Travelling to Music Festivals in 2017

Do you like going to concerts  or music festivals?

While I like going to concerts, I have not yet taken one step forward that others would do — travel to another city or even country just to enjoy the live music of their favorite artists in a concert or in a music festival. Speaking of music festivals, here are some which are scheduled to run this year:

    • Exit in Novi Sad, Serbia.  If you’re into electronic, hiphop, punk, metal, reggae and rock music, then this can be the festival for you. Organized yearly since 2000, it is scheduled to run July 6-19, 2017.
    • Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium. If dancing and electronic music is your thing, then you might enjoy this July 21-30 festival. It would be likely that electronic music DJ’s taking the stage will be geared with the best headphones, hdj might even be their choice for the night.
    •  Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay, Australia. The “land down under” also has its own music festival which will run this coming July 21-23. This annual event has been held since 2001 and features alternative, electronic, hip hop and indie rock music. 
  • Fuji Rock in Yuzawa, Niigata Perfecture, Japan. Reportedly one of the largest music festivals not just in Asia but the world, this will fill the air with rock and electronic music on July 28-30.
  • Rock in Rio, Brazil. This music festival traces its first one back in 1985. Other than in Brazil, it has also been held in different locations including in Portugal, Spain and the USA. This year, it is set on September 15-17 and 21-24 in Rio.

So how about you, would you be travelling for a concert or music festival this year?

Iceland is on My Travel Bucket List

There’s really no reason why it should not be.

Iceland is on my travel bucket list because its history and its beauty intrigue me. It is the world’s 18th largest island and after Great Britain is Europe’s second largest island.  And speaking of its history, it is a land whose past has been known and experienced first by Norwegian and Celtic immigrants. Note that these Celtic immigrants were actually monks. I also find it quite interesting that the first person to circumnavigate the island in 1870 was actually a Swedish Viking explorer: Garðar Svavarsson.

Speaking of beauty, Iceland has been noted for it. National Geographic refers to Iceland “as a world of knife-cut valleys, gargantuan fjords, monumental cliffs, black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and silent white glaciers.” From my own perspective specifically, there are five things of beauty that I would like to see and experience in Iceland someday (soon!). Here they are:

Northern Lights.  Even as a teen, I have been fascinated with the Northern Lights also known as Aurora Borealis. How can anyone, in fact, not be fascinated by this majestic show of nature? Guide to Iceland states that it is visible 8 times in a year in this North Atlantic island! Iceland is the place to be for the opportunity to witness as much and as many times a year one can witness the Aurora Borealis.

alftanes-nordurljos-2012-303-1Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. I love the sea and all natural bodies of water (and sometimes, a beautiful swimming pool can also take my breath away) and so, of course, Iceland’s lagoon would be something I would love to see. But wait, it’s not just the usual lagoon I can find from my part of the world, this is the cold beauty of an ice lagoon. The large chunks of ice in the glacier lagoon with the play of the sun’s natural light make the place look nothing less than magical.

jokulsarlon-fon-180-editSvartifoss (Black Waterfall). I think what sets Svartifoss apart as unique from other waterfalls we have come across are actually the dark basalt columns which give this waterfall its name. Somehow the columns remind me of stalactites.  These columns are said to be the inspiration of Icelandic architects behind the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík, and the National Theatre. The Svartifoss is one of the best attractions by the ring road of Iceland and to find out more about these attractions, you can also check out Guide to Iceland.

svartifoss-aug09-108_09_10-1Reykjavik Arts Festival. The festival is an “annual multidisciplinary festival with a special focus on new commissions and the creative intersection of the arts.” This is held yearly for two weeks. Tracing its roots back to 1970 (before I was even born), the festival has invited artists from different parts of the world to bring their art to Iceland. I would love to witness this!

reykjavikurtjorn-speglun_sumarnott-8-1Midnight Sun. What I know for sure is that in my part of the world, it is dark when midnight comes. But in northern Iceland, particularly in the month of June, the darkness that the night or that midnight brings is apparently nowhere to be found. It is that time of the year when the sun doesn’t fully set in the north. This is something that would definitely be a different experience for me 🙂

There are actually more than five things that I would love to experience in Iceland as it has so much to offer. And I must add here that it would also be lovely to see one of my closest friends and a former workmate who are now both based there.

Iceland, because of its stunning beauty, interesting history and vibrant art scene, has every right to be on my as well as on your travel bucket list.

Note: Thanks to www.iceland.is for the lovely photos 🙂

Know More About Vienna & Other Travel Destinations

Have you gone to Vienna? And if you haven’t done so, are you planning to go some time soon?

Vienna is known for its quality of life. It has also been ranked  2nd by the the Economist Intelligence Unit  among the world’s most livable cities between 2011 and 2015. It is 2nd only to Melbourne, Australia Because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also known as the “City of Music” and since it is also home to the first psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud, it is also dubbed as  “The City of Dreams”. But wait, there’s more. Apart from all of these distinctions, there are also very interesting museums you can find in Vienna. You can find more about them through this enlightening article on 5 Museums You Should Visit in Vienna which can be accessed through the helpful and informative Fish&Tips website.

Fish&Tips  features what the traveler at heart needs to know about Culture, Food and of course, Travel. And the articles do not just focus on a particular region or part of the world but rather, they are global in scope. You are sure to find something in the site that would interest you. Then, of course, if you are like me who is curious about Vienna, that Vienna museum article I have mentioned would be the first to capture your eye.

Travel Photo of the Week 13

The main square where the government buildings were located, with Mt Vesuvius at the background

Up until two days before the scheduled visit, I was so sure Pompeii was a person. I had in mind that we will see some monument of a person and display of his great works. When I was told that it’s a place, despondently all I could say was “Oh, it sounded like a guy’s name.”

So I read a bit about it and here’s what I found out. Pompeii was an ancient Roman city which was buried in 4-6 meters of ash and pumice (a type of volcanic rock) when a volcano called Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

The disaster remained in people’s minds but was eventually forgotten until an exploration of the ancient site was conducted. The ruined city remained frozen in time until it was discovered by a surveying engineer in 1748.

The buried buildings which were designed only to last for a few decades remained standing for 2000 years. Pompeii as an archaeological site is the longest continually excavated site in the world, but even after hundreds of years of work, about a third of the city still lies buried.

We spent a few hours exploring the area and it was amazing to see and have a bit of an idea what Roman city-life was like 2000 years ago.

Other posts about ITALY:
LAKE COMO – day trip and transport strike (1 of 2)
LAKE COMO – day trip and transport strike (2 of 2)
A night out in VENICE
VENICE (1 of 3): A city with no cars – visited during the Regata Storica
VENICE (2 of 3): St Mark’s Square –Where everyone goes
VENICE (3 of 3): Gelatos and Masks
Travel Photo of the Week 8
Travel Photo of the Week 13—>You are here

Text & Photos by Alicia Davis