Mini Guide: Mauritius
Mauritius is a beautiful sun kissed island that is just 1,865 km in size. It is
located 2000 km off the Southern coast of Africa
and has its origins in as the result of a volcano. The people are of
a mix between Europeans, Indian and African and are known as indo Mauritians.
English is the language of the country though a type of broken French
known as patios is used in rural areas. The capital city is Port
Louis and is an actual
shipping Port. The religion is predominantly Hindu.
Mini Guide: Milan
Go thereIt's the door to the rest of Italy. Get on a train after a
day in Milan and head to many of the other historic cities Italy has to
Best time to come is in Spring.
To Get There
Many of the travelers flying to Italy stop in Milan first, because there
are many cheap flights to this financial hub. From the Malpensa airport
take the 50 minute shuttle bus that leaves every 20 mins to the Central
Station; either check your bags at the station or hop on the metro to
get to your hotel. There are 4 metro lines and a ride costs 1 Euro, pick
up your ticket at one of the machines in the Metro. Once you get to the
historic center, you can pretty much tour the city on foot.
Downtime in Budapest:Teahouses,
baths and Baroque
Sultry Budapest is filled with secrets. While it is beautiful to the eye,
it is the unexpected that captures the heart. Unmarked doors lead down
into busy bars filled with music. Dilapidated buildings hold elegant turn
of the century coffeehouses. Nothing in Budapest should be taken at face
value, especially on a snowy late December day. Arm yourself with a good
map and a copy of The Budapest Sun and let the city slowly unfold. Continue
Smokin' Sadhus: India's
wandering holy men make puffing hash their sacred ritual
half-naked man pushes back his orange turban and getsdown to work. He
breaks off chunks of hash and mixesthem with tobacco in his bony fingers,
then dumps the contents into a chillum (conical clay pipe). The flaming
wooden match lights up the painted lines on his forehead as he shouts,
"Bom Shiva!" and starts puffing away, his head disappearing
behind a cloud of smoke. After two massive lungfulls, he passes the pipe
on to his brethren, more thin men dressed in a minimum of cloth, with
long beards, matted hair, and a happily glazed look in their eyes. Continue
A Trinidad Adventure - Rough Terrain, Gentle People
friends ask me about my three-day Trinidad adventure hiking the rainforest,
I come up with opposites: some of the roughest terrain I've ever hiked
and some of the gentlest, warmest people I've met in a long time.
Arriving in Trinidad at night, we drove through the rainforest before
settling into a rough lodge to sleep. In the dark, I saw nothing of what
would greet me the next day: a mosaic of brilliant colors, tropical flowers,
so many shades of green I couldn't count them, birds singing loudly, varieties
of vegetation I had never seen, a praying mantis measuring at least 4
inches-maybe 6 (!)-and a group of school children in bright blue tunics
and shirts, the girls with red ribbons in their hair.
Being Welcomed in Ghana
My first impressions of Ghana were 1. The wave of the heat when getting
off the plane, after leaving a Country that had known nothing worth calling
Summer that year; 2. The noise and apparent chaos; 3. the overwhelming
hospitality of all the Ghanaians I met, from the Immigration Officers,
to the taxi drivers, to my host family. I soon got used to the heat, I
warmed instantly to the locals, made many friends, and relaxed into the
Ghanaian way of life. I have never felt so safe as a lone female in a
capital city as in Accra. However, as a white person, I really looked
out of place, and attracted attention wherever I went, especially in the
rural areas. This sometimes became tiresome if I wanted to be on my own
for while. Continue
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The World's Cheapest Destinations:
21 countries you definitely can afford to visit in 2003!
traveling overseas can be expensive, but only to get there. The key to
living well abroad is not airline specials, discount hotel vouchers, or
finding the cheapest restaurant in Rome or Paris. The way to really travel
well without spending your life savings is to go to where your first world
dollars are worth a fortune. For the price of a bed in a tiny dorm in
Japan you can get a beautiful double room in a hotel with a pool in many
parts of Southeast Asia. For the price of dinner for two in western Europe,
you could pig out for a whole week in Indonesia, Nepal or India. For the
$7.50 you'd pay for one beer in a bar in Oslo,
you could buy a round of beers for yourself and about ten friends in Istanbul,
Prague, or Saigon. (Rome hotels, flights to Paris). Continue
Handbooks--Nicaragua Why so Many travelers
are discovering this "black sheep of Central America"
the black sheep of Central America, is sorely misunderstood in the world.
Since disappearing from the headlines in the early 1990s, life in Nicaragua
has moved steadily forward, leaving behind in the rest of the world's
mind only the olive-clad images of the war-torn '80s. But this is not
a nation of perpetual crisis! The Revolution and ensuing civil war that
ended in 1990, now make up one more chapter in the nation's tumultuous
history, and their recent memory adds grit to the reality of being in
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Fiji's Forgotten North
They call it Fiji's "Forgotten North" but once you've
been here, you'll find it unforgettable.
Many international travellers are familiar with the glamorous resorts
of the Coral Coast of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu, where the
capital and international airport are located, and the castaway
getaways on the offshore Mamanuca islands.
most miss the persuasive and insidious charms of the northeastern
part of the archipelago. Eco-tourism and "soft" adventure
seem to be the current sweetheart notions of every third world nation-in-the-sun
as the west's travel consultants hustle to provide increasingly
offbeat answers to their affluent customers'
strident cry: "Where is there that's new to go?
Maravu Plantation Resort, on Taveuni, is a boutique-style marriage
of intimacy, immaculate quality and attentive, unobtrusive staff.
Each of the 10 well-appointed bures that lie scattered about the
working, 54-acre copra plantation is named for a flower. Vuni Tarawau
(one of three
Soft adventure package for 7 nights in a Deluxe Bure including
all meals, all resort activities, (horseback riding, mountain
biking, snorkeling, kayaking and more), transfers from/to Taveuni
all taxes and six half or full day adventure trips. Additional
nights $US285 per person, diving $US70 per person/day for two
bures) has an outside shower, made private by a stone wall surrounding
a lava-rock floor and a sunning deck with its own banana tree.
The white-sand beach (where the dive team awaits to guide you
to some of the world's best coral) is a pleasant downhill walk
through a grassy palm grove (signs warn walkers to beware of falling
can be local coral trout or an exotic Fijian take on international
cuisine. The service,
Plantation & Beach Resort Fiji
West Coast Road
Taveuni Island, NF Fiji
Phone: 679 888 0555
Fax: 679 888 0600
by girls from the nearby village,
is friendly and helpful.
The resort is also a good base for eco-exploration (bird-watching,
flower-spotting, mountain hiking).
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