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Chicago, the more modern and aesthetic city to discover!

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Chicago is located in the Midwest, along the Great Lakes shoreline. It is the third largest city and metropolitan area in the United States with a population of nearly 3 million and a metro population of around 10 million. Chicago is a huge, vibrant city and metropolitan area that spans over 10,874 km². It is well known for house and electronic dance music, blues, jazz, comedy, shopping, dining, sports, architecture, highly regarded colleges and universities, and major cultural attractions. With a wealth of iconic sites and neighborhoods to explore, there’s plenty to fill a month-long visit without ever seeing the end. Prepare to cover a lot of ground; Chicago’s meaning can only be found in motion, through its subway, historic elevated rail, and sky-high eyes. Here we are going to go to the city!

The Millenium Park

The Millenium Park

A public park in the city of Chicago, in the State of Illinois, in the United States. It is located in the western community area of ​​the Loop, the city’s business district. In this park there are often many free concerts, interesting art exhibition facilities, as well as many cafes and restaurants to visit. When you see this park, your eyes will go straight to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a curved building like a dome or a silver balloon reflecting the reflection of the sky. Here, concerts and festivals usually take place here. It’s not just about becoming a hangout or cafe and lots of interesting restaurants and art exhibits, at this fun park you will also find Lurie Garden, the Park Grill, an upper middle class dining destination, and a pedestrian bridge that can take you to the Art Institute of Chicago and Maggie Daley Park.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo is an American zoological park located in the Lincoln Park area of ​​Chicago, in the northeast of the state of Illinois. The zoo is located within Lincoln Park, the city’s largest public urban park. Some animals here include flamingos, zebras, and some types of monkeys. Of course, there are also savannah animals such as lions, giraffes and tigers. Besides that they often organize interesting events, there are also special programs that allow visitors to get interesting rewards.

The 606

The 606

The Bloomingdale Line was a 2.7 mile elevated railroad crossing east to west on the northwest side of Chicago. In 2015, the city of Chicago converted it to an elevated greenway called The Bloomingdale Trail, which is the backbone of a network of linear parks and trails called The 606. You can do many activities such as jogging, skateboarding, as well as cycling on this route which also connects several places such as parks and art exhibitions.

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The Reality of Visiting Komodo Island: Inside the Park

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Some firmly believe that the Komodo Island is the base of the Lost World and the Jurassic Park. Looking at its barren savannah lands dotted with dry bushes and high palm ‘lontar’ trees which is inhabited with giant scaly lizard that seems like just appears from the prehistoric era, this dragon-populated island do looks like a land from the primeval age. Aside from its mythical appearance however, how does visiting this remote island actually like? Is is just as fabled as it’s hyped? What should you expect from the resident dragons during your visit there? 

The Reality of Visiting Komodo Island: Inside the Park

The Komodo Island was Isolated from the World

Form millennia, Komodo dragons enjoy living in total isolation on their tiny islands. The outer world was completely unaware of their existence—not even Indonesian locals outside the Flores Island. They were first recorded by a Dutch scientist in 1910 during Dutch colonialism in Indonesia. These giant monitor lizard was the apex predator on their ecosystem; they have no natural predators which ensured their survival for so long. In their quarantined habitat and unbeatable position, they were largely overlooked by evolutions.

The Deceptive Behaviours of Komodo Dragons

The Deceptive Behaviours of Komodo Dragons

The dragons at Komodo Island are generally well-fed. Park rangers routinely feed them water buffalos, deers, and sometimes chicken and fishes for snack which keep their tummy happy. With full belly, these dragons usually appears docile and a bit lazy. They love to relax and sunbathe in the warmth of Flores’ sun or lounge around in the shade of rangers’ kitchen, looking almost docile and not dangerous at all. But don’t be fooled. They are packed with strong limbs, big claws and sharp teeth that can beat you at any second. These dragons are also fast runners—they can run up to 18 kilometres per hours!

Yes, They Do Attack Human 

The one million question. Yes, Komodo dragons do attack human occasionally. They do see us as potential yummy foods, but the attacks rarely based on hunger. Normally, Komodo dragons become aggressive and strike people when they feel threatened. Either you come too close to them or making them feel disturbed. That’s why you have to always walk with a ranger and keep your distance from the dragons. 

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You Cannot Stay at Komodo Island

You Cannot Stay at Komodo Island

There are few bungalows in Komodo Island run by the national park. However, these villas are usually designated for special guests or reserved for film crews. As for now, you cannot spend a night in Komodo Island. Most tourists usually stay in Labuan Bajo, nearby resorts, or embark on liveaboard trip. Sailing trip with liveaboard is the most popular thing right now—travelers love to experience living and sleeping on Indonesian-style phinisi boat for an exciting island-hopping trip in Flores. 

It’s A Conservatory Wild Park, Not A Zoo

There are about 4,000 dragons living in Komodo Island, but you might just stumble upon a few of them during the trip. That’s perfectly normal. In fact, you should expect nothing as the island has no pre-designated viewing areas. It’s the wilderness and the wild animals will behave as they do in the wild. They come and go through the forest, sometimes guarding their nest deep inside the island where no one pass by.

Are you ready to visit the mighty dragons in this isolated island?