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Ethiopia travel – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder’.                       ”   The Earth is the insane asylum for the universe”

No prizes for guessing the destination of the photo today……easy one.    With sometimes very slow local transport, then air is the easy way to travel around Ethiopia.    Ethiopia was the birthplace of coffee, and now it is the arabica coffees that are the most important crops for many farmers.   Due to the big differences in climate and altitude in Ethiopia, coffee is grown in 4 different zones.   Coffee is the most important export for Ethiopia, and the coffee industry is a major employer.   Often visitors to a home are welcomed with a traditional coffee ceremony, where the beans are roasted in a large wok-like pan before making the good, fresh coffee.   Most of the coffee beans in commercial production are dried in the sun for 3 to 4 weeks, which is said to give a much better taste over machine dried beans.   Ethiopian coffees also have less caffeine in them, as lightly roasted coffees contain less caffeine than dark-roasted ones.   The coffee tree is actually related to the cherry tree.    Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world (oil is first).     So a combination of great scenery, good coffee and interesting culture, make Ethiopia a great place to visit.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 26th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” The road to success is continually under construction”

“Life is like a camera, just focus on what is important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things do not work out, then just take another shot”.

Another portrait photo here, taken in Ethiopia in the town of Gonder.   Good light and a simple background makes this photo stand out.  Interestingly, the Ethiopian caldendar has 13 months, with the New Year starting on 11th September.  There are over 80 different ethnic groups there, with around 200 dialects.  It is also known as the Cradle of Mankind, with human fossils going back 3.5 million years being found there.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 12th March 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” Why are they called apartments when they are all joined together?”

“Experience is a wonderful thing, it allows you to recognize a mistake when you make it again”.

The cockpit of one of the 5 Lockheed C130 Hercules aircraft belonging to the Royal New Zealand Air Force is the photo today.  These aircraft were first delivered in 1965, but are now being refurbished to keep them in service until about 2020.  Although originally a 1950s design, it is still in service with many armed forces around the world.  Over 2300 have been built.  It still holds the record for the largest aircraft to land on an aicraft carrier (1963).  The maximum speed is 592 km/h, and when fully loaded, uses about 1100m of runway to take off.

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Photo of the day Sunday 17th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” To admit that you were wrong is to declare that you are wiser now than you were before.”

Today’s photo was taken in a small village in Ethiopia.  Despite looking old, the photo was taken in 2011, life has not changed much in parts of Ethiopia for centuries.  Ethiopia is the only country in the world with 13 months.  It is also the only African country with its own alphabet.  It is said to be the place where coffee was discovered, by a shepherd.  The word ‘coffee’ may have come from the area of Southern Ethiopia called Kaffaa

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 8th January 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..”  The desire to succeed means nothing without the will to prepare”

I could almost give the photo today a title…”I am not sure’  as it looks like the child has to do some thinking about something.  Taken in a small village in Ethiopia, it is a timeless image.  Her expression, clothes and the light for the photo are all just right.   Now it is the start of 2013, but the Ethiopian calendar has 13 months, each with 30 days except for the last month (which has 5 or 6 days).   The New Year starts on September 11th, and the Ethiopian calendar is about 8 years behind the ‘regular’ calendar.  Ethiopia is also the only African country with its own alphabet.  It also has an unusual way of telling the time, with 0600 being the start, so 0900 becomes 3 o’clock in the Ethiopian system.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 29th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” An apple a day will keep ANYONE away if thrown hard enough”.

” If you want to fly then you have to let go of the things that hold you down”.

Amazing what you can find on the internet.   Apparently there is one man who visited the moon, and who stayed there.   In 1999, following his death in a car accident, the ashes of Dr. Eugene Merle Shoemaker, a planetary geologist who discovered comets and asteroids, were left at the south pole of the moon by an ‘unmanned’ space mission, so he became the only person to have stayed on the moon!!

Also more trivia from the internet….did you know that there is a species of ant and also a species of spider named after Harrison Ford, the actor?  And did you know that 7-Up once contained Lithium?  Originally called “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda” it was marketed as a hangover cure, before the name was shorted to 7-Up.  Lithium was removed from the drink in 1950 though.

Into Rwanda for the photo today, and to the town of Gisenyi, where the water delivery is arriving.  Rwanda is mountainous and hilly (the highest is 4507m), with coffee and tea being the main export crops.  The population is abour 11.5 million people, and is apparently the most densely populated country in Africa.

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Photo of the Day Wednesday 26th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” The desire to succeed means nothing without the will to prepare”.

” Life does not get easier, you just get stronger”

A photo of a Hindu temple in Nadi, Fiji today, the colorful Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple. About 38% of the population of Fiji are Indo-Fijians, with around 30% of the total population being Hinki.   Fiji has about 333 islands, although only about 106 of them are inhabited.  Fiji became independent from Britain in 1970, although there are still many traces of Britain left behind, such as on the money or national flag.  On New Year’s Eve, many Fijian village women play a game called veicaqe moli (loosely translated as “kick the orange”), in which the winning team is required to present a gift of new clothes to the losing team.

When people suck the life out of you, wouldn’t it be nice if they took some fat too??

Why is Monday so far away from Friday, and Friday so near to Monday??

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Photo of the day Wednesday 19th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” In this world people may throw stones in the path of your success, it depends on you ….. What you make from them …… a wall or a bridge.”

The photo today was taken in Helsinki, Finland and shows the Christmas market in front of the cathedral.  Christmas markets go back to the Middle Ages, and originated in Germany, although Wien in Austria had a December market as early as 1294.  Best thing in this market in Helsinki is the good, strong Finnish coffee.   Coffee is actually a fruit and is the second most traded commodity in the world (oil is the first).  Also interesting is that in 1475 a Turkish law was enacted that made it legal for a woman to divorce her husband if he failed to provide her with her daily quota of coffee.  Brazil accounts for almost 1/3 of the world’s coffee production, producing over 3-1/3 billion pounds of coffee each year.  Finland leads the world for coffee consumption per capita, with the annual intake of 12kg per person (Norway and Iceland are number 2/3).  Compare that to Argentina which only consumers 1kg/capita.  And for tea, United Arab Emirates leads the world, with 6.24kg/capita.

But the coffee in Finland is good !!

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Photo of the Day Monday 25th June 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel.

Thought for the Day….”Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet? ”

Timing is so important in photography and if you get it right then it is much easier to get a good photo.    Here is another photo to show that the timing makes a big difference.    The photo was taken at the harbourside in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, during a car and motorcycle rally.   Good lighting here and a relaxed and happy subject.  Interestingly, Finland is top of the list for coffee consumption per capita,  with the Finns drinking an average of 12kg of coffee a year.  Not a place to be in winter, where the record low recorded in Helsinki was -34 degrees C.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norejfell.   I do not miss the managers there at all.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 24 May

A black & white photo today for a change.  Every two years in Wanaka there is a big airshow, with stars like this WW2 Spitfire.   Such a great, classic aircraft, and it always turns heads.   The sound of the Merlin engine is another thing that turns heads too.