Jardín Japonés Buenos Aires! Hablas español?

Jarín Japonés in Buenos Aires Argentina!

Buenos Aires is a vibrant and huge city. With its different neighbourhoods, parks, museums, shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants, bars it is a must do! I have stayed a total of 2 month there and had a blast.

You will find many places to relax for such a busy city. parks to lay down, read a book and forget about the traffic noise.

 

I would recommend you going in the morning, it will be colder and less crowded. In January February it can get 35 up to 40 degrees Celsius like 95 – 104 F.

One of the parks is called Jardín Japonés and he is located in the neighbourhood Palermo near Recoleta. You need to pay a little entrance fee but in my opinion it is worth it!

The Park was completed in 1967 and opened on the occasion of the visit of the Japanese Crown Prince Akihito and his wife Michiko.

Within you will find a Buddhist temple, a cultural centere, a restaurant, a greenhouse known for its collection of bonsai trees, and a souvenir shop.

There is a big lake in the middle of the Park with two red bridges. Beautiful plants, a little waterfall in the middle and a lot of fish swimming around. The park is home to a lot of typical plants of South America.

 

Palermo is the place to be if you are looking to party and have a fun night out with friends in Buenos Aires!  Also you will find parks like this picture, with beautiful flowers. 

Like always I will keep you posted! Thanks for reading my blogs!

With best regards David!

 

 

One day at Cali Colombia, City of Salsa

A day in Cali!

I rented an apartment near the city centre. That day I woke up around 8 o’clock. I made my breakfast like always, eggs, ham, toasts and a coffee.

I payed 160 dollars for 7 night and my friends almost 400 dollars. So check out https://de.airbnb.com/ if you’re interested in renting an apartment. It is normally even cheaper than a hotel in South America!

At 10 am I met my friends that stayed at the sheraton hotel close by, which was to expensive for my taste. But of course I used there Rooftop Pool!

Hotel Four Points by Sheraton Cali, nice rooms, breakfast and near to all the good streets, with bars, restaurants etc.

 

Here the view from the Rooftop Pool!

 

At 10.15 we started our City tour with a little bus up the hill to the Cristo Rey Statue. It kind of reminds me of the one in Rio de Janeiro.

The view over the city, must be nice at night!

So from there we drove to the city centere to see the Catpark. In 2006 there was held a contest between different artists that had to create a design for one of those cats. It is a relaxing place next to the river.

Here some pictures of those cats

Salsa Caleña, Capital of Salsa

Cali is the world capital of salsa because here the dancers of the 60s and 70s (Salsa dancers) risked to speed up the salsa music a little, because they felt it was slow. So since that time Cali is famous for its salsa Caleña.

Within the City you will find this monument for salsa. Las trompetas de niche. If you walk under it, you are able to listen to the different stages of the creation of a salsa song.

MUST DO! SALSA

So if you are in Cali, you have to dance Salsa! There are a couple places to take Salsa classes.

The Viajero Hostel offers free Salsa lessons and a nice pool, included in the Price! Of course there are Salsa clubs all over the City to enjoy a night out in this vibrant city. http://www.elviajerohostels.com/categorias/hostels/contenido/el-viajero-cali

 

After a long day we visited two churches near the centere. The Iglesia la Ermita was in my opinion a really beautiful one.

Iglesia la Ermita

Of course we needed to eat some traditional food so we got some Empanadas and ended the day with a nice meal in a trendy restaurant.

Empanadas what?

But what are Empanadas? An empanada is a fried or baked pastry in Latin America.  Empanada comes from the Spanish word empanar that literally means enbreaded.  Normally they are stuffed with meat or cheese, corn and other ingredients. Just amazing and a must try if you visit South America!

 

Wedding Day!

Also that week was the weeding of a good friend of mine. He married a wonderful girl from Cali. I had to dance Salsa with all of her friends and family. In this picture you can see, where the ceremony took place.

I will keep you posted with more stories of my travels and pictures I took along the way.

With best regards David

The Brahmavihara-Arama Temple

brahmavihara-arama

We explored the Brahmavihara-Arama Temple in the north of Bali.  This temple is also known under the name of Vihara Buddha Banjar. We where the only tourists exploring it at the time we arrived. The North is not as popular as the south but it has so many gems to offer. The Brahmavihara-Arama is a buddhist temple and is still in use as a meditation center.

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How to get to the Brahmavihara-Arama Temple?

The Temple is situated in the North of Bali, Indonesia. It is built on a hill, overlooking the city of Banjar. The temple is actually not that easy to find so make sure to visit it with a guide or a driver who really knows how to get there. You can try it by yourself but driving with gps is recommended because there are no roadsigns showing the way up the hill to the temple.

Brahmavihara-Arama temple

this is me in front of a temple statue

Where to stay?

We stayed at a hotel close to the center of Ubud and not right in the jungle. There are tons of options. From Ubud we went on a tour to the temple.

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What is special there?

Like i wrote before, this is not a very popular tourist spot. At the time we visited the temple there were only one or two other tourists visiting. The Buddhist buildings are very unique and the meditation rooms built in a simple and minimalistic design. The architecture is a bit Hinduism influenced because of the main religion in Bali. This place is really recommended if you are interested to learn more about Buddhism.

Vihara Buddha Banjar

The door to the jungle in a meditation room.

Brahmavihara-Arama

inside view of the Brahmavihara-Arama temple

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

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Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

ulun danu bratan

The Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is a Hindu watertemple in the heart of Bali, Indonesia. "Pura" means temple in indonesian. So in english: "Ulun Danu Bratan Temple". The temple is well known for its unique traditional architecture. the temple is built on a vulcan lake and the water of the lake is declared as holy.

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How to get to the Ulun Danu Bratan Temple?

The Temple is situated in the Center of Bali, Indonesia. It is built on the Bratan lake. It is 1200 m .a.s.l in the mountains of Bali. Rent a scooter, join a tour or get there with a taxi. there are plenty of parking lots next by the temple area.

pura ulun danu bratan

me in front of the dragon protecting the temple

Where to stay?

We stayed at a hotel close to the center of Ubud and not right in the jungle. There are tons of options. From Ubud we went on a tour to the temple.

Check it out here

What is special there?

The temple has its unique traditional architecture. The thin stacked roofs reach out to the sky out of the Bratan lake. The shore around the temple is stocked with beautiful flowers. There are statues of dragons which protect the temple. You can go on a boat trip around the temple for another perspective from the lake. The park next to the Pura Ulun Danu Beratan temple is also worth to stroll through. Trees, flowers and Statues. This spot is really worth a visit.

pura ulun danu bratan

bear statue

Posing with the statues in the Park.

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

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The Tegalalang Rice Terrace

tegalalang rice terrace

we explored the famous Tegalalang rice terrace. back in the days it was simply used to farm rice. Nowadays it is mainly a tourist spot. but why? because the layers of the rice fields are very aestethic! The terrace are close to Ubud in Bali, Indonesia.

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How to get to the Tegalalang Rice Terrace?

Ubud is situated in the center of Bali, more or less in the middle of the Jungle. Bali has its own airport in Denpansar which is 1 hour and 20 min car drive away from and to Ubud. From Ubud you will get to the Tegalalang Rice Terrace by Scooter or Car in just 20 minutes. There are several parking possibilaties, beware of coffee vendors trying to scam you. Watch the scam vlog here:

In Ubud you will find a lot of Tourism offices which offer a guided tour to the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. I can recommend to compare prices and the details of the tours.

tegallalang rice terrace drone

Where to stay?

We stayed at a hotel close to the center of Ubud and not right in the jungle. There are tons of options.

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What is special there?

Those Rice terraces are in real ways to plant rice in Bali. there are several other rice terraces. The Tegalalang is simply one of te most famous ones. The layers of rice plantation makes this places so special and aesthetic. So it attracts thousands of tourists every month. between the rice plants is water and sometimes you can even see fishes swimming aroud in there.

bali jungle

Exploring this amazing plantation site.

rice terrace

Birds view on the Terrace

About Bali

Bali is one of the Islands in the southern part of Indonesia. Mostly there is tropical warm weather on the Island. The Island has an airport in the capital city of Denpasar which is situated in the South of Bali. The most beautiful month on Bali is September and the Rainy Season lasts from the end of november until the end of march. Most people speak balinese or indonesian on the island. We travelled Bali for a month. We landed in Denpasar in the south of Bali and went up to the north. We stayed in places like Nusa Dua, Canggu, Ubud and Pemuteran.

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Cloudforest of Singapore

cloudforest singapore

One of the most important spots in Singapore is Gardens by the Bay with its Cloudforest. Its an artificial forest which makes you feel walking through a forest of the future. We were for the first time in Singapore and super excited to explore this place.

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How to get there?

Singapore is a country and city in the continent of Asia. It has a economically stable situation and is home for a lot of big companies situated in the city of Singapore. This brings cheap flights because of the business infrastructure. Singapore has its own airport and from there you get to almost every corner of the city with the metro. The metro works great and the prices are good. Feel free to grab a taxi in to the city and Uber and Grab are often used and accepted.

Find your way to Gardens by the bay or take the metro right to the station so called. The Gardens are beautiful to walk through and after a couple of minutes walking you will arrive to the Cloudforest. Close is also the Flowerdome or the Skywalk, also famous attractions.

cloudforest gardens by the bay

this is me standing in a catacomb of the Cloudforest overlooking the Singapore.

Where to stay?

The most famous hotel of Singapore is probably the Marina Bay Sands. It is known for its infinity pool with a breathtaking view on the city. We stayed at a hotel close to the center but a more affordable one! click on this Link or watch the video log i filmed there.

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What is special about the Cloudforest?

The Cloudforest is an artificial construction full of plants and an waterfall under a huge glass dome. It is really impressive to walk through and you can walk all the way up on a passage high above the ground and enjoy this futuristic place from different perspectives. It is an amazing adventure! 

cloudforest

the view from a skybridge inside of the Cloudforest.

How much does it costs?

You can enter the Gardens by the Bay for free which is cool because you will experience a couple of statues formed with plants. To enter the Cloudforest you have to buy a ticket. The price for the entrance for an adult is: 28 Singapore Dollar. With this ticket you can also enter the Flower dome right besides it.

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