The Las Vegas of China: Macau, rainy Macau for those of us more intimate who go in July. I decided to take one day from the good time I was having in Hong Kong and visit the former Portuguese colony to find someone that would back my Portugal invasion plan. (Don't worry it's all about the infinite supply of Pastéis de Belém).
It was very interesting to see the mix of Portuguese, Cantonese and English on street signs but to my dismay I didn't find anyone who could speak a word of Portuguese. Also I couldn't have chosen a worse day to visit Macau since it was raining so much that water was, literally, coming from up the draining system. And, even though, Macau is huge in gambling I didn't go to the city for that purpose. I had other things to check out.
So much water that it was literally coming from the ground up
In some aspects being in Macau was like being in my home city or Lisbon, only more Chinese. Architecture wise (not talking about the casinos here) it is very interesting to see how the Portuguese influence is still very pronounced. The parallel I can make it is as if one would take a short boat ride from London to Lisbon (or Recife).
As I said before I am not much of a gambler, don't even know how to play poker, so casinos were not on my priority. Instead, I went to the public market. And boy how much more interesting was that than staying inside of the casinos.
Seeing the life of the locals and what they do. Markets are always a good bet for nice pictures. I make sure to always visit one whichever city I go to. And in there you'll experience what the locals are eating. And it will most certainly not be the usual stuff tourists end up overpaying whenever they go to some of the most visited sights. Mostly in those places the Unholy Trinity is what you'll find: McDonald's, Pizza Hut and Starbucks.
Don't get me wrong I am no food snob but when I am traveling I am more interested in trying the local cousines and not what I can get in a shopping mall on a Sunday afternoon back home.
In many places Macau looks like a cut out of different magazines put together in a Terry Gilliam movie.
Sadly one day was not enough to visit all I had planned in Macau but time was short since I had to prepare to go to South Korea.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 and Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-50mm f3.5-6.3