Just a small reminder from the previous post: we realized our goal of visiting all 17 autonomous communities (administrative regions) of Spain and because of that we wrote very shortly what there is to see in each of Spain’s regions.
Felices Reyes! This is what we wish to each other on the 6th of January. One of the most important moments of Spanish celebration of the Christmas period is el dia de Reyes Magos (Three Kings’ Day). This day is long-awaited by children, who write letters to Reyes Magos asking them to bring gifts. And they do bring gifts for good kids and coal for bad kids (but because Spaniards love their children very much they give them dyed black sugar instead).
Welcome to the second post about Gran Canaria (here first).Because the Canaries are islands of the tricky etymology I’ll add that they form part of the Macaronesia. Macaronesia should be a place built of macaroni, right? Or at least full of Italian grannies cooking it constantly in great pots just next to even bigger pots with tomato sauce? Nope, it’s language trap again. Makárōn nêsoi means “islands of the fortunate” in Greek (all the best to our favourite Greek girl – Evi!). I would like to eat macaroni that would make my happy every day : ) meanwhile we were really feeling fortunate people on Gran Canaria.
In Poland we have a card game called Makao, for Chinese people Macau (Macau Special Administrative Region) is also associated with games – card games, and more.
In Shenzhen, we got stressed a bit. At the beginning Jowita had an unpleasant situation in the toilet. Chinese probably would’t have won the gold medal in the competition for waiting in the organized queue, but you have to give them credit, even after several weeks in their country they could surprise us. One Lady (surely in a great hurry) vigorously like a young kangaroo jumped into the toilet before surprised face of Jowita. My wife after a short struggle with Polish and Chinese battle cries lost the fight, however the trauma remained.
Another city that we visited was Hangzhou – famous mainly because of the West Lake which is for the tourists what honey is for Winnie the Pooh (In China probably more appropriate comparison would be with a panda bear and bamboo shoot ;)).