The Exhilarating Amalfi Coast

If you haven’t been to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, then you are missing one of the most breath-taking, exhilarating places on earth. Join us as we visit three places on the Amalfi Coast – Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. This is just a glimpse as we don’t want to spoil everything for you when you visit there, but we thing this is enough to get you all pumped up to visit there. Continue reading “The Exhilarating Amalfi Coast”

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It’s All About The Dance

In this video we share some family moments together, enjoying what we all like – dancing. Also, spending some quality time together. We wanted to share this part of our lives with you all, but please excuse us if the video it not up to the level expected. We just had some snippets which we put together. We hope you enjoy.

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Should you speak the local language when travelling

While using the basic words like ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ may be a very good idea, anything more than that can be awkward.

Unless you are pretty well versed in the local language of the destination you are visiting, you should not make an attempt to speak it. Let me explain why.

Using words like ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ doesn’t prompt a reply from the other person except probably a ‘You are welcome’ (in the case of a ‘Thank you’) which is easy to understand. If you say something that prompts a reply then the person you are addressing will surely reply in that language, so unless you understand exactly what they are saying, you will be stumped. For example, if you ask for directions to the bus terminal using the ‘common statements/question’ they taught you on the internet or a travel guide, the answer you will receive will be in the local language for sure. If you learned that ‘common statement/question’ from a travel guide or the internet, did they also teach you what the possible response would sound like? No. So how are you going to interpret the response you just received? You are back to square one – not knowing the directions.

Now, had you attempted to ask the question in English, rather than the local language, the person addressed would also attempt to answer back in English. If they didn’t understand you they would let you know or would just walk away. At least you would be better off knowing that the person does not speak your language and you can approach someone else. If they attempt to reply to you in English, then you will be able to make sense of what they are trying to say and you will most probably be on your way to the bus terminal.

I know that lots of travel ‘gurus’ and travel guides always stress that you should know the local language of the country you are visiting, but that is only true for words of greetings and expressing thanks. Apart from that, they are wrong. Their advise has got me stuck in quite a few destinations. I personally found that just knowing how to greet someone and saying ‘Thank you’ and ‘You are welcome’ are far more appreciated by your hosts than trying to start a conversation and making your host feel awkward that they cannot be understood.

This is my two cents about speaking the local language when travelling, but if you are learning the local language and are more advanced than a novice, then, by all means, use it. It will help you practice and learn better.

*** BONUS TIP: Body language goes a long way. ***

Inside Bogota, Colombia

There are many videos about Bogota but, from what I have seen, most of them are about the tourist attractions. In our video we show you the insides of the city. Yes, it’s only a drive by but you can still get an idea of how people dwell. The houses and the street life speak for themselves. We also visit a Sunday market in Usaquen, so check it out. Hope you like it.

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Italy In 17 days – The Plan That Covers The Best

Truth be told, you cannot see the whole of Italy in 17 days, but you can see some of the known places like Rome, Amalfi Coast, Venice, Florence and Milan. So how do we do this? Continue reading “Italy In 17 days – The Plan That Covers The Best”