Snowy Denmark: Beautiful Winter Kingdom

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Many tourists associate Denmark with Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales, a bronze statue of the Little Mermaid by Edvard Eriksen, the ships in the port of Copenhagen, and improbably colorful cities.



The resorts of Denmark, like German ones, are highly popular in Europe. The reason for that is the special culture and unique atmosphere of the country. If most travelers know practically everything about Germany, Denmark remains partly unknown for the average traveler. Let’s understand where to go and what to try in this beautiful country.

Geographically located in Northern Europe, Denmark occupies more than 1000 islands located primarily in the Baltic Sea, Wadden Sea, North Sea, South Funen Archipelago, and Nakskov Fjord. It is situated between Germany, Norway, and Sweden. The country’s total surface area is 42,394 square kilometers.



Denmark has more than 5.5 million inhabitants, and 80% of them are Lutherans. However, there are a lot of atheists in the country – 20% of the population.

An interesting site is the royal palace Amaliyendborg. It is the capital masterpiece in rococo style consisting of four buildings. In the middle is a square laid out by tile and stone blocks. Not only are there hundreds of tourists, but also the royal family lives here. Unlike Buckingham Palace, guests are invited to the territory of Amalianborga. The building endured an awful fire, but has been skillfully restored.



Besides the palace complex and magnificent grounds, there are park and museum platforms on the territory. It is possible to come here Tuesday through Sunday in all seasons of the year. Operating time is from 11:00 till 16:00; entrance fee – 95 Danish kroner.

For those who like easy rest, Denmark has Lalandiya Aqua Park. It is a whole complex with numerous attractions and skating rinks. There is even a small town that has a lot of motels. Lalandiya is a famous place to visit not only for tourists, but also for numerous locals.

Farmhouse and frosty trees against a blue sky.


The aqua park is famous for its large surface. It is open year round from 10:00 till 19:00. Entrance fee is 220 Danish kroner for adults, 170 – for children.

Denmark is all about fairytales; therefore, it invites guests to “Andersen’s World.” It is a big museum devoted to works of the great children’s writer. Here you will be met by wax Hans Christian, and you will be able to see the setting in which he wrote his well-known creations.

Favorite fairy tale characters and exhibits from the writer’s life and works are presented in the museum. The walls are decorated with numerous pictures and illustrations. In this house, Andersen lives on, and a magic atmosphere still reigns. The museum is open June to May, from 10:00 till 18:00. Entrance fee is 60 Danish kroner.


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Guadeloupe – Pearl of the Caribbean

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French Guadeloupe is a great place for active recreation and for exploration of a Caribbean island.

Let’s look at its most interesting points!

  1. The La Soufriere volcano.


La Soufriere is only 1,467 meters high, but climbing it is a real adventure (lazy tourists can get almost to the top by bus). On the way up, the climate changes completely, and so do the surrounding flora and fauna. A popular hiking route runs along a small lake on the slope of the volcano, hidden by lush vegetation (Grand Etang). On the way back, be sure to pay attention to the hot springs at the foot of the mountain.

  1. Pigeon Island and the Cousteau Reserve.
Pigeon island, St. Lucia from the British fort. This island is st. Lucia's national park


This small stony island is not remarkable for picturesque views, and almost no one lands on it. It is famous for the sea reserve of Cousteau, located around the island below the water’s surface. The inventor of the aqualung was so fascinated by the local underwater beauty that he founded a reserve park here. It is perfectly suitable for beginning divers: the depth is low, the sea is calm, and the shore is very close.

  1. Saint Anne Beach.
Tropical beach of Sainte Anne - Caribbean Sea - Guadeloupe tropical island


St. Anne is the most popular Guadeloupe beach. It is the best place both for surfers and fans of lazy beach relaxation. Here you can lie on white sand without going far from civilization. Also, you can take surfing lessons, or take a ferry to the wild beaches of the nearest islands – Desireado, Marie-Galante, and Le Sant.

  1. Botanical Garden in Deshaies.
Guadeloupe, Deshaies,


The Botanical Garden was founded about 10 years ago on territory of the former estate of the French comedian Kolyusha. The garden is relatively small but very diverse: the collection of orchids, baobabs, and a dozen different types of palm trees is especially noteworthy. You can also feed the giant carp in the pond here, and admire the flamingos and parrots in the park.

  1. National Park of Guadeloupe.
Guadeloupe, Caribbean Islands, France


This park occupies about 10% of the country’s whole territory. It is located on Basse-Terre island. You can go through it in a couple of hours by car, but it is better to walk on one of the many hiking trails. In one day, you can move from rainforest to coastal forest and end up in a mangrove path. When you reach waterfalls in the Buyant area, do not forget to look around; there is a great chance you’ll see Guadalupe raccoons, mongooses, and goats.

  1. Petite Terre Islands
Iguane gris - Petite Terre - Guadeloupe


The uninhabited islands of Ptit-Ter is a reserve. The pristine underwater world attracts divers from around the globe. From November to April you can also see dolphin and whale migrations here. And be sure to walk out to the old lighthouse, trying not to step on the numerous iguanas there.  

  1. Pointe-à-Pitre
Sunrise at Pointe à Pitre harbor - Guadeloupe Caribbean island


The largest city on the archipelago is the landing point for most tourists. Notably, it was founded in 1654 as a slave market. The best things in this town are fine restaurants and food markets that any gourmet can admire. Pointe-a-Pitre is full of French colonial-style houses, a fishing-town atmosphere, and fine climate.

Here in Guadalupe, French traditions and the Creole spirit are mixed in a fanciful way. The local cuisine is a feast of spices, seafood, and exotic fruits. For good reason, Jacques-Yves Cousteau claimed Guadalupe to be one of the best places in the world.

The Most Unusual World Hotels

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More and more hotels have now become attractions in themselves: an ice hotel, an underwater hotel, and even a salt hotel! Let’s look at the most unusual hotels in the world:

  1. Ecocamp Patagonia – Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.


This hotel combines luxury and minimal interference with the environment. Each room is a separate tent-dome, and all guests receive comfortable accommodations and necessary amenities. The hotel is built of environmentally friendly materials and uses renewable energy sources.

  1. Kokopelli Cave Bed and Breakfast – Farmington, New Mexico, USA.
Kokos Cave


Rooms in this hotel are carved out of rock. In addition to several bedrooms, there are kitchen and Jacuzzi. The cave maintains a temperature of +20 to +23 °C, and from its windows you can see the La Plata River and a vast desert. The hotel administration feeds the local birds and animals, taking care of not only their guests.

  1. Malmaison Oxford Castle – Oxford, United Kingdom.
Malmaison Oxford Castle


This British boutique hotel is located in a former prison building, constructed in the Victorian era. In the ex-prison cells, in addition to a comfortable bed, there is a shower, satellite TV, and adjustable lighting. A beer restaurant and bars are also in the structure.

  1. Seaventures Dive Resort – Sipadan Island, Malaysia.
Seaventures Dive Resort


This hotel is made on an old oil platform. Here you can go diving in the ocean without leaving the hotel: it is enough to descend under water in an elevator.

  1. Icehotel – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.
Church and chapel of Ice Hotel near Kiruna, Lapland, north Sweden


This is the first ice hotel in the world. Since 1990, it has been constructed annually for the period from December to April. The entire hotel is made of snow and ice blocks taken from the River Turn-Elv. Even interior details are made of ice, except for the beds.

  1. Brussels Welcome Hotel – Brussels, Belgium.


At first it was a luxury restaurant, which then turned into a luxury hotel. It was so popular that one day there were no vacant rooms for clients. Then two additional floors were designed and assembled in the city of Ghent, and harmoniously added right to the historical 19th century building.

  1. Jumbo Stay – Stockholm, Sweden.


This hotel is an old Boeing 747-200, converted into a budget hotel. Here you can sleep, for example, in the cockpit, which is equipped as a suite with a panoramic view of Stockholm-Arlanda Airport.

  1. Palacio de Sal – Uyuni, Bolivia.

The hotel is located on the border of Salar de Uyuni at an altitude of about 3650 meters. Palacio de Sal is built entirely of salt blocks. The most important rule for guests is not to lick the walls and to take care of the interior objects made of salt.

  1. Capsule hotels in Tokyo, Japan.

These are small sleeping cells stacked one above the other. The hotels are built next to railway stations and airports. Accommodations are quite Spartan, but cheap and available.


The capsule hotel in Tokyo, Green Plaza Shinjuku Capsule, although not the first, is the largest of this kind of hotel in the world: there are 660 rooms of 1x2x1 meters.

Here, as in many other places in Japan, people with tattoos will not be allowed: in Japan tattoos are still associated with the yakuza.

Tips for Visiting Florida

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  1. Fans of shopping should pay special attention to the shopping center located in the port of Miami; the huge number of fashion brands will excite you.
    At this shopping mall it’s possible to find literally any goods and to get them at the most attractive prices.
  2. If you are planning to travel around the state and not stay in one city, we suggest that you rent a car. This would be a wise and money-saving decision, especially if you are traveling with a group.
    You should remember, however, that there are enormous downtown traffic jams in the morning and evening.


  3. If you are looking for beach recreation, we suggest that you travel to the east coast of the state.
    Local beaches there are ideal for all kinds of surfing. So, if you like active vacations, Florida is an ideal choice for you. The western coast, on the contrary, is very quiet and relaxing; it is an excellent place for family rest or romantic getaways.
  4. Florida has unique climatic conditions; it is possible to go there in any season. It’s an ideal place for tourists, as your vacation will not be spoiled by weather (except maybe by hurricanes from August to November )no matter what time of year you come.
    Florida is a place where winter temperatures seldom fall below + 18°C. The state is often visited in winter by tour lovers and pedestrian tourists.


  5. It is highly recommended to buy tickets in advance for entertainment events and amusement parks. If you don’t want to stand in long lines for a few hours, think about booking tickets online.
  6. Florida is a place where you can pay with your credit card almost everywhere. The only time you might need cash is in remote shops or small beach restaurants.
    You don’t need to take lots of cash with you when walking anywhere; however, we suggest that you always have some dollars in case you can’t pay with a card.

    Skyscraper at the waterfront


  7. If you are a nature lover and really admire picturesque scenery in foreign countries, this advice is for you. Explore the Florida National Scenic Trail Road. The railroad runs through the whole territory of the state; one of the most beautiful stretches goes around Lake Okeechobee.
  8. Walking in national reserves is possible only if you are accompanied by a guide, and many areas are closed for free visits. Outdoor recreation is widespread in Florida, but you shouldn’t settle in for a picnic in the first park you encounter; you need to know their specific rules in advance.


Top Places to Enjoy in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong


Hong Kong is a special place where it is possible to be engaged in a bunch of entertaining pursuits –  including shopping, sampling Cantonese cuisine at local restaurants, and vivid nightlife. Many visitors, however, miss some of the most exciting activities they could experience here.

While you’re exploring noticeable things like soaring skyscrapers, superb cuisine, enterprising business ventures, and glowing night life – this former British colony also offers a number of amazing attractions to be aware of.

Hong Kong


See below our list of the best things to visit in Hong Kong:


Perhaps Hong Kong isn’t the first vacation spot that occurs to you when you think of paradise beaches in a far-away country. However, the city has a number of marvelous coastline beaches, big and small, scattered across the territory’s numerous islands. If you have time, plan to spend a day at Sai Kung on the Gulf of Big Waves (Ty Long Wang).

 Sai Kung, Hong Kong


It is possible to rent a tent here and spend a pleasant night on the beach, and not so many tourists have discovered this lovely place.


The best recommendation for people who have come to Hong Kong only for a short period is to “hike the dragon’s back.”

Hong Kong hike


This walk along a ridge with the ocean and beaches on one side and the city on the other will take about an hour and a half, and you will be able to admire tremendous views and landscapes.

Being part of the Hong Kong trail, Dragon’s Back has great scenery and wonderful hiking trails. Don’t miss the chance to explore one of the most beautiful hiking spots in Asia!


The most significant place which needs to be visited in Hong Kong is Victoria Peak, a marvelous place which attracts thousands of tourists.


The popularity of this peak is not surprising as it is the best spot to take tremendous pictures of this crowded, multicultural, busy city that looks stunning from this point.

Here you can also take pictures of the well-known skyscrapers of Hong Kong.


Tian Tan Buddha is widely known as the Big Buddha. It is situated at the top of a mountain on the island of Lantau, where Hong Kong airport is located. Big Buddha sits serenely, looking down on crowds of meditating tourists.

Tian Tan Buddha (Hong Kong, Lantau Island)


After visiting Buddha, we suggest that you go down to Nong Ping on the funicular – from which it is possible to admire fascinating 360 views of the island as you descend the mountain.


Stanley is a seaside city with fresh sea breezes and stunning views. It stretches along two different bays on a small peninsula and is a perfect place to purchase souvenirs.

Rocky sea shore and small sandy beach of Stanley Bay in Hong Kong. Beautiful scenic landscape with water, mountains, rocks and buildings


Shops, restaurants and bars are located on the western bay, where tourist events are also held. At the same time in east bay, a set of water sports is offered.

This pleasant short trip by bus from downtown is an excellent way to spend a quiet day on the seashore.

The Main Reasons People like Traveling

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Why do people love travel so much? Why is everyone nowadays literally crazy about exploring new lands?

Read our article to clarify the advantages of traveling for an average person.

  1. Get Away from Daily Routine

People do the same things every day, and this makes them bored. Sometimes it is important to change something in your life, even for a short period. Your brain gets fresh information; with new emotions and fresh impressions, the nervous system rehabilitates. When you feel that your daily life is not bearable anymore, try changing the place where you are; feel the difference in surroundings, people, traditions, way of life, and culture.

Traveling will definitely get you out of your comfort zone, and it is well worth it. You’ll find out how different you are when visiting new places. – how resourceful and strong you become when visiting foreign countries and cities and exploring new cultures.



  1. Meet new People

Nowadays traveling is extremely popular. People like to travel, and one of the main reasons is the possibility of meeting foreigners who could become friends. This is a strong reason why many people become travel addicts. When you start meeting people totally different from those who live in your home country and city, you can’t stop. This is a completely different experience, which gives you an opportunity to see how the world is multifarious and bright.

Learn from different cultures and know a lot of new information from those you meet while traveling. They could be your new neighbors; people you meet during your stay in the country, or even your hosts.



  1. Broaden Your Horizons

Another reason why people love traveling is their love for self-development. When you travel abroad, you explore different cultures, lifestyles, and ways of doing business. You can become a part of this life and make some useful contacts.

You can learn a lot from those who live in another country: we suggest that you live abroad for some time. In this case, you will see different ways to communicate, conduct business, and do everyday things.



  1. Know Yourself Better

Do you think you know everything about yourself? You cannot say for sure if you live in the same conditions and surroundings all your life. When you arrive in a foreign country and experience a different lifestyle, you discover your most unexpected characteristics and features.

At the same time, when you come back home, you have an opportunity to look at your life from a different angle. Remember that traveling is one of the best ways to learn more about yourself.



  1. Enjoy your life

The colors of life seem pale while living an everyday routine. Traveling helps you to enjoy every single moment on your trip and feel the brightness of life. Going new places and exploring unknown lands helps you to better appreciate your lifestyle, the people around you, and yourself. When you come back, you will perceive everything that you have differently.



Tips for Ideal Road Trip

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Happy Couple Driving on Country Road in Classic Vintage Sports Car


You will remember a successful journey by car for all your life. While traveling by car you can see not only the big tourist cities, but also small cozy villages, enjoy the unexplored places and beautiful nature sights.

The car gives freedom of choosing your own way to travel and road to take. Moreover, travel by car saves your budget significantly. It gives you so many incredible emptions and unexpected views that no other way of traveling can provide.

Use Interactive Maps and Apps

Every road begins with a good plan. If you going to hit the road in any country of the world – start with exploring maps. Plan your stops, the best places to visit and the most exciting panoramas to take photo of. Use maps to make your route, to identify the best way to get to a certain point.  Adjust the route to your tastes and desires. Identify the approximate duration of your trip and start a journey

Rear View Of Friends On Road Trip Driving In Convertible Car


Choose a right car

A car that you want to take depends on the roads you going to explore and type of a trip you are willing to take. Think whether the four-wheel drive and high clearance is necessary to you, whether you want to take the cabriolet or perhaps something else. Reserve the car in advance, choose an unlimited run (if you don’t know how long will be a trip) don’t forget to buy an insurance!

If the travel is long, of few months or more, perhaps, it is worth thinking of purchase of the used car which can be sold at the end. Surely check the conditions carefully before receiving and signing of the contract.

Rear View Of Friends On Road Trip Driving In Convertible Car


Prepare a Playlist for your Trip

There few things are so closely connected as music and the long road. You cannot even imagine how good music in your car can make your trip unexpectedly wonderful and even change the whole travel mood. Record your favorite songs on your smartphone playlist (and don’t forget an USB cable).

Also it is worth checking local radio. It is an excellent opportunity to listen to music which you will never hear in your home country. Music has to be very invigorating, and make a long driving comfortable.

Bearded man playing guitar outdoors near retro car

Take food and camping with you

Do you know when you are going to eat next time? Do you know how long will the road take and how tired you will be? May be you will be tired and exhausted in the middle of the road? The best idea for this situation is to take all necessary with you. Camping and food are ideal choice for those who is planning a long journey.

Cute little retro car with suitcases and bicycle on top goes by wonderful countryside road at sunset


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Published: 30/10/2017

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The Beauty of New Zealand: How to Explore this Land

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New Zealand has many of the world’s most incredible natural treasures that will leave you in awe. From majestic volcanoes to wonderful natural parks and crazy panoramas, New Zealand will earn a special place in your heart.

This experience will be truly different as you will have an amazing opportunity to explore the beauty of Rotorua, widely known for its geothermal activity and Maori culture; it will open for you the incredible Blue Penguin Colony, a bird sanctuary, and Oamaru, the main town in Waitaki District.

Landscape with road and snowy mountains, Southern Alps, New Zealand


Explore gorgeous views of New Zealand while taking a road trip across the country’s most beautiful routes. With the wind in your hair and the best views around you, enjoy the experience of discovering the country’s most amazing sites. After the road trip, relax in turquoise-blue waters of geothermal pools cloaked in an alluring mist. Enjoy sparkling glaciers, incredible pools, and otherworldly national parks.

New Zealand will definitely feel different from any other country you have ever visited. Travel will be extremely interesting for nature lovers, hikers, and those who enjoy quietly relaxing in a pleasant setting.

New Zealand


And nature is not the only beautiful thing here – foodies will be happy to find award-winning restaurants with exceptional dishes and high-quality wines.

This peaceful and accepting, uncrowded green country is the ultimate escape for those who are searching for unity with nature and a quiet place to escape from it all.

New Zealand is also a perfect destination for those who are interested in surfing, diving, and exploring sea life.

New Zealand


Amazing New Zealand will seem even more exciting after exploring wonderful Maori culture and the most significant historic sites. If you have time and opportunity to visit not only the most popular lively places of New Zealand, find a chance to see a few of the many historical attractions such as Maori Bone and Greenstone Pendant Designs, Mount Maunganui, The Pinnacles trail (Kauaeranga Kauri Trail), Auckland Museum, and the Hamilton & Waikato region.

Why You Should Travel as a Couple Before Marriage

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A lot of couples take a honeymoon trip, which is a very popular activity after newlyweds get married. But what about traveling before the marriage? Such a trip could be the perfect opportunity to know each other better and to explore new countries together. If you are still deciding whether to go together on a trip, read YYZ Travel tips about traveling abroad with your significant other.

  • You Will face Challenges

    Tourist Couple In The City Browsing Map Using Digital Tablet


Traveling is a perfect chance to see your partner’s weak and strong sides. You will meet new people, face unexpected situations in a different environment, and see if you can rely on your partner or not. This trip will be a test of your future relationship and will definitely show what you can expect from your partner in family life.

  • You Will have Your Own Moments and Memories

    a girl goes on a post holding a fellow on a hand


Wherever you go, your trip will be a perfect memory for you both. This will be a wonderful and exciting adventure that can not only unify you, but will also make you stronger. These memories will be for both of you, and you will be happy to share them again and again.

  • You will Become a Team

    Couple of lovers driving on a convertible car - Newlywed pair on a romantic date


You will identify your roles in the couple and this will make your relationship stronger. Creating your trip together, being in an adventure together and doing everything together will be a perfect experience, especially if you are planning to become a family in the future.

  • You Will Understand If You Are Ready for the Marriage

    Couple make selfie and sitting on rock


You can survive all the misunderstandings and difficulties and become closer to each other. Or, you can just understand that you are not an ideal couple. Either way, your travel will be a perfect chance to check how strong your relationship is for the future marriage.

  • You Will Renovate Your Relationship

    Young couple in love on sail boat


Most people do the same things all the time: go to work, prepare breakfast and dinner, do the same activities and same things every single day. Travel is a perfect chance to change your environment and perspective and to renew feelings. After just a few days abroad you will feel a difference in your behavior, the way you look at each other, and your feelings will be stronger.

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Best Books to Read on Trip

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If you travel a lot, you already know a good book is a perfect thing on a trip.

Reasons for reading a book can be different: a long flight or train ride, an overnight stay at the airport, or nasty weather. A good book can not only help you to pass the time, but can also immerse you into another world!

1. Peter Mail, “A year in Provence.”

Peter Mail and his wife did what most of us only dream of: they bought an old farmhouse in Provence and started a new life there. The first year of their life in the new place was full of unexpected discoveries and hilarious adventures. They try to learn the local language, go to goats’ tracks, and to complete their makeover in a year.



Here is a quote from this book:

“Gradually, I was turning into a very happy vegetable, and the connection with real life was carried out through random telephone conversations with people who were killing their lives in distant offices. All they had to do was to warn me that the sun is killing my brain and causes skin cancer. I did not argue – maybe they were right. One thing I knew for sure: in spite of foul brains, new wrinkles and the danger of getting cancer, I never felt better in my life. “

2. Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

Time goes on, and still, readers are delighted with the amazing story of the three English gentlemen who decided to travel the River Thames with a fox terrier named Montmorency.

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The book describes a lot of comical situations and funny misunderstandings that the heroes have to work out without losing their sense of personal dignity. This story will surprise you even today as an original tale with wonderful English humor.

3. Stephen King, Under the Dome

The final version of the novel was written in 2009. Big trouble comes to a small town. Suddenly, it is covered by an invisible mysterious dome, and now no one can get out or in. It completely changes the life of local people, and the police try to fix the situation. But nothing can be done: airplanes and cars crash when they try to get in; even rockets and corrosive acids have no effect on the dome.

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Moreover, it is dangerous just to approach it. The sheriff tried to get closer, and his cardiac pacemaker died. All the attempts to help people under the dome lead to an opposite result – almost all of them died. What happened to those who managed to survive under it?

4. Joanne K. Rowling, “The Casual Vacancy”

After this very book, Joan Rowling got rid of the “child writer” label. “The Casual Vacancy” has nothing to do with the world of magic wands, potions classes, and Quidditch. It tells us about a small British town. After the death of a respected citizen, a place on the municipal council is vacated, and many residents would like to occupy it.

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And here the action starts. On the Internet, someone starts uncovering some things that the city’s families prefer to hide. The struggles and perspectives of every social strata of this small town are here: well-off bourgeois and indigents. Among the characters are businessmen, doctors, and lawyers, as well as marginal elements like drug dealers and prostitutes. Wherever you start reading this book, it will be tough to tear yourself away from it.