Friday, 17 November 2017

A Day in Bahía Solano

I landed at José Celestino Mutis Airport in the Afro-Colombian coastal town of Bahia Solano with my girlfriend and a handful of other tourists. It was warmer and more humid than Medellin,the mountainous city from which I was traveling, but completely bearable. I was the only gringo in sight (perhaps the entire town) with the rest of the travelers being Colombians. This surprised me since this place was billed as a popular tourist destination, but I never minded being the only English-speaker in a crowd.


The makeshift “airport” threw me for a loop as well - it looked like it had been constructed over the weekend. The ad hoc nature of the airport wound up being a good thing, as we shuffled through the most cursory of security checks, a breath of fresh air compared to the enhanced interrogation travelers are accustomed to in the USA. After exiting the airport we were met by a boy of about 16 who took us on a thirty minute ride in his “Tuc Tuc” (a mini taxi of sorts) to a dock, where we would wait for a dinghy to take us to our cabin.

What struck me the most about the locals was their uniform stoicism. Conversations I struck up with the folks went on without any noticeable facial reactions or any physical reaction at all, really, which was striking since Colombians are known for their expressiveness. You soon understand their nature. Bahia Solano exists completely out of time. For one thing, I didn’t come across an internet connection the entire trip, which was like kicking an addiction at first, but was ultimately a refreshing experience. Very little happens, and so there is very little to react to. Everyone goes at their own pace, which happens to be the same pace for everyone – methodical and non-reactive with a thousand-mile stare.

After docking our dinghy we walked a short distance to the location of our cabin at the Playa de Oro Lodge. We checked in with the owner (Gabriel) of the resort, which consisted of a dozen or so cabins. The resort was very clean and I dare say modern compared to the other lodgings we had passed on our boat ride. Somehow there was only one other guest at the resort, a bashful young man from Bangladesh wearing a cowboy hat.

It was early afternoon and we were ready for lunch. As the only clients at the lodge’s restaurant, service was fast and friendly. We were served a dish I learned to be common on the coast – fresh grilled tuna, salad, coconut rice, and plantain chips. To say the dining options were limited would be an understatement, but when you realize how isolated you are, you quickly become grateful for the quality of the meals at the resorts.

After finishing lunch we still had several hours of daylight. We made our way to the expansive beach, which was right outside the resort. Like the restaurant and the resort, we had the beach entirely to ourselves. Not even the Bengali man in the cowboy hat was in sight. The beach being devoid of visitors meant it was exceedingly clean. The massive waves coming from Pacific Ocean was a sight to behold. Indeed, we had been warned not to go too deep into the ocean, since recently some overly-ambitious swimmers had found the waves to be more treacherous than they had thought. We spent hours alternating between enjoying the crashing waves and retreating back to the beach to lie down.

As the sun set we returned to our cabin and showered, ready for a light dinner and some drinks. Grilled chicken was the main course, which we would grow to appreciate amongst the ubiquity of seafood on the coast. We asked Gabriel, who doubled as our waiter, if he could rustle up a bottle of rum for us. He disappeared into the night, and returned thirty minutes later with a bottle he had procured from someone else, somewhere.
 
We had several drinks as Gabriel shuffled through his aimless but charming mix of 80’s ballads and classic salsa. I think he was enjoying our company and the evening as much as we were. We danced and enjoyed the solitude as if we were the only people on Earth, which we may as well have been in Bahía Solano. Gabriel’s mix ended and we were left listening to the eternal and steady crash of the waves, inviting us to do it all over again tomorrow.

Find the place for your perfect day in Bahía Solano, and create your own adventure.

(From Doug Grenne (Andrea Ramirez))

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

We go to Italy for Pizza, travel and more

Italy with long history, is very famous for Pizza, however Italy also has many famous tourist attractions and cultural relics, such as Pompeii, Capri Island, Sicanian and so on.

Pompeii, a lost old city due to volcanic eruption , it’s said to use sheep’s gut as condoms. Pompeii tell us what is the past life.  Capri Island owns beautiful blue sea water and the blue hole called Grotta Azzurra; local sea view rooms are always white, maybe because blue seawater and green island. In this island you needn’t do anything but enjoy fine food and beautiful scenery.

Sicanian is also an island, which consists of the cultures of Spaniards, Greeks and Arabs, very quiet, peaceful and carefree. Sicanian with a small population is a tourist area now because of ancient art like Teatro Greco, natural scenery and seascape, of which Taormina is a major scenic spot; local slow life is also something truly enviable. Sicanian seems owning too many world heritages…

Author: Lisa
Besides, The pictures are from Here.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Seychelles was a European aristocratic resort

Seychelles enjoys a reputation as a tourist paradise, was formerly a European aristocratic resort. Although geographically belonging to Africa, but separated from the African continent; located in the Indian Ocean, but far from the hurricane zone. The island is rich of a variety of magical animals and plants, but no toxic or no animals that attack human.

Seychelles are highly conscious of environmental protection. Any tree which will be cut must be reported to the Ministry of Environment for approval; besides, in order to protect tropical fish, not only to prohibit fishing, tourists always are told not to pick up shells. The island has the world's smallest natural heritage "May Valley", very famous for more than 7,000 sea coconut trees, the most prominent is the sea coconut tree king 35 meters high. In addition to sea coconut trees, there are many unique flora and fauna in the world.

The endangered black parrot is the national bird of Seychelles, with very mildly sweet warble, only visible here in the world. And there is a strange tree called LatanyenLat, which trunk is about 5 meters above the ground, but its hard roots about 5 cm thick, deeply obliquely insert into the soil to support the whole tree, and so on. Besides, the world's third-ranked beach: the Beauvallon Bay of Seychelles is also the holy land of European tourists…… Seychelles, very hot throughout the year, it is recommended to bring some sunscreen with more than SPF30+, straw hat and sunglasses.

The photos are from Link 1 and Link 2, Link 3.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Palau has all kinds of corals

Palau is located in the western Pacific Ocean, more than 700 miles from south of Guam, composed of more than 300 volcanic islands and coral islands. Palau as a tourist attraction, owns the world's unique gold non-toxic jellyfish lake, where the gold jellyfish looks like golden overlooking the sea, but it is orange if taking a closer look. In addition, local magic marine creatures giant clam: huge live giant clam, more than 100 years old, so far it’s the world's largest marine shellfish, up to 2 meters long. Finally, Palau has all kinds of corals, beautiful and amazing.

Palau has 5 major coral areas, various species and countless. Hard coral area: here covers all kinds of large hard corals, shapes and colors are unpredictable, such as the heart-shaped sea anemone coral, the large coral shaped like a brain and gleaming silver, the mushroom head coral, etc., also beautiful tropical fish swim around… Soft coral area: soft corals are more colorful than hard corals, they swing with the water, here seems bottomless; please pay attention to soft corals, some of them are toxic, so don’t stamp on it.

The major fault area in North Island: the inside is a coral garden 3 meters deep, on the cliffs growing all kinds of corals, very lush, such as blue coral and the golden coral shaped like glossy ganoderma. The colorful finger-like coral area and the giant rose coral area: the finger-like corals with different colors and shapes, such as the small red pink corals with many small spines, and some strange shapes of corals without names, as well as groups of large fish. Palau is the world's best place to enjoy corals, attracting many travelers each year.
gold non-toxic jellyfish lake
gold non-toxic jellyfish lake

The pictures are from Link 1, Link 2 and Link 3.