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Top Science Museums I’ve visited in my travels

Top Science Museums I’ve visited in my travels

Some of my friends know that I am a science buff. When I travel to big cities I try my best to visit a Science museum or center to see how Science is represented in different cities/countries. Here is my top ten list: 1. American Museum of Natural History – New York, NY Total Visitors (last year): Annual Visitors: 5,000,000 2. Parque Explora – Medellin, Colombia 3. Griffith Observatory – Los Angeles, California 4. Cosmo Caixa Natural Science Museum – Barcelona, Spain 5. MadaTech Israeli National Museum of Science and Space – Haifa, Israel 6. Technicki Muzej – Zagreb, Croatia…

I’ve been to all the top 10 most Populated cities

I’ve been to all the top 10 most Populated cities

It’s official. I’ve been to all the top 10 most populated cities in the world. 1. Tokyo, Japan 37,833,000 2. Delhi, India 24,953,000 3. Shanghai, China 22,991,000 4. Mexico City, Mexico 20,843,000 5. São Paulo, Brazil 20,831,000 6. Mumbai, India 20,741,000 7. Osaka, Japan 20,123,000 8. Beijing, China 19,520,000 9. New York, United States 18,591,000 10. Cairo, Egypt 18,419,000

Ecuador, South America

Ecuador, South America

My 6th country in South America and 50th country in the world, Ecuador is a paradise for those who love nature. With its mystical beauty, snow-capped peaks along the avenue of volcanoes (some are still active) spread across the country, countless waterfalls in Banos, second highest capital city in the world, hugging clouds, rolling hills, cows and sheep grazing the slopes of the mountains. With the exception of Ireland, Ecuador has to be the greenest countries I have ever visited in my life. It seems almost everything is painted in green. This planet continues to amaze me. Ecuador in a…

After 3 months of backpacking in Europe

After 3 months of backpacking in Europe

It all started in August when a friend invited me to visit her in Glasgow, Scotland. What started as a single country trip turned into a 3 month long travel across western Europe. Here is what I explored during my travel across Europe and Northern Africa: Scotland – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Isle of Arran, Isle of Skye Ireland – Dublin, Killarney, Dingle, Portmagee London Paris Portugal – Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon, Lagos & Sagres Spain – Seville, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona, Catalan & Girona Morocco – Fes, Chefchouen, Tangier Italy – Florence, Rome, Naples & Ischia Here are some highlights from my 3…

How to plan Cherry blossoms trip in Japan

How to plan Cherry blossoms trip in Japan Japanese call it “Hana – mi” which literally means Viewing of Cherry blossoms. The Cherry flowers are referred to as “Sakura” in Japanese. When did this tradition originate and how did it become a popular activity among both the locals and tourists? I have always wanted to witness the “Hanami” in person and use that as a reason to travel across Japan. It was almost early March when I finished my rather long backpacking adventure across South East Asia. I was taking a break in India for a few weeks. The northern…

Back to Medellin, Colombia

Back to Medellin, Colombia

Back to my favorite city in the world. This time I am going to stay here for a couple of months. Medellin has a lot to offer. All the activities in the sports stadiums (Inder Deportes) are free including the gymnasium, soccer and tennis lessons, swimming pools etc. The city wide biking system (encicla) is absolutely free. Of course you have to return the bike every hour but you can take another one immediately. Biking in Medellin is much better than in NYC. You have dedicated bike path which allows one to bike without any intrusion from other traffic. Plus…

Laos 2015 Trip

Laos 2015 Trip

Laos (23 days) Some of my readers know that I took a year off to travel around the world. My first destination in this year long would tour is Laos. I heard a lot about Laos from other travelers but didn’t know what to expect. As soon as you arrive at Vientene airport you go through immigration like in any other international airport. But here the immigration stamp process is very old school and cumbersome. There are 5 immigration officers sitting next to each other. You submit your passport and the visa application to the first officer. He reviews it…

My China Adventure

My China Adventure

March, 2013 China, the most populous country in the world with the most modern infrastructure that will envy the rest of the world has been on my radar for a while ever since the economy took off in the recent past. China came out of its communist cocoon of closed economy with the fall of Mao and subsequent election of Deng Xiaoping. Deng opened up China’s economy with acceptance of modern market based economy from the west. After the Tianenman massacre it was clear to the politburo in China to do something about their flailing communist based economic system. It…

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