Housewife, 45 (Japanese)
South Korea. I have many Korean friends and I love going to Seoul. It is a wonderful city for shopping, eating and pampering yourself. Some of the food is rather like delicacies you can find in Japan, yet subtly different, such as tok, their version of our mochi (pounded rice cakes) and their chicken stew. I particularly enjoy massage, combined with being cleansed in a Korean dome-type sauna. Usually I stay five days or a week.
Airline worker, 32 (German)
New Zealand. I went all over both islands and liked the easygoing people. You can also do extreme sports there. I went skydiving, hiking and camping. Although the culture is English, New Zealand is very remote. It is so very far from Europe and you feel it in the stunning landscapes and different weather. Auckland is multicultural and lots of Japanese live there. I stayed for five weeks.
Piano tuner, 45 (Japanese)
I loved Vienna. The capital of Austria is such a beautiful, historic city with a fantastically rich culture and so many interesting things to do. The opera is wonderful and you can see great art in the galleries and museums. The food is good. I must say the most enjoyable activity for me was drinking. We used to start in the morning and during those lovely days had our fill of champagne, wine and beer. I stayed three weeks.
Doctor 64 (American)
Kruger National Park, South Africa. I stayed at a game reserve with magnificent accommodation. Nature was at its most beautiful and cruel. I saw five lions stalking 150 buffaloes. One fascinating sight was giraffes and zebras working together to avoid lions. The giraffe’s height and excellent eyesight allow it to watch for predators, while the zebra’s sense of smell, which is very acute, completes the double early warning system. I stayed eight days.
Student, 23 (Japanese)
My best holiday ever was a trip I did last year to Arima Onsen, Kyoto and Kobe. The hot spring water at Arima is orange and good for the skin. In Kyoto I tried my hand at pottery, making a cup and a plate. In Kobe I also enjoyed a visit to a hot spring and went to Chinatown, where I was served some excellent Chinese dishes. The holiday lasted three days.
University researcher, 32 (Mexican)
Rovinj in Croatia, an old town with beautiful shiny cobblestoned roads and no cars. It’s on a tiny peninsula surrounded by a deep blue sea. There’s no beach; you sit on gigantic ivory-colored rocks, drinking wine and eating figs. There are truffles in everything, including pizza and ice cream! I heard from a poet about its beauty and simplicity, like a pearl, and started crying when I arrived. I stayed a week.
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