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Emily Meets World - British Nomad Teacher
Years ago, while Emily was teaching physics in the UK, she took a trip to South Africa and Botswana back in 2008 and was consumed by the travel bug on the spot. When she got back home after 3 lovely months, the travellers blues descended upon her and made her decide to live and work in Madrid for 5 months before returning to the United Kingdom to complete her teacher training. Unfortunately, it took her four more years before she worked up the courage to follow her dream of living her life permanently on the road. She finally gathered her wits about her and took the big leap of faith in February 2012 and ever since has never looked back or given it a second thought. She sold her car and all of her possessions to enable her to scrimp together every penny she could get her hands on for this trip of a lifetime.

She has visited numerous interesting countries and experienced life changing events such as diving the Great Barrier Reef to meeting wild orangutans in the Sumatran rainforest, being awed by the mighty Grand Canyon to her dream of a big 5 safari in the Serengeti. These days she divides her time between travelling the world, especially on the continent of Africa, to working at her new found job as a governess at a cattle station in Australia. Currently in Peru she has been to twenty-six countries after a short hiatus in the UK to work on her blog and catch her breath. And by the way, she speaks Spanish, not that it probably did her all that much good in Africa, but likely came in handy in Peru and will also be invaluable in Bolivia where she will be going next.

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Carnival - Celebrations Around the World
Throughout Central and South America as well as in the Caribbean and even Europe, a festive season occurs immediately before Lent with the main events usually happening during February. Carnival generally involves a public celebration or parade of sexy women with ornate costumes and men dancing down the streets. Spectators often dress up for these events, which celebrate a parody of routine daily life.

Carnival is traditionally held in areas around the world with a large Catholic population. In Argentina, the most representative Carnival celebrated is the so-called Murga, although other well known Carnivals are held in the Argentine Mesopotamia and in the northeast area of the country. Gualeguaychú, in the east of Entre Ríos province, is the most important Argentinian carnival city and has one of the largest street parades. Corrientes is another city with an excellent Carnival tradition.

La Diablada Carnival takes place in the city of Oruro located in central Bolivia. It is celebrated in honor of the patron saint of the miners, Vírgen de Socavon - the Virgin of the Tunnels. Over 50 parade groups dance, sing, play music and basically go crazy over a five kilometer route. The people involved in the parade dress up as demons, devils, angels, Incas and Spanish conquerors. There are various kinds of dances such as caporales and tinkus. The parade runs from morning until late in the evening, 18 hours a day, on the 3 days before Ash Wednesday.

In Santa Cruz de la Sierra, on the east side of Bolivia, the tropical weather allows them to have a Brazilian-style Carnival, with people called Comparsas dancing traditional songs and parading in matching uniforms. In 2001 it was declared one of the Masterpieces of Oral Heritage and Intangible Heritage of Humanity for Brazil by UNESCO.

The Carnival in Uruguay is the longest in the world - with more than 40 days of celebration. It usually begins towards the end of January and runs through mid March with celebrations in Montevideo, the capital, being the largest and brightest. Their festival is performed in the European parade style with elements from Bantu and Angolan Benguela cultures imported with slaves in colonial times. The main attractions of Uruguayan Carnival include two colorful parades called Desfile de Carnival - Carnival Parade, and Desfile de Llamadas - Calls Parade, a candombe-summoning parade.

Even though Carnival is celebrated around the world it is best known by the images that come from the celebrations in the Caribbean, South and Central America.

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Troublesome Patriarchal Dominance - Time For More Women in Positions of Power

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Women from around the world that are living on the edge, doing something special, making a difference or generally in possession of a unique nature. In my book these women should be put in positions of power and allowed a chance to see what they would add to our world, instead of the men that promise blah-blah-blah and then fill their own pockets as well as the pockets of their buddies. The way I see it, any of this diverse group of women would be an improvement...

These are the kind of women that should be put in positions of power. They would make positive contributions with their time and resources and leave the world better for having been here. And not to mention the fact that they all certainly look far more appealing...

From century to century throughout history the men have ruled the roost in politics and business and relegated the home as the place where the women were to direct their attention and efforts. The women have done their job admirably, but the men have failed miserably in most cases. Their politics are corrupt and their businesses have turned into large greedy corporations. The patriarchal model is evidently not working so well - so maybe it's time to hand the reins over to the women. The wars and conflicts around the world are the result of male dominance in politics, and more often than not, are set in motion to benefit male controlled corporate interests. Turn on the evening news anywhere in the world and you'll see images of angry men in conflict and women and children in flight. It is time for change...

Women Of Substance - Interesting and Unique Women



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unique women of the world


unique women of the world

Worldwide women are asserting themselves and taking charge of everything from the corporate boardroom to more artistic and unique positions in the world of art, design, cuisine and adventure travel. On the African continent women are raising themselves into postions of power in politics, the arts and business. Women are no longer to be kept within stereotypical confines and are no longer asking for empowerment, but are simply taking charge over their lives and the situations and events that affect them. Above are just three of these self empowered females.


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Prominent Womens Groups - Women Around the World

www.wedo.org

As a global women's advocacy organization, WEDO envisions a just world that promotes and protects human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment. WEDO's mission is to ensure that women's rights; social, economic and environmental justice; and sustainable development principles, as well as the linkages between them are at the heart of global and national policies, programs and practices.

www.wilpfinternational.org

Started in 1915, when 1,200 women from a diversity of cultures and languages came together in The Hague during the First World War, to study, make known and eliminate the causes of war. They issued resolutions, sent out delegations to most countries engaged in the First World War and created our organisation: the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. WILPF for short.

www.w4.org

W4 - Women's WorldWide Web is an online collaborative platform dedicated to empowering girls and women around the world, through education, microfinance, access to ICTs and networking. Connect with us and co-create opportunities for girls and women to thrive.

www.unwomen.org

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization's goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

www.now.org

Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

www.wilsoncenter.org

The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers. The Council currently has 49 Members. The Council's mission is to promote good governance and enhance the experience of democracy globally by increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead at the highest levels in their countries.

www.womensrefugeecommission.org

The Women's Refugee Commission is having positive impact on the lives of displaced women, children and youth around the world. Their programs focus on reproductive health, economic livelihoods, displaced youth, asylum seekers and people with disabilities.

www.ifuw.org

The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) is an international, non-profit organization of women graduates. We were founded in 1919 by women who believed in the importance of education and working together for peace, international understanding and friendship.

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A different traveller has emerged in the current generation that are looking for more than just merely going sight-seeing. The new travelers are using their journeys to find where they belong in the world both physically and spiritually by immersing themselves in different cultures. Some use it to change their own perspectives and yet others use it as an opportunity to effect positive changes in the cultures they visit. But you do not need to have a mission to embark on your own journey. The following stories will provide a glimpse at what some of these new travelers are doing when they travel. Travelling is no longer limited to a matter of weeks spent away from a job, but has to many replaced the job with an occupation more interesting and fulfilling. Many of the reasons why people travel today are similar to the reasons why both men and women embarked on extensive journeys at the turn of the 19th century. One of the main reasons is that they want firsthand knowledge and experience of the world in which they live.

Often the modern day adventure traveller more than likely carries a pocket-sized digital camera, a credit card, cell phone and even a laptop computer. Travels on commercial airlines, on buses, by train or in a car. Sleeps in hotels, pensions or hostels occasionally if not camping out in a high-tech tent with a wind-proof stove, goose-down sleeping bag and Perrier water from a super-lightweight titanium flask. Gets up in the morning and puts on a pair of Addidas Cuzco hiking boots after pulling on an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt and slipping on a Helly Hansen Helly Tech waterproof, breathable textile jacket with several high-energy bars in the pockets. Most of the travellers adventure has been in waiting for UPS to show up at the door with the latest must have travel gear, so when its time to travel, it is a wonder that this traveller has not run out of cash and been forced to just stay home by the telly and watch the Discovery Channel. But that is not to say that all modern day adventure travellers fit this description. Many take on tough challenges, although not as extreme as their counterparts near the turn of the century. Arnold Henry Savage Landor, Isabella Lucy Bird and Thomas Stevens were not modern day adventure travellers, but saw and recorded more people and their customs on more continents than most modern day travellers - and did the majority of their travels on steamships, horseback or on foot. Read their travel books that are free e-book downloads in a choice of formats at the bottom of each of their pages.

Thomas Stevens
Thomas Stevens


Isabella Lucy Bird
Isabella Lucy Bird


A. Henry Savage Landor
A. Henry Savage Landor



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