– I’d LOVE to- Explore Barcelona

What do I love more than traveling, making videos and dancing to Kwaito music?

Nothing! However I do also enjoy electronic music and outdoor festivals.. This weekend I went on a little adventure to Utopia, a music festival that took place on beautiful river resort in Worcester and featured some of Cape Town’s Imagemost exciting acts (watch out for video coming soon). I danced my booty off, watched some great comedy, met lovely mental people and captured some rad footage. But I’m not going to talk too much about Utopia as you’ll see all about it in my next vlog.

However, my little field trip did get me thinking about what international electronic music festival I would like to attend if I won MyDestination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket list. I’ve actually been following this festival for a while now and had many dreams in which I get up on stage during Soulwax’s set and dance like a 7 year old on Christmas morning.

This festival is none other than the SONAR MUSIC FESTIVAL that takes place in Barcelona for three days every June, this year from the 13 to the 15th. Created in 1994 this International Festival of Advanced Music and New MeImagedia Art “is by virtue of a carefully balanced cultural offering, combining a playful nature, the avant-garde, and experimentation with electronic dance music’s newest trends” describes MyDestination Barcelona. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Each year Sonar hosts over 8 000 people from more than 90 countries from around the world – now that’s  a lot of potential friends, YOH. Their common goal: “to make the relationship between creativity, technology, mobility, innovation, and business more transparent and accessible”. Sounds Saucy.

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Some of my favorite acts featured in this year’s line up include:

Jurrasic 5

Two Door Cinema Club

Soulwax

Diplo

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Nicholas Jaar

Justice

Gold Panda

And many more that I don’t even know exist….

Click here to visit MyDestination Barcelona for more Festival info.

Or check out the Festival website here for more pics and videos.

Our own local Act, Die Antwoord, played last year

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A trip to Barcelona would not be complete without visiting the legendary works of Gaudi. We’ve all seen the film Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona and thought to ourselves ‘yes, now that’s where I’d like to spend my next Summer holiday’… (if we were all famous gazillion-ares) Why? To study the works of Gaudi of course, not to run off with some sexy, steamy, culturally stimulating Spanish artist!

For all the things Barcelona is famous for, including ridiculously good-looking, charming men, Antoni Gaudi stands out as one of the city’s most influential characters.

To learn more about him and his life in Barcelona visit MyDestination Barcelona’s article here.

Otherwise I shall leave you with some of my Gaudi favourites:

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– I’d LOVE to – Visit the Mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru

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ImageNow for someone who isn’t the most experienced hiker and who can only run 5km before passing out The Inca Trail would be quite a challenging one to tick off my bucket list. But if the final destination of the 43km trek is Machu Picchu, the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas” –

THEN I’M IN – 

The majestic city of Machu Picchu is 7 000 feet above sea level and is situated between the Andean Mountain Range and the Urabamba Valley. It’s known today as one of the lost cities as it was only recently discovered in 1911. (Apparently that’s recent..)

What I wanted to find out was  why on earth it was built so far away from civilization? What or who were they hiding from?  So I did some research and found out that Archaeologists reckon that about 1200 people could have lived in the ancient city.   (That just sounds like a lot of incest to me) Others surmise it was a likely retreat for Incan rulers due to it’s isolation from the rest of Peru. My opinion is that it was a retreat the Incan fathers sent their young 16 year old daughters on to keep them away from hormone induced boys. “Honey, we’re just sending you to a lovely outdoor spa” … For 5 years. I know my father would have done the same if we had a Machu Picchu on top of Table Mountain and there were no cable cars to get down.

Eish, well now I’m intrigued and I want to get my African booty climbing the Inca to get to discover the truth. Comment below if you’ve been to see this magical city and tell me about  your own theories on why it was built?

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I’ve also noticed that in all the pictures I’ve found of Machu Picchu there aren’t any pictures of people actually inside the city but rather taken from afar. Is this because you’re not actually allowed inside the city. Or are people too tired by the time they reach Machu Picchu that the first glimpse of it they get  of it they’re like “Ah there it is, made it to the top. Not moving another bloody inch or my legs will cave in” ?

Someone whose been there please give me a holler and let me know what the deal with that is? Because if I’ve climbed that far and  made it to Machu Picchu, hell I’m going inside, having a party and I may even spend the night  or a few days having my own spa retreat..

Let me know your thoughts below almal. Also how rad are LAMAS! I wonder if I’d be able to ride one..

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– I’d LOVE to – Visit The Ghost Town of Chernobyl in the Ukraine

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(Images from onlyhdwallpapers.com; flicker.com; funny.funnyoldplanet.com; entertainmentfuse.com)

Ever since I watched the Horror movie “The Chernobyl Diaries” I’ve been fascinated with this Ghost Town. I’ve seen all the pictures, watched all the youtube clips but I’m sure its a completely different thrilling experience being there to explore the deserted town yourself. This place actually exists!

Here’s the story of how this eerie town in Kiev  came to be a deserted: On April 26, 1986 Reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. Almost 9 tons of radioactive materials – 90 times as much as the Hiroshima bomb- were cast into the sky. The disaster happened at night while the 14 000 civilian’s of Chernobyl were asleep. Only 40 hours later were the residents ordered to evacuate their town and most never returned.  The town was left to rot and is still facing the effects of the disaster today. Many living in the town had no idea of the dangers of radiation and left the hundreds ill and deformed.

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(Images and info from losapos.com/chernobyl)

It’s quite bloodcurdling but I’d love to visit this ghost town. Long term access to the zone is forbidden but short term visits are allowed. Several tour operators offer guided visits into the zone of alienation.  Who else wants to take a walk down the empty streets of Chernobyl Ghost Town?

To see a video slideshow on the effects the radiation had on the townsfolk- go to this link. But I warn you – The images are quite shocking..

– I’d LOVE to – Watch a Film at Thailand’s Floating Movie Theatre

You heard me! Yes, we have all watched movies at the cinema but have you ever watched a movie while floating on the ocean? No? Well, neither have I but I’d LOVE to.

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This fantasy activity is situated in the the dreamworld of Kudu Island in Thailand.

The creator of this wonder cinema is German architect named Ole Scheeran. He wanted to give audience members a truly unique experience while watching movies.

“By using local lobster fisherman rafts with tires, Scheeren created a floating screen and a separate platform for the audience to sit back, relax and enjoy the show. The screen was placed in front of two beautiful rocks in the archipelago in the Bay of Benga.”

Unfortunately the cinema was created specifically for a film festival called “Film on the Rocks Yao Noi” so the rafts were given back to the fisherman after the festival concluded. But there may be a chance of them bringing it back for next year’s festival…. So there is still a chance of being apart of the magic 🙂

 “Scheeren explains his vision for the project: “

“A screen, nestled somewhere between the rocks. And the audience… floating. Hovering above the sea, somewhere in the middle of this incredible space of the lagoon, focused on the moving images across the water. A landscape of pieces playfully joined together. A sense of temporality, randomness. Almost like drift wood. Or maybe something more architectural. Modular pieces, loosely assembled, like a group of little islands. A congregation of rafts as an auditorium. Archipelago Cinema.”

(http://www.visualnews.com/2012/04/06/thailands-floating-movie-theater/ )

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(Images taken from http://www.visualnews.com/2012/04/06/thailands-floating-movie-theater/)

Hike Up Lion’s Head

This was a little section I had to leave out of my Biggest Baddest Bucket List entry video as the video could only be 3mins long. But here is an awesome Hike to do while in Cape Town!
Vote for me in the Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition by going to this link – http://www.mydestination.com/users/ceara/bbb#tab – and clicking the green tab that says “support and follow” this finalist.

WHOOPA.

– I’d LOVE to – Become a Geisha

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Become Geisha for the Day in Japan. . .

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“Kyoto’s maiko houses are traditionally where young Japanese girls learn the 300-year-old art of being a geisha. Now the houses are open to tourists – for around 9,000 yen (£50), you can become geisha for a day: the process takes five hours.”

Carolyn Boyd from the DailyMail talks about her experience of being a Geisha for the day:

“First I was taken to a small changing room to don a pink cotton robe before going upstairs to try a colourful silk robe.

Next, the make-up, which took about an hour – kneeling down, hair scrunched into a hairnet, white make-up was brushed on to my face, neck and back. My lips were turned into a red bow.

In another room, I was hauled into an under-robe with a series of ties and ribbons before stepping into a huge kimono.

The wide obi belt with traditional folds was pulled so tight I could only take shallow breaths.

A hard hairpiece was then balanced on my head before I put on geta clogs and posed for a snap.”  (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/holidaytypeshub/article-590031/Become-geisha-day.html)

Who wants to see me transform into a Geisha?

– I’d LOVE to –

Every day I’m going to be posting a new activity from a different destination

that I’d LOVE to do if I won My Destinations #BBB..

Leave comments letting me know what you think and suggestions…

For my first activity  –

I’d LOVE to go MOUNTAIN TUBING in Kaui, Hawaii

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How fun does this sound?!?

“A water system that once irrigated vast sugar crops on Kauai has been unused since sugar was taken out of production in 2000. The irrigation system runs through some of the most beautiful and remote land on the island. It includes spectacular views of the ocean, coastline, mountains and valleys. Wanting to share this beauty with everyone, the land-owners have opened up the ditchand now offer tube rides down the Lihue Plantation irrigation tunnel system. The waters which originate near the top of Mount Wai‘ale‘ale, one of the wettest spots in the world, are channeled through ditches and tunnels hand-dug by plantation workers over
a century ago! “
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During this leisurely cruise, guests will enjoy one of Kauai’s spectacular engineering feats which was engineered and hand dug circa 1870. During the tour, guides point out tidbits regarding the local plants, wildlife, and the history of Kauai and the sugar plantations. Following the tubing experience, guests are guided to a fresh water swim hole where they enjoy lunch and swim time before returning back to the base yard. ” (http://www.starfranevents.com/Conference/ActivityInfo/Tues_Activity_Mountain_Tubing.pdf)

– WHY TRAVEL? –

When I was young I developed a fear.

My parents took my brothers and I everywhere  from a young age.  America, Brazil, Thailand, Ireland, Spain.When I turned 18 the family trips ended. If I wanted to  laze on a tropical island or see the Taj Mahal, it was up to me to make it happen.

There’s always that argument of whether you should spend your hard earned money taking young kids traveling to expensive cities around the world, spending all your bonus  on a trip they won’t appreciate at the time or worse – end up forgetting. I thought about this a lot when the family trips came to an end. How could a six year old recognize the beauty of an underground temple in Thailand? How I wished my parents had taken me on these trips when I truly understood the beauty of the world. Never take your wild, loud, uncontrollable children on exotic adventures with you – wait till they’ve reached an age of acceptance and appreciation. Those were the thoughts I’d had for  all those  years, almost resenting my parents for spoiling my undeveloped eyes and mind.

The Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition has made me reflect on these thoughts once again.

When I was about 7 or 8 I developed this Fear, this anxiety about the world.  I think it hit me one day when my family and I were driving in a taxi around Thailand. I was st aring out the window of the taxi at some of the shrines passing by. Some were bright and colorfully painted, some a bit broken down, some held statues of cows, others of elephants with many legs. I made up stories in my mind of what they meant to people and why they were created. Perhaps these were magic creatures that came alive at night leaping into people’s houses tormenting them (much like the Xhosa Tokaloshi). This was maybe why people left gifts like flowers and food, as a peace offering. To say please don’t come into my home eat my biscuits and scare my child to death. Please – here’s a lily. Here’s a piece of bread.  I liked making up stories in my head about things I didn’t understand –I still do. What ever they were, those tiny little fairy temples, they were beautiful to me. I didn’t understand them, and that was part of the mystery and magic to me.

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While in this semi- daze of fantasy I looked over at the taxi driver who was talking to my Dad about whether we had Lions living in our backyard, I was hit with a sudden surge of sadness. I was sad because I realized this was probably the only place the taxi driver knew and will probably be the only place his eyes get to look at. Although a beautiful place, it would still be the only place he knew. The shrines were normal to him. They were his everyday. The giant gold plated statues, the endless blue sea, the underground temples. This was his world. Perhaps he was happy not knowing what else was out there. Maybe this was my own fear – not his. I started to think about how big the world was, knowing that my tiny little brain couldn’t even comprehend the size of Thailand and wondering if it were even possible to see and experience the whole world. Set foot on every piece of land, taste every conceivable flavor , visit every sacred place of worship, swim in every lake and ocean, see what every human being in the world looked like. My fear was that I wouldn’t get to see and experience every part of everything that existed in the world.

I couldn’t imagine how people were so content living, knowing that there was so much out there that they hadn’t seen. Yes, today we have the Internet so we can “see” everything but we all know it’s a completely different feeling being inside the Vatican than seeing pictures of it or tasting an authentic Indian curry than reading about the flavors. Now that I’m older and my brain is a little larger, I can understand the concept that it’s perhaps impossible to see and experience every little piece of this magnificent world – but I still wish to try.

What I’m trying to say   are two things. One – that it is never to early or too late to start traveling because once you do, that magical travel bugs bites you hard in the heart and arse and you are forever curious. For I’ve been curious ever since my first step on foreign Thai land.  Two- if I am granted this amazing opportunity to travel the world in 6 months I’ll be able to feed that curiosity and magic that’s inside of me. So please support me in this journey and help me on the road to winning My Biggest Baddest Bucket Bucket List!