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250 million people – and more to come……

Thought for the day…” Tough times never last, but tough people do”.

I have been reading about the plans for the expansion of the second airport in Dubai, called Dubai World Centre.    Costing some USD 32 BILLION, the airport hopes to handle some 250 MILLION passengers a year, including up to 50 A380 aircraft at once. That cost, USD 32 billion is equivalent to about 3 times the total government debt of Bolivia  Each of the terminals will be 2.8 km/1.7 miles long and will have 100 gates (so a total of 400 gates).   If you have transitted the current Dubai (DXB) airport then you will know what a huge affair that airport is, but now with a second airport (Dubai World Centre) under way, huge takes on a new meaning.   But what sort of travel ‘experience’ will that offer if you are one of just 250 MILLION passengers using the airport?   I can imagine the queues, the wait for baggage and the sheer amount of walking that will be involved.

A smiling local in Samoa prepares fish for the photo today…..

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and another photo from the archives..an Ethiopian woman….

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Deep thought in the market – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” A goal is a dream with a deadline”.

” Whether you think you can, or you think that you cannot, you are right”.

Another photo from the market in Apia, Samoa for the picture today, but this time from the taro section.  Taro is a starchy root vegetable, popular in South East Asia and the Pacific Islands.  It is one of the few crops which can be grown in flooded conditions, and thrives in damp or wet soils.  Interestingly, it is inedible when raw and has to be cooked or soaked in water overnight before being eaten.  The leaves are also used in cooking, as well as the main part of the plant.    Fantastic even light for this photo, and an easy shot for the camera.

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And one from the archives…..a Swiss chalet in Kandersteg….

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Smiling Samoa – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” The man who asks a question is a fool for only a minute.  The man who does not ask a question is a fool forever.”

“If you want to feel rich then just count all the things that you have that money cannot buy.”

Smiling Samoa for the photo today and a woman from the Samoan capital, Apia.  Great light for this photo, and despite being taken by a cheap Panasonic camera, the results were impressive.   Great place for a holiday, with wonderful sandy beaches, lots of local culture and some interesting Pacific Island scenery, including active volcanoes.  The people from Samoa (of which there are around 190 000) are known as happy people.  Until 1962, it was under the control of New Zealand.  It is made up of 7 main islands, and, interestingly, recently changed sides on the International Dateline so that it is now on the same day as Australia and New Zealand.LOW-RES-Samoan-woman and a photo from the archives…..summer reflections in Norway. Web-version-panorama ALL PHOTOS ON THIS SITE ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. http://www.qualitysparesort.com                          www.qualityresortnorefjell.com                   http://www.norefjellspa.com


Not even standing room – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” If communication is the key, then why not open the door?”.

”  If you can never manage to be happy where you are at, you will never be happy wherever you go’.

A crowded colourful local bus in Apia, capital of Samoa for the photo today.   Samoa is made up of 7 main islands, and its residents (which number around 200 000) are known as ‘the happy people’.  It became independent from New Zealand (2900km away from Samoa)  in 1962, although still maintains strong ties.    Often hot and humid, it experiences frequent typhoons and earthquakes.   Buses leave when VERY full, and then stop anywhere.   And if you want to bring a large bag, then good luck !!

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Boy & Wall – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”  Do not wait for the right moment, make the moment right”.

” A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance”

Did you see the story in the USA (Hawaii) that a woman has won the right to have her full name on her driving license?   Normally it is not a problem, but here family name is ” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele”   which was too long for the government computer systems.   They are now going to reprogram their road licensing computers so that she can have the full 36 letters of her name on her ID.   Also from the USA is the story about the computer problems at United Airlines which resulted in free tickets being given away, when the prices came up as USD 0.    The company temporarily shut down their online booking system when it discovered the errors.   And there was a similar story with United Airlines back in 2012, when some travellers found that they could buy First Class return tickets from New York to Hong Kong for USD 43 and 4 air miles.   Never seems to happen when I want to book a ticket.   When I book a ticket now, there seems to be far too many EXTRA charges.  Some carriers are even charging for carry-on baggage now.    And Samoa Air became the first airline in the world to introduce ‘pay for your weight’, where the price of your air ticket depends on how much you weigh.

And for the photo today, another portrait shot, this time of a boy in rural Nicaragua.  Good lighting and a natural pose make this a lovely photo.   Again, it shows that you just have to have the camera ready to capture the right moment.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 13th August 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” ” When dreaming of the future, don’t let the present slip by.”

Down to the South Pacific for the photo, and to Samoa, which became independant from New Zealand in 1962.  New Zealand had taken over the islands (there are 7 main islands) from Germany in 1914.  About 195 000 people live in the islands, with Apia being the capital.  The main exports are coconuts, cocoa beans and bananas, but with tourism now becoming more important.   Robert Louis Stevenson is buried there.   The photo was taken in the bus station in Apia, and shows a typically crowded local bus.   Buses are slow and often overfull, but are colourful!!

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