Malaysia – Penang

Going on vacation in a place where the State’s religion is Islam has always blocked me for various reasons. First, the security and fear of a terrorist attack, the freedom to drink a mojito on the beach when you want (a vacation isn’t vacation without alcohol!), the freedom to wear a bikini without feeling uncomfortable and finally, my ignorance on the subject. I admit I did not know the difference between a Hijab and a Chador, what they meant and in which states they are used. If Malaysia is an Islamic State with all the pros and cons of the aforementioned, Penang Island is the exception. Here, despite a clear majority of the population being Muslim (45%), there are also

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Macao: Born for Trash

 Going to Macau is like taking a space-time trip. I love this island, a shrill of cultures, halfway between a decadent Lisbon, an ugly Chinese town and Las Vegas. In the old part of the city you can walk through the uphill slopes street paved with the typical Portuguese mosaic. There are old buildings falling apart followed by colonial houses restored with warm colors, secular plants, names of the streets written in Portuguese and Chinese painted on Azulejos . Coming here from China you immediately feel at home, the many churches that you encounter walking, the sound of the bells and the pedestrian street full of shops that flows into the ruins of the church of Sant Pau have the

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