Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Entertaining Egypt

From New Zealand we catch a flight to Africa and the country of Egypt. This peace of land was once the floor of the ocean and sea creature's fossils can be found in the desert.

  • Egypt is known around the world for the great ancient Pyramids that reside in it's deserts. Egypt is home to 138 pyramids although many are not publicized. One of the best known pyramids is 'The Great Pyramid' built in Giza for pharaoh Khufu.
  • Another sight to see is the Sphinx. The body of this structure is around 4,500 years old and stands 65 feet tall and 200 feet long. It stands in front of the Pyramids of Giza.

This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
-Neil Armstrong

The ancient Egyptians where highly advanced in technology and so helped mankind move forward.



Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Noble Zew Zealand

      From Australia we catch a flight to its neighbor New Zealand. This country is made up of two islands. The two islands are reffered to as the North Island and the South Island. New Zealand is known for having many diverse areas within reach of one another. You could go to a dessert, snow caped mountains, volcanoes, sandy beaches, rain forests and more. This incredible country was the background for the movies in Lord of the Rings Trilogy. There are many, many, many, many sheep in New Zealand. So much that for every person there are 10 sheep, in a country of 4 million that means that there are 40 million sheep.

There are many things to do in New Zealand. . . .

  • One of these activities is Zorbing. Zorbing is where you role down a hill in a big rubber ball. This thrilling activity was invented in New Zealand. You climb in to a ball that has a little compartment inside in which you stand, surrounded by a layer of air that is encased in an outer layer of usually clear plastic. The experience is like that of a hamster inside a hamster ball.

  •   An event that takes place on the southern island of New Zealand in Wellington is a Chocolate Festival. This event happens every year as a promotion to the chocolate industry. An estimated 4,000 attend the 2012 chocolate festival. The 2012 chocolate festival was held from August 26 through August 26.

 A couple places to visit in New Zealand include....

  • Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle, is a wonderful sight to see. Larnach Castle was built by William Larnach in 1871. This castle, a wonderful example of architecture, displays many New Zealand antiques. On the castle grounds there are beautiful gardens, Earth laughs in flowers.-Ralph Waldo Emerson(Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com). Currently the Barker family privately owns the castle, but it is opened daily at 9:00 for the public.
  • Another attraction to see on the North Island are the Waitomo Caves. The Waitomo Caves system was discovered in 1887. These caves bring over 400,000 visitors to see the hanging glow worms that reside here in these caves. The glow worms are actually larva of a small gnat which goes through a small life cycle. They eat by releasing a sticky silk thread that hangs in the air. Eventually their glowing body draws in a fly which gets caught in the silk line and is pulled up  by the larva and the fly is eaten. In 6-9 months this larva worm will grow and eventually transform into a pupa. At this stage it will create a cocoon to hang from, and within two weeks it will hatch into a fly. The flies don't live long, as they cannot eat, only a couple of days, enough time to mate and lay eggs. A female will lay 100 eggs.
  •  A sight to see on the North Island is Te Hoho Rock in Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. Te Hoho Rock made up of limestone, no sits in the water. It once was connected to the mainland creating a cave.





Welcom to Amazing Austraila

"Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it." - Sai Baba. Read more at brainyquote.com

     Australia is known worldwide for famous people, wildlife, and structures. Australia is included in the continent of Oceania. Oceania is made up of several islands, including Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji. Australia is the largest island in Oceania, being 2970,000 square miles.

Sites to see when in Australia

  • Uluru, also called Ayers rock, is located within Uluru-Kata Tjua National Park, in the northern territory. It is a 2,831 feet tall sandstone mountain. This mountain is sacred to the Anangu, the aboriginal people in the area. They have been helping run the National Park science 1985. Numbers of climbers have decreased, to the Anangu's pleasure. Only 20% of visitors in June 2012 climbed Uluru. This decrease in climbers may be in due to respect to the Anangu's culture.
  • Another great stop is the Great barrier reef. The largest coral reef system on the planet. It is made up of multiple reefs and Islands. In total it is 133,000 square miles, and runs the up the east side of Australia. Hundreds of species use the protection of the reef. These animals include angelfish, seahorses, green turtle, dugongs, humpback whales, and cuttlefish, just to name a few. The great barrier reef is a natural miracle that is in serious danger. Climate change a factor in causing the water temperature to increase 2-3 degrees each year. This rise causes coral to bleach, killing off the organisms which live within the coral. This depletes a food source for many other organisms and sends a ripple through the delegate ecosystem. By 2030 scientists estimate that this amazing reef will have slipped through our fingertips due to the threats that face it.
  • Another sight to visit is the famous Sydney Opera House. It opened on October 20, 1973, and now displays over 3,000  performances yearly with 2,000,000 viewers in all. This building has become a symbolic structure, as Big Ben is for England, or the Statue of Liberty is for the U.S., or like the pyramids are a symbol for Egypt. "In 'Finding Nemo' Nemo's father siwms past the Sydney Opera House. This just shows how prominent this atraction is." -Trisha Juliana Lazaroo

  • Yet another sight to visit is Devil's Marbles. They stand south of Tennant Creek, in the Northern Territory. These two huge red balancing rocks are made up of granite. These bolders litter a field ranging from sizes of 50cm to 6m across! The Devil's Marbles Conservation Reserve stretches over nearly 7 square miles.
See other amazing balancing rocks.
  • One last stop in Australia takes us to Coober Pedy. An unique underground town and opal mine with a population of 1,695 as of 2011. The first opal was found February 1, 1915. And now the opal mines in Coober Pedy supply most of the worlds opal gems. Besides opal mining the town also advertises its underground living and attracts many tourists. Boasting underground churches, shops, houses, and museums. Every year there is an Opal Festival that comes at the end of a very hot summer to celebrate the hopefully successful opal mining. The verities in types of living makes Australia a very unique and fun country to visit.
Above the town
Warning for holes that lay above town
Inside Coober Pedy

Opals mined in Coober Pedy

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Beautiful Brunei

From Switzerland we catch a plane to the island of Berneo and the small country of Brunei

       Brunei an absolute monarchy, which is ruled by a sultan. In Brunei noble status is passed down through generations, but the sultan give a title to a commoner. The sultan is considered to be the richest person in the world for Brunei is known for it's business in natural gas and petroleum.

Some sights to see in Brunei include...


  • The beautiful beach of Pantai Seri Kenangan

  • The city of Jerudong where there are amusment parks to enjoy, polo matches to play, fountians displays to watch

  •  A last stop in Brunei will lead us to the  Bandar Seri Bergawan, a golden

    caped Mosque