Russia: After the transsiberian (photo story)
While Russians look so serious, the architecture is probably one of the most playful that I’ve seen. Here’s a photo story of my short trip there. From the excited dinner in Cafe Pushkin after the four day transsiberian, to the subway sight seeing, then the free Moscow tour, Red Square, Kremlin, moving on to Saint Petersburg, St. Isaac Cathedral, and Winter Palace.
Patagonia: El Chalten
Oh we love El Chalten. You can do day hikes and there’s no park fee and Fitz Roy is beautiful. When somebody tells you this with excitement in their voice and sparkle in their eyes, and you still do otherwise, there must be something wrong with you right? I know this because once upon a time I decided to ignore the sparkle in somebody’s eyes.
Transsiberian: Where to stop along the way
While the main (and probably longest at approximately 7 days) transsiberian route runs from Moscow to Vladivostok, there are other branching routes which goes through China and Mongolia. I would say doing the whole Moscow-Vladivostok vv train is quite extraordinary but I’ll probably be train exhausted in the other end. So the tolerable version is to make stops along the way and enjoy some scenery.
Chile: The Atacama
The Atacama Desert. To some, it’s the driest place on earth. To others, a stargazer’s junction. To me, it’s Mars. It looks so much like it! Not that I’ve been to Mars already. But my imagination has and I think Mars is a perfect description to Atacama Desert.
Arequipa: Trekking Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon is found in south Peru. It is closest to Arequipa city which is about 16 hours away by bus from Lima. Three volcanoes surround the city: El Misti, Chachani, and PichuPichu, and two of those are possible to climb.
Patagonia: Torres del Paine for a non hiker
It was early November when I got to Puerto Natales, Chile. The nearest city to The Torres del Paine. It was this that made me decide to see the region. Go ahead and google images “Torres del Paine” and prepare to be amazed.
Getting a Russian visa in Manila
First of all, here’s Russian embassy’s general visa information. The requirements you want to know are listed in there along with the visa parameters you want to be aware of. Below is just a story of how I got mine.
Street art: Sao Paulo, Valparaiso, Bogota
Three cities in three countries. Sao Paulo, Valparaiso, and Bogota. All have something in common – street art. Now I’m not an expert on this subject. I don’t even know the difference between graffiti, mural, street art, and urban art. But I like free and I like art so there’s that. And when the morning came, I put on my shoes and started walking.