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Rio de Janeiro travel guide (source taken from Expedia’s YouTube channel)

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Rio de Janeiro, in southeast Brazil, is one of South America’s most famous hubs of energy and excitement. Rio fills the narrow strip between the Atlantic Ocean and the Serra do Mar coastal forest, and is home to some 16 million people.

In Rio de Janeiro, the soft glow of dawn reveals golden shores, and an urban jungle dotted with mountain peaks. At this early hour, the coastline is a sea of serenity, but soon enough, energetic locals fill the scene. Rio’s seductive resort beaches have a rejunevating effect that appeals to everyone.

With each sunrise, the city readies itself to put on a brand new show. Cariocas, as the residents are known, take pride in expressing themselves in less conventional ways. Even the city’s main house of worship is unorthodox – the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian is modeled after a Mayan temple, a staircase to the sun.

But, it’s the statue of Christ the Redeemer takes center stage on Rio’s skyline.

Take the 20-minute ride through the Tijuca Rainforest to the top of Corcovado Mountain, and stand at the feet of this world-famous landmark. With arms outstretched in a gesture of peace, this statue of Jesus gazes down upon all of Rio, from the waterfront neighborhoods to the poor favelas that cling to the mountain slopes.

Just across the water, lays Rio’s most iconic peak, Sugarloaf Mountain. Hang on tight as the cable car carries you to the lookout, then relax and enjoy the views over the city, bay, and beaches below.

People from all walks of life are drawn to Rio de Janeiro’s most talked about beach – Copacabana. It’s usually packed with sun worshippers, but, you can always find room on its calm waters.

If you’re looking for waves, head out to Prainha. This protected ecopark lacks high-rise hotels, and is a nice contrast to Rio’s other beaches.

Closer to downtown, Barra da Tijuca and Ipanema Beach are great places for people-watching, or a game of volleyball with the locals.

In Ipanema, shop for souvenirs at the Sunday Hippie Fair. Or, join the dancers during the street parties that often erupt here around Carnaval and New Year. At times, it’s as if Rio is one big parade of samba, capoeira, and Carnaval.

In the heart of the city is Cinelandia. This historic square is home to the eclectic Municipal Theater, and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Admire works by some of Brazil’s greatest artists, and see how the Portuguese left their mark on this city when they first arrived on New Year’s Day, in 1502.

Discover Brazil’s precolonial times at the National History Museum. Located close to the port, the building was once part of the city’s defenses.

Rio is blessed with elegant public parks, such as Parque Henrique Lage.

The formal gardens of Quinta da Boa Vista surround the Imperial Palace, the home of Brazilian royalty before the country declared itself a republic.

The local lust for life is reflected in the cuisine, whether it be a traditional feast of grilled meat, or simply a cool drink straight from a coconut. But of course, nothing ignites the passion of Rio’s residents like football. Even between games, a visit to the Maracanã Football Stadium will give you a taste of this national obsession.

Don’t leave Rio before walking the Selarón Steps. The eccentric artist Jorge Selarón devoted much of his life paving the way for a more colorful passage from the bohemian Santa Teresa area to the nightlife district of Lapa. Tiles were donated from all over the world, resulting in a remarkable mosaic.

No wonder they call Rio de Janeiro the “Cidade Maravilhosa” – the Marvelous City. Seeing the sun set in the Guanabara Bay is like watching the finale of a spectacular show. When the curtain goes down, you can’t help, but wait for the encore.

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Darude – Superman

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Oh God, I’m terrified
When I’m not with you
No matter how I tried
I was feeling blue

You walked into my life
Show me something new
Baby, when you’re gone
I don’t know what I should do

‘Cause only you can make me fly like I’m Superman
How you make me feel like this, hard to understand

When I need a hero, you’ll be my hero
When I feel the darkness, you’ll be the light
‘Cause only you can make me fly like I’m Superman
Like a Superman

When all my hope is gone
And I’m giving in
When I can see the light
From the dark within

You walked into my life
Show me something new
Oh baby, when you’re gone
I don’t know what I should do

‘Cause only you can make me fly like I’m Superman
How you make me feel like this, hard to understand

When I need a hero, you’ll be my hero
When I feel the darkness, you’ll be the light
‘Cause only you can make me fly like I’m Superman
Like a Superman

When you’re around, I can reach for the sky
I won’t look down, going high at night
When you’re around, I’m above all the clouds
You’re trolling me down

‘Cause only you can make me fly like I’m Superman
How you make me feel like this, hard to understand

When I need a hero, you’ll be my hero
When I feel the darkness, you’ll be the light
‘Cause only you can make me fly like I’m Superman
Like a Superman

Please forgive me if there are any wrong lyrics… I wrote what I listened in the song T.T

Barcelona travel guide (source taken from BookingHunterTV’s YouTube channel)

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Passing Barcelona is one of the world’s most exciting places.

Cool and contemporary, but steeped in centuries of history, Spain’s second city has it all. Amazing art and architecture, boulevards and beaches, fine food, and flamboyant football. There’s something for everyone here.

If it’s your first time in Barcelona, top of your list has to be the eccentric architecture of Antoni Gaudi. He drew inspiration from nature, decorating Barcelona with curvy colorful architecture.

Antoni Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece is La Sagrada Familia. Under construction since 1882, this one-of-a-kind cathedral isn’t expected to be complete until at least 2026. Even so, La Sagrada Familia is an awe-inspiring building, towering over the rooftops of Barcelona. Inside, the cathedral is just as impressive. Bright, spacious, and surreal. It’s unlike any other cathedral in the world.

Another of Gaudi’s celebrated works is Park Guell, an enchanting hillside garden in the suburbs of the city. Here, Gaudi let his imagination run wild, creating a fairytale full of weird and wonderful surprises. But while Gaudi’s architecture symbolizes Barcelona, it’s in the enchanting Gothic Quarter, where you’ll experience the true essence of the city.

Wondering this maze of narrow streets and squares, it feels like you’ve stepped back in time. Here, you’ll find some of the best preserved medieval architecture in Europe. The Gothic Quarter’s stunning centerpiece is this 600-year-old cathedral, best known for its peaceful cloister. An oasis of calm, in the middle of this bustling city.

You could easily spend hours unearthing secrets in the Gothic Quarter. But you shouldn’t miss out on Barcelona’s other essential experiences, like La Boqueria Market. One of the most exciting food markets in the world, La Boqueria buzzes with life, exotic fruit and veg, freshly caught fish, sizzling tapas bars. It’s a mouthwatering fiesta of food. As they say in Barcelona, “if you can’t find it in the Boqueria, you can’t find it anywhere.”

From a fiesta of food, to another local passion – football. If you’re a lover of the beautiful game, why not visit Camp Nou, home to the mighty FC Barcelona.

On a behind-the-scenes tour, you’ll get to follow in the footsteps of so many footballing legends, explore the changing rooms, the TV areas, and best of all, stride along the tunnel into this awe-inspiring stadium.

Of course, we can’t talk about sports without mentioning the landmark event which changed everything for Barcelona.

The 1992 Olympics placed the city firmly on the global map, helping to regenerate Barcelona, from an industrial sprawl into the modern metropolis we see today.

Sat high above the city, on Montjuic Hill, is the Olympic Stadium. The scene of so many sporting achievements during the summer of ’92.

Nearby is another of Barcelona’s popular attractions, the Spanish Village. Built back in 1929 for the Universal Exhibition, this open-air museum is a showcase of Spanish architecture. Its warren of streets representing the different regions of Spain, it’s a charming place to explore.

If you’ve already been to Barcelona, then why not see the city from a completely different perspective. A bike tour of Barcelona gets you out and about in the fresh air, showing you parts of the city inaccessible to coaches, such as the serene Ciutadella Park. It also gives you a chance to cycle those atmospheric streets of the Gothic Quarter, a great way to experience the city if you enjoy a little activity.

Alternatively, why not leave Barcelona behind completely, to explore the beautiful region of Catalonia. One of the most popular trips out of Barcelona is to the mystical mountain range of Montserrat. Here, a rack railway takes you on a journey up 2,400 feet to visit the 11th-century Monastery of Montserrat. This is the holiest site in Catalonia, with pilgrims coming from far and wide, to spend a few moments with the Black Virgin of Montserrat. But most people come here purely to experience this most dramatic setting, and incredible views.

Another Catalonian gem is the seaside resort of Sitges, just 22 miles south of Barcelona. Stylish, chic, but utterly charming. Sitges boasts 17 sandy beaches, and crystal-clear sea, perfect if you’re looking for a lazy day under the sizzling Spanish sunshine. And for the explorers, Sitges has a traditional old quarter of winding streets and whitewashed houses. A lovely place to relax with a cool drink, whilst the world ambles by.

On the subject of drink, the Catalonia region is renowned for its wine and cava production. In fact, about 95% of the world’s cava is produced here.

Barcelona is one of those ports you could easily visit again and again. With so many exciting things to see and do, you’ll never be short of ideas. Whether you choose to explore this dynamic city, or venture into the beautiful Catalonia region, Barcelona always leads you longing for more.

Gak usah kuliah, mending nonton G-Friend! (this post is in English)

Annyeong, guys!

G-Friend might not be as popular as Twice and Blackpink, but recently they have reached second place in monthly reputations for girl groups in South Korea this February, and they’re popular among K-popers and non-K-popers alike in Indonesia. And guess what? Eunha and her friends will hold their second Asia tour this year, and Indonesia will be one of the places they go to! Isn’t that insane?

I’m planning to deliberately skip college just to watch the Source Music girl group perform in the Kasablanka Hall, Jakarta. One of my best friends, Aria, a Buddy, will attend the concert as well.

G-Friend – The 2nd Asia Tour (2019)
Venues:

1. SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium
Seoul, South Korea

2. Malawati Indoor Stadium
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3. The Star Theater
Singapore

4. BCC Hall @ Central Ladprao
Bangkok, Thailand

5. AsiaWorld-Expo, Hall 10
Hong Kong

6. The Kasablanka Hall
Jakarta, Indonesia
(FIX KE SINI DEMI PACARKU EUNHA!!!)

7. New Frontier Theater
Quezon City, Philippines

8. NTSU Arena
Taipei, Taiwan
(will Tzuyu and Guanlin be watching??? Wkwkwk)

Stay tuned!
And once again, buat Buddies Indonesia…
Gak usah kuliah, mending nonton G-Friend!
Hehehe…

Chicago travel guide (source taken from Expedia’s YouTube channel)

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Chicago is situated in the Great Lakes region of the American Midwest, in the state of Illinois. Rising from the edges of Lake Michigan, Chicago began as a tiny trading post at the mouth of the Chicago River, and has boomed into a modern global center of commerce and culture.

The Windy City has always been driven by unshakable optimism and can-do attitude. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which destroyed half of the city, was seized upon as an opportunity for the metropolis to reinvent itself. What followed was the biggest building boom in US history, and a skyline that is almost beyond beautiful.

Start your visit in the Loop, the central business district encircled by the L, Chicago’s elevated train line. The streets within the Loop are a showcase of architecture, from the world’s first high-rises to the cloud-piercing towers of today.

Willis Tower held the title of world’s tallest building for almost 25 years. Take the 60-second ride to the sky deck. On a really windy day, you might even feel the building sway a little, but don’t panic. It was designed to do just that.

The Loop also contains some amazing outdoor sculpture, and an historic theater district which makes the area feel like a cross between a museum and a film set.

Running north from the Loop is the Magnificent Mile, where you’ll be able to gaze up at even more wonders from the Chicago School of Architecture.

Looking a little out of place is the Old Water Tower, a long but much loved survivor from the Chicago Fire.

Shop till you drop in the upscale boutiques which line the Magnificent Mile’s wide boulevards. And when it’s time to refuel, sink your teeth into a deep-dish pizza – an old Chicago favorite.

Following the south bank of the Chicago River, and winding between the canyons of glass and steel, the Riverwalk offers a relaxing change of pace from the downtown bustle.

Still within the Loop is Millennium Park. Once the site of railway yards and car parks, the area has been transformed into what critics have hailed as “the future of parks”. The centerpieces of this visionary space are the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the BP Footbridge. The park showcases a number of public sculptures, including a futuristic stainless steel archway to the city – Cloud Gate, or, as it’s affectionately known to locals, the Bean.

Just across the road is the Art Institute of Chicago, whose exterior is a work of art in itself. Set aside at least a day to explore this treasure house of European, American, and Asian masterpieces.

There are a plenty of treasures to be found outside the Loop. Just to the west is one of Chicago’s hidden gems, the Garfield Park Conservatory – an inner city haven for nature lovers, and a first-date favorite for Chicago couples.

In nearby Oak Park, step inside Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio, where for 20 years, he pioneered an entirely new architectural vision for America.

Unity Temple is just a short stroll away, completed in 1908. This Lloyd Wright masterpiece is widely regarded as the world’s first modern building.

While you’re in Oak Park, stop by the birthplace of one of Chicago’s most famous sons, Ernest Hemingway. In the nearby museum, fans of the novelist can read from his childhood diary and original manuscripts.

Down by the Loop’s waterfront, the historic Navy Pier offers entertainment for all ages. The pier is also the place to climb aboard one of the many lake and river cruises on offer.

Just south of Navy Pier, the Field Museum houses over 20 million specimens from the world of natural history. Say hello to Sue, the largest and most intact skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex ever on earth. The museum might look a little familiar. After all it was the home base for Indiana Jones, in the blockbuster movie series.

A little further south along the waterfront, you’ll find the Museum of Science and Industry, known by generations of school children as “the best field trip ever”. Here, you’ll get to explore the inner workings of man and machine, and discover the secrets of natural phenomena like tornadoes, lightning, and avalanches.

Chicago’s largest green space is Lincoln Park, a seven-mile stretch of shoreline, which runs north from the Loop.

It’s home to nature reserves, a conservatory, and monuments to many of the nation’s heroes, including the park’s namesake, Abraham Lincoln.

The park also features the Lincoln Park Zoo, which has been entertaining and educating visitors since 1868. The zoo features two sections specifically designed for children, and best of all, it’s free.

The park is also home to the Chicago History Museum. From gangsters to baseball, this is the place to visit if you really wanna know what makes this unique city tick.

As the sun sets, Chicago truly lights up. But don’t plan on going to bed early. The city offers some of the best jazz, blues, and theater in America.

So come on over to Chicago. The memories you’ll take away will blast a lifetime, no matter how hard the wind blows.

San Antonio travel guide (source taken from Expedia’s YouTube channel)

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This is where Twice’s Mina was born…

Between the Mexican border and the Texan capital of Austin, sits historic San Antonio. It is the second most populated city in the Lone Star State, and one of America’s top travel destinations.

San Antonio sprung up around 18th-century bell towers of the Spanish missions. Today, the city’s popular River Walk connects these and many other iconic local attractions.

Walk in the footsteps of the heroes of the Texas Revolution, enjoy festive atmosphere, and experience the Latin culture.

To give your feet a rest, cruise around in a river taxi, or hop on and off vintage buses and trolleys.

Linger on cafe terraces to try Tex-Mex or European food in between rides.

A must-see is the Alamo, once a modest Franciscan mission, and now a symbol of patriotism and defiance. In 1836, it became a fortress manned by a few hundred volunteers, who bravely tried to hold back in invading an army of thousands of Mexicans. They didn’t die in vain. The Texans won independence that same year, shouting, “Remember the Alamo!”.

The nearby Institute of Texan Cultures takes you even further back in time. See how America’s first peoples lived, and learn why the state has attracted immigrants from all over the globe ever since. Step inside the simple dwellings, to catch a glimpse of early life in the Southwest.

Catch the river taxi to the former 19th-century brewery that is now the San Antonio Museum of Art. This impressive building houses everything from the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet, and other ancient statues, to depictions of local history on canvas.

Back in the city center, there is always something going on in bustling Market Square. Listen to a heartfelt song, browse the stalls, or simply soak up the atmosphere.

Take a short detour to the Botanical Gardens, with plants flourishing in the dry Texan desert.

A far more lush experience is a stroll in the nearby Japanese Tea Gardens, with its amazing stone structures and the Jingu Tea House. This exotic attraction, just north of downtown in Brackenridge Park, is an oasis in this otherwise arid corner of the Southwest.

In the same park is the Witte Museum. Let the children play before browsing the paintings and relics of San Antonio’s past.

Your passport to adventure is the nearby San Antonio Zoo. Good for some exciting wildlife encounters. Just a half-hour drive from here, the residents in the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch have it made. The prairie and savannah animals here get to roam free within the park’s boundaries. You can even feed some of the animals out of your hands during a self-drive safari.

On a hot summer’s day, there is nothing cooler than descending into the Natural Bridge Caverns just down the road. Follow the guide to a subterranean landscape of dripping stalactites and cathedral-like rock formations.

Outside, the playground for kids and adults is something for the truly brave.

Find your way back to the River Walk, and explore La Villita. Visit the craft markets around the old fountain, or see a band in a riverside amphitheater.

At the end of the day, ride the elevator to the top of the Tower of the Americas, for a view you’ll always remember. From the observation deck, San Antonio looks like a sparkling diamond, under the night sky.

Boston travel guide (source taken from Expedia’s YouTube channel)

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The city of Boston stands at the mouths of the Charles and Mystic Rivers, at the east coast of the United States of America. Situated on the banks of Massachusetts Bay, Boston features a fine natural harbor.

Boston is a city that’s been shaped by the sea, but it’s her people who have helped shape the history of the USA. Since its inception in 1630, Boston has remained at the epicenter of American political, social, and cultural life. Every street corner it seems is a reminder of Boston’s role in the American Revolution.

Boston is a compact and highly livable city. There are numerous options to explore Boston, but the best way to discover the city is by foot. It’s nicknamed the “walking city” for good reason.

The Freedom Trail is a self-guided walking tour that’s easy to pick up wherever you see the distinctive red markings on the sidewalk. The 2.5-mile long trail weaves its way past 16 historic sites, that were instrumental in America’s march to independence.

The trail officially starts in Boston Common, the oldest city park in America, and the centerpiece to a string of parks and gardens affectionately known as “Boston’s Emerald Necklace”.

Highlights of the trail include the State House with its gleaming golden dome, and the Granary Burying Ground, the final resting place of Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and many of Boston’s bravest sons and daughters.

Faneuil Hall, often referred to as the “Cradle of Liberty”, was the stage from which Samuel Adams and James Otis fanned the winds of revolution.

Just behind are the Quincy and Faneuil Hall Markets, two of Boston’s most popular places to eat and hang out.

Stop by the 17th-century home of Paul Revere, a patriot immortalized for his famous all-night ride to Lexington, warning that “the British were coming!”.

Walking across the Charles River brings Freedom Trail walkers to the Bunker Hill Monument, where the newly formed colonial army first stood up to the Red Coats in the American War of Independence.

The trail concludes at one of the most beloved ships in the United States, the USS Constitution. Launched in 1797, Old Ironsides is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat.

Everywhere along the waterfronts of Boston, we are reminded of the city’s maritime connections. This is a city with salt in its blood. The harbor is also a place to jump aboard the many scenic and whale watch cruises on offer, or to sample the fruits of the sea! Boston’s seafood is so fresh, you’d swear it almost leapt onto your plate.

Once you’ve explored the Freedom Trail, it’s time to simply follow your nose. This is a great city to get lost in.

Beacon Hill with its gas-lit streets and Federal-style rowhouses is one of Boston’s most beautiful neighborhoods. In Charles Street, it’s easy to lose a few hours in the antique shops hunting down the perfect souvenir of Old Boston.

Newbury Street in neighboring Back Bay is one of America’s great shopping avenues, featuring everything from exclusive emporiums to sidewalk stalls.

Back Bay also offers plenty of places to chill out and reflect, like Copley Square. Or, you can even join a service in Trinity Church, listed as one of the ten most significant buildings in the United States.

To get even closer to the heavens, and for the best views of Boston, take the elevator to the Skywalk Observatory in the nearby Prudential Tower.

Boston is a city that owes much to its immigrants who came here, filled with hopes, dreams, and traditions. These cultures have become part of Boston’s fabric, from the culinary delights of Little Italy, to the Irish pubs which quenches the thirst of this hardworking city.

Bostonians like to play hard. And in this sports-crazy town there’s no greater hallowed turf than Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox for 100 years.

Culture rates highly in Boston too. The Museum of Fine Arts, with its fabulous Impressionist collection, houses the largest displays of Monets outside of France.

Boston, however, isn’t a city that rests on past glories. There are over 50 colleges and universities within the Greater Boston Area.

With prestigious institutions like Harvard and MIT, continuing to produce presidents and Nobel laureates, Boston has blossomed into a city that not only shapes America, but the entire world.