24-26 of June
INmusic is Croatia's biggest international open-air festival, and is held each year in the capital Zagreb, on Youth Island (Otok hrvatske mladeži) in the middle of Lake Jarun. The festival started in 2006 and includes several genre-specific stages with internationally renowned indie rock, heavy metal, and electronic artists. In 2008, The Times included INmusic among the top 20 European summer festivals.
Sziget Festival (“island” in Hungarian), which started in 1993 as a relatively low-profile student event, has become one of the largest music festivals in Europe. It is held every August in northern Budapest, on Óbudai-sziget ("Old Buda Island"), a leafy island in the Danube. In 2011, Sziget was ranked one of the 5 best festivals in Europe by The Independent and one of the 10 best by the European Festival Awards. The festival, which is a 7 day event, attracts almost 400,000 people each year.
Photo by Gregely Csatari
EXIT Festival (also known as "state of EXIT”) was founded in 2000 by the Student Union from the University of Novi Sad in Serbia, and quickly grew in stature and reputation. Keeping faithful to its grassroots political beginnings, the festival still sticks to its initial mission – providing relevant musical entertainment to Serbian youth, while bringing pertinent social topics to the front. In 2007, EXIT won the "Best European Festival" award by UK Festival Awards and Yourope (Association of the 40 largest festivals in Europe). EXIT is attended each year by around 150,000 people.
Photo by Landii (www.flickr.com/photos/landii)
Rock im Park
The first Rock im Park in 1993 took place in Vienna. For the 1994 event, Rock im Park moved to the unused Munich-Riem airport, and the following year to Munich's Olympiastadion, where it found a home for the 1995 and 1996 event. Since 1997, Rock im Park has been held at the Frankenstadion (Grundig Stadion) or the surrounding area in Nuremberg.
Photo by Fileri
It is well known that there is nothing more relaxing then a cup of Japanese tea. But, what most people are less familiar with is the experience of drinking a cup of coffee in Japan. After a three month stay in Tokyo I gathered a list of my favorite places to drink coffee in Tokyo. As always in Japan, prepare for a unique experience…
Hsipaw is a charming small town located on the west bank of Dotthwaddy river, in the Shan plateau about 1500 feet above the sea level. Sprawling rain trees provide a canopy of shade along the busy main streets, with family owned shops, lively markets and local restaurants. Here you can the finest tea in Burma.
If you're looking for a backpackers scene, Hsipaw is the closest you'll get. It's a great place to chill for a few days, and reload you batteries for a trekking activity. We decided to do a 3-4 days trek in the area, and my Finnish partner wanted to combine it with a motorbike tour.
Everything in this town is owned by "Mr. something". There is a Mr. Kid and Mr. Charles guest houses, a Mr. Book book store and source of information, and if you want to eat something, you'll find it in Mr. Food.
After a nasty break up with my girlfriend of 4 years, I decided it was time to get away from New Zealand and spread my wings a bit. I had seen the movie The Beach more times than I could count on two hands and I had a fascination with the tropical paradise island they inhabited. Phuket, Thailand would be my destination. I wanted to find The Beach. I needed an adventure and Thailand didn't disappoint.
Flume Gorge & Visitor Center
Flume gorge is a natural gorge at the base of Mount Liberty. It has granite walls that rise to almost 30 meters, creating a narrow path 4-6 meters wide. The trail is almost 3 km, with an uphill walking and lots of stairs. There are a lot of flowers, ferns and mosses in the area, and spectacular views of Mount Liberty and Mount Flume. The trail ends in the Flume gorge, where you can watch a short movie about Franconia Notch State Park.