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Beatriz Coningham

Meeting of the Waters, Manaus, Brazil

In the Amazon, Brazil: Living with Water

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I have always been fascinated by how human beings interact with water and make water bodies part of life. While travelling around Manaus, in the Brazilian Amazon, it was amazing to observe how rivers, streams, canals, lagoons, lakes and seasonally flooded jungle are all integrated into daily living. Around the world, people inhabit islands and river banks, lake sides and the coast line in ways that are peculiar to the local culture and geography. In the Amazon, the circumstances unique to the region are created by the presence of a mostly — still — impenetrable rain forest, the sheer amount of water carried and collected by a massive network of rivers and their tributaries, and weather patterns that produce dramatic rainfall and changes in water levels throughout the year.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil: Time to Regroup

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Obviously Brazilian football is not doing so well right now. After a 7 – 1 defeat to Germany, the country’s adjusted hopes for a third place in the 2014 World Cup were trashed today with a 3 – 0 defeat to the Netherlands. A long-standing source of national pride, Brazilian…

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A beautiful sample of Spanish colonial architecture in Intramuros, Old Manila

In Manila, Philippines, a Tour of the Old Historic District of Intramuros ends with Buko Pandan

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The one absolutely fascinating thing about the Philippines, besides its warm people and stunning geography, is its intricate history of invasions, resulting in the integration of many cultures. More recently, the phenomenon of work abroad has hundreds of thousands Filipinos employed across the globe, and continues to bring in influences…

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The Soul When It Travels

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The Soul When It Travels is a poem by Ben White. Ben’s inspiration captured so well the possibilities that travel brings for another kind of exploration, which is the adventure into soul and the inner self. The Soul When It Travels –          For Beatriz  I Sometime-circles overlap As we spin around…

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