I’m on the road again! This time, in northern Thailand, where I spent a few days in a Lahu village (a hill tribe village) near Chiang Mai. Try to imagine it: stilt houses made of wood and bamboo, beautiful lush green mountains, chickens and pigs around the streets, an interesting culture and friendly people. How is it to live there?
One of the main attractions of Buenos Aires is Caminito in La Boca. I wanted to explore it beyond the touristic side so I talked to locals and walked back to the city center. Talking to the local women gave me an insight on how it had been living there in the past, and walking back allowed me to discover the other side of La Boca.
Cultural heritage in Patagonia is very rich, however, my trip over there had a different perspective: geological heritage. Geological heritage helped me to explore not only beautiful landscapes but also the fascinating history of the region… including the discovery of a new dinosaur!
Earthquakes and volcanoes were a common conversation topic with locals when I was in Chile, and it was interesting to hear their personal experiences. Natural disasters are terrible events. Some people, however, were able to tell me their experience with a calm matter-of-fact tone, others even with humor. I truly admire them.
Christchurch showed me that there is much more in New Zealand than beautiful landscapes. It is a city that suffered a terrible loss, and it is reconstructing itself in a new and different way of thinking, with innovation and creativity, inspiration and hope.