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MONGOLIA 2019
 Mongolia, people often think they know about it then think a bit a more and realise 'perhaps I don't know so much?' So here are some facts about Mongolia to make you an instant pub-quiz expert – a quick profile of the country and the things that make Mongolia the country that it is – so you can talk with some authority on the Land of Blue Skies…
As befits the country’s national hero, the larger-than-life Chinggis Khan, a monument has been built to his memory about 33 miles east of Ulaanbaatar. The Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue is 40m ( 132 ft )  high.
In the 1920s, fossilised dinosaur remains were found in the Gobi Desert, along with the first dinosaur eggs. Many dinosaur fossils still lie exposed today, so remember to glance down every now and then.
Chinggis Khan (1162-1227) is Mongolia’s most famous person. He founded the Mongol Empire and conquered most of Eurasia, unifying the nomadic tribes. He takes credit for developing the modern postal service, adopting the Uyghur script as his Empire’s writing system and controlling and promoting trade and communications along the Silk Road.
Mongolia fell under communist rule in 1921 and remained so for nearly 70 years. In 1990 after civil unrest, the country transitioned successfully into democracy, a multi-party system and a market economy.
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In 2016, Mongolia's capital Ulan Bator overtook both New Delhi and Beijing as the capital with the highest air pollution levels in the world.

The Planet’s Temperature is Rising
The globe is warming. In 2013, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded in its authoritative fifth assessment report that "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased". They also stated that “Human influence on the climate system is clear.” Scientists from NASA and other research institutions around the world have been routinely collecting temperature data from a wide number of locations all over the planet. Their records of Earth’s average temperature go back to the 1880s, the earliest year for which reliable instrumental records were available worldwide. Adding to the evidence of direct temperature measurements, studies by independent teams of researchers indicate that the planet is undergoing one of the largest climate changes in Earth’s history, and also one of the fastest in the past 65 million years. Not only that, the current warming is projected to occur at a rate 10 times faster than any change over that period.
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SEPTEMBER 2019
A SHORT HISTORY OF EL SALVADOR
The history of El Salvador begins with several Mesoamerican nations, especially the Cuzcatlecs, as well as the Lenca and Maya. In the early 16th century, the Spanish Empire conquered the territory, incorporating it into the Viceroyalty of New Spain ruled from Mexico City. In 1821, the country achieved independence from Spain as part of the First Mexican Empire. in 1838 El Salvador became an independent republic
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First impression after landed in Nigeria
When I went to pick up my luggage and on the way to the exit I was stopped by a customs officer who even without opening the suitcase asked me if I had a gift for him. My whole stay in this country struggled with bribery; be it in a hotel, a store, or taxi. Privately, I think that Nigeria is a beautiful country, but destroyed by people who quickly want to enrich at the expense of another human being.

Just a short story. After being discharged in Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria, I went to passport control, it seemed strange to me that people who lined up in front of me would put small monetary values in their passport. I was amazed to see a border officer taking a bribe. I passed border controls without any problem, without giving any money to the official. It's not over yet.....
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Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world.
wonderful trip to Madeira and Portugal.
Portugal sits on the edge of Europe in relative obscurity, especially when compared to neighbouring Spain and France. Most people have not only heard of Spain and France, but could easily list a few facts about each country and its culture. Although most people don’t know a lot about Portugal, there are at least couple things that almost everybody thinks of when they think about it...
- Portugal is famous for the production of Port Wine, which is produced in the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal. Although some other countries produce a port-style wine – South Africa, for instance – only port wine produced in Porto can be called Port.
- It’s impossible not to think of football when you think of Portugal. Most of Portugal’s most famous celebrities are footballers, for example Cristiano Ronaldo, Luís Figo, and Eusébio.
- Portugal is one of Europe’s top surfing destinations, and every year thousands of wave-lovers flock to destinations like Lagos in the Algarve, Peniche in Oeste, and Matosinhos near Porto to put board to water on Portugal’s Atlantic coast. But Portugal isn’t just another surfing destination, it’s where some of the top surfing records have been broken.
- Although Portugal is now an obscure country on the corner of Europe, it was once one of the biggest empires in the world. Portugal was also the first country to go in search of the new world and, had that not happened, the world would be a very different place today.
- Portugal is the world’s top cork producer, and is home to the largest cork forest in the world. Cork and cork-based products make up roughly 2.3% of Portugal’s exports.
- Azulejos (tiles), Portuguese buildings, particularly those in Lisbon, are just incredibly photogenic thanks to the beautiful tiles that line the outside of the buildings. Tiles are used to regulate heat in the buildings, and the concept was introduced into Portugal when Portugal was under Moorish rule.
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 Saint Anthony of Padua in Italy, was originally from Lisbon



MY LAST FLIGHT EXPERIENCE
I did not expect much from my experience at Aeroflot, but ended up being pleasantly surprised.
To be honest, I went into this flight with a “let’s get this thing over with” attitude, but I was pleasantly surprised by my experience. The in-flight entertainment was extensive, food and drinks were adequate, the seats had enough pitch and Aeroflot provided some basic amenities, even in economy.
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