This tiny island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean may appear to be a lonely place, but don't let that mislead you! There are tremendous rivers, rich valleys, glaciers, mountains, old lava fields, and bleak heights on this hyperactive island. The only thing that makes it tiny is its population of roughly 350 … Continue reading Iceland – the country known as Land of Fire and Ice.
In northwestern Venezuela, where the Catatumbo River meets Lake Maracaibo, a unique natural spectacle in the world can be seen almost every night. The phenomenon is known as the "Catatumbo Everlasting Lightning Storm", the "river of fire in the sky", the "Maracaibo Lighthouse" or the "eternal lightning in Catatumbo". The storm is not an odd … Continue reading Catatumbo Everlasting Lightning Storm, the unique phenomenon in the world that lasts for over 500 years
If I ask my child, of all the places we visited, which one he liked the most, he will answer me without hesitation: Japan! That's exactly what I feel. Japan amazes and delights you, equally, from the first to the last minute spent here. So … let's get started! Technology. Everyone knows that the Japanese … Continue reading Random thoughts and memories from Japan
Inscribed in 2018 (13.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity Rūkada Nātya is a type of drama performed using string puppets, traditionally to provide light entertainment and convey moral lessons to village communities. Rūkada Nātya is made up of groups of families belonging to or related to the line known … Continue reading Rūkada Nātya – traditional drama performed using string puppets in Sri Lanka
As many as 32 cultural practices have been added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) list of intangible cultural heritage this year. As of now, the committee boasts of 584 traditions that feature on the list from 131 countries. As per the reports, some of the practices that have been added … Continue reading New cultural practices added to the UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list in 2020
Caño Cristales (English: Crystal Channel) is a Colombian river located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta, and is a tributary of the Guayabero River. The river is commonly called the "River of Five Colors" or the "Liquid Rainbow," and is noted for its striking colors. Over the years some have said the … Continue reading Caño Cristales River in Colombia – “the river of five colors” or “liquid rainbow.”
Bagan in central Burma is one of the world’s greatest archeological sites, a sight to rival Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat but – for the time being at least – without the visitors. The setting is sublime – a verdant 26 square-mile plain, part-covered in stands of palm and tamarind caught in a bend of … Continue reading BAGAN,MYANMAR (BURMA): the city of ancient temples
Nagoro is a tiny Japanese village with one very notable feature: a life-sized doll population that outnumbers the human population nearly 10:1. The toy residents are the work of local Tsukimi Ayano, who began making doll replicas of her neighbors after they died or moved away. Once working in the garden, Tsukimi made the first … Continue reading Nagoro, Japan – the village with toy residents