New Orleans Mardi Gras in French Quarter

This is November and I thought about of a carnival which held in some countries in celebration of Mardi Gras before Easter. Mardi Gras or in English called as Fat Tuesday, it is celebrated by countries in Europe, the United States, South America and the Caribbean. But a lots of people say that the most insane and strange of Mardi Gras celebration is the celebration of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras New Orleans was also know as one of the biggest carnival parties in the world.
In the tradition of Mardi Gras show in New Orleans you can see a variety of carnival parade which dressed in a variety of strange costumes, catching plastic beads, candies and other trinkets. Center of weirdness and madness on the celebration of Mardi Gras in New Orleans special is only done in the French Quarter and in particular on Bourbon Street. Madness on Bourbon Street, I think it is not for kids, so keep your kids far away from Bourbon Street during festival Mardi Gras in New Orleans. If you are not from New Orleans and you interest to watch the celebration of Mardi Gras, you should advance to book a hotel room in the French Quarter.
The French Quarter, also called as the Vieux Carre or "Old Square, 'or more simply' the Quarter, 'is the oldest neighborhood in the city around the which modern New Orleans has grown, and is bordered by Canal, Rampart and Esplanade, along the Mississippi River. There are around 55 of French Quarter Hotels which you can choose, if you want to see the madness on Bourbon Street, then order a hotel in the Bourbon Street area which has a balcony so you can see the madness in Bourbon Street from the balcony. People  who love festival and carnival must enjoy to watch this event.
Here are some pictures from the celebration of Mardi Gras in 2011:





Cultural Tourism of West Sumba

Culture is the heritage that must be preserved because the culture is the image of the nation and is the nation's wealth can be an attraction and as a wealth of tourism. There are plenty of interesting cultural attractions, unique and still preserved by the people of West Sumba until now. Several tours of West Sumba, namely:

Sumba-Kampung Tarung (Waikabubak)
Sumba-Kampung Waitabar, Waikabubak
1. Village Customary / Traditional and Traditional House

Community of West Sumba generally build a traditional village on the hilltops. This is related to security issues. In the past frequent intertribal wars to fight over territory that residence in areas of high can be a kind of fortress. Additionally Development on the hilltop village can be attributed to pre conception of history which assumes that the higher the residence then the closer residents with ancestral spirits and gods.

For the people of West Sumba tradisoinal home or custom home is not just a place to live alone but also functions as a center for social and ceremonial life of them.




 






Grave Stone
2. Megalithic culture
 a. Gravestone
The archaeological often called Sumba as the living megalithic Megalithic culture or cultures that continue to live. Since the megalithic tradition on the island of Sumba / boulder appeared about 4500 years ago is still practiced by the faithful followers on the island.

In West Sumba relics of megalithic stone tomb decorated with statues and reliefs of interest can be found in every village customs. Sumbanese society set up right in front of the grave stones their homes. Tomb stone custom home and is considered as a manifestation of life and death, as well as to create a sense of unity because of the presence of a stone tomb believed to be able to maintain closeness with relatives who had died. Stone tomb made ​​large and stately as a form of homage to the ancestors who have died as well as a symbol of social status owners.
 b. Pull the Stone Ceremony
Pull the Stone Ceremony
Pull the stone tomb or in a language called Sumba tingiwatu / sala welawatu is one of the largest and grandest ceremonies, because of cost, time and energy is not small. Manufacture of stone and withdrawal resistance was preceded by preparatory to discuss technical and financial issues. Further
- Resistant material search, location and type of stone should not be the origin selected. Vantage point is usually the main choice in order not to complicate the process of withdrawal. This type of stone should also be fitted. Should not be too hard to be easily carved but at the same time easy to be strong so as not porous.

Pull the Stone ceremony
- Pieces of stone, after the material and determined the location of the next process to cut and carve the stone into slabs of stone tomb according to the desired shape. The procession begins with the reading of prayers and gift offerings of roosters, betel nut, egg in order to banish the spirit guardian stones.
- Pull the stone made to pull the stone that has been cut from the location of materials to the village or designated place.

In this ceremony a reflection of a culture of mutual cooperation, which directed the planning system and an orderly division of labor.

Pasola
3. Pasola
Pasola derived from the word "sola" or "hola", which means a type of wood used for javelin throwing from a horse that is being driven hard by two opposing groups. After obtaining affixes `pa '(pa-sola, pa-hola), it means to be a game. So Pasola or pahola mean game of dexterity wooden javelin throw of each other on horseback who were driven tight between the two opposing groups. Pasola is part of a series of traditional ceremonies are performed by people of Sumba are still adhered to the original religion called Marapu (local religious communities Sumba).

Pasola held in West Sumba once a year in February in Kodi and Lamboya. While the month of March in Wanokaka. Pasola carried out in broad expanse of desert, witnessed by all members Kabisu and Paraingu from both groups that competed and by the general public.

While the game is the male participants select a match from the second Kabisu must master two skills which once rode in a super high speed (super speed power) and the javelin throw (hola). Pasola usually the climax of the whole series of activities in order to feast Nyale (marine worms are tasty).

**pictures and article source are from kaskus.us

Enchantment of the West Sumba

West Sumba is one of island of Sumba regency in East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia which consists of six sub areas namely: district Loli, district Waikabubak, district Tana Righu, district Wanokaka, district Lamboya and district West Lamboya. The city is located in West Sumba Kabupten Waikabubak.

West Sumba is situated between 9 ° 18 '- 10 ° 20' South Latitude and 118 ° '- 120 ° 23' East Longitude. The total area of ​​737.59 km2 of West Sumba with a slope of 14 ° - 140 °. West Sumba topography consists of plains, mountains and hills, all of which produce beautiful scenery of valleys stretching to the hills. But on the other hand, the topography of this sort lead to soil vulnerable to erosion.

Marosi Beach
Many of the potential of nature tourism in West Sumba such as white sandy beaches, lakes, waterfalls, National Parks Land Manupeu Daru, the hills and green valleys.

1. Marosi beach
Marosi Beach located in District Lamboya, about 32 Km from Waikabubak. Marosi beach is one of the prettiest beaches in West Sumba. The beach is close to the arena Pasola Hobba Kalla (Pasola Lamboya) and a number of traditional villages.


Rua Beach
2. Rua Beach
The beach is located in district Wanokaka. Because it is relatively close to the City of Waikabubak is about 27 km, then on a beach holiday is becoming a major alternative for the local tourists who want to unwind while swimming, fishing and soaking up the sun. From Waikabubak can be reached by motor vehicle about 1 hour drive.



3. Nihi Watu beach
Nihi Watu Beach
Nihi Watu beach is also located in Wanokaka. The beach is located in a small fishing village and is a place of execution in the early morning ceremony before Nyale Pasola. Located 21 Km south of Waikabubak. Waves at this place is one of the fastest anywhere. No doubt if Nihiwatu is one of the beaches with the best waves in Indonesia and even the world. Not only surfing, it also allows enjoyed for a variety of other exciting activities such as riding a horse on the beach, fishing, diving, birdwatching, mountain biking to trekking to the waterfall.

4. Laipopu Waterfall
Laipopu Waterfall
The waterfall is located in the village Katiku Loku, district. Wanokaka, precisely in the National Park Land Manupeu Daru. Waterfall located in the region TNMT (Taman Nasional Manupeu Tanah Daru) has the advantage of the beauty of the water passage so that the stratified water droplets spread in different directions. Discharge water that is always stable in the set throughout the season beautifully verdant moss and plants around the waterfall object.
Things you can do is enjoy the beautiful waterfall with a picture taken, doing massage and feel the cold water with a water bath at about a waterfall that is relatively safe for visitors.
Laipopu way to the waterfall where it provides its own challenges that will reach every tourist attraction is faced with a suspension bridge made ​​of bamboo, and passes down the watery path composed of stands of woody trees. to achieve Laipopu Waterfall can be taken approximately 45 minutes from the settlement through a varied trail.
Other potential that can be enjoyed by tourists is a parrot habitat, landscape of paddy fields and the village community craft Katikuloku of woven fabric and webbing.


Wow... as I said I can't stop to talk about Indonesia, there are too much beautiful nature scenery, I found many interesting article about how enchantment of some place but I don't have enough time to share in here but I will try to update my blog and will try to update information about West Sumba, see my next post on next week.

4 Tricks to Get Cheap Airfare

The cost of transportation by planes are usually much more expensive than a ship or train. However, one form of transportation is somewhat more rapid, convenient and efficient.
If you want to save money when traveling by plane, there are several strategies that can be done to get a cheaper ticket prices. Consider the following tips as quoted from Foxbusiness.

1. Purchase tickets at the season of transition
Plane tickets are usually cheaper on the season of transition, ie the time between flights busy and quiet seasons. At any moment it could be a transition season, depending on your destination. If you plan on traveling to Europe, preferably a reservation after September.

In October for example, flight to the UK is usually more convenient because of the crowd at the airport is more quiet, plus a comfortable temperature and certainly cheaper airline tickets. If you want to the Caribbean or Mexico, you should select between April and May. Ticket prices in the months it usually drops because it is the turn of spring break and summer.

But because of the quiet stream of visitors, tourism industry usually also limit the time of the visit for the tourists. In this season, tourist attractions such as museums and amusement parks may close earlier than the holiday season. So make sure you've got an alternative tourist destination before leaving.

2. Take advantage of discounts
A number of aviation services often provide discount airfare at certain times. Typically, the discount was held for two weeks after booking flight tickets, and day in the middle of the week.

For example, if you plan to go on 8 September, start ordering tickets on August 25, and select the flight schedule on a Wednesday or Thursday. But the policy of each flight can vary. There are tickets must be purchased from the far-distant day, some are close to the flight schedule.

3. Find out the cost of baggage
If you have to pay extra for luggage in the trunk, find out how much should be spent before paying the charge. A number of airlines and travel sites usually provide information knowing it online. Find information also how much the cost if the suitcase exceeds the payload capacity.

Policy for baggage charges can be different for each airline. You might also be subject to airport tax when checking baggage that amount varies, depending on your flight destination. The farther, the tax is also more expensive.

4. Use The Reliable Tour and Travel Agent Services
This method is very effective because, travel agents (especially those open 24 hours) can continue to monitor the price of airline tickets. They also can access and learn in detail about such fares, baggage price and tax costs. Besides the price offered them lower than the price displayed on the airline's official website.

It is nice to share, enjoy your vacation.

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