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             Sydney, Australia


                         The  emblematic Opera 

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Hi, I’m glad to greet you, I’m Yael Yancelson and today we’re going to a destination that I was very excited to meet, because of its impressive architecture and unique landscapes, we flew quickly with the power of imagination and the senses to Sydney Australia, so breathe, close your eyes if possible and you are not doing anything else, give me your hand and let yourself be guided, we begin!


Sydney is the best-known city in Australia although it is not its capital. It is located on the shores of the Pacific and is known worldwide for its Opera, among other monuments.

This huge city hides many treasures, so come with me to discover them!

Modern, visually beautiful, very green, full of life and culture, and with an incomparable lifestyle, it is the capital of the state of New South Wales and is located in the lower right part of the Australian territory.

We arrive at the famous Coastal Walk so let’s walk from Bondi Beach and end up at Coogee Beach, passing several hidden beaches. The views are great! Don’t you believe it? If you like to run, this route is 5.5 km long, so it is a great option.

 And from there we cannot miss the most emblematic place to see here in Sydney. Yes, the opera house has a long history behind its design, the structure began in 1956 when the New South Wales Government called for an open competition for the design of two performance halls: an opera house and a symphony concert hall. , which would position Sydney on the international music scene. Danish architect Jørn Utzon, unknown for his work at the time, managed to draw the attention of the jury. Construction of the Sydney Opera House began in March 1959. The project was built in three phases: the foundation and construction of the podium overlooking Sydney Harbour, the construction of the external shells, and the construction of the interior.

Because construction began abruptly without solving certain structural problems, the podium had to be modified and rebuilt after its completion in 1963 in order to support the weight of the massive concrete structures that rested on it. Utzon wanted the shells to represent the great sails of a ship, contrasting with the deep blue waters of the ocean on which they stood. To achieve this aesthetic, the shells were covered with more than a million ceramic tiles made in Sweden from clay and crushed stone. Along with laying the tiles, it took a total of eleven years to complete the iconic roof structure. On February 28, 1966, after a long dispute with the New South Wales Government, due to the rising costs of construction As the concrete shells moved toward completion, Utzon gave up on the project. It was then that the Australian government appointed three local architects, Peter Hall, DS Littlmore, and Lionel Todd, to complete the project. After the 2,194th segment of the shells was installed in 1967, the second stage of the project was finally completed. Three smaller theaters, a library, and a movie theater have also been added to the original design along with three restaurants, six bars, and sixty changing rooms. The building has a total of 1,000 rooms, which are accessed through an esplanade that surrounds the entire building and joins the five performance spaces.

The building was completed and inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II in October 1973. What do you think? shocking right?

As always we like to visit places with small shops, bars, and restaurants, so let’s quickly stop by Darling Harbor in the center of the city to enjoy the views of the skyscrapers of the business area. At nightfall, the atmosphere is very lively and we can have a few drinks and then walk to the Harbor Bridge. This iron bridge is one of the most famous in the world, it connects the European neighborhood of The Rocks with North Sydney. Then we arrived at Newtown, which is an alternative suburb of those that personally fascinates me because it is full of bars, and good restaurants with a lot of atmospheres and look how spectacular graffiti is.

Did you know that Australia is one of the largest wine producers in the world? And well, it is worth going to the Hunter Valley, which is a wine region where we will visit some wineries and, of course, we will do a wine tasting. Cheers!!!!!

To finish this quick tour, how about we go to the Blue Mountains National Park which is famous for the rock formations known as Three Sisters, let’s go up its hiking trails and admire these impressive waterfalls while we see a beautiful sunset from the heights

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And that is how we leave this beautiful and interesting region of the planet with the desire to return. We will travel every week to another corner of this wonderful world, to discover, enjoy and fly with our imagination, I wait for you every Friday and I ask you if you like me Share the content 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. We make a difference. And as I always tell you when helping others, we mainly help ourselves. If you want to know what the Include Me Foundation does for the labor and social integration of people living with intellectual disabilities, enter the link: www. incluyeme.org and if it moves you and interests you, review how you can support this interesting project.

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Auckland New Zeland

Auckland, New Zeland


The lord of the rings and the Maori culture

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Hello, it’s nice to greet you, I’m Yael Yancelson and it will be a pleasure to take this paradisiacal and adventurous tour with you, so close your eyes if possible, breathe, relax, give me your hand and let’s travel together with the power of imagination to Auckland in New Zealand, let’s start! We arrive at the narrowest point of the North Island of New Zealand and find ourselves in the Auckland region, the largest city in Polynesia, with 53 volcanoes, more than 50 islands, three wine regions and countless beaches.

We will visit Maungawhau (Mount Eden) and enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Tazman Sea. We arrive at Parnell, to do the Tamaki Drice promenade, see what impressive beaches there are along the Auckland coast. Can you appreciate the views of Waitemata, the Hauraki Gulf, the mystique of the Icelandic volcano of Rangitoto Island and the famous Port Bridge?

Devonport is a quaint seaside town with great cafes, boutiques and views of both Takarunga (Mount Victoria) and Auckland city.

If we go to the West Coast of Auckland, we will see the Titirangi, the Manukau Harbor artists’ enclave, and if that’s okay with you, we’ll make a stop at the Arataki Visitor Center, which is the gateway and allows us to continue enjoying some wonderful views over the port- how beautiful everything looks, right? Surfing is practiced here and if you realize the beaches are made of volcanic sand, do you feel like it has a different texture?

If you turn right, you can see the Pohutukawa trees (which are New Zealand’s Christmas trees) and the amazing kauri trees.

Take a look at the incredible gannet colony at Muriwai Beach, the fabulous Auckland Domain, Museum and Wintergardens, Parnell, the historic 1857 Riverhead Tavern, as well as the War Memorial, Wynyard Quarter and Viaduct Harbour. It allows us to wander aimlessly within the habitat of whales, dolphins, penguins and some of the most unusual birds in the world. I really want to visit the exhibitions of the Auckland Museum, the art gallery, the emblematic Sky Tower and we can have lunch at K Rd, we will try a typical HANGI dish: It is a typical dish of the Maori culture. It consists of putting meat or fish, usually accompanied by kumara (sweet potato), in baskets and cooking them underground, taking advantage of the steam currents that arise from the interior. Hangi is also made by building a kind of artisanal oven. It is built by digging a hole in the ground where rocks are introduced as hot as possible, food is placed on top, and everything is covered with earth so that the heat does not escape. After 6 hours, more or less, the land is cleaned and the food is served accompanied by a side dish. This reminds me a lot of the ground barbecue that is cooked in some towns in Mexico.

How about we board a ferry that takes us to the hiking trails of Rangitoto Island; a symbol of the city is its almost perfect volcanic cone, which makes for a photogenic backdrop. kauris- these endemic trees.

And surely you know the famous Lord of the Rings movie, I invite you to enter the magical and enchanting Hobbiton, the film set. Let’s see how this beautiful piece of farmland has been transformed into the Shire of Middle Earth where we will live a great adventure, here in Hobbit Holes and The Mill, let’s take several photos, what fun!!! I literally feel inside the film.

Let’s take advantage of knowing the culture of the Maori, as we already know, who are the indigenous people of New Zealand and it is believed that they settled on the island between the IX and XIV centuries from successive migrations from Eastern Polynesia. Maori mythology, their ancestors were originally from Hawaiki, a mythical Polynesian island, the legendary land from which more than a thousand years ago they left in 7 boats to Aotearoa, giving rise to each of one of the 7 original Maori tribes. Each tribe had the name of one of the fleet’s canoes. These tribes were divided into sub-tribes which in turn were divided into families, hapu. It is believed that the Maori were the first inhabitants of New Zealand, and in fact today there is no consistent evidence of human settlement prior to them. However, there are legends that say that before them there lived other tribes also of Polynesian origin that were later expelled. It is very interesting to know how this tribe has such a special connection with nature and spirituality as a result of the fact that they lived isolated for years from the rest of the world. world and created an original culture that believes that everything that exists has a spirit called Mana, even the objects that were manufactured. It was also believed that the presence of certain animals brought messages from the gods.

They are also considered brave and wild warriors who always lived on the prowl. The wars between tribes were quite common and before the Europeans arrived and introduced muskets or firearms, the fighting strategies they used were based mainly on ambushes, signs of attack and false retreats. All these tactics were planned and loaded with great originality and ingenuity. If a tribe was attacked, it had to strike back to restore balance or mana. This belief caused that there were continuous fights between them and that the periods of peace between the tribes lasted rather little.

The “haka” was the ancient dance that Maori warriors danced before going into combat. With this intimidating tribal dance composed of songs and shouts, they showed their power, their courage and their strength. Let’s see a sample, will you? —– https://youtu.be/G_OMxvhc358


This dance has been preserved to this day, we can easily see it before rugby matches and international sporting events. With the haka, the Maori warrior power is shown as well as the respect towards the rival.

The Musket Wars were a series of battles that took place at the beginning of the 19th century between various groups of Maori and came to an end in 1840, with the Treaty of Waitangi, which determined that New Zealand became a British colony.

A super significant trait of the Maori tribes are facial tattoos.

The Maori tattoo or the ‘tā moko’, went far beyond a mere aesthetic issue. They were loaded with meaning and history. Each sign represented a great feat in their personal history and thanks to them it was possible to distinguish which tribe they belonged to. Women also tattooed their chin to indicate their union with a warrior and the act of tattooing was a main part of the rituals they had. place when passing from adolescence to maturity. Tattoos were done by the tohunga ta moko (expert in tattoos) with a chisel made of albatross bone and a mallet. The pigments were obtained from a fungus of moth larvae and burnt brands. These mixtures were kept in vessels and passed down from generation to generation.

How interesting to meet new and different cultures, don’t you think? Always new worlds that provide knowledge and with it tolerance to other ways of being and behaving.

Today almost all the descendants of the Maori live in urban centers, especially in the North Island and represent 14% of the country’s population. They are fully integrated and have laws that protect their uniqueness and encourage the preservation of their culture.

And this is how we leave this fascinating region of the world, sure that we will return very soon. If you like to cook stay here and join me in the kitchen, click on the button or if you prefer keep traveling.

Thank you for traveling with me and I look forward to seeing you every week in one more episode, how do you know Alternative Reality is a project that seeks to build community by contributing to different causes if you are interested in learning more about the work that Fundación Once does with visually impaired people in Latin America, go to www.foal.es and as I always tell you: by helping others, we mainly help ourselves.

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