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Really, Russia? Really?

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Soooooo, as you know, I’m supposed to be going to Russia at the end of October with Maggie for five days; three days in Moscow and two days in Saint Petersburg. The flights are paid for, the hostels are booked and we even have our passport-sized photos and tourist vouchers completed. There is only one thing left to do – the visa form. 

Now, I’ve filled out a few visa forms in my lifetime. I needed one to work in Japan, I needed one to go to school in Scotland and I needed one for my holiday in Egypt. But this visa form, I mean, really, Russia, really? (look at the comma abuse in that sentence!!)

The form is two pages and starts with the standard name, date of birth, passport number, dates of travel etc. Then it goes on to list all the educational institutions you have attended; list…

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Going to Tsaranoro Valley

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While in Madagascar, I did not have a fix plan for my visit. So when someone asked me if I was interested in visiting the Andringitra National Park, some 50km south of Ambalavao, I just said yes.

With an area of over 300 square kilometres, the national park is characterized by high mountains, deep valleys, and ridges. It also houses the second highest peak (at over 2,600m) in the island country.

50km is a long distance in Madagascar. We first drove south on RN7 for about 35km. That was the easier part. Then once we were on the minor road, we could not move without a true 4×4 vehicle (though the one we used must be older than 30 years) , even though it was on dry land.

That was how my three days’ camping in the valley started.

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San Francisco Bay Area

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San Francisco tours are just incomplete without you enjoying the Winter Birding spots of the Bay area. The rich wetlands of Bay Trail is something that is never to be missed if you are a nature lover, keep your cameras loaded as you are sure to enjoy many picture perfect moments of  San Francisco. Be sure to use a camera with a long lens to shoot the ducks, egrets and other marshland birds in their most active self as you might not want to disturb their seclusion in any way.

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We will have to take all possible measures to avoid any disturbance created to these birds. Visitors are advised to stay away from causing any harassment to the birds as they will have to pay fines for violating the Migratory Birds act that safeguards the wellness of these birds.

One of the hot winter birding spots in San Francisco is the Arrowhead Marsh of Oakland where you can find migrating ducks and shore birds. Next in the list is the Coyote Hills Regional Park where visitors are allowed a fascinating boardwalk and trails through the marshlands.

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There is Crissy Field marshland that stands as a spectacular example of habitation restoration where people can enjoy bird watching through East Beach parking area or from the Crissy Field Center. The Don Edwards refuge that is found along the Pacific Flyway is a network of parks. The entire area is about 30,000 acres of marsh, salt water ponds, shorelines and mud flats that acts as a home for a wide species of shorebirds and waterfowl.

Article Source :  http://travelling-around-the-earth.blogspot.in/2012/03/hot-winter-birding-spots-by-san.html

Buenos Aires is Culturally Rich and Capital of Argentina

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Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina and a large, sprawling metropolis that is home to over 12 million people. It is, unsurprisingly, the largest city in Argentina, but it is also covers a large area forming the second-largest metropolitan city in South America, after Sao Paulo in Brazil. Influenced by early European settlers (largely from Italy) it is often referred to as the “Paris of South America” due to its nightlife and historically-elegant buildings. The city is located on the southern bank of the Rio de la Plata (or River Plate) delta.

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Since the beginning of the 20th century Buenos Aires has undergone continual re-development resulting in the loss of many of its original and beautiful buildings of importance. However, there are still some elegant examples of architecture from the early 1900s particularly from the affluent period between the 1920’s and 30’s, when Argentina as a world economic power. Like Santiago, the city centre has maintained its original lay out since its foundation and more recently the old dock area has been completely re-developed into a spacious, modern, commercial sector of hotels, offices and fashionable restaurants.

Buenos Aires is culturally rich and home to the Teatro Colon – an internationally-rated opera house as well as a number of symphony orchestras and choirs. There are a number of museums offering exhibits of varying types: fine arts, decorative arts, modern arts and even sacred art; and homes of recognized cultural icons that have been preserved for public viewing. There are hundreds of book stores and cultural associations and the city has the largest concentration of working theatres in South America, in which many a Tango show is performed.

Among the attractions that Buenos Aires has to offer are the football matches at the famous Boca Stadium, Tango shows, city cultural tours and out-of-city excursions to any number of estancias. For the visitor, one particular location of interest in Buenos Aires is: San Telmo (cobblestone streets, colonial buildings, street performers and tango dancers). One of the more affluent areas is that of Recoleta where there are up-market boutique stores, top hotels and restaurants.

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Buenos Aires as Honeymoon Destination

The province and capital city Buenos Aires in the country of Argentina is a perfect hotspot for honeymoon lovers. Explore the Recoleta Cemetery and must see a play in the Colon Theatre. Stroll in the streets with your loved one or have a coffee time. A walk in the beautiful parks or gardens creates a love around atmosphere. Enjoy the local dishes with luxury amenities in top city resorts and don’t forget to buy few souvenirs for your sweetheart. Enjoy the bustling nightlife of the city. Couples find it a real fun to visit.

If you hope to visit this beautiful, up-and-coming city soon, dealing with these small inconveniences is worth it! The artistic treasures, the delicious food, the music, and the nightlife make visiting Buenos Aires truly special. Don t let the great Buenos Aires coin shortage stop you. You do need to plan to spend extra time locating coins for many of your simpler purchases and exchanges. If you are entering the city from other parts of Argentina, get a bag of coins, and take them with you! You may end up being more popular than you’ve ever been before!