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Santiago, Chile

Among wine, empanadas and mapuches

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Hello, I am glad to greet you, I am Yael Yancelson and it will be a pleasure to do this tour together with you, today we are going to South America to a city that I really wanted to know- Santiago de Chile with the power of imagination and the 5 senses we will make a really interesting tour, full of history, life and wonderful views. So breathe, close your eyes, give me your hand and let yourself be guided, we begin.

We arrive after a long flight to Santiago, the capital city of Chile that immediately captivates us with its diverse panoramas, its palpable vitality and characteristic versatility.

We have been recommended to walk and get lost along the streets to find original art galleries, innovative design shops and craft fairs, as well as restaurants, bars and cafes. And at night we will visit the bohemian and fun Barrio Bellavista. But first I would like to go to the Central Market and also do some shopping in this elegant Alonso de Córdova neighborhood, which has really surprised me with its modernity.

Mateo is originally from this city and he takes us on a walk. The weather is really nice, right? I am really very comfortable with this pleasant temperate climate, do you feel that rich atmosphere? We arrive at the Lastrarria neighborhood and there is a very cultural atmosphere due to so many art galleries, bookstores, cinemas, theaters and antique shops- I like bookstores like this one, where you can perceive the smell of old books, you manage to capture it ? We continue and arrive at the Museum of Fine Arts and then we will visit the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center and the Forest Park.

Now put on your best sports clothes because we are going to climb to the top of San Cristóbal on the hill, see what a beautiful view, this is a great green lung of the capital and is part of the Metropolitan Park. Mateo kindly gives us a rich Mote with huesillo to refresh us, it is a traditional Chilean non-alcoholic drink mainly from the central zone of Chile, which is made up of a mixture of caramelized peach juice, with wheat mote and dehydrated peaches, called huesillos and He tells us that it is a highly nutritious and very energetic drink. Do you like it? I thought it was a very interesting and different flavor, a little too sweet, can you taste it?

And since we want to see how they make handicrafts in clay, brown clay and buy figures, glasses and pots, we go to the town of Pomaire. I bought the typical “clay pigs”, a piggy bank that I will have to break later to extract the saved money.

It is well said that a large part of Chile’s history has been written around the Plaza de Armas, old buildings, such as the Municipality of Santiago, the Cathedral Church, the National Historical Museum and the Courts of Justice. Or how about we sit on this bench for a while to witness the hectic life of the city on the classic Paseo Ahumada. I invite you to tour the La Chascona museum house, which belonged to the poet Pablo Neruda, and also various theaters of great national importance, such as the San Ginés, the Mori Center and the Bellavista theater.

Look how impressive Sanhattan is with the largest skyscrapers in South America, which are a sign of the great growth that the capital has had in recent decades. Let’s go up to 300 meters high in the Sky Costanera. The highest viewpoint in Latin America offers a 360° panoramic view of the capital! wow it looks amazing right! A view that combines vegetation with urban planning. You can see from up here the Bicentennial Park and to one side the financial district of the capital, take a good look at how much green grass there is and you will notice that there are swans and more birds in those lagoons. ¿Do you want to rent a bicycle and even have a picnic when you go down?

But the truth is that I am interested in knowing the Mapuche ethnic group that lives in the southern zone of Chile and, although they all belong to the same culture, they are divided into Pewenche, Lafkenche and Huilliche. Here they tell us that the Andean zone of Araucanía was inhabited mainly by the pewenche people or pewén people (araucaria). Today the area offers alternatives where you can learn more about Araucarias and eat their fruits, or walk among volcanoes and lakes. The Lafkenche communities (people of the sea) are located on the coast of the Araucanía region, while different Mapuche-Huilliche communities live in the commune of Panguipulli, which have kindly opened their doors to us and in fact we are going to sleep in Las rukas that are the traditional houses of the Mapuche people and represent the most important space for the meeting and participation of the community. The fire wood has a priority space in the center, since the family gathers around it and stories and kimün (knowledge) are shared. What an interesting evening and being here in front of the fire creates a mystical and special atmosphere.

I found that indigenous Chile is a program that provides resources to promote the participation and development with identity of the Mapuche people who live in rural areas, carrying out actions to improve the living conditions of the original people, based on respect and consideration of their cultures, of their traditional knowledge and worldview. If you are interested in knowing more and being able to help, go to the following link: www.conadi.gob.cl

Chile has perfect valleys for growing grapes that give life to world-famous wines, so we can not miss visiting Casablanca or Valparaíso to taste a wine tasting with the fresh influence of the Pacific Ocean in the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay of the fine valleys of the center and north. It is one of the 10 Great Wine Capitals of the world, and we are going to discover the process of making Carménère and, of course, experience the harvest festival, one of the most deeply rooted traditions in Chile. The wine is tasty, isn’t it? Between fruity, with a touch of wood, and I could even perceive a slight touch of meat flavor on the fire- how did you perceive it?

We get a little bit of rain but that is not going to stop us from continuing to visit these places, including going on the scheduled horseride and continuing to enjoy the textures, colors and flavors of this region.

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If you like to cook, I think it’s time to prepare our ingredients to go to the kitchen and make some typical pine empanadas, come on!

And that is how we leave this beautiful and interesting city with the desire to return. We will travel every week to another corner of this wonderful world, to know, enjoy and fly with the imagination, I wait for you every Friday and I ask you that if you liked the content please subscribe, share it with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY A UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT SPACE THAT CREATES COMMUNITY….

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Washington,D.C

Washington D.C, USA

From the National Mall to the Wharf

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Hello, I am glad to greet you, I am Yael Yancelson and it will be a pleasure to take this tour with you, to a place full of history and at the same time a vibrant modernity. Come with me to Washington DC in the United States, with the power of imagination and the 5 senses we will make a really interesting tour, full of museums and historical monuments. So breathe, close your eyes, give me your hand and let yourself be guided through this wonderful city, let’s begin.

Founded on July 16, 1790, Washington, DC is unique among American cities;it was established by the United States Constitution to serve as the nation’s capital. President George Washington chose the exact site along the rivers Potomac and Anacostia, and the city was founded after Maryland and Virginia ceded land to this new “district”

It was Pierre Charles L’Enfant who designed this city on a grid system, in which the center would be the Capitol building.

Rich in international cultures, heritage and African American culture. Post-war Washington underwent substantial expansion, eventually absorbing nearby Georgetown and surrounding rural areas.

And since we have a lot to discover, what do you think if we rent a scooter and  pick up some speed.

The first obligatory stop is undoubtedly the National Mall, the most visited national park in the United States, where the past, the present and the future come together. Honestly, there is nothing like arriving at the National Mall for the first time – you feel a very special emotion being  here don’t you think? Watching the Washington Monument rise majestically into the sky, surrounded by the Capitol Building on one end and the Lincoln Memorial on the other, it’s hard not to think about America’s history.

I was reminded of the scene from the gorgeous, award-winning Forest Gump movie when Jenny meets up with Forest in the middle of a tumultuous peace manifestation

right here on the water mosaic we’re looking at- do you remember?

The monuments and memorials in this park honor American ancestors and heroes. From the “I Have a Dream” speech to the AIDS Quilt, the Mall is the national stage where movements and celebrations take place, where people come together to make their voices heard.

I really feel that standing here is a history lesson through the monuments made of stone. East of the Washington Monument are world-class museums with something for everyone, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which we’ll visit next.

Built to honor George Washington, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States, the Washington Monument was once the tallest building in the world at just over 555 feet. The monument to the first president of the United States still holds the title of tallest stone structure and obelisk in the world. The great Lincoln Memorial towers over the Reflecting Pool, located at the western end of this site,gradually get bigger. From the front, contemplate the beautiful marble columns surrounded by vegetation, it looks like an ancient Greek temple. If you look closely there are 36 columns, each representing a state in the US on the date of President Lincoln’s death. The monument itself is 190 feet long and 119 feet wide, reaching a height of nearly 100 feet.

Let’s go up these stairs and uff we take a breath because between so much walking and the heat we have to regain strength and go inside and look up. There, etched into the wall, is a memorable quote: “In this temple, as in the hearts of those for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”

Beneath the quote is a 19-foot-tall, 175-ton statue of President Lincoln, himself looking out over the National Mall of the country he fought so hard to preserve and unite. It’s awesome, don’t you think?

We now walk through the wide, pedestrian and tree-lined boulevards and we can see the white house hidden there, honestly it is difficult to approach because of the security that surrounds it but we find a strategic point to take a picture.

And now let’s pause to remember and learn about the fragility of freedom at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where the truth impacted me a lot and the part of the children’s exhibition touched my heart, I think it is really very emotional.

Let’s head out to Capitol Hill which is one of the most popular places to live in the city, with 19th century row houses and a market, as well as a vibrant nightlife and upscale dining scene. Here we see large government buildings such as the US Capitol and the Supreme Court. Let’s enter the Capitol, where friendly guides lead us under the dome of more than 180 feet painted in a somewhat complicated way in my opinion, do you like it? and further on we see the old room of the Supreme Court that seems to me to have very little light, don’t you feel it is dark?

Nearby, we pass the Library of Congress and the impressive Thomas Jefferson Building with Italian Renaissance-style architecture and gilt murals, plus the impressive circular Main Reading Room with its 160-foot ceiling. Everything here has extremely high ceilings that make the buildings even more monumental and impressive.

We arrive at the east market, a brick building from 1873 that houses bakers and pasta makers, as well as a lively bazaar with produce, crafts, and antiques. Let’s do a little shopping.

I really liked the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture which is right here on 14th Street and Constitution Avenue. The four-level museum opened on September 24th, 2016, becoming the only national museum dedicated solely to documenting African-American life, history, and culture. This Smithsonian Institution Museum is an architectural marvel that has many interactive exhibits. I find it to be a very interesting building that addresses almost every aspect of the African-American experience, covering the arts, slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, athletics and much more. The building’s exterior, conceived by Ghanaian-born architect David Adjaye, is artfully composed of a three-tiered bronze-colored screen. This lattice pays homage to the intricate  iron work forged by enslaved African Americans in the southern United States.

Since I really like music, I can’t miss the El Encrucijada musical. The exhibition details the history of Afro-American music, from the arrival of the first Africans to the present day. From jazz to hip-hop, African-American musicians gave birth to new forms of expression that lit a candle for freedom, justice, and change.

A hilarious and very interesting museum for both adults and children is the Newseum. Wow, we really  have a great time here. What do you think if we enter the interactive newsroom of NBC News and make our own newscast from a teleprompter? The surrounding exhibition is impressive, look; reviewing archives of the first publications I found a newspaper in Yiddish a dead language, it gave me a lot of emotion since it was the language of my great-grandparents in Poland.

This site is dedicated to upholding the five freedoms of the First Amendment.

I know there are many museums but one must-see is the Smithsonian Air & Space so let’s quickly take a look at the 1903 Wright Flyer, run our hands over the moon rock that feels very rough and hard and experience the exciting world of aviation and space travel.

Did you know that since its opening on the National Mall in 1976, this center for all things flight has educated and inspired future generations of pilots and astronauts from around the world as it contains the largest and most significant collection of space artifacts and world aviation. All the components of human flight are on display including related art and archival materials and I found there are scholarships available for students interested in these topics and you can support and find out much more at the link below we may possibly support a student with low resources that will soon be a great astronaut. https://airandspace.si.edu/support

Now to rest from so many museums and monuments, how about if we go to relax at the Southwest & The Wharf, what fun these giant swings overlooking the washington channel, when we swing you feel the delicious breeze with salty touches of the sea and I’m going to buy a delicious vanilla ice cream and with my scooter I am going to go around this pier, along the entire pier we are going to see little shops, bars, restaurants and at the end we see the longest continuous open-air fish market in the country. Barges stocked with crabs and oysters have been serving up excellent seafood here since 1805, making it one of the most revered landmarks in the Southwest Quadrant. Head to Jessie Taylor Seafood, The Virgo Fish House or Captain White’s Seafood City for ready-to-eat treats and if you’re interested in learning how to cook I’ve got the ingredients for some delicious lobster rolls ready, join me.

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To end this busy day, the ideal thing would be to stay here at the Recreation Pier and watch the beautiful sunset on the sun loungers. It’s starting to cool down but the wind feels nice right?

If you still have the strength you can rent a kayak or paddle board here on the canal.

And that is how we left this beautiful and interesting city with the desire to learn much more about the history of the United States, soon we will return and travel every week to another corner of this wonderful world, to know, enjoy and fly with the imagination, I see you every Friday and I ask you if you liked the content, share it with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY A UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT SPACE THAT CREATES COMMUNITY… .

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Reikiavik Islandia

Reykjavik, Iceland.

legends of Vikings between ice, water and fire

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It’s nice to greet you, I’m Yael Yancelson, your guide on this exciting tour that between ice, water and fire takes us to discover the legends of the Vikings and especially beautiful natural settings, we go with our imaginative power and the 5 senses to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. So let’s go… 

The capital of Iceland was one of the first Viking settlements. According to the 12th-century Landnámabók (Settlement Book), Ingólfur Arnarson, who was fleeing from the Norwegian king Harald, was there in 871.

We are going to visit Reykjavík and the entire southern part of the island, including a brief incursion through the eastern fjords and a little in the north, quickly visiting the towns of Husavik and Akureyri, and Lake Myvatn.

Without a doubt, I can tell you that it is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever been to.

Let’s rent an all-terrain jeep to enter together into the lonely and fascinating lands of this island that keeps so many secrets and dreamlike landscapes.

Here, you can appreciate how nature is the main protagonist, breathe and feel the fresh and cold air, a very different and special natural environment is perceived, ¿don’t you think?  They say that this is the land of fire, ice and water. Turning to the right as we walk, we see these spectacular waterfalls, we will also visit caves, solidified lava fields, tundras, glaciers, fjords and if you realize everything is surrounded by a mystical halo that occurs when listening to legends of Viking gods and other  mythological beings.

What an exciting journey! Well, we can find the northern lights and admire the immense beauty offered by the country that is known for being a land where you can experience the four seasons every day. In a moment, you can go from having a spectacular sun to receiving the uncomfortable horizontal Icelandic rain; Oh did you feel that? It was a strong gust of wind, very common around here.

It gives us time to visit the Snaefellness peninsula, Reykjavík, the Golden Circle, the glacial lakes (Jökulsárlón and Fjallsárlón), the Vatnajökull Glacier National Park (the largest glacier in Europe), the black sand beaches near Vik , the East Fjords, the Oxi Valley, Skaftafell and a host of beautiful waterfalls such as Gullfoss, Seljalandfoss and Glymur.

In addition, we will see the whales in Husavik and, of course, try to admire, up close, the spectacular eruptions and the lava flows of the last Icelandic volcano that has erupted: the Fagradalsfjall, also known by the name of the valley that houses it. (Geldingadalur).

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular tourist attractions not only in Reykjavik, but in the entire country. See that beautiful hot springs, with a bluish tone and the volcanic environment in which they are found, have sincerely turned it into a spectacle. I would say that it is a huge thermal pool (with an average temperature of 38°C) that has that striking sky blue color due to the abundant silice particles in its composition, which are also beneficial for the skin. So let’s take the opportunity to do an exfoliating treatment for the face that is offered in the mask bar of the hot springs, in addition to other masks made from seaweed and even lava.

What a delight, it was a relaxing experience to be in the hot springs, did you like it? Tell me.

Now we go to the Secret Lagoon, near the Golden Circle, or the natural baths of Myvatn and the pool of Hofsós, in the north of Iceland.

We will walk through Laugavegur, which is one of the oldest streets in the city and also one of the longest, since it is approximately 2 kilometers long that crosses the historic center of Reykjavík. It has its origins in 1885, when a path was built along which women used to go up to the Laugardalur hot springs to wash their clothes: in fact, the name Laugavegur means ‘water path’. However, from 1930, the road evolved at the same time as the capital of Iceland, and did so to become the most beautiful street in Reykjavík thanks to its picturesque and striking Icelandic-style buildings. How nice, right? Everything looks very rustic and cozy.

We are very close to the Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík Old Port and even the National Phallotheque- as well as you hear, a museum of the phallus, hahaha. It will be interesting to enter.

Looking ahead, we can see Reykjavík’s most famous sculpture, the Sun Voyager, which was designed in the mid-1980s to commemorate the bicentennial of the city’s founding. Its author, Jón Gunnar Árnason, devised an elegant steel sculpture reminiscent of a Viking ship, honoring the history of Iceland and its seafaring tradition. The sculptor also wanted each person who arrived in Reykjavík, seeing this metal ship, to imagine where they could travel with it. And where do you imagine traveling seeing this piece?

The Settlement Exhibition is a modern, interactive museum in the heart of Reykjavík, built on the ruins of an old Viking house. This building was discovered recently, in 2001, and it was from then on that it was decided to build a museum around it.

We continue our journey to enter the blue ice cave, one of the wonders of Iceland located under the Vatnajökull glacier, the largest in Europe.

We explore its irregular terrain, full of strange formations and mills that make the glacier constantly changing, due to the weather conditions in Iceland.

I’m honest, I could feel my breath catch when contemplating the impressive cave, how wonderful! This cave is located under the glacier and, due to the lack of air, the intense blue color that characterizes it is formed.

Ice caves can hardly be found, since they originate naturally and in exceptional conditions. Let’s take some time to contemplate this natural beauty.

The locals have told us about one of the most popular sagas, Laxdaela, in which Kjartan and Bolli tragically break their friendship for the love of the beautiful Gudrún. who is buried in the church of Stykkishólmur, from where the Helgafell or holy mountain is ascended. The residence of the god Thor, according to the Landnámabók, had to be washed and there you could not “kill an animal or a person”. it is breaking apart as the European and American tectonic plates move apart two centimeters a year. According to the Book of Icelanders, from the 12th century, the 39 elected godi met there in the Althing, the first Parliament in the world of which there is written evidence.

And finally we will have the privilege of watching whales in the port of Húsavík.

And if you are interested in cooking, I invite you to try the traditional shark tacos, which are accompanied by Brennivin, an Icelandic brandy that is served to fishermen to warm up.

By the way, the shark is fermented because its meat is toxic, but I don’t know if it is worse to eat it fermented or with the toxins. For this reason, it is paired with this high-proof liquor. Although it does not smell good, I recommend trying it, if you are very daring to try strange things.

Did you know that When the Vikings arrived in Iceland, 1,100 years ago, between 25 and 40% of the island’s surface was covered with forests, but these first inhabitants cut down the trees for firewood and construction material, as well as pasture for his sheep and horses.

For years, Iceland has carried out a reforestation plan, but although there has been progress, its results are being slower than expected. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, look for what the Icelandic Forestry Association does.

Iceland is an island surrounded by a sea that is very rich in fish. In fact, its fishing industry is very powerful, and fish has always been part of the Icelandic diet. Icelandic fish soup (fiskasúpa ) is one of the most popular dishes in the Icelandic gastronomic tradition.

If we visit that extraordinary country we can taste fiskasúpa almost everywhere and in each place it will be different, it can be fish, fish with shellfish, or just shellfish. The one I present on this occasion is fish soup, in general, they are usually salmon, cod and arctic trout, although it can also incorporate mussels, prawns and Norway lobster.

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Well, this is how today we leave Reykjavik, we will travel every week to another corner of this wonderful world, to know, enjoy and fly with the imagination, I wait for you and I ask you, if you liked the content, share it with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY A UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT SPACE THAT CREATES COMMUNITY…. This space is born from a very personal need to connect with visually impaired people and people with hearing difficulties, what do they teach us that you can enjoy these trips full of music, smell and taste in very different ways and that is why I like to think that together we make the difference. I invite you to visit the ONCE Foundation for solidarity with blind people in Latin America/ and if you like to contribute, we will be very grateful, visit https://www.foal.es

By helping others we primarily help ourselves. Don’t forget to comment and share this episode.

 Until next week and thanks for traveling with me.

 

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Lijiang, China i

Lijiang, China

The Oriental Venice

Before starting, I want to tell you that, as you well know, this project was born with the idea of ​​being inclusive and supportive while learning to enjoy with our senses, which is why Alternative Reality is a podcast that both visually impaired and people with difficulty can enjoy. to listen on the platform of your choice.

episode transcription

Hi, nice to greet you. I’m Yael Yancelson and I’m very excited to be your guide and companion on this magical journey through the senses and imagination. This is a space to give you, so give me your hand, close your eyes, breathe and let yourself go on an incredible journey.

In this episode we are going to take a very nice and interesting trip, as we grab our imaginative power and quickly take a plane to the small city of Lijiang in China. Accompany me!

A long trip, but it’s worth all the world, you’ll see. We land in the north of Yunnan and we are greeted by Lijiang, a city that has eight centuries of history, but with the good fortune that that history is quite intact in its streets and beauty. Famous for its canal systems, its appearance, history and culture are linked to the descendants of the Naxi people. Something interesting is that this is a town with 300 stone bridges. It looks impressive, don’t you think?

YanLi, originally from one of these ethnic villages that still preserve their customs, welcomes us, and takes us walking between wooden houses that descend a hill, and that have been intact for a millennium, you feel the weight of history in these hills , try to perceive it. Be careful when walking, there are very steep descents full of rocks, I tripped and almost fell but YanLi kindly held me and nothing happened…

Lijiang, one of the best preserved ancient cities in China. More than a thousand years of history is reflected in beautiful buildings with curved eaves built by the Naxi culture, the majority in this remote area of ​​the Yunnan province.

The town of Lijiang, has been nicknamed the Oriental Venice, is famous for its numerous water canals, I have been impressed by its natural beauty that mixes with the historic buildings and ancient murals found in nearby towns.

In the gastronomy of this region, different flavors and local products abound, and the influence of the Han and Tibetan cultures is perceived. The traditional food of Lijiang is what the Naxi people have developed using local products that have a great variety thanks to the climate in the region. The basic ingredients of their diet are rice, wheat flour and corn. The dishes integrate spicy, bitter and sweet flavors and clearly taste the spices of the Tibetan people and the Han ethnic group.

And let’s keep walking through these steep streets and look, they offer us some traditional snacks like jidou liangfen, a kind of chickpea jelly; baba, a type of potato cake eaten with a condiment; and bingfenliangxiao, a dessert made from rice and roses. YANLi decides to try the rice noodle soup, typical of the region, and prepares us niàng sangróng, steamed spicy and highly aromatic mushrooms, and zhu biao ròu, a dried pork stew. He has mentioned to us that the formal meal of the Naxi people is a banquet called sandiesgui that includes 39 courses, including snacks, specialties and desserts.

To drink, butter tea is very popular, which, as its name implies, contains butter, yak milk and salt, and is usually used to maintain body temperature in cold winters. Also, rice wine is consumed to refresh. So cheers!

Lijiang and the surrounding area have an abundance of teahouses, Western food restaurants and Chinese specialty establishments, which have been increasing with the popularity of the destination. Entering the Lijiang food market now is a must during a visit to this wonderful city.

This remote site flourished with the tea trade and today is a popular tourist destination that seems straight out of a fairy tale, with enchanting air, snow-capped mountains and rivers.

The city of Lijiang is famous for its urban design and its old water distribution system that still works, in which the canals in the upper part are for consumption, those in the middle part are used to wash fruits and vegetables, and those in the lower part are for washing clothes. The numerous canals, with some 350 bridges, constitute the vital arteries of the community and have been used to call it the Venice of the East as I mentioned before. The main source of water is the Black Dragon Pool, which is the center of Jade Spring Park. This park boasts views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, hiking trails up Elephant Trunk Hill, and is home to the Dongba Culture Research Institute; the Dongba Cultural Museum, with exhibits that help understand the Naxi culture, and several historical buildings. In the Jade Spring Park, the Longshen Temple stands out, which has two wings and a large hall; the Deyeu Pavilion, located in the center of the emerald waters of the lake, and the white marble Suocui bridge- I find everything very interesting, what do you think, tell me. Lijiang’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretches around Sifangjie Square and features neatly aligned typical tile-roofed houses and streets paved with bluish rocks forming a network connecting every corner. Here you can perceive the tranquility of the life of the local people and visit the Residence of the Mu, which preserves the essence of what was the Naxi palace and political center, with some 100 buildings that have delicate decorations, paintings, calligraphy works and typical gardens of southern China.

Other attractions in Lijiang are the Lion Mountain Park, ideal to appreciate the panorama of the old town, with the Wangu Tower at the top, which consists of a five-story wooden construction, on 16 22-meter-high pillars and five eaves; Wenchang Palace, which was the venue for lectures and examinations during the Qing dynasty; the Gemelas Stones Garden, with a hydraulic wheel; the Dragon Pond White Horse Temple, with a crystal clear body of water used for washing clothes, and the Zhongyi Market.

The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with its steep slopes, where winter sports and scientific research are currently practiced, is one of the main natural attractions in the vicinity of Lijiang.

Did you know that jasmine, so widely used here, has its Chinese name Moli and a spicy flavor, the old sages say that it helps to properly move the Qi of the stomach, (which according to traditional Chinese medicine is the vital energy or life force that maintains the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health of a person in balance) and to dissolve the tan that is the acid so it balances the digestive function and improves mood.

I found it fascinating to discover together the natural beauties around this mountain that comprise the Agua Blanca River; the so-called Mar Seco, a meadow that was once a glacier where different landscapes can be seen depending on the season; a plateau surrounded by fir trees linked to a Naxi legend about love for which it is frequented by romantic couples, and the Yufeng Temple, with a design that combines Buddhist, Taoist and Naxi styles,

The beautiful walk and bike ride we took to visit the nearby villages of Baisha and Shune allowed me to experience the calm with which the Naxi live and see several ancient temples and famous murals, which took around 300 years to create and merge the cultures of different nationalities. I hope you have also felt that calm and amazement at everything we managed to see and enjoy on this tour with the 5 senses and the imagination.

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Merida Yucatan

Merida, Yucatan

BETWEEN CENOTES

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Hi, nice to greet you. I’m Yael Yancelson and I’m very excited to be your guide and companion on this magical journey through the senses and imagination.

In this episode, we will get to know the so-called White City in the most important tourist center in the south of the Mexican Republic. With enviable colonial architecture, an extremely wide cultural offer, and authentic gastronomy, Mérida welcomes us with open arms, so let’s go!!!!

Located less than 50 km from the Gulf of Mexico in the northwestern part of the State of Yucatan, it borders Quintana Roo to the east, Campeche to the west and the Gulf of Mexico to the north. Yucatan has a very flat topography and is situated very close to sea level. Mérida was founded on January 6, 1542, and built on the Mayan city of Toh, which can be seen in the surroundings of its Plaza Grande, since its history, influence and culture were reflected in its architecture.

I recommend bringing fresh clothes and comfortable shoes since we will be walking a lot and the weather if you can feel it, is very warm all year round. It is very interesting to know that geological studies revealed that during the Cenozoic era, approximately 65 million years ago, the Yucatan Peninsula was submerged under the waters of the sea. For centuries the seabed received a large amount of plant and animal remains rich in calcium carbonate, its accumulation originated the type of soil characteristic of the entity, which is distinguished from the rest of the country by the predominance of calcareous or limestone rock. . The territory began to emerge due to the geological movements of the planet. The Yucatecan soil is still very young and has not developed such dense and abundant vegetation as other parts of the world, so the wear produced by the erosion of rainwater gave rise to countless channels through which the water flowed towards the sea. In this way, a network of underground rivers was created that diluted the bedrock to form a large number of cavities, when they are dry they are called caves and if they are flooded by subsoil water they are called cenotes, which we will go to later.

We continue sightseeing and we met Akbal, he is a native guide of the region, who takes us to see different cenotes and has mentioned that the word cenote is derived from the Mayan “Dzonot” which means a hole in the ground or well. As an entertaining story, he tells us that with the arrival of the Spanish, the word cenote began to be used to designate these deep cavities, typical exclusively of the Yucatan peninsula. They have a mythical meaning because it is said that the Mayans manifested a deep veneration towards nature since they considered that, thanks to its benevolence, they obtained all the resources they needed to live. Therefore, all the pre-Hispanic cities of the state were erected near a source that provided them with water throughout the year or at least at a certain time. The towns assigned each cenote a specific function, that is, the cenotes used for the practice of rituals could not be used for water supply and vice versa. The study of these has allowed us to find a large number of vestiges inside that gives us an idea of ​​the majesty of the religious ceremonies that were carried out at that time. Can you imagine those times?

Some cenotes have been enabled to function as spas, making them accessible to visitors, without forgetting that a large part of their attraction is the natural environment, WE WILL GO QUICKLY TO:

Chichen Itza-Also known as the Sacred Cenote, it is one of the most important that exist in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is located in the archeological zone of Chichen Itza, approximately 90 minutes from the City of Merida. Witness of great events, today it is the Sacred Cenote. See its magnificent nature and feel a mysterious air due to its history, can you appreciate it?

Then we arrived at the archeological zone of Dzibilchaltún located approximately 22 kilometers from the city of Mérida, where it shelters one of the most beautiful cenotes of the Yucatan peninsula. How beautiful its clean, transparent waters are, and did you know that it is the home of the weathervane fish.

Akbal takes us in his truck to a small cobblestone gap and feels fresh air in the Noc-Ac cenote, which is located one kilometer from the town of the same name. How about if we swim for a while? What a treat!!! I love refreshing water, do you like its temperature or does it feel a bit cold?

Finally, we make a stop in San Ignacio, which is 20 minutes from Mérida on the road to Campeche, in the town of Chocholá, where we will find this turquoise blue cenote inside a grotto, with artificial lighting, background music. and the safe and ideal conditions to swim in its transparent waters in case you wanted to continue doing it. The vault is about eight meters high, it has stalactite formations and you can enjoy the endemic species of Yucatan. The truth is that everything looks beautiful.

To end the evening we will walk through its green areas, restaurant, and palapas and I will tell you, that I found that the Foundation for Health in Yucatan is dedicated to improving the health conditions of patients with limited resources and in a very vulnerable state, something that is unfortunately very necessary in this region. If you are interested in learning more about his work, go to the following link http://funsayuc.org/index.html

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Well, this is how today we leave the city of Merida in Yucatan Mexico, we will travel every week to another corner of this wonderful world, to discover, enjoy and fly with the imagination, I wait for you and I ask you, if you liked the content, share it with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY A UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT SPACE THAT CREATES COMMUNITY…. This space is born from a very personal need to connect with visually impaired and deaf people who teach us that you can enjoy these trips full of music, smell and taste in very different ways and that is why I like to think that together we make a difference. . I invite you to visit the ONCE Foundation for solidarity with blind people in Latin America/ and if you like to contribute, we will be very grateful, visit https://www.foal.es

Without fear of being wrong, I know that by helping others we mainly help ourselves.

Until next week and thanks for traveling with me.

 

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Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada

THE BEGINNING OF CELINE DION AND A WORLD´S HERITAGE JEWEL

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Hi, nice to greet you. I’m Yael Yancelson and I’m very excited to be your guide and companion on this magical journey through the senses and imagination.

In this episode we are going to take a very nice trip, we are going to the beautiful city of Quebec in Canada and thanks to our imaginative power we will enjoy a wonderful tour with our 5 senses, so will you come with me?

Now I really hope you bring comfortable shoes because this Canadian city is basically covered on foot, in Old Quebec almost everything is 20 minutes away, so let’s gather strength and start this wonderful tour of what has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Jewel.

Quebec is one of the ten provinces that, together with the three territories, make up the thirteen federal entities of Canada. Its capital is the homonymous, Quebec, and its most populous city is Montreal. It is located in the east of the country, bordered to the north and northwest by the Hudson Strait —which separates it from Nunavut— and Hudson Bay, respectively; to the northeast with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador; to the east with the Gulf of San Lorenzo and the province of New Brunswick; to the southeast with the United States; and to the south and southwest with the province of Ontario.

We started in Place-Royale and I don’t know if it happens to you, but I immediately go back to the 17th century, when New France originated and is undoubtedly the cradle of North American civilization. We are going to see this imposing church called Notre-Dame-des-Victoires which is the oldest stone church in North America and can you appreciate this Quebecois fresco? It is an immense mural that neither more nor less tells us 400 years of history. Shocking, right? Appreciate its colors and textures

Let’s go up the funicular and go to the Petit Champlain neighborhood where we can buy curios and see how they have rebuilt typical buildings dating from the 17th century.

And let me tell you that I visited this place when I was just a little girl and I have fond memories of a wonderful trip with my grandparents, we stayed here at the Chateau Frontenac, which is basically a castle and I kept thinking I was a princess, for sure you also feel like part of the French royalty here, don’t you? Look at nothing more than imposing this castle, it was inaugurated in 1893, the châteauesque style building has 18 floors; its height of 79.9 meters and is increased by the elevation of 54 m in which it is located. It is one of the first major railway hotels completed and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1981, just a few years before I came here. The hotel has been expanded three times, with the last major expansion taking place in 1993. Let me tell you, the design of the central tower is very similar to a fortress, derived from the medieval castles found throughout the Loire Valley in France . With pitched roofs, massive circular and polygonal towers and turrets, ornate gables and dormers, and tall chimneys. The exterior foundation of the hotel is largely made of gray stone, with a steel frame running the length of the building and brick cladding. The materials that make up the interior of the building include mahogany paneling, marble stairs, carved stone, wrought iron, and glass roundels.

How do you see it? Very elegant, right? We are told that unlike the other Châteauesque style buildings found in France, the Château Frontenac did not use elements of Italianate architecture, instead placing a greater emphasis on Gothic elements and certain elements of the Victorian architectural style. the Château Frontenac was designed by architect Bruce Price.

And let’s continue here and the adventurers follow me because we are going to climb the panoramic staircase or cross the suspension bridge, to see a beautiful landscape framed with all the force of the Montmorency waterfall, a captivating natural phenomenon, don’t you think? So much green that is framed with the water makes a wonderful landscape. And if you’re like me, you’re going to want to get kicked off this zip line- wooooo.

We return on foot and after only 15 minutes we return to the old part of the city and continue touring these charming streets, isn’t this beautiful? We see the Petit-Champlain, the place Royale, the Plains of Abraham and the Parliament Building. Let’s also enjoy a walk through the Dufferin Terrace to take some great photos.

And well if we think of someone famous born here, the famous singer Celine Dion immediately comes to mind, she was born in 1968 here in Charlemagne, Quebec. Did you know that in 1973, Celine Dion made her first public appearance at her brother Michel’s wedding and since then, he continued to perform with his brothers at his parents’ small piano bar called Le Vieux Baril. At twelve he wrote his first songs, Ce N’était Qu’un Rêve (It Was Only a Dream); At thirteen, she recorded a demo that reached René Angélil (whom she would marry) who was so captivated by the girl’s voice that he mortgaged his house to finance his debut, 1981’s La voix du bon Dieu.

And now we are walking to find a very bohemian and warm neighborhood, without a doubt one of my favorites, it is the Saint Jean Baptiste neighborhood, we will pass through the oldest warehouse and the church of St. Matthew and what do you think if we enter one of the many and curious restaurants to discover a bit of the gastronomy of this place.

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Well, this is how we leave Quebec today, very sure that we will soon return to these parts of Canada because we will travel every week to another corner of this wonderful world, to discover, enjoy and fly with our imaginations, I wait for you and I ask that, if you I liked the content, share it with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY A UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT SPACE THAT CREATES COMMUNITY…. This space is born from a very personal need to connect with visually impaired people and people who do not hear well, who teach us that you can enjoy these trips full of music, smell and taste in very different ways and that is why I like to think that together we make the difference. I invite you to visit the ONCE Foundation for solidarity with blind people in Latin America/ and if you like to contribute, we will be very grateful, visit https://www.foal.es

By helping others we mainly help ourselves and I hope you find meaning and it fills your soul as much as it does for me to support different causes and give a little of what we are to other human beings.

It was a pleasure traveling with you.

Until next week and thanks

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AMAZON, SOUTH AMERICA

Amazon,South America

THE  LARGEST RAINFOREST IN THE WORLD

A trip only for the intrepid who really like nature.

episode transcription

Before we start to travel, I want to remind you that this is a totally inclusive podcast, so everyone, including the visually impaired or people with hearing disabilities, can enjoy it on the digital platform of their choice.

Hi, nice to greet you. I’m Yael Yancelson and I’m very excited to be your guide and companion on this magical journey through the senses and imagination.

In this episode we are going to make a trip that excites me a lot, we are going to enjoy nature in all its splendor because thanks to our imaginative power we arrive at an intrepid trip through the Amazon to enjoy a wonderful journey with our 5 senses, so ¿will you accompany me?

The Amazon or Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical forest in the world, and therefore the most important at various levels.

There are 7 million square kilometers, between nine countries, with Brazil and Peru as the ones with the largest extension. The rest of the countries are Bolivia, Colombia, French Guiana, Venezuela, Ecuador and Suriname.I cannot believe that we are facing one of the most biodiverse ecoregions in the world. The Amazon rainforest is also one of the seven natural wonders of the world and plays an important role in regulating the carbon cycle and climate change. Unfortunately we find that logging is one of the big problems here. The Amazon is a true treasure of the natural heritage of our planet. For this reason, human beings have to work to take care of it and protect it at all costs. Currently, together with the oceans, the forests of the Amazon are the main lungs of the Earth. In 2014, 

Fundación Aquae and UNICEF launched “Water for the Peruvian Amazon”. A project that aims to improve access to water and sanitation services in the Amazon basin regions of Loreto and Ucayali. To date, more than 420 dry ecological toilets have been installed, directly benefiting more than 700 families in rural areas. If you are interested, look for more information in this link:

More information at this link: https://www.fundacionaquae.org/agua-para-la-amazonia-peruana/

What an exciting journey, ¿isn’t it? Can you appreciate the power of nature, smell the humidity, enjoy the incomparable view of these landscapes without comparison? We see 427 species of mammals, 1,300 species of birds, 378 species of reptiles, and more than 400 species of amphibians. Some of the animals that live in the Amazon rainforest include jaguars, sloths, river dolphins, macaws, anacondas, glass frogs, and poison dart frogs – which by the way is the most poisonous animal on earth, so we’ll be extra careful. One in ten known species in the world lives in the Amazon rainforest, as does one in five known bird species in the world.

See all this green, did you know that the Amazon is home to up to 80,000 species of plants, of which more than 40,000 play a fundamental role in regulating the global climate and in maintaining the local water cycle.The Amazon is a true treasure of the natural heritage of our planet.

We arrive at where indigenous peoples live who have been immersed since time immemorial. More than a jungle, it is a sanctuary that awaits you to show you life from another perspective.

They show us the “Encontro das Aguas”, where the black waters of the Rio Negro meet the white waters of the Rio Solemos, and excursions extend both up and down.

Near Manaus, there is the Jaú National Park, declared a World Heritage Site, which we are going to visit by boat, so everyone on board.

And after traveling so much to this magical destination, I was already hungry. I tell you that I was talking with people from the region and Suyuay, a very kind girl, told me that the açai fruit -also called asaí- grows in this region, a fruit that is very rich in antioxidants, which favors the absorption of nutrients, and to which anti-aging properties are attributed to it; in fact, the Amazonian Indians who consume it daily are distinguished by their longevity. This berry comes from the Euterpe oleracea palm tree -which grows in Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, French Guiana, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela-, and which can reach 20 meters in height, so harvesting its fruits, which usually done by hand, it becomes a complicated and dangerous task.

Look here we have an açai berry, you can see how it is round, dark purple in color and small in size, about 10 to 14 millimeters. Only 10% of it can be consumed, which is what corresponds to the pulp, the remaining 90% is seed

And he has given me a delicious recipe for the famous Acai Bowl so IN these days, let’s prepare it in my kitchen: IF YOU LIKE TO COOK CLICK THE LINK BELOW AND IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE THE TRAVEL STAY HERE.

So with energy, what if we dance to the rhythm of this melody by a group of more than 25 musicians from this region under the direction of Woody Amores This MANGUARÉ song was created for the activities of AEXCRAM (Extremadura Association for Cooperation with the Amazon Region), Association related to sensitivity for the Amazon region in our society, I leave you the video if you like to see it later: https://youtu.be/3cHwvjorScU

Something very interesting is that the açai has always been used by the Amazonian ethnic groups, both for food and to cure ailments and diseases, and it is estimated that the inhabitants of the Amazon River drink up to two liters of açai a day. In Brazil, the oil of this fruit is used to treat diarrhea; the roots are usually cooked to make an infusion against jaundice, and the infusion of the berries of this palm tree helps heal wounds and skin ulcers. It is also often used as a remedy for fever and even against snake bites.

Suyuay has presented us with an exotic typical dish from the Amazon region known as Mojojoy. This consists of a roasted white larva that can be found stuffed with chicken or meat and has a high protein content, which is why it has become part of the daily diet of many local tribes. ¿Do you dare to try it? The mere truth disgusts me, haha. Let’s see how daring you are…

Well, this is how today we leave Amazonas, very sure that we will soon return to these directions because we will travel every week to another corner of this wonderful world, to know, enjoy and fly with the imagination, I wait for you and I ask you, if you liked the content share it with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY A UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT SPACE THAT CREATES COMMUNITY…. This space is born from a very personal need to connect with visually impaired and deaf people who teach us that you can enjoy these trips full of music, smell and taste in very different ways and that is why I like to think that together we make a difference. . I invite you to visit the ONCE Foundation for solidarity with blind people in Latin America/ and if you like to contribute, we will be very grateful, visit https://www.foal.es

By helping others we mainly help ourselves and I hope you find meaning and it fills your soul as much as it does for me to support different causes and give a little of what we are to other human beings.

It was a pleasure traveling with you.

Until next week and thanks

 

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Luisiana, USA

Louisiana, USA

From Cajun to Jambalaya

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episode transcription

Hi, nice to greet you. I’m Yael Yancelson and I’m very excited to be your guide and companion on this magical journey through the senses and imagination.

In this episode we are going to take a trip full of rhythms and flavors, because thanks to our imaginative power we quickly arrived in Louisiana in the United States, to enjoy a wonderful journey with our 5 senses, so ¿will you come with me?

Well, we are now in Louisiana, a highly musical state, and this is where Mark welcomes us. He owns the music store where he makes handcrafted Cajun accordions, which he then plays with his friends every weekend. He takes us to the Savoy Music Center in Eunice, where he tells us that jam sessions are held every Saturday morning, attracting well-known and not-so-known musicians for decades.

So let’s enjoy excellent Music. What do you think?

Well, they already made me want to dance, didn’t you?

Music genres like Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop really stand out in this southwestern Louisiana city, also known for its fine dining and the immersive Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. In the past, traveling musicians always stopped at Lake Charles. Today, it remains an ideal place to enjoy live music. Local bars and pubs present a wide variety of music from local and regional bands.

The Jazz Clinic presents an educational forum for jazz musicians of all levels through workshops and practices.

Zydeco and Cajun music share some similarities and both have their origins in this part of the world. Cajun music arose with the Acadians who populated southwestern Louisiana in the late 18th century. It was almost always sung in French. Zydeco music was created by African-American sharecroppers, slaves, and farmers who inhabited the area in the mid-19th century. Each genre had an important influence on the other, in fact, both styles use some of the same instruments (particularly the accordion), but Cajun music has a greater resemblance to French folk music and other regions of Europe, while the zydeco is closer to blues, Afro-Caribbean music and R&B.The Rendez-Vous invites zydeco and cajun marching bands, with local dancers under the stage

Let’s move on to the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, which is part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, located in downtown Eunice. This impressive contemporary museum features a theater that hosts Cajun and zydeco music concerts, as well as Cajun cooking demonstrations, displays of local music, crafts and produce.

¡So let’s dance!!!

We continue to tour Lake Charles which is located within the Cajun region and therefore has a strong connection to its culinary scene as well as the natural beauty of the countryside. Look, there’s a Creole Ecological Trail, also known as rural Louisiana. This was one of the first recognized National Scenic Byways in the United States. It is made up of several wildlife refuges while winding through swamps, grasslands and the Gulf of Mexico. 

Look at the lizards and birds over there. Can you see the many shades of green in the meadows and marshes? and we will not miss the beautiful sunset on this tour.

Mark gets in his car and drives us to explore the wetlands on Pintail Wildlife Drive & Boardwalk and keep your eyes peeled for alligators and birds, drive past Holly Beach, also known as the “Cajun Riviera.” I loved their colorful houses, didn’t you?

 We pass through the Seafood Sensation Trail to visit local restaurants that specialize in fresh seafood.

And suddenly the aroma of shrimp jambalaya, seafood gumbo, fried shrimp and more spices invaded the air and since you know that I love to try new flavors I already asked the local people for the recipe and with ingredients in hand we go to my kitchen.

Something very typical is also the boudin, pronounced “bu-dán”, it is something similar to a sausage. In its most traditional version, meat, rice, onions, peppers and other condiments are mixed together, and then stuffed into a natural wrapper. It is a food that is eaten with the hands, very typical among the locals as a dish or as a snack.

How many birds have we seen, ¡right? more than 400 species, the truth is that this trip has been quite a visual spectacle and it was very fun to catch blue crabs with chicken bait soaked in salt water. I felt like a girl on board the boat that took us to Adventure Point in Sulphur.

Well, this is how today we leave the wonderful state of Louisiana, we will travel every week to another corner of this world, to know, enjoy and fly with the imagination, I ask you, if you liked the content, share it with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY A UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT SPACE THAT CREATES COMMUNITY…. This space is born from a very personal need to connect with visually impaired and hearing impaired people who teach us that you can enjoy these trips full of music, smells and different tastes in very different ways and that is why I like to think that together we make a difference. . I invite you to get to know the ONCE foundation for solidarity with blind people in Latin America/ and if you like to contribute, we will be very grateful, visit https://www.foal.es. By helping others we mainly help ourselves, unfortunately we have visited an area that has suffered from many natural disasters and support is needed, for long-term recovery work, if you would like more information visit: https://volunteerlouisiana.gov/ donate

Until next week and thanks for traveling with me.

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

A tour that smells of waffles and chocolate.

Accompanied by an endearing and special character who lives in an enchanted forest, we will get to know one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe.

episode transcription

Before we start to travel, I want to remind you that this is a totally inclusive podcast, so everyone, including the visually impaired or people with hearing disabilities, can enjoy it on the digital platform of their choice.



Hi, nice to greet you. I’m Yael Yancelson and I’m very excited to be your guide and companion on this magical journey through the senses and imagination.

 

In this episode we meet a very special guide, it is nothing more and nothing less than Smurfette, yes, that little blue creature that lives in an enchanted forest, and you wonder why? Well, she and her entire village of Smurfs were born right here, in Belgium and she will take us on a tour of this beautiful place, so let’s go!!!!

 

Brussels has a very obvious cultural appeal, it is without a doubt a mosaic of languages ​​and cultures with a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. This city has more than 80 museums, the Royal Palace and a rich history. When walking it is impossible to miss the Grand Palace, which was built as a marketplace for merchants in the 13th century. Located right in the center of the city, it hosts numerous festivals and concerts throughout the year. Not far from the square you can discover the small Manneken Pis (Eikstraat), a somewhat peculiar symbol of the city. The Town Hall tower will serve as your compass when exploring the charming alleys. Smurfette reminds us that we must try some delicious chocolates in the Sablon and then from the viewpoint of the Palace of Justice have one of the best views of the city. And let’s not forget to go up to the Atomium, which is today the most popular attraction in the Capital of Europe.

 

I see nothing but beautiful views!!! Wow I love it, can you appreciate it?

 

Did you know that since 1970, Belgium has been divided into three semi-independent regions? That’s right, Flanders, Wallonia and the Brussels-Capital region, each with its own government. The city has also become the de facto capital of the European Union and NATO, as it is a founding member.

I know that you like art as much as I do and I discovered that my favorite painter was born right here, René Magritte, so his museum is an unmissable destination, come on.

 

The Musée Magritte, open since 2009, is located on the Palace Royale in Brussels and is dedicated to the life, works and thoughts of the Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte (1898 – 1967). This exceptional museum houses a collection of the artist’s richest and most varied works.

Something that caught my attention because of the nature that you already know in this podcast is that the museum organizes guided tours adapted for deaf visitors and those with hearing or visual problems. Once a month, individual deaf visitors can join a guided tour with a guide for the deaf. The guided tour is always organized on the second Saturday of the month. Individual deaf visitors who prefer not to join a guided tour can borrow a touch screen at reception. In addition, an explanation will be given in Flemish, French and American sign language about many works in the museum. For a group visit with sign language make a reservation by writing an email to caroline.van.meerbeek@fine-arts-museum.be. 

 

In case you wear a hearing aid, you can also reserve the Guide-U system. This system with headset and microphone connects to the hearing aid. At the time of booking, ask if there is a possibility. Visitors with a visual limitation are encouraged to try the Equinox program. With illustrations, music, poetry, all kinds of objects, 3D scenes and audio description you will discover the wonderful world of Magritte. Isn’t that a wonderful thing?

 

We continue touring the rooms of this museum, look at my favorite and representative work of Rene Francois Ghislain Magritte, “The son of man”

It has been reproduced in all kinds of printed decoration such as posters and what I like is that it has a large number of elements and meanings, the main ones being the biblical story of the Adan’s apple and contemporary life in Europe at that time , the latest patent in the character’s attire.

And here we see The Lovers- This enigmatic work shows a couple of man and woman kissing, but without touching or seeing each other. Under this act, communication between the couple is really hindered by a barrier that does not allow them to feel, touch or see the other, besides speaking with difficulty and hearing little. The work reads “Ceci n’est pas une pipe”, which means “This is not a pipe.” This was the artist’s affirmation of this work, defending that it really was not, but rather the mere image of a pipe. This simple argument, which reinforces the division between reality and image, was used to justify a good part of his work, especially those more crazy and surreal paintings. It really is a delight to see his work, isn’t it? Can you appreciate the colors he uses?

 

And we go out to the beautiful streets and ¿do you smell?, tell me if the air is not impregnated with a delicious aroma of sweets and bread and we cannot leave here without trying the traditional street waffles, so I already got the recipe and we go quickly to my kitchen:

 

We are in a country that is especially rich in desserts, due to its coveted waffles, original and full of flavors and accessories, and its exquisite and high-quality chocolate. As for savory dishes, its cuisine is highly influenced by French cuisine. All kinds of meat stand out, which can sometimes be found stewed with Belgian beer, many varieties of cheese and potatoes as the main garnish to accompany them. But they say that Belgium is the country of chocolate and waffles. The last ones  have been a tradition in the country since the Middle Ages and today you can find them throughout the country, starring in street stalls, bars or restaurants. Its texture is crunchy on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside and you can find as many varieties as there are Belgian cities you visit. Three stand out in particular: The Liège Waffles, richer, denser and sweeter. They are usually covered in cream, fruit, ice cream, or simpler ingredients like cinnamon or vanilla. Others are the Brussels waffles, larger in size but at the same time lighter. Finally, the Galettes Campinoises, a kind of rigid and crunchy waffle that becomes soft and buttery on contact with the mouth.

A true delight that we cannot refuse on this trip!

And speaking of chocolate, Belgian chocolate is one of the most coveted in the world and in this country you can find a wide variety of brands and large factories that produce for the most demanding countries. Specifically, they recommended us to go to Flanders or Wieze, to the chocolate museums and the largest chocolate factory in the world, which transforms around 270,000 tons of grains into chocolate every year. This chocolate stands out for its high cocoa content with high-quality grains. , which makes it healthier and more delicious, in addition to its creativity, design or its fine and elegant size. yummmmmm.

 

Well, as they say full belly, happy heart, we meet Smurfette again, our guide on this tour and she takes us to her exhibition at the Comic Museum. Carried out by an exceptional Art Nouveau house designed by Victor Horta, the Comics Art Museum is as much a tribute to the pioneers as it is a glimpse into contemporary comic art.

We go up to the first floor and I am immediately struck by the 100 portraits of the Smurfs, since they are all different, which are presented in a panel of more than 20 m2 and are suspended just above the permanent exhibition of its creator that It houses a large amount of little-known information and documents about this giant of comics, with very realistic reproductions, look how incredible and fun, let’s enter the Smurfs’ house

These little blue creatures, famous all over the world, were born in Brussels in 1958. Peyo (Pierre Culliford), their creator, was working at the time for Spirou magazine. The Smurfs’ Flute. It was love at first sight for readers, and the beginning of a new and successful series.

Let’s keep walking, there is so much beauty in Brussels! Can you appreciate the architecture? What do you think, tell me? Look at La Grand Place, did you know that

It was described by Victor Hugo as “”the most beautiful square in Europe”.” It is an impressive example of architecture from the 15th century (City Hall) and the 17th century (guild houses). It has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

And if design is your passion, you really shouldn’t miss the Horta Museum in St. Gilles, or the Flagey, an Art Deco building, once the headquarters of the national broadcasting corporation, and now an elegant cultural center and a trendy bar.

To make some shopping we go quickly with our imaginative power to

Rue Antoine Dansaert Straat and its surroundings to discover the heart of world fashion and design in Brussels, with the highest concentration of avant-garde designers and fashion boutiques as well as Avenue Louise and we say goodbye, not without first passing through the mecca of beer, beer mania that has more than 400 beers from the region

So much to see, in this beautiful corner of the world, I fell in love with this city, right? We will surely have another opportunity to return.

Well, this is how today we leave Brussels in Belgium, we will travel every week to another corner of this wonderful world, to know, enjoy and fly with the imagination, I wait for you and I ask you that, if you liked the content, share it with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY IS A UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT SPACE THAT CREATES COMMUNITY…. This space is born from a very personal need to connect with visually impaired and deaf people who teach us that you can enjoy these trips full of music, smells and taste in very different ways and that is why I like to think that together we make a difference. . I invite you to visit the ONCE Foundation for solidarity with blind people in Latin America/ and if you like to contribute, we will be very grateful, visit https://www.foal.es

Without fear of being wrong, I know that by helping others we mainly help ourselves.

Until next week and thanks for traveling with me.

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