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Backpacking Information on India

Posted on October 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

INDIA

Population: 1.1 billion (UN, 2005) Capital: New Delhi Area: 3.1 million sq km (1.2 million sq miles), excluding Indian-administered Kashmir (100,569 sq km/38,830 sq miles) Major languages: Hindi, English and 17 other official languages Major religions: Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism Life expectancy: 62 years (men), 65 years (women) (UN) Monetary unit: 1 Indian Rupee = 100 paise

Nobody, I dare say, will research about India through any form of media and not find content that suggests endangerment, poverty, violence, and unrest. But to have a taste of India will provide you with a wonderfully enduring image truly distant from the media hype of female infant genocide or cow pee medicine on television and the internet. The international media has its way of veiling India’s true identity by sensationalizing political chaos and horrid religious traditions that causes the outside world to have a predisposed notion of what a chaotic nation India is. Taking India in your own terms by seeing the country up close and personal, the traveller will get a big slice of Indian and British fusion culture. To know India, you must see India. And to get a better sense of the nation, ride the trains, eat the food, and play cricket, or just strike up a conversation with the locals of the largest democracy in the world for an insider’s perspective to have a taste of India just the way it is.

GEOGRAPHY & CLIMATE

India (20 00 N, 77 00 E) is a colossal South Asian habitat in of 3,287,263 km2 with a great terrain diversity such as mountains in the north, the upland Deccan Plain in the south, wide expanse of plain along the Ganges, deserts in the west, as well as jungles and beaches. And yet the highest point of it all is the Kanchenjunga (8,598 m). It seems, almost everything is incredibly large in this part of the world, even “diversity”. India holds the rank of 7th largest country by area and, as such, its size and location as well are key factors to its diverse climate characterized by temperate in the north due to the Himalayas, and tropical monsoon climates. The gigantic nation with the “highest rainfall” experiences at least three seasons in general: summer (April-May), monsoon (June-October), and winter (November-January).

PEOPLE & CULTURE

India also does not fall so far in size when it comes to population for it is, after all, with such big territory, the 2nd in the world in terms of population with 1.15 billion people by the end of 2009, just after China. The spirituality of the people in India is ubiquitous and thick in the air, right about everywhere you look. The four predominant religions practiced are Hinduism (+80%), Islam (13.4%), Christianity (2.3%), and Sikhism (1.9%). The remainder practices Buddhism, Jainism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism and Baha’is. Quite apparently, religion has not saved its people from poverty, illiteracy, disease, malnutrition, or environmental hazards with a massive collection of 900,000 people dying as effects of intake of polluted air and water.

Lucky for any traveller, ENGLISH is a common language, remarkably must I say, the second official language in a country with 22 (official languages), after HINDI. More fat stats: India is the 2nd country with the most number of English speakers on earth. Amazingly, there are much more huge numbers of languages in Mumbai alone over 200. The culture of the people can be described in three words, work, pray, and play.

This principle sums up how the Indians, amid interests and responsibilities, keep rooted to their faith in every task. With thousands of temples dedicated to a specific deity or purpose, none can doubt such. Indeed, India is a good place to search for knowledge, wisdom, and enlightenment. The exoticism of the place creates an image of a fever dream with upshots of enchantment and oriental mystique, and then you snap out.

Nowhere is this more reminiscent than in the coastal cities of Calcutta and Bombay, now Kolkata and Mumbai respectively, where the Hindu faithful perform their religious duties on the banks of the Ganges. On the other hand, the republic’s capital of New Delhi offers a modern thrill with a peaceful clash between new and old quite manifest with the beauty of the Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, Connaught Place, Akshardham Temple, Secretariat building, and the India Gate. While those are fun, the choice leisure time activity has always been cockfighting and soap operas with the normal unending plots and subplots that involve triple A’s: affairs, abductions, and amnesia.

FOOD & ATTRACTION

To be in India is to be enchanted. With a magical and somehow delusionary landscape that creates a damn good diversion from the life back home, India is a traveller’s great escape. All the places have a specific sense of energy and limitless possibilities to enjoy from food, sports, to television, all at once and perhaps a little more. Calcutta or Kolkota is busy and fast, crowds traffic and all, as is the case with most urban cities like Mumbai.

Indian cuisine is as diverse and numerous as the regions in the country. Ingredients create identity and distinction in regional cuisines that feature special elements that are unique and exclusive to the region such as vegetables and spices. With the introduction of European cooking methods, Indian cuisine has evolved into sophistication. A characteristic of Indian cuisine for sure is “thrift” as a ravenous backpacker can fill up with a cheap street snack for 2 rupees or 20 for a seriously satiating lunch of muri- a dish in multiple regional variations that in its most fundamental sense is a puffed rice and potato dish with a sweet sauce of molasses and sugar, garnished and seasoned with cilantro. And should the traveller wishes to gain that knowledge, have a brain sandwich¸ which is not a delicacy in these parts really.

Indian cuisine, especially street food, is not a gloves-and-hairnet environment, but as food is made fresh and from scratch and cooked til crisp, hygiene becomes a trivial. Similarly, eating like cooking is without the use of basic cutlery.

Spices and yoghurt, which come fresh and pure in these parts, are basic to Indian food. Rice is the staple with a few pulses such as lentils, peas, and grams. Oils used for cooking also vary by region, but most commonly used for Indian curries is vegetable oil. Indian food can be quite intimidating and stingy to both the taste buds and nostrils of a traveller, and there is one perfect solution that comes in thousands of varieties, like the Indian gods: desserts. Mango is the “super food” or “super dessert” but, in general, Indian desserts have two categories: milk-based and flour-based. Milk based desserts include the famous Rasbari, Peda, Burfi etc.; whereas flour-based desserts are Lal Mohan, Malpuwa, Halwa, Ladoo etc.

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That’s So Raven Party Games

Posted on October 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

A, That’s So Raven party will be a great theme for any girl who watches the television show. You’ll want to add some interest to the party with a couple of fun party games too.

The first game can be a simple True or False Trivia Game about That’s So Raven. The website has lots of information you can use for questions. Think about questions geared towards stuff the party guests are likely to know, such as the name of the star who plays Raven, and what happened in so and so episode.

To make the game more interesting you can have the group separate into two teams and make them face each other. At the end of the group place two chairs (make them sturdy) and label one the true chair and one the false chair. You will act as the game host and ask the true/false questions of each pair of players who are facing each other. Do this one pair at a time. When you finish asking the question about That’s So Raven the pair must run towards the two chairs at the end of the group and sit in the one that correlates to the correct answer. Sometimes they both head for the same chair leading to a bit of a scramble. However that doesn’t mean that’s the right chair and the person who has to sit in the other chair may just end up getting the point for the right answer! After you tally points the two players head to the end of their group’s lines and the next two players move forward.

The next game is just a fun word game called, “Traveler’s Alphabet’ to test the noodles of your guests at this That’s So Raven party. Have the players sit in a circle. Each player will take turns asking the person to their left two questions, ‘Where are you going?’ and ‘What will you do when you get there?’ The first person to be asked these questions must reply to each with only words that begin with the letter A. If they succeed in doing this without tripping up or taking more than ten seconds they get to ask the next person to their left the same two questions, to which this person must reply with only words that begin with the letter ‘B’ and so on. For example, “Where are you going?’, ‘Barbados’, “What will you do when you get there?” ‘Baffle Barbadian Boys.”

If you trip up you are out of the game and the circle gets smaller, this lasts until only one person is left the winner. Give them a prize that fits the That’s So Raven theme.

Hiking The Bartram Trail

Posted on October 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

Stretching from the Georgia-North Carolina southwest border, Bartram Trail is a National Recreation Trail. This is the famous route that explorer William Bartram took in the 18th century from North Carolina to Louisiana. Several landmarks along the Bartram Trail are poorly maintained and directional routes are left unmarked. The early inhabitants of this area are the Cherokee as accounted by John Bartram, the father of William who was appointed by King George III as Botanist Royal.

John usually takes William on these trips to explore the southeast region which influenced him to take this trail as he grew up. So when William Bartram turned 35, he took the first journey of this trail in 1771 where the traverse ran from Georgia to Augusta and the Savannah River.

The Augusta section of the trail had been destroyed by human settlements and some structural developments. Nevertheless, the Tallulah Ranger District is still well maintained. The trail begins at the border and then goes past Georgia’s second highest peak which is the Rabun Bald. At the North Carolina border’s south end, the Bartram Trail intersects with Hale Ridge Road which runs from the southwest and then past Raven Knob. There are numerous uphill and downhill paths that lead further to approximately 3 miles along the trail where you can expect a gradual ascent to the Rabun Bald.

As you climb up to Rabun Bald, the path becomes rocky until it reaches a viewing deck where it offers a 360-dgree panoramic view of the whole area. This trek can just be a day’s hike for most experienced hikers. From this point you can pace downhill and then ascend to Flat Top where you can view the beauty of Wilson Knob. Moving further south on this trail, you will reach Raven’s Knob where a couple of waterfalls are nestled. Situated in this area are Martin’s Creek and Warwoman Dell’s Becky Branch Falls. Nearby an old rail grade is still visible which is bound up towards the mountain.

From Warwoman Dell, alternate access points make an intersection here. Marking the end of this section is Dick’s Creek Falls wherein it merges with the Chattooga River Trail. Making a crossing prior to returning parallel to Chattooga, the trail moves away from the river. Yet you may also stay and do some outdoor activities at the river where kayaking serves as an attraction in the area. The west area of the river where a bridge crosses over it also completes this section of the Appalachian Trail.

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