Japan is known by some as the land of strange where cultural shocks abound. Techie geek culture, rental kimonos, awesome infrastructure, colorful neons, and silent temples. It is. But all of these only hit you when you get there. You can read manga, look at animes and listen to music. It’s not the same, you just need to be there, I’d say visit it at least once in your lifetime.
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I get a feeling that a lot of us have already used Airbnb to book an apartment or a room whenever we travel. So I am always a bit surprised when I meet the occasional reluctant person. Not that there’s anything wrong with it. But I just thought by now anyone has tried it once.
Our last day in New York was probably one of the best too. Not only because the weather was so good but we got to see a lot of iconic places. Plus, as it happened on almost every day, we stumbled upon some cool places that even though were not a priority, they deserved a spot on our lists.
Last year has been amazing travel wise. It brought so many wonderful opportunities that we just couldn’t miss. And Switzerland was just one of those. My best friend from third grade got married (YAY!) and we couldn’t be more happy to witness the happy event. She’s always said I had to visit but there’s always been something else interfering. This time there was nothing that could stop me from going 🙂
One of the things I loved about our trip to New York was how we got to have a plan for almost each day. I hadn’t actually had the time to make an itinerary beforehand and I got a bit of FOMO. But it turned out I didn’t have any reasons at all.
One of the biggest street art “galleries”, a huge open-air collection of street art is in NYC Brooklyn, more specific the area known as Bushwick Collective. This area expanded a lot in recent years, and Brooklyn is the most representative neighborhood for this type of art in New York. You will notice many murals spread in Manhattan streets as well, but this is a sort of organized area where local or international artists paint, spray or decorate.
Our second day in New York was one of the best! Although it was super cold and windy we were lucky to have a sunny day which made the cold a little easier to bear.
New York has always been on the very top of my list of places to visit. It probably has to do with the many movies and shows we see on TV that take place in NYC. It also has a lot to do with the architecture, the art scene, and the food. So when I got there I really had to pinch myself to believe I was actually in Manhattan!
Traveling in the United States from Eastern Europe takes a lot of time and money, and it involves some differences you may not be used to. In 2 weeks, 5 states, 3 time zones, I noticed a few details you may find interesting or useful for a first trip.
I was sure I’d love Ålesund as soon as I saw the vivid architecture. Buildings details and colorful ornaments draw a lot of attention. Actually, this is how Alesund is known: the Art Nouveau town, which was destroyed by a fire in 1904.
We reached Norway through Ålesund and this is a good starting point to see the Sunnmøre area and Geirangerfjord, the Unesco site.