Theme Week Indonesia

May 20th, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

Borobudur, the world's largest Buddist temple © Gunawan Kartapranata/cc-by-sa-3.0

Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddist temple © Gunawan Kartapranata/cc-by-sa-3.0

Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is the world’s largest island country, with more than seventeen thousand islands, and at 1,904,569 square kilometres (735,358 square miles), the 14th largest by land area and the 7th largest in combined sea and land area. With over 261 million people, it is the world’s 4th most populous country as well as the most populous Muslim-majority country. Java, the world’s most populous island, contains more than half of the country’s population.   read more…

Theme Week India

April 22nd, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

Jal Mahal of Jaipur © Labhanshi Mittal/cc-by-sa-4.0

Jal Mahal of Jaipur © Labhanshi Mittal/cc-by-sa-4.0

India (Bhārat), also known as the Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya), is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by area and with more than 1.3 billion people, it is the second most populous country and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, while its Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.   read more…

Theme Week South Korea

March 25th, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Changdeokgung Injeongjeon in Seoul © flickr.com - eimoberg/cc-by-2.0

Changdeokgung Injeongjeon in Seoul © flickr.com – eimoberg/cc-by-2.0

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and lying to the east of the Asian mainland. 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. South Korea lies in the north temperate zone and has a predominantly mountainous terrain. It comprises an estimated 51.4 million residents distributed over 100,363 km² (38,750 sq mi). The capital and largest city is Seoul, with a population of 10 million.   read more…

Theme Week Japan

February 18th, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Tokyo - Ginza shopping area © Jordy Meow/cc-by-3.0

Tokyo – Ginza shopping area © Jordy Meow/cc-by-3.0

Japan (Nippon or Nihon, literally “State of Japan”) is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south. The kanji that make up Japan’s name mean “sun origin”, and it is often called the “Land of the Rising Sun”.   read more…

Theme Week Taiwan

January 21st, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Presidential Office Building in Taipei © Jiang

Presidential Office Building in Taipei © Jiang

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a state in East Asia. Its neighbors include the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the west, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south. It is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations.   read more…

Theme Week Vatican City

December 24th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

Palace of the Governorate of the Vatican City State © Staselnik/cc-by-sa-3.0

Palace of the Governorate of the Vatican City State © Staselnik/cc-by-sa-3.0

Vatican City is an independent city-state enclaved within Rome, Italy. Established with the Lateran Treaty (1929), it is distinct from yet under “full ownership, exclusive dominion, and sovereign authority and jurisdiction” of the Holy See (Latin: Sancta Sedes). With an area of 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of about 1,000, it is the smallest state in the world by both area and population. The Vatican City is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotalmonarchical state (a type of theocracy) ruled by the pope who is, religiously speaking, the bishop of Rome and head of the Catholic Church. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic clergy of various national origins. Since the return of the popes from Avignon in 1377, they have generally resided at the Apostolic Palace within what is now Vatican City, although at times residing instead in the Quirinal Palace in Rome or elsewhere.   read more…

Theme Week Kazakhstan

November 19th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Ak Oda Presidential Palace in Astana © panoramio.com - Nikolay Olkhovoy/cc-by-3.0

Ak Oda Presidential Palace in Astana © panoramio.com – Nikolay Olkhovoy/cc-by-3.0

Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is the world’s largest landlocked country, and the ninth largest in the world, with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometres (1,052,100 sq mi). Kazakhstan is the dominant nation of Central Asia economically, generating 60% of the region’s GDP, primarily through its oil/gas industry. It also has vast mineral resources (List of cities in Kazakhstan, Economy of Kazakhstan, Tourism in Kazakhstan and Kazakh cuisine).   read more…

Theme Week Scottish Borders

October 22nd, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Mellerstain House © geograph.org.uk - Steve Kent/cc-by-sa-2.0

Mellerstain House © geograph.org.uk – Steve Kent/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Scottish Borders is one of 32 council areas of Scotland. It borders the City of Edinburgh, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Midlothian, South Lanarkshire, West Lothian and, to the south-west, south and east, the English counties of Cumbria and Northumberland. The administrative centre of the area is Newtown St Boswells. The term Scottish Borders is also used to designate the areas of southern Scotland and northern England that bound the Anglo-Scottish border.   read more…

Theme Week Guyana

September 24th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Kaieteur Falls © Bill Cameron/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kaieteur Falls © Bill Cameron/cc-by-sa-3.0

Guyana is a sovereign state on the northern mainland of South America. It is, however, often considered part of the Caribbean region because of its strong cultural, historical, and political ties with other Anglo Caribbean countries and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Guyana is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Brazil to the south and southwest, Suriname to the east and Venezuela to the west. With 215,000 square kilometres (83,000 sq mi), Guyana is the fourth-smallest country on mainland South America after Uruguay, Suriname and French Guiana (an overseas region of France).   read more…

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