Last year I shared the news about the new issue of the fanzine while in cold and snowy Beijing. This year I am in sunny Lisbon so it only seems appropriate that I contributed with another piece about travelling to the Juice #04 Fanzine.
Discovering or revisiting.. some things do not change but together with the team behind the Juice we always value new takes and perspectives on certain topics and we have the urge to approach stories from angles that let us explore and connect. Read on and have a sneak peek into the contents of the new fanzine.
The Juice #04 Fanzine
Spending few months in my hometown was a chance to rediscover this city, reconnect with friends and family and find many great places to eat and drink that were totally new to me. I am certain that whenever back in town I will be revisiting many of them.
Start is one of my favourite local places. It is a perfect choice for lunch or dinner and will please both vegans and meat eaters. I am still dreaming about the taste of their lentil shepherd’s pie and do not even get me started on a selection of cakes. Fantastic flavours, reasonable prices, friendly staff plus this place is located not too far away from the city center. Could it get any better?
Start Restauracja Poznan
Writing out a wish
Japan, although so well-known for its technological advancements is certainly a country where modernity and tradition meet and coexist. Shinto shrines are places of worship and intense calm that let people find sense of spirituality even in the urban jungle of Tokyo.
It is not unusual to see people praying outside of the main building of the shrine, which is used for the safekeeping of sacred objects but there are also places across Japan where rocks, trees, and mountains can act as shrines. It is all about this special connection between natural landscape and the spirits known as kami.
A Shinto custom that sparked my interest was writing out wishes and prayers on ema, small wooden plaques. I loved the idea and beautiful designs of these wishing plaques that I came across during my stay in Japan.
Meiji Shrine, although located in Shibuya, in one of Tokyo’s busy districts, is hidden in a heart of a tranquil forest.
My first sleeper train ride during this trip was very comfortable so I arrived in Xian rested and full of energy to explore the capital city of Shaanxi Province, a place with important ancient past and once eastern departure point of the Silk Road.
I included a visit to Xian in my travel plans to see the famous Terracotta Army. I first found out about Emperor Qin Shi Huang and his warriors back in 2008 when the British Museum organised and presented The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army exhibition in London. With the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing that year China was on everyone’s lips and there were many cultural events and significant media coverage dedicated to this blockbuster exhibition. Learning about this archaeological discovery and the Emperor, who wanted to rule in the afterlife was incredible and I promised myself that one day I will go to China to admire this impressive site.
The Terracotta Army
Dumplings, noodles and 40 days in China! My plan was to try a variety of dishes, snacks and drinks. Shanghai was my first stop on the culinary map of this huge country and I was happy to spend time with my friend Shen Nan, a passionate foodie, who introduced me to some Shanghai food classics.
Shengjian mantou is a type of small, pan-fried dumpling, which is a specialty of Shanghai. They are slightly bigger than other Chinese dumplings that I tried before and except a filling include hot broth. Soft top and crispy base were tasty and a perfect combination. Just be careful as fried dumplings get very hot and kind of addictive.