Do you get surprised at times to realize that how less we know about our own planet? We have travelled to foreign lands in person, read extensively about them, have spent hours in front of the TV to see what we missed in our time bound vacation. And yet, surprises keep coming your way!
Every country, every province and every city in the world is a repertoire of numerous indigenous and queer destinations that are unique in some subtle manner and carries the local taste and spirit.
With the passage of time, the conventional concept of 'holidaying' and 'sightseeing' has seen a metamorphic transition in every possible way. A new new school of travelling ideas have raised its head supported by a new genre of travellers who goes the other way to explore the virgin, relish the untasted.
Coming your way today is a bunch of such localities that goes beyond a traditional travel plan.
Korea Town, Toronto, Canada: What about a bit of Korea in the midst of the cultural capital of Canada? Might sound fancy until you yourself experience the Korea Town neighbourhood in Toronto. The feel of Korea is completed by the chobab (sushi) bars, kimchi-serving canteens and ready-to-mix bibimbap (mixed meal) which you can easily locate with a little help from the bilingual hoardings. The 'dare not miss' activity here is to hit the famous karaoke bars (noraebang) that are truly Asian in style and feel. Korea Town pulls a massive crowd during the Dano Festival observed in the first weekend of June every year.
Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand: This is a different type of destination in New Zealand with beaches, rain forests and hilly tracks. Ignite the adventurous soul in you and indulge in some thrilling surfing, walks in the dense rain forests and trekking down the rocky peaks of the Waitakere Ranges. By the evening grab a mug of chilled beer in the micro wineries scattered across the beaches to have a never before boozing experience. Shopping is fun in the Titirangi market with road side sellers trying to attract the buyers with myriad stuffs.
Williamsburg, New York, USA: A cosmopolitan hang out hub for folks from every corner of the world, Williamsburg is a night lovers paradise with beer splashing out of countless numbers of canes in the freaky bars. Thats not all, for the mild ones there are galleries, ethnic food joints and music shops. Moreover, the McCarren Pool is a place for enjoying a bit of outdoors gigs and try hand on indoor trapeze.
Boedo, Buenos Aires, Argentina: This South American nation is much more than soccer and Diego Maradona! Boedo is a working class neighbourhood at the heart of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires with a history of political bigwigs hitting its smoke clad cafes in 1920s. Feel the real Tango beats in the bars with some sensual performances by the most seductive artists.
Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa: The suburb of Cape Town is a trusted destination for a hoard of bars and cafes that depicts the old charm with graffities and peeling paints and modern touch with cuisines like mealie pap. Further, the Astronomical Observatory is a fine place to do some star gazing where the telescopes are opened to the spectators twice a month.
Noho, Hong Kong: Known as Hong Kong's ‘rainbow tourist’ destination, Noho happens to the hotbed for the printing presses in the past. That is perhaps the reason behind its ethnic air with subtle incense of the modern thoughts. The stalls in Noho are diverse in nature and the business they do. The restaurants are the place where you can get a whole new taste as they are well in food fusion.
Fun is an integral part of vacation left aside knowledge and learning. And real fun in a foreign land lies in the ways of the locals, their ways of celebration and the places they frequent. Hop in those territories to come out with a content sou and freaked out mind!