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Tag: UNESCO

Scotland: Where the warmth meets the cold

Scotland: Where the warmth meets the cold

Although I had some pretty high expectations of Scotland, I was still surprised my how much I loved it there. In many ways, the scenery reminded me of New Zealand: rolling green hills dotted with white sheep, u-shaped valleys and mountains surrounded by a beautiful […]

Paraty & Ihla Grande

Paraty & Ihla Grande

Paraty (pronounced Parachee) is a pleasant, colonial town (and a UNESCO heritage site) situated on the Costa Verde which lies on the coastline of Rio de Janeiro state. Its historic centre, in which no cars are allowed, consists of cobblestoned streets and pretty historic buildings. […]

Campeche, Campeche

Campeche, Campeche

My friend and I had decided to visit Campeche, a city anointed with UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999 for its well-preserved city walls and colonial architecture, prior to going to Mexico. We decided to go there rather than Merida, the famous gateway to Chichen […]

Welcome to the Jungle: the curse of Palenque

Welcome to the Jungle: the curse of Palenque

The best word to describe Palenque? Shrouded. The awesome ruin is shrouded in mystery, in jungle and, now my friend and I believe, in a curse. We stayed in El Panchan, a group of budget accommodations in the jungle, 2 km from the Palenque archaeological […]

Oh, Oaxaca!

Oh, Oaxaca!

Of all the places I was planning to visit in Mexico, Oaxaca City was the one I was most interested in seeing. When I was deciding whether to go to Mexico, my friend, who has travelled extensively through Mexico and Central America, asked me what […]

Mexico City: a pleasant surprise

Mexico City: a pleasant surprise

I generally do not do big cities very well. I deplore the crowds, the pollution and the general claustrophobic nature of them. With a population of 21 million in the metropolitan area, Mexico City fits the definition of a big city. This. coupled with Mexico […]

Indonesia – Java

Indonesia – Java

These are the main things I knew about Indonesia before I visited. 1) It is one of the most natural disaster-prone areas in the world: earthquakes, volcano eruptions, tsunamis all occur here. 2) It is the fourth most populous country in the world with its […]

Cambodia

Cambodia

Cambodia was the Southeast Asian country I was most looking forward to visiting. In the end, I was very glad to have visited but also relieved to leave. Rural Cambodia is lovely while urban Cambodia is thought-provoking, depressing and angering. This is a country trying […]

Viet Nam

Viet Nam

I had some trepidation about visiting Vietnam. I was warned that it would be similar to China in terms of hawking, touts, impatience and aggression, and considering the hard time I had in China, I wasn’t sure about subjecting myself to all that stress again. […]

Laos – Land of Sabaidee!

Laos – Land of Sabaidee!

Everytime I hear the word Laos I think of a hilarious scene from King of The Hill. An Asian family has just moved next door to Hank Hill. He and his friends approach the family and the following ensues: Hank: So are you Chinese or […]