I remember one summer spent in Madrid, and the city was like a ghost town. Later, I found out that most Madrilenos are usually out of town during summer, spending their days near bodies of water. I felt a pang of jealousy, wondering what I was doing in the city. One time, I went with friends
for a day trip to El Escorial. On our way back to the town proper where we would catch our bus going back to the city, we passed by a stream. I will never forget my surprise and fascination at seeing so many people, in their bathing suits, hanging around a stream like that, enjoying themselves.
My initial thought then was to join them. What stopped me was the realization that I didn’t bring any swimming attire with me. The dusty shorts and shirt I was wearing that day were all I had.
That memory happened many years ago. But the lessons I learned that day from the Spanish people is something that I carry with me to this day: 1) Summers should be spent by the beach and, 2) Always bring a swimsuit with you.
Now, I don’t follow these advice religiously. And I agree that there are still many other ways to spend summer especially for those who are not particularly fond of the beach.
This issue, we feature a few getaways for those who are still thinking where to spend the hot summer days. Publisher Dheza Kuijs, together with her husband and creative director Robin, travel to
Belgium to give us some tips on what to do and where to go in this beautiful country. During their trip, they meet with Filipino expats who share with them the advantages and disadvantages of living in the land of beer and chocolates and the home of the famous Pissing Boy.
New contributor Cristina Ilao shares the perfect day spent on Guernsey island, Europe’s offshore financial centre located off the south coast of the UK.
Almost two years ago, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Bohol, a popular Philippine tourist destination. Maan Pamaran revisits the province and examines the progress that’s been made by
the locals. The people of Bohol have since rebuilt its natural and historical landmarks like the tarsier sanctuary and century-old churches, respectively. Maan reports, “All’s going along well.”
Glaiza Lee checks out the newly opened Amelie Hotel in Malate, Manila to give us a glimpse of its interiors hinting of art deco and modern minimalist designs. The hotel aims to bring back the once bohemian vibe of Manila.
Of course, don’t miss our other stories including those of Filipinas who are “Dutching” it up in Holland, our coverage on the much-celebrated Madrid Fusion Manila, and the opening of the Viverra coffee shop, among others.
Have an enjoyable and fun summer! All the best,