Archive for Travel Off The Beaten Path – Cultural

Johannesburg, Africa – Land of the Electric Fence

On my last trip to Johannesburg, there is one thing i noticed EVERYWHERE! Every shop, every building, every home had an electric fence around it and it’s not to keep wild animals out. Well, at least not the furry kind of wild animals. The word when I arrived: “If somebody wants your stuff, give it to them because they are probably high and definitely willing to kill you.” Hmmm, I see www.olders.ca.

“Is this place really that jacked up?” I thought to myself but after seeing the car guards in the parking lots, the fences everywhere, the stories of car-jacking, people getting their house broken into, the answer is yes, it is that jacked up! This is another one of those cases where off the beaten path might be on the beaten path. Be wise, stay with your group or somebody who knows their way around. Go out and do a safari where there are only lions and rhinos and such.

Vat Phou – I Want to Sit and Drink Tea in Front of This Ruin!

I don’t know why but it just seems like a cool thing to do. Just be there, drink tea or maybe fall asleep on the steps at the temple. Yeah, that’s it! Have some lunch there and then wander around canadian pharmacy levitra. It’s kind of a pre – Angkor Wat which to me is something older and cooler than something already old and cool………………..I’m going.

For a good explanation on Vat Phou, look here.

CouchSurfing. Sounds Pretty Cool For Anybody But My Daughter.

Not sure what to think about this one. On the one hand, it sounds like a great way to meet people, go cool places on the cheap, get a real community going. On the other hand, it sounds like hitch hiking with a twist. I haven’t tried it but I bet it’s filled with a lot of stories of awesome people and lifelong friends, coupled with a horror story every now and then cs6 master collection mac. Just like any risk sport where each success makes you more and more confident until that one hairy moment is a reminder of reality. Also, as with any risk sport, there are safe and unsafe ways to do it. When a paraglider pilot looks at the weather and it isn’t a sure thing, that’s when you pack it in. Likewise, if a situation feels the least bit weird, time to bail.

The Orkhon Valley – Where did all the people go?

Alright, so they’ve been gone a very long time, since the Genghis Khan days to be exact. What was once the center of his empire is basically a huge meadow, thousands of square miles wide. If you want to go there, the best way is on horseback and it is definitely off the beaten path www.truba.gov.tr. Miles and miles of Mongolian beauty with remnants of the old grandeur of the Golden Horde. I keep thinking two things: no phone (sweet) and fly fishing (also sweet).

Rick Steves – Pretty nerdy but he knows what’s up!

So I went to Germany,had some extra time and pulled out my handy Rick Steves book on the country. Turns out he was talking up Rothenberg, mentioned a place to stay and the person to talk to to book it. I took his advice and it was exactly, and I mean EXACTLY like he said it. Also exactly how I liked my stay, including price range and all. I logged it in my mind, pretty cool book http://homepage.westmont.edu/make_account/images/pic/acrobat-xi-pro.html. Later I’m in London with another book of his (and it was leading me right all the time as well) and I was getting pretty jazzed on him when some guy comes up to me and tries to buy the book from me! He said he couldn’t find it, needed it and would I please sell it to him, full price plus extra. I turned him down because THESE BOOKS ROCK! I don’t agree with him politically and he definitely drank the Euro kool-aid but his books are pretty sweet!

The Drava River..It’s in Slovenia so it’s got to be Old-World and cool!

The River Drava comes down out of the Austrian Alps and things just get better after that. Winding through Slovenia, it picks up that Old World feeling and shows off some pretty sweet towns like Maribor. Yes, you can raft down, camping along the bank or staying in hotels adobe cs6 master collection full adobe cs6 master collection full. Or you can take tours full of wine and local songs. Either way, it’s off the beaten path but well worth the side trip.

Bulgaria, where even shaking your head is miscommunication

In most countries, hand signals, a smile and a nod of the head will get you by. In Bulgaria, just throw everything out the window and deal with the fact that you are going to be misunderstood. you don’t know the language. the letters are in Cyrillic. Some hand signals are offensive or mean communism or things you didn’t intend. Lastly, even shaking your head means the opposite of what you think. Correct, nodding your head up and down means “no” whereas happily shaking your head side to side means “yes”. For all you guys out there who think that you were getting somewhere with that beautiful Bulgarian woman, sorry to burst your bubble. She was saying “no”.

Irish National Stud. So that’s where we get the word from.

Yes, it’s a very touristy place and not really off the beaten path. So what (sometimes). It is mind blowing, however so I had to add it. The Irish National Stud farm is about as good as it gets and pretty amazing when you think about the work that these horses do. The guy pictured here has the sole job of making babies. It’s a full time job and can be a bunch of times each day. For each success – 45,000 British Pounds! His name is Invincible Spirit and I guess it would have to be, right? Anyway http://malavoi3.martinique.univ-ag.fr/tramil/fototeca/miniatures/t2/kamagra-oral-jelly-prix.html. It’s pretty intense how well they take care of him as well as the..er…”lesser” horses. Amazing how much cash pours into this business. Also helps if you intend on schmoozing with the upper class. Just don’t tell them you arrived at the place on a bus. Maybe you can make a new acquaintance who can really take you off the beaten path!

Check this guy out here.

Koh Samet – They just need laser beams on their heads

Koh Samet Island has one of those adventure rides where you really didn’t know what you were getting in for. Disguised as a fish farm, and at a very reasonable price, you can walk along floating planks and feed the fish with…. yourself. On both sides of the bouncing planks, should you feel unsteady, you have a choice to fall into the turtle tank or the shark tank, for example. Other tanks (all easily accessible through a welcoming, open top) have less dangerous but still inviting fish to feed. As an added bonus and in case the fish aren’t at a full frenzy, you can buy little fishies to throw in and really stir them up. I actually dug it. Just don’t put your hands too close to the water, watch who you share a plank with and keep to an outside plank!

The Blue Info sign… Learn it, know it, love it

Some people pass these things by without even knowing they are there. The traveler, however, especially the laid-back, unprepared, backpack type traveler lives by them. The blue info sign is the ticket to confidence, the opposite of the confused look. Nothing like getting off a train, figuring out what city you’re in, finding a blue sign and voila! You’re off with a handfull of pamphlets, reservations to some event and a map to your home. The kid behind the counter made a commission, the bed and breakfast lady is preparing your room and most importantly, you’re on the inside!