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Spain – J or H

Avila, Spain

Today, something for people who, like me, don’t speak Spanish. 😉
When you go to Span or Argentina and you try to ask for directions, it’s good to learn a few rules from Spanish pronunciation; e.g., Spanish “J” is pronounced like “H”. Check some basics before traveling, it may be very useful. 🙂

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Spain – Spanish

Siguenza, Spain

Spanish is the official language in Spain, but not the only language spoken in the Kingdom of Spain.

Can you speak Spanish?
If yes, you can easily visit South and Central America; well, Portuguese is more useful in Brazil, however it’s still more convenient there to know Spanish than English.

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Spain – Introduction

Toledo, Spain

Welcome in December!
This month on my blog is going to be about Spain.
It’s a large country and actually very diverse!
I’ll show you some of the places I’ve visited (not always the main tourist attractions).
Hopefully, you’ll like my choices. 🙂

p.s. This time, I’ll not show you any of Spanish islands.

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Philippines – Final impression

Mount Pinatubo, the Philippines

Today, I’m showing you the last picture from the Philippines.
How did you like my travel impressions in November?

The Philippines are beautiful and diverse island country.
You’ll find there many lovely places.
I fell in love with Bohol Island with its Chocolate Hills (and it’s not only because of the “sweet” name 😉 ). So if you go to the Philippines, visit Bohol!

Have you been to the Philippines? What’s your favorite place there?

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Philippines – Visiting Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano, the Philippines

To get to the rim of Taal Volcano, you can hike or take a horse. When I saw small horses on the island, I didn’t feel like riding them; I decided to hike and it was a good choice. The hike is not difficult, just be aware of heat (take enough water) and a characteristic smell (it’s an active volcano).

Before starting a hike, you’ll have to cross the lake using this interesting canoe (see picture).
Lot’s of fun. 😉

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Philippines – Hiking to Mt. Pinatubo

Mount Pinatubo area, the Philippines

Mount Pinatubo is still an active volcano and it’s intensively monitored, so the site seems to be safe for trekking.

Mount Pinatubo is located about 90 km from Manila, so it’s a great option for a day trip.
The terrain is beautiful and caldera lake is also very scenic.

The hike is not difficult, but may be a bit demanding at the end.
For me, it was only a bit annoying, that we had to cross water (seasonal rivers and lakes) several times on the way; but that depends on the season, how rainy it was.
Anyway, I can highly recommend this hike. 🙂

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Philippines – Eruptions of Mt. Pinatubo

Mt Pinatubo, the Philippines

Mt. Pinatubo erupted a few times in 1991, and then in 1992.
During its large eruptions, the volcano spewed out more than 5 cubic km of magma and sent an ash cloud 35 km into the air! (more info e.g., here & here )
Moreover, that time, there was also a typhoon that “helped” to spread ash (and “everything”) to towns surrounding the volcano. 🙁
It was a huge natural catastrophe.

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