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.

Tanzania Videos: Here’s a wonderful 4-minute video of a trip through Tanzania. This 3-minute video presents more facts about Tanzania.

FunFacts about Tanzania: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is a country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region. It borders Uganda to the north; Kenya to the northeast; Comoro Islands at the Indian Ocean to the east; Mozambique and Malawi to the south; Zambia to the southwest; and Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in north-eastern Tanzania. (Source)
  • Important hominid fossils have been found in Tanzania, such as 6 million year-old Pliocene hominid fossils. Quote: the Hadzabe, appears to have originated in Tanzania, and their oral history recalls ancestors who were tall and were the first to use fire, medicine, and lived in caves, much like Homo erectus or Homo heidelbergensis who lived in the same region before them. (Source)
  • Both the British and the Germans ruled in this region. Tanzania gained its independence and was officially formed in April 1964.
  • The population of Tanzania is 55 million.
  • The capital of Tanzania is Dodoma.
  • In the northeast, Tanzania is mountainous and densely forested. Mount Kilimanjaro is located in this area. Central Tanzania is a large plateau, with plains and arable land. The eastern shore is hot and humid, with the Zanzibar Archipelago just offshore.
  • Three of Africa’s Great Lakes lie partially in Tanzania.
  • Over 100 languages are spoken in Tanzania. 10% of Tanzanians speak Swahili as a first language. English is used in diplomacy, foreign trade and some parts of Tanzanian education.
  • The climate in Tanzania varies considerably depending on location: mountains, plains, coastal areas and islands.
  • 38% of Tanzania’s land is set aside for conservation.
  • Tanzania has 16 national parks, including Gombe Stream National Park which is the site of Jane Goodall‘s ongoing study of chimpanzees.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

As the world’s highest, free-standing volcano and near the equator, Mount Kilimanjaro is known as the roof of Africa. 22,000 adventurers climb the mountain each year. Though not as strenuous as other mountains, like the Himalayas, the climb is still dangerous. Between January 1996 and October 2003, 25 people died due to advanced high altitude illness. The geography for the climb begins in the tropics, moves through a temperate region then lands in an arctic tundra climate at the summit. Reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro generally takes three days, then two days to descend.

Mount Kilimanjaro Videos: Here’s a 2-minute video about making the trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. This 3-minute video is a montage of one of the climbs.

FunFacts about Mount Kilimanjaro: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Mount Kilimanjaro or just Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, with its summit about 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base, and 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level. (Source)
  • In 1889, Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller became the first people known to have summited Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro is a major climbing destination and is located in Kilimanjaro National Park.
  • With its shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice fields, Mount Kilimanjaro has been the subject of many scientific studies.
  • Facts about the Kilimanjaro volcanoes, quote: Kilimanjaro is a large stratovolcano composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo, the highest; Mawenzi at 5,149 metres (16,893 ft); and Shira, the lowest at 4,005 metres (13,140 ft). Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again. 
  • By 1860, European explorers had adopted the name ‘Kilimanjaro’ and reported that it was the mountain’s Kiswahili, or Swahili, name.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro has seven official trekking routes for ascending the mountain: Lemosho, Lemosho Western-Breach, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai, Shira, and Umbwe.
  • The average temperature in the summit area is approximately −7 °C (19 °F).
  • Legends tell of ivory-filled elephant graves.

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Grey Crowned Crane

Grey Crowned Crane

One of the most striking birds on the planet, the grey crowned crane is understandably the national bird of Uganda. It bears a regal crown and strong gray, black, white and red markings. With an elegant courtship dance that seems made for classical music, the grey crowned crane enlivens any landscape whether the different African countries in which this crane lives or in zoos. The grey crowned crane is currently considered endangered due to shrinking habitats and pesticide pollution.

Grey Crowned Crane Videos: Here’s a 1.5-minute total-cuteness video featuring three grey crowned crane chicks. This is a fun 1-minute video showing the grey crowned crane courtship dance.

FunFacts about grey crowned crane: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The grey crowned crane (Balearica regulorum) is a bird in the crane family, Gruidae. It is found in eastern and southern Africa, and is the national bird of Uganda. (Source)
  • The grey crowned crane is closely related to the black crowned crane, and the two species have sometimes been treated as the same species.
  • The grey crowned crane has 2 sub-species: r. gibbericeps (crested crane) and the B. r. regulorum (South African crowned crane). The former is found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Uganda and Kenya to eastern South Africa. The latter is found from Angola to South Africa.
  • The grey crowned crane has a typical wing-span of over 6 feet or 2 meters.
  • The sexes are similar in coloring though the males are slightly larger. The young are grayer with buff-colored faces.
  • The grey crowned crane, as well as the black-crowned crane, are the only cranes that can roost in trees due to a long hind toe that can grasp branches.
  • Grey crowned cranes do not have set migration patterns. Those near the tropics are fairly sedentary while those in more arid places will migrate to be closer to water.
  • Grey crowned cranes are omnivores. They stamp their feet as they walk to flush out insects.
  • Grey crowned cranes produce an average clutch of 2-5 eggs in a large nest and both parents tend the eggs.
  • Due to loss of habitation and pesticide pollution, the status of the grey crowned crane is considered endangered.

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Java Indonesia

Java Indonesia

The thirteenth largest island in the world, Java is at the heart of Indonesian life. Over half the total population of Indonesia resides on Java, about 141 million people making Java the most populated island in the world. The island has been at the center of Indonesia politically and economically for centuries, and contains four of Indonesia’s eight UNESCO World Heritages sites. (Links below.) Born almost entirely of volcanoes and enjoying a tropical rainforest climate, Java is a place of tremendous natural beauty.

Java Indonesia Videos: Here’s a lovely 3.5 minute video about Java Indonesia. Here’s a 2-minute video with lots of information about Java.

FunFacts about Java, Indonesia: (Source

  • Basic information, quote: Java is an island of Indonesia, bordered by the Indian Ocean on the south and the Java Sea on the north. With a population of over 141 million (Java only) or 145 million (including the inhabitants of its surrounding islands), Java is the home to 56.7 percent of the Indonesian population and is the world’s most populous island. (Source)
  • The Indonesian capital city, Jakarta, is located on Java’s northwestern shore.
  • The core of Indonesian history took place on Java including the powerful Hindu-Buddhist empires, the Islamic sultanates, and the colonial Dutch East Indies.
  • Four of Indonesia’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located on Java. They are: Ujung Kulon National ParkBorobudur TemplePrambanan Temple, and Sangiran Early Man Site.
  • Java dominates Indonesia economically, politically and culturally.
  • Java is the 13th largest island in the world.
  • The majority of the population of Java is Muslim.
  • Location: Java lies between Sumatra to the west and Bali to the east. Borneo lies to the north and Christmas Island is to the south. 
  • Java is almost entirely volcanic.
  • The island’s longest river is the 600 km long Solo River.
  • Java is a tropical rainforest.
  • Pre-history, quote: Fossilised remains of Homo erectus, popularly known as the “Java Man“, dating back 1.7 million years were found along the banks of the Bengawan Solo River. (Source)

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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. 

Warbling White Eye Videos: Here’s the sweetest 1.5 minute video of a warbling white eye held in the palm of the hand.  Here’s a 4-minute video of a warbling white eye singing away.

FunFacts about the Warbling White Eye: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The warbling white-eye (Zosterops japonicus), also known as the Japanese white-eye and mountain white-eye, is a small passerine bird in the white-eye family. The specific epithet is occasionally written japonica, but this is incorrect due to the gender of the genus. Its native range includes much of east Asia, including Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, and the Philippines. (Source)
  • The warbling white eye bird is native to the Japanese islands.
  • The warbling white has frequently been depicted in Japanese art.
  • Historically, the Japanese warbling white eye was kept as a cage bird.
  • The coloring of the warbling white eye includes olive green on its back, pale green on its underside, black-to-brown feet, legs and bill. The forehead is green and the throat is yellow.
  • The warbling white eye is rarely found on the ground.
  • The warbling white eye is very sociable and will often form flocks with other species.
  • The warbling white-eye forms monogamous mating relationships.
  • The warbling white-eye is omnivorous.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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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.

Bosnia and Herzegovina ~ Videos: This 5-minute video showcases a top-10 list for sightseeing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gorgeous. This 7-minute video also showcases a number of sights worth visiting in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

FunFacts about Bosnia and Herzegovina: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Bosnia and Herzegovina, sometimes called Bosnia–Herzegovina and often known informally as Bosnia, is a country in Southeastern Europe, located within the Balkan Peninsula. Bosnia and Herzegovina is an almost landlocked country – it has a narrow coast at the Adriatic Sea, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) long surrounding the town of Neum. It is bordered by Croatia to the north, west and south; Serbia to the east; and Montenegro to the southeast. (Source)
  • Sarajevo is the capital and largest city with a population of almost 400,000.
  • Geography of Bosnia and Herzegovina: the country is mountainous in the central and eastern interior, in the northwest it is moderately hilly, and the northeast it is mostly flatland.
  • The population of Bosnia and Herzegovina is 4.2 million.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina has had people living in this region from the Neolithic age.
  • The country was settled by Slavic people which populate the area today.
  • Brief history, quote: The Ottomans brought Islam to the region, and altered much of the cultural and social outlook of the country. This was followed by annexation into the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, which lasted up until World War I. In the interwar period, Bosnia and Herzegovina was part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and after World War II, it was granted full republic status in the newly formed Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Following the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the republic proclaimed independence in 1992, which was followed by the Bosnian War, lasting until late 1995. (Source)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina is comprised of Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks. But regardless of ethnicity, natives of the country are referred to as Bosnians.
  • In 2018, 1.25 million tourists visited Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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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. 

Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina ~ Videos: This 4-minute video gives an introduction to Mostar with intriguing information about the famous bridge. This 3-minute video is a lovely look at Mostar with some fun, time-lapse sequences.

FunFacts about Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Mostar is a city and the administrative center of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Inhabited by 105,797 people, it is the most important city in the Herzegovina region, serving as its cultural and economic capital. (Source)
  • Mostar is situated on the Neretva River.
  • Mostar is the fifth-largest city in the country.
  • The name ‘Mostar’ comes from ‘mostari’ which means ‘bridge keepers’. The Old Bridge in Mostar is one of the most photographed bridges in the Balkans. In Medieval times, the ‘mostari’ guarded the ‘Stari Most’ or ‘Old Bridge’ over the Neretva River.
  • The Ottomans built the Old Bridge in the 16th century which is considered an exemplary achievement of Islamic architecture. It is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most visited landmarks.
  • Archaeological evidence of Roman occupation was discovered beneath the current city.
  • Mostar was in the Croat-Bosniak War and lost 2,000 people during the conflict. The Mostar Bridge was destroyed during the war and subsequently rebuilt. This war was part of the larger Bosnian War.
  • Traditional Mostar cuisine is a blend of Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean.
  • Ethnicity: nearly half the population of Mostar is comprised of Croats followed closely in number by Bosniaks. Serbs represent 4% of the population.
  • Mostar enjoys a Mediterranean climate.
  • Mostar has an international airport. Tourism is an important industry for the city.
  • The Balkans region is considered a cultural crossroads and the city of Mostar no less so. The following showcases the diversity of Mostar historically in some of its noteworthy sites, quote: Bishop’s Ordinariate building, the remains of an early Christian basilica at Cim, a hamam (Ottoman public bath), clock tower, Synagogue (1889) and Jewish Memorial Cemetery, Nesuh-aga Vučjaković Mosque, Hadži-Kurt Mosque or Tabačica, Metropolitan’s Palace (1908), Karagöz Bey Mosque (1557), Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (1873), Catholic Church and Franciscan Monastery, Ottoman Residences (16th–19th century), Crooked Bridge, Tara and Halebija Towers. (Source)

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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.

The Balkans ~ Videos: This is a solid 6-minute video with highlights of several of the Balkan states.

FunFacts about the Balkans: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The Balkans, also known as the Balkan Peninsula, is a geographic area in southeastern Europe with various definitions and meanings, including geopolitical and historical. The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch throughout the whole of Bulgaria from the Serbian-Bulgarian border to the Black Sea coast. The Balkan Peninsula is bordered by the Adriatic Sea on the northwest, the Ionian Sea on the southwest, the Aegean Sea in the south and southeast, and the Black Sea on the east and northeast. (Source)
  • The northern boundary is often disputed but is often given as the Danube, Sava and Kupa Rivers.
  • The highest point of the Balkans is Mount Musala which is 2,925 metres (9,596 ft) high, in the Rila mountain range in Bulgaria.
  • Technically, the Balkans is not a peninsula, though it is often called one.
  • Generally, authorities refer to the Balkans as a region, specifically a region of southeast Europe.
  • ‘Balkan’ is a Turkish word from Ottoman Turkish that means ‘chain of wooded mountains’.
  • The Balkan Peninsula is about the size of Spain, and has a combined area of about 470,000 km2 (181,000 sq mi).
  • The following countries are entirely within the Balkan region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
  • The following countries are partially within the Balkan region: Croatia (southern mainland), Greece (mainland), including islands adjacent to the Balkan Peninsula, Italy (Trieste and Monfalcone), Romania (mainland Dobruja), Serbia (Central Serbia), Slovenia (southwestern part) and Turkey (European part).
  • When hearing the term, ‘the Balkans’, generally it refers to a loose grouping of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.
  • The Balkans is covered by a variety of mountain ranges.
  • The climate varies in the Balkans depending on location, whether near the sea or high in the mountains, or north or south or inland.
  • The Balkans was the first area of Europe to experience Neolithic farming culture.
  • The Balkans historically is a crossroads of cultures.
  • Currently, all the states in the Balkans are republics.
  • The Balkan region is ethnically very diverse. 

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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The photos below, all from the Balkans, are from different countries which I didn’t name. But overall, there is a similarity: a lot of stone, the sea, mountains, and antiquities, great beauty.

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