Steam Powered Giraffe band

Cinco de Mayo is a grand event that held every year on May 5. In the beginning, it was celebrated only in the Mexican state of Puebla, then in large Spanish areas of the USA. Over the last few years though, the event started to take place in Brazil and other parts of South America.

Maybe it was luck that this year I decided to visit Rio at the start of May. I have to say lucky because I have never been witness to a festival like this before. After arriving in Rio, I was in a mood to visit as many places as I can. Events, bars, festivals; everything that Rio has to offer.

The first step that I took in order to have fun, was to inquire among the local people about what was happening in the district. I was surprised that almost everyone recommended that I visit the event called Cinco de Mayo, and the performance of the Steam Powered Giraffe band. I did some research and I was a little skeptical after finding out that they are part of the Steampunk subculture. I wasn’t really familiar with it, but I decided to take a risk and go to their performance.

I am not usually a fan of that kind of music, but their interpretation and act was awesome. They were dressed in Steampunk costumes and acting like robots during what could only be described as a pantomime performance. Hydraulics hissed and motors started up as three robots came onto the stage and started moving in a mechanical style. After the music started to play, the band began to belt out a three part harmony. The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe were like nothing I’ve ever seen. They started with malfunctioning jokes and after just a few moments, it was clear that this was a one-of-a-kind performance, and they are more than just a band.

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Their Steampunk costumes were so realistic, and combined with all of their synchronized movements, they took my breath away. They were all wearing hats and their faces were colorfully painted to match the masks that they wore. I have to say that this kind of performance was so unique, I will remember it fondly for a very long time.

After the band finished, most of us spilled out of the club and onto the streets of Rio for an impromptu street party. We danced and laughed until the very early hours of the morning. I can’t say that I have had a more memorable night in my life.

My Jazz Club Visit In Buenos Aires

Spending time abroad on a vacation can bring you and your family some great memories. Vacations are an excellent time to relax, have fun and make memories that will last for the rest of your life. That kind of experience for me was visiting Argentina, the capital Buenos Aires. It is very easy to have a great time there when Buenos Aires has so much to offer.

Buildings of European design and stone avenues are scattered all over the city. There is also a rich cultural life and the many theatres, museums and music clubs. Buenos Aires was predestined to make me beautiful memories of my holiday.

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But in the mosaic of my memories there was one particular event that contributes the most to my extraordinary experience in Argentina. As a real music lover, I decide to visit a local jazz club one night. I wasn’t too full of expectations because Buenos Aires is a big city and I was just a couple days here so I was hoping to find the right kind of place for me. But still with a slight dose of enthusiasm I started my search. I decided to ask around with local people to see if I can get some useful information. And after a few conversations, I was already happy because many of them told me that I was in the right place because nearby there is great club called Thelonious Jazz Club.

I decide to take a chance and after short wandering among the streets I found the club. I was welcomed as I entered and the barmen immediately recognized that I am a tourist. He asked me one simple question – Are you a real jazz music lover? My answer was yes, so he told me – this is your lucky night.

I have to say it didn’t take too much time to conclude that he was right. It was Saturday night so in the club were two bands in the lineup for performance tonight. Shortly after they started the warm-up, I already felt the rhythm pulsing within in me. This was definitely the kind of place that showcases first-rate jazz. The club was full so I decide to take a seat at the bar. The first thing to grab my attention besides the music, was the broad spectrum of different drinks offered. I decide to try some unusual combination so I order some fashionable drink cocktail called ‘Fernet’ together with espresso to give me a real buzz.

I was surrounded by old fashioned hipsters and jazz fans, but also I noticed some tourists. After a short warm-up the bands has the whole place grooving in a very short time. The music was mostly made on the base of old school and classic jazz songs, but I also recognise some of the great jazz hits from many performers.

The time passed by so quickly (and also the drinks) so after a few hours I was in a delirium. I didn’t want to leave the great performances. I certainly I didn’t feel the couple of hours that I spent there. At the end of the first set, the guys from the bands take few drinks with the guests like they have known each other for a years. I conclude that the most people here are regular guests and they known to the band members. I can’t imagine not being a regular guest at a such place that has offered me so much enjoyment and pleasure. The only fact that I didn’t like was that the party ended and I was forced to leave the place. But the memories will stay for sure. I think that every fashionable city in the world should have a club like this whether it comes to London, New York or Milano. But I think and Buenos Aires is not really lagging behind these cities and for sure Thelonious jazz club is one of the greatest symbols of Buenos Aires.

Cruise the Southern Ice Fields

Cruise the Southern Ice Fields Aboard the Skorpios III

SKORPIOS CRUISES

 

Experience a once of a lifetime cruise of the Kawesker Explorers Route board the Skorpios III. This luxury liner is the best rated with a 5 star nautical hotelier on cruise. The offer an accommodation called “Our Super Class” this usually has around 100 onboard passengers enjoying low bed accommodations nestled in  45 luxury cabins.

The Kawesker Explorers Route offers tourists to explore and experience the following:

  • Puta arenas
  • Puerto Natales
  • The Pio XI Glacier
  • The Amalia Glacier
  • The Calvo Fjord located in Magallanes Region
  • Puerto Eden
  • Porvenir Village
  • El Turbio Village
  • Usuahia Village
  • Calafate Village
  • Other cities in Argentina

The possibilities are endless when on this tour. There are a lot of exciting places and sites to see on every stop and on board the cruise. The cruise offers a unique opportunity to see and visit ancient and modern cities it’s truly is a once in a lifetime luxury tour.

The Skorpios management and its crew pride itself for offering distinct customer service. Over the years their family service has become their trademark.  Every details of their service is given due importance. For this reason Skorpios is able to meet international service standards for a luxury cruise ship.

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Every day of the cruise, the crew is focused in making their passengers comfortable and entertained. This includes making their whole ship accessible to all onboard passengers. Take a walk around the ship with no additional cost visiting the engine room, kitchen, the control bridge and other parts of the ship.

Onboard the ship is a bar that is open all day and all night. They also have designated smoking and non smoking bars. Looking for a relaxing and quite place to spend a day? Skorpios III has a special reading room just for you.  Foodies onboard the Skorpios III is on for a treat too. Try the entire kitchen menu or change them as you wish with no additional cost.

Don’t let the language barrier stop you from having fun. You can find translators onboard the Skorpios III ready to give you simultaneous chat translation as you need it. The ship is equip with a luxury accommodation like satellite phones, cable TV  and other onboard amenities.