The Ski Instructor of Sri Lanka

I'm often asked how it is to travel by myself. If I'm not scared. If I don't get lonely. If I'm not afraid that the sky may fall on my head tomorrow.

No, Sri Lanka looks nothing like this. Definitely not.
(Photo: Sondrekv, Påske, detail, cropped to 2:3, , CC0 1.0)

The answer has always been no - and meeting Sri Lanka's only ski instructor was proof that travelling solo is a great chance to come across people that open up to you in a blink of an eye.

Ride with the Devil - Flashbacks on the Highway to Hell

Travelling by bus can be comfortable and cheap; but most of all fast. Very fast. Far too fast.

There are some countries where taking the bus is the biggest challenge and adventure - since the motorists drive like the devil on the highway to hell.

Taking the bus in Kuala Lumpur is fine. It's when you leave the city limits that the adventure begins.

My recent visit to Sri Lanka where I got the biggest adrenalin-rushes on buses between lovely, peaceful destinations, reminded me of some exciting rides and encounters with daredevils behind bus wheels I've had before.

Here is how the story went.

mini guide to MUNICH

Munich, capital of the federal state of Bavaria, stands, of course, for the famous beer and the Oktoberfest and is practically the epitome of Germany.

With about 1.5 million inhabitants, Munich is Germany's third largest city - after Berlin and Hamburg and a great gateway for trips to many idyllic lakes and mountains. But even the city center has a rather cozy feel to it - with parks and greeneries, the river Isar, many historic buildings and fantastic museums.

Mary overlooking the Marienplatz from her column. In the backdrop Munich's most iconic symbol, the Frauenkirche, Church of Our Lady - it cannot get more Bavarian.
(Photo: Nicknicknick97, München Marienplatz , CC BY-SA 4.0)

Since Munich also has Germany's second largest airport - after Frankfurt - chances are that you have a stopover here.

If you have a layover of at least six hours, make the most of it by taking a quick ride by commuter train into the city center. This guide will lead you to the most interesting and iconic places - whether rain or shine.

If your layover is too short to squeeze in a day trip downtown - no problem, just come back for a city break like e. g. a weekend trip. This way, you'll have enough time to explore all the points of interest listed in this

mini guide to Munich

SRI LANKA - a Guide to the Island's Most Amazing Places

My three-week visit to the Island of Sri Lanka was a mesmerizing experience: The historic remains, the preserved natural richness, the white beaches, and colorful traditional attires were pleasing to the eye and soothing to the soul.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Mihintale Sri Lanka
One of Sri Lanka's most sacred places: Aradhana Gala where Buddhist monk Mahinda landed as he met with King Devanampiyatissa.

Let this guide take you to some of the most amazing places this beautiful country has to offer.

INHOTIM- Introducing God's and Other Artists' Creations

God's artistic creations - such as flowers and trees - are of genuine, pure beauty, indeed. But in combination with creations by earthly visual artists, they become just marvelous.

Dan Graham's Bisected Triangle in the backdrop of the lush greeneries. At Inhotim, God's creations and the other artists' works go together just so well.

Bernardo Paz, the founder of Inhotim in the outskirts of Brumadinho, is not the first impresario to recognize that.
I've been to a couple of other fantastic combinations of Godly and artistic creations, brought together by some wealthy impresarios like Henry E. Huntington's Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino/Pasadena and Knud W. Jensen's Louisiana North of Copenhagen. I assure you none of these can compete with Inhotim.

The Voice of Colors: Rita, Eduardo, and Jorge in Rio

Streetart is becoming more and more not only tolerated, but recognized and promoted. Especially in South America, it has a long tradition - as a medium where colors give the people a voice.

#favelismo - an art movement turning poverty and humiliation into power and pride. That's what great street art stands for.

I'm introducing Rita Wainer, Eduardo Kobra, and Jorge Selarón, three of the greatest urban artists that left ineradicable traces in Rio de Janeiro.

I am what I am...and what I am is not a person who likes carnival

I am what I am.... - the beginning of Gloria Gaynor's evergreen is the perfect intro to a post I wrote last year during the carnival in Brazil.

Since yesterday, this year's edition of the world-famous event is taking place.

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro: bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels
Bar on the Copacabana beach

So carnival - yay or nay?

Spoiler alert: I am what I am, and what I am is not a person that likes carnival; anywhere in the world.

And here you can read why.