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15
August
2012

Explorations in a Remote World

The Island of Pascua was initially discovered by natives of the Marquesas and was theirs alone until a Dutchman happened to come across the island in 1722. The original people were Polynesians and they developed a society that believed that the spirits of ancestors could be stored in stone carvings fulfilling a dual purpose of protecting the ancestors remaining in the physical world and enhancing the spirits in the other world. These statues carved from soft volcanic rock from an inland quarry, bore the images of the departed, were larger than life and were called Moais by the people who carved them. In turn they called themselves Rapanui which was also their name for the land. Isla de Pascua translates to Easter Island based on the day of its discovery by Europeans.


03
August
2012

A Farm in Africa

“I had a farm in Africa”… With these words Karen Baroness Blixen starts her epic work “Out of Africa”. The picture that most often comes to mind when discussing East Africa is of the great game parks with their natural wild life and indeed it is the main reason for visiting the area. There is more to East Africa however and farming is another key element.



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