KEEP CALM, stay at home and cook Burrito

oday, sostravel.com has decided to take you to Mexico with its special recipes on the tortillas base. Stay calm, stay home and try to cook delicious Burritos too!

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Updates and guidelines for travellers, at the time of Covid-19

Considering the delicate historical moment that humanity is experiencing due to the acclaimed health emergency from COVID-19, sostravel.com continues to show its proximity to its customers through a series of news, updates and useful tips for those who find themselves forced to travel for work or family needs.

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Food Travel Experience: paella, the Queen of Spain

In our last appointment, we left an unspoiled paradise, the beautiful Kimberley region of Australia behind us. For today sostravel.com wants to excite you with new and sensational destinations that we are sure will activate your taste buds. Are you ready to immerse yourself in a new experience made of places, cultures, landscapes and … cuisine? Our Food Travel Experience starts now!

Castillo Gibralfaro, Málaga, Spain
Castillo Gibralfaro, Málaga, Spain

The first stage of this new travel itinerary is Spain. This country of Latin charm boasts 43 World Heritage sites and is one of the most popular and well-known tourist destinations in the world. A land blessed with mild climate and beautiful beaches, mountains to discover and plains that offer extraordinary agricultural products. All this is made even more particular by a long and rich history that has left unique works of art and architectural masterpieces.

Spain is enriched by a list of cities that are unique for beauty and easy to fall in love with: not only Barcelona, Madrid, Seville or Bilbao, but also small towns like Ronda or Zaragoza are characterized by an irresistible charm. Famous for having one of the most beautiful coasts in Europe, its true character comes from the culture behind the walls of churches and palaces, in its rituals and heartfelt traditions or in the panorama of the narrow streets of its historic centers. But its beating heart is rediscovered mainly in the smells and flavors of its dishes, typical of an ancient Iberian tradition.

Park Guell, Barcelona
Park Guell, Barcelona

From a gastronomic point of view, as a matter of fact, the undisputed Queen of Spain is definitely the Paella, symbol – together with tapas – of local street food that can be enjoyed at home, on the beach, alone or in company and, why not, accompanied by a nice glass of sangria.

We are talking about a national dish from Catalonia to Andalusia, passing through the Valencian Community and Castile, that every self-respecting Spaniard (or tourist) simply cannot give up. We can trace the birth of paella in Valencia precisely between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries following the need of farmers and shepherds to have an easy lunch to transport and composed of ingredients available in the area.

The origin of the name comes from the characteristic pot, the paellera, in which it is cooked. We are talking about a pan where the handle has been removed to replace it with two that can support the weight of the dish. It has a minimum diameter of 20 cm which determines the height of the edges and consequently also the number of rations to be served.

Paella with seafood
Paella with seafood

There are several variations of paella: whether it is meat, fish or vegetables, rice is certainly the undisputed protagonist of this delicious Spanish dish. Tradition has it that paella is cooked outdoors and possibly with orange wood that controls its cooking and gives it a sweet aroma. The classic recipe calls for a cream of chicken, rabbit, green beans, tomato, garrofò beans and saffron rice. The latter must never be mixed and must remain crispy – almost scorched – at the bottom of the pan. Finally, before serving it, it will be necessary to let it rest for at least 15 minutes so that the flavors and colors can blend together.

Paella along the Marina de Valencia, Spain
Paella along the Marina de Valencia, Spain

Here at sostravel.com we are confident that our first Food Travel Experience of this month with Paella – the undisputed queen of Spanish cuisine – has left you particularly impressed and with a watery mouth. We can’t wait for the next unmissable appointment to live together another new journey between sensational destinations and exquisite culinary traditions!

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Kimberley, an uncontaminated paradise

The month of February is about to end and with it the many travel tips that have accompanied us. For this last appointment, sostravel.com will take you to one of the most beautiful places in Australia: the Kimberley region.

Kimberley, the Australian outback
Kimberley, the Australian outback

Three times the size of England and with a population of less than 40,000, this region is among the most unspoiled in the world. The wildlife, majestic canyons and crystal-clear waters of the springs, make it a place that offers tourists a full immersion in the unspoiled nature of a spectacular continent such as Australia. There are many experiences to be able to live in this beautiful region and for this reason sostravel.com has selected the most beautiful ones for you. Are you ready to embark on this journey?

This fascinating itinerary can only start by visiting the city of Broome, one of the most characteristic in Australia. Colorful sunsets, frangipani plants, warm temperatures and beautiful white sand beaches will make you live in a magical atmosphere and will give you the opportunity to discover two of the most characteristic aspects of the Australian tradition: the outback and adrenaline generated by an adventure between the pristine areas of the region and the relaxed atmosphere of the beaches accompanied by the tasty mango flavor of a typical local beer.

White beaches on the coast of the city of Broome
White beaches on the coast of the city of Broome

Secondly, treat yourself to a pleasant cruise along the Kimberley coast to fully admire its beauty. During this experience you will have the opportunity to admire the coast in all its wild nature, dotted with about 2,600 islands, many still with an unknown name; stop to admire the ancient Aboriginal rock art and take a dip in the crystal-clear waters or a picnic on the white sand.

Mitchell River National Park
Mitchell River National Park

You can then plan a visit to Mitchell River National Park, one of Australia‘s most beautiful natural parks. What is the main attraction? Certainly the “Mitchell Falls“, that follow one after the other in series and then dive into a deep freshwater lake. But what is the main feature of this area? Its sacredness! According to the most ancient traditions of the Aboriginal population, the Wumambal who live in this area, supernatural beings live among the small lakes formed by the waterfalls.

The Aboriginal population has one of the oldest cultures in the world
The Aboriginal population has one of the oldest cultures in the world

The Kimberley region is not the only one inhabited by indigenous populations, the whole state is. Did you know that Australian populations boast a rich culture dating back over 50,000 years? A culture defined holistic and very tied to the concept of family, community and the land. In particular, the link with the earth is a fundamental aspect in the vision that the aborigines have of the world. For these people, in fact, the land is what defines their nature. In particular, the aboriginal people of the coast describe themselves as “people of salt water”, those of river areas as “people of fresh water” and those of arid central regions as “people of the desert”. But where exactly does this link with the earth come from? We will reveal it immediately.

Aboriginal people believe that their ancestral spirits, or the creative deities, were born precisely from the earth and from heaven and that they created all living things through their travels on earth. And it is precisely for this reason that between the aboriginal population and the land there is a strong bond that has become indissoluble over the years.

Today’s appointment ends here. Sostravel.com has led you to this wonderful region of Australia that can make you rediscover the beauty of our planet away from the stress and smog of big cities. Sostravel.com sets the appointment for the next article to start a new exciting journey. Keep following us!

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Discovering Amsterdam, the Venice of Northern Europe

One of the most beautiful locations in Northern Europe called the “Venice of the North” thanks to the blue waters of its canals that will immerse you in a magical post-impressionist atmosphere!

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Valentine’s Day in Menorca: exciting and romantic couple experiences

A beautiful island, pearl of the Balearics, enjoys a unique and irresistible charm because of its suggestive beaches with crystal clear waters and its natural and wild views.

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Washington D.C., a diplomatic city (but not too much!)

Washington D.C. is located in Maryland and more precisely in the District of Columbia, known worldwide for the White House, the seat of the American presidency, in reality its beauty goes beyond its institutional charm.

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Finland: a journey through nature, saunas and happiness

A place that has won the title of the happiest country to live in the world

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Discovering Seoul, between innovation and tradition

Here we are with the third appointment for January, a month full of tips to make your travels epic, considering it is always the right time to pack your suitcase and explore new lands. For this reason, sostravel.com is ready to take you on the discovery of a new destination that has a rich tradition, yet modern and with a lot of culture. Are you curious to find out what it is? We will reveal it to you immediately: today sostravel.com takes you to South Korea and precisely to Seoul. Are you ready to discover together the magic of this city, cradle of Korean modernity?

Before starting our journey to discover South Korea, we want to reveal a little curiosity: did you know that the ideogram of its name means “morning calm”? Yes, that’s right. Visiting this country will allow you to live a unique experience that is divided between modernity and the past, between order and civilization. By visiting Korea, you can get to know all the comforts of an advanced country and at the same time discover the exotic side of the Far East made of architecture, and above all, spirituality. South Korea is, as a matter of fact, the cradle of shamanic art. But let’s go in order and begin to explore the modern side of this country starting from its capital: Seoul.

Skyline of Seoul, South Korea
Skyline of Seoul, South Korea

Lying on the banks of the Han River which divides it in two, it is a city with a double life: chaotic during the day and very charming in the evening. A cool megalopolis with very ancient origins that has undergone numerous changes throughout its history and presents itself today as an ultramodern city with a heart tied to Korean tradition. Among the modern testimonies present in the city there are mainly the N Seoul tower and the Dongdaemun historical park.

N Seoul Tower, Seoul
N Seoul Tower, Seoul

With its 245 meters of height, the N Seoul Tower known as Namsan Tower is one of the most surprising attractions of the modern soul of Seoul. A tower born to transmit TV signals which since 1980 has covered the role of meeting place and cultural center. From here you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the entire capital. The second example of modernity is the historical-natural park of Dongdaemun where you can admire a giant silver building with the shape of a spaceship. Inside there are libraries, conference rooms, a design museum, a design market and numerous exhibitions. It is therefore a center where design and innovation meet to give life to the country’s futurist nature.

Bukchon Hanok Village of seoul city in  Korea.
Bukchon Hanok Village of seoul city in Korea.

Despite this futuristic vision of chaos and skyscrapers, Seoul has a traditionalist soul you can notice above all inside the Bukchon Hanok Village: a medieval island surrounded by skyscrapers. A small refuge for those who want to get in touch with the culture of this country and get to know its history in depth. The renovations carried out over the years have made this area more modern and functional but nevertheless it continues to be characterized by its original charm. In the streets of this neighborhood you will find numerous shops where you can buy traditionalist items or, for those who want to totally immerse themselves in the atmosphere, rent one of the traditional clothes or the hanbok. If you wear these outfits you will have free access to the royal palaces nearby.

 Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul
Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

Among the most important royal palaces in the city we find the Gyeongbokgung royal residence of the Yi dynasty, from the Joseon period of Korea. A palace that contains numerous rooms including the throne, where the kings welcomed their royal guests and the Hyangwonjeong Hall, a quiet place for meditation. Among others we find the Anggyonggung, born as a royal residence during the Japanese rule, it has been transformed into a city park.

Buddhist temple of Bongeunsa
Buddhist temple of Bongeunsa

In addition to the royal palaces in Seoul, there are also numerous temples where you can fully rediscover the spiritualist nature of the country, among them the spectacular Buddhist temple of Bongeunsa founded in 794 by the monk Yeon-hoe. Temples have always been the places where Koreans take refuge to free their innate sense of inner spirituality that inspires every moment of their lives. Indeed, Buddhism and Confucianism influence the life of every inhabitant of this country, creating an ethical and moral system and a philosophy of life which is at the basis of their ability to better govern every moment of life.

Sostravel.com has brought you to discover this country and in particular its capital Seoul, one of the largest megacities on the planet characterized by an order in which modernity and tradition merge, giving each tourist a unique experience. Sostravel.com will meet you next week with the fourth destination chosen to make your travels full of epic experiences.

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Eritrea: travelling to the heart of the Horn of Africa

Last week, we guided you on a unique and unrepeatable journey to discover Armenia making you appreciate a magical land full of epic and evocative experiences. Are you ready to experience new strong emotions? sostravel.com takes you to the heart of the Horn of Africa, Eritrea, the second of four fascinating destinations designed for your Epic Travels.

Mountain range, Eritrea

The mysterious Eritrea is an authentic and genuine land, made unique by its incredible geographical climatic and environmental variety and by the presence of nine ethnic groups that populate it. We can consider this extraordinary country relatively young, born, just over 25 years ago (1993) after a heroic and bloody Liberation War from the neighboring Ethiopia.

The history of this reality, influenced by the Italy of the 30s and 40s, will make your travel experience unique. You will almost feel like living a dejavu walking through the streets of these cities, where you can admire Italian banners and signs and drink an espresso with the locals.

The main destination of this land is certainly Asmara, the capital, a real treasure of mid-century modernist architecture. Located at 2,400 meters above sea level, this city will enchant you with its deep African soul enclosed in an Italian architectural skeleton. Various ethnic groups and religious cults coexist, so you can indulge yourself in initially visiting the Great Mosque, then the Orthodox Cathedral and finally the Catholic Cathedral.

St Mary Church, Enda Mariam, Asmara, Eritrea

The main attraction is definitely the Eritrean Railway, an extraordinary work of Italian engineering which connects the Asmara plateau to Massaua, a torrid ghost port city, with a clear Arab imprint, that has unfortunately lost most of its architectural beauty following the bombing suffered by the Ethiopians during the conflict of the last century. Its locomotive starts only by reservation and is an itinerary that we strongly recommend here at sostravel.com to appreciate the wonderful landscapes that will guide you on an emotional journey from the mountains to the sea.

Dahlak Island Archipelago, Eritrea

Yes, we really said sea! From the port of Massaua it is indeed possible and necessary to reach the Archipelago of the Dahlak Islands. These are 126 between sandy islets and rocks emerged in the southern Red Sea channel, where sparse local communities live. The real wealth of these islands is the sea: crystal clear and unspoiled. An affirmed natural reserve, the rare and extraordinary ecosystem of these islands is dotted with coral formations and ancient ruins that would make even the most experienced diver go crazy with joy.

The inhabitants of the exotic archipelago are said to be different from the people who live on the continent. It must be for this sense of distance, of happy estrangement, or the tenacity that distinguishes those who clash with the forces of nature every day. But in any case, the entirety of Eritrea is, above all, made by its inhabitants, their culture and their genuineness.

Let yourself be enchanted by Eritrea, here at sostravel.com we’ll meet you next week to explore the third seductive stage of our tour together, discovering epic destinations that we are sure will stay in your heart.

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