All posts by ExplorerRay

I am a 34 year old male, enjoying world travel. I tell about my travel and experiences here.

Ecosystems, and my meet with wolfs i Canada

I have always been fascinated with wolf’s , and nature in general. (I guess that is why I have tattooed wolf, bear and other predators on my back…), and after three weeks in the nature of Canada I am truly facinated . One of the stories that I wanted to share  is a visit to a wolf sanctuary in Golden in British Colombia.  A very nice place, and I met amongst other this big Alfa.

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And this big beautiful female.

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They where rescued , and lived there live in the park raising awareness about wolf, and the need for preservation.  They also was used in some movies , and they featured in a movie about what happened in Yellowstone, when they reintroduced wolf’s there. If you have not seen the move, I highly recommend it. You find it here.

 

-Ray

 

 

 

 

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Vancouver , a first meet

I have now spent a day in Vancouver, and what an impression. The town is lovely, but the people even more so. From my hostess at my AirBNB housing, to the staff and people I have encountered on my way thru town, trying to find what I need for my camping trip that starts in a couple of days. When it comes to servicemindness , I find them second to none, I am very impressed.

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This is close by where I live , a beautiful higway , where nature have been adjusted nicely.

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This is from downtow, old and new put nicely together.

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Here you see the waterfront , a large shipping and container docks right in the city centre. Not even such an operation is of bother for the view or the feel of the city.

they also make room for some art, just look at this statue from outside one of the terminal buildings.

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A just brilliant first impression.

 

— Ray

 

 

 

Orcas up close and personal

I have been fortunate enough that the town where I live have had a visit of a small pack of Orcas (Killer whales) for 5 days now, and as a nature lover, it is a fantastic feeling to watch these creatures up close and personal. I was out last night, and here are some of the pack doing there thing.

 

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They are very playfull…

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And they liked showing of a bit….

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Amazing creatures…. And I wonder how long they will stay before they move to there next location…

 

-Ray

Hustle and bustle on the Transsibirian Railway

One of the more fascinating things about the transmongolian railway is all the activity on the small railway stations along the route. Here is all business, and you can get the supply you need for your onwards travel. For example fresh fish supplied by the locals. A lovely piece of Russian rural culture.

-Ray

Education of talented children in North Korea

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When I went to North Korea this summer, I was invited to a school for talented children in the country.  This was of course a part of the official program, and our guides was quite excited showing this I guess elementary and high school combined into one.

The outside of the building was quite impressive with typical North Korean statues, but not with soldiers / farmers / workers like anywhere else. There where children riding some kind of mythical creatures.  As you can see, playful and happy children dressed both the astronaut, the musician and the soldier amongst others is present in the buggy.

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Our guides had a special guide , that of course where a child attending the school. She is leading us around the impressive building while telling us about all that is happening here. Notice the white and blue uniform that she is wearing.  The red wall in the back is a typical North Korean signature in the first part of important structure signaling some sort of salutation from one of the leaders visiting the place, as you can see from the image. One visit of significance took place 15.the april 1989.

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In different rooms there where activity all around.

First stop where ballet lessons. Hard to guess age, but I would suggest 5-7 years old.

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Next of where som different music classes. We had several different instruments they where teaching, but the accordion seem to be a favourite. (never been one of mine… but that is another thing…)

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In such a vast complex there would also be sports that are being thought. Volleyball seems to be in high regard.They seem to be already at a high level regardless of their age.

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The sciences also had their place in the school. This was a computer class. The leaders where ever-present.

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And I love it when a good plan comes together. After being shown around in the massive complex, we had to attend a show of the talented youth. It was directed by a young girl.

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North Korea calls themself “The land of the rising calm”, so when the presentation was over. The sun was setting appropriately in the background. As you can see from the images, people seemed impressed with the performance.

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Travelling to Japan? Here’s What You Need to Know About Etiquette

This is a collaborative post written by Jordan Greene.

Owing to their isolation from the world until the past few centuries, Japan has developed a very different culture to most other nations. Here’s a guide on how to avoid making a social faux pas when in the land of the rising sun.

Don’t worry about a tip

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Waiter (photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebr/)

Ah, the age-old debate of how much to tip a waiter. Is 10 or 15% the right amount? Whatever the case, it’s not a quandary you need concern yourself with in Japan.

It’s not ‘rude’ to tip, but it’s practically unheard of and will likely result in “the restaurant staff chasing you down in order to give back any money left behind.”

A simple “thank you” (gochiosama deshita) is enough to appease your waiting staff after a delicious meal, so don’t bother flashing the Yen.

Take your shoes off inside

Cleanliness is next to godliness – which is something the Japanese preach in abundance. Special “Genkan” areas are set up between the doorway and the man body of the house to give visitors the chance to remove their shoes before heading inside.

Once in the Genkan it’s not appropriate to touch the surface you walked in on with your un-shoed foot, and it’s also polite to point your shoes towards the door after you’ve removed them.

Refiling your glass

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Drinks (photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dw/)

It might be second nature to most people, but in Japan it’s actually bad luck and bad manners to reach over and refill a glass you’re drinking from if you’re with company.

Thankfully, owing to this being intricately linked in the Japanese psyche, people notice when someone is without a drink very quickly and will be prompt to top it up for you.

Luckily this just applies to drinking in public or with another person and not when you’re on your own (otherwise life could be very hard).

Blowing your nose

This is probably one of the more commonly-known social errors Westerners carry out in Japan, but we thought we’d cover it anyway.

The Japanese aren’t too keen on the noise it makes, or the fact you’re blasting germs through the air.

Sometimes clearing your nasal passage just has to be done, however – so here’s a guide on how to do it properly without causing outrage amongst the locals.

Talking on the phone on a train

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Train (photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dakiny/)

Quite frankly I wish this was a little more hammered-home here too. The Japanese have it right when they look down on people chatting away inside the confines of a train carriage.

Nobody wants or needs to hear your personal conversation – and not only that, but just one half of it. Chatting loudly and reacting to a person nobody else can here is just unnerving.

If you get caught doing this on a train or bus in Japan you’re likely to be shot several dark looks for good measure.

If you’re planning a trip to Japan at some point, make sure you avoid making these errors in etiquette. While they might seem trivial to you, they could have a huge impact on how you’re perceived by the locals.

Sources:

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/travel-tips-and-articles/77764

https://www.1cover.com.au/secret-traveller/offending-people-overseas/

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2040.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Blow-Your-Nose-in-Japan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_Yo8KDV_sE

http://www.fodors.com/news/customs-and-eti-3-3990