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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Tourist, Traveller or Pilgrim?
There are many ways to see the world, and we must if we wish to travel, consider how and where we want to go. But often, travel is the least of our concern because we simply want to get to a particular destination. Therefore we need to consider our means of travel as well as our destination and reasons for wanting to be there.
The world’s first travellers were those undertaking some form of business. They […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 or Hardwar?
Image courtesy of Worldwide Hindu Temples ॐ
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Butterfly Farms and Gardens
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 […]