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Macau and Hong Kong

I need to write about Macau and Hong Kong together because they have a quite peculiar form of government. Both are defined as Special Administrative Region of China. This means that this republic has sovereignty over these regions, what was conceded by their colonizers, Portugal and United Kingdom respectively, in the end of the 90s. Also because they are small peninsulas and islands of the southeast of this big country. Even though, Macau and Hong Kong still have their autonomy, like their own financial, legal and immigration systems, while China controls the defense system and foreign affairs. We could feel
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Mongolia

Mongolia was in my list of unmissable countries. It’s hard to tell the reasons, but I had a reference from them as a peaceful people and quite isolated, being a small population dispersed in a piece of land between Russia and China. I could notice this dispersion – they own one of the three lowest demographic density in the world – in the entire train ride from Beijing, where a lot of open pasture and just a few nomad families’ tents (called “ger”) could be seen along the fifteen hours travel (plus thirteen on the Chinese side). They’ve always been
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Philippines

The country is distant from all others, has more than seven thousand islands and it’s where English is more commonly spoken among all others we’ve been to so far. In most schools this is the official language and even the ordinary subjects are taught in English. I’ve never seen this type of methodology (which is used for public schools also) and without any statistical data it’s clear that it’s highly effective. It’s not that everybody speaks English fluently, but we could communicate with most people, what wasn’t even possible in countries where English is one of the official languages. Manila
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Laos and Vietnam

Laos and Vietnam are among the five countries which still declare themselves socialists. The others are China, North Korea and Cuba. What is an immense motive to sharpen the curiosity to see in practice all the theory that I’ve read about this economic model. I don’t entitle myself socialist as I still need to study more to comprehend deeper its different ideals and consequences, but I’m convinced that the most common non socialist systems nowadays don’t work to everyone. I can’t resist giving examples, like the incentive to unnecessary consumption of finite resources is a joke and the quest for
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What is this change that the world needs?

When I planned this trip, besides wanting to learn and know myself the objective was also to share the intensity of the experiences to inspire the change in people! But many people ask what change is that. The society in the format it is today works only for the few ones who have the psychological comfort of having the power to choose what they want, while many not even have the power to choose. The change we need is to plant a seed in the consciousness of everyone who has this power, so they become aware that they are responsible
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Myanmar or Burma

The country is called Myanmar and before used to be Burma… It’s a presidential republic with a weird democracy, as the current government was responsible for the coup d’état. It’s not permitted to get into a few areas of the country, for unknown reasons. The equanimity of its Buddhist majority apparently is not valid for the differences between ethnics, as the country has serious problems with human rights violations still today. Tourism is minimum and unexplainably expensive… I think you can feel a bit of what we learned in Myanmar, but the most important point is that the people are
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Thailand

After having our visa on arrival denied in Bangladesh we had to improvise and anticipate our arrival in Thailand. My tendency is not getting too excited with very touristic places and, definitely, Thailand is a plate full of this. Anyway, it’s undeniable that Bangkok is one of the most live and charming cities I have ever been to. The islands, in the south of the country, are really breath-taking and people are usually spreading smiles everywhere. The country is a monarchy that since May 2014 is governed by the soldiers and our feeling is that for some subjects the law
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Tilonia, India

Our month in India was intense due to many reasons. Besides my big expectation of going there, we could be in cities with quite different cultures. The first was Auroville, which is in Tamil Nadu state in the Southeast. Afterwards we went to Dharamsala, in the Northwest, where we made our retreats. This is a region with Tibetan Buddhist influence due to the great migration that happened after the indecent Tibet domination by the Chinese in 1950. We also passed by Delhi twice for the day, where we could feel the human warmth from the big metropolis. Later we went
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Retreat in India – Vipassana

Do you want to know who you are? Breath and observe! Among many plans of this journey, doing a retreat was fundamental to me. Especially in India, as I feel a different attraction for the energy there. To tell about it, I started by the meaning of the word retreat. I like one that defines as a remote place away from conversation and social life to rest the mind. Perfect, only the distance from society and people can really rest us – quite ironic… – Then I looked for meanings of the word “meditate” and a nice way to explain
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Auroville, India

I am back to the magic place that awoke so many changes on me… We arrived in India! Now I am together with my love and best friend, exactly as I asked Ganesh since the first time. That’s why he is my favourite. We went directly to Auroville, a city in the southeast of the country described as a universal city that “belongs to nobody in particular, belongs to humanity as a whole”. Auroville rose up from the dream of a French lady who were born in 1878, Mrs. Mirra Alfassa, who the Aurovillans today call The Mother. She began
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