Venezuela

Venezuela

A ‘megadiverse‘ country, Venezuela is ranked 7th in the world in terms of the number of species this country holds. But it’s no wonder given Venezuela’s extreme diversity in geography: from Caribbean coastal waters and islands, to intriguing deserts, to the majesty of the Andes Mountains, to arable plains and finally the beauty of the jungles of the Amazon basin. Venezuela has it all. The videos below showcase these beauties. If only life were simple, but today Venezuela has challenges on a political and economic level that are best explained in this video. Here’s hoping to a wonderful resolution for these troubles in the coming decade. 

Venezuela Videos: Here’s an excellent 6-minute video featuring the beauties of Venezuela. Here’s a 4-minute video featuring 10 travel destinations in Venezuela.

FunFacts about Venezuela: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Venezuela, officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is a country on the northern coast of South America, consisting of a continental landmass and a large number of small islands and islets in the Caribbean Sea. The capital and largest urban agglomeration is the city of Caracas. It has a territorial extension of 916,445 km2 (353,841 sq mi). The continental territory is bordered on the north by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Colombia, Brazil on the south, Trinidad and Tobago to the north-east and on the east by Guyana. (Source)
  • Venezuela is a megadiverse country in terms of plant and animal species and is ranked seventh in the world’s list of nations with the most number of species.
  • Some of the habitats Venezuela enjoys are the Andes Mountains in the west, the Amazon basin rain-forest in the south, the extensive llanos plains, the Caribbean coast and the Orinoco River Delta in the east.
  • Venezuela has 23 states.
  • The majority of the citizens live in the north especially in and around the capital city of Caracas.
  • In 1522, the area of South America now known as Venezuela was colonized by Spain.
  • Oil was discovered in the 20th century and today, Venezuela possesses the world’s largest oil reserves.
  • In recent years, the economy of Venezuela collapsed and the country has struggled to recover. This video from 2018 helps to explain how and why this happened.
  • Venezuela has been inhabited for 15,000 years.
  • Colonized by Spain, Venezuela eventually sought its independence aided by the leadership of Francisco de Miranda. He was a Venezuelan marshal who had fought in the American Revolution and the French Revolution. Venezuela declared independence as the First Republic of Venezuela on 5 July 1811.
  • In the north, Venezuela has a 2,800 km (1,700 mi) coastline.
  • Venezuela borders Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east, and Brazil to the south.
  • Venezuela’s most important natural resources are petroleum and natural gas, iron ore, gold, and other minerals.
  • Venezuela is entirely located in the tropics and over the equator to 12 degrees north. The climate varies with elevation since the Andes Mountains take up a portion of the country. The highest peak is over 16,000 feet.
  • Venezuela suffers from continued deforestation.
  • Though Spanish is the main language of Venezuela, the constitution recognizes more than 30 indigenous languages. Many people of Venezuela are of mixed heritage, a combination of Spanish, indigenous peoples, and those of African descent. In addition, Venezuela has a number of Chinese, Italian and Portuguese citizens.
  • The population of Venezuela is 28 million

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Caracas Venezuela

Caracas Venezuela

Located in a beautiful valley just a few miles from the Caribbean Sea, Caracas is a city of possibilities. Unfortunately, the city of Caracas, like the country of Venezuela, is suffering under economic difficulties that have led in recent months to street protests and violence. With one of the world’s worst monetary inflations, massive debt, and dependence on imports, the city and country are struggling. Under the leadership of Hugo Chavez, who passed away in 2013, the country’s tremendous oil production had been leveraged to pay for social programs. But once the price of oil plummeted, the nation no longer had a cash cow to pay for its programs and imports, including food. This excellent Al Jazeera 10-minute video from February of 2018 explains the situation. Here’s hoping that the city of Caracas and the country of Venezuela will soon find its way out of a very difficult situation. 

Caracas Venezuela Videos: this 5-minute video from 2017 is a walk along a main street in Caracas. Despite the current turmoil, Caracas has many beauties and this 2-minute video showcases 10 things to do in Caracas.

FunFacts about Caracas Venezuela: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Caracas, officially Santiago de León de Caracas, is the capital and largest city of Venezuela, and centre of the Greater Caracas Area. Caracas is located along the Guaire River in the northern part of the country, following the contours of the narrow Caracas Valley on the Venezuelan coastal mountain range (Cordillera de la Costa). (Source)
  • The Caracas Metro area has a population just under 5 million.
  • Caracas has a tropical savanna climate.
  • The valley in which Caracas lies is separated from the Caribbean Sea by a steep 2,200-metre-high (7,200 ft) mountain range called Cerro El Ávila.
  • Though the Plaza Venezuela, located in the Los Caobos neighborhood is often considered the center of Caracas, the traditional center is called “Catedral” and is located near Bolívar Square.
  • Caracas was founded as “Santiago de León de Caracas” in 1567.
  • Some of the tallest skyscrapers in Latin America are located in Caracas.
  • Caracas is Venezuela’s cultural capital, with many restaurants, theaters, museums, and shopping centers.
  • Caracas has a large, service-based economy.
  • Tourism is low for Caracas for many reasons. One of them is a lack of transport. Another seems to be an indifference to attracting foreign visitors.
  • Caracas is the birthplace of Simon Bolivar, one of the liberators of several South American countries from Spain.
  • Venezuela and its capital city, Caracas, has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world.

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Anteaters

Anteaters

With powerful front claws designed to bust into termite mounds and anthills, anteaters walk on their fists which helps keep their claws sharp at all times. Nature designed them to be the gardeners best ally, since they truly love eating ants as well as termites. The giant anteater can consume as many as 30,000 ants and termites in a day. They are able to do this with their powerful tongues which they can flick in and out of their mouths as fast as 150 times a minute. 

Anteater Videos: Here’s a fun, informative 3-minute video featuring anteaters from the San Diego zoo. Here’s a 1-minute video of a baby anteater riding on mom’s back. Anteaters can’t pick up their young with their forelegs, so riding it is! Here’s another 1-minute video of a baby anteater.

FunFacts about Anteaters: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Anteater is a common name for the four extant mammal species of the suborder Vermilingua (meaning “worm tongue”) commonly known for eating ants and termites. The individual species have other names in English and other languages. Together with the sloths, they are within the order Pilosa. The name “anteater” is also colloquially applied to the unrelated aardvark, numbat, echidnas, pangolins and some members of the Oecobiidae. (Source)
  • The most familiar species of anteaters are: 1) the giant anteater Myrmecophaga tridactyla, (about 1.8 m or 5 ft 11 inches long) which includes the tail, 2) the silky anteater Cyclopes didactylus (about 35 cm 14 inches long), 3) the southern tamandua or collared anteater Tamandua tetradactyla, (about 1.2 m or 3 ft 11 inches long), and 4) the northern tamandua Tamandua mexicana of similar dimensions.
  • Anteaters are most closely related to sloths than any other animal.
  • Anteaters have tube-shaped lips but no teeth.
  • Anteaters have long thin tongues that can reach a distance greater than the length of the head.
  • Anteaters have large, clawed forearms which they use to tear apart anthills and termite mounds.
  • Anteaters have long dense fur which protects them from the attacks of these insects.
  • Anteaters are solitary creatures who will defend their territories. While defending, they will vocalize, swat and sometimes ride on the backs of their opponents.
  • Anteaters can’t see well but their sense of smell is superb. They rely on the latter for defense, feeding and foraging.
  • Anteaters live in South and Central America.
  • Anteaters live in dry tropical forests, rainforests, grasslands, and savannas.

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South Korea

South Korea

A land of great mountainous beauty and fertile coastal plains, South Korea is located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula between Japan and China. The US has close ties with South Korea that began following World War II, continued with the Korean War and still thrives today. In 1953, when the war ended, South Korea’s economy began to soar. Today, South Korea has the 11th biggest economy in the world and is a leader in information technologies. South Korean’s, for instance, enjoy the world’s fastest internet speed.

South Korea Videos: This 3-minute Expedia video gives a quick overview of South Korea, both city life and the beauty of the land. Here is a 3-minute Lonely Planet video also as an introduction to South Korea.

FunFacts about South Korea: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea. The name Korea is derived from Goguryeo which was one of the great powers in East Asia during its time, ruling most of the Korean Peninsula, Manchuria, parts of the Russian Far East and Inner Mongolia under Gwanggaeto the Great. (Source)
  • The population of South Korea is 51 million.
  • Seoul is the capital of South Korea and nearly half the population of the country lives in the expanded metropolitan area.
  • After the end of the Korean War in 1953, South Korea’s economy soared.
  • South Korea has the 11th largest economy in the world.
  • Authoritarian rule ended in South Korea in 1987 and since then South Korea maintains an advanced democracy and the freest press in all of Asia.
  • South Korea is a hub for advancements in technology. The country’s population enjoys the world’s fastest internet speed. In addition, quote: South Korea is a global leader in many technology and innovation driven fields. Since 2014, South Korea has been named the world’s most innovative country by the Bloomberg Innovation Index for 6 consecutive years. (Source)
  • The mountainous peninsula of South Korea is flanked by the Yellow Sea to the west and the Sea of Japan to the east. The southern tip of the peninsula lies on the Korea Strait and the East China Sea.
  • South Korea has approximately three thousand islands. Most are small and uninhabited. Jeju Island is its largest island.
  • South Korea, depending on the region, has a humid continental climate and a humid subtropical climate.
  • Korean is the official language of South Korea and is not related to Chinese.
  • Buddhism and Christianity are the two main religions of South Korea.
  • South Korea has a universal health care system.
  • The US has a close relationship with South Korea including a ‘Mutual Defense Treaty’ agreement. The US currently has approximately 23,000 troops stationed in South Korea.

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Seoul South Korea

Seoul South Korea

Situated on the Han River, Seoul South Korea is often referred to as ‘The Miracle on the Han River’. The city has emerged this century as a major player. It has the 4th largest metropolitan economy behind New York, Tokyo and Los Angeles. In 2015, Seoul was rated Asia’s most livable city with the second highest quality of life globally by Arcadis. With a history spanning 2000 years, five World Heritage Sites to explore, 115 museums, and five ‘Grand Palaces’ from the Joseon Dynasty, Seoul offers tremendous attractions to the traveler. Plus, the shopping is amazing.

Seoul, South Korea Videos: Here is a 3-minute Expedia video showcasing Seoul highlights. Here’s a fun 6-minute personal video of the 25 Best Things to Do in Seoul. It gives a real flavor of the city!

FunFacts about Seoul, South Korea: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Seoul, officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. With surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, Seoul forms the heart of the Seoul Capital Area. (Source)
  • Seoul was founded 2000 years ago by the people of Baekje.
  • Seoul is the largest city of South Korea.
  • Seoul is strategically situated on the Han River in the northwest of South Korea.
  • Seoul is surrounded by a hilly and mountainous landscape.
  • the Seoul Capital Area contains five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok PalaceHwaseong FortressJongmyo ShrineNamhansanseongand the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.
  • As an economic power, Seoul is considered a global city. Seoul has the 4th largest metropolitan economy in the world.
  • Historically, people settled in the Han River region 6000 years ago.
  • Seoul has a humid subtropical climate.
  • As of 2015, the population of Seoul was just under 10 million. The expanded metropolitan area has a population of 25 million. 
  • Christianity and Buddhism are the two major religions in Seoul. Quote: Seoul is home to one of the world’s largest Christian congregations, Yoido Full Gospel Church, which has around 830,000 members. (Source)
  • Many international companies have headquarters in Seoul, including 15 companies on the Fortune 500 list.
  • Described as the world’s ‘most wired city’, Seoul is a leader in information technologies.
  • The heart of Seoul, quote: The traditional heart of Seoul is the old Joseon dynasty city, now the downtown area, where most palaces, government offices, corporate headquarters, hotels, and traditional markets are located. (Source)

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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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Korean Fir

Korean Fir

With a lovely, compact, pyramidal shape, the Korean fir is a popular ornamental tree. It’s average height of 30 feet and its ability to accept serious pruning, means it can be contained within the boundaries of the garden. The curl of its dark green needles reveals a silvery-white underside which creates a remarkable, show-stopping appearance. But the Korean fir’s unique, purple-blue cones are its most eye-catching feature.

Korean Fir Videos: Here’s a 2-minute video showcasing a lovely, silvery Korean Fir. Here’s a 1-minute video with basic information and photos of the Korean Fir. Here’s a 1-minute video on private property that shows the Korean Fir with cones then without.

FunFacts about the Korean Fir: (Source) (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Abies koreana, the Korean fir, is a species of fir native to the higher mountains of South Korea, including Jeju Island. It grows at altitudes of 1,000–1,900 metres (3,300–6,200 ft) in temperate rainforest with high rainfall and cool, humid summers, and heavy winter snowfall. (Source)
  • The Korean fir is a small to medium-sized evergreen coniferous tree and grows 10–18 m (33–59 ft) tall.
  • The cones of the Korean fir are 4–7 cm (1.6–2.8 in) long and a dark purple-blue before maturity.
  • At maturity, the winged seeds of the Korean fir are released when the cones disintegrate, an event that occurs about 5–6 months after pollination.
  • The Korean fir is a popular ornamental plant because of the unique cones they produce. Even young trees produce an abundance of these cones. As the season progresses, the cones turn tan.
  • The Korean fir is a slow grower and often doesn’t reach a height greater than 30 feet.
  • The Korean fir prefers a neutral to acidic soil.
  • The Korean fir tree forms a pyramidal shape with dark green leaves that curl upward and reveal silver-white undersides. (Source)

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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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Egypt

Egypt

Clustered in thousands of places all along the Nile River, 99% of the population of Egypt depends on the world’s longest river for sustenance. Cairo is the capital of this ancient land and as a megacity has a population of over 22 million. The diet in Egypt is primarily vegetarian, with seafood added along the Mediterranean. As a Cradle of Civilization, Egypt is over 8000 years old and possesses some of the world’s finest and most fascinating antiquities.

Egypt Videos: Here’s a short, 3-minute overview video of visiting Egypt. This is a quick, fabulous 1-minute video featuring all kinds of glimpses of Egypt. Here’s another similar and quite wonderful 1-minute video this time backpacking in Egypt.

FunFacts about Egypt: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia by a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt is a Mediterranean country bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, and Libya to the west. Across the Gulf of Aqaba lies Jordan, across the Red Sea lies Saudi Arabia, and across the Mediterranean lie Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, although none share a land border with Egypt. (Source)
  • Egypt is considered one of the Cradles of Civilization.
  • Egypt has one of the longest histories of any country in the world and may go as far back  as the 6th millennia BCE or 8000 years.
  • Ancient Egypt saw some of the earliest developments of urbanization, central government, writing, organized religion and agriculture.
  • Some of the iconic monuments of Ancient Egypt are the Giza Necropolis and its Great Sphinx, as well the ruins of MemphisThebesKarnak, and the Valley of the Kings.
  • More about Egypt’s culture, history and religion, quote: Egypt’s long and rich cultural heritage is an integral part of its national identity, which has endured, and often assimilated, various foreign influences including GreekPersianRomanArabOttoman Turkish, and Nubian. Egypt was an early and important centre of Christianity, but was largely Islamised in the seventh century and remains a predominantly Muslim country albeit with a significant Christian minority. From the 16th to the beginning of the 20th century, Egypt was ruled by foreign imperial powers: The Ottoman Empire and the British Empire. (Source)
  • The official language of Egypt is Arabic.
  • Egypt has over 95 million inhabitants.
  • Egypt is the most populous country in North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arab world. After Nigeria and Ethiopia, Egypt is the third most populous country in Africa and the 15th in the world.
  • Egypt’s economy is one of the largest and most diverse in the Middle East. It depends mainly on petroleum imports, tourism, agriculture, natural gas and media.
  • Egypt is a founding member of the United Nations.
  • With an extremely arid desert climate, most of Egypt is sparsely populated. Almost 99% of the people live on 5% of the land, mainly along the Nile River and its massive delta.
  • Egypt is mostly desert and includes both the Sahara and Libyan Deserts.
  • Winds across the Sahara create numerous sand dunes that can reach as high as 100 feet (30 m).
  • Cairo and Alexandria are the two largest cities in Egypt. Cairo is the capital.
  • Egyptian cuisine relies heavily on legume and vegetable products. Historically, meat has been too expensive for general consumption.

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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 Nile River

The Nile River

Because the Nile River flows through so many countries, eleven in all and ending in Egypt, the entire river system is rife with political and economic complications. Interestingly, the Nile doesn’t carry a vast amount of water like other rivers, for instance the Congo River. The Nile only carries 5% of the volume of the Congo. So the water of the Nile is a critical factor for all the countries who depend on it and want to use it for industrial development. This 5-minute video is a fantastic explanation of these issues.

The Nile River Videos: This 5-minute video explains why the Nile River is critical to each of the countries it passes through. (This is the same video as the one in the previous paragraph.) Want to feel like you’re traveling down the Nile and seeing Egyptian life as it is? Check out this 5-minute video.

FunFacts about The Nile River: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The Nile is a major north-flowing river in northeastern Africa, and is the longest river in Africa and the disputed longest river in the world. (Brazilian government claims that the Amazon River is longer than the Nile). The Nile, which is about 6,650 km (4,130 mi) long, is an “international” river as its drainage basin covers eleven countries, namely, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Republic of the Sudan and Egypt. (Source)
  • The Nile River is the main water source for Egypt and Sudan.
  • The two main tributaries of the Nile River are the White Nile and the Blue Nile.
  • The White Nile is considered the headwaters of the Nile River, but the Blue Nile is the source of most of the river’s water.
  • The White Nile emerges in the region of the African Great Lakes which includes Lake Victoria.
  • The most distant source of the White Nile is still undetermined but is believed to be in either Rwanda or Burundi.
  • The source of the Blue Nile is Gish Abay in Ethiopia.
  • The Blue Nile merging with the White Nile, quote: The Blue Nile begins at Lake Tana in Ethiopia and flows into Sudan from the southeast. The two rivers meet just north of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. (Source)
  • The Nile ends in a massive delta then flows into the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Nearly all the ancient historical and cultural sites of Egypt lie along the banks of the Nile River.
  • Compared to other major rivers, however, the Nile River carries little water. Compared to the Congo River, for instance, the Nile carries only 5% of what the Congo carries.
  • The length of the Nile River from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean Sea is about 6,650 km (4,130 mi).
  • The drainage basin of the Nile covers approximately 10% of all of Africa.
  • According to the historian, Herodotus, ‘Egypt was the gift of the Nile’. Silt deposits from the annual flooding of the river created a fertile land that provided wheat for the entire region especially during famines.
  • Ancient Egyptians had a song they sang about the miracle of the Nile in Egyptian life called, Hymn of the Nile.

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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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New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, July 3, 2019! On Thursday, July 4th Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Above all: Live the fang!!!