If you read all over the internet, including forums, watching YouTube videos or have ever been to Japan, then you would know a lot of places in Japan are not welcoming of a foreigner. Especially in the red light district, you can find signs plastered all over the walls in English saying “JAPANESE ONLY” all in caps.
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Malaysia – Part 1, Why Malaysia?
Overwhelmed with the rigors of work and life, I desperately needed to get away. I had never been so compelled to do so and with that desire, I slipped away to an island paradise halfway around the world. Malaysia was the farthest single journey I had partaken requiring more than 36 hours of travel including layovers.
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Mindelo, São Vicente, Part IV of IV – Tips on tricks
Next day was my last day on St. Vincente so I figured I’d rent a car and go around the island. I already made a day trip with a German girl who introduced me to Leo to a place called Calhau from where I was hoping to get to the island of Santa Luzia, a deserted but still a good size island with what was supposed to be one of the best beaches on Cape Verde.
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Japan Part 3 of 3 – One Night in Tokyo continued (Strawberry Jam / Gatsuri Chikan Club)
I originally wrote this not long after I visited Japan. A month later, I found out I didn’t go to Strawberry Jam, but rather ended up at a place above it called Gatusuri Chikan Club… some sort of *molestation* club. A molestation club sounds pretty wacky but remember, it’s Japan so don’t expect the norm. One more last point, I have not rewritten my story with this new info, it’s pretty much as I wrote it originally.
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Mindelo, Part III – Keeping up with the force
The night before carnival
Monday night, i.e. the night before carnival should be your “the” night at the carnival on Sao Vicente, this is the night you should be readying yourself for. Some would tell you that this is not Carnival yet, that real Carnival is on the following day.
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Mindelo, Part II – It’s a carnival, carnival – oh no!
Loved that Carnival!
Carnival in Mindelo is something else. That by the way is coming from somebody who already has been a part of 3 main Carnivals of Brazil: Rio, Salvador & Recife/Olinda. Carnival in Mindelo was by far my favorite. But (there is always a “but”) what I say doesn’t apply to the day of Carnival itself – that you can skip – but the days leading up to Carnival are just fucking amazing! That would go double for those who consider themselves extraverts.
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The Island of São Vicente:
Mindelo, Part I – Behave
I visited only couple of towns in São Vicente, which is dominated by Mindelo – perky, cosmopolitan and pretty.
Mindelo is most lively city in Cape Verde by a mile. They party hard in Mindelo so get ready to party hard. On the other hand if you aren’t partying type you’d find Mindelo refreshingly normal with nice restaurants, good hotels, normal variety of services, full of happy people and easy on the eye. If you doing some serious travelling, Mindelo would be your natural break from that serious travelling.
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