Have you ever held a globe in your hand, closed your eyes, spun it and, with your eyes still closed, chosen a place where to go?!
This is exactly what we did this time. There was no logic in our trip, no preparation, no plans. Just a dream! We had to choose between two places, Hong Kong and Singapore. We chose the first one because … because it was the first one from left to right. Dear visitor – don’t try to understand why we made these choices – we just hoped for the best!
Hong Kong is the city of the future – modern buildings, technologies… in this city the modern coexists with the past.
Only here you can find beautiful parks with flamingos in the middle of a concrete jungle; it's also here where you can take an ancient Chinese sailing boat called junk and see the harbour view, here you can see the biggest Buddha in Asia and find many many things to do!
I want to write some useful tips for visitors of this city, because it is so easy to get lost here.
First of all, after arriving at Hong Kong International Airport you need to smile, to tell yourself that you are brave and you are not afraid of so many people. You need to tell yourself that people who live here are different from those living in Europe, America and other parts of the world. This is Asia! People in Hong Kong speak English! And this is good news! They are very friendly and helpful!
Now we are ready to start, here are eight wonderful tips on vacationing in Hong Kong!
1. Buy an octopus card at airport.
It is useful. You can pay for all kinds of transportation with this card and even use it to shop in supermarkets. You'll need one card per person. It costs 50 HK and you can top up in any 7-11 Supermarket if needed. What is more, when leaving the country you can get 42 HK back from the place where you bought it.
2. There's three ways to reach the centre of Hong Kong from the airport.
- on a double-decker bus for 45 HK. The buses go to every destination in the city.
- by train to the central underground station for 120 HK
- by taxi
(Note: We took the Bus and enjoyed it a lot. Well, at some point I fell sleep!)
3. Have a warm jacket on you at all time!
This helps a lot. The normal temperature in Hong Kong is 30 ºC, but the metro, the buses, the restaurants and so on are very airconditioned and cold!
4. Book a hotel in the center.
Despite there being many places to stay and plenty of underground trains and busses traveling to the center of the city, we believe that staying closer will give you more time to explore places of interest. We stayed in Aberdeen for two days and in Mong Kok for ten. Night and day!
5. Be ready to experiment with food.
We visited many places. There is not much difference between the cheapest Michelin- starred restaurant in the world and a normal cafe in Hong Kong. That is why you shouldn't waste energy and just choose the first place you like. You can be quite lucky!
6. Take a night trip on the Aqua Luna Red Sail Boat with harbour view.
The cost is 200 HK per person for 45 minutes. It is not cheap, but this money you will get you a beautiful boat trip: amazing view, tasty vino and great emotions!
7. Who likes to start the day with coffee and cake?
In Hong Kong the best option is Starbucks and Mike’s chocolate cookies. Price for a big cup of coffee: 48 HK.
8. Visit Ocean Park or Disney Land.
Price to get into Ocean Park is 385 HK per person. The park opens at 10 AM and closes at 5 PM. Be ready to spend the whole day there! photo
This is it for today! More tips and stories from our trip will be shared in the next post. We will write about our visit to the Big Buddha and the monasteries.
If there is something in particular that you would like me to cover in the next post, or any questions related to Hong Kong, don't think twice, use the comment section bellow. I'll be happy to share.
Thank you for liking and sharing, and dream on!
'To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.'
Tons of love,
Mike & Yamilka.
How does not visiting the beach for a year feel like when you were born on an island?
It feels antinatural. The body feels thirsty. Deep down, one knows it's not possible to give up the pleasure one was once used to.
This has been my case. As I wrote in one of my previous post, I had real difficulty adapting to the Moscow weather. I even experienced the Blue Winter (seasonal affective disorder). I found myself in a situation in which I had no option other than packing my suitcases and flying off to Costa Rica in order to recover.
After all, being healthy is very important. We can't give much if we lack energy and emotions.
“Recognizing that you are not where you want to be is a starting point to begin changing your life.”
I realized I wasn't where I wanted to be, my body desperately craved those rays of light that usually make me smile, feel alive, awake, ready to do more than just expect someone to fill the emptiness that some circumstances provide.
E voila! Now that I am in Costa Rica, I spent the weekend on one of the beaches I hadn't visited in years. It felt like heaven. Despite it not being the most beautiful beach in the country, it does have incredible sunsets! Sunsets to dream of for years after.
I want to share with you the images I captured, as I am sure words can't describe its beauty!
However, before that there's one thing I want to tell you:
If you feel unhappy that you are not in the right place; if your heart is telling you that something needs to change for you to have the energy and enthusiasm for life that you deserve, please, don't be afraid to make a change. This is your life, you are one of the lucky ones that made it to this unique adventure that we call life. Only you know how you want to live it. And how you will live it will depend on what words you tell yourself, what reality you create.
You will never be alone no matter the choices. I repeat: you will never ever be alone if you believe so. Go for your dreams! Go for what gives you energy!
Now, enjoy the images, share your thoughts in the comments bellow and thank you very much for being part of the journey.
Playa Hermosa in Puntarenas, located just 8 kilometres from Jaco, is one of the best surfing spots for pros, offering one of the most reliable surfing experiences in the world.
Unfortunately, it is not the most recommended beach for swimming due to the strong waves; however, lying under a palm tree is always a taste of heaven.
One advantage of Playa Hermosa is that it's located at a short distance from the Capital, San Jose.
Waves at Playa Hermosa reach up to 13 feet in height, which is why, the beach hosts the International Quicksilver Surfing Championships every year in August, which attracts hundreds of expert surfers from all over the world.
In terms of accommodation, many people stay at Jaco beach and travel to Playa Hermosa, since there are more and cheaper options in Jaco, starting from hotels to restaurants and shops.
As for myself, I prefer to stay far from the crowd, enjoying the white sand beach of Playa Hermosa. A perfect place to watch the sunrise & sunset, and to lay down for some meditation.
I really hope you have enjoyed the pictures!
Which Beach in Costa Rica do you want me to write about in my next post? Leave your comment on the section down below and again, thank you for being the source of inspiration. Yes! you! the one who appreciate beauty!
Tons of love,
Caption: Beautiful Tuscany.
All my life I dreamed of visiting Italy. I started learning Italian when I was only 16. It sounded so beautiful to me. I was in love with Italian culture, especially their music, history and passion. I used to memorize all Italian songs I heard. By the age of 18, I could speak fluent Italian.
Visiting my favourite country in the world was not only a goal, it was my biggest dream at the time. Years later, my dream came true. I went to live in Florence, the heart of Italian Renaissance.
I could write pages and pages about the majestic Florence, but instead I am going to share a poem I wrote about Tuscany's countryside while I was there.
Perhaps because I was born in a small town, or maybe because I am a nature lover, I just know that Tuscany's countryside stole my heart. Mamma Mia!
(The poem is in Spanish. I'll make sure to publish the translation later.)
Caption: Lost in "Wondertuscany".
Paraíso engendrado de belleza tú eres,
Fresca brisa de amor inundada de color
en las tardes de verano.
Veo en tus entrañas, la flor que ríe
cuando el cielo abre sus puertas
para que nazca el sol.
Gala haces de ti misma
cuando te vistes de verde y amarillo,
e invitas a correr por tu cuerpo de elefante
a niños, ancianos y jóvenes.
Caption: Taken from a high point in Tuscany.
Envuelves en delicia los corazones
de quienes te ven lucir elegante y bella,
hechicera de la vida.
Caption: Poppies in Tuscany.
Señora naturaleza, dejas retoños por doquier,
los cipreses, las amapolas,
todas las flores perfumadas a embriagar el juicio
de quien conoce tu valía.
Caption: Me drinking fresh water.
Caption: Cypress trees in Tuscany.
Paraíso mágico tú eres,
cuando regalas tu luz en faroles que penden
decorando las inmortales noches que te habitan
o cuando los refulgentes ocasos
ciegan el alma del humano en centelleos
que arden muy dentro.
Caption: Sunset in Tuscany.
Caption: Sunflower field in Tuscany.
Caption: Tuscany landscape.
Quien no ha llorado por ti Toscana.
Quien no alucinaría contigo, tus olivos.
Caption: Olive trees in the heights of Tuscany's countryside.
Caption: Me falling asleep in the shade, in the quiet countryside of Tuscany.
Caption: A different view of Tuscany. I remember I had to stop the car to get this shot, so refreshing.
¿Y tus vinos?
huella del poeta romántico
que derramó en tus valles su amor.
Caption: The peaceful countryside of Tuscany.
Quien no viviría en ti,
en tus ojos de te quiero,
en tu rostro taciturno;
perfecto para callar mis miedos.
In those days, staying in the countryside gave me the feeling of having achieved something big, my first Big Dream. Being there, in the expansive and perfect nature, feeling alive, free.
I was staying in a rather peculiar house and there were no other houses in sight. The nights were noiseless and fresh, and during the days I explored the tiny roads, the local towns and the food festival, called 'Sagra'.
Era tutto così bello, un vero sogno ad occhi aperti!
Has a country ever stolen your heart? Which one was it?
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, for liking and for being my inspiration. I really appreciate your words!
Un caro saluto (with love),
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