Author: campodegelo

Animal Farm

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My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen! ​Distinguished members of the audience! Tonight, here, before your very eyes, we’re going to see the very best you the show of beasts! The elephant juggler! The seals! Dolphins in synchronized swimming! Since the ancient times animal exploitation is channeled into human recreation. Fights between dogs or roosters, bullfights, or…

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A Globalized Beach

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8 people. 8 nationalities. 8 different personalities. 1 single objective: enjoy the beach. A German, an American, a Canadian, a Korean, a French, an Italian, a Swiss, and a Brazilian, living in harmony on Thai soil. The same globalized world that brought us together to Bangkok, made us seek a refuge, again in the warm…

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Khao San Road : The most famous tourist trap in Bangkok

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The poor quality of the air, reaching its worst levels in the last years, already contagious the pores and lungs. The most careful wore surgical masks, in an attempt, which does not seem very effective, to ease the risks to health. Small government-run aircrafts flew over the city, pouring chemicals into the air, to generate…

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Petra, one of the 7 Wonders of the World

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“Hi, where are you from?” Impossible not to start a dialogue with this question in Jordan. But the most charming were the smiles right after my reply: “I’m from Brazil.” First of all, let’s rewind the tape, to find the reason for this trip. Being an active person, who rarely stays at home, especially during…

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Koh Samet

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Bangkok suffocated me, consumed me, took my strength. I needed to get away from this polluted atmosphere of automobiles and concrete, but for just one weekend, the destination could not be far. Koh Samet appeared as the ideal. An island 200 km from the capital, with its clear and warm waters. After work on Friday…

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One day in a Concentration Camp

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The European spring already made the cities flourish, whether for the colorful plants or the heat of the people that returned to leave their homes in search of some Sunlight. They just forgot to tell this to Poland. The year was 2015, it was the end of March, and the impulse for new trips brought…

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Communist Flowers

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The adventure in Thailand just came to its half, and with it the need for a visa extension. After 3 months of good food, hot weather and smiles, I had 2 possibilities: Go to the immigration department, wait around 6 to 7 hours, pay 2,000 baht (around 65 dollars), and get the precious stamp; Cross…

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Tattoo and Traveling

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Tattoo. A noun. The art of engraving on the skin, by means of colored pigments (or not so much), generally indelible icons that symbolize forces of nature, doctrines, or any other design or spelling that one wants. They can be associated with rebelliousness, personality, and demonstrations of love. Just as they may have no meaning,…

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Réveillon in Kanchanaburi

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Year-end parties coming up, time to gather family and friends, eat a lot, write texts with reflections and a promise of improvement in the future. Fleeing somewhat of the conventional, and tired of the hordes of foreign tourists, I decided to leave Bangkok to toast the entry of the year 2018. Since I was planning…

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Cultural Shock

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Cultural shock. Two words. A complicated concept. Shock: violent encounter, with impact or abrupt concussion, between two bodies; a collision. Culture: a set of artistic, social, linguistic and behavioral manifestations of people or civilization Putting together the two words we have a conflict of values, customs and beliefs. What you consider normal and routine, can…

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