Short days, long nights and low temperatures tend to slow down everything around us. Everything looks a little bit greyish and dirty, so it is easy enough to take 2-3 lazy days in the row and not feel any guilt about it.
Thinking about that and wanting to come out of that state I started to scroll through my library of photos to find something which will cheer up these cloudy days and give me some inspiration for February trips. While searching through the gallery two photos marked with 5 stars appeared to be wonderful for this “therapy”.
After almost 4 months in China, I just found out about the Shaolin Temple which is only 1 hour away from my hotel. Since Sunday was my day off, and I had no other plans, I didn’t think twice about going on a little trip. Luckily, organizing trips like this in China is not so hard because everyone is connected through an app called weChat.
Louyang City, place in the middle of China which you don’t need to visit unless you want to go to see Longmen Grottoes. For me it was only 1 hour ride from my hotel so I decided to visit a place. Ticket of 15 $ and 15 minute ride from the entrance to the Hill with electrical bus was a fun experience. For some of Chinese I was big attraction (10+ sneaky photos only in a bus), but okey, when you are in China for 5 months you get used to it. For ones who don’t know Longmen Grottoes is regarded as the most famous and best preserved Budha Cave in China.
Looking through the bus the outskirts of the city didn’t give a big promise for a great town. Rusty and old neighborhood gave an impression of a forgotten city between two big dalmatian centers. Split and Zadar are the places from which you can easily come to the Sibenik, there are a lot of flights to these towns and from there you can use a bus to your final destination. After arriving at a bus station everything looked much better. City has familiar Dalmatian design with a beautiful seaside hang-outs and quaint alleys and squares. In Croatian history is known as a city which is built and maintained by Croatians. Other cities like Split and Dubrovnik are founded by other cultures.
It is October… The time of streets filled with a smell of baked chestnut, crunchy leaves, and cozy sweaters has finally arrived. Woods are dressing red and gold sweaters giving all the essence of the earth to be inhaled in one breath, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea. For me, this is the smell which gives me feel of the home. If someone writes a book of most beautiful pleasures on Balkan this would probably be one of the main topics in that book. Balkan Hygge, some would say.
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