 1957 and has since gone from being a poor developing country to become a middle income country with a greater well-being. The government has been working strategically to achieve the level as a bridge between the Muslim and non-Muslim world. It is recognized that the country can not be controlled by a two thousand year-old Koran written on it will become a welfare country.
It is one of the reasons garment as burkas and Nikab are absent. Malay Muslims dress more colorfully in long dresses and headscarves (hijab) that is secured by the jewelry. Recent trends presented at the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week along with more Western fashion shows.
The U.S. food journalist Robyn Eckhardt, whose blog Eating Asia has been named one of the world’s best food blog by Britain’s The Times, says that the street food in Kuala Lumpur is a world-class. On the go, you can munch on a few bucks in the spicy rice dishes wrapped in green leaf packages or so to settle down on a plastic chair and ladle in the curry-scented Indian food on a banana leaf.
The kitchen is a glorious mix of Indian, Chinese and Malay tradition. Flavoring is strong and tasty, chilli, curry sauces and different strengths.
It is not just food that is cheap. Here you can stay in luxury hotels for the price of a youth hostel, buy clothes for a few bucks and enjoy royal with both one and two drinks on the city’s clubs and bars. But unlike neighboring Thailand is no street to fill, no sex clubs and no visible prostitution. The Muslim Malaysia is lenient and allow pubs and bars run by non-Muslims to have a varied selection of wines, beers and other alcohol.
Will you not dizzy at the city’s wine bars so you get the guarantee of the multi-ethnic shopping. The range is huge! From exclusive branded gadgets to expensive clothing. Pavilions shopping center floors is with the Centre KLCC, at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers.
A few blocks away, on the street Jalan Bukit Bintang, is commerce, and the crowds of a different nature. The street is crowded with shops and small shopping center, but also by restaurants and hole in the wall where you can get the traditional foot massage and acupressure for a few bucks.
A few blocks away, Chinatown Night Market and Petaling Street, a street with red rislampor, golden characters, reeking food stand and a position with counterfeit designer clothes. If the heat and the chaotic night market becomes too overwhelming to take a taxi to the city’s more fashionable clubs and rooftop terraces. This is where you can find models and the beautiful people that surround us at Pavilion shopping center.
This vibrant city, now the capital of the reunified Germany offers something for everyone. Read the rest of this entry »