Have you ever been to the Bolivian capital, La Paz? It’s the world’s highest capital. The higher part of La Paz is called El Alto, which is about 4,058 m (13,313 ft) above sea level. I didn’t feel much of the altitude sickness because I took a slow train from somewhere above 2000 meter all the way to La Paz so I adjust myself to the height eventually on the way. I loved La Paz, especially the busy El Alto.
Continue reading [Favorite cities] #3 Buying a llama embryo in the witch market in El Alto, La Paz. 我在玻利维亚买了一个草泥马胚胎标本
Everyone loves Paris and everyone wants to have great pictures of Paris. Today I want to recommend some great photography locations in Paris. Feel free to pin it in your maps, save it for you next trip in Paris.
1 「Le mur des je t’aime.」 in Montmartre at the Abesses Metro stop, you will find a blue tiled wall that was painted with the words I LOVE YOU in several languages. It is a truly charming spot in Paris.
→ Address: Square Jean Rictus, Place des Abesses, 75018 Paris, France
Continue reading [Favorite cities] #4 Top Photo Spots in Paris 巴黎拍照锦囊
I went to Antwerp’s modern art museum – M HKA for “A Temporary Futures Institute” exhibition on a rainy day. This exhibition brings professional futurists together with artists. In fact, what is future? No one knows. When we call them futurists, it doesn’t mean they can predict the future. “The future” does not yet existe, nor can be further studied. However what does exist is our imagination of the future and our interpretation of the future in our eyes.
在一个雨天，我去了安特卫普的摩登艺术馆看了一个关于为了的展览，展览叫做“短暂未来学院”。展览聚集了对未来主义有兴趣的艺术家和未来学家。其实，什么是未来？没有人知道。我们所说的未来学家当然也没有办法预测未来因为没有人可以。“未来”虽然没有办法预测和研究，但是我们每个人都有对未来的想象和憧憬，人人心里都有一个想象中的未来世界。 Continue reading A Look at “A Temporary Futures Institute” at Antwerp’s M HKA 安特卫普的“短暂未来学院”
If there’s one thing you can visit in Balkan peninsula, visit Rila Monastery in Bulgaria. Personally, I’m neither a church nor monastery person. I barely visit any monasteries but I do love colorful architectures, like Rila Monastery. After having seen it while researching where to go in Bulgaria, I decided immediately that I had to go there. It has not only the colorful exteriors but more importantly its spectacular paintings. The mural paintings inside are incredibly fresh and well maintained, and everything inside is eye-catching. I had never seen paintings with such rich colors. Bulgaria is a mountainous country and green mountains plus blue sky creates a spectacular setting for this beautifully-maintained monastery.
To get there it wasn’t that easy, I got up very early in Thessaloniki in Greece that morning, in order to take a morning train around 6:40 am to Sofia. But instead of going directly to Sofia, I stopped in a city called Blagoevgrad. It was funny because when I went to buy the ticket, the ticket lady couldn’t believe I’m going to Blagoevgrad… She insisted to get me a ticket to Belgrade instead until I showed her in the map. In Blagoevgrad, with my body language, I got some help from local kids to find the bus station. From there I took a bus to Rila town at 12 pm. It took around 30 minutes.
The driver is very nice and helpful. After everyone got off at Rila town center, he drove me further to get me closer to another mini bus that goes in the direction of the monastery. Thanks to him I was still able to catch it. The bus left at around 12:40 and takes around 30 min to get to the monastery. It was a wonderful drive through forest and canyon. I really enjoyed it.
大巴司机人特别好，虽然也听不懂我只看得懂我手机上的修道院图片，他告诉我没有直达车但还是示意我上车。在里拉市，所有人都下车了，司机继续把我送到一个小巴停靠的地方，告诉我搭这小巴去修道院。多亏他我才赶上了这小巴，保加利亚公车车次真不多呢，真是幸运。于是小巴在山间绿树中行驶了大概半小时，沿途的风景真是好。 Continue reading Trip to the spectacular Rila Monastery in Bulgaria 保加利亚有着非凡壁画的里拉修道院