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July: Sip tea in Chengdu’s parks

Playing mahjong in Cultural Park, Chengdu, China

For around RMB$20, you can spend a whole day nursing a constantly replenished cup of loose leaf tea, play mahjong or read under the cooling shade of the dense foliage overhead as the cicadas sing their brave song.

Santo Domingo, a city of American firsts

Parque Colon, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Perhaps it’s the heat and the humidity. Or maybe it’s the spirited beat of the Merengue. Or it could even be the talk of fresh cigars being rolled against the thighs of young Dominican women. Whatever the truth, Santo Domingo has a distinct Latino flavour and the air is rich with it.