Enjoying Culture & Traditions at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel

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Cozumel, Mexico

Spending time in Cozumel usually revolves around the water as the island is famous for having the world’s second largest reef – truly a wonderful place for diving. However after spending time in the water, diving near Cousteau’s discoveries at the beautiful Palancar reef, I want to see more of the local culture and traditions of Mexico, to enjoy and learn about Mexico’s true heritage. What’s the perfect place to go to? Let me tell you about Discover Mexico Park in Cozumel!
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An unsolved mystery of the colossal Olmec heads

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The young Olmec warrior

One of the first people to have lived in Mexico were the Olmec people and you can find their history in the Mexican province of Tabasco. In the city of La Venta colossal Olmec heads made out of rocks were found by archeologists, which nowadays are located at the nearby Villahermosa. There they are exhibited in a beautiful jungle park.

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10 reasons why you should visit Karpathos

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On the Southern side of the Aegean sea you will find Karpathos. The true pearl of the stunning Greek Dodecanese islands. Only five hours away from Rhodes by ferry or a one hour flight from Athens.

Are you planning your holidays for next summer? Here are the reasons why you should visit Karpathos!
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The Best of Turkey and the Greek Islands

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While much is written about the poor relationship between Greece and Turkey, epitomized by the divided island of Cyprus, at local level there are no such problems. There are numerous islands on the Turquoise Coast, many not far from the Turkish Mainland. Many are very small and uninhabited. Those that have a population are exclusively Greek and there is regular daily contact between the Greek population and their near neighbours, Turks. They happily co-exist and tourists coming to the area can sail these seas going backwards and forwards between Turkey and Greece.
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Enchanted by the Mayan ruins of Tulum at sunrise

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Sunrise at the Mayan ruins of Tulum

Tulum is a laid-back Mexican town on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula where popular Mayan ruins are located on a cliff overlooking the beach. Here’s how to avoid the crowds and have the beautiful ruins all to yourself during a visit to Tulum.
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Olympos – Going back into old Greek times

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Partly hidden by the mountains…

Once upon a time there used to be a very small village, all the way up in the North of Karpathos – one of the Greek Dhodhekanisos islands. The village was named Vroukounta and is also known as Vrykous. Its location wasn’t the most safe one after all the sea rovers kept on intruding the village. The inhabitants started looking for a more mountainous area to hide from the Saracen pirates and that’s when Olympos was born.
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7 reasons why you should never date a Brazilian

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What in the world are they feeding people in Brazil? How else is it possible that everyone over there in the land of Carnival is gorgeous? Now let’s focus on those handsome Brazilian hunks and why you should stop meeting their pretty eyes.

Here are 7 reasons why you should never date a Brazilian.
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7 reasons why you should never date a Mexican

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They are cute, warm, macho, outgoing, positive and have a great sense of humor. I spend a lot of time in Mexico and I noticed that after 2014 all the foreign girls had a secret crush on Ochoa. They will love you with their entire Mexican heart and you will never be able to accept less love from anybody else in the future.

So here are 7 reasons why you should never date a Mexican!
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7 reasons why you should never date a Swede

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Yesterday I posted a blog on 7 reasons why not to date an Italian and I was asked to do the same about the Swedes. Now I don’t mean the vegetable, but the nationality. As my Swedish friend has published a similar kind of Facebook post today about why not to date Dutch girls, may you be the judge and say which nationality is worse! So here they come, inspired by my Swedish friend Jonas, enjoy!

7 reasons why you should never date a Swede.
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7 reasons why you should never date an Italian

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Dolce&Gabbana Italian models

Italians, the handsome gentlemen, always seem to capture many hearts. Interesting, I thought. Over the last few months I lived in the Italian Dolomites and I noticed a couple of things.

Here are the 7 reasons why you should never date an Italian.
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Life here is one big camping [VIDEO]

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I’ve been so busy with my outdoors wintery lifestyle in the Italian Dolomites that I haven’t spent a lot of time on writing… Here most of work and free time all happens outdoors. And the big part that still is indoors is called Après-ski…

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Returning home and making observations

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My last ride through the Dolomites… for now

Observing my people

I’m standing on platform 15B in Utrecht, waiting for the train that will bring me a little bit closer to home. I just got back in the Netherlands and I dropped off the rental car that I used in Italy to now continue the journey home by train.

However, my train is delayed. Of course it is! Since I remember the trains here always seem to be delayed. Oh wait, there it goes; my Dutch nature is complaining about getting somewhere to late. I actually don’t really care right now if I have to wait ten or twenty minutes to get somewhere, but for some reason I realize it’s pretty typical of us Dutch people to start hurrying and getting annoyed when plans change.
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Bem-Vindo ao Brasil!

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Cristiana & Gabriela

About a year ago I met Gabriela, a cheerful Brazilian young lady, who always tries to show people the best of her country with the passion she has. Together with Cristiana she recently started a language center called Bem-Vindo to teach Dutch-speaking people the beautiful Brazilian Portuguese Language. Since I love the fact that two dedicated Brazilian women started building their dream I felt like sharing it with you through an interview.
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A cultural observation: Brazil vs. Argentina

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A beautiful road near Bariloche, Argentina

In 2014 I spent quite some time in Latin America and I have fallen in love deeply with each and every country I traveled through. My love for these places grew especially due to all the great cultures I’ve learned about and the warm souls I’ve met, let alone the amazing scenery that passed my sight every single day.

While I was on the road I thought some things, some cultural differences, stood out quite a lot and I decided to write them down from my point of view so that I could share them with you. Today I am giving you my observations on the differences between Brazil and Argentina. It might look like a smack down and I know Brazilians are very touchy about Argentina and Argentina is very touchy about Brazil, but it’s really not. However, I would love to hear your opinions on this topic!
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