Traveling is one of the most fulfilling things one can do with his time and his money. Travels are memorable, emotional, sometimes tiring, sometimes even bored, but the point is, the worst minute you will spend traveling is way better than the one you spend sitting on your couch and wondering what it is like to be adventurous.

In this category, you will find everything about my travels, from the moment I decided to make them to my landing back home, the people I met, my favorite places and all my learnings about my travels

Solo Traveling – Santander, Cantabria

This was the very first time I traveled by myself, a mixture of boredom and seek of adventure led me to the decision of booking the cheapest flights I could find to somewhere random.

The first thing I noticed about traveling alone is the sense of freedom you get from knowing that you don`t have to wait for fo anyone and that when you arrive at your destination there will be no one waiting for you either. It is kind of weird but you get used to the feeling.

This time, the chosen destination was Santander, Cantabria, a little city of Spain. The first thing you notice when you get there is how small the size of the city is, the airport is the first indicative of that.

I landed mid-day around 12, so I had the rest of the day for some sightseen. First, I went to my AirBnB (in the city center, 10 min drive from the airport, yes, Santander is that small) to leave my luggage, then I went for a walk along the beach side, 30 min walking and I was already at the end of the city, “El Palacio De La Magdalena”.


The Palace of La Magdalena is the most emblematic building of the city of Santander and one of the most prominent examples of civil architecture in northern Spain. With a majestic landscape, it is situated at the highest point of the Peninsula bearing the same name. Its construction, between 1908 and 1912, following the plans of Gonzalo Bringas and Javier González de Riancho, resulted from a municipal initiative: the Town Council wanted to present Kings Alfonso XIII and Victoria Eugenia with a summer residence to consolidate the summer tradition that was taking root in the city and its province. The monarchs and their children spent their summers between 1913 and 1930 in Cantabria. Apparently, it was the Queen, called Ena in the privacy of her family, who especially enjoyed the landscape and the architecture, very close to those of her native England: writers and poets evoked her homesickness for the Isle of Wight and they actually associated it with her stay in Santander and her subsequent exile.

And don´t miss what you get to see by turning 180º:


After that long walk, I was hungry and tired, so I stopped by a random restaurant and asked for a burger, that was when I realized that Santander wasn’t cheap at all.

The day after, I took the bus and went to Comillas, a little town 40KM away from Santander. The place town was incredibly beautiful, but the sights it offered to the sea, were just unbelievable, a picture is worth a thousand words:


The third day in the morning I had my flight back to Barcelona. This was my very first Solo Traveling experience, and I am doing it again for sure. During this little time, I forced myself to go outside my social box where I am always surrounded by people, and spent some quality time with myself, I went through mental conversations about what was next for me in my life and I got to know ME a little better, and I loved it.

How traveling can fix these three problems of the Millennials

A few weeks ago I foud this interview to Simon Sinek in which he perfectly defines what a millennial is, the problems we have to adapt to the real world and the reasons why it is like this. Honestly, I haven’t grown up in the same environment as most of you guys did, but still, I feel Identified with some of the points Simon addresses in the interview. And I have come with one simple solution to our problems, Traveling.

How Traveling can help us to build our confidence back?

The first problem Simon Sinek says we millennials have, is low self-esteem, which he links to “failed parenting strategies”. Ever since we were born, we were told that we are special, that we can have whatever we want just because we want it, and our parents made sure that we had it.
One thing that really surprised me when I moved to the western world (I am originally Ethiopian and moved to Spain when I was nine) was that the kids in my class got presents from their parents just because they had passed a subject, it didn’t matter if the grade was a C or an A. If I did get a C on any subject by then I could say goodbye to all my privileges at home at least for a month.
And we could find thousands of examples like that one. That is bad parenting, don’t get it wrong, parents do that seeking the best for their children and to make them happy. But at the end of the day, when the kid has to walk by himself out in the real world, he finds out that a C is not enough, that he is not special, he is just like everyone else around, and all this happens in an instant and we don’t really know hoe to deal with it, and it builds up into a low self-esteem.

How traveling help us with this problem?

When we are traveling we are not self-absorbed in ourselves and our problems, we get to higher our sights and see different realities than the ones we are used to, we meet wonderful, special people that humble us, and make us see things differently. For example, when I am traveling to my country I can only think of how tiny I am compared to that 7-8 years old kid making some money by cleaning people’s shoes just to bring money home, to help his mom, to feed his little brothers, that makes me realise that I am not as half a man as he is, that I am lucky to have had this life, that there is a long way to go for me to earn the respect my family and friends, that sometimes I drown into a glass of water and fail to see the bigger picture. That keeps me moving, working.
Knowing that there are different realities out there makes you see that every day you wake up and go do whatever it is that you are doing, you are choosing to do exactly that, that you are the manager of your time and your life. This is how self-confidence is built.

How Traveling can help us to deal with stress in a much healthier way

In the video, Simon Sinek defines the second big handicap we millennials have, and that is the fact that we don’t have the appropriate mechanisms to deal with stress. Stress is the major source of lots of health problems as well as addictions.

Most addictions are produced when we are still teenagers, that is a stage of life in which we suffer a lot of stress, it is the stage when we say “hello” to the world for the first time standing on our own feet. And we have to be accepted for our fellows and we suffer a lot of insecurities and anxieties. That lead us to stress and the search fo dopamine to handle that stress, when we drink alcohol, for instance, that frees some dopamine into our brain and makes us feel better, happier, we forget about our problems for a moment, and when we repeat that process over and over again is when the addiction is produced. Now, alcohol is not the only substance that frees dopamine into our brains, text notifications in our phones can produce it too, and that is why there can be cases in which we get addicted to our smartphones.

Smartphones could be considered as our alcohol, our way to deal with stress. When we are in a conference room surrounded by a bunch of people, we feel that social anxiety that it produces us and take the easy road and stare at our phones instead of talking to each other, this way we miss the opportunities to engage with other people. Just remember all those times when you got to sit beside the girl or the boy you like, you get nervous, avoid eye contact and check your Instagram feed, rally knowing that it is not what you should be doing, five minutes later he/she goes away, you missed that opportunity to engage with that person.

How traveling help us with this problem?

First of all, we all know how traveling can be a great way to get away from everything that stresses us and chill out a little bit. But it’s not only about the time we are actually traveling but the effect that it has in the long term. Traveling can help us tackle the problem from the root.

When we are on the road, in another city, another country, there are lots of moments when we don’t even have connection to the internet, so we are forced to get over our social anxiety and actually talk to other people, and that teaches our brain that there is nothing wrong about interacting with other people. We also expose ourselves to a lot of different situations, we address unusual problems that we have to solve by ourselves, and we learn how not to drown in a glass of water and how to deal with stress.

How Traveling can help us to build our confidence patience

The third problem Simon states we millennials have to deal with is Impatience. We live in the world of instant gratification, we want to watch a movie? we just need a browser or our phones, we want to flirt with someone? just swipe right. All this technological advancement we were exposed to from a very young age, plus, having our parents do everything for us, has taught us that just by wishing we can have whatever we want.

How traveling help us with this problem?

Do you want to visit the most exotic and beautiful lands? You are gonna have to travel for 12+ hours, it requires the traveling of very long distances to get there, it is exhausting, but the prize at the end of it is totally worth it. Do you want the most amazing views of the place? You are gonna have to hike the biggest mountains or walk the highest hills of the city.

Travelling can really teach us that we have to sweat hard to get the best of what we want.

A trip to never forget – The Philippines

Why The Philippines?

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

The Phillippines

The Phillippines

That quote could easily summarize what the Philippines are. I am sure you have about the beauty of this place over and over again, from some friends who spent their vacations there, or even from blogs like mine, and you might be intrigued about what we are talking about or skeptical to believe our words but, let me tell you that none of what you have been told can compare to the beauty of the Philippines. Nor the pictures you see, nor the words you read or hear can make justice to this place.

Funniest thing of all, we went to this place because I was one the only countries where I didn’t Visa to travel to. When returning to Seoul from Jeju Island, we saw that amazing wall of Images in the ferry station where they displayed some of the most beautiful Unesco World Heritages and we decided that our next destinations would be one of those amazing places.

Right after arriving in Seoul, we started planning our next trip, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and The Philippines made it to our final list, and as I told you before, The Philippines was the only country where I could travel without Visa so, we made it our election.

It was already Mid-November and the winter was already installed in Seoul and we were trying to escape it by any means, but finally, the day arrived and it was time to start packing for our next adventure, The Philippines.

Our one day experience in Manila

Our main destination was Palawan, but there are not a direct flight from Seoul so, we made our first stop in Manila. From the very moment we landed, we could feel the sweet hot and humidity of the island, we could say goodbye to our winter jackets for a while.
Before our arrival to the airport, we had heard a long list of awful things the guards could do to us, but nothing of that happened.

But truth to be told, the traffic is worse than you can possibly imagine, It took us more than an hour to get to our Homeaway, and I promise to god, the distance was a 10 minutes walk, but we didn’t know.

In Manila, we were so lucky that one of us had a good friend os his living there, It made it really easy to us for spending one of the craziest nights I remember, a night just to enjoy and forget.

After waking up the day after, with one of the greatest hangovers of my life, we headed to the airport, there we would take a plane to Palawan, where we spent 9 amazing days.

First days in The Paradise

When we arrived, our HomeAway guest was waiting for us at the airport with a great van and brought us to her home in Las Roxas.

The fist day we took it easy, we went to a quite beach where it was just the 10 of us and just relaxed a little, with we would be needing to stand the days that were coming.

The third day of our trip, we went to Modessa Resort Island, a recommendation by our host, this is a great place for snorkeling, it was the very first time I tried and I really did love it, the earth is also beautiful under its water cover.

We had a great day on the island, after snorkeling for a long time, we went lunch and then had a long walk through the island and lied in its white, hot sands for a while until the sun went down.

Modessa Resort Island

Modessa Resort Island

After spending three amazing days in Roxas, we decided it was time to visit El Nido, our HomeAway host was so cool, she arranged everything for us.

El Nido and its unbelievable beauty

The image you see below was taken from the balcony of the hotel, and for the next 4 days we would be waking up in the morning and having breakfast with that before us.
We arrived early in the morning, so we were in time for taking one of the ships you see in the picture for island hopping.

I have never seen such a beautiful thing, and from that moment to this very day, there is a thought in my mind: There is too much beauty in this world to stay at the same place forever. It changed the meaning traveling had for me, “We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us”

The very last day we had in El Nido, we decided to do something on our own, not guided, not scheduled, we improvised.

We went to one little town where there were almost no tourists and us divided into two groups, some just wanted to chill on the beach and others to discover a bit more of the place and walked a long way through the forest and it headed to that beach you see in the picture, I have no idea what it name is, it wasn’t in our plans.

The Philippines

The Philippines

After the long walk we had we were really thirsty, and had no water with us, lucky for us, the place was full of coconuts, what we didn’t know is, how hard it is to punch it out without the necessary tools. We ended up getting our price anyways tho.

During a couple of hours we spent there, we encountered with no one but few locals that made their living there.

The Philippines

The Philippines

We felt like Tom Hanks in Cast Away and even felt confident that we could fabric about to make our way back (it didn’t really work out).

The People

Humbleness, not having and not needing. Not needing a baby carriage to feel like you are a better parent, your kids not needing a hundred toys to be entertained, not having too much because you can’t afford it, and being happy anyway because you already realized that you don’t need it.

The Phillippines

The Phillippines

Your parents or your older brothers being the only people you want to look alike, because they are your greatest heroes and because you are not exposed to a 24/7 constant advertising on TV or the internet reminding you what you should have or how you have to look like to be accepted by everyone else, and making you feel that if you don’t have it you are automatically less interesting, less cool. Feeling beautiful even though you are not exactly Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, because they are not your model of beauty. Having the confidence to do whatever it is that you want without aiming to be somebody else.

This is exactly what you can see in these people waking up every morning in that paradise that they are lucky to call home. When you asked them for a picture, you didn’t see someone trying to give you his best angle for the picture, neither a fake smile, everything you saw was a person curious about what you were doing, trying to figure out in their heads who were you or where did you come from.

Money, makeup, an expensive hear cut, cloth from a boutique… How many of those things do you think you need to look beautiful? NONE! Something original, you own style, no matter what the biggest brands in the fashion industry said would be cool to wear this spring or what everyone else is doing to his hair, be confident that if you feel comfortable with yourself you are wearing the right thing. That and one big smile in your face is all you need to look beautiful.
Be original, be curious, be confident and smile, put a big smile on your face every morning and wear it everywhere, it really does fit with everything. That is what I learned from the people of the Philippines.

“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us”

A Place to start falling. Gyeongju, South Korea.

We were half way in our semester journey in Seoul, excited and already a little melancholic because we knew that our little adventure was getting to its end. But of course, we had a lot left to do, and after returning from our vacations in the Philippines we started planning our trip to Japan. Although due to random circumstances I was going to end up in Gyeongju.

Short before getting the plane tickets I went to the Japan embassy to check if I was eligible to visit the country with my Ethiopian passport but turns out, I couldn’t even ask for a visit visa. That was one of the most disappointing moments of my adventure in Seoul. My friends didn’t have any problems because they all are European passport holders.

But, when God closes a door, he always opens a window (it sounds better in Spanish). By that time I was starting to date a girl, and she came up with an idea, visiting Gyeongju. Until the very moment she told me about the place, I had no Idea it even existed, but never say no to an adventure, right?

From Seoul, the best way to rich Gyeongju is by bus, and that was our choice, we took it on a Thursday afternoon, to my surprise, the bus was really comfortable, and after four hours of travel games and staring at each other’s eyes we arrived in Gyeongju. It was late at night, we had some trouble finding the location of the hotel we booked at but finally we made it, the hotel was really quiet and small, but with an excellent manner from the stuff, just as described in the reviews.

Gyeongju National Museum

After a good night sleep, the first day we decided to take a bike tour through the city, we first went to a huge park, I don’t really remember the name.

The first thing we felt when riding through Gyeongju was that we were real strangers to the place, because you barely could see any tourist, and if you saw some, most of them were Asians. Actually when we went for lunch we couldn’t really communicate, so we didn’t really know what we were choosing to eat, anyways, it was really tasty, I love Korean food.

In the evening we continued our ride, and with the help of our un-foldable map, we arrived to Gyeongju national museum, I dedicated a full article just to this place in past articles in the blog, feel free to check out. This place was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. That picture you see, didn’t even need a retouch. Just my Nikon D3300 and its kit lens.

Anapji Royal Pond

Anapji means “Goose and Duck Lake.”It was originally constructed in February 674 during the reign of Munmu, the 30th king of Silla.

The beauty of this place cannot be explained just with words, not even images are enough, you have to personally visit this incredible spot.

We arrived here after a pretty tired day of riding bikes up and down, to this day, I can close my eyes and feel the exact same thing I did while falling into her blue eyes with that spot as a background.

Gyeongju Yangdong Village

The beauty of its architecture is just Stunning, and you get perfect pictures wherever it is that you shot. The pictures at your left were taken in Gyeongju Yangdong Village, a UNESCO World heritage that perfectly showcases the culture and essence of the country.

Best part of it is, that it is not crowded by western tourists, the visitors are mostly locals or from neighbor countries like China or Japan, so, everyone you meet there has something new to unveil to you.

At the end of the tour, we sat down in a coffeehouse and had a cappuccino while getting our eyes lost in the beauty of the place, just imagining all the stories those roofs and walls hide.

This trip from its beginning was about falling, from the failed trip to Japan to falling into someone’s eyes. Without any doubt, one the most meaningful trips I have ever made.

Jeju Island, South Korea. Unexpected Beauty

Since the very first moment, we arrived in Seoul, whenever we asked anyone to tell us about places worth visiting in the country, they all opened their mouth with the words “Jeju Island”. None of us had heard about it before, so we looked at each other with skeptical eyes while they explained how incredibly beautiful the island is.

Short after classes began and we received the university calendar, we started to plan trips for all the holidays we had during the semester. For Korean Hangul Day (Korean Letters Day) we had three days off, and it was still September, which meant good weather, and a great opportunity to travel through the country, so, we decided we would give Jeju a try and see what all the locals were talking about.

We were so lucky to meet Albertini the first days of class, a Korean guy that took almost all his lessons in English and loved it to hang out with the foreigners, he was born in Jeju and all his family lived there, and since he was also traveling to the island to spend the vacations with his family, he offered to host us at his own home in Jeju, that was so cool of him.

My friends decided to make it a day trip and took a train to the south coast of the country and then a ferry from there to rich the Island, since it was Friday and I had an exam in the morning, I took a plane in the evening and made to Jeju at night. I arrived with almost no expectations about the island, but my friends had already had their first contact with the island and they were already quite impressed.

Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeju

The next day, we woke up early in the morning to visit the Seongsan Ilchulbong volcano. I remember it was a hot day, but the peak was not that high so, we made it to the top with not much difficulty. The views were Stunning.

That same day, we went to a beach to spend the evening, I don’t even remember asking for its name, we were so stunned by its beauty, that we even forgot to unfold our cameras. Its white sands, its crystal blue water and all the green nature surrounding it…, the colors were just perfect. It definitely falls into the top three beaches I have ever seen. Its name is Hyeopjae Beach in case you want to google it. The very moment we arrived there we felt in love with the Jeju.

Hangul Day Celebrations

After that amazing day we had, we ended it up with a couple of beers in our hands and a nice chat.

The morning after we woke up really early to celebrate Korean Letters day with Albertini and his family, the celebrations started with prayers led by the oldest man in the family and followed with an amazing meal. After that, we left to continue visiting the Island, but normally, the celebrations go on all day long, they spend 3h approx. in every family member’s home who has to prepare a meal just as abundant and delicious as the previous one and they down the food with some Soju.

It definitely was one of the highlights of the trip, and we can’t thank enough all the hospitality received.

Jeongpang Waterfall, Jeju

After that incredible experience with Albertini and his family, we headed to the Jeongpang Waterfall. It was so huge, that I remember feeling small like a peanut when I was underneath it.

Hallasan Volcano, Jeju

This is the highest pick in South Korea (1950m).

After three non-stop days, having less than 5h sleep, the last day, we decide to hike Hallasan, it was exhausting and it seemed like it was never going to end, but we made it a competition to make it to the top, plus, there were plenty of ladies and gentlemen on their 60s hiking like if it was nothing to them, elderly Koreans are really in shape, and if they could we could.

At the end, it was worth it!

Jeju is one of the most beautiful memories I have, and it will always be, the two words that better define that tip is Unexpected Beauty. Learn how to keep your expectations low, and you live in a world of surprises.

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Why Do We Let History Define Us? – A Carnival Tale

I am sure you have heard this story over and over. From 1914 to 1918 more than 16 million people were killed in what we know as the Great War or World War I. I am not going to bore you with this, plus it is Information you can find anywhere in the WEB, and also, there are plenty of Books with detailed info about what exactly happened. But I wanted to put the numbers in, they are sadly, stunning.

Europe was divided in half, with the French and Great Britain on one side, Germany and the Austria-Hungary empire in the other and Italy actually switched sides during the war. My point is, the amount of hate there was seemed like it was never going to go away.

In fact, not long after the Great War, the entire world incurred in an even greater one, with Europe as the center of the conflict, the cruelty of this war is well explained in movies such as Inglourious Bastards or Schindler’s List. It is just incredible what we humans can do to each other.

By now you might be thinking: What the hell has all this to do with carnival? Well, what I exactly wanted was to highlight the History for what comes next.

Last week for Carnivals, friend of mine I met while my exchange in Korea, invited the whole crew from there (two French guys, one Italian and me) to the Carnivals in Cologne. Right after talking about it I had already booked my tickets with Vueling and no HomeAway needed this time, because my friend was hosting us all at his flat.

Truth to be said, the celebration was really amazing, people wakes up at 7 am and by 10 am everyone is drunk, in the streets, singing traditional songs and just enjoying, you get to talk and hangout with everyone and nothing really matters. Cologne is really worth visiting.

One of the most memorable moments of the trip was the last night we spent there, a room full of people, drinking together, singing together. The French and the Italian singing traditional German Songs, the Germans hosting all of us as if we knew each other from a long time ago. The hospitality was remarkable.

That very moment I realized: History is just the narration of what we did in the past, it doesn’t really matter now, and we should NOT let it define who we are, and this applies to everything and everyone. The only thing that really matters, is what you are doing right now, at this very moment.

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Three places to visit in Seoul, South Korea

Three places to visit in Seoul. Seoul is without any doubt, one of the most amazing cities in the world, its culture, its people, all the skyscrapers, the history… There is a countless list that makes Seoul an incredible city. But probably its most remarkable feature, at least for me, is the contrast it has got. You might be in front of an ancient Buddha and at the same time, 100 meters away from a stunning 30m high modern building. This is a must go city, and in case you are planning to do so, here I bring you three places to visit in Seoul. In case if you want to know more about the country, you have available for free, a photo book in the iBook store, you can submit your email for the pdf version too.

Gwanghwamun Square

This is one of the best places to visit in Seoul, it perfectly reflects what I was saying in the introduction about the contras Seoul has. 180º on you feet and you get this other spot:

After recovering from the Jet Lag, this one was the very first place we visited when we arrived to the city. It is 560m long and 34m wide, the perfect place to start any tour in the city and have your very first walk in Seoul.


One thing you should know about Soul is that, unlike most European countries, there is not a defined city center. Wherever you go you get the feeling that you are just right in the place where the most exciting thing in the city is taking place.

Dongdaemun is probably one of the most visited places in the city, by tourists and locals. It is a perfect district to look for entertainment, some shopping or even the perfect spot for a romantic date. Actually, my friends and I used to say that it was too sad not having a girlfriend in Seoul, it is just perfect for a romantic adventure, plus, Korean couples are really cute, you just feel the love in the atmosphere.

Another great thing about this place is the variety of street food you can find just for a couple of bucks. It is one of the best places to visit in Seoul.

Han River

The Han River is the 4th largest river in the Korean Peninsula (494 km), it is formed by the confluence of another two smaller rivers and it flows in the yellow sea. Historically it played a very important role in the Korean economy since a big part of the trade with China flowed through this river.

Currently, is not used for navigation, and it serves water to over 12 million Koreans living in Seoul, and its surroundings are just perfect for walking, biking or just throwing camera shots. And again, a perfect spot for a date. It is one of my favorite places to visit in Seoul.

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Three incredible places to visit in Barcelona

Barcelona is on the bucket list of most of you. Its weather, its gastronomy, its architecture, the party… whether it is to come with friends or for a weekend escape with your couple, this city has a lot to offer for everyone. And now that February 14th is approaching, Barcelona is a great present to consider. If you are considering that, this might be of your interest.
I am so lucky to say that I live in this magical city, and the truth is, it still surprises me everyday, there is always something new to discover, a new bar, restaurant, a new square. Barcelona is a city in which a dinner with some friends could easily lead to the best party of your life, a city to fall in love with. Plus, if you are from Europe it takes only 2h flight and with solutions such as Airbnb or HomeAway Spain for the stay, you have no excuses!

Fonts Magiques de Montjuic, Barcelona

This is one of the must go places in Barcelona, and it will definitely make you fall in love with this city. It is located Sants- Montjuic. It was built in 1929 for The Universal Exposure of the city and it was rebuilt again in the 90s to host Barcelonas Olympic Games in 1992.
It consists of a great show that combines water, lights, and music. This same place hosted the MTV Music awards in 2002 with the presence of artist such as Bon Jovi. It is always full of people, but it is wide enough so you don’t get the feeling that it’s too crowded. The best part is, it is completely for free.

El Bosc de les Fades, Barcelona<

This is not just another Bar. It is located in the heart of Barcelona, right in the Ramblas, entering the Wax Museum of Barcelona. Getting in there is like entering a Disney fairy tale, the lightning, the decoration of the place, and even the sounds they play, you don’t feel like you are in a bar.
It has different rooms to sit and have some beers, perfect for couples and friends. Time to time, they turn off the lights and play some sounds that will make you feel that you are in a movie. It feels pretty cool when you are a couple of pints up. Check the video.

Park Güell, Barcelona

This is one of the masterpieces designed by the famous Architecture, Antoni Gaudí. The place was built for a famous politician and writer and successful businessman, friends with the artist called, Eusebi Güell
Every single thing you see here is a masterpiece, full of color, like most of the designs of the Author. And it is located at the top of the city, and you get an incredible view of Barcelona with the sea as the perfect background. You will have to pay a little fee (7€), but it is totally worthy.

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Two christmas, two worlds: How different christmas is in Ethiopia

Not a long time ago I published my thoughts about what christmas really is, well, after that, I have traveled to my birth country, Ethiopia (deeply religious) and since we don’t follow the same calendar as western countries, christmas here, is celebrated two weeks after the western world. Yes, I was so lucky to celebrate it twice, to realise that, as much as christmas is the label brand of all religions, it is not the same among all the cultures.

In the article mentioned above, I had concluded that we are already over the religion event, and that might be true in Europe, but it is not down here. To my surprise, last night something woke me up at 2 a.m, and it wasn’t a phone call or the sound of my alarm, it was the prayers coming from the church located like 1km from my house, I hadn’t realised it before, but there are speakers hanging all over the city, all responding to the same microphone located in the church.The prayers had been going all day long , and it does not seem like they are going to stop.

It is incredible the faith on god the people in this country has, and that brought a question to my mind that I have been trying to answer all day long, what if faith on god attached to? What is the main variable that influences on how religious a society is? And I think -i have got a clear winner, NEED!! If you have attender primary school, you for sure know the concept of  what a third world country is, and you might further remember the economical reasons why it is classified as such, but if you haven’t seen it through your own eyes yet, you don’t know the day to day life of its people. There is nothing sure for tomorrow here, you go to sleep without knowing if tomorrow you will have water or electricity the next morning, in some cases you already assume you won’t, there is nothing sure!! (I am being really soft with the example). I am not saying we all live like this, but lets not lie to ourselves, the majority of the people does.

When you go through such a needful life, the only means you have to make yourself believe that tomorrow everything will be okay is the faith you put on god. Here, christmas is about creating the biggest illusion possible to make tomorrow seem “sure”.

Gyeongju National Museum

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Place: Gyeongju National Museum

Gyeongju National Museum is steeped in tradition. Representing Gyeongju, which was the capital city of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC – AD 935), the museum is where you can view the cultural history of Gyeongju district. Exhibitions are divided into 4 large areas: the Main hall, Annex I, Annex II, and the Outdoor Exhibit Area (Museum Grounds).

In the Main Hall you can see earthenware, with various artworks and craftworks in the Arts and Crafts room. Gukeun Memorial Hall exhibits over 600 artifacts, which were the personal collection of Dr. Lee Yang-Seon, donated to the museum for preservation. Artifacts from the great tombs of the city of Gyeongju are displayed in the Gobun Gallery in Annex I. There are many glittering accessories, such as golden crowns and ornaments, belts, earrings, etc. You will be introduced to the superb artistry of the Silla Period through these artifacts.

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Approximately 30,000 artifacts have been excavated from Wolji Pond, the most significant of which are exhibited in the Wonji Gallery in Annex 2. Other galleries in Annex 2 exhibit household goods. These various types of items show many aspects of life in the Royal Court during the Silla Period. After the galleries, you can move on to the Outdoor Exhibit Area, in the Museum Grounds. King Seongdeok’s Bell, located here, is the most renowned of all Buddhist temple bells. You cannot help but feel solemn as you gaze upon the relic. There is also a variety of artifacts from royal palaces and temples exhibited throughout the grounds. Buddhist sculptures make up the majority of the stone artifacts. If you are a traveler interested in Buddhism or the magnificent culture of royal palaces, this is a place you do not want to miss.

Without any Doubt, one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Visit the image below for more.

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