Camel burger

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In Dubai, at Al Fahidi historical neighborhood I saw a restaurant sign “Camel Burger”. I didn’t resist it. I tried for the first time camel meet. I thought it tasted like other burgers, but this had a cinnamon taste on it. Maybe that was to disguise the camel taste or it was only a local culinary practice. Concluding: approved!

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City tour around Dubai – 2nd day

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Dubai

Dubai’s tour has two lines: blue and red. I started my day in the blue line which goes to the beach and the financial center of the city. Dubai has high temperatures the whole year through. Now, in the fall, it was a “mild” 35°C. In summer, daily temperatures are higher than 40°C, so the beach should be one of the main attractions of the city.  Unfortunately, like in most Islamic countries, it’s mainly for tourists. Jumeirah has some beach clubs that, depending on the day, are women only. I imagine that might be mostly visited by the locals and not so much by foreigners.

My first stop was Jumeirah Public Beach. From there you can see the famous Burj Al Arab. I’ve seen a documentary on the construction of this luxurious hotel and that made me want to see it from up close. Burj Al Arab is considered a 7 stars hotel and was built on an artificial island. The building’s base is made of 230 concrete spikes embedded in the sand...

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A visit to Sharjah on Dubai Tour

sharjahDubai is a big, spread out city with limited options of transportation. Cabs are expensive and the different attractions are pretty far away. That’s why one of the best options to move around the city is taking a Hop-On Hop-Off tour. This way you’re free to stop anywhere you want, for as long as you want, without depending on any group or having to follow someone carrying an umbrella. My choice was BigBus Dubai. I recommend the 48h ticket. It’s not so much more expensive than the 24h ticket and a day is not enough to get to know this interesting city.

Sharjah

I started my BigBus tour in Sharjah, a city next to Dubai. More conservative than her modern neighbor, Sharjah is a big city with broad avenues and residential buildings. Everything looks quite modern too, like a newly built city. The tour takes 3,5 hours and has two stops. The first one was on The Heritage Area, an historical Center rebuilt with traditional style houses and little museums...

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Soft-drinks in Berlin

Yes, this deserves a post in Errante. It is incredible the number of different soft-drinks in Berlin. I remember when I was a child in Santa Maria, we had Guaraná da Cirila, Cirilinha,… Nowadays we don’t have regional soft-drinks anymore, it is only Coca-Cola and Pepsi. I loved that in Berlin there is an amazing amount of alternatives to the soft-drinks multinationals.

Cola Rebell Maxx Chili: it has a caramel taste with some spice feeling on the end. We bought it at a shop specialized on pepper near Alexander Platz.

Wostok: I drank the flavor Dattel-Granatapfel (Date-Pomegranate) and Òscar, the Estragon-Ingwer (Tarragon-Ginger). Mine, in the end, had a sort of chewing gum taste. I liked Òscar’s choice better

Now Orange: I bought it at an organic supermarket. The bottle is beautiful, unusual design. It tasted very good, like real juice and not the artificial orange taste.

Thomas Henry Spice Ginger: This has a bitter taste mixed with ginger. I liked it a lot...

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Berlin, street art and cycling

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Berlin underground: From Flak Towers to Mountains of Debris

vistaTorre2 Lenara Verle, my guru for cultural activities in Berlin, told me about the tours organized by Berliner Unterwelten. It is an association focus on the city’s underground history and tours. The autumn arrived and this is the last month of the Tour 2 – From Flak Towers to Mountains of Debris. The days I could make it, there was only tour in German. So I invited Lenara to come with me. After all, my German is “reasonable” but hers is very good. See Lenara’s log bellow.

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aspas_abremInvited by Errante, I joined a tour inside the ruins of a flak tower in Humboldthain Park. The tour is offered by the Berlin Underground Association, a group that explores many underground structures connected to Berlin’s history, including bunkers, tunnels, sewage ducts, pneumatic mail networks and others. Their many volunteers help with digging, cleaning and rehabilitating abandoned spaces, transforming them into small museums and locations for guided tours.

In this tour we visited the one flak tower remaining of thre...

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Oceania

FotorOceaniaThis was the last continent I’ve visited, and the one I just have been once. In 2012 I traveled for a month in Australia. A continental country as Brazil, it is impossible to see much in one month, I left there with the feeling that I have to come back. And, I would love to go some day to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Maybe on a next trip…

See here the table of the content of post on Australia

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Places of my travels in Asia

FotorasiaAsia is a magic place for me, starting with the feeling of being on the other side of the world. My first trip to the continent was in 97 when I travel to the Philippines as a courier. It was only a 2 weeks trip but a great emotion of being so far away. It was in Puerto Galera/Big la Laguna beach where I discover scuba diving, what became a passion for ever.

A month later I was back to Asia, this time in Indonesia and for a longer period, 6 weeks. There is was where I really learn how to dive and felt ‘errant’ on the many islands of the country.

In 2004 I came back to Asia with Maxim to travel around Thailand. We traveled for a month trying to see a bit of the local culture and nature. We went to north and south, and went diving on east and west coast of the country.

In 2008 I had a work trip to Singapore. Since it was so far away, I decided to get two weeks of vacation. I traveled to Malaysia and visited some historical towns, skyscrapers and did scuba diving...

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Places of travels in the Americas

FotoramericaThis is my preferred continent to travel. It is also were I was born and lived most of my life (Santa Maria, San Francisco, São Paulo, Salvador). My first backpacking travel was in Mexico in 1995. After that, I didn’t stop anymore. I wanted to see everything, specially Latin America.

My first great trip of months away was to South America in 2001, starting in Ecuador and finishing the trip in Argentina. This was the travel that initiate this website. I have lived in the USA and was moving to Europe, so I thought that visiting my neighbors before departure was essential. I spent months traveling  Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile e Argentina only out of a backpack. So far I didn’t know if I could handle months traveling alone and away of the comfort of being home. And yes, I loved it. I didn’t get tired and realized that really we don’t need much. The feeling of freedom o living months with almost nothing it was incredible.

Later, in 2011 and 2012,  decide to go to Colombia and Venezuel...

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Cybling B-KO: From Rødvig to Stege

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