Sri Lanka has plenty to offer from tropical beach vibes, cool surfing spots to amazing wildlife, lush tea plantations and colonial architecture. It’s only a small island but its biodiversity is really incredible and the ease of travelling around to witness the changing landscape is an enormous advantage.
In the past 10 years, Sri Lanka has certainly flourished as a tourist destination but it’s important to mention that it’s still not as developed as some spots in Southeast Asia. The country opened up to visitors since the end of the civil war with more flights and various accommodation options ranging from family guesthouses and bungalows to surfer hostels and mountain-view hotels. You won’t find any high-rises with fancy rooftop bars, Sri Lanka has a more laid back atmosphere and is a perfect destination for people who love to embrace a local vibe at slow pace.
When visiting Malaysia, it’s great to spend some time among lush landscapes of Cameron Highlands, a hilly region on the westernmost edge of Pahang state. It was British explorer Sir William Cameron, who was the first one to discover these heights in 1885. Mild climate of that area was perfect to start the tea and strawberry plantations as well as turn it, back then, into the holiday destinations for prosperous Brits. Here are my recommendations for anyone, who is planning to visit the area.
Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain. – Jack Kerouac
Visiting Vietnam back in 2013 that was like a prelude to my trip around Asia. I knew that I want to explore more of this incredible continent during a sabbatical.
My solo travels took me through 10 countries, from Japan all the way down to Indonesia. Since I managed to keep a travel diary, you can read about some of my adventures. I haven’t covered all of my extensive travels though. Maybe one day?
Whenever travelling I like to be on a lookout for places for art lovers – here’s my latest selection of museums and galleries.
Visiting Dongdaemun Design Plaza designed by starchitect Zaha Hadid and Samoo Architects was one of my highlights when in Seoul. This neofuturistic building with its amazing curving was my love at first sight. I wish I had more time actually to appreciate its spatial beauty. Design Museum, which is located at the center of the DDP is a perfect place for anyone who wants to learn more about the latest design trends in the world and in Seoul. Experiencing future through design can certainly happen there! DDP is an absolute must when traveling to Seoul.
The Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Daelim Museum located in the residential neighbourhood of Tongui-dong, near historic Gyeongbokgung Palace, is a small but mighty creative and cultural space. It focuses on photography, design and a range of other fields where the everyday becomes art. Highly recommended to all creative junkies! Continue Reading
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.