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 explain 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!
This is not a real danger, but in Madeira the tourist will seek for signs and sign posts pointing out sights (e.g. the Fort Pico) or the "levada"-paths in vain. There are hardly any signs, not even in Funchal. You are forced to ask locals at least ten times in order to find something. It is a pity, since Madeira is a tourist island as well.
We had a terrifying experience in Madeira. WE hired a taxi to take us to an "easy" walk as we are only recreational walkers, and he left us at Boca de Risco on the cliff path to Porto da Cruz. We were not prepared for the narrow, cliff edge paths or the sheer drops. We had no mobile phone and got frightened with no one to help us. We managed to get to the end but it was extremely dangerous. We could not contact anyone and had no map. The hotel manager said we should never have been allowed to go there. We also had another terrifying experience in the nun's valley. It was raining and the taxi driver said he would drop us off for an easy walk & then pick us up in the valley below. It started off well and then after about 45 minutes we heard rumblings. Then we saw rocks falling. The sound got louder and we ran to try to get some shelter. The rocks landed on the path just a few feet away. Huge boulders!! We were both shaken and had bruises & cuts and a tourist behind us said he saw us and filmed the rocks coming down. We were very naive.
Serra d'Água is a beautiful area seriously damaged by the flooding in 2010. The works were hard but I don't know if they are already finished, so travelling in the area may have some unexpected difficulties.
Tourism made famous two local cocktails: Nikita, a long drink based in cream, and Poncha,a strong short drink with alcohol and honey, both sweet.
Though some places claim "the best of..." it is possible to taste them almost everywhere now, so, if you are not driving...
Dont be fooled by the waiters that areinviting you inside of the restaurant. Take your time to look at the menu, most of the terases have the menu hanged outside so you can decide for yourself.
If you in the restaurant and the waiter comes and showes you something tipical from the island dont agree with him to eat that look at the menu or ask for the price!
Choose your own wine dont let the waiter offer you something you dont like!
Local food is great but should not be expensive.
Mar Azul has waiters like that.
The tour operator Strawberry World (http://www.strawberry-world.com) is facing financial problems and many hotels on Madeira and beyond are not accepting guests that have booked through Strawberry World.
Here the hotels warning to clients:
Sometimes the levadas are not in good condition as they should! Before doing a levada walk please ask at the tourims office of Madeira if the path is in good shape! Enjoy!