Today let’s learn to cook youtiao! Youtiao (said yo-tee-ow) are also called Chinese doughnuts or fried breadsticks. The ingredients are fairly simple—flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, and water—but the process is quite time consuming. It can take up to 9 hours. But regardless, the results are priceless.
It’s said that in the 16th century, the Portuguese sailors discovered this beautiful island in eastern Asia and they named it Formosa, which means ‘the beautiful island.’ This island is called Taiwan today, and it’s where traditional Chinese culture and spirit is perfectly preserved. 跟着CiCi展开一场超兴奋、超开心的台北之旅。长年旅居国外的CICI，14年来第一次回到亚洲的台湾，赶快跟着CICI展开一场超兴奋、超开心的台北之旅。
What we see is a representation illustrating the time and culture of Peter the Great’s life. And all embellished with dancing and singing interludes. I think this is truly magnificent. It’s like watching a Broadway show in the broad daylight outside. After the ceremony all the fountains are on, there is something really special about the water. It is natural spring water. These fountains operate naturally without any pumps. Later, M. Yuri Zemtsov, an honored architect from Russia, and twice winner of the State Award, is waiting to show me more about the city!
Today we are broadening our horizons regarding a country that once was Europe’s finest. This is the first part of two episodes uncovering St. Petersburg. Even though I have discovered that my patience is limited. We will definitively enjoy the very rich legacy left by many prominent historical figures. And enjoy the pleasant and welcoming atmosphere of the city itself. There are quite a few palaces in St. Petersburg so no wonder it had been the capital for two centuries. It started with Peter the Great who made this city what it is. Perfect!!
It was my first trip to Italy… After not being able to sleep on the plane for 10 hours, we arrived in Italy with 6 hours of jetlag versus New York. For the first time: hearing people spoke Italian everywhere but not English; seeing Romanesque and Baroque styled building everywhere but not Skyscrapers; smelling super fresh air in the sky everywhere but not polluted air from yellow cabs.
They also say sì sì sì sì sì sì wherever I go, which sounds like I’m super popular there… CiCi CiCi CiCi! So I was no longer tired. I was so eager to discover every single detail of this region!