However, no less important role was played by those who undertook to organize and direct large masses of newly-arrived pilgrims. It’s not so easy to explain to tens of thousands of people where and why they should go. And, besides, where to settle, where and what to eat and where to have fun. There is nothing to be done, man is man. Now, thanks to the Internet, planning a trip has become no less interesting than then making this trip. You dig a lot of information, catch gold fish for yourself in this muddy water and, finally, spend a tourist route on the map. Let’s go here, here and here. We spend the night here. Have lunch at this place. In the end, even before you leave, you feel like a connoisseur, an expert, and – not afraid of the same word – a poor man. Karl Beedeker (Karl Baedeker; 1801 – 1859) Continue reading
However, not everyone can get the maximum return on a tourist trip that it is capable of. This may be due to insufficient experience in such events, with passivity and unwillingness to go beyond the usual framework, with very un objective advice from friends and acquaintances, etc. Therefore, we will try to highlight the most common shortcomings and typical mistakes made by novice travelers below. This is especially important when visiting other countries, as it is associated with certain financial costs, acclimatization and other related factors. But you always want the money and efforts spent justifying themselves handsomely. Continue reading
They spoke about the North and East quite often then. Siberia, Komsomol construction sites. Other edges of the earth were less obvious. The school taught about the westernmost point of Europe – Cape Roca, and about the southernmost point of Asia – Cape Piai. But they were far away and may not even have existed. And yet the textbooks did not lie. The world turned out to be large and much larger than it seemed in pioneering childhood. In fact, there were six continents, and on them there were plenty of places that, with good reason, deserved the name “end of the world.” But these edges were not at all boring. Here, for example, is a charming place in the very south of Argentina with the sonorous name of Ushuaia. Yes, for sure, this name easily flies from the language: the only consonant to the four vowels. Continue reading
Having left habitually from Grodno to Brest and blabbed all night (exactly 12 hours) between Grodno, Gomel and Brest, since the train was, actually, to Gomel – that is, in the opposite direction, and only our carriage to Brest, I the next morning arrived in May, blooming, southern, sunny Brest (as it is called in Belarusian). In order to devote the whole day to a walk around the city, and all night to chat and spend the night in a hostel, which was for me a virgin for the first time. The morning was truly beautiful and almost happiness promising: through the rare clouds the gentle sun shone, chestnuts, shaking their lighted candles in the light breeze, greeted me, on the tops of the starlings vehemently chattered the hymn to spring and life. First of all, I went to the place of my night deployment – the Brest-Central hostel, which was not far from the bus and train stations to make sure that the reservation was valid and that the hostel was in place. Brest, train station Photo: Igor Tkachev, personal archive The wrought-iron porch, sleepy staff (at 9 a.m.), confirmation of the reservation … Continue reading
Too bright, scary shots of the victims were published in local media, and rescue services are in no hurry to lower the alarming red flags. In Andalusia, a tailwind from Benidorm caught up with the armada of Portuguese ships – beautiful, but deadly sea creatures. And people are forced to flee ashore.
“The pain was unbearable, for the first time in my life I began to beg for death, if only it would stop,” reporters quoted Naomi Mateos as saying. She became the most famous victim of the Portuguese ships this season, while the rest of the victims chose to remain incognito. Photos of a web of traces of poisonous tentacles of jellyfish on the skin of a 23-year-old girl are more eloquent than any arguments of the authorities. And her story is an example that danger can lie in wait for everyone. Continue reading