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Yi Peng – The Beauty of the Floating Lantern Festival

Posted by on November 10th, 2012 in Asia, Destinations, Photos, Thailand | 29 comments

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha We were at the Yi Peng festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, also known as the Floating Lantern Festival. And while Yi Peng festival occurs at the same time as the better known Loi Krathong festival, it is a different festival with roots in the ancient Lanna kingdom. It was already quite late and dark, but as we lighted the torches surrounding us, the night grew brighter with the flames and everything felt warmer. We all sat down; the sea of orange flames stretching on indefinitely to each direction and we settled down for mediation, which, I do admit, is probably not that exciting if you haven’t really done any mediation before. I...

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Shanghai World Expo 2010 – Photo Essay

Posted by on August 14th, 2012 in Asia, China | 5 comments

On my 2010 trip to China I ended up in Shanghai after a night train from Beijing; and since this was in 2010, the Shanghai World Expo was on. And World Expo is one of those things I haven’t quite ever figured out, so naturally I was curious. They have this huge area where all the countries come in and build a building for themselves and then they fill it with things they want to showcase about their country. And then people pay to come in to see the buildings and the stuff in the buildings. Which actually is quite like all the national houses in London during the Olympics. They were expecting about 70 million people to visit. That’s over dozen times the population of Finland; and a lot more than the population of UK. That to me...

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London 2012 Olympics – One Londoner’s Rant

Posted by on August 9th, 2012 in England, Europe, London | 4 comments

So the Olympics; you probably have heard that they started a few weeks ago. And if you live in London or anywhere in the UK, then you’ve known about the Olympics for quite a while now; unless you’ve been living under a rock, a really big rock, in a forest, far away. And even then I think you would’ve known what’s happening. It’s been impossible to avoid Olympic news around here. They probably didn’t cover the 70 day and 8000 mile journey the torch took around UK as extensively outside UK as they did here. BBC has been telling us every day what the torch has been up to every day since it started its journey from Greece months ago. They’ve been trying to get everybody into the “Olympic mood”. And since the Olympics started, the BBC might as...

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Viva San Fermín! Viva Pamplona!

Posted by on July 19th, 2012 in Europe, Spain | 14 comments

[Not a valid template] I was drenched in wine, sangria, champagne and beer; I was soaked, all of us were. And the festival in Pamplona had only started an hour earlier. So what the hell is San Fermín about? Just a few hours earlier I had wandered in awe at the streets of Pamplona, looking at all the people wearing clean white clothes. Come to Pamplona during the festival and not dress in white, and you will stand out. [Not a valid template] [Not a valid template] So, if you come to Pamplona for the festival, just get some white clothes; mind you, I don’t recommend getting anything expensive. Or anything you’d like to wear after the festival for that matter. With the white outfit, you should wear a red sash and a red scarf, but you are not...

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Pamplona – a City Getting Ready to Party

Posted by on July 10th, 2012 in Europe, Spain | 9 comments

[Not a valid template] Pamplona, here I finally was. What had originally started as a random twitter chat with Jeannie from Nomadic Chick, had finally come to this. I was in Pamplona and the San Fermin festival was about to start in sixteen hours. [Not a valid template] But first things first; I had to find my accommodation. This was basically a flat of a friend of a friend of a friend kind of thing, as obviously staying in a hostel for the San Fermin festival would just be too easy. And by that I mean I was way too late to book anything. Forward planning again hadn’t been my strong point. My new flat was central; and as I later found out, it was actually right in the middle of the party. My flatmates were awesome; and one...

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