by Arie Boris
The skipper turned our boat hard to port as a line of sleek hulled racing sails rapidly approached. Baring down, the ten racing sailboats careened past and all at once, as if choreographed, tacked into the wind around the race track marker. Brightly colored sails dipped closer to the waves, as eight to ten crew members sat on the opposite gunwales, legs tangling over the edge to prevent their mounts from capsizing.
Pamplona is one of the most prominent cites in the Navarra region of Spain. Aside from the being the capital of the region, the Pamplona is an interesting place to travel because of its stunning medieval center, beautiful citadel and renowned gastronomy. The city is also a major stop on the route of St. James or Camino de Santiago, and features a number of green parks. But perhaps, Pamplona is most famous for the San Fermin Festival which showcases “The Running of the Bulls.”
An entire nation having a big water fight! This is one of the fun descriptions that the Songkran Festival has earned in recent years. Songkran is one of Thailand’s major festivals that has gained worldwide fame.
The festival is actually the Thai’s version of a New Year celebration, but it is celebrated later in the year, around the second or third week of April. This is because the dates for Songkran are originally based on Buddhist calendar and not the western one. Water is the prime element that rules the festival. According to tradition, the sprinkling of water is a symbol of good luck and respect to Buddha.
A prison island may not be your conventional tourist spot but not when it is the famous Robben Island of South Africa. Situated 5.5 miles off the coast of Cape Town, Robben is now one of the must-sees for any tourists visiting the stunning South African city.
Although you are not going to Robben Island mainly for the natural attractions, it is still a privilege to visit it because of its rich and highly significant history. The island was once a mental institution, a military base, a hospital and most famously, a penal colony for over 400 years. In 1997, it was made into a museum and by 1999, it was declared a World Heritage Site.