Vietnam – Halong Bay


It’s April of 2021 and Day 22 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 22 Country: Vietnam

“Ha long” means a descending dragon. Halong bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular tourist destination where travelers can take a boat ride to appreciate this natural wonder and breath-taking natural landscapes. The significant part of the bay is thousands of limestone karsts and isles in numerous shapes and sizes. The limestones have gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. Hạlong Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species which think is astounding. The bay consists of around 1600 limestone monolithic islands each topped with thick jungle vegetation, rising spectacularly from the ocean. There are also abundant lakes in these limestone islands.

Credits: by Taewangkorea – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83218

Poem:

I wonder sometimes,
How does the earth,
Smile, rejoice, cry?
Does it smile,
Painting landscapes?
Does it rejoice, in flowers?
Does it cry,
Looking at us?

Every emotion is balanced with other. Beauty and the beast are always together.

Turkey – Cappadocia


It’s April of 2021 and Day 20 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 20 Country: Turkey

Cappadocia is a region of exceptional natural wonders. The area is a popular tourist destination, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic, and cultural features. It has awed the visitors not just from above the surface but also from beneath the ground. Cappadocia is a semi-arid region in central Turkey and is known for its distinctive fairy chimneys, tall cone-shaped rock formations, swooping rock valleys, mesmerizing landscapes. Cappadocia is one of the world’s top destinations to take a hot air balloon ride. Tourists say it’s a fortnight long exploration, each day capturing million striking memories. I insist to check other pictures on web.

Credits: by Ivankazaryan – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=90872624

Poem:

From up there,
High in the sky,
Are dancing angels,
For the,
Words you gather,
Songs you write.
Put up a show,
Worthy it.

I know the angels up there are up for every kind of dance. Happy, hippy, lyrical and also with demons.

Russia – Matryoshka Dolls


It’s April of 2021 and Day 18 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 18 Country: Russia

I had a hard time selecting one from the world’s largest country Russia. Potential superpower, high human development index, rich in culture, tourism, art, cuisines, museums, lakes, artefacts, there were numerous known’s to pick one. I finally made peace with Matryoshka dolls. Also known as babushka dolls, stacking dolls, nesting dolls, Russian tea dolls etc. are a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. The first Russian nested doll set was made in 1890. They are a traditional representation of the mother carrying a child within her. The doll set envisages chain of mothers carrying on the family legacy through the child in their womb – usually a set of nested 5 dolls (the original older set had 8).

Credits: by 0x010C – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37316716

Poem:

Bravery will house brave,
Real, more real.
Dreams grow likewise,
Zeal and passion along.
However, one must be,
fearless enough,
To stand,
And stay still.

In similar ways, the fearful will gather more fear and carry the same legacy.

Qatar – Dallah


It’s April of 2021 and Day 17 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 17 Country: Qatar

Qatar is classified by the UN as a country of very high human development and is backed by the world’s third-largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves. The capital Doha is a rapidly growing modern city with skyscrapers and blooming economy. The city leaves behind one mesmerized. Dallah, the coffee pots are known to be one of the best souvenirs of Qatar. They’ve been used for centuries to brew the traditional spicy, bitter coffee. The Dallah brewed coffee is part of the Qatari tradition of hospitality and ceremony. These are traditional coffee pots made of steel, brass, silver, or even 24K gold for special occasions or used by royalty.

Poem:

Some saw it half,
Some with mask,
Some saw it late,
Some oversaw.
What you brew,
The way you brew,
Is usually, always,
And only with you.

The stories of ‘you’ will be passed on and analyzed in the ways you never imagined. There are moments that are beautiful only because you know ‘your’ story.

Oman – Wahiba Sands


It’s April of 2021 and Day 15 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 15 Country: Oman

Oman is famous for its ancient aflaj oases irrigation system, terraced orchards fortresses, sailing ships etc. Oman’s capital Muscat is famous for dazzling souks and superb seafood, and also its terrain brings the biggest adventures and hence the tourists. One of tourist attraction, Wahiba Sands is now known as the Sharqiya Sands named for the Bani Wahiba tribe. The desert has been of scientific interest noting 16,000 invertebrates as well as 200 species of other wildlife and 150 species of native flora. The area is defined by 12,500 square kilometres. Classic desert scenery with dunes & flora attracts visitors to this region and is also known for Bedouins (Bedouins are nomadic Arab Tribes who have historically inhabited the desert regions).

Credits: by Andries Oudshoorn – 080318-110 Oman – Sharqiya Sands – Al Areesh CampUploaded by mangostar, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6840251

Poem:

It might be hard,
To count and note,
Every sand grain.
Because,
You can’t count,
You did not note,
You can’t let go,
Any sand grain.

We might think something to be an abrupt event, but every little thing counts and adds up to it. If we did not see, does not mean, it was not there.