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Neuroscience Research Australia

The leading centre for neurological studies.

From Cambodia, I head to one of my favorite continents; Australia. In all the world, Australia has some of the most unique and treacherously beautiful animals found on the planet. Many of its animals, smaller than a dime, are more deadly than even the Diamondback Rattlesnake. Things are naturally deceptive, appearing as one thing, or being appealing to look at, when they are truly incredibly lethal. Australia has a general population of an estimated 24,000,000. This is a large country, being considered a continent as well, and has a land area of 3,000,000 square miles. Australia has no official language, but its identified national language is English. The nominal GDP per capita is about $51,500. The institute that I will be visiting is one of the largest and most renowned centres for neurological studies in the world. The structural design itself is not incredible, though it is quite appealing to the eye, but the knowledge of the significance of some of the discoveries here weighs upon the surroundings. An air of importance seems to envelop the building.

Posted by Nesawf 09:15 Archived in Australia Tagged science Comments (0)

Bakong Temple

Old temple in Siem Reap

Leaving India, I expectedly travel to the country of Cambodia. Cambodia is found in southern Asia, located between Thailand and Vietnam. It has an estimated population of 15,500,000 people, and a size of roughly 70,000 square miles. This country is relatively poor, with a nominal GDP per capita of about $1,080. As 90% of the population is Khmer, their official language is Khmer. The ruins that I will be visiting are located in the older town of Siem Reap, Cambodia. These ruins, unlike some of the others that I have visited, have not been renovated or polished up. The ruins show their obvious signs of aging and tarnish. Some of the temple remains are nearly unrecognizable, but the original beauty and grandeur is still plainly apparent. The domed monolith raising from the centre of the compound shows extreme architectural prowess and is quite the impressive sight, especially next to the stone engravings on each of the surfaces. They depict things ranging from battles to literature. The craftsmanship is breathtaking. Although the foliage has been removed for viewing purposes, it still has the aura of something overrun with plant life and forgotten by time and society. From this point on, I will be winging it, as I planned to end my trip at this point, but I desire to push forward a little longer. I will research any other places I could potentially visit.

Posted by Nesawf 10:18 Archived in Cambodia Tagged religion Comments (0)

Mahabodhi Temple

I manage to stay in India another few days.

As I am driving to the airport to leave to my next destination, a good friend of mine tells me about a large temple, located just near Bihar. After hearing a little more about it, I decide that it would be perfect, and fit into my theme thus far quite nicely. The Mahabodhi Vahir, literally the "Great Awakening Temple", is where the Buddha, Siddhartha Guatama, was said to have achieved full enlightenment. The temple reaches 180ft into the air. It is quite a sight to behold after making the trip. Reminiscent of a monolith, it raises straight up into the air, tapering little until it almost reaches the top. After the attack and bombings in 2013, it took a toll. The explosives were a low concentration and a small amount, so it did little major damage, but for the emotional turmoil. The countless windows, spires, and statues provide quite an awe inspiring sight. Although it is devoid of mush colour, its beauty is not lessened in the slightest.

Posted by Nesawf 09:50 Archived in India Tagged religion Comments (0)

Harmandir Sahib

The temple of gold on the lake of blue.

I'm pretty excited for this stop. The sahib is a large, gold building, that was built right in the centre of a lake. It was built to be a central place of Sikh worship. It is found in the far North end of India, in Punjab, and is nearly on the border of Pakistan. India has a population of 1,280,000,000 people, spread out over India's 1,270,00 square miles. It has a nominal GDP per capita of $1,700. The official languages of India are English and Hindi, and the major denomination is Hindu, at 80% of the population identifying. The third largest religion is Sikhism, which is the basis of the temple I am visiting. When I arrive, thee crowded area seems to almost be funneled onto a trail leading over the water to the temple. In the noonday sun, its golden hue shines with luminescence. The peaceful mirror-like water only increases the ambiance of respectful tranquility. As I approach, I marvel at the distinct colouration and architecture. It has the tell-tale domed pillars common to places of worship in this pat of the world. Informally referred to as the "Golden Temple", I see where the name is derived. As dusk approaches, I am equally shocked by how the evening light bathes the temple in, not an eerie glow as I had expected, but makes it appear even more welcoming and sacred. Soon thereafter, artificial lights are illuminated along the building, which also do not diminish the ambiance. I leave this small city tomorrow, and will almost regret not staying longer, but I must move onward.

Posted by Nesawf 09:44 Archived in India Tagged religon Comments (0)

Church of St. George

Temple of underground stone

Traveling from the Middle-East south to Lalibela, Ethiopia, I am to visit the ancient ruins of the Church of St. George. Ethiopia is on the Eastern coast of the continent of Africa, between Somalia and Sudan. The country has an area of 430,000 square miles, and a population of 100,000,000. They have a nominal GDP per capita of a little over $600. The official language of Ethiopia is called Amharic, although a number of other languages are recognized by the population. Found in the top half of the country, the rock hewn city of Lalibela features many fine examples of ancient architecture. The finest example would arguably be the Church of St. George. From above, it resembles a cross, or an "x". I am not even aware that I am approaching it until I am nearly on top of it, as the roof of it is level with the ground. The base of it is 30 metres below my feet, so I cannot fully appreciate the height until I enter the trench leading to it and stand at the carved doors. It is a "monolithic church" which from what I gather means that is was hewn from one large block of rock. The odd colourationn leads me to wonder what type of rock it is made from. My immediate guess would be limestone or slate, but the way it has retained its structure and shape. It has a reddish orange tint that may mean that the stone holds an amount of iron. So far this has been one of my favorite stops, next to CERN, yet I still expect more surprises.

Posted by Nesawf 09:43 Archived in Ethiopia Tagged religion Comments (0)

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