Aga Khan Palace in Pune – Gandhi’s Prison Home in India

Aga Khan Palace in Pune – Gandhi’s Prison Home in India
The Aga Khan Palace is one of the biggest landmarks in Indian history. It is located in the city of Pune, in the state of Maharashtra. During Gandhi's Quit India campaign in 1942, the British imprisoned Mahatma Gandhi in this palace. Nowadays, the palace is open for tourists to learn more about the life of Gandhi and enjoy the surrounding gardens.  (more…)

Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia

Craigdarroch Castle is a Victorian experience and a good example of the massive houses built for entrepreneurs who became wealthy during the industrial age. In this case, it was coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal. The immense fortune of the Dunsmuir family is reflected in the four floors of intricate stained glass windows, complex woodwork and luxurious Victorian-era furnishings. The Castle gives visitors a glimpse of privileged life in the 1890s. (more…)

Voladores de Papantla – A Dangerous Mexican Dance Ritual

The "Voladores de Papantla" (Papantla Flyers) or Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers) is an ancient Mesoamerican ceremony/ritual still performed in Mexico today. The ritual consists of a dance and usually five voladores (flyers), sometimes called hombres pajaro (bird men), climb to the top of a pole of up to 150 feet or 45 meters in height, launch themselves from it and slowly descend circling the pole with ropes tied to their feet. The fifth volador remains on

A Legendary Love Story About Volcanoes in Mexico City

A Legendary Love Story About Volcanoes in Mexico City
During main holiday weekends like 15 de Septiembre (Mexican Independence Day) and Spring Break, the chilangos (people from Mexico City) flee the city to a more tropical place and leave the city empty. Okay, not empty, that would be impossible, but way less crowded. Enough people leave making the city smog-less for a few days. This gives way to the visibility of two famous volcanoes in Mexico. (more…)

Why It Is Awesome Being Mexican While Traveling Abroad and Tips If You Are Not One

[caption id="attachment_2499" align="alignnone" width="630"] Two Mexicans in India.[/caption] I've heard many Americans say how French people really don't like them and are rude to them. As a Mexican, I've had no problem with French people. In fact, every country I have been to (out of 20), I have been treated pretty good and I came to the conclusion that no one really hates Mexicans, in general at least. Obviously there are exceptions. The American tourist stereotype is definitely not

Don’t be disturbed by the Swastika in India

Don’t be disturbed by the Swastika in India
[caption id="attachment_1783" align="alignnone" width="640"] Om and Swastika symbolism on a truck in India. Photo by Thessilian[/caption] Mostly people relate the swastika symbol to the Nazis. But if you see this symbol in India, it doesn't mean they are Nazis or anything like it. In fact the swastika in India is a symbol of auspiciousness and it was used even before the Nazis. aus·pi·cious, adjective: conducive to success; favorable. characterized by success; prosperous. (more…)