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Veracruz (Spanish pronunciation: [beɾaˈkɾus]), officially known as Heroica Veracruz, is a major port city and municipality on the Gulf of Mexico in the Mexican state of Veracruz.

It is the state's most populous city, with a population that is greater than the municipality's population, as part of the city of Veracruz extends into the neighboring Boca del Río Municipality.

 

*** so I can't upload more pics thanks to shiachat :( since I can't use shiachat at a computer it doesn't work, nor at home or work :(*** its annoying to do it on my phone all the time. 

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WASINI ISLAND, KENYA

[from wikipedia] Wasini Island lies in southeast Kenya 3 km. off the coast of the Indian Ocean 75 km. south of Mombasa 3 km opposite the harbour of the village Shimoni. It is approximately 7 km long and 3 km across. The island has only footpaths of sharp old coral or sand; in the forest consisting of earth. There are no autocars, carts or bicycles. Cargo is transported by foot or by a wheelbarrow with a solid tyre. Transport is over the paths, or via the beaches, mainly consisting of coral and only passable with low tide, or by boat over the sea. In the British colonial time, so before 1963, there used to be an airstrip in the lagoon situated longitudinal south on the island; only small parts of tarmac are reminders of this history.

The island has a population of about 3.000 living at the northcoast in the two villages Wasini and Mwkiro at the west respectively east side of the island, and inland in the hamlet Nyuma Maji, which means in ki(=language) Swahili 'behind the water'. In Wasini-village and Nyuma Maji live the Bantu people the Vumba, whose mothertongue is the Swahili dialect kivumba; in Mwkiro the Digo have their own mothertongue, the Swahili dialect kidigo. Besides that they all speak Swahili and sometimes English. The Vumba are of Arabic origin, may be a little bit mixed with the Chinese. The Arabs came to the East-African coast in the 1st century A.D. and after mixing with the Bantu people they together formed the Coast or Swahili people. The Digo probably came from the Persian Gulf in the 15th century A,D. Between the island and the Tanzanian islands Pemba and Zanzibar south-east of the island in the Indian Ocean consist strong cultural connections and family ties. The population is for about 99% Muslim, from liberal to orthodox.

People enjoy going there for dolphin watching/swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, scuba diving, the dhowobserving life on the coral reef (very beautiful flora and fauna visible from the glass bottom boats) and the delicious unique cuisine (sea food and vegetarian). Definitely a must visit for anyone visiting Kenya.

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1 hour ago, hameedeh said:

Who got X? :mod:

Xuzhou, China ^_^

"Xuzhou, otherwise known as Pengcheng in ancient times, is a major city in and the fourth largest prefecture-level city of Jiangsu Province, China. Its population was 8,577,225 at the 2010 census whom 2,623,066 lived in the built-up (or metro) area made of Quanshan, Gulou, Yunlong and Tongshan districts.[1] It is known for its role as a transportation hub in northwestern Jiangsu, as it has expressways and railway links connecting directly to the provinces of Henan and Shandong, the neighboring port city of Lianyungang, as well as the economic hub Shanghai.

Before the adoption of Hanyu Pinyin, the city's name was typically romanized as Suchow[2] or Süchow,[3][4] though it also appeared as Siu Tcheou [Fou],[5] Hsu-chou,[6] Hsuchow,[7] and Hsü-chow.[4]"

 

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You all damn well know what's coming next

 

Yazd, I.R. Iran

 

With, I dunno, one million people (?) ... Yazd is the largest kahgeli (straw and clay... or "adobe" if you want to be a douchebag) city in the world. Even with the influx of cheap modern Third World concrete-and-steel construction (which has become the standard throughout Iran), the vast majority of buildings in Yazd are still gahgeli. Because these buildings tend to have a short life span (I am guessing in the olden times they would have to rebuild such structures every 50 or 60 years), nowadays the government reinforces these structures with brick. In addition to the added stability, it looks very nice and fitting.

 

Although Yazd lacks the technical beauty of Esfahan, Yazd is a monument to humanity and civilization. Civilization means to carve out some semblance of stability and welfare in a cold, barren, unforgiving wasteland that is this dunya. If that is the case, then Yazd marks the pinnacle of civilization. 3000 or God knows how many years ago, some people decided to build a city between two mighty deserts: Dasht-e Lut and Dasht-e Kavir. Unlike modern-day desert cities which are baseless and nonsensical. "Oh hey, there is a sand dune here, let's make an artificial snowstorm over it so we can build a mountain ski resort." Everything was planned. After all, people needed to live. In what would have otherwise been the harshest conditions imaginable. This is what led to many of the peculiarities of Yazd architecture which I will show some of them.

 

Here is a panorama of the city

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Tekiyeh-ye Amir Chakhmagh

 

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Masjed Jameh

 

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These minarets are the tallest I've seen in my life. They are much taller in person.

 

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Now, some of the architectural features common in Yazd.

 

Wind vents

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These served as a sort of ancient air conditioner. You may laugh but they work. I remember being in Meibod at the peak of summer heat, walking into a shaded OUTSIDE area which was cooled by these vents. It's like standing under the air conditioning vents at Walmart. People don't live in the desert for thousands of years without learning about how to cool down, that's for sure.

 

Water storage facilities

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Yazd doesn't have water. It has always had to import water. People would store them underground to keep it from drying up and to keep it cool. Basements have always played an important role in Yazd, as well. Back in the day, people would live in their basements during the summer time. Because of the nature of gahgeli buildings, basements would insulate the cool air. It's very refreshing.

 

These water storage basements are closed off nowadays. But they still exist. (And they usually have a water tap on the outside, for if anyone is thirsty).

 

This is Chak Chak, outside of Yazd. Zoroastrians consider it sacred. I don't consider it sacred, I just think it's beautiful.

 

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And lastly, as a reminder of how bad California sucks, here is some pictures of Yazd covered in snow:

 

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Ziarat  

Ziarat is a famous holiday resort of Balochistan. Ziarat (literally ziarat is an Islamic shrine) was the summer residence of the chief commissioner of Baluchistan, and sanatorium for the European troops. It is 8850 ft. above the sea, and is about 125 km from Quetta. The hills around are well-wooded and picturesque. Khilafat Hills are the highest peak with an altitude of 11,400 feet (3,475 m) in Ziarat.

Pakistan’s largest juniper forest is located in this reserve. 

Juniper Forest

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Ziarat Residency

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Juniper is a strange looking tree, 

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Cherry from Ziarat

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Trip #1 Complete!!!!!

Overview of Trip:

Akita, Japan
Bratislava, Slovakia
Caracas, Venezuela
Daegu, South Korea
Ekbatan, I.R. Iran
Figuig, Morocco
Galle, Sri Lanka
Hingol National Park, Pakistan
Isfahan, I.R. Iran
Jakarta, Indonesia
Kazan, Russia
Lima, Peru
Mombasa, Kenya
North Pole, USA
Orumiyeh, I.R. Iran
Puebla, Mexico
Quebec, Canada
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Şanlıurfa, Turkey
Tabriz, I.R. Iran
Ürümqi, P.R. China
Veracruz, Mexico
Wasini Island, Kenya
Xuzhou, P.R. China
Yazd, I.R. Iran
Ziarat, Pakistan

Stats:

Most visited countries:
I.R. Iran (5)
Pakistan (2)
P.R. China (2)
Mexico (2)
Kenya (2)

Regions by visit:
Middle East (6)
South/Southeast Asia (4)
East Asia (4)
North America (4)
South America (3)
Africa (3)
Eurasia (2)
Central Asia (0)
Oceania (0)

 

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15 hours ago, Hasan0404 said:

Ziarat  

Ziarat is a famous holiday resort of Balochistan. Ziarat (literally ziarat is an Islamic shrine) was the summer residence of the chief commissioner of Baluchistan, and sanatorium for the European troops. It is 8850 ft. above the sea, and is about 125 km from Quetta. The hills around are well-wooded and picturesque. Khilafat Hills are the highest peak with an altitude of 11,400 feet (3,475 m) in Ziarat.

Pakistan’s largest juniper forest is located in this reserve. 

 

14 hours ago, Hasan0404 said:

Why arent these links transforming into images :help:

On bottom right corner "Insert other media" --> Insert Image from URL --> Boom!!

Juniper Forest

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Ziarat Residency

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Juniper is a strange looking tree

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Cherry from Ziarat

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@Hasan0404 thanks for choosing Ziarat. I've fond childhood memories of this beautiful little hill station. I have seen the old Ziarat residency with all the historical stuff in there. All destroyed by the terrorist bombs. I wonder how does the reconstruction looks like...

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Ok, let's begin anew.

Agra, Hindustan.

Suffice it to say that this city captures the essence of Mughal Islamic Indian history and architecture, with the famous Taj Mahal as its most prominent building.

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Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is one of the most populous cities in Uttar Pradesh and the 19th most populous in India It is a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Tāj Mahal, Agra Fort andFatehpūr Sikrī, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. It was known then as Akbarabād and remained the capital of the Mughal Empire under the Emperors Akbar,Jahāngīr and Shāh Jahān. Shāh Jahān later shifted his capital to Shāhjahānabād in the year 1689.

 

Other places of interest:

1) Fatehpur Sikri Palace in the vicinity of Agra built by Mughal Emperor Akbar.

 

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2) Agra Fort A marvel of Mughal Architecture.

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3) Tomb of Akbar the Great.

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4) Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah

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5)  Jameh Masjid, Agra built on the orders of Shahjahan in 1648.

 

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And i will take the liberty to start over again from A :P The one who finishes should have the option to start from A.

So..........

So our own, OBL fame, Abbotabad

 Located in the Hazara region of the KP province. The city is well known throughout Pakistan for its pleasant weather, high-standard educational institutions and Military Establishment Pakistan Military Academy Kakul. It remains a popular hill station attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every year

Abbottabad, under the Raj was the headquarters of the Hazara District during British rule of India. It was named after Major James Abbot who founded the town and district in January 1853 after the annexation of Punjab. He remained the first Deputy Commissioner of the Hazara district from 1849 until April 1853. Major Abbott is noted for having written a poem titled "Abbotabad", before he went back to Britain, in which he wrote of his fondness for the town and his sadness at having to leave it.

Poem by James Abbot

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St. Luke Church

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Thandiani

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City View

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Shimla Pahari

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