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Fraser River, Port Mann Bridge, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada,

World Rivers Day: an RTW selection

Every year, the last Sunday in September is World Rivers Day. The University of Oxford’s Dictionaries defines ‘river‘ as:

“a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another river.”

A river has always been water supply and demand: daily use and consumption; farming and agriculture; and where the waste goes, often back into the same supply. A river has always been about transport: trade and delivery of goods; shuttling people between places; and with people travelling, the exchange of language and culture. Throughout history, the establishment of towns and cities and the subsequent development of rivers have been about a mix of urban and rural elements, and about the relationship and interactions between people and their waterways.

Here are my views of these rivers, above and from the ground, near and far, from around the world (RTW). Asterisks indicate the presence of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  1. Alster, in Hamburg, Germany
  2. Boate, in Rapallo, Italy
  3. Cam, in Cambridge, England
  4. Capilano, in North Vancouver, BC, Canada
  5. Courtenay, in Courtenay, BC, Canada
  6. Danube, in Regensburg*, Germany
  7. Elbe, in Magdeburg, Germany
  8. Elqui, between La Serena and Vicuña, Chile
  9. Fox, at Fox Glacier*, New Zealand
  10. Fraser, in Richmond, BC, Canada
  11. Gera, in Erfurt*, Germany
  12. Guadalquivir, in Seville, Spain
  13. Havel, in Potsdam, Germany
  14. Iguazu*, at the Argentina-Brazil border
  15. Inn, in Passau, Germany
  16. Isar, in Munich, Germany
  17. Loisach, from Zugspitze, Germany
  18. Main, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  19. Mapocho, in Santiago, Chile
  20. Neckar, in Heidelberg, Germany
  21. Neisse, at the Germany-Poland border
  22. Parramatta, in Sydney, Australia
  23. Potomac, in Washington, DC, USA
  24. Rhine, stretch* between Mainz and Koblenz, Germany
  25. Río de la Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  26. Sâone, in Lyon*, France
  27. Singapore, in Singapore
  28. Spree, in Berlin, Germany
  29. Tasman, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  30. Thames, in London, England
  31. Tiền, near Mỹ Tho, Vietnam
  32. Trave, in Lübeck*, Germany
  33. Vltava, in Prague*, Czech Republic
  34. Waiho, at Franz Josef Glacier*, New Zealand
  35. Waimakariri, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  36. Yarra, in Melbourne, Australia

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Fotoeins Friday: New Zealand, new day, new year

UNESCO World Heritage logo, Wikimedia CC3 license

Plugging 20 UNESCO Heritage Sites Around the World

Since 1995, I’ve been fortunate to experience significant travel: first as green graduate student on my first (of many) trips to Chile; followed by the opportunity to live and work in 3 countries on 3 continents inside a span of 10 years. I didn’t give much thought about their relative importance at the time, but I’m lucky to have visited a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS).

I’ve written about 5 UNESCO sites in Germany and there’s more to come. Meanwhile, here below are a list and short descriptions of 20 additional UNESCO WHS from around the globe:

  1. Australia: Blue Mountains (Katoomba)
  2. Australia: Fremantle Prison
  3. Australia: Sydney Opera House
  4. Argentina: Iguazú Falls, Iguazú National Park
  5. Brazil: Iguaçu Falls, Iguaçu National Park
  6. Brazil: Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves (Curitiba)
  7. China: Historic Centre of Macao
  8. Czech Republic: Historic Centre of Prague
  9. Czech Republic: Kutná Hora
  10. Denmark: Kronborg Castle (Helsingør)
  11. France: Historic Site of Lyons
  12. Italy: Cinque Terre
  13. México: Historic Centre of México City
  14. México: San Miguel de Allende
  15. New Zealand: Te Wāhipounamu (South Island)
  16. Spain: Alhambra, Generalife, & Albayzín (Granada)
  17. Spain: Cathedral, Alcázar & Archivo de Indias in Seville
  18. Sweden: Skogskyrkogården (Stockholm)
  19. United Kingdom: Old & New Towns of Edinburgh (Scotland)
  20. USA: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Big Island)

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New Zealand, true-colour image from NASA Terra satellite, December 2002.

New Zealand’s Māori anthems: Pokarekare Ana, E Ihowa Atua

New Zealand is located in a part of our planet that’s about as far as one can go. The country provides easy inspiration with her striking scenery and friendly people. Memories remain sharp and fresh after multiple visits to Wellington and Auckland, as well as a solid three weeks on the South Island.

I’m in love with her. The longer I’m in country, the more the land reveals deeper insights about her culture and language. New Zealand has three official languages: English, Māori, and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Bringing me back to this land are two songs in Māori, “Pokarekare Ana” and “E Ihowa Atua”, which are, respectively, the unofficial and official national anthems. An appropriate choice of music evokes a grand sense of longing that’s especially true standing among majestic snow-covered peaks on an island nation deep in the Southern Ocean.

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Fotoeins’ 13 Instants from 2013

It’s been an interesting year, as “interesting” came complete with their own highs and lows, across a variety of nations on three continents. Friends would say that’s simply par for the course to describe any length of time on travel. I ended my year-long around-the-world (RTW) trip in January, sought a new path in Sydney, Australia between March and June, and returned to Vancouver, Canada with a short stop in Europe for a writing course at the end of July. The following 13 moments in 2013 arrive courtesy from Berlin, Germany; Sydney, Australia; Vancouver, Canada; and Wellington, New Zealand.

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