The third and probably most important lesson I learned is that beauty is everywhere and humanity didn’t lose its edge yet, despite all the horrors going on in the world.
An administrative region of the People’s Republic of China seems an unusual destination as a gambling haven but then Macau is anything but ordinary. A former Portuguese colony with a history of piracy and involvement in the slave trade, gambling has been legal on the island since 1850.
Traveling to Europe has always been my life-long dream, especially because I wanted to take a sabbatical year and discover the old continent with everything it had to offer. From majestic scenery to urban wonders on an off the beaten path, Europe is a marvel for any travel and photography buff.
Giant crystal tasting balloons are brought to your table with great pomp and ceremony, encased in a smoke-filled glass dome that is removed extravagantly. It’s almost comical, but don’t laugh. Drinking elite rum here is a serious business.
It’s hot and sensuous in Cuba, but the climate is changing. Tourists are arriving in droves to taste the authentic Cuban passion for life… before the Americans arrive.
Maximon isn’t an easy idol to comprehend. He is both divine and devilish, fiend and friend, a communicator to Ajaw, the supreme Mayan god, but also a trickster that may double cross whoever presents an offering.
Ports of call included the Honduras’s Roatan Island, with snorkelling on the Meso-American Barrier Reef, one of the longest in the northern hemisphere, and second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef.
A long weekend getaway gave me the opportunity to test Club Med’s former slogan and my particular favorite, “The Antidote to Civilization.” Their new one is fine, “Where Happiness Means the World,” but I’m already happy enough, I just needed to tune out for a bit.
After a long flight, some people like to hit the hotel bed. I’d rather start exploring. I like to walk the area near my hotel and find a spot where I can hang out with locals. These photos are from a tiny yakiton bar I found under some train tracks in Tokyo. The beer was cold, the people were warm.
Bhutan is an ancient buddhist country situated between China and India – tightly squeezed between these two superpowers. High in the Himalayas Bhutan was long withdrawn from the world. Due to it’s difficult terrain and remote location it has been never conquered by a foreign enemy.