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Cultures Around the World

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This hive is to share information about your country or culture. Share the history, holidays, celebrations, food, or anything that makes you proud of the region in which you live. Whether it's a tale of days gone by, photos of special places, or something important to you that you want others to know about the lives of your people.
  1. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    Wandering The Shifting Sands Of The Namib, The World’s Oldest Desert.
    Wandering The Shifting Sands Of The Namib, The World’s Oldest Desert.It’s just on 5.00 am. As I leave the comfort of my hotel room in pitch darkness, a crescent moon hangs low, like a scimitar on the horizon, its light almost no match for the billions of stars that pepper an inky black Β sky. The only sound...


    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    03/07/2017 #28 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    This was very poetic Paul! you were truly awe struck by the magnificance of this desert.
    Ken Boddie
    03/07/2017 #27 Ken Boddie
    #23 Will do. Do you take your camel with one hump or two?
    Vincent Andrew
    03/07/2017 #26 Vincent Andrew
    A masterclass in travel writing @Paul Walters. Really enjoyed it!
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    03/07/2017 #25 Don 🐝 Kerr
    Love love love your stories my friend @paul Walters
    Paul Walters
    02/07/2017 #23 Paul Walters
    #14 @Ken Boddie Thanks so much. Please send camel
    Paul Walters
    02/07/2017 #22 Paul Walters
    #18 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich It took 80 million years to form this desert so I guess we have a little respite
    Paul Walters
    02/07/2017 #21 Paul Walters
    #19 @🐝 Fatima G. Williams thanks for stopping by . much appreciated
    Paul Walters
    02/07/2017 #20 Paul Walters
    #17 Many thanks Joyce
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    02/07/2017 #19 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    The acacia charcoal stumps that protruded from the barren soil almost look like Ghosts. The pictures are absolutely breath-taking I enjoyed the journey with you. The buzz is like your description of The Namib truly an amazing pieceπŸ€—πŸ‘πŸ
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    02/07/2017 #18 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Truly one of your most engrossing pieces, @Paul Walters. What a vicarious thrill to be so well-guided through such an inhospitable area of our world.

    Your description of how the Atlantic and its harsh, frigid waves and winds created this majesty of desolation, makes me pause and ask what is so special about this stretch of coast.... or might it be that with our ever increasing and evolving climate change pace, we might be seeing a sneak-preview of the barrenness waiting to come to fruition on similarly terrained coastlines around the world.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    02/07/2017 #17 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    "These prove to be no match for the air that, once we get going, swirls around us like freezing whirlwinds that whizz around the interior like demented dervish dancers, penetrating any area of the body not covered in suitably protective clothing."

    Evidence of pure magic. I feel like I just consumed my favorite Raspberry Truffle ice cream in a Waffle cone. Delicious. Thank you for this story.
    Paul Walters
    02/07/2017 #16 Paul Walters
    #15 Many thanks Jim. high praise indeed
    Jim 🐝 Cody
    02/07/2017 #15 Jim 🐝 Cody
    @Paul Walters As always your writing is direct and easy flowing and very descriptive. Your grasp on the details makes one want to read more of your writing. Thanks for the history lesson. I just shared on beBee and Twitter.
    Ken Boddie
    02/07/2017 #14 Ken Boddie
    One of your best descriptive posts, Pak Paul. I've never been to Namibia, but with a few sentences you transported me back over several decades and across thousands of kilometes
    to the massive dunes of Abu Dhabi's Empty Quarter. I remember how these dune landscapes can be a kaleidoscope of colour at dawn and dusk. Furthermore, they can be so savagely blindingly biting when the wind storms howl, but so deafeningly silent in the contrasting stillness. Pity there wasn't a spare camel to take you and your moon boot to the top.
    debasish majumder
    02/07/2017 #13 debasish majumder
    absolutely stunning post @Paul Walters! enjoyed read and shared shared. thank you very much for the share.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    02/07/2017 #12 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Amazing desert!
    This is great. I felt I was there on the trip. Beautiful. Thanks
    Gert Scholtz
    02/07/2017 #11 Gert Scholtz
    @Paul Walters This post is really something special to me Paul. Half my ancestry come from Namibia, and you have described the Namib desert magnificently in all its arid splendor. Thanks for a superb read!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    02/07/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    What an experience @Paul Walters. I had no idea sand dunes could be so high. I'm proud of you, you're not trying to push yourself beyond your limits with the boot. Pictures are breathtaking and I'm sure this trek was spectacular from what I read.
    Paul Walters
    02/07/2017 #8 Paul Walters
    #4 @Pascal Derrien many thanks , high praise indeed
  2. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    Best wishes to my spiritual homeland on its 150th birthday. Canada remains a beacon of goodwill and social conscience for the world to see and hopefully emulate. Phil Friedman


    siraj shaik
    03/07/2017 #16 siraj shaik
    #2 Gratitude for mentions and thanks much for such a wonderful share. Have a buzz week. 🍁
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    03/07/2017 #15 Don 🐝 Kerr
    Gerald Hecht
    02/07/2017 #14 Gerald Hecht
    The proof of the pudding will be in its taste...364 days from now; we are expecting great things!!
    Vincent Andrew
    02/07/2017 #13 Vincent Andrew
    Happy birthday Canada!
    Best wishes to all beBee friends from Canada.
    Milos Djukic
    02/07/2017 #12 Anonymous
    Best wishes from Serbia. Milos
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    01/07/2017 #11 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thank you, Phil!
    Phil Friedman
    01/07/2017 #10 Phil Friedman
    #5 For the record, Kevin, I lived and worked for some 15 years in Canada, am married to a Canadian, and my daughters are dual U.S./Canadian citizens. The years I spent in Canada were at a time when the U.S. was pursuing a reckless and futile course of military adventurism in southeast Asia that was not worth a single drop of U.S. blood, nor that of anyone else. And some of us went into voluntary self-exile in protest against the forces driving that folly. Despite the international political pressures at the time, Canada welcomed us exiles, and willingly gave us a place to live, work, and flourish. For that I will always be grateful and carry a deep and abiding affection for what I call my spiritual homeland.
    John White, MBA
    01/07/2017 #9 John White, MBA
    Those Canadians are not so bad, eh?
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    01/07/2017 #8 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Canadian bees are amazing. I only crossed a wasp among thousands of bees. Viva Canada ! Viva la vida !
    Gerald Hecht
    01/07/2017 #7 Gerald Hecht
    You are a selfless, compassionate being, it is an honor sailing with you!
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    01/07/2017 #6 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    I love Canada and the Canadians. I also appreciate this buzz and I add my voice to your @Phil Friedman
    Kevin Pashuk
    01/07/2017 #5 Kevin Pashuk
    Thanks for the best wishes. You are welcome on this side of the 49th anytime.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    01/07/2017 #4 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Thanks, Phil, and a Happy B-Day to the USA a few days early
    Donald 🐝 Grandy
    01/07/2017 #3 Donald 🐝 Grandy
    #2Thanks and to you as well !
    Phil Friedman
    01/07/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Greetings and good wishes to all my Canadian friends on this great day - @Jim Murray, @Don 🐝 Kerr, @Kevin Pashuk, @Nicole Chardenet, @Renée 🐝 Cormier, @Graham🐝 Edwards, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, @Robert Cormack and others. Cheers!
  3. David B. Grinberg
    Happy 150th Birthday to Canada and thanks to all the amazing Canadians bees who keep on buzzing, spreading honey and cross-channel pollinating -- like ambassadors @Jim Murray @Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA @CityVP 🐝 Manjit @Don 🐝 Kerr @Donald 🐝 Grandy...
    David B. Grinberg
    Say hello to Canada's two newest astronauts!
    www.theweathernetwork.com The Canadian Space Agency has announced our nation's two newest astronauts - Joshua Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey - who will soon join David St. Jacques and Jeremy Hansen as our future representatives in...


    Don 🐝 Kerr
    03/07/2017 #6 Don 🐝 Kerr
    And a happy fourth to you.
    Donald 🐝 Grandy
    02/07/2017 #5 Donald 🐝 Grandy
    Thanks David.
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    02/07/2017 #4 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    Thanks @David B. Grinberg you are my nxt webTV superstar ! Dont we look awesome for 150? Our motto here,mwe takee care of everyone! We have Honey, Maple syrup, Beers, and above all ...medicare for everyone.
  4. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    Gourmand Bankruptcy in Osaka
    Gourmand Bankruptcy in OsakaIt may be said that the Japanese love and have a healthy respect for good food, but the Osakans take things to a completely different level. Osaka's relatively outgoing and down-to-earth citizens, compared to Tokyo'sΒ colder and more reserved...


    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    30/06/2017 #31 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #30 haha!
    Ken Boddie
    30/06/2017 #30 Ken Boddie
    #29 You might say, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher .....
    His spat with that rat,
    Left him feeling quite flat,
    But that food coated rat,
    Made a treat for the cat. 🐱
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    30/06/2017 #29 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #25 haha, I have to admit, I don't think I've ever asked if my butt looks big. I think I have a bad habit of asking how a shirt looks on me or if my hair looks ok? So petty, eh? Even when I hear, it looks good, or you look fine... I get mad and say, "Just fine, are you avoiding my question because it doesn't look good?!" My husband, "I can't win." Am I proud that I react like that, no LOL. Not sure what I'd do if I was told my butt or other body parts look big? Ok, back to food!

    Actually, I think I lost my appetite after reading your comment to Dean about the binge drinker/eater. Throwing up on a large rat, good thing the guy was too drunk to be freaked out ;-)
    Ken Boddie
    29/06/2017 #28 Ken Boddie
    #22 Oh the joys of binge eating and binge drinking, Dean-san. Reminds me of the drunk who over-indulged in an unfamiliar restaurant and had to rush to the rest room with the intention of paying penance in front of the porcelain goddess. Well he turned right instead of left and ended up in the alley. But his stomach, by this time, had its own schedule, and he involuntarily threw up all over a large rat. Looking down at the results of his technicolour yawn, he scratched his head and was eventually heard to say, "Funny, I don't remember eating that?" 🀒
    Ken Boddie
    29/06/2017 #27 Ken Boddie
    #24 Now therein lies the problem, Joyce. What to choose?
    Ken Boddie
    29/06/2017 #26 Ken Boddie
    #23 Can I assume, then, Flavio, that you are, consequently, close to financial ruin? πŸ˜‚
    Ken Boddie
    29/06/2017 #25 Ken Boddie
    #21 Three things I've learned from bitter experience, Lisa:
    - Never guess a lady's age - I'm always wrong;
    - Never comment on a lady's weight - I like my head just where it is, thank you; and, most of all
    - When asked "Does my bum look big in this?" the answer is always "No, you look great!"
    Recent studies reportedly indicate that women who ask about how their derriere looks live longer than men who give the wrong answer. πŸ™
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    29/06/2017 #24 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Hunger strikes me as I read this buzz. I find myself rubbing my eyes in wonder, wishing I could peruse those streets with you. But wait! I have! You have taken me there through your travels. Now--Let's eat!!
    Flavio πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Souza 🐝
    29/06/2017 #23 Flavio πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Souza 🐝
    Nice article, I love Osaka (lived there for 4 months) @Ken Boddie
    Dean Owen
    29/06/2017 #22 Dean Owen
    That is so cool! I learn something new everyday. In this case I learned that the caramel candy I basically grew up on was named after a rather ominous substance called glycogen! Underneath the large cow the sign reads Hormone which is a Japanese foreign word they use to mean innards such as offal and intestines. I love Okonomiyaki, and suspect you were given a choice of either that or Monjayaki. Similar dishes famous in Osaka, but you chose wisely as the latter very much resembles what comes out of your mouth after a night of binging.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    29/06/2017 #21 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #20 In my case, loss!! I never gained weight until I hit midlife and I swear something blowing in the wind did it overnight. ;-) I'm cool w/my age, but not the extra lbs.
    Ken Boddie
    28/06/2017 #20 Ken Boddie
    #19 Ha Ha. No pain, no gain ..... or should it be loss? 🀣
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/06/2017 #19 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #15 I think I was asking myself that question "Does my bum look big in this," after our road trip to Colorado ha ha. I wish there was a laughter icon, your poem was great and made me chuckle @Ken Boddie View more
    #15 I think I was asking myself that question "Does my bum look big in this," after our road trip to Colorado ha ha. I wish there was a laughter icon, your poem was great and made me chuckle @Ken Boddie. Put me in a district where there is an abundance of great foods to choose from and forget it, that's my weakness which I need to CHANGE!! We just purchased an incumbent bike for various reasons. So, I now have almost an entire gym in my bedroom with no excuses, well except.. ouch- this is painful! Close
    Ken Boddie
    27/06/2017 #17 Ken Boddie
    #16 Not to mention the beautiful food, DLE. Thanks for stopping by. Care to join us for lunch?
    Ken Boddie
    27/06/2017 #15 Ken Boddie
    #14 Well, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher.....
    Dotonbori's very good,
    If you really love your food,
    But if you'll take my advice,
    In this foodie's paradise,
    Count your cals and watch your spending,
    So much choice, it's never ending,
    If you eat until you drop,
    Munching, crunching cannot stop,
    You'll be asking with a hiss,
    "Does my bum look big in this?"
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/06/2017 #14 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    A foodie's paradise it appears @Ken Boddie. The meal looked delicious and I enjoyed the photos with descriptions. Pamela tagged me so I could see your new "Author" photo, love it, what was the inspiration? Your wife looks so happy and she's cute Ken! I'm glad Pam tagged me because I love travel and foodie blogs.
    Ken Boddie
    26/06/2017 #13 Ken Boddie
    #11 A peristaltic pump, Ian, might be the ideal bioengineering solution for continuous ingestion of miso soup? Although I'm not sure if this would cure or exaserbate the borborygmi. 😫
    Ken Boddie
    26/06/2017 #12 Ken Boddie
    #10 Ha ha, Vincent. Perhaps you could buy more time by telling her the best time to visit is in Spring, for the cherry blossom season. Should be long enough to organise a second mortgage? 🀣
    Ian Weinberg
    26/06/2017 #11 Ian Weinberg
    Thanks @Ken Boddie for sharing this Gastronomical Secretion and Peristaltic inspiration. I'm rendered a moist borborygmus!
    Vincent Andrew
    26/06/2017 #10 Vincent Andrew
    Now I'm really afraid to show this brilliant photo report of Osaka's Dotonbori Street to my good wife who is simply a seafood lover! Maybe there be some truth to kuidaore :)
  5. ProducerDominique 🐝 Petersen
    MUSICAL DECADES - 1960s - The British Invasion
    MUSICAL DECADES - 1960s - The British InvasionThe British Invasion was a phenomenon that occurred when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom, as well as other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United States and Canada, and significant to the rising...


    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    25/06/2017 #14 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #13 Lulu had a lovely voice. I'm glad you liked the post, @Pamela 🐝 Williams. Part 2 coming up in 3 weeks. And thanks for the share! ;o)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    25/06/2017 #13 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Petula Clark's "Downtown" was my teenage angst reliever. I can remember singing it a lot while doing chores, babysitting younger siblings, or just during episodes of teenage heartbreak. Loved your memory lane this morning Dominique! Other memories may come and go but music memories last forever! This one hit wonder by LuLu, another British artist; from one of my favorite old movies (which I found on DVD recently) "To Sir With Love";
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    25/06/2017 #12 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #9 I agree, @Martin Wright. That musical trip was, well, trippy!
    Interesting trivia.
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    25/06/2017 #11 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #10 Love your post, Javier. When we were teenagers listening to this music, we basically just thought of it as OUR music (even though me and my friends were in Canada!) So, I can't say whether British bands are better than American. I love both! ;o)
    And thanks for the share, @Javier 🐝 beBee
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    25/06/2017 #10 Javier 🐝 beBee
    I love great rock bands!

    Are British rock bands better? https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/are-british-rock-bands-better
    Martin Wright
    25/06/2017 #9 Martin Wright
    That little journey down memiry lane was fab and groovy.

    Snall fact, petula clarke had hit with a song written by Charlie Chaplin.
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    24/06/2017 #8 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    Thanks for the share, @Ivan Campos ! ;o)
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    24/06/2017 #6 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #5 Hmm, I may have to do one "by popular demand"! Okay, next time I do the 1960s, I'll continue with The British Invasion. ;o)
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    24/06/2017 #5 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Thank you for my Friday night entertainment. I loved The British Invasion and your buzz brings on great memories. I hope you do a Part II. Please tag me if you do.
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    24/06/2017 #4 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #3 You're absolutely right, @@Rob Bacal I've been keeping my "Musical Decades" posts to 6 songs. I will have to do "The British Invasion, Part 2" sometime. (Peter and Gordon are actually one of the 6 in this post.)
    Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    23/06/2017 #2 Dominique 🐝 Petersen
    #1 So glad you liked your stroll, @Paul Walters! ;o)
    Paul Walters
    23/06/2017 #1 Paul Walters
    @Dominique 🐝 Petersen Thanks a great walk down memory lane
  6. ProducerChris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    Roots.Changes.Journeys.Generations.And the Ties that Bind....
    Roots.Changes.Journeys.Generations.And the Ties that Bind.... Part 1 – East London to Abu Dhabi β€œWell I was born in a small town…” John Mellencamp β€œSmall Town” 1985 I really was born in a small place! A seventh generation South African from British ancestry, I was born in East London a small city on...


    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    26/06/2017 #37 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    Coming back from my awesome Abu Dhabi trip to read this lovely Bio is a treat. I must admit it's a great place and I wish I had made the move 10 years earlier. I love Dubai but must admit Abu Dhabi as something subtle about it. UAE has to much to offer we need to look in the right place. You've captured the essence of this place in your buzz Chris :)
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    26/06/2017 #34 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #32 Thanks Sara..part 2 is out today.Did tag you πŸ˜ƒ
    Sara Jacobovici
    26/06/2017 #33 Sara Jacobovici
    @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA writes: "Mostly I remember mixed feelings – excitement at a new start, fear of the unknown and a tremendous hollowness and sadness at leaving my family behind."
    Sara Jacobovici
    26/06/2017 #32 Sara Jacobovici
    I'm not surprised that a music lover (of great taste in music), such as yourself, would also be a great storyteller @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA. I came across a quote today before I read your post. Wonder if you think there is any connection? "A biography is like a handshake down the years, that can become an arm-wrestle." - Richard Holmes Looking forward to Part 2!
    Harley King
    26/06/2017 #31 Harley King
    Fascinating story. I can't wait for part 2.
    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    26/06/2017 #30 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    You are a good writer @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA - I look forward to reading the next instalment.
    Paul Walters
    25/06/2017 #29 Paul Walters
    @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA i aeait part two with great anticipation !! Thanks
    Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    25/06/2017 #28 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
    I absolutely love Abu Dhabi. I've been going to Abu Dhabi for over 10 years. I can't wait until another client engages me to organize and facilitate team building or an executive retreat there.
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    25/06/2017 #27 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #26 Thanks Lisa.Friday is the mandatory day off as that is the Muslim holy day like the Christian Sunday.Most industries also give Saturdays off although some sectors ,like construction, work a 6 day week.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    25/06/2017 #26 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    How interesting @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA. What a great experience you have received, or should I say life changing? That's cool about Elton John's band! So, does everyone work on Sundays? Does everyone have Saturday's off? The photos are beautiful. I've seen many promotional photos of the city and it looks futuristic. I would imagine there is a lot to see and do in Abu Dhabi. It sounds like you really have enjoyed the move! Looking forward to pt. 2.
    David 🐝 Martín Alonso
    25/06/2017 #24 David 🐝 Martín Alonso
    #23 @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA Thanks for recommendations, I already follow @Gert Scholtz Blog., and now your buzzes.
    Barcelona is one of my favorites in Spain, iΒ΄ve lived there and visited many times. Next time you plan to visit Spain, please consider visiting South, Sevilla, CΓ³rdoba, Granada, the muslim triangle, amazing experience.
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    25/06/2017 #23 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #22 Thanks for your kind comments @David 🐝 Martín Alonso and for the share. Cape Town is the real gem of SA and offers so much.We in turn have visited Barcelona on holiday and loved the experience.
    Please see the travel blogs of @Gert Scholtz for more on SA travel.
    David 🐝 Martín Alonso
    25/06/2017 #22 David 🐝 Martín Alonso
    I enjoyed your post, can't wait for part two. I have been in SA several times for duty, and really liked, I was in Cape Town for an off duty time for a week and felt in love.
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    25/06/2017 #21 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    @Deb 🐝 Helfrich ..just to add we never looked back or had any regrets except maybe that we did not make the move 10 years earlier!
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    25/06/2017 #20 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #19 Thanks so much for your insightful comments dear @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. Finally have some free time to put it all down! Hope to have part 2 out later this week when I'll all also do some inter-generational analysis.
    PS If Michael Moore's people don't call you about the road doccie call them πŸ˜ƒ!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    25/06/2017 #19 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    I love the contrast you built up, @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA between a life of comforting tradition and that one phone call that sent you and your family into an entirely different future.

    I feel like we become more of who we are meant to be, when we step outside the well-trodden paths. Once we are habituated to a place, life tends to function on auto-pilot, especially when we are immersed in an entire community. That we are known so well is certainly a blessing, but can also be a bind from emerging into all that we are capable of.

    I am actively courting that revolutionary phone call right now. But for a contrary reason. I am feeling drawn to travel - the call of the road, as you know, in order to find that place that feels like the home I want to cultivate for the rest of my life. I am ready to negotiate the staying-put part of life. But the place were I can do my best work, contribute the most value is still a mystery to me.

    So a drive-about seems prudent.

    Excited to see what happens in your tale next!
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    25/06/2017 #18 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #17 Thanks Gert.No longer AD of course...stay tuned for part 2!
    Gert Scholtz
    25/06/2017 #17 Gert Scholtz
    @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA Now that does sound like a big change: East London to Abu Dhabi. I am sure, although at times you miss the shores of the Eastern Cape, Abu Dhabi offers a rich tapestry of experience and opportunity for you and your family. Thanks you for the mention Chris, and for a music lover such as you, here is Desert Rose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3lWwBslWqg
  7. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    So Much To Do, So Little Time. 48 Hours In Istanbul.
    So Much To Do, So Little Time. 48 Hours In Istanbul.I often receive some rather, " we need it now!" requests from magazines and this piece, written for the July edition of Turkish Airlines was one of those. Its primarily a, 'what to do' Β article but might be helpful for any bees buzzing through this...


    Paul Walters
    23/06/2017 #23 Paul Walters
    #22 @Ken Boddie Greetings from Johannesburg. Ah the joys of Turkish delight !!! Also some places are best seen through beer goggles !!
    Ken Boddie
    23/06/2017 #22 Ken Boddie
    Thanks again for bringing back memories, Pak Paul, which at my age are vague indeed. I visited Istanbul too many years ago with a bunch of engineers newly graduated from Aberdeen Uni. Even back then there was a security scare which prevented us from visiting the Bosporus Bridge (first one) which was under construction. My memories of 'Turkish delight' were the 'entertainment' in an infamous nightclub from which we were ejected for ..... well that's a different story. I'm pretty sure we visited the iconic places you mention and which you have beautifully illustrated, but my recollection was distorted through beer goggles. Another prime example of life being wasted on the young. πŸ˜‚
    Savvy Raj
    23/06/2017 #21 Savvy Raj
    Awesome reading this @Paul Walters Istanbul through your writing presents a fascinating picture. I look forward to learning more about Namibia from your perspective.😊
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    23/06/2017 #20 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #16 Look forward to it @Paul Walters, I read @Gert Scholtz's buzz about your meeting bee in S. Africa :))
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2017 #19 Paul Walters
    #5 Ah, I always love it when I have to work out the prose in your comments...makes for an interesting day
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2017 #18 Paul Walters
    #7 Thank you as always
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2017 #17 Paul Walters
    #8 @Randall Burns I suggest investing in a large steamer trunk for all the journeys you now have to do
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2017 #16 Paul Walters
    #9 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Thanks as always Lisa . off to namibia tomorrow , so more tales from the road less hobbled coming soon
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2017 #15 Paul Walters
    #10 Thanks Vincent
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2017 #14 Paul Walters
    #11 Thanks Dabasish
    Paul Walters
    22/06/2017 #13 Paul Walters
    #12 @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee Thanks. The foot heals slowly but I wont let that 'niggle' stop me! Off to Namibia tomorrow !
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    22/06/2017 #12 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Now I've traveled with you to another world. It's as if I can step out of this cage of life and experience someplace else. Thank you for sharing Turkey. I find myself wondering not of your travels, but, "How's the foot?"
    debasish majumder
    22/06/2017 #11 debasish majumder
    as always a fascinating buzz to read @Paul Walters! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the share.
    Vincent Andrew
    22/06/2017 #10 Vincent Andrew
    If I show this article to my son, I am pretty sure he will plan a visit to beautiful Turkey. Thank you @Paul Walters for a great read!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    21/06/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Wonderful read @Paul Walters! Congrats on this piece being featured in the July Edition of Turkish Airlines!! Wow, the view from the roof top restaurant looks breathtaking. Spices... can you buy and fly with them? I'm just getting over the stomach flu and I must be feeling better because I became hungry while reading this. Stunning photos and history of Istanbul. My son visited Istanbul in 2005 with a group from RIT. He enjoyed his visit!
    Randall Burns
    21/06/2017 #8 Randall Burns
    Great article @Paul Walters Alas! Yet another destination on my "Bucket List", sigh...
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    21/06/2017 #7 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #6 With such a joyful spirit you shall remain a "Young Turk" for long times my friend @CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    21/06/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Turkey is a very interesting place if only because I have noted how young Turkish people have adapted to social networks and so I can only judge from my own biased perspective of very enlightening and pleasant encounters.

    While the expression "Young Turks" is generally a positive, a growing expression is "Mechanical Turks" but this is not about Turkish people, it is about the research industry who use a form of cheap labour to conduct research.

    Erdogan does not much help matters politically speaking but I must give credit to Turkish people who recognize the value within Turkey of a secular culture. When I combine that with the rich history and geographical beauty of Turkey as outlined in this buzz, no wonder @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee also speaks fondly and with respect for the place he has often visited in a business capacity.

    One day I hope to visit Istanbul, hopefully not as a part of my aging farewell tour but while I am still relatively a "Young Turk" :-)
    Gerald Hecht
    21/06/2017 #5 Gerald Hecht
    @Paul Walters What an immature fool Ive been--it's time for me to " " " "man up" sir...why? I'll tell you why; nobody twisted my arm --allowing the architectural/cultural splendor of this storied bridge between Asia and Europe...the echoes of Byzantine whispers in the calls to prayer --all , all to pass me by while I foolishly misspent my youth laundering currency and smuggling freshly blackened Poppy Sap for a quick buck and a 24 hour coma in a nameless Opium Den; awakening to find my "vision of a hostess without equal --in both grace and beauty in fine silks" ...gone; along with my cufflinks and fine Corinthian Leather wallet from the peerless Ivanka Trump Line --the embodiment of my highest aspirations at the time...A philosophically empty obsession with "style" as an equal to Plato's Ideal, and Bagdahd's extension of Pythagoras..."Al-Jabbar"; Analytic Geometry; the key to the spheres...I am ashamed still; for I was a fool!
    Paul Walters
    21/06/2017 #4 Paul Walters
    #3 @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Indeed. Thank you for dropping by. Im actually reviewing it sitting a a house on Cape Point, Africa's most southern tip and interesting to write it after one has left
  8. ProducerEvren Ozdemir

    Evren Ozdemir

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  9. ProducerDimitris Polychronopoulos, MBA
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    Dimitris Polychronopoulos, MBA
    11/06/2017 #2 Dimitris Polychronopoulos, MBA
    Thanks Vincent for your feedback. Looking for opportunities to engage in Chinese learning and for creating the need to learn Chinese can be a good way to gain a foothold into the Chinese language. #1
    Vincent Andrew
    11/06/2017 #1 Vincent Andrew
    Excellent suggestions Dimitris.
    I think one reason why people find it difficult to learn another language is that they don't see a need for it. For example, I want to learn Chinese but everyone here speaks English or Malay. If I am in an environment where Chinese language skills are needed, I may be more desperate to learn it.
    Thank you for your buzz.
  10. Vincent Andrew

    Vincent Andrew

    In Sarawak and other parts of Borneo, the Gawai Dayak is celebrated every 1st of June by the Dayaks or the Ibans. Gawai is a festival where people thank the gods for a bountiful harvest and celebrate the occasion with rituals and sharing food and drinks with friends and family. 'Tuak' or rice wine is normally served. 'Ngajat' or the warrior dance is performed by men and women alike. 'Ngabang' or visits is common as people celebrating Gawai open their homes to visitors.
    As a Dayak myself, my recollection of Gawai as a young child is one of indulgence in food, merriment and family reunion.
    In Malaysia the occasion is marked with a public holiday.
    Selamat Hari Gawai Dayak, gayu guru gerai nyamai.
    Picture credit: https://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/selamat-hari-gawai-gayu-guru-gerai-nyamai-3/
    Vincent Andrew
  11. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    The Discreet, Enigmatic and Evasive Geisha
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    Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    24/05/2017 #37 Anonymous
    #36 Naaa.....got to go at some point!!
    Ken Boddie
    24/05/2017 #36 Ken Boddie
    #32 My pleasure, Helena, but please test the water first and have a paddle. Can't have you croaking it in Japan, can we? πŸ˜„
    Ken Boddie
    24/05/2017 #35 Ken Boddie
    #30 Glad you liked them, Franci. πŸ‘
    Ken Boddie
    24/05/2017 #34 Ken Boddie
    #31 All I can say about those puns. Kev, is "that's cold". 🀣
    Ken Boddie
    24/05/2017 #33 Ken Boddie
    #29 One of our favourites too, Paul-san. Me for the arts and culture, the wife for the excellent shopping. 🀣
    Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    24/05/2017 #32 Anonymous
    Now I have to add this to my bucket list - looks and sounds to drown in! Thank you.
    Kevin Pashuk
    23/05/2017 #31 Kevin Pashuk
    Great photos Ken! I wish you had let me know you were going to Japan. I would have primed you with some Japanese puns and "Old Man Gags" (as Dad jokes are apparently known in Japan. More info here - http://jtalkonline.com/japanese-jokes-for-english-speakers/
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    23/05/2017 #30 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    @Ken Boddie, thank you for sharing your travels with us. Your photos are awesome.
    Paul Walters
    23/05/2017 #29 Paul Walters
    @Ken Boddie AhKen san another splendid piece replete with photos of one of my all time favourite cities . Thank you
    Ken Boddie
    23/05/2017 #28 Ken Boddie
    #27 Lisa, if you are really keen on photography, my best advice to you is to take an on line course. I completed a diploma on line many years ago and though I knew quite a lot until I did the course. If you pick the right one, you will be given practicals to do every week, or in your own time, if weekly is too much, and you should be able to get great feedback from your on line tutor. As for Photoshop, you don't really need it and there are many cheaper and less complex programs around, but Photoshop is the industry standard and well worth the time investment. An alternative editor, which has great crits and is much cheaper, is Lightroom, but I have no hands on experience with this. Why not join a local club? They're not hard to find and you'll pick up many interesting tips to get you on your way.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    23/05/2017 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #13 #14 I love your frank honesty Ken :)) That means you are down to earth! I like the idea of keeping a notepad with me. I always forget so many details when I travel. It's easy to forget. I think I will grab one and keep it in my purse when we leave. Dr. Google is very generous, isn't he? I want to learn how to take raw photos. I met a professional photographer on IG a few years back and he still uses an older camera and said he won't use anything but. He does the same, develops, turns them into jpegs and I'm not sure about Photoshop. I just began teaching myself how to use Photoshop. I hate when I take a nice photo but no matter what settings I use it may look drab. I also use a few free photo editors too. Is it hard to take raw and then develop them? Sort of sounds relaxing to me. I'm glad you and your wife had such a good time. Welcome home a few weeks late. My husband and I were both really sick this past month and I missed a lot. He's still recovering from pneumonia and we leave on Friday, yikes! Send the healing Gods LOL
    Ken Boddie
    22/05/2017 #26 Ken Boddie
    #25 The images of this fascinating country, Gert, were bursting to be taken by my trusty Canon. You are of course correct in your assessment that I took some time to compile these two blogs to date, but much of the time was taken up in choosing only a very few photos from the 1200 or so developed jpegs, taken over a period of some two weeks, so as to hopefully match the blog subjects. When the culture, art and scenery of the places we visit is so stimulating, preparation time flies past, as you undoubtedly know yourself. Thanks for the compliments.
    Gert Scholtz
    22/05/2017 #25 Gert Scholtz
    @Ken Boddie Along with your previous post, these are two of the most interesting travel pieces I have read. Fascinating information on a country and culture that is quite foreign to me, and your photos are superb. Thanks for taking what must have been a chunk of your time to compile these posts. Shared into the Travel Hive. Ever looking forward to the next Ken Boddie travel post!
    Ken Boddie
    22/05/2017 #24 Ken Boddie
    #22 You are too kind, Aaron. I'm glad I could bring back happy memories to a fellow visitor to Japan.
    Ken Boddie
    22/05/2017 #23 Ken Boddie
    #21 Happy to be of service, Joyce.
    Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    22/05/2017 #22 Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    Wonderful buzz @Ken Boddie! I very much enjoyed in my time in Japan. The history, culture and beauty of which you write is difficult to put into words if you have not seen and experienced it with your own eyes, yet you did it a great justice. Well done!
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    22/05/2017 #21 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #19 I most certainly did. Being disabled, my travels are limited. I must "see" through the eyes of others. Thank you for the wonderful visuals and the opportunity to travel with you.
    Ken Boddie
    22/05/2017 #20 Ken Boddie
    #16 I'm glad you enjoyed a peek through this window into the world of the Maiko and Geiko,, Debasih. Thanks for sharing this buzz on other hives.
    Ken Boddie
    22/05/2017 #19 Ken Boddie
    #17 I hope you found this glimpse of a small part of Japanese life uplifting, Joyce.
    Ken Boddie
    22/05/2017 #18 Ken Boddie
    #12 Thank you so much, Lada, for your compliments. I am glad you enjoyed this post. So many foreigners when travelling in Japan are fascinated by the kimono, which, when comprising a beautiful silk with subtle hues, worn by a woman with poise and maturity, is the epitomy of the Japanese female attire. To illustrate, I refer you to the two lovely ladies (above) who I photographed at the tea ceremony. The three young girls, however, who I shot in Tokyo's Hamarikyu Gardens (refer this earlier post: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/did-we-miss-cherry-blossom-season ), although also beautifully attired, almost appear to be casually dressed by comparison, as is befitting of a stroll outdoors in the uplifting cherry blossom.
  12. Steve Jones

    Steve Jones

    Anyone with Welsh Heritage? You might be interested in @globalwelsh
    Together, #WeAreTheGlobalWelsh
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  13. Lynne Black

    Lynne Black

    Lynne Black
    World Red Cross Day Celebration
    lrbandassociates.com World Red Cross Day is today, May 8th. Because this day is important to remember what Red Cross stands for, it is imperative that we recognize this day. World Red Cross Day When you think about the Red Cross, you should know it is a day dedicated...
  14. Flavio πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Souza 🐝
    155 years ago on May 5th, three brave men fought El Guapo at the battle of Santa Poco to give Mexico its independence. Viva Mexico Cabrones! Flavio πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Souza 🐝
  15. ProducerTausif Mundrawala
    The Deprived Angels of this Universe - Street Urchins
    The Deprived Angels of this Universe - Street UrchinsHutment and squalor become life for the dwellers of this universe. Outcast from the society in general and the sole claimer of castaway clothes knows how harsh this life could be for them. Never once did they complain or cursed their fate for their...


    Tausif Mundrawala
    01/05/2017 #35 Tausif Mundrawala
    Thank you once again @Kata Rina for reading and liking this buzz.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    28/04/2017 #34 Tausif Mundrawala
    #31 What else could these deprived angels ask for then the prayers of a kind person like you, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. Our heart would wrench by witnessing their plight.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    28/04/2017 #33 Tausif Mundrawala
    #30 Thank you so much my friend, @debasish majumder for reading and liking this buzz. I am elated.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    28/04/2017 #32 Tausif Mundrawala
    #29 They have endured harshest of conditions which seems unbearable to a human being. I appreciate your kind words and am thankful to you for reading, liking and sharing this buzz my friend, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    28/04/2017 #31 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    What a moving story @Tausif Mundrawala. Life really isn't fair. It sounds as though they make the best of their situation but deserve so much more. This has always been an issue to me, seeing class division. Maybe if the news focused more on real stories that affect so many humans around the globe, well possibly mindsets would change too. I don't know the answers but it's hard to hear of people who work so hard just to survive. You brought light to a real human situation, thank you so much for sharing this story. I wish them both their angel wings while still here on earth :))
    debasish majumder
    28/04/2017 #30 debasish majumder
    nice tale! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the post @Tausif Mundrawala.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    28/04/2017 #29 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Life takes on so many faces and this is an example of young lives enduring so many struggles just to survive. An unfortunate tale, but beautiful story, @Tausif Mundrawala.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #28 Tausif Mundrawala
    #26 Those who goes through pain know how does it feel to endure that excruciating bitter pill. I am emphatic with those who have been through a lot. As somewhere or the other every individual goes through it. Even I have been through a lot. But the strength gained is unmatchable to all kinds of strong material available in the world. I am elated to know what you felt of this buzz.

    Thank you so much once again my friend,@Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    27/04/2017 #26 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    #20 I love the story. You are a fine storyteller. Such blind hope evidenced through childhood play caused me sadness, which is why I didn't comment. We loose such hope as time goes on. Play can no longer refresh us.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #25 Tausif Mundrawala
    #24 Yes I know him very well. What an example, Sir?
    siraj shaik
    27/04/2017 #24 siraj shaik
    @Tausif Mundrawala Sometimes out of blues someone reaches in support.. and fulfill the not only the one who keeps on dreams, but also those who may not.. There are many in various fields, just an example about One from region you are well aware of is "Jackie Shroff" (urf jackie da - bhidu).
    siraj shaik
    27/04/2017 #21 siraj shaik
    @Tausif Mundrawala you have taken the stage.. Learning from the ways of your expressions makes me more inquisitive to keep following your informative awareness ways.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #20 Tausif Mundrawala
    Thank you my friend @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee for reading and liking this buzz. I invite you to comment on this story though you being a wonderful story teller. Please let me know what you think?
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #19 Tausif Mundrawala
    Thank you so much Sir @siraj shaik For reading and liking my buzz. You have always been supportive. I am elated.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #17 Tausif Mundrawala
    #16 To be very honest I am worried about them not being schooled and I always persuade Tahameena to send her kids to school. But this poor mother hardly makes ends meet and she couldn't afford to educate them. It wrecks my heart to see these kids devoid of education. You made this buzz more special because I have not received such a wonderful feedback. Thank you so much once again, @Lisa Vanderburg
    Lisa Vanderburg
    27/04/2017 #16 Lisa Vanderburg
    The beauty of this tale @Tausif Mundrawala is that these 'urchins' (such an adorable word!) choose to see wonder in such a harsh world they live in. It's as if have instinctively understood that life is a moment-to-moment existence; they have decided to see magic, see love, see playfulness and find joy in a life that is fraught with danger, termination or pain - an art that's quite lost to most 1st worlder-kids. You've written this with such empathy and NO pity - which makes Pappu and his friends revered! Breath-taking, thank you Tausif!
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #15 Tausif Mundrawala
    I would even like to thank my friends, @John White, MBA, @Laurent Boscherini, @Gert Scholtz, @David B. Grinberg, @Kevin Baker and of course our king bee @Javier 🐝 beBee. I am elated.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #14 Tausif Mundrawala
    Thank you so much my friend, @Milos Djukic for reading, liking and sharing this buzz with our fellow bees.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    27/04/2017 #13 Tausif Mundrawala
    #11 It's a real story and I know them. But I agree with you on all aspects. Thanks for reading, commenting and liking this buzz my friend, @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
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    Pascal Derrien
    27/04/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    Interesting concept from an awareness perspective now practise makes perfect in this field :-)
  17. Vincent Andrew

    Vincent Andrew

    Gini index, Palma ratio, GDP and happiness rankings, Where is your country according to these indicators? "Norway tops the global happiness rankings for 2017. People in China are no happier than 25 years ago. Much of Africa is struggling. Happiness has fallen in America."
    Vincent Andrew
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  18. ProducerJavier 🐝 beBee
    Reasons why I love the USA
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    Enrique de la Rica
    11/05/2017 #42 Enrique de la Rica
    Why do I love China? China is the most successful example of development in history. In the last 30 years it has maintained sustained annual growth of more than 9%. There is no evidence of similar growth in an economy. During this period around 400 million people have emerged from poverty and the average income of one person has multiplied by 20. China has experienced in 30 years the 200 years of development and industrialization of West. But the Asian giant does not stop. Their financial capacity is brutal. Its foreign exchange reserves amount to 2.5 trillion dollars, more than double the country that follows (Japan), and three times the holdings of the whole European Union. It is the largest country in the world's inhabitants, the one that grows the most, the largest in terms of manufacturing capacity, the largest savings capacity and in a couple of years will be the largest consumer in the world. In the next decade we will attend the assault of Chinese companies to the western markets. We are already living with companies such as Lenovo, Alibaba, Huawei, Tencent, Xiami, Haier... In 2020 China will have 29% of all engineers and graduates in the world and by 2030, 37 out of every 100 scientists in the world will be Chinese (data from the OECD). There are more and more Chinese Universities among the 100 most prestigious in the world and the most famous in the West have more and more Chinese students ... and these occupy the top positions among the graduates. People who will return and develop their skills and competences in their country of origin….and then….
    Enrique de la Rica
    11/05/2017 #41 Enrique de la Rica
    I agree and I would add Burgers at The Counter, Sam Adams, car sound systems, Fast and Loud, culture of failure, you can eat at anytime, University academic system, skills training at School, Katy Perry, 1968 Mustang Convertible, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Computer History Museum, Mac Book and the Tombs at Georgetown
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    09/05/2017 #40 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Ah, America is the land of aspirations, dreams, opportunities, realities and rewards! People of diverse races, religions and nations have made this American soil their cherished land...and that's the truth.
    Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    08/05/2017 #39 Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    Well... Today i can give you one reason why i love France πŸ‡«πŸ‡·
    José Ramón 🐝 López
    08/05/2017 #38 José Ramón 🐝 López
    Sin duda, un GRAN PAÍS. Libertad es uno de los adjetivos que, para mi, mejor la definen. Envidio el amor y orgullo que sienten los estadounidenses por su país.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    30/04/2017 #37 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    I can with all honesty and sadness right now say: I have disheartened with my country right now, it's leaders, and now too many of it's people, those I never thought would have the attitude towards others that they do:
    But I love it's beauty, the natural wonders this country is graced with could be unmatched in the world. It's diversity, the myriad of nationalities I encounter every day. That both these are being threatened by the monsters now in control of our government scares the living hell out of me. May they rot!
    Sorry, Javier, this is such a positive post, I love how you feel about my country, I wish I had visited yours and could give glowing commentaries!
    May the U.S. survive this monstrosity we call a government and live to see the beauty of our country continue for many centuries to come...

    Sorry I hate basketball, watching it, playing it, everything about it; but that's natural for a shorty like me! Now give me a baseball and a bat and I'll hit it out of the Park! I also have my pins for a bowling a 200 and 250 game! Closest I got to a perfect game was the one that earned me the 250 pin, with a score of 276 (for the novices 300 is the perfect score!) thanks for the tag Javi!
    Sarah Elkins
    27/04/2017 #36 Sarah Elkins
    As much as I'd like to get in on this, I'd rather point out that, as @Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador said, each country has wonderful things and terrible things. I love my country, and I love many other countries. My experiences in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, and UK have all offered incredible opportunities to explore a variety of foods, people, transportation, and cultural events. I have love for each country, not one about the other. That would be like having a favored child to me; I find beauty and sadness everywhere.
    Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    27/04/2017 #35 Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    One of the nice things about diversity in the world is there can be a place for any one any time and the ability to change. Each country has something wonderful and some drawbacks. Can you eliminate a drawback without impacting the good too? For example, the US does have inequality. However, that also drives innovation through a desire for something better. The US is still one of the few places that anyone can grow up and become president, wealthy or be a hermit. It's not perfect, the question is it close enough to your liking for what you want to do. And who know, what would have happened if Spanish explorers decided to go further North. :)
    Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    27/04/2017 #34 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    Someone told me that "my country is the one that gives me something to eat", I understand it, although I know that we are always attracted again. Personally I do not believe in borders, from my current perspective, I agree with Mr. Jim Murrai, I think the USA, that is missing, in Spain we continue to fight for health and education remains public and quality, many are We depend on this. Usually few people, those who have their fixed work stop to think, do not put in place of ... fortunately not all are equal. We are in a happy country where abundance, good food, valued by its nutritional contribution, the good people and their humor and desire to pass it well above the difficulties. The only time I traveled was to Germany. I could not travel more, I would love to do it. @
    @Jan 🐝 Barbosa will be happy to welcome you, next Japand weekend in Madrid probably in October, yet to be confirmed πŸ˜‰
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/04/2017 #33 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #32 @Jerry Fletcher someone once mentioned I might find being a tour group coordinator fun, you might be on to something. I say, why not?! :)
    Jerry Fletcher
    27/04/2017 #32 Jerry Fletcher
    #30 Lisa, maybe we should try to put together a tour group.
    Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    26/04/2017 #31 Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    Great Buzz. I love all those reasons you have listed.
    Sadly I know many people who that these for granted and don't even realized what they have and are willing to give it up just for an illusion of feeling safe. Benjamin Franklin once said that β€œThose who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”.
    The founding fathers were once safe under the crown, yet without everything listed above, and that is why they left. But, today I see those willing to go back.
    The Truth is 'We Really Don’t Know What We Have Until It’s Gone’. So, sometimes we need to see some else who has lost it to understand.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/04/2017 #30 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Thanks for tagging me @Javier 🐝 beBee. I had no idea you've visited so many places! Like @Jerry Fletcher, I too, wish I would have traveled much more when younger. It's never too late though! I think what I love about the USA is would be the diversity of what you find in different regions of the US, lakes, forests, mountains, Pacific and Atlantic Ocean along our coasts. We are very lucky to have so many differing states to visit and we are close enough to drive to Canada.. well those of us that live up North. We have cultural diversity which is great (hope it stays that way) and everything you named above... well I could not agree more!! Thanks!
    Jim Murray
    26/04/2017 #29 Jim Murray
    Oddly enough I love my country because it is not the USA. I don't dislike the USA per se. I acknowledge that it is a great country, and I have spent a lot of time there having grown up in a town bordering Buffalo New York. I had many American friends. And when I got into advertising and photography I traveled extensively in the US and was always astonished to hear how little most of the people I met knew about Canada and the rest of the world. It's a great country but it is very insular. I don't judge America by what's going on right now, because that's just a silly phase they're going through. But I do judge them on the fact that their government does not treat all the citizens of the country the same way. America does a good job of being the world's policeman, but a very poor job of taking care of its own people, veterans, the disabled the poor. In Canada we have similar situations, but our government does work to address these inequities.
    Gloria 🐝 🐾 πŸ’« β˜• (Glo) Ochoa
    26/04/2017 #28 Anonymous
    What do I love about my country? Freedom. Freedom that we can follow a dream or idea no matter how old or how young one is. Freedom to be friends with whoever we want.

    I love that we can reach out and connect with people all over the world who are open minded and willing to reach out. I love learning about other cultures and people..and like Matt said: food ! Love to try different countries foods. LOL What is there to not love about anyone one's choice of where they live ?

    I have not traveled much (did I hear "Bucket List"? ) but the places I have visited have been so awesome, I would want to go back some time.
    Jerry Fletcher
    26/04/2017 #27 Jerry Fletcher
    #5 I love my good fortune for being born into a country that renews itself regularly and rewards the innovators that push it to be a little different down the line. The beBee community is full of minds that make it a second home. I wish that like so many members of beBee I had traveled more in my youth. Their observations and tales of the countries, cities and keepsake moments make armchair travel a constant delight. Muchas Gracias!
    Susan 🐝 Botello
    26/04/2017 #26 Susan 🐝 Botello
    #10 I love this! I love Spain and The U.S. and my heart has two sides: One for Spain and the other for San Diego. If you visit San Diego we have Beaches and mountains, deserts and unique cities and towns all within 30 minutes of each other. We have the best foods, including food from all over the world. San Diego has awesome indie artists and amazing innovators in business. I love the ambiance in Spain and the tapas. Bees are everywhere creating virtual bridges between countries and minds! I am grateful to have a home in the U.S.A. and in Spain! OlΓ©!
    Wayne Yoshida
    26/04/2017 #25 Wayne Yoshida
    @Javier 🐝 beBee - thank you for this post and for the tag. I have traveled to several countries, and each time I go somewhere, I take some time to enjoy what the local people do and experience many of their everyday vs "foreign tourist things" to do.

    But, the best part of travel, to me is - it is so great to come home.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    26/04/2017 #24 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Thank you, Javier, for tagging me and thank you for displaying a positive attitude about the US. Being an older person (whoops, did I admit to that!), my journey while living in the US has been a good one. Not everything is to my liking, however, I don't have expectations of living in a perfect world. I am grateful for where I have been and where I am now. I believe things happen for a reason and so be it. I am proud to be a US citizen.
    Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    26/04/2017 #23 Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    Sorry , I am a humbug... I fall in love with cities, monuments and sights... seldom to countries... Miami, New York, San Juan, Las Vegas = WOW !!! The Pyramids, The Parthenon, the Colorado Canyon, The temple of Sobek, the greek war museum touched me greatly and my beloved Disney !!! Will visit Spain to see tha castles and the Santiago Bernabeu :) ... But as Countries go... Sorry never felt myself a patriot... Because usually (for me) it seems one don't follow the goodness of common people.. but the greed of those few in power... And as a lover of history I know where that leads..
  19. ProducerLance  🐝 Scoular
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    Dean Owen
    25/04/2017 #3 Dean Owen
    Also a note to remember the young Ottoman soldiers who also lost their lives in the tens of thousands. Could well have been friends under different circumstances....
    David B. Grinberg
    25/04/2017 #2 David B. Grinberg
    Thank you, Lance, for this important and educational read. I believe many Americans -- especially young people -- need to learn more about world history and the customs of other countries/cultures. More Millennials and members of Gen Z should be mindful of the very short history of the USA compared to thousands or years of history in most other parts of the world. Thus, adopting and appreciating a multicultural mindset and worldview will help more Americans see their own nation in a broader global historical context, rather than a short-term monolithic one (which is narrow-minded and ethnocentric).
    With that said, Lance, your posts about Australian traditions and customs are very much appreciated. Thanks again and buzz on, mate!
    Dean Owen
    25/04/2017 #1 Dean Owen
    "As fast as a leopard" - Gallipoli 1981. A solemn day of remembrance and as a pom I am eternally grateful for the courage and fortitude of the brave young soldiers, but apologetic for the callous incompetence of the British Generals.
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  21. ProducerStephanie Brookes
    Little Africa - Baluran National Park Java Indonesia
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    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    18/04/2017 #5 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Between you Stephanie and @Paul Walters I getting to know this area of the world well! beautiful images! thank you for sharing your experience with us.
    Paul Walters
    17/04/2017 #4 Paul Walters
    @Stephanie Brookes welcome back!!!
    @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    16/04/2017 #3 @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    Thanks @Stephanie Brookes for showing us this wonder
    Dean Owen
    16/04/2017 #2 Dean Owen
    What a fabulous article! I've never been to the national park but definitely something to schedule on my next visit to East Java. I love that last photo. Could even be used on a label for Scotch Whiskey!
    Gert Scholtz
    16/04/2017 #1 Gert Scholtz
    @Stephanie Brookes Stunning article and photos Stephanie. What an interesting story of Elizabeth the turtle. Thank you for the post.
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  24. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    To All Of Those Who Hate Airports. This One Might Just Change Your Mind.
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    Paul Walters
    25/05/2017 #32 Paul Walters
    @ Shelly Brown perhaps one day we could lure you to Bali and you could fly via Changi Airport but then you might not wish to leave and we would be deprived of your obvious scintillating company ! Thanks for stopping by
    Shelley Brown
    12/04/2017 #31 Shelley Brown
    Wow! Sounds amazing! At first I was afraid I would feel sucked into a Vegas-like vortex which scares the crap out of me but this seems really beautiful. Thanks @Paul Walters
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    09/04/2017 #30 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #29 He may have you sip some poo coffee with him LOL!
    Paul Walters
    09/04/2017 #29 Paul Walters
    #28 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Thanks for that and Have I met @Dean Owen yet , as we say in Indonesia , belum, or not yet. I fear that when I do he will entice me to eat lots of weird food !!!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    09/04/2017 #28 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I'm glad you mentioned that you have to leave. After reading this and seeing the photos Changi looks like a beautiful city instead of an airport. Pods to sleep in, I could dig that! Have you and @Dean Owen View more
    I'm glad you mentioned that you have to leave. After reading this and seeing the photos Changi looks like a beautiful city instead of an airport. Pods to sleep in, I could dig that! Have you and @Dean Owen met each other yet @Paul Walters? I can see why Dean loves Singapore, they are sure growing by leaps and bounds and ahead of the game in many aspects. Thanks for sharing, love this! Close
    debasish majumder
    04/04/2017 #27 debasish majumder
    absolutely stunning and informative post @Paul Walters! enjoyed read, as if i am experience the beauty of your depiction vicariously! thank you very much for the share.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    04/04/2017 #26 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Makes you want to travel just to visit the airport!
    Gerald Hecht
    04/04/2017 #25 Gerald Hecht
    #24 @Yogesh Sukal yep!
    Yogesh Sukal
    04/04/2017 #24 Yogesh Sukal
    #23 then as you dream to be at Changi airport for doing hospitality services ...peacefully. :D

    It's a sort of binary jump from 0 to 1.
    Gerald Hecht
    04/04/2017 #23 Gerald Hecht
    #22 @Yogesh Sukal yeah, Louisiana is like boot camp for the apocalypse --Fort Polk Louisiana was THE boot camp for...it was the gateway for all American GI's on their way to the "jewel of southeast asia"...identical climate/vegetation as the mekong delta
    Yogesh Sukal
    03/04/2017 #22 Yogesh Sukal
    #21 I totally get it now. Actually in the interaction I lossed Changi airport awesomeness in between which was the centre of all.

    Yes I get it. Just couldn't stop laughing on Louisiana event.

    And there is no crack in my eye now @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    Gerald Hecht
    03/04/2017 #21 Gerald Hecht
    #20 @Yogesh Sukal yeah, that's why I want to get the research thingie approved--so I could peaceable live as a volunteer helping professional...or work there...doing hospitality services ...peacefully...there really is no nefarious motive on my part...it may sound either ludicrous, or I've fallen completely under the spell of @Paul Walters description/depiction...it may just be that I was struck in the head by flying debris (we had another Louisiana "weather event" in the wee hours: http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/weather_traffic/article_8aa17c7e-17b5-11e7-9836-3bbfe5e19975.html
    )...I just can think of nothing more restorative, than an extended stay at the Changi International Airport...it does sound crazy to read it aloud...but I think that is just an example of the limitations of language...I've never been ...so seriously, with that in mind...read his peice, and then imagine "my dream"...do you "see it"?
    Not as crazy a notion as it seems...
    ...that's why I'd gladly pay my way as a hospitality/concierge!
    Yogesh Sukal
    03/04/2017 #20 Yogesh Sukal
    #19 hahaha. I suggest you not to do that. I mean wasting time of your in the observation. just talk and seek truth rather than comprehending the myth. :D

    in that case nobody have to bother & there is peace. you happy, they happy. and time is also happy as saved from killing it in this act. :D
    Gerald Hecht
    03/04/2017 #19 Gerald Hecht
    #14 @Yogesh Sukal oh ...no, I mean I want to do that...I mean from the description...I wanna move in, lol!
    Paul Walters
    03/04/2017 #18 Paul Walters
    #17 @Netta Virtanen You are a great traveller !!!
    Netta Virtanen
    03/04/2017 #17 Netta Virtanen
    Changi airport is the best! =) Spacious, relaxing, beautiful design, it feels like you are in a tropical garden, great shopping, great food and friendly staff! It's easy to get from place to place, everything is clean and there is plenty for everybody. Great lounges for frequent flyers too! =)
    Claire L Cardwell
    02/04/2017 #16 Claire L Cardwell
    I remember Changi Airport @Paul Walters - all those years and years ago that my family lived in Singapore (I was at boarding school in the UK :-( ) anyway I had fabulous holidays home and Changi Airport was the best!
    Gert Scholtz
    02/04/2017 #15 Gert Scholtz
    @Paul Walters I have been through Shangi once and was extremely impressed with the efficiency and design of the place. Still, your post puts it all in new perspective - thank you Paul.
    Yogesh Sukal
    02/04/2017 #14 Yogesh Sukal
    #12 and what conclusion they made, I mean researchers.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks
    02/04/2017 #13 Susan 🐝 Rooks
    What's weird is that I flew into Singapore in 1998 or 1997, but I don't remember anything special about the airport. Of course, maybe I flew to another airport in Singapore. Pity, that, @Paul Walters View more
    What's weird is that I flew into Singapore in 1998 or 1997, but I don't remember anything special about the airport. Of course, maybe I flew to another airport in Singapore. Pity, that, @Paul Walters, because I sure would love to see it! Close
  25. Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    @Pamela 🐝 Williams, thought you might be interested in this~
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt


    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    01/05/2017 #2 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    I'm reading a very interesting book right now; The Longest Trail, by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., which is a collection of pieces written by his father; Josephy Sr.
    The problem; it's a hard read! I can only read about 20 pages at a time before it starts depressing me.
    Our country's history is shameful. this is what should be taught in school, not the jolly Pilgrim stories we were taught. It sickens me. The saddest part;
    It hasn't changed at all; the election of Trump illustrates that.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    04/04/2017 #1 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Well I'll have to check it out when I get home! Can't open the link on this old phone of mine😊
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