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quinta-feira, 27 de setembro de 2012

Never Never Land





So come with me
where Dreams are born
and Time is never planned.
Just think of Happy things,
and your heart will
fly on Wings,
in Never Never Land.
 
Peter Pan
 
 

quinta-feira, 20 de setembro de 2012

Zenj Bar - Land of the Blacks


Zanzibar is an archipelago consisting of two main Islands of Unguja (commonly referred to as Zanzibar Island), Pemba and about 51 other surrounding small islets. Zanzibar is a partner state in the United Republic of Tanzania with the Mainland. The name Zanzibar is derived from a combination of two Arabic words, 'Zenj', meaning black, and 'bar', being the Arabic word for land, resulting in the ancient title 'Land of the Blacks'. As Zanzibar absorbed peoples from as far as the Orient and Iberia, Assyria and India. Pemba is the second largest island of the Archipelago, named Al-khudra "The Green Island” by the Arabic mariners. It is famous for its clove production and its channels offer some of the best diving experiences in East Africa.
 


Zanzibar consists of a multiracial and multicultural community. It is a society of many faiths and of different origins. Almost the entire population is of mixed races primarily of Arab and African decent and blended with local culture.



The largest town in the archipelago is the capital, Stone Town, located in the middle of the west coast of Unguja, the main island. The town was named for the coral stone buildings that were built there largely during the 19th century, on the site of a very old fishing village.

Tall houses line narrow alleyways set in a confusing maze radiating out from the centre towards the sea.The streets are too narrow for cars but not, unfortunately, for bicycles and even motorbikes. Life is lived very much as it was in the past and the many mosques’ muezzin calls can be heard echoing above the narrow streets five times daily. The architecture is Arabic, which means the walls are very thick, the houses tall and with square and simple facades. Many of the buildings have a central courtyard going up through all the floors, giving ventilation.



 
 








Zanzibar cultures became more diverse in its range, more unique in its expression. Zanzibar is the birthplace of Swahili, a language forged from global dialects, upon which legends were carried, trade routes opened and a Sultan’s empire prospered. It is here that the Africa Culture blended with other cultures mainly Persian, Arabic and Indian to forms Swahili Culture. Today the romance, the splendor and legends of the past are still vibrantly alive, traditional sailing dhows, carved wooden and doors, chests, the scent of the clove and the smile of the hospitable people welcomes you to Zanzibar.





 



  Many tours can be made to visit the various coconut and spice plantations and smallholdings out the in the country. The great variety of species and plants grown in Zanzibar is used to food flavouring and preparation, cosmetics, dyes and medicines. Delicious fruits, including orange, lime, coconut and banana are grown in Zanzibar, along with lesser known breadfruit, jackfruit and custard apple. Fragrant and aromatic species, such as cloves, nutmeg, ginger, chilies, black pepper, vanilla, coriander, cinnamon, seaweed can all be seen growing and are for sale on boutique shops and roadside stalls.

Pepper

Jack fruit

Lipstick fruit



cloves
Nutmeg





 





 



The paradisiacal shores of Zanzibar are exotic as its name. The blue ocean of Zanzibar is one of the most exhilarating experiences to be had on a holiday in this part of East Africa.

But more of that in another post!



terça-feira, 18 de setembro de 2012


 
 

 
 
 
Fairy tales are more than true;
not because they tell us that dragons exist,
 but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
            G.K.C.
 
 

sexta-feira, 14 de setembro de 2012

terça-feira, 11 de setembro de 2012

quarta-feira, 5 de setembro de 2012

Home sweet Home




 
Where is home?
Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness.
Home is where the heart's tears can dry at their own pace.
(Vernon G. Baker)

Home is where friendships are formed and families are grown;
where joy is shared and true love is known;
where memories are made and seeds of life are sown.
This is the place . . . that people call HOME.


 

terça-feira, 4 de setembro de 2012

Strength





Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not.
Make it your strength.
 Then it can never be your weakness.
 Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.
- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones