Paraguay

Paraguay

The people of Paraguay are known to be a happy sort and embrace easy-living. As one of only two land-locked countries in South America, Paraguay has two main geographic features. The west has mostly low, marshy plains and the east, has grassy plains and wooded hills. Both Spanish and Guarani are spoken in Paraguay. Nearly 90% of the people speak one of several forms of Guarani, which is significant since the Guarani culture is indigenous to South America. 

Paraguay Videos: Here’s a lovely, 3-minute personal video of Paraguay. Here’s a 2-minute video that gives a nice overview of Paraguay.

FunFacts about Paraguay: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Paraguay, officially the Republic of Paraguay, is a country of South America. It is bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. (Source)
  • Paraguay is one of only two landlocked countries in South America, the other is Bolivia.
  • Paraguay is known as the ‘Heart of South America’ or Corazón de Sudamérica.
  • Paraguay has ports and beaches on the Paraguay and Paraná rivers that give exit to the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Spanish conquistadores arrived in 1524.
  • Asunción, the capital and largest city of Paraguay, was established in 1537.
  • Paraguay was the center of the Jesuit Missions where the Guarani people were educated and introduced to Christianity.
  • Spanish and Guarani are the official languages of Paraguay.
  • The Guarani culture is influential in Paraguay and 90% of the population speak some form of the Guarani language.
  • The population of Paraguay is 7 million.
  • Cultural insight of Paraguay, quote: Paraguayans are known for being a very happy and easy-living people and many times the country has topped the “world’s happiest place” charts because of the “positive experiences” lived and expressed by the population. (Source)
  • Geographically, Paraguay has two distinct regions: The west, which has mostly low, marshy plains and the east, which has grassy plains and wooded hills. Rio Paraguay divides the two regions.
  • The climate of Paraguay ranges from tropical to sub-tropical.
  • Because of a lack of mountains, Paraguay can experience strong winds up to 100 mph and sudden changes in climate.

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Maned Wolf

Maned Wolf

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With their uniquely long legs, maned wolves aren’t really wolves at all. They aren’t foxes either though their ears seem to resemble them. Instead, the maned wolf is a member of the canid family, but in a species classification all its own.

Maned wolves communicate with their urine which apparently smells a bit like cannabis or hops. They also require a varied diet for good health which includes meat, fruit and vegetables.

Maned Wolf Videos: Here’s a 3-minute video of a hand-raised, maned wolf who just doesn’t want his caregiver to leave. Here’s a 2-minute video of a maned wolf filmed while touring in Brazil.

FunFacts about the Maned Wolf: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is the largest canid of South America. Its markings resemble those of foxes, but it is neither a fox nor a wolf. It is the only species in the genus Chrysocyon (meaning “golden dog”). (Source)
  • The Canid family includes domestic dogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes, jackals, dingoes, and many other extant and extinct dog-like mammals.
  • The maned wolf prefers grasslands with scattered shrubs and trees.
  • The maned wolf can be found in various parts of South America that have a grassland environment. These are, quote: south, central-west, and southeastern Brazil, Paraguay, northern Argentina, Bolivia east and north of the Andes, and far southeastern Peru. (Source)
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    The maned wolf is completely unique to the canid family. It’s closest genetic relative in the canid family is the bush dog.

  • The average adult maned wolf weighs 23 kg (51 lb) and stands 90 cm (35 in) tall at the shoulder.
  • The maned wolf does not form packs.
  • Maned wolves communicate through their urine which some say smells like cannabis or hops.
  • An average litter of pups is two to six.
  • The maned wolf’s diet is omnivorous and includes fruits and vegetables. Maned wolves that were fed a meat-heavy diet in zoos developed bladder stones which zoos have adjusted for.

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South Africa

South Africa

One province of South Africa is known as ‘the Cradle of Humankind’ because of human fossils that date back over two million years. The oldest art in the world comes from this part of Africa. Penguins live on the beaches near Cape Town and giraffes roam the countryside. South Africa is a land of tremendous natural beauty, of sun and of a temperate climate because it’s surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic and Indian oceans. It is also one of the most racially diverse places on the planet with eleven official languages, Zulu being the first. 

South Africa ~ Videos: Here’s a wonderful, 3-minute tourism video of South Africa. Here’s another wonderful video, but only a minute-plus long.  

FunFacts about South Africa: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. (Source)
  • The population of South Africa is 57 million.
  • South Africa is the 25th largest country in the world by area.
  • 80% of South Africans are of Bantu ancestry. The remaining 20% are a combination of White, Asian (Indian), and multiracial.
  • The constitution of South Africa has 11 official languages. These are, quote: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Northern Sotho, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Tsonga, Swazi, Venda, and Southern Ndebele. (Source) Most South Africans speak Afrikaans, which is of Dutch origin. English is the fourth most-used language and is a result of the British Colonial period. It is used in public and commercial life.
  • Apartheid was instituted in 1948 by the National Party and was a system of racial segregation. Change came in 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected as the first President of South Africa. Quote: Since 1994, all ethnic and linguistic groups have held political representation in the country’s liberal democracy, which comprises a parliamentary republic and nine provinces. (Source)
  • South Africa has an ‘upper-middle-income-economy’ and is considered a ‘newly industrialized country’.
  • South Africa’s economy is the second largest in Africa.
  • South Africa faces the difficulties of creating social, political and economic equality among its people. Nearly a quarter of its population is unemployed.
  • An area of South Africa, the Gauteng Province, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its rich ‘human’ fossils. It is known as the ’Cradle of Humankind’ and has human fossils dating back 2.3 million years.
  • In 1652, Jan van Riebeeck, a Dutchman, established a station in what became Cape Town.
  • Mafadi is the highest peak in South Africa at 3,450 m (11,320 ft).
  • The Great Escarpment is a fascinating geographical feature of most of South Africa and a couple of its neighboring countries.
  • South Africa generally has a temperate climate because it is surrounded by two oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans.
  • South Africa is home to many of the familiar animals of Africa, quote: Numerous mammals are found in the Bushveld including lions, African leopards, South African cheetahs, southern white rhinos, blue wildebeest, kudus, impalas, hyenas, hippopotamuses and South African giraffes. (Source)
  • Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa with over 9 million people.
  • South Africa has the oldest art objects in the world, dating back 75,000 to 100,000 years. These were found in a cave.

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Hyenas

Hyenas

Is it a cat? Is it a dog? Believe it or not, hyenas have qualities of both. These nocturnal animals, that functions as predators and scavengers, will groom themselves and scent-mark like felines, but can crush bones with their powerful jaws and teeth, and have non-retractable claws for running and making sharp turns like dogs. Some of their antecedents were large enough and powerful enough to splinter and crush the bones of elephants.

Videos of Hyenas: Here’s an adorable 2-minute video of lion cubs and hyena pups playing together. Here’s a fabulous 5-minute video that may change your mind about how you view these often maligned animals.

FunFacts about Hyenas: (Source) 

  • Basic information, quote: Hyenas or hyaenas are any feliform carnivoran mammals of the family Hyaenidae. With only four extant species (in three genera), it is the fifth-smallest biological family in the Carnivora, and one of the smallest in the class Mammalia. Despite their low diversity, hyenas are unique and vital components of most African ecosystems. (Source)
  • Hyenas are closer to felines than canines, though their behavior tends to be more like the latter.
  • Their similarity to dogs includes catching prey with their teeth, eating their food quickly, and because of their non-retractable claws they can run fast and make sharp turns.
  • However, hyenas are very similar to felines in these respects, quote: the hyenas’ grooming, scent marking, defecating habits, mating and parental behaviour are consistent with the behaviour of other feliforms. (Source)
  • Spotted hyenas mostly kill their own food while striped hyenas are primarily scavengers.
  • Hyenas are known to drive off larger predators from their kills, like lions, and take over the meal themselves.
  • Hyenas are not generally gregarious, though they will congregate during a kill.
  • Hyenas are primarily nocturnal animals.
  • In some cultures, hyenas are associated with witchcraft.
  • Modern hyenas are specialized bone-crushers.
  • The antecedents of the hyena existed 22 million years ago.
  • One ancient genus of hyena, the Pachycrocuta, could crush and splinter the bones of elephants.
  • Hyenas are fairly massive and wolf-like in build, but with short hind-legs and a sloping back.
  • The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that different parts of the hyena’s body could ward off evil and ensure love and fertility.

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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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Proteas

Proteas

Most proteas that are native to South Africa, grow south of the Limpopo River, the second longest river in Africa. These super hardy flowering shrubs love full sun and heat, poor soil, and good drainage. They produce some of the most magnificent and almost otherworldly blossoms on Earth. Because of their showy beauty, they are now cultivated in twenty countries. 

Proteas Videos: Here’s a gorgeous 5-minute video featuring still photos of proteas. This 5-minute video showcases activity on a protea farm in South Africa.

FunFacts about Proteas: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of South African flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes (Afrikaans: suikerbos) or fynbos. (Source)
  • The protea was named after the Greek God, Proteus, who could change his form at will. Proteas come in many forms.
  • Traditionally, the protea flower represents change and hope.
  • There is evidence that proteas existed up to 80 million years ago.
  • Most proteas can be found south of the Limpopo River in South Africa. The Limpopo is the second longest river in Africa after the Nile.
  • More than 20 countries currently cultivate proteas.
  • Proteas are part of the a very large family of plants called Proteaceae.
    • Within Proteaceae, proteas are part of a sub-family, called Proteoideae, which contains flowers in both Africa and Australia, as well as a few species in South America.
  • In the U.S. proteas are grown commercially in California and Hawaii.
  • Protea flowers come in large clusters surrounded by bright, spiky bracts that make for a very unusual and striking appearance.’ (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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Scotland

Scotland

Home to 2,000 castles, Scotland is a land steeped in history. Its legal system, Scots law, is based on ancient Roman law and is separate from the rest of the United Kingdom. Scotland is a country built on excellence in education. With a population of only five million-plus people, Scotland has 15 universities, several of which are some of the oldest in the world. With an abundance of natural beauty, a mild maritime climate and the unique sound of the bagpipes, Scotland is a place for the bucket list. 

Scotland Videos: Here’s a wonderful 4-minute video that is a quick look at Scotland’s many natural beauties and distinct culture. Here is a beautiful 3-minute video of the Top 10 things to do in Scotland.

FunFacts about Scotland: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Sharing a border with England to the southeast, Scotland is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast, the Irish Sea to the south, and the North Channel to the southwest. (Source)
  • Scotland is situated on the northern third of the island of Great Britain.
  • Scotland has over 790 islands.
  • In 1707, Scotland entered into a political union with England that created the Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • The legal system of Scotland has remained separate from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Since 1707, Scotland has been able to maintain a separate cultural identity from the rest of the United Kingdom primarily through its religious, educational and legal institutions.
  • The Latin name for the Gaels was Scotti. From the late Middle Ages, the name Scotland has been in use.
  • In Scotland’s early history, glaciers destroyed evidence of man in this region. The subsequent first evidence of man inhabiting Scotland dates back approximately 12,800 years ago.
  • Scotland’s climate is temperate and oceanic.
  • Large predators were hunted to extinction many centuries ago, such as the linx, elk, wolf and bear.
  • The golden eagle is a national icon of Scotland.
  • The population of Scotland is over five million.
  • Glasgow and Edinburgh are the two largest cities in Scotland.
  • Over 50% of the people consider themselves Christians while 37% report as having no religious affiliation.
  • Scots law has a basis in Roman law.
  • Shipbuilding, coal mining and steel are important parts of the Scottish economy, as well as financial services and tourism.
  • Scotland is known for its education and has 15 universities, several of which are some of the oldest in the world.
  • The Great Highland Bagpipe is one of the world’s most distinctive, culture-specific musical instruments.
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First May Winner: Maureen D.!!!

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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, May 8, 2019! On Thursday, May 9th, 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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Edinburgh

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Edinburgh

Known as the ‘Athens of the North’, Edinburgh has been an important center of learning for over four-hundred years. It is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and is surrounded by seven hills. One of the hills is said to be the home of King Arthur’s castle of Camelot. Another of the hills, Castle Rock, houses Edinburgh Castle, an ancient symbol of Scotland and which has over a million visitors each year. As the British Monarch in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II spends one week at the beginning of summer at the Scottish Palace in Edinburgh known as Holyrood Palace.

Edinburgh Videos: Here is a wonderful 6-minute Expedia video that gives a terrific overview of Edinburgh. This is a fun, 5-minute video on ‘cheap eats’ in Edinburgh.

FunFacts about Edinburgh: (Source

  • Basic information, quote: Recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the supreme courts of Scotland. The city’s Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the monarch in Scotland. The city has long been a centre of education, particularly in the fields of medicine, Scots law, literature, philosophy, the sciences and engineering. It is the second largest financial centre in the United Kingdom (after London) and the city’s historical and cultural attractions have made it the United Kingdom’s second most popular tourist destination attracting 1.75 million visits from overseas in 2016. (Source)
  • Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland.
  • 1.3 million people live in Edinburgh and the surrounding region.
  • Edinburgh is Scotland’s second most populous city, Glasgow being first.
  • Edinburgh is the home to the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery.
  • As the British Monarch in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II spends one week at the beginning of summer at the Scottish Palace in Edinburgh known as Holyrood Palace.
  • Historical places of interest to visit in Edinburgh include the Georgian New Town, the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and Canongate, Edinburgh Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town together are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • One of the cities affectionate nicknames is Auld Reekie. The latter word is Scots for ‘smoky’ and refers to a time when the ‘Old Town’ was covered in smoke. Quote: A character in Walter Scott’s The Abbot says “… yonder stands Auld Reekie–you may see the smoke hover over her at twenty miles’ distance.” (Source)
  • Earliest known habitation was during the Mesolithic period dating back to 8500 BC.
  • In 1706 and 1707, the Parliaments of England and Scotland passed Acts of Union which united the two kingdoms in the Kingdom of Great Britain, effective May 1, 1707.
  • Edinburgh lies on the Firth of Forth’s southern shore, a firth being an estuary. Several rivers meet in this estuary on the North Sea, one of them being the River Forth.
  • Edinburgh is said to be built on seven hills: Calton Hill, Corstorphine Hill, Craiglockhart Hill, Braid Hill, Blackford Hill, Arthur’s Seat and Castle Rock.
  • Edinburgh has a relatively mild maritime climate and rarely falls below freezing in the winter during the daytime.
  • Edinburgh has the strongest economy in the UK outside of London.
  • Some of the main areas of the economy are tourism, banking, financial services, scientific research and higher education.
  • Sir Walter Scott and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were both residents of Edinburgh.

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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 Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye

A land of beautiful rugged mountains, green sward, heather and sheep, waterfalls, monoliths and sheer cliffs, the Isle of Skye is a hiker’s dream. But its unusual geography also attracted British Filmmaker, Ridley Scott, to film part of the opening to his 2012 film, Prometheus, here on the island. 

Here is a 4-minute video of wonderful drone footage of the island. This is a lovely 2-minute video that names many of the most notable places on the Isle of Skye.

FunFacts about Isle of Skye: (Source

  • Basic information, quote: Skye, or the Isle of Skye, is the largest and northernmost of the major islands in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The island’s peninsulas radiate from a mountainous centre dominated by the Cuillin, the rocky slopes of which provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the country. (Source)
  • The Isle of Skye has been inhabited anywhere from 5000 to 15000 years ago.
  • The first written reference to the Isle of Skye is in Roman documents.
  • The origin of the word ‘Skye’ may be Celtic and may refer to a ‘winged’ shape, possibly a reflection of the island itself.
  • The Norse once ruled Skye and referred to the island as ‘Skuy’ which means misty isle.
  • The Isle of Skye is the second largest island in Scotland.
  • Because of the Gulf Stream, the Isle of Skye has a mild oceanic climate.
  • Rainfall is high on the Isle of Skye and averages 59–79 inches per year or 1,500–2,000 mm.
  • The Isle of Skye has one of the oldest archaeological sites dating back to the 7th millennium BC.
  • Two powerful Scottish clans ruled the Isle of Skye: Clan MacLeod and Clan Macdonald.
  • The population of the Isle of Skye is around 10,000.
  • About one-third of the population speaks Gaelic.
  • The main industry in the Isle of Skye is tourism.
  • The Isle of Skye is linked to the Scottish mainland by way of Skye Bridge.
  • Some of the opening scenes of Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s 2012 film, were shot at The Storr on the Isle of Skye.

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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, May 8, 2019! On Thursday, May 9th, 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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