Although the main reason for my recent trip to Porto was my Tascas project – a documentary photography project about traditional taverns in Portugal – I happened to plan things in order for me to be able to stay until after São João’s night. São João is part of the so called Santos Populares (=Popular Saints) along with Santo Antonio and São Pedro. The Popular Saints are celebrated in June, more or less everywhere in the country, with festivals, fairs, cultural and folklore events, and parades.
High on the list of my favourite places to visit in India, and a very popular tourist destination with those who visit Kerala, Kochi is a wonderful blend of tropical, south Indian atmospheres and European colonial heritage (ie. Portuguese, Dutch and British).
Being so rich in history and having lots to offer, there are quite a few sights to take in. But history ain’t the only thing – with the Kochi-Muziris biennale which launched in 2012, the city is developing an intriguing arty spin. As my friend Vijay puts it “it may not be a Berlin or a London yet but it is getting there”.
Research is the best way to prepare for any Euro Trip. Knowing where you’re going, what you want to see and most importantly how much it is going to cost you will make your trip will that much smoother. The internet is full of student travellers and bloggers equally interested in seeing all that Europe has to offer for as cheap as possible. You’ll find that many museums have days and times when they offer free admission and if not it is well worth checking for a student price. An ISIC card will give you student prices for anything from museums to hostels to trains and ferry tickets.