31 de março de 2009

Travelling around the world... by Bike!

Keiichi Iwasaki is a 36 years old japanese who, in 2002, decided to leave his ordinary life in Japan and start a travel around the World on a bike! After passing through 36 countries he finally arrived in Portugal and decided also to spend a few days in our dear Rosette Int. Hostel. Meanwhile he already joined an expedition in Nepal to climb the Everest, crossed the Caspian sea on a row boat and pedal all his way through Asia and Europe. But he wishes to keep on going for 5 more years in order to pass trhough Africa, South and North America until he reaches Japan again, his homecountry that he doesn't see since he left 7 years ago. What keeps him going it's not just the will to see the World but also to spread a message of Peace. In the end he whishes to write a book with the memories of his adventures.

Without any sponsors he earns what he needs by doing magic tricks on the streets which also gives him the chance to meet the locals and from time to time even the local and national media becomes interested in his story and publishes it. This happened in Lisbon with the newspaper Correio da Manhã that published his story on the 22nd of March edition.

If you're interested to know more about this amazing and inspiring fellow friend visit his website at www.feel-the-earth.com or just take the chance to send him a message with your thoughts.

All the best to you Keiichi Iwasaki san!!  

25 de março de 2009

Pillow fight - Coimbra

For the first time in Coimbra an event that pillows will never forget: more than 100 people joined in one of the city gardens, Jardim da Sereia, to let go all the rage acumulated from each personal frustrations or just for fun. Integrated in the 110th celebration of Queima das Fitas, the famous student festival, the pillows were gathered and smashed into other people's faces.

The special Rosette news reporter was there to evidence the massacre of what was once many confortable and fluffy pillows... As far as we know nobody was harmed during the confrontations, even though we can't say the same for the poor pillows whose "guts" were flying all over the place as everyone can see on the above photo and on the video below.

We would like to thank the youtube community for sharing this video footage with the rest of the world.

15 de março de 2009

Hospitality Club Xperience: Xtended Version

In the beginning of March we had the visit of the great Vroni-Duo from Munchen. Veronika and Veronika came for what was expected to be just a few calm "sunday-like" days in Coimbra and ended up to be a "full on" week with lots of cultural activities, concerts, philosophical discussions, all night parties and of course the traditional "let's get some olives and cheese from the market after via" morning tours. Their Portuguese tour had to be reschedule since Coimbra's audience was always eager for some more action. The empathy was established right from the start and so a future meeting is expected for some time soon.

Until further notice, may your days prosper has if they were always Vroni Sundays!