Sunday, December 11, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
- The Port of the Moon, declared World Heritage for the UNESCO
Monday, November 21, 2011
The need for a change, the sense that I might be a bit comfortable is not good, it is not letting me dream. And oh, I miss the excitement of new experiences, of new challenges, of new people, new things to learn. Thirst. Thirst for youth to last a bit more, for as long as my heart asks for more.
In the upcoming days this page will suffer some changes. Let us say, all my social media environment. I need to renew. If the challenges don’t come, I might somehow seek them.
So, yes. Let us put order.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Entre una cosa y otra, siguen pasando los meses y uno a penas se va dando cuenta. Si le hubiera creído a quienes me decían que esto pasaría mientras me fuera haciendo mayor...
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Not in vain have they called this country that way. Rwanda is a tiny piece of Africa, it is a place rich in nature, history and people with incredible needs.
Intense questioning at the airport's migration area began my discovery of this (contradictorily) green but arid city (Kigali). Different than in many European or American countries, in theory developed places and (some) engaged with the "Save the Planet" slogans, Rwanda is a country with a very important recycling commitment (No plastic bags are allowed through the airport).
A city tour that lasted less than 10 minutes, but that showed the safety of the American Embassy, the location of the humble UNICEF office (where my brother used to work), and important monument where - according to my brother - brides and grooms go to take wedding pictures at.
My brother's place...
In order to access the house there was a non asphalted road1, decorated with very few electric lighting. A cozy attic welcomed the first one of the family to visit T.M. in Africa. Some family pictures and african paintings were hanging in the wall. The attic had a balcony that provided a view to an artificial lake. From there, an interesting panoramic of what was about to come from my Rwandan trip.
A coffee, a shower and we were out.
Rwanda's weather is very similar to then one in DR. But when you have been living in a place with 4 seasons, you lose fit. Exposing myself to the incredible sun rays, the sweating like an animal sensation and the incredible fight with my brother (that included crying and yelling because he didn't call a taxi) was the entertainment for the 10 minute walk to the office (the truth: 30 minute walk, my rythm). People here were very friendly, they asked me about the places I have already been at and about the upcoming destinations. As per all the comments received, it seems that my brother had been doing a great job and gave the office his dominican flavor.
- Food service: In Africa, food service requires of at least 30 minutes of waiting.
- People in Rwanda do not have a sense of space respect. In many cases I was standing watching a video in a museum and someone would go before me and would not let me continue my watching. They do not mean it in a rude way, but it seems to me that they were just not educated to give people some space and respect each ones area.
- Kinyarwanda is the main dialect in Rwanda. They also speak - not everybody and not necessarly both of them (this depends on the place and period of time they were raised - english and french.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
The first interesting moment was having my first dinner: we went to an ethiopian restaurant and ate "tef" with various "wat" and meat from an unknown animal. All hand eaten. Great.. my first reaction was to ask my brother if in Africa they always eat with the hands.. Yes, Im not used to that, but he told me that there is no other way to eat the ethiopian flatbread, as if I couldn't notice - I have moments of ignorance, they don't come very often, but they come =) -.
After this, I was both curious and anxious to see where we were going to sleep. Of course, my great brother was making me doubt on whether we were going to sleep in a camping or not, because the Masai Mara is full of them. To my surprise, the truth was that we were going to sleep in a camping, not the typical one but a hotel camping or I would say a luxury camping.
It was a hotel that had the most amazing view. A pool with the savanna as background. Just perfect. Wild boars around, small monkeys.. Vamos! Eso que vemos todos los dias!
So far a 10 to my first Central East Africa encounter. More in the chapters to come.
Sidenote: The Masai Mara National Reserve (also spelled "Maasai Mara" and known by the locals as 'the Mara') is a large game reserve in south-western Kenya, which is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park game reserve in Tanzania.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Different than our first chinese approach in Shanghai, Hong Kong welcomed myself (the only one of the group who had not a european passport) with a 30 day tourist visa and the friendly face of an inmigration police officer. Totally unexpected!
The hotel room where we stayed was small but fancy enough at a "decent" price for Hong Kong. And WOW!!!! We left the hotel and started to see all those lights!! Lights for hotels, lights for advertising, lights for food, lights for stores.... lights lights lights... neon lights!!! just as the ones you see in movies, just as the ones I was dying to see for once in my life!
After walking around through the closest street to the hotel - always "looking right" to ensure there was no car coming and that we were not the stupid pedestrians crossing when it was not allowed (Thank you British to pass on the culture to the asiatics)-, we decided to head off to one of the markets that had fame of opening until very late at night.. so we went there and did some shopping. (paintings, tea cups, chopsticks, jewelry...) We had dinner there (at one of those chinese outdoor places that while living in a "civilized" country you will never plan to go to), options may vary depending on your taste.. but you could find chicken, noodles, beef, rice, seafood... It was very nice despite of the appearance.
After having dinner, we were in the mood for clubbing.. so we started looking for a place to go. After walking for a WHILE, we ended up in a "chinese" karaoke!!! Cant you imagine? Unknown and unreadable language.
But as you may have already figured out, going abroad with spanish people can be great enough, that we all ended up singing to the tune of the "Asereje", english version... =)
Second day in Hong Kong showed me another side of Asia. A sophisticated and elegant Asia. Including the bay, and the short trip to "The Peak". If you ever decide to go to Hong Kong, you must not miss the peak at night. Because its not only the view of the city, but the incredible perspective of amazing architecture and lighting all together seen from the top. To me, Hong Kong must be in your must-go-before-I-die list.