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(photo taken by Ionut Bogdan, Projects Abroad partner photographer)
“Romania and nature are synonyms” was my first thought about this country. Before coming here, in Brasov, I did the journalism project in China, specifically, in Shanghai. You can imagine the difference.
In the car, during the way from the airport to Brasov, I was wide awake to admire the nature that was everywhere
Even when we passed through a village or a town, nature was present. In Romania, buildings are not huge, so it looks really respectful. I have the impression that Romanians live in communion with nature.
From August the 15th to October the 14th, I went in India (also for the journalism project). I was so shocked to see the behaviour of the Indians with nature. When they open something, they throw the packaging on the ground. Near my host house, there was like a small field. All the people from the neighbourhood were used to throw their rubbish there! I found India so dirty, but I do not have the same feeling here.
During my first week in Brasov, I took the cable cart to go on the top of Tampa Mountain and see the entire city from above. In the way of the ascent, I saw a doe jumping in the forest. I was very surprised. The mountains and the forest are so close to the city and even then, animals live like if there were no humans near them! For me, it is a proof that Romanian people are so respectful than even next to the city, nature grows and lives normally.
In the same time with the nature, I noticed the beautiful architecture. I like all kinds of the medieval one. And here in Romania, those styles are everywhere. I had not noticed only that. Some houses are built in another style, but they all have a soul. When I see the new constructions in ...
The day has arrived!!! In 10 hr I will be on the plane to Kathmandu!!! Soooooo excited but nervous at the same time. Bags packed and checked 3 times - I think I got everything ;-) I don't know what to expect but hoping this will be the adventure of my life.
"Children with disabilities have the power to show that the barriers which they have to overcome are not as big as the barriers society puts in their way" Katarína Turčeková, Mother of a child with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Slovakia
The World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day is significant as it reminds the public and policy makers that Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus are a reality and that is imperative to increase awareness about them and improve the lives of people living with these impairments.
With this purpose, Mongolian Spina Bifida Foundation and Projects Abroad Mongolia have organized the International Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus day in Mongolia very first time in 24th of October. A flash mob (appealing usage of folic acid) and a dream outreach to raise awareness and understanding about Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus were held successfully in that day. It was also a means to advocate and promote the rights of persons with these impairments.
Students from the school 13, one of our teaching placements, involved in the Flash Mob by dancing and singing together with the children with Spina Bifida to appeal usage of folic acid for protection from spina bifida and to raise awareness and understanding about this impairment. A Parkour performance by teenagers from different schools in UB and the dance (Flash Mob) at the Beatles statue was broadcasted on live via 2 different TV stations nationwide and representatives of the Spina Bifida Foundation, Projects Abroad Mongolia and children with spina bifida were interviewed to give information by the TV reporters.
The dream outreach, the second part of the event, was held at the 976 Art Gallery to make children happy and raise their voice to the ...
Photo by llee_wu
Pingyao is a Chinese city and county in central S hanxi province. It lies about 715km from Beijing and 80km from the provincial capital, Taiyuan. During the Qing Dynasty, Pingyao was a financial centre of China. It is now renowned for its well-preserved ancient city wall, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pingyao still retains its city layout from the Ming and Qing dynasties, conforming to a typical bagua pattern. More than 300 sites in or near the city have ancient ruins. Preserved Ming- and Qing-style residences number close to 4,000. The streets and storefronts still largely retain their historical appearance. In the Spring and Autumn Period, the county belonged to the kingdom of Jin. It was part of the kingdom of Zhao in the Warring States Period. In the Qin Dynasty, it was known as Pingtao. During the Han Dynasty, it was known as Zhongdu county. In 1986, the People's Republic of China designated Pingyao as one of the Chinese Historic and Cultural Cities. It became a World Heritage Site in 1997, included also the outlying Zhenguo Temple and Shuanglin Temple.
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The city walls of Pingyao were constructed in the 3rd year of the Hongwu Emperor (1370). The walls have six barbican gates. The north and south sides have one gate each. The east and west sides have two gates each. This pattern is similar to that of a turtle (the head, tail, and four legs), earning Pingyao the moniker "Turtle City." The walls measure about 12 meters high, with a perimeter of 6,000 meters. A 4 meter wide, 4 meter deep moat ...
On 15th November at night we arrived to Trichy by bus. When we got off the bus some auto drivers surrounded us. We had already been used to it. We passed them and tried to go to an hotel by ourselves. There are lots of people who were sitting in the street, eating street food, or talking with friends although it was midnight. We lost our way to the hotel and we asked some people the direction to the hotel. Everyone pointed different places and made us confused.
We gave up and took rickshaw then it started to run to the direction no one pointed. When we woke up, it was rainy. It was the first time to see rain in the morning since I came to India. It was going worse and the road was like swimming pool when we finished breakfast. At 11:30 we started our trip in Trichy. The car which was big bud narrow for 8 people brought us to Ranganathar Temple. In the front of the entrance, there was such a big and deep puddle that we couldn’t enter without putting our feet in the puddle. When I looked up, a gate that was of such beauty and impressiveness was standing. Many people ran to under the gate not to catch heavy shower. Many pilgrims visited to the temple though it was heavy rains, which surprised me and noticed me how devout they were. Each family was sitting down next to each pillar with making flower ornament, sleeping or, probably most of them, doing nothing. I was really wondering what makes such a many Indian people devout. Nowadays Japanese temple was changed to the temple for tourism.
A few Japanese still go there to pray but not only foreign people but also Japanese people visit temple as sightseeing. Then when we were freezing in the car to go to Ucchi Pillayar Temple, unbelievable view came to my sight. Many Indian people were driving motorbike with their ...