Hitchhike in Japan

Japan is one of the safest countries in the world and makes for an ideal country to hitchhike in. As a small densely populated island nation, [simpletag]Japan[/simpletag] offers great regional diversity and rural areas that are underappreciated as destinations for travels. Although strong English language skills are relatively uncommon, Japan has an abundance of people learning English and many are more than willing to give you a ride in exchange for some practices.

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World of Music: Buy and explore!

Foto: Lina Pallotta

While travelling for work or on vacation it’s good to create unique memories in every country you go. One of the best ways to preserve your memories and discover a new culture is through buying music. Around the world, there is local music that you would not hear anywhere else. Rather than searching through the [simpletag]world music[/simpletag] section of your local CD store, it’s best to buy music while on the road.

Even while travelling for work or to a resort, you still have the opportunity to strike up a conversation with a bellhop or a waiter that may help you find a local style of music or a popular CD. Anyone with local knowledge can always be helpful. Taxi drivers in the Caribbean have even been known to sell or give CDs to their passengers straight from their glove compartments. Any interest shown in the local people and how they live is often rewarded with an experience or memory that can make the most out of work travel or a resort vacation.

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World of Food – Marathon Kebab, London

Marathon Kebab, London


London’s Camden Town
is often overrun with tourists and market shoppers by day but at night the place comes alive with bars and clubs. The farther north you go from Camden Town station the more varied the bars become with some unexpected night spots. Towards Chalk Farm station, if you duck into Marathon Kebab shop after eight you’re more than likely to find a live concert in full swing in addition to Mediterranean food. From the front, Marathon looks like an ordinary [simpletag]kebab[/simpletag] shop with its Turkish cooks cutting meat off of the grill rotisserie. Through a small door a cramped hall opens up with live musicians playing to a usually packed house on Friday and Saturday nights.

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A Beautiful Restaurant in Sao Paulo: A Figueira Rubaiyat

A Figueira Rubaiyat 

In a city as expansive as [simpletag]Sao Paulo[/simpletag] it’s amazing to find a hint of nature at the centre of a restaurant. A Figueira Rubaiyat is a restaurant that provides one of the more beautiful dining settings in the world. The restaurant, having been built around a fig tree that may be more than a 100 years old, spreads out below the tree’s branches. Tables are set with white plates filled of small appetisers. The glass ceiling may allow sunshine in but A Figueira Rubaiyat is best enjoyed at night when subtle lighting allows for a quiet atmosphere that seems miles away from the sprawling city.

A Figueira RubaiyatThe menu is typical of fine dining but with South American ingredients and specialties making for interesting fare. Steak from Brazil and [simpletag]Argentina[/simpletag] are served with uniquely prepared side dishes as well as Brazil’s national dish, feijouda.
Although the food is excellent, A Figueira Rubaiyat is all about the ambiance. It’s a place to drink Argentinean wines and generally enjoy being far from home with so much to see.

Bakom pseudonymen MTW döljer sig en flitigt resande frilansjournalist med rötterna i Vancouver, Canada, och med sin nuvarande arbetsplats i London. Han har tidigare bott i bland annat Norge, Japan, Singapore och Malaysia.

World of food – Korean BBQ

Korean BBQ

Korean BBQ is the fastest way to try a lot of different dishes and get a usually large portion of food in East Asia. In South [simpletag]Korea[/simpletag], side dishes are all you can eat and are usually offered in quite a large variety. Quail eggs, potato salad with apples, [simpletag]kimchi[/simpletag] (pickled cabbage) are all standards of the Korean BBQ. Kimchi as well as the other pickles that are served often have a pungent smell but are very tasty if you can get passed the often intense odour. Although the meat cooked on a grill in front of you is central, the side dishes are the really interesting and adventurous part of Korean BBQ.

Enjoying new foods abroad and trying to make them yourself at home, is often a gateway to discover the ethnic communities in the city you live in. After searching out ingredients it is often surprising to find large thriving communities from the countries you’ve travelled to who are excited to share their knowledge about their home countries and their local food culture.

Bakom pseudonymen MTW döljer sig en flitigt resande frilansjournalist med rötterna i Vancouver, Canada, och med sin nuvarande arbetsplats i London. Han har tidigare bott i bland annat Norge, Japan, Singapore och Malaysia.

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World of food – Malaysian Nasi Kandar

World of food – Japanese Ramen
World of food – Brazilian Feijoada

World of food – Malaysian Nasi Kandar

Nasi Kandar

In Malaysia, open air buffets give travellers a chance to try a variety of local foods very quickly and cheaply. The foods in the buffet vary from restaurant to restaurant but often they include both Chinese and Indian dishes as well as Malaysian ones. You can choose as little or as much of the dish you want and will only be charged according to what you take. During [simpletag]Ramadan[/simpletag], the [simpletag]Malaysia[/simpletag] buffet abounds with local delicacies after sun goes down. The standard rice and curry is replaced by beef lung in a dark sauce and other specialties that aren’t usually on offer.

World of food – Japanese Ramen

Tampopo

The fast food of Japan is surprisingly healthy and puts instant ramen (noodles) to shame. Throughout [simpletag]Japan[/simpletag], there are many regional variations on the dish so as you travel throughout the country it is easy to become familiar with the local flavours. From the top of Japan to the bottom, ramen enthusiasts take great pride in their distinct version of ramen. To understand how to eat ramen properly as well as Japan’s food culture as a whole it’s a good idea to see the film Tampopo, which centres around a ramen restaurant and is widely available with English subtitles.

Bakom pseudonymen MTW döljer sig en flitigt resande frilansjournalist med rötterna i Vancouver, Canada, och med sin nuvarande arbetsplats i London. Han har tidigare bott i bland annat Norge, Japan, Singapore och Malaysia. 

World of food – Brazilian feijoada

Eating while abroad can make for some of the most potent memories of an entire trip. It’s important to take note of the things you enjoyed eating while travelling so you can enjoy them again back home.

Remember your favourite meals and learning to cook them can help to explain to your friends and family your whole travel experience.


 

Brazilian feijoada 

The national dish of brazil is a black bean stew served with white rice and is often accompanied by pork chops, greens and a jug of caipirinha. Although it resembles a thick black mud the flavour of smoked pork and spicy sausage make the meal uniquely Brazilian. Feijoada is surprisingly easy to make with various versions and recipes available on the Internet.

Bakom pseudonymen MTW döljer sig en flitigt resande frilansjournalist med rötterna i Vancouver, Canada, och nuvarande arbetsplats i London. Han har tidigare bott i bland annat Norge, Japan, Singapore och Malaysia.