Beep. Beep. Beep. The emergency room monitors sliced through the fog of narcotics and anti-nausea medications. The IV in the crook of my arm made it impossible to get comfortable. My neck and head throbbed with a pain I had never experienced before. Over three days and the course of two ER visits, an MRI, a CAT scan, a few hits of intravenous morphine, and a few prescription bottles filled with muscle relaxers and Vicodin, I had become convinced: after this week, I would never, ever travel alone.
From tomato tossing to baby jumping, Spain is home to some of the weirdest local festivals in the world and barely a week goes by without a festival taking place in at least one area, with cities, towns and villages each celebrating in their own way.
We’ve put together a list of the top four most bizarre festivals in Spain which are guaranteed to leave you feeling shocked, excited and eager to snap up the next available plane ticket.
There’s a lot to celebrate in Autumn. Some of the festivals are regional, like local harvest and wine festivals, others are historical, like Columbus Day and Thanksgiving, and others seem to span regions and culture as well as religion – like Halloween. This holiday has its roots in a few different regional pagan celebrations, and the season also brings other celebrations and festivals honoring those no longer with us – whether a sweet celebration of ancestors, or a time to wander between worlds.
These three featured festivals are celebrated in other cultures with a similar reverence for that other world.
1 Dia de los Muertos, Mexico
The beautiful painted skulls from Mexico have been adopted more regularly as Halloween decorations here in the US and Europe, but they originally represented deceased ancestors. The “Day of the Dead” is celebrated in Latin America between October 31 and All Souls Day (2 November 2). It is a colorful festival in honor of the dead and is celebrated differently depending on your religion. According to the traditional belief the ancestors come to the land of the living at the end of the harvest season from the other world to visit, communicate, and be celebrated by the living. Even Spanish missionaries who wanted to abolish this practice have failed. Instead this just turned into the Christian holidays of All Saints and All Souls Days. Read More »
Summer time is around the corner and there are lots of events taking place in Sydney, enough to keep anyone busy (tourists and locals alike). Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but with the great weather there are lots of fun and free activities to take part in this spring.
Blackmores Running Festival
This festival is one of the most popular running events in Sydney, mainly due to the fact it has a course for every runner’s ability. There is a family fun run, a 9km run and for those running enthusiasts, there is a half marathon and a marathon. The half marathon sold out within record time this year as the run grows in popularity. For those in Sydney on the 21st/22nd of September, wave off to the runners in Bradfield Park, Milson’s point, the other side of the harbor bridge. The weather is set to be sunny and warm up so a great day to be out and about in Sydney.
Almost halfway between Boston and Portland, ME lies the small waterfront community called Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Founded in 1653 as a part of the Strawbery Banke settlement, it’s not a huge city today–the population seems to hover between 20-25,000 people. However, with its blend of historical quaintness and influx of modern restaurants and a lot of nightlife, it’s a great destination for a quick day or long weekend trip.
Everyone knows the basic stay-healthy tips for travelers: don’t drink water from bottles with a broken seal, don’t drink alcohol when you’re jet-lagged, wear rubber flip-flops in communal showers. Women have a few unique needs to consider when we’re on the road, but there’s no reason to be weighted down by lots of extra supplies or the blahs. Take care of your body so you can let travel take care of your mind.
Forget about the magnificent architectural wonders and prestigious art galleries that the Czech Republic is known for – a Prague-based tour company is offering tourists a bizarrely unique peak into the side of the city that most people are aware of but never get to see first-hand.
Corrupt Tour is a company which offers something entirely unique in the history of tourism in the form of corruption tour packages.
You didn’t think I’d leave Portland’s food and drink scene with just one post, did you? Of course not! We planned our day in Portland quite carefully in order to maximize our cuisine and bar enjoyment while minimizing pesky things like bloat (hey, we’re not 21 anymore). That doesn’t mean we didn’t get to try a lot of tantalizing treats and sips, though. Polish your glass and follow us on the second half of our journey through Portland, Maine.
When most people think of Rome, Italy, they think of amazing landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon and St Peter’s Basilica. These attractions are definitely a must-see, but what if you’ve visited the prestigious historical city several times? You can’t spend your days seeing the same things time and time again – no matter how fantastic they are.
If you’re eager to discover some places that don’t feature on the front covers of guide books, check out this list of underrated things to see and do in Rome.