Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city with a unique cultural and artistic heritage, a legacy of centuries of exciting history. A huge city with several district articles, Madrid offers spectacular sights, excellent restaurants, and a one of the liveliest nightlifes in the world.
Chinese New Year in Malaysia is even more raucous, as over a quarter of its population are Chinese. At midnight on the first day of the New Year, hundreds of firecrackers are to be heard banging and screeching to signify the loud noises which scared off the legendary monster of traditional Chinese mythology. The city dazzles with decorations for weeks during New Year. Paper lanterns, animals and dragons and giant papier-mâché lions can be seen wriggling joyfully down the streets on the shoulders of Chinese dancers. On the 31st of August every year, Malaysia holds its annual Independence Day festival. On the eve of Independence Day, the many ethnic groups of Malaysia join in celebration. A huge and colourful parade is held in Kuala Lumpur’s streets, consisting of marching bands, martial arts displays, acrobatics, dancing, flag waving and traditional costumes. The evening culminates with the flag of Malaysia being raised proudly at midnight to a backdrop of sparkling, crackling fireworks. Rest assured, whichever time of the year you choose to make your visit, or for whatever reason, what’s guaranteed is a warm and helpful welcome from Kuala Lumpur’s diverse and inclusive citizens.
My first tip is a general tip referring to the mental preparation one needs to do while considering visiting Tanzania.
We're talking about a third world country and one of the poorest continents in the world and it should be referred as such. Thus, it is not an indulging country. Don’t expect high level hotels, service can be frustrating (average time waiting for food serving is around an hour.) food is average (small dishes..) and forget about deserts. That said, it is still an amazing country, beautiful, savage and gets under your skin once you witness its hardship and poverty.
Before my visit to Burma (Myanmar) I heard that the Burmese people are extremely welcoming. Usually I don't tend to pay much attention to these observations; I'm accustomed to meeting nice people in touristic places -The receptionist in the hotel is always nice.. But after visiting the country I can honestly say that the Burmese people made my trip.
The mood, the atmosphere, the adventures I've taken part in are all thanks to the culture and nature of the Burmese people. Although they are very poor, they are happy, open, welcoming and very interesting. I felt like 'Alice in wonderland'. Every day brought with it new adventures - I knew how the day will start, but didn't know how it will end...
The Burmese people's hospitality and willing to share will surly make your trip as well, and bring with it positive surprises all through the visit.
The Reading Festival
23-25 of August
The Reading Festival originated from a jazz and blues festival organized by the National Jazz Federation and London's Marquee Club and is inspired by the Newport Jazz Festival in the United States. By 1965, the festival had become more Rhythm and Blues oriented, with performers such as The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Rod Stewart. After changing locations through the years because of noise complaints, the festival finally reached Reading in 1971. The Reading Council granted permission to the promoter, Harold Pendleton, to hold the festival by the Thames as part of the town's Festival of Arts. Today, the festival draws almost 90,000 people every year.
29 June - 7 July
Roskilde Festival in Denmark was created in 1971 by two high school students and a promoter, and is today one of the biggest music events in Europe. The festival is organized by the Charity Society, which supports initiatives benefitting children and young people as well as humanitarian and cultural work. The festival is attended each year by almost 110,000 people, including about 21,000 volunteers.
Photo by Bill Ebbesen
The Leeds Festival
23-25 of August
The Leeds Festival, which is held at the same time as the Reading festival, was first organized in 1999, after the site in Reading became too small for the amount of people in attendance. The festival takes place in Bramham Park, near Wetherby, the grounds of a historic house. It features the same line up as Reading, with the bands from Reading playing Leeds the following day, and the bands from Leeds' opening day playing the final day in Reading. The festival draws around 75,000 people.
Photo by Ian Wilson from London, England