Tanzania

Tanzania

With the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro, and 38% of the land given to parks, reserves and conservation areas, Tanzania is a perfect place to enjoy the African experience. Tanzania has the largest concentration of animals per square kilometer in the world. It has a variety of elevations and climates including a central plain, mountains in the northeast and tropical islands. The famous Serengeti is in Tanzania and hosts the second largest mammal migration in the world, which helps secure it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Tanzania is home to some of the earliest hominid settlements on the planet. The archaeological evidence from this region indicates all mankind came from Africa. Zanzibar, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, is part of Tanzania and is one of the most visited places in Africa. Freddie Mercury of the band, ‘Queen’, came from Zanzibar.

Warbling White Eye

Warbling White Eye

A lovely little bird, the warbling white eye, or sometimes known as the Japanese white-eye, is a small, passerine or perching bird of a very sociable nature. A native of Japan, today the warbling white eye can be found throughout much of Asia. Historically, the warbling white eye was kept as a caged bird. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Located in the center of the Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina is the perfect location for visiting the Balkan Peninsula. It’s a land of great physical beauty with mountainous areas and hilly regions defining much of the country. There are also numerous, gorgeous waterfalls to be visited. (Check out the first video below.) It also has many excellent ski resorts. The 14th Olympic games were held here in 1984. The capital city, Sarajevo, has several famous religious buildings to take in. The country also offers a unique ‘ethno village’ experience where villages have been recreated to show the history of different parts of the country in natural settings.

Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina

One of the most photographed bridges in the Balkans  exists in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was built by the Ottomans and served as a crucial trading post for the Ottoman Empire and connected the East with the West. The city grew up around the bridge and gained its name from the bridge.  During the difficult war in the mid-nineties, the bridge was destroyed then later rebuilt. 

The Balkans

The Balkans

Also known as the Balkan Peninsula, the Balkans is a loose grouping of countries in a very mountainous region of southeastern Europe. Several countries fall entirely within the Balkans. Others, like Italy, have parts of its land within the peninsula. A portion of Turkey, for instance, is considered as part of the Balkans. Generally, the Balkans is comprised of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia. As a cultural crossroads, the Balkans has many faces.

Syria

Syria

Every country faces times of great trials and challenges. Syria has done so over the past eight years through a horrendous civil war. The war appears to be over and for the sake of the people of Syria, we hope it is so. Rebuilding will take time. But no nation should be defined by its darkest times or struggles. Syria is a land of tremendous diversity with numerous ethnic and religious groups. As one of 15 states that comprise the Fertile Crescent, a ‘Cradle of Civilization’, Syria has helped shape humankind.