22 Jul 2013

Tapas guide & other cool stuff

It is time to leave India aside for a while to present you my newest and most awesome adventure:

I'm so excited.
This project is born out of our love for food, Sundays and everything that makes us happy.
From now on, Taste of Sundays it is going to be our little space to share all the amazing things happening around us.

To kick-off the page, we published this amazing Beginners Guide to tapas, which for sure is going to come in handy in your next visit to Spain.

Aside from tapas, we are promoting local cultures and good food. We want to tell you about that little store or that small bar around the corner that puts a smile in every person that walks in. Our hope is to publish stories that will get you thinking, talking and hopefully inspire you to get out there and try for yourself.

Want to show us something great?

We wish you to support your local community by participating and sharing. Do you have a hidden gem up your sleeve? if you happen to know some cool local product or service that you feel is adding something special to the society, go ahead and give us a shout! We are always on the lookout for inspiring things made with love, and fascinating places that will leave us yearning for more.

Interesting cities are only interesting because of the people, and in the end it's you who have the power to make things great!

15 Jul 2013

Chapter 8: Happy Indians in Mysore

From all the Indian cities I have seen, Mysore is by far the nicest.
Nice in an Indian way of course, so don’t expect a honking free city with big squares, green wide avenues and very few people. However, Mysore has its charm, one of those cities with personality, where you will find a story and a smile in every corner.

In here I found many examples of what I call the ultimate happy Indian. I’m talking about those guys that stop you in the middle of the street simply because they want to say hello. They ask your name, shake hands, smile and continue with their business. They don’t want to sell anything to you, they just want to say hello for the sake of saying hello.

If you think that is weird, let me tell you that sometimes it doesn’t stop in there; some of them also ask you to pose for a picture with their family. Those are my favorite type of Indians; I just love to see their proud faces after the photo is taken... Maybe it is like I would take a picture of myself with a snake around my neck, I guess I’d feel as cool as them.

Try to do the same in the streets of Helsinki.
No, not the snake thing, I mean randomly approaching people you don’t know, just to ask their name or take a picture with them. Everybody will definitely think you are crazy (unless you do it on a Saturday night at 4 a.m.) and will probably feel so embarrassed.

Anyways, this random acts of sympathy are the main reason why I like this country.

But now, lets get back to Mysore.
If you are wondering what do to in there, here you have my top 3 favorites: The Tipu Sultan palace, the Devaraja market and the Mysore Zoo.


Even if it is the main tourist attraction, the Sultan Palace is a must see. Not only because is beautiful and you can walk barefooted but also because you will find plenty of those random Indians that want to take a picture of you... and that is something you have to do at least once while in India.



You know that I love markets and this one is so cool. 
The difference with other Indian markets is that most of the stalls in here are not at ground level, but inside cubicles in the wall. Looks like an Indian dollhouse or maybe a real-size colorful diorama. I love it.

3 Jul 2013

Chapter 7: The other side of Goa

Goa during monsoon is beautiful.
Especially when a storm comes and goes all of a sudden. It pours for few minutes and then moves away leaving the jungle in that bright neon green color that hurts your eyes. I just love it.

Most of people thinks that Goa is all about crazy beach parties, drugs, hippies and tits.
However, I can tell you that by the end of June, the rain has already washed it all out. All is left are colorful landscapes, angry sea, friendly locals... and a bit of mud.

Well, there are still few tourists that doesn't seem to get it.

If you are not into beaches (and you don’t mind a bit of rain) rural Goa is the perfect place to relax during June-July. You can spend your days taking naps or enjoying a cup of masala tea while you watch the rain.

In the strange case that you get bored of taking naps and drinking tea, you can adventure to do some volunteer work. I was taking care of monkeys in the Primate Trust, but there are many other charities in Goa that will appreciate your help such as the International Animal Rescue Center or the Children Walking Tall.

You can also visit some of the rural villages with its smiling inhabitants, markets, Portuguese villas, catholic churches and cobbled narrow streets.