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Looking back on October…

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November already!

I was waiting eagerly for this turn of month…  Many times, these last 31 days, I was tempted to look at the list of flags I had already gathered when October started, to see if this or that country was visiting for the first time, as I thought. But I resisted! Woot woot!!

For those of you new to the Cove, I have this blogging goal of getting at least one “read” from every country on the globe. Childish? Yeah, a little bit, but it always makes me happy to see a new flag in my stats, especially since, with time, there are fewer and fewer countries to wish for!

So, in alphabetical order, not to create any jealousy, here are my October’s new flags!

Benin, Costa Rica, Georgia, Maldives, Seychelles, Thailand and…. Venezuela!

And just like a month ago, here are fun facts about each country;

 

 

Benin

I read that about 4.5% of Benin’s population uses The Internets. I don’t know how recent this piece of information is, but if only about one out of twenty people surf online, I feel REALLY lucky to have that flag in my bag!!

 

Costa Rica

Ticos (Costa Rica’s inhabitants) often refer to their loved one as their “media naranja”… Meaning “the other half of their orange”! How cute is that? 🙂

 

Georgia

“Spoken Georgian is like no other language you are likely to hear. It belongs to its own ancient linguistic group unlike any other language spoken outside the region. It includes rare sounds that many visitors may never have heard before. Some consonants, for example, are pronounced from the back of the throat with a sudden guttural puff of air. Georgian has its own 33-letter alphabet thought to be based on the sort of Aramaic spoken in the time of Jesus. To the untutored eye, the letters look very much alike. A squiggle too far and your “k” can easily turn into a “v” or a “p”. But even without understanding it, Georgian writing is beautiful, a myriad of theatrical swirls and flourishes. Very fitting to a country of dramatic personalities.” (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-23072361)

That caught my attention… I thought learning Danish was a singular choice for a third language, but maybe I should have chosen Georgian instead? Na! Danish is too dear to me… I’ll stick to it, but I do have to listen to some Georgian stuff on YouTube to know how special it is!

 

Maldives Islands

The first actual kingdom was said to have been established by the son of the king of Kalinga in India. The king was greatly displeased with his son, so he was sent away to the Maldives—what was then known as Dheeva Maari. This prince, named Sri Soorudasaruna Adeettiya, was responsible for the establishment of the Maldives’ Adeetta Dynasty. Also known as the Solar Dynasty, this era ended with the marriage of a Solar Dynasty queen to a prince of Kalinga’s Lunar Dynasty. (http://listverse.com/2014/01/24/10-interesting-facts-about-the-maldives/)

Might be a legend… But I don’t want to know! An exiled Prince… I buy it!!

 

Seychelles

The Seychelles was once a pirate hideout, in particular Anse Forbans (Pirate’s Cove) on Mahé and Côte d’Or on Praslin. It is believed that famous pirate Olivier Levasseur hid a treasure worth more than $160,000 that remains unfound.(https://www.tcsworldtravel.com/blog/8-fascinating-facts-about-the-seychelles)

Two words here… Pirate. Hideout. How cool is that??  Who wants to join me on a trip to go look for the 160,000$? As we say in French “qui m’aime, me suive!” (also applies to blogging… lol)

 

Thailand

The full spelling of its capital, Bangkok, was clearly finalised before the days of Twitter. It is known to Thais as Krung Thep Maha Nakho, but its full ceremonial name is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit (a Tweet-busting 169 characters).  (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/thailand/articles/Thailand-20-fascinating-facts/)

I hate Twitter. Well… Hate might be a bit strong, but I don’t like it. At all. What I do like, is that insanely long name. I might try to learn it by heart… That’s the kind of things I like to challenge myself into. Wanna race me? I’ll take any offer… First one who can say it all wins… Wins what, you say? Hmmm…  Challenge me, we’ll see!

 

Venezuela

This one’s for you gentlemen…  Venezuela is the record holder when it comes to Miss World and Miss Universe titles! They won 6 so far. So, if you’re into world peace, Venezuela is for you, obviously.

Little extra, Venezuela is a country name I always have to think twice before saying. And that’s because of an ooooold family running gag. We started saying Vezenuela a long time ago (I completely forgot why) and now, I’m doomed. I have to stop to think where that “z” belongs…

 

I hope you learned something today… I know I did 🙂

Happy November!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Looking back on October…

    1. I have visited 14 countries through my past traveling… But through blogging, I had a reading from 77 countries so far, which I find pretty exciting!! I never would have imagined my words traveling so much in just about a year! 🙂

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      1. This community truly is amazing! I am soooo happy I joined WordPress… I remember the day I was surfing, shopping for the perfect site to establish the Cove…. Man! I had no idea what was ahead of me! hehehehe

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      2. I know right! When I was looking for a place to express myself, I wanted a place where there are not as many people as on youtube and Twitter and nor too less, just the right amount. I finally landed up here, all the people I meet here are so supportive and understanding, I think that’s because the crowd here is more mature

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      3. Probably… I also think that building a blog is, generally, more work than keeping a YouTube or Twitter account (it takes a minute to publish a video of your friend lighting up his fart, or tweeting about the latest gossip) but posts on blogs usually mean more time spent on content…. Usually, there are exceptions on each sides, of course!

        I still am impressed of the overall positive feeling on WP… A great place to be! I am grateful to have interesting interaction with interesting people like you, instead of having to deal with trolls on other social media platforms 🙂

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    1. Sorry for the delay, Amira… The holidays, and being away from home have put me a little behind in my answering to comments 🙂

      I am glad you enjoyed your visit in the Cove, and I will make sure to visit your blog too 🙂 I totally understand how it is to miss faraway land we once came from…

      I hope to see you again around soon…

      Happy new year, and the best to you and your loved ones!!

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