Japan and Hong Kong

Hey angel,

Mayhap, I bet you you’re wondering why I’ve concluded this point. It has been for a little while certain people couldn’t ever tell the differences among Japan and Hong Kong. Ergo, let’s put our heads together to learn this.

Japan

  • It is a country in East Asia
  • Flag colors: a white background, but it has a red circle in the middle.
  • Japanese’ traditional meal is Sushi.
  • The official language is Japanese with a diversity of dialects. Additionally, other spoken languages are English, German and French.
  • Tokyo is the capital city
  • The country code is +81
  • Japanese yen is the currency

While in…

HONG KONG

  • It is a Special Administrative Region of China. Also, it is known as “one country two systems”.
  • Country code is +852
  • The official languages are Cantonese & English. Most of the international English schools teach Mandarin as an optional language instead of Cantonese. Cantonese has 9 tones in order to differentiate the meaning of words. On the other hand, Chinse said Mandarin have four tones and one neutral tone.
  • Hong Kong dollar is the currency. As stated by a website called CurrencyCoverter 1 euro equivales to 8.70 HKD
  • HongKongers traditional meal is chinese food.
Wan Chai District, Hong Kong

Quote: “Books are the mirrors of the soul.”__Virginia Woolf

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Hey ETHIOPIA = Āmeseginalehu

  1. According to CNN news Ethiopia won the recond in planting 350 million trees in one day.
  2. There is a traditional coffee ceremony. During the day is taken place three times.
  3. Addis Merkato is the largest in Africa. People can buy multiples things. For example, a petite jebena pot, carpets and teff.
  4. As stated by The World Bank the GDP per capita is 772.3 USD and it’s the fifth poorest country in the world.
  5. As said by Encyclopedia Brittanica the most practiced religions are Orthodox Christian and Islam with a 33,9 out of the total population.
  6. Harar is located in the eastern Abyssinia. It’s considered the oldest city in Ethiopia and recognised as “The city of Saints” or “The city of Peace” by muslims. In addition, the city is known as the holy place for Islam.
  7. Jelati is a very common and the cheapest frozen flavoured dessert. The world Jelati is an italian word. In 1935 Italians tried to colonised Ethiopia. Therefore, some vocabulary comes from there.
  8. The dishes are considered one of the healthiest and nutritious. Twice per week Ethiopians follow a special diet. For instance, consuming products coming from animals is strictly prohibited due to the religions beliefs. Specifically, pork is repudiate by muslims and christians to their religious beliefs. On the other hand, any dish containing fish is permitted for orthodox christians.
  9. There is a drug legalised in Ethiopia. Generally, it is the third “thing” consumed by locals after injera and coffee. Ethiopians may consumed the substance for several reasons. For example, take the edge off their hunger. Unfortunately, some women may have taken this while pregnancy and it could lead to serious and difficulties problems for their babies. Globally, it is forbidden for women to consume any drug during pregnancy. Regrettably, not everyone has access to education and it’s arduous to be aware of it.
  10. One of the precious spots from Ethiopia are the Danakil Depression, Simien Mountains National Park and The Church of Saint George.
Hey angel, you meant to be here. Please stay as long as you like 😉
Tea, coffee, an traditional piece of clothing and testibly aromes. Hey angel, What does Ethiopia have to offer?

Quote: “In Ethiopia, food is often looked at through a strong spiritual lens, stronger than anywhere else I know. It’s the focal point of weddings, births, and funerals and is a daily ceremony from the preparation of the meal and the washing of hands to the sharing of meals.” __ Marcus Samuelsson

Brazil! Brazil! Vamos lá?

Facts:

  1. Brazil is a country ubicated in South America.
  2. According to Worldmeters the total population is 212,499, 632.
  3. Portuguese is the official language. Additionally, there are minorities groups who speak other languages. For istance, Italian or Japanese.
You meant to be here. Please stay as long as you would like 🙂
  1. One of the popolous areas visited by the tourits are Rio de Janeiro, Säo Paulo, Reife and Salvador.
  2. Brazil is well known due to Christ of the Redeemer and one of the brazilian football players called Ronaldinho who used to play in FCB Barcelona.

Quote: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”__ Helen Keller

Istanbul, Turkey 👁

Wonderful spots to visit while you are travelling to Istanbul

This is a popular souvenir. It’s costs is 2,50€

Turkish eye 👁

Wonderful facts everyone should know about Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia is a country located in the horn of Africa. It is well known due to the coffee & the injera which is the traditional meal.
  • Addis Ababa means New Flower.
  • Each Ethiopian name have a meaning:
  • Examples of females names: Aster ( Star ), Konjit ( Beautiful)  
  • Examples of male names: Bruk ( Blessed ), Jember ( Sunset ).

  • Addis Ababa is the capital city.
  • Ethiopia is divided into various regions. Such as Oromia, Amhara, and Somali.
  • Ethiopia and Eritrea made an agreement of peace thanks to Sahle-Work Zewde who become the new president of Abisinia in 2018.
  • The most spoken languages in this country are Amharic and Oromo.
  • Abyssinia is also known as Ethiopia and it has ever been colonized by any European country.
  • Ethiopian is considered one of the best runners worldwide due to their diet and the altitude.
  • Habesha means Ethiopians in Amharic.  
  • Habesha celebrates the New Year on September 11th. Currently, it is 2011.
  • Arabic & Amharic have similar words.
  • According to PopulationPyramid.net Ethiopia has a population of 109,406,328 million in 2019.
  • Birr is the currency. 1 Birr equivalents 0,035 US Dollars.
  • K’onijo means beautiful in Amharic.
  • Not all Ethiopians have afro hair or the same skin color.
  • The Ethiopian culture is beautiful. You can learn about many issues. Globally, a lot of historians believe Ethiopia is the oldest country.
  • Most Ethiopians feel proud of their origins.

Quote: “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” __ Marilyn Monroe

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I like the idea of discovering spots in Hong Kong that I’ve never been.

Hong Kong is wonderful the way it is.

Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong 🇭🇰

I wish I could live forever in this magical country.

Somehow I feel that I belong in this place.

I am an adventurous.

I like the idea of discovering spots in Hong Kong that I’ve never been.

Hong Kong is a labyrinth full of little treasures.

It is a pleasure to be here.

Sai Ying Pung, Hong Kong island 🇭🇰

That’s why I am an adventurous on this story.

I love the idea of taking pictures to capture the good momentums.

I love the idea of keeping memories.

I keep these remembrances on my storehouse of memory.

I like to keep them with me. I found them beautiful.

Quote: “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

Injera

Injera is a flatbread and a spongy bread. It is made out of a cereal called Teff, which is a small grain quite nutrition found in Abyssinia, also known as Ethiopia. This meal is the traditional dish for Ethiopians. It’s very similar to crêpes but it’s thicker and this meal is eating at lunchtime or for dinner. It has a bubble texture and it has a sour flavor. The dish is eating with hands. It’s very good and it has a diversity of ingredients.

It is very typical and local for Ethiopians to feed one another with their hands. It symbolizes a gesture of love and friendship towards the person they decide to feed. You might wonder the way they do it. Basically, the person who wants to feed someone stripped off a small piece of Injera with her/his hand then wraps it with some ingredients such as meat, curry, and vegetables. Afterward, they put it into their friends’ mouth. The friend who receives the slice of bread on her/ his mouth should accept it.

The benefits of Teff are…

  • Rich in fiber
  • Protein.
  • A great source of carbohydrates.
  • It contains an excellent source of iron.

Quote: “Ethiopia always has a special place in my imagination and the prospect of visiting Ethiopia attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England, and America combined. I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African.” __ Nelson Mandela

Facts about New Zealand

  • New Zealand is a country ubicated in Oceania. It is a very small island next to Australia. The capital city is Wellington, and the most visited area is Auckland. 
  • Some New Zealanders walk without shoes in the streets. Sone people said it is part of the culture. 
  • The most spoken languages are English and Maori. The English pronunciation is very different from British and American accent. 
  • Some Australian don’t get along with New Zealanders. Probably, it is due to the historical background.   
  • When tourists are at the airport. Police might check on them with their dogs.
  • The movie called The Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson and The Hobbit were filmed there. The exact location is 501 Buckland Rd, Hinuera, Matamata 3472, New Zealand. Once you get there, it is recommended if there is a tourist guide there to explain you everything you want to know. 
  • The mount Everest was step by  citizen from this country. The mountaineer name was Edmund Hilary ( 1919-2008 ). 
  • There are natural hot pools where you can relax and enjoy the moment. It heated by the volcanoes. It feels good when the weather is cold. 
  • The most popular animal in NZ is Kiwi. Some people called themselves Kiwis. 

Quote: “You don’t have to be a hero to accomplish great things—to compete. You can just be an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.” __Edmund Hillary, High Adventure 

Travelling tips.

Starting a new adventure always sounds interesting and exciting. Normally, travel experiences enrich the person. Learn new knowledge, understand other cultures better, see places or people different from your daily routine.

As many of you have heard, traveling is expensive but it is impossible? Everything in life is possible if you make it possible. All this only depends on you, if you want to take a step forward or stay in the same place. Only you can make a change. Not in the change of your way of life but a change in wanting to travel and find ways to do it. In the case that you want to make a change in your life that is a different topic.

First of all, not everyone has the privilege of traveling. Many times it depends on the conditions in which you find yourself. If you are a person who works a lot, you do not earn enough money and you see that you can not afford this luxury … do not worry! You can always travel, you do not have to go physically, you travel through books, videos or movies. It will not be the same but at least it is something, that at least will allow you to transport to another site from your home.

Wan Chai district, Hong Kong ( Asia )

Well, focusing on those people who can afford it …

  1. Bring a hand sanitizer just in case. If you go to a poor country where water is scarce … and you can not wash your hands. It is always good to be well prepared.
  1. Choose a country you want to go to. Once you’ve done it, write down the cities you want to visit and the places you want to go.
  • Another important issue is the camera. Almost everyone loves to have memories of our trips so bring a camera. If the camera is good you will have good resolutions in the images when printing them or making an album. The camera of the mobile is fine but it is recommended if you have a professional camera like the Canon.
  • Read about the culture to avoid offending the citizens of that country. Sometimes, clothing can make a bad impression. 
  • Look at the time. It is recommended if you know the number of days you will be there.
  • Do not forget to take the medication if you need it. Try to take a letter from a doctor to avoid being taken away. Taking a certifier is always good.
  • Whenever you are going to travel, try to get a scan of your ID and your passport in case you lose the original documents. So you will have a reference that you travel with documents in case there is a problem. Try to leave the scanners in another bag to avoid losing them.
  • Do not forget to look for an accommodation. It is always good to know where you are going to spend the night.
  • Try not to take much clothes if you are one of those people who like to buy objects of your trips for your family, friends or even for you. Carrying a memory is always good. If you think about bringing something to those people you love, it’s a detail but you do not always have it but it’s not a necessity.
  • Bring a canteen if you think it is convenient.
  • Try to learn the language of the country. At least, the basic sentences or words like good morning! Thank you! Goodbye, etc.
  • Bring with you a guide book so it can helps you. If the book has a map better.

Take a small backpack instead of a bag. It is much more comfortable and you will reward the weight in case you have many things inside that backpack. Remember, try not to take everything with you. It is not necessary.

Quote: “But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” ― Bill Bryson, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

History: Ethiopia & United Kingdom

In 1862, The King of Abyssinia which now is known as Ethiopia was called Tewodros II. He sent a letter asking for help from the British Queen Victoria. Tewodros II requested weapons and military support to his country against neighbor countries of extreme Muslims and block the spread of Islam. He never received a response from the queen, so the King Tewodros II grew impatient. He soon discovered that Captain Charles Cameron who was the British Consul of Abyssinia at the time had just returned from Egypt, he was an enemy of Abyssinia. In spite of this, he decided to capture Captain Cameron and British hostages which included children, women, and men until he received a response from the queen. It was believed that these hostages were missionaries.

Robert Napier who was the commanding chief of Bombay Army. Also, he was known as the British Indian Army. Napier and others which include around 13,000 soldiers, 8,000 auxiliary workers and thousands of animals like mules, camels, and elephants sent out an expedition. They set out from Bombay on December 21, 1867, and took them over two weeks to reach Annesley Bay by boat(the coast of Africa) where they set up their base. A long journey was ahead of them, that took two and a half months over mountains, with heavy rain passing through a very tough, unforgiving environment.  Robert and his troops went to Ethiopia to rescue the hostages and win the battle of Magdala which it was taken in 1868 with the duration of four days.

Before the troops were able to reach Magdala they had to get past a large plateau at Arogya. British troops could see the Abyssinian soldiers camped out with heavy artillery. Unexpectedly the Abyssinian soldiers left their defensive positions and the British and Indian troops responded to the charge of Abyssinian warriors. The firepower from the British side was very powerful, turned into a devastating turn out for Abyssinia. In just ninety minutes the Abyssinians lost over 500 troops and thousands injured survivors retreated back to Magdala.

Tewodros wanted to surrender and sent two hostages in an attempt to make peace. Napier requested all hostages to be returned, but Tewodros did not comply. Later Napier encountered the hostages’ bodies at the bottom of the cliff, they wanted revenge so the British soldiers went to look for Theodoros II but when they arrived they saw Tewodros body’s because he shot himself with a gun that is believed to have been given to him by British Queen gave to him as a gift.

After the battle, ancient artifacts and various items were then transported by over fifteen elephants and two hundred miles. There was no written list or record of which items had been sold.

The British and Indian soldiers stole the artifacts of Ethiopia which one of the antique objects were the golden crown, nowadays it is exhibited in the museum of Britain such as the British Museum, British Library and the Victoria and Albert Museum, including Queens library at W. Many of the artifacts were sold to get money for the British troops, and the ones which it was not sold it was a gift for Queen Victoria.

Today there still is a lot of evidence to confirm this time in history. There is a road known as “kings road” many people today go to walk to the path, which leads you closer to the base of the cliff. Tourist can view the location of Tewodros suicide which marks the location of his first burial site.

These days it has been creating an association called “LaAFROMET (Association For the Return of the Magdala Ethiopian Treasures)” which is seeking the return of Ethiopian artifacts. After the war of Magdala among Ethiopians and the British, the army of United Kingdom stole objects of Magdala for two different reasons: The first reason was to donate objects with more value to Queen Victoria, and the second reason was to donate objects with less value and thus to be able to raise money for the army, the money was split between them as a gift after having defeated the Ethiopians during the Battle of Magdala. Also, Richard Holmes who was an assistant in the British museum accompanied the British Army when they stole the objects, he destroyed some historical objects and also made a sketch of the face of the emperor of Ethiopia ( Tewodros II ) in order to publish it in the British press.

The treasures were deposited at the Museum Kensington, the United Kingdom and today are exhibited in the museum itself. It is also shown the sketch of the emperor made by Richard Holmes.

Quote: “The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.” __ Unknown author