Casco Viajo: Panama City

Its for sure the most beautiful part of Panama City . Casco Viejo is a place where the time stoped in the 1900. Is a must visit neighborhood for food, drink and shopping. Traditional buildings and churches , boutique hotels and a breathtaking view of the new Panama City.

Explore the rum bars and the Panama Hats shops. Casco is also famous for its rooftops. Look up and enjoy the view.

View of the new Panama City

Not everything in Casco Viejo is innocent so be careful when wondering around in day and night . Ask your taxi driver of the places you shouldn’t go as next to Casco is one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhood.

Tea Plucking in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

It is a really amazing experience as there are very few places in the world where you can experience it on its original version. Apart from Sri Lanka you can do it south India, in Kerala.

The road to Nuwara Eliya is long; it takes about 7 hours by car as the actual roads are pointy and narrow. You have to start really early to avoid traffic – 4am – as Sri Lankans are usually up by 5am! You may also use the train as it is very popular. The train is a great option as it is extremely cheap to purchase a first class ticket which normally costs 6 dollars ! The view from the train is breathtaking and it is highly recommended. Please do not expect a train like the ones in the western world, as trains are really old. Hence the overall experience is not luxury but it is not bad.

Reaching Nuwara Eliya, you will see why it is called “small England” as the houses will remind you of the British Era. There is a beautiful Golf Course in the middle of the city and a very well preserved park. In order to enter the park for the locals is free, but for the foreigners cost two dollars.

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Nuara Eliya 

There are plenty of small and big tea estates in the area. Some of them they have bungalows for rent or boutique hotels. In the bigger ones you will find activities which explain the way tea is produced and you will have the opportunity to tea pluck yourself. Unfortunately, tea plucking is not a very popular job these days as the wages are small and the people seek opportunities in the cities.

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The traditional Tea Plucking uniform

Nuwara Eliya is the birthplace of the famous Ceylon Tea and being there is a true once in a lifetime experience.

Tips:

  • in Nuara Eliya is always cold so bring warm clothes
  • Book hotels @ Jetwings Hotel  or The Grand Hotel
  • try the local cuisine
  • Ride Tuk Tuks – they are safe but negotiate the rate before entering

 

The Yoga Retreat in Bali

Bali is famous for its beautiful beaches and the outstanding natural forests. Bali has been a top destination for honeymooners and backpackers as it combines everything; Luxurious hotels, affordable condos, great nightlife, gourmet restaurants, great historic places and organised museums and of course the best yoga !

I have always been a fan of yoga but I am not practicing it on a regular basis. Hence, once I found myself in Bali I was sure I had to visit a yoga place. I checked online, of course and I found the best place in Ubud!

In the heart of Ubud there is a beautiful Yoga studio, the Taksu Yoga. It feels like you are entering a garden with a petit lake in the middle and the forest build around it.

Since I would call myself a beginner, I signed up for the basic course. I was informed that people in Bali are usually much advanced and they do not usually practice this course. I was so lucky I was the only person that particular day so I had the full attention of the teacher ! As a beginner I really enjoyed the attention as in most classes the yoga teacher has a big class so she or he cannot correct everyone.

The studio is made of wood inside the forest with open air windows. The only sound you hear are the sounds of the forest, which helps enormously to concentrate on breathing and the exercise. Even the basic yoga level was intense and I could really feel the exercise on every inch of my body. The teacher was extremely kind, patient and helpful.

After one hour of class enjoy a fresh juice in the bar to relax and boost your energy.

Visit: http://www.taksuyoga.com/