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Fifty countries and many reasons to travel

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Today we often want to take time out to recreate ourselves,  or to see how the other half lives.  Unfortunately the world is becoming smaller as we communicate and travel with greater ease than ever before.

Our information is a summary of the countries listed with note of health, safety and places you should not go without specialist knowledge and local contacts.

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Tekapo

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Lakeside resort town

Dawn over the lake, May 2016

Traditionally Tekapo has been a gas and comfort stop on the route between Christchurch and Queenstown. Fifty years ago the town would have had about as many permanent residents, but today like so many other small towns, it’s bursting at the seams and struggling to cater for the increasing number of tourists.

Back in the old days, working people from the East Coast cities and towns may have had a […]

Indian History

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Myths, Legends and Deliberate Misinformation

One of India’s most famous temples in Maharashtra

If you were to ask a random selection of Indian people about the history of the India, you would get as many different stories as people to whom you asked the question. This is because as the history of the world and human origins is a mystery, India seems like the epitome of all mysteries.

When we look back and think if we evolved from the […]

Haridwar

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Haridwar or Hardwar?

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Haridwar is a gateway to the Indian Himalayas and roads that are not for the feint hearted. Hari means “Lord Vishnu” Dwara means “gate” or “gateway” so Haridwar stands for “the Gateway to the Char Dham* of Lord Vishnu” which is at Badrinath, a 12 hour drive away.

Lord Vishnu in Sanatana Dharma is seen as the sustainer of life and every year tens of thousands of pilgrims flock […]

Sanatana Dharma in Bali

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Intelligence in paradise

A cleansing ceremony at Sebatu, Bali

Bali is an island (state) of Indonesia and one of the worlds most popular tourist destinations. Yet while Indonesia is a secular country with the biggest Muslim population in the world, the state of Bali is almost exclusively Hindu.

It is generally thought that Buddhism arrived in Indonesia during the reign of Ashoka (269-232 B.C.E.) but there is uncertainty whether Hinduism preceded of followed Buddhism. However, given the widespread influence […]

Angeles City

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Sin City

Girls at Edelwiess

Such is the reputation of Angeles city. The reason for this is that the United States in force occupied Clark Field otherwise known as Clark International airport for many years between World War II and the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991. This was the largest United States military facility outside of the continental United States.

The US troops of course demanded sex from the women of local populations and gave rise to the […]

Poracay Resort

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More fun in the sun

Close by the village of Porac which is only 10 km south of Angeles city or 20 km from San Fernando, you will find another Philippine resort offering time out and accommodation.

This area was inundated by fallout from the Mount Pinatubo eruption that devastated the region in June 1991. Driving through the area today there is little trace of the volcanic fallout unless you are an expert and know what to look for.

The […]

Philippine Butterfly Gardens

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Butterfly Farms and Gardens

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Butterflies are the most beautiful and colourful members of the insect world and the name for butterflies in Filipino is Paruparo. The Philippines is endowed with many butterfly species which you may see in the wild if you’re very lucky.

But the surest way to see these colourful insects is to visit one of the many butterfly gardens. At the smallest, butterfly gardens are simply meshed enclosure where the butterflies are bred and […]

Hinduism in Cambodia

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Part of and ancient Vedantic Empire

Our knowledge of the world and its history is poorly known, but in the past few years it has become well-established that what people refer to as Hinduism which may be better described as Vedanta influenced all life from the Mediterranean to the Pacific.

Over 2000 years ago, Indian elephants helped to build Roman edifices and before them, Vedanta helped to shape Greek civilisation. But in the Far East architects and builders from India […]

Travelling in 2016?

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Travel tips

Gaia – The World Tree. How do you want to live?

With the spread of terrorism, some people are becoming afraid just to go to work let alone travel. The violence the Middle East continues to escalate with recent attacks in Paris, Egypt and Turkey as Europe struggles to maintain law and order due to the influx of refugees.

Therefore, wherever you go in the world your own safety must be a priority. This means you must […]

India's Caste System

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Part of India’s colour

The caste system in India has intrigued visitors to the country, yet it was exploited by those who sought to rule over India. Within India today there is controversy and there are even efforts being made to ban the caste system, so what are its origins and purpose?

Actually the same system exists all around the world except in the West, caste demarcations refer to social class and wealth. It has been traditional in Western society […]