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Whenever I undertake a journey to a particular country I always want to know all about the surroundings, it’s history, it’s culture, which cities to visit, which hikes to undertake, et cetera. In advance to the journey I do browse over the internet to get certain information and read travel books just to make sure I won’t miss out on anything.
Once I am travelling I like to talk to the local people about their own country, their own region and those conversations will retrieve lots of extra information about some beautiful spots to visit, the ultimate restaurant or sometimes a particular area to avoid.
Ever since I have had myr own personal travel site and this one at Virtual Tourist I like not only to undertake the journey, but also write about it for everyone to enjoy. Just to make sure I won’t forget the details of the journey I write is all down in a diary. I have given the dairy the name “Diary of a madman” and it contains all the information I have gathered. I like to make the diary more beautiful to glue in some pictures out of folders and also the entrance tickets to museums, National Parks, bus tickets, et cetera.
This way I am able to tell all our friends about my travels. For Virtual Tourist I can reproduce all the information for (hopefully) solid tips with lots of good details that will help you in your travels. Besides that it’s always fun to read about a journey I took for example 7 or 8 years ago and read about what I exactly did and how I experienced it. I also have managed to keep in touch with the local people I talked to and do nourish these contacts. Especially at the travelogue section of each location you can see some pages out of the Diary of a madman. Yes, I know, it's written in Dutch, but you'll have an impression on how it looks. And maybe you can tell us how you remember all the information for your tips. Enjoy!
Dress Code: Just whatever you want :)
Written Jul 30, 2009
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?
The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.
This still doesn't explian why Relinde turns the map all around when I'm asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!
Written Jul 30, 2009
Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: None ... :-)
Updated Jul 30, 2009
Favorite thing: Let’s make no secret of it. I do like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer I like, which reflects my particular taste of having a beer. In Austria it was sometimes rather difficult. I found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like the Gösser Märzen.
Göss’s brewing history goes back 1,000 years: Beer has been brewed in the Styrian convent Göss since 1020. Back then beer brewing was reserved for women – this may perhaps be one reason why it has such appeal to the stronger sex ...? Today the Göss brewery is one of the most modern in Austria. I liked this Gösser Märzen, because its is a light coloured Lager beer and has a mild aroma of malt and a refreshingly dry flavour derived from the balanced addition of the hops.
Written Jul 30, 2009