Let’s take a look at Ramappa Temple which was built at least 800 years ago, and by the end of this video, I think you would agree with me that ancient builders must have used a very advanced technology, similar to modern day technology. Let’s take a look at the ceiling in the center of this temple. In one square, we can see hundreds of Gods and if you zoom in and shine a flashlight, we can identify each and every one of them. Every corner tells a story. We are not going to examine the complex spiral designs which look like 3d cymatic patterns, we are not going to look at the protruding buds, and the centerpiece which is hanging out in the middle. We are only going to zoom in on the smaller figures which are less than 1 inch long. This temple was invaded by a commander called Malik Kafur, and he destroyed some of these figures. But what’s fascinating is that after he destroyed the figures, you can clearly see the X mark behind them.

This means there is a gap between each small idol, and the surface at the back. The idols are very small, less than 1 inch long, so the gaps between the idol and the background must have been in millimeters. So, how did anyone create these X marks behind them within these small gaps? Forget about ancient machining technology. We cannot even carve these X marks today, because there is no room to put your hands inside and carve them?

How can we make the X pattern on solid rock, with 2 millimeters space to carve, even with modern machinery? We would need flexible drilling and polishing tools similar to instruments used for advanced surgical operations like laparoscopy. Even if they were molded using rock melting technology, the ancient builders would still need very advanced precision tools to create the mold or the frame itself. But there is more baffling evidence of ancient machining technology. This temple has a series of statues placed all around it, and at first look, you think they are modern day wax models molded to perfection. Archeologists confirm that these were made by ancient builders, but there are no tool marks, and no human errors made on these structures. Were they created using high tech engraving and polishing tools, similar to what we use today?

Now, what really baffles me about these statues is not how perfect they are, but how they are still standing in place, even after a powerful earthquake shook this temple. The earthquake dislodged many of the blocks in the temple, and I have already shown you how the ancient builders made this structure earthquake proof. But how did these statues, not fall down? These are individual statues made of black basalt and are standing at an angle. How are they attached to these sandstone blocks behind them? Normally, it would be impossible to find out, but ancient builders were extremely clever, they knew that someday, someone would come looking for answers.

Written by Assata Nzingha 

Best piece of advice I can give you if you want to leave the US.

Conceive an exit strategy NOW.

My current existence has been in the making in my mind for over 20 years, but logistically for about 1.5 years.

I paid down all my debt, all I have now as far as debt is my vehicle. This was a choice. Whenever I go back to the states I want and deserve to ride nice.

Start working on yourself. This is the most important piece believe it or not.

If you are miserable and complaining in the US, you will do the same in another country. Geography doesn’t change who you are, it only changes your location.

Readjust how you are living, this prepares you for life in another country.

Stop being so attached to people, places, and things. Embrace new changes and environments.

Expand your mind and learn new languages. There are tons of free and paid programs online. YouTube is a great resource as well. This is just a start as immersion into another culture is the best way to learn. I know more Spanish in 3 months than I’ve learned in 10 years.

Start expanding your interests. Get a hobby. Learn a new skill. Really explore who you are and what makes you happy because these are the things you will be doing while living abroad.

GET YOUR PASSPORT. Take action on your dreams and watch The Universe present opportunities to you for travel. Gotta be ready in order to stay ready.

Subscribe to travel websites and blogs, start randomly looking at other countries until you vibe with one you like. Go to YouTube and research scams, currency, things to do, cost of living, etc.

Research your dream like you study and research all these things that keep your attention like cell phones, celebrities, and the latest trends!

Do what a person who plans to live abroad would be doing and you are steps closer to your dreams.

The Universe and God is a supply and demand system that likes to fill voids, present what you want and watch it materialize before your eyes.

All photos courtesy of Jermaine Griggs, Pictured in: Taj Mahal, Agra, India

This time last year, 34-year-olds Sarah and Jermaine Griggs seemed to be living the American dream. They were homeowners in California, the parents of three smart and beautiful children and the owners of two successful businesses including an online marketing consulting firm called AutomationClinic.com, and an online instrumental music company called HearandPlay.com.

But even with all of the assets that would seemingly make any family happy, the Griggs knew something was missing. With an itch to travel the world and introduce their kids to new cultures and adventures, Sarah and Jermaine knew that settling for a comfortable life in the United States was far from fulfilling. That’s why six months ago, the family of five set out on a journey to travel the world full-time and homeschool their children while doing it.

Pictured in: Egypt

“The inspiration came from a profound realization that these are our best years together and we shouldn’t spend this time trapped in what society wants us to do,” Jermaine tells Because of Them We Can. “Traveling around the world has been a desire for us but seemed like an impossible challenge with three school-aged children. When would ever be the right time? That’s when we decided to put our dream home on the market, notify their private school that we wouldn’t be returning, and started making preparations for the year ahead.”

So far, the family has visited 16 countries with Portugal being their latest stop.

“Our children are home-schooled, or you could say ‘world-schooled,’” says Jermaine. “We believe the world can be their school. That doesn’t mean the kids won’t return to traditional school, but for now we use online curriculums and supplements like Time4Learning, Khan Academy, IXL, Splash Math, plus field trips and experiential learning.”

Pictured in: Thailand

The couple explains how every country brings a different experience, with some places being their home for two weeks and other places being their home for just a few days.

“I think it comes down to our comfort level with the country,” says Jermaine. “For example, some told us that India might be too much for the kids but we definitely wanted to see Taj Mahal, so we made it a short trip. But after experiencing India ourselves, we’re convinced that we need to return with a longer itinerary.”

Pictured in: Maui, Hawaii

The family notes that their visit to Taj Mahal has been a highlight for them, in addition to other amazing adventures like landing via a helicopter on the top of a glacier in Queenstown, New Zealand, and taking a sea plane and landing on water in Fiji.

“There’s just too many,” says Jermaine of his favorite experiences thus far.

Their oldest child Jadyn, who is 11, says the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Bali was her favorite place to visit because ever since she was a toddler she’s had a fascination with monkeys and apes.

Pictured in: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

“In fact, one of her favorite movies, I know this sounds bad, when she was younger was ‘Planet of the Apes,’” explains her dad. “Having hundreds of monkeys roam around freely, jumping and swinging on her shoulders was a dream come true for her.”

As entrepreneurs, Sarah and Jermaine say they are blessed to have a supportive team at home who manages the day-to-day operations of both companies while they travel. But to prove that starting your own company isn’t a prerequisite to traveling, the couple says they plan to start a blog where they will share tips and advice for other families who are looking to financially afford trips around the world with their kids.

Pictured in: Queenstown, New Zealand

Through their traveling journey, Sarah and Jermaine say they hope their three children will develop a better understanding for life beyond the comforts of the U.S.

 

Read the full article at BecauseOfThemWeCan

 

The Taj Mahal  meaning “Crown of the Palace”  is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre)[5] complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.

Construction of the mausoleum was essentially completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in 2015 would be approximately 52.8 billion rupees (U.S. $827 million). The construction project employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.

Karibu!

Karibu means ‘welcome’ in Swahili, and you’re certainly going to feel at home when you arrive in Tanzania and get the opportunity to explore its national parks and meet its people.

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Below you’ll find all of the information you’ll need to prepare for your upcoming trip to Tanzania. Of course, if you have any additional information you can email info@shadowsofafrica.com.

Language

Masai boys may have many responsibilities, but they are also every bit as mischievous and adventurous as children everywhere.

Tanzania has two official languages: Swahili and English. Swahili, which has its origins in Zanzibar, is the most commonly spoken language in both Tanzania and Kenya.

English is widely spoken, however you may wish to bring along a Swahili to English phrasebook to give you access to the basics. The locals are always appreciative if you know a little bit of Swahili!

Below you’ll find a few useful Swahili phrases to get you started.

Useful Swahili Phrases

  • ·         Karibu: Welcome.
  • ·         Habari/Hujambo: Hello.
  • ·         Habari?/Habari yako?: How are you?
  • ·         Nzuri: Good. Standard reply to how are you.
  • ·         Samahani: Sorry.
  • ·         Asante: Thank you.
  • ·         Chakula: Food.
  • ·         Rafiki: Friend.
  • ·         Hapana: No.
  • ·         Ndio: Yes.

Time

Tanzania is in the +3 GMT time zone. The sun rises at approximately 6.30 in the morning and sets at around 18.45 in the evening.

The locals also use what is known as Swahili Time, which is quite a bit different to the conventional way of keeping time as we know it. 1:00 in the morning is the first hour after the sunrise (approximately 7am) and 1:00 in the evening is the first hour after sunset (approximately 7pm).

That being said, most businesses will operate using the standard way of measuring time.

Food

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Tanzania’s tourism industry means that there is a great variety of high quality food available. Hotels and restaurants provide cuisine from all around the world as well as local cuisine, so you can immerse yourself fully with Tanzanian food or sample the comforts of home.

Traditional Tanzanian food features plenty of meat (especially beef, chicken, and fish), rice, and vegetables. It’s simple, hearty food often accompanied by ugali, a flour and water based dough similar to polenta and eaten by hand.

Tanzanian’s love seafood, and Zanzibar is a culinary paradise for those who love freshly caught fish, shrimp, and the like.

You’ll also notice the Indian and British influences on Tanzanian cuisine, with everything from spicy curries to old British staples such as fish & chips popular with locals and visitors alike. In larger cities you’ll encounter steak houses, burger joints, and stores selling cuisine from around the world.

Vegetarians are also well catered for in Tanzania. With fresh fruits such as mangoes, coconuts, and pineapples available in abundance. With Tanzanian food so rich in vegetables, legumes, and rice – you’ll be able to find delicious vegetarian food without any trouble.

For the most part, food in Tanzania is perfectly safe to eat. It would be advisable to avoid eating cold, pre-prepared foods.

Water

It is not safe to drink tap water in Tanzania. In fact, it is advisable to use tap water only for showering or washing your hands.

To avoid health problems, use only bottled or filtered water for drinking and brushing your teeth.

Bottled water is cheap and readily available in Tanzania, and all lodges and restaurants will have it available. Shadows of Africa’s safari vehicles always come stocked with plenty of bottled water to ensure you remain hydrated while on safari.

Money, Credit Cards, Traveller’s Cheques, and ATMs

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Currency

The official Tanzanian currency is the Tanzanian Shilling. They have coins for 50, 100, and 1000 shillings; and notes for 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, and 10,000 shillings.

The US Dollar is widely used, but may not be accepted in some establishments. It is also important to note that most businesses that do accept US currency will not do so if it is torn or wrinkled.

Notes must not be older than 2006, as local businesses will automatically reject these due to a past counterfeiting problem.

Banks & Currency Exchange

Currency can be exchanged at banks, currency exchange offices (which are plentiful in the city), and in most hotels. Hotels generally offer the least favourable exchange rates.

Banks in Tanzania are open from 9am until 3.30pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am until 11am on Saturdays.

Tax

The tax rate in Tanzania amounts to 16% for most products and services. There is no process for reclaiming this amount upon departing the country.

ATMs

ATMs that accept both Visa and MasterCard are available in most cities. You will be able to withdraw from your accounts in local (Tanzanian shillings) currency by entering your PIN. The daily withdrawal limit amounts to roughly $300 USD.

Be sure to alert your bank that you will be traveling to Africa. Many banks will deem transactions made out of your native country as suspicious, and may lock access to your accounts if you have not forewarned them.

Credit Card

International credit cards (especially Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Thomas Cook) are accepted in most stores, restaurants, hotels, camping sites, lodges, car rental companies, etc. Many smaller stores will not have EFTPOS facilities, so it is generally better to carry cash.

Credit cards typically attract a 5-15% tax.

Traveler’s Cheques

Traveler’s cheques are not accepted anywhere in Tanzania.

Visas & Passports

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Entering Tanzania requires both a valid passport and a Tanzanian visa. While the information below is up to date at the time of writing, it is advisable to always check ahead to ensure visa processes or charges have not changed.

Who needs a visa?

With the exception of Hong Kong, Jamaica, Barbados, Malaysia, and roughly a dozen African nations; everybody entering Tanzania is required to have a tourist visa.

Passport

To enter Tanzania, you’ll also need a passport with at least six months validity remaining. If you are planning to apply for a visa upon arrival, you will also need two free, adjacent pages remaining in your passport.

How to obtain a visa

Visas are available upon arrival in Tanzania, whether you’re landing at the airport or are making a border crossing.

The cost of a visa upon arrival is $50 for non US citizens, and $100 for US citizens. This should be paid in USD. Other currencies are not accepted.

If you have any further questions about the visa process, please don’t hesitate to contact us. That’s what we’re here for!

Tipping

Tipping is customary in Tanzania, and is very much a part of the incomes of many people in the hospitality and tourism industry.

As a general rule of thumb, tipping for satisfactory service should be as follows:

  • ·         Safari and Kilimanjaro climbing guides: $$20 per person per day.
  • ·         Cooks, Porters, Caddies etc.: $15 per person per day.

Electricity and Electronic Devices

Tanzanian power outlets use 220-240V, 50Hz. If you are traveling from a country with a voltage less than 220V should check whether or not their electronic devices have a dual voltage power supply. If not, you may need to purchase a converter before leaving.

Generally speaking, most electronics (smart phones, digital cameras, tablets, and computers) work on a dual voltage basis. Electrical appliances such as razors and hair dryers do not..

Tanzania uses the 3 pin ‘British’ plug, which is comprised of three square/rectangular pegs. Travel adaptors can be purchased at airports and at most larger department stores.

When on safari, it is advisable to bring along items that run on batteries. While most hotels and our Shadows of Africa safari vehicles do have power outlets in which you can charge your devices, in campsites or lodges that run on generators, you may not have access to electricity to charge your appliances.

Safety

Tanzania is one of the safest countries in East Africa, but you never can be too careful when you’re on the road. While safari areas are generally very safe, the country is no stranger to criminal activity. Like any other country in the world, there is always some risk of theft.

It is advisable that you listen closely to your guide’s advice at all times, and that is especially true in some urban areas. Either leave your valuables (such as many, electronics, credit cards, and documentation) behind in your hotel room’s safe, or carry them with you in concealed inner pockets.

Don’t flaunt your valuables in public, as this may draw unwanted attention to you. Pickpockets are particularly active in heavily touristed areas, so it pays to be cautious when in cities and areas popular with tourists.

It is always a good idea to make copies of all of your important documents and keep them in your luggage.

 

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Have you visited any of these ruins before? What’s your favorite place to get a glimpse of Florida’s past?