Lake Victoria: a sick giant
Lake Victoria was discovered in 1858 British Explorer John Speke, after a few months of their research, the sources of the Nile. Then the lake appeared in front of him so large and beautiful that he gave him the name of the British Queen. But now the Lake is in poor condition and is on the brink of environmental disaster. If John Speke could see lake Victoria today, painting what he saw would have caused him most likely shock and disbelief. The lake has become a smelly, suffocating from algae, a large body of water.
Ecological health of lake Victoria has been deeply undermined by the rapidly growing population, boom in fish exports, the disappearance of some fish species, the rapid growth of algae and the discharge of untreated sewage by industrial enterprises. Most of the damage is extensive and irreversible. The traditional way of life of the lake communities almost destroyed. Scientists are concerned that soon the lake Victoria may become dead.
Named in honor of the Queen of England, the African lake Victoria is the world’s largest tropical lake and second largest freshwater lake. The area of the lake on a total of 69 000 square kilometers. Although this Continue reading
This journey was memorable to me its uniqueness. I would call it “Traveling first time”: first time in Latin America, the first time below the Equator, etc.
So my puteshestvie began with the landing in Ecuador’s capital, Quito. It was evening and pervich memories remain chaotic lights and dark narrow streets. The next day we went to walk around the city. To start, we went up the hill with a viewing platform “El Panecillo”. On top of the statue of the Saint, and with a significant hill offers amazing views of the city.
The city was struck by its diversity: from narrow dirty streets, to Shikari temples with expensive furnishings.
Plaza San Francisco
Iglesia de la compañía
Iglesia de El Sagrario
Iglesia de Basilica
And almost everywhere you can see IT!
In the evening you can stroll along the “Calle de La Ronda”. There are many restaurants with live music, as well as people demonstrating their talents. Napomnit our Arbat.
The next place that you want to visit, is 40 minutes from the city and is called “Monumento Mitad del Mundo” or the Middle, or Equator line. Unforgettable standing with one foot in North plecarii and the other in the South.
If poverty is not felt, then 30 minutes into the mountains and you find yourself in a different world, where Continue reading