Mozambique

Mozambique

A beautiful country on the eastern side of Africa, with a tropical climate and 1500 miles of inviting beaches, Mozambique as a nation faces huge challenges for its people. A long, drawn out civil war, that lasted from 1977 to 1992, took a devastating toll on the country. Today, Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world. The average life expectancy, according to the first video, is only 37 years for two reasons: HIV and malaria. The poverty level impacts education as well, which means that with a nation of 29 million people, it’s estimated that 1 million of its children will never attend school. 

This 5-minute video is an eye-opener about Mozambique and one sure to incite compassion and appreciation.

This 2-minute video presents ten facts about Mozambique. This 17-minute video gives a solid portrayal of the history, the beauty and the modern-day struggles of Mozambique.

FunFacts about Mozambique: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Mozambique, officially the Republic of Mozambique, is a country located in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Eswatini (Swaziland) and South Africa to the southwest. The sovereign state is separated from the Comoros, Mayotte and Madagascar by the Mozambique Channel to the east. The capital of Mozambique is Maputo (formerly known as “Lourenço Marques” from 1876 to 1976) while Matola is the largest city, being a suburb of Maputo. (Source)
  • Mozambique lies within the monsoon trade winds of the Indian Ocean and has a tropical climate.
  • Mozambique is comparable to the size of Turkey.
  • In the first through fifth centuries AD, bantu-speaking peoples migrated to Mozambique.
    • Later, Swahili peoples established ports along the coastline of Mozambique.
    • In the late Medieval era, traders from Somalia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Arabia, Persia, and India visited these ports.
    • Vasco de Gama’s voyage in 1498 brought the Portuguese to Mozambique.
    • The Portuguese began the colonization process in 1505.
    • The Portuguese ruled Mozambique until the war of independence ended in 1975.
    • Mozambique has extensive natural resources.
    • Mozambique relies primarily on agriculture for its economy.
    • Though Mozambique has one of the highest GDP growth rates, it remains one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world and one of the poorest.
    • A lot of children never attend primary school because they must work on their family’s subsistence farms. In 2007, that number was 1 million.
  • The population of Mozambique is 29 million, mostly made up of Bantu peoples.
  • Though Portuguese is the official language, the common native languages spoken include Makhuwa, Sena, and Swahili. For at least half the population of Mozambique, Portuguese is essentially a second language.
  • The largest religion in Mozambique is Christianity, though Islam and African traditional religions form a significant part of the culture as well.
  • The name, Mozambique, is actually based on an Arab trader and later sultan who lived on an island just off the coast. His name was Mussa bin Bique and the island was named after him. Much later, the Portuguese called the entire country Mozambique.
  • Mozambique has 740 species of birds, including penguins.
  • The cuisine of Mozambique is predominantly Portuguese in origin.

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Maputo, Mozambique – December 11, 2008: in the capital of Mozambique. City life. Architectural structure. Unknown city residents go about their business. Deposit Photos

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Maputo

Maputo, Mozambique

On the Indian Ocean, Maputo is a large city of over a million people. The beaches are beautiful, but much of the city is a bit dilapidated and in need of renewal. Plans appear to be underway. Yet, as with all large cities, there are beautiful areas to be seen and enjoyed.

Mozambique was a Portuguese colony until 1974 and for this reason has a unique, African history since the adjacent countries were occupied by the British. The residents of Maputo speak Bantu and Portuguese, and to a lesser degree the languages of India, China and Arabic countries. It is a city of great cultural diversity and has a unique artistic aesthetic. Some of the photos below are of the art, whether in masks, plates or colorful handmade tote bags hanging from trees.

This is a lovely, 8-minute video featuring a woman from Maputo. It’s a bit difficult to understand what she’s saying because the music is a little too loud for her voice. But the visuals are lovely and you get a sense of this place that she loves. This is a very flattering, 8-minute video of Maputo. It gives a real feel for the beaches, the nicer areas and some of the more famous monuments. Finally, a fun 4-minute video of two young women traveling and enjoying lunch in Maputo.

FunFacts about Maputo: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Maputo, officially named Lourenço Marques until 1976, is the capital and most populous city of Mozambique. Located near the southern end of the country, it is positioned within 120 km of the Swaziland and South Africa borders. The city has a population of 1,101,170 (as of 2017) distributed over a land area of 347 km2 (134 sq mi). The Maputo metropolitan area includes the neighbouring city of Matola, and has a total population of 2,717,437. Maputo is a port city, with an economy centered around commerce. (Source)
  • Maputo is situated in a large bay on the Indian Ocean and is at the confluence of three rivers: Tembe, Mbuluzi, and Matola.
  • The two main languages are Bantu and Portuguese, with Arabic, Indian and Chinese also spoken. The city is considered a melting pot of these cultures.
  • Maputo was first settled as a fishing village in the 1500’s and was named after a Portuguese explorer from the same era named Lourenço Marques.
  • In 1781, the Portuguese built a fort in this location and a town grew up around this fort.
  • In 1898, the colony of Portuguese Mozambique moved its capital to Lourenço Marques.
  • The Mozambican war of Independence lasted for ten years, between 1964 and 1974. When Mozambique won its independence from Portugal, the city of Lourenço Marques was renamed Maputo.
  • Maputo has wide avenues lined with jacaranda trees.
  • Maputo has a tropical, savanna climate.
  • Wilmington, North Carolina is a twin-city with Maputo.
  • Maputo’s nickname: Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

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(All the photos for today’s blog were purchased from Deposit Photos which means they are copyrighted and cannot be shared for commercial use.) 

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE – APRIL 29: Main railway station and bus terminal of Maputo, Mozambique on April 29, 2012. The station is transport hub for the country and historical landmark of colonial period. Deposit Photos

Traditional African masks on the street market. Deposit Photos

Old Portuguese fort in Maputo, Mozambique. Deposit Photos

Maputo, Mozambique – December 12, 2008: in the capital of Mozambique. City life. Architectural structure. Unknown city residents go about their business. Deposit Photos

Traditional wooden carving on weekend market in Maputo, Mozambique. Deposit Photos

Museum of natural history in Maputo, Mozambique. Deposit Photos

A street market in Maputo, Mozambique where hand crafted bags are displayed by hanging them on a tree. Deposit Photos

High angle over the city of Maputo. Deposit Photos

Old Portuguese fort in Maputo, Mozambique. Deposit Photos

Colorful fabrics sold at the street market in Maputo, Mozambique. Deposit Photos

Children playing football on the beach of Maputo. Deposit Photos

Famous Iron House build in the 19th century in Maputo, Mozambique. Deposit Photos

Aerial view the downtown area of Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique. Deposit Photos

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE – APRIL 29: Traditional African batik painting on the market in Maputo, Mozambique on April 29, 2012. The local market is one of the tourists attraction of the city. Deposit Photos

City hall and statue of Michel Samora in Maputo, Mozambique. Deposit Photos

Maputo, Mozambique – December 11, 2008: in the capital of Mozambique. City life. Architectural structure. Deposit Photos

Church in Polana district of Maputo, Mozambique. Deposit Photos

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Nyalas

Nyalas

As part of the antelope family, nyalas are both magnificent and lovely. They have sweet, deer-like features and are generally shy. Their unusual yet subtle markings and antelope-like horns really set them apart. Besides a light, horizontal strip between the eyes, nyalas also have vertical stripes on their sides. The lowland nyalas are a graceful species and most fortunately, are not on the endangered list. They are careful creatures which they have to be since they have a number of predators including lions, wild dogs and baboons.

Here’s a lovely 1-minute video of nyala antelopes in the wild. Here’s a 1-minute video of a baby nyala escaping a lioness. Here’s a sweet, 3-minute video of a nyala calf being born. Finally, a 1-minute video of a spirited nyala calf.

FunFacts about Nyalas: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: The lowland nyala or simply nyala (Tragelaphus angasii), is a spiral-horned antelope native to southern Africa. It is a species of the family Bovidae and genus Nyala, also considered to be in the genus Tragelaphus. The body length is 135–195 cm (53–77 in), and it weighs 55–140 kg (121–309 lb). The coat is rusty or rufous brown in females and juveniles, but grows a dark brown or slate grey, often tinged with blue, in adult males. Females and young males have ten or more white stripes on their sides. Only males have horns, 60–83 cm (24–33 in) long and yellow-tipped. (Source)
  • Nyalas are active mostly in the early morning and late afternoon.
  • Nyalas will browse during the day if it’s not too hot.
  • Nyalas are shy, prefer water holes and avoid wide open spaces.
  • Small family groups of around ten can be found or single sex groups. Most older males are solitary.
  • Predators include the lion, leopard and the Cape hunting dog. Baboons and raptors will hunt for juveniles.
  • Nyalas can be found in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
  • Lowland nyalas are not endangered.
  • Nyalas eat fruit, twigs, flowers and foliage.
  • Nyalas breed throughout the year. Gestation is 7 months. The female usually gives birth in a thicket where the calf can remain hidden.

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Female Nyala antelopes (Tragelaphus angasii) drinking water, Mkuze game reserve, South Africa. Deposit Photos

Male Nyala antelope (Tragelaphus angasii) in late afternoon light, South Africa. Deposit Photos

Small herd of female Nyala antelopes (Tragelaphus angasii), South Africa. Deposit Photos

Female Nyala antelope (Tragelaphus angasii), South Africa. Deposit Photos

Nyala in Kruger National park, South Africa ; Specie Tragelaphus angasii family of Bovidae. Deposit Photos

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Queensland

Queensland

If this large state in Australia were a nation, it would rank as 16th largest in the world. Queensland is so big that its climate varies significantly from region to region. Though its industries include cattle-raising, a wide variety of fruit-and-vegetable growing, plus a significant mining industry, tourism still ranks at the top of its economy. Why? Lots of warm, tropical beaches to enjoy. Plus, this is where you will find the Great Barrier Reef. 

Here’s a 2-minute video featuring 12 top tourist attractions in Queensland. This is a beautiful 3-minute overview video of Queensland. This is a fun, 5-minute video of Queensland food, beer and wine.

FunFacts about Queensland: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Queensland (abbreviated as Qld) is the second-largest and third-most populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. To its north is the Torres Strait, with Papua New Guinea located less than 200 km across it from the mainland. The state is the world’s sixth-largest sub-national entity, with an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres (715,309 sq mi). (Source)
  • Queensland’s population is about five million.
  • The capital and largest city of Queensland is Brisbane.
  • Half of Queensland’s population lives in the metro Brisbane area.
  • Because of its warm, tropical climate, tourism is one of Queensland’s major industries.
  • The original inhabitants of Queensland were Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders.
  • The state of Queensland was named in honor of Queen Victoria who separated the colony from New South Wales in 1859.
  • The aboriginal occupation of Queensland predates 50,000 BC.
  • Because Queensland is a large state and dominates the northeast of Australia, the climate varies considerably.
  • Its size would make it the 16th largest nation in the world all by itself.
  • Queensland has a mountain range that runs parallel with the coast. Inland areas are much more arid than the coast.
  • Queensland has six World Heritage-listed preservation areas, quote: Australian Fossil Mammal Sites at Riversleigh in the Gulf Country, Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, Fraser Island, Great Barrier Reef, Lamington National Park and the Wet Tropics of Queensland. (Source)
  • Queensland can suffer from tropical cyclones and serious flooding as well as less severe bush fires, drought, damaging springtime winds, storms and even tornadoes.
  • Queensland’s main industries are farming, mining, and tourism.
  • Queensland’s nickname is the Sunshine State.
  • The city of Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Gold Coast has five major amusement parks: Dreamworld, Movie World, Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild and WhiteWater World.

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Jacaranda Trees

Jacaranda Trees

Having grown up in the coastal area of very Mediterranean-like Southern California, there were plenty of streets lined with Jacaranda Trees. What a treat it was to go down these streets when the trees were in bloom. The asphalt and sidewalks would be covered in all this gorgeous purple beauty. Though originating in Central and South America, jacaranda trees are now scattered throughout the world wherever the climate allows.

Here’s a homey, 3-minute video featuring beautiful, blooming jacaranda trees in Sydney, Australia. Here is a 1-minute video of lovely jacaranda trees in Pretoria, South Africa. This 2-minute video has lots of photos and information. about jacaranda trees.

FunFacts about Jacaranda Trees: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Jacaranda is a genus of 49 species of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of Mexico, Central America, South America, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. It has been planted widely in Asia especially in Nepal. Jacaranda mimosifolia is quite common in southern California, Florida, Argentina, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Zambia and has been introduced to most tropical and subtropical regions to the extent that it has entered the popular culture. (Source)
  • ‘Jacaranda’ is thought to be of Guarani origin which means ‘fragrant’.
  • Jacaranda trees can be the size of shrubs or very tall, as in 98 feet or 30 m.
  • The flowers are produced in large panicles.
  • Jacaranda trees can be propagated through cuttings, grafting and seeds.
  • Jacaranda trees love sandy soil and full sun.
  • Mature jacaranda trees can survive in slightly-below freezing temps, but young plants may not do as well.
  • Jacaranda Trees are often planted along entire city streets.

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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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Galah Cockatoo

Galah Cockatoo

This week, we’re back in Australia for a bit, on the blog that is, with the Galah Cockatoo which is a familiar bird all over Australia. Galahs have lovely pink and gray feathers and what appears to be the sweetest temperament in the world. Though they can live in captivity for up to 80 years, they have powerful predators in the wild — the little eagle, the peregrine falcon and the black falcon — and don’t often survive past 20 years. 

Here’s a 2-minute video featuring a pet galah cockatoo that had me smiling. This is a fun, 3-minute video of two cockatoos and a macaw having fun in a park. Here’s the sweetest, 4-minute video at home with a pair of galahs.

FunFacts about  the Galah Cockatoo: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: The galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), also known as the galah or pink and grey, is one of the most common and widespread cockatoos, and it can be found in open country in almost all parts of mainland Australia. It is endemic on the mainland and was introduced to Tasmania, where its distinctive pink and grey plumage and its bold and loud behaviour make it a familiar sight in the bush and increasingly in urban areas. (Source)
  • ‘Galah’ comes from ‘gilaa’, a word found in one of Australia’s Aboriginal languages, Yuwaalaraay or Gamilaraay.
  • The average Galah is 14 inches long or 35 cm.
  • Here is a description of the Galah, quote: They have a pale silver to mid-grey back, a pale grey rump, a pink face and chest, and a light pink mobile crest. They have a bone-coloured beak, and the bare skin of the eye rings is carunculated. They have grey legs. (Source)
  • Juvenile Galah Cockatoos are duller in color than the adults.
  • Galah Cockatoos are found in all Australian states, but they avoid the driest regions.
  • Galahs are common in the urban areas of Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide.
  • Galahs will congregate in flocks and forage on foot for food in large grassy areas.
  • In captivity, Galahs can reach the age of 80. But in the wild, they are lucky to survive to 20.
  • The main predators of Galah Cockatoos are the little eagle, the black falcon and the peregrine falcon.

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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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Vietnam

Vietnam

The war in Vietnam had a difficult impact on the US for many, many reasons. Though our part in the war ended in 1973, the war within Vietnam didn’t end until 1975 when North Vietnam became the victor. Recovery has taken decades for this beautiful country on the eastern side of the Indochina peninsula. But since the year 2000, Vietnam has one of the fastest growing economies and now enjoys healthy tourism with over 12 million annual visitors. 

Totally just for fun, here’s 4-minute video featuring a Vietnamese boy band. Here’s a lovely, 3-minute overview video of Vietnam.  This beautiful 3-minute video features the gorgeous scenery of Ha Long Bay in the northeast of Vietnam. You can also check out my original blog on Ha Long Bay here.

FunFacts about Vietnam: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula. With an estimated 94.6 million inhabitants as of 2016, it is the 15th most populous country in the world. Vietnam is bordered by China to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, part of Thailand to the southwest, and the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia across the South China Sea to the east and southeast. (Source)
  • The capital city of Vietnam is Hanoi.
  • The largest city in Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, located in the southeast.
  • From 111 BC to AD 939, Vietnam was part of Imperial China.
  • The independent state of Vietnam was formed in 939 AD.
  • The French colonized the region in the mid 1800s.
  • In 1954, Vietnam won its independence from France but was left divided into North and South Vietnam. The Vietnam war ensued with heavy US involvement on the side of the south which lasted from 1965 to 1973. In 1975, North Vietnam won the civil war and was unified under a communist government. It has taken decades for Vietnam to recover, but since 2000 has had one of the highest economic growth rates in the world
  • About 1000 BC, wet-rice cultivation began as well as bronze casting.
  • Vietnam is mostly hilly and heavily forested. Only 20% of the land is flat.
  • Vietnam has 2,360 rivers.
  • Because Vietnam is a long, narrow country, its climate varies considerably. But overall, it has a tropical, monsoon climate with two monsoon seasons, one in the southwest and one in the northeast, each at different times of the year.
  • Ha Long Bay is one Vietnam’s unique coastal beauties and is home to thousands of limestone karsts.
  • Tourism is an important part of Vietnam’s economy.

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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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Vietnamese Cuisine

Vietnamese Cuisine

‘Fresh’ is the byword for Vietnamese Cuisine. The Vietnamese people, having endured a significant amount of war in the past century, have learned to survive on what they can grow and raise. The result is some of the freshest food in the world.

The Vietnamese are known to be fearless eaters: If it moves, they’ll eat it. They eat every part of small fish including the bones, for instance, because of a lack of available dairy. The bones will provide calcium in the diet.

Here is a 3-minute video with Gordon Ramsay as he checks out a typical Vietnamese market. Here’s a 2-minute video featuring Anthony Bourdain as he enjoys a couple of bowls of Vietnamese street food. Here’s a 4-minute video on making fried Vietnamese spring rolls.

FunFacts about Vietnamese Cuisine: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Vietnamese cuisine encompasses the foods and beverages of Vietnam, and features a combination of five fundamental tastes in the overall meal. Each Vietnamese dish has a distinctive flavor which reflects one or more of these elements. Common ingredients include fish sauce, shrimp paste, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables. (Source)
  • Some of the signature herbs and spices in Vietnamese cuisine are, Saigon cinnamon, Thai basil leaves, lemongrass, Vietnamese mint, bird’s eye chili, ginger, mint, long coriander, and lime.
  • Traditional Vietnamese cooking uses very fresh ingredients and minimal dairy and oil.
  • Vietnamese cuisine has a strong reliance on herbs and vegetables.
  • Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide.
  • Vietnamese cuisine has a philosophical basis. Dishes are designed for balance especially centering around the number five, quote: Many Vietnamese dishes include five fundamental taste senses: spicy (metal), sour (wood), bitter (fire), salty (water) and sweet (earth), corresponding to five organs: gall bladder, small intestine, large intestine, stomach, and urinary bladder. Vietnamese dishes also include five types of nutrients: powder, water or liquid, mineral elements, protein and fat. Vietnamese cooks try to have five colours: white (metal), green (wood), yellow (earth), red (fire) and black (water) in their dishes. (Source)
  • Vietnamese cuisine has a huge variety of noodle soups.
  • Some of the favorite beverages are jasmine tea, locally brewed beer, and strong dark coffee with condensed milk.
  • Vietnamese cuisine shares many commonalities with its neighbor, China.
  • The French introduced baguettes to Vietnam, though today these are made from rice flour.

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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

(Most of the photos are from Pixabay ~ Pixabay is a free site, so feel free to share, pin and enjoy these wonderful photos.)  

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