I believe many of those who will read this article, just like me, have never had Jordan on their traveling bucket list. There are those who recognize it as the country of the archaeological city of Petra; others talk about Jordan because of the Dead Sea. And those thinking of visiting the East are most likely to go to Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Morocco. But few go to Jordan.
When visiting Asian countries for the first time I think our mind and heart can get really overwhelmed - either because of Asia's habits, culture, education, priorities, lifestyle and, especially, in my opinion because of their spirituality. There's a spiritual feeling in Thailand that drives us in and we simply can not avoid.
There's some certainties no one can deny about Napoli: they make the most authentic pizza in the world; they proudly showcase one of the richest street markets of Italy; they are blessed by being surrounded by a hypnotic turquoise sea coast and preserve their centuries old archeological sites and ancient ruins to make us dream about the past.
Writing about São Paulo, where I lived half my life, demands that I rescue very deep and forgotten feelings. Those that once made me want so much to live there, to be part of something bigger, to build a career, and to make friends who became family. Same feelings whose same intensity I also came across wanting to leave.
There's very little bitterness in Thailand. I think few sentences define so well the mood that hovers and sets the tone for this country. As the gateway to Thailand is Bangkok, this is what I instantly felt when I arrived: free smiles, kindness, generosity, lightness, all together in harmony with the almost absence of bitterness, whether in speech or in the actions of Thais.
Amsterdam is one of the most inviting cities to people who choose meat-free meals. Even if the restaurant is not dedicated to vegetarians or vegans, there is a good chance the place can easily cater to these customers' preferences. It is one of the best moments to come to Amsterdam for the ones who crave meals in which vegetables are the star of the show.
Thai food is by nature well-spiced. Same true to the balanced mixture of flavours that makes us feel the perfect combination between sweet, salty, sour and spicy - all brilliantly in one bite. For those who loves spicy food as I do, Thai cuisine becomes, from the day we discover it, one of the main certainties of flavours and dishes that make us very happy.
A Dutch language teacher once told me I was too idealist and romantic towards the Dutch. This intrigued me that even today I still think about this. He may be right. To cherish this love for the Dutch culture and education makes me have a different perspective on things. But I still believe they are the people who most tolerate and respect others and their differences.
Besides being a rather eye-catching building, The Duke's Diwan is Amman's most ancient building and is open for visitation. It is in the heart of the city center and opposite a good, famous restaurant called Hashem. Its history goes back to 1924, the year of its construction, where the first Post Office of the city once functioned.
Many cities in the world have their Karli Street. But what does this mean? It means that a particular street was a significant part of the city's history, landmark, and location, and that it could have served some historical-commercial purpose in the past and now has a new and important role.
After having taken constant trips to Holland, especially to Amsterdam, you notice that the main means of transportation of its population is much more than a way to commute. It is a lifestyle. It’s part of what it means to be Dutch. It tells a lot about how the Dutch view life and enjoy it. In other words: being free and as practical as possible. Dutch are practical people.
Besides Berlin not being an expensive city, especially when compared to other capitals as visited as Berlin in the world, you can eat and drink very well, paying very little. It is not a consumerist place. Several bars, let the customer pay what they think is right for what they drank and ate.
My first night in Assmanshausen am Rhein was unbearably hot. But when you wake up, with that muggy night behind you, you feel a delicious Taunus mountain breeze that suddenly comforts you. Practicing sport or just walking around the Rhine River early in the morning is priceless. A few places thrill me more when I close my eyes and remember this landscape.
How much does a person have to be fascinated by a certain place to dedicate his entire life to study it? Not to mention this certain place remained untouchable and unvisited for years until this person could finally get in? This is the story of Sjoerd de Vries, an eccentric, nice and cheerful Dutchman who I met by coincidence during my daily strolls in Amsterdam.
Nobody chooses to live on a boat by chance. It's not a random choice to other types of housing. No. You really need to want to marry your boat and deal with expectations, frustrations, have patience and focus. However, in the end of the day, these four houseboat owners assure me the advantages are greater when compared with a house on the land.
I have always found it important, and part of the process of getting to know the local culture, to explore local markets in certain cities we visited, at least the first time you go there. But when you are in the East, this assumption is fundamental, and in Amman, as in the rest of the Arab countries, local markets are rich with products and well-known Souks.
This store’s curatorship is so amazing that I find it hard to remember the last time I walked into a retail store and felt so comfortable that I didn’t want to leave. No piece seems to be unnecessary to be there, and everything is designed to make us think that all products - or almost all - are indispensable to our lifestyle.
Regardless of your personal taste regarding the wine culture, it is undisputed how much Germany’s countryside reveals vineyards of extreme organization and beauty. In Rothenburg op der Tauber, one of the most attractive places to go for a walk - or do sports such as hiking, jogging, cycling - is the Tauber Valley.