Central Japan with Shinkansen

Visiting Japan is definitely a unique experience. With my wife, we went there directly from the trip to Sri Lanka in July 2016. We have been travelling between numerous cities for 10 days. First we rode between Tokyo and Kobe by the famous bullet train Shinkansen. Then we spent one night in an historical Ryokan with hot springs in the Arima Onsen area located behind the Mount Rokko. We also visited two old capital cities Kyoto and Nara. Finally we had a chance to see Mount Fuji hidden behind the clouds from a Shinkansen car’s side window on our way back to Tokyo.

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Dominican Republic

Gdynia, Poland

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Barcelona, Spain

Villa Catalina, Stiges

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia near south-east India. It was known from the beginning of British colonial rule until 1972 as Ceylon. It’s still more recognizable in Poland by its old name because of the popularity of Ceylon tea. However this country has much more to offer, it is not limited to the picturesque tea hills. There is majestic wild life with mighty elephants in the lead. The country has sandy beaches overgrown with paradise palm trees that perfectly match with bright sunny warm days. We stayed at the west coast of the island in July last year. The sea temperature was high at that time, but it was less suitable for swimming  because there were high tides and strong currents.

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The Valley of Palaces and Gardens

There is a big valley in Silesia region surrounding Jelenia Góra city. In the 19th century, the lovely landscape attracted the Prussian high nobility, which built magnificent palaces, manors and parks. The enormous number of stately homes turned the valley into one of the most important garden landscapes in the Middle Europe. This is where well-known European families: the Habsburgs, Hohenzollerns, Schaffgotschs, Czartoryski or Radzivills built their residences. Some of those monumental buildings have survived till this day. They have been recently restored and made available to the tourists, giving a unique opportunity to travel back in time. This includes palaces in Łomnica, Wojanów, Pakoszów or Karpniki which I visited in the past week with unspeakable pleasure.

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United States customary units

They still didn’t switch to the metric system in the United States. They are using non-metric, archaic Imperial system of weights and measures. I collected some hints which are helpful where you need to convert units from one system to another.

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