Monday, 15 July 2013

Of Choosing Tour Packages Over Off the Beaten Path


Truth is I haven’t even booked a place to stay for my trip abroad next week. Why? I have been busy arranging trips of others que no tengo tiempo para ocuparme de mis propios!! When I went to Palawan last February I started finding an accommodation only when I arrived in the airport via brochures handed to me  and asking the locals on the road. Unfortunately this one is not going to work this time nor I advise anyone to do the same. 



Observe how walking tours are done abroad

My two friends will arrive a day ahead and me a day behind then the other one is 4 hours later.  Good thing, Lyn one of my buddies for this trip has been to Singapore previously  so I am entrusting her my life and everything. Since I am into heritage slash culture slash tourism advocacy, I want to join this award-winning Old Singapore Walking tour or any city tour in Malaysia but I don’t have time at all to know how I can be part of. I want to observe how a walking tour in other parts of the world is done so I can compare it to ours because I am also soon to be formally organizing an Intramuros, Binondo, Quiapo and Sta Cruz walking tour.


Saturday, 6 July 2013

The Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago at Galicia, Spain

I am a sucker of tours – anything related about culture and heritage. I am such a sucker that I was able to build a business out of it by selling tours myself.  Now that I am making a bit of money out of it, I have become more curious how are the tours around the world are done.  Let me cite an example – a pilgrimage tour. 

Locally I can only think of the Visita Iglesia – visiting churches on Maundy Thursday and Holy Friday for just a daytime duration. I did organized visitas to iglesias en Cavite, Batangas, Bataan y Pampanga recientemente so I can relate a bit to this.  

Pero en otras partes del mundo,  puedes un mes o mas.  Un ejemplo es Way of St. James o El Camino de Santiago en Español, a revered site visited by millions of peregrinos or pilgrims to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, northwest of Spain where tradition has it that the remains of Saint James (one of Twelve Apostles of Jesus) carried by boat from Jerusalem is buried. This route can be traced to Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy and finally to Spain even declared as the first European Cultural Route and was also named one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.

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