BC: For sure I could talk more and more about places and faces..But there should be some limit of everything. So I guess thats all for now. to be continued....(if you wish to)
FC: Places and Faces
1: I'm going to tell you about places and countries I would like to visit, places I had chance to spend time or live, my nearest and dearest people; people who influenced on my life ...So..I'm going to tell you about myself )
2: Petra, the world wonder, is without a doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome. | Petra
3: Petra is sometimes called the ‘Lost City’. In spite of its being such an important city in antiquity, after the 14th century AD, Petra was completely lost to the western world. It was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss traveller, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. And this place I dream to visit the most!
4: I don't know why but always was interested in culture of ancient Incas. There is some mystery in that civilization..So thats why Machupicchu is on the second place in my list. It is said that To visit Machupicchu, you must prepare the soul, sharpen the senses. Forget for some minutes, the small and transcendental problems of our lives, of modern... man | Machu Picchu
5: Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu is the most known symbol of the Inca Empire. Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders Of The World. The site was built around 1460 but abandoned as an official site for the Inca rulers after a century. The site was forgotten by the world until 1911, when it was discovered by Hiram Bingham, an American historian.
6: So the 3d place of my list takes...yeah..Brazil!!))) Actually South America attracts me a lot as you noticed ) And Brazil occupy almost half of its landmass. there are several stereotypes of this country. the most popular are Football, Carnival, Best Models, Nice Beaches and Everlasting summer. Well...something is true and something is not..Maybe thats why I crave for going there to check if life in Brazil is really so colorful and cool. Oh ..by the way this Statue of Jesus in Rio is one of the main symbols of Brazil. | Brazil
7: Brazilian Carnival is an annual festival held forty-six days before Easter. this celebrations are believed to have roots in the pagan festival of Saturnalia, which, adapted to Christianity, became a farewell to bad things in a season of religious discipline to practice repentance and prepare for Christ's death and resurrection. | "Her name was Lola. She was a showgirl..At the Copa, Copacabana .."- I bet you remember this song :). Arguably one of the world's best beaches, Copacabana has over 4kms of pristine, spotless, wide white sand to relax on. it is also the home of futevolei: foot volleyball. Certainly the jewel in the crown of Brazil beaches.
8: But there is a reverse of the medal in Brazilian life. A friend of mine who lives in Brazil said that life in Brazil is not festival as many people think. Prostitution, drug-dealers and favelas (the areas where poor people live) are the reality of country.. A vast majority of Brazil live in extreme poverty. In Brazil you are extremely rich or extremely poor.
9: Talking about Brazil I would like to mention about one person,a singer. I adore her songs. that is Salome De Bahia,originally she is from Brazil but popular all over the world..well...at least i hope so ) | "Outro Lugar" - her glorious Brazilian cover of Stevie Wonder's "Another Star". An other name of her album is "Brazil"."Brasil" is a cachaza-kissed carnival of bossa nova, samba, salsa, mambo and contemporary club music. if someone never heard her singing then here is a link for you -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ET_C0lAwvs Feel the rhythm and beat of Brazil )
10: And now about places I was lucky to visit. And #1 place is my favorite Sri-Lanka. I can talk hours about this country but not this time, guys ))) will show you a little bit of Colombo - the capital of Ceylon. | this is the view of GalleFace Hotel Veranda on St.Valentine's Day. | And this is view from swimming pool on Hilton Hotel and so called "Twins" - business towers. | Sri-Lanka
11: The symbols of Ceylon are tea plantation, jungles and elephants ) Ceylon is well-known for its spa resorts and long beaches. | But mot many knows that Ceylon is famous also for pineapples. you won't believe but there are huge plantations of pineapples out of Colombo and people sell it like potatoes..by sacks :)
12: Saree is normal wear for official events and weddings in Sri-Lanka even nowadays . | Ceylon is famouse for its gem mines. Above: gem miners during work. to the left: typical jewerly for wedding ceremony.
13: Sri Lankans are very religious because the history of the island has been involved with religion numerous times. There are many Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka and many mosques, Hindu temples and churches all across the island
14: And here is my friends in Sri-Lanka! Girl's name is Maria Morozova. We met in Russian cultural center | She was my best friend when I lived in Ceylon.She still lives there and work for Russian Embassy. I miss her.
15: And this is what I saw with my own eyes. The tsunami Of December 2004...
16: While i was living in Sri-Lanka I had a chance to go to Maldives..Looks like Paradise. Actualy it is :) | Maldives..
17: But telling the truth you get bored within one week of staying there. Islands is isolated place and there is not too many places to go and you want to get back home.
18: Meet Zhenya :) | Zhenya is a friend of mine who is fond of extremal kinds of sport such as moto and quadro- cross. It is him who inspired me to try and fell in love with bikes )
19: As you see this is a result of his influence :)