Rio de Janiero 2016 Olympic Games torch and Brazilian torch relay launch

With just 397 days until the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janiero 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the games organisers have proudly revealed their innovative Olympic torch design. Whilst the previous Olympic torches have the complete design immediately revealed, the 2016 games version delivers a surprise.

On the exterior, the torch initially apppears as a simple white baton, but then as the Olympic flame is passed on to the next torch bearer, like magic, the torch hyper extends to reveal the inside coloured heart elements warmth of the Brazilian people. According to the official Rio 2016 website, the contagious energy is represented when the coloured segments open up and release energy for the moment of the kiss (passing of the Olympic flame)

The different coloured segments reflect the combined elements of the Brazilian landscape being the waves of the Golden sky / sun, lush Green mountains, blue seas and the iconic black and white Rio de Janiero promenade pattern as the ground. The torch also has a rounded triangular shape representing the three Olympic values – excellence, friendship and respect.

Amid continued concerns about the continued pollution issues of Rio de Janieros’ beaches, construction schedule timeframes and security, it’s refreshing to see the Brazilian spirit represented in an innovative and inspiring Olympic torch design.

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San Andres -Colombia

Definately the jewel of the Colombian Caribbean region is the San Andres Island. Unusual in the fact that its a fair distance from the mainland and actually closer to Nicaragua (theres history behind it all), nether the less in the end is Colombian. Pristine beaches and imagery of tropical nirvana is just that too tenpting. Its right up there on my travel to visit list.

– Anth

Peru Timelapse

South america is home to many world wonders – especially the Machu Picchu city ruins in Peru, high up within the Andean mountains. The landscapes are as diverse as the people that live within them and viewing this video provides a prelude of what one can expect when travelling to the region. Facinating and intoxicating!

– Anth

Rio port regeneration works – 2016 Olympics

Works are well on their way for the 2016 Olympic games to be held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

The below video details the vision and concept of the revitalised Rio de janeiro post area. They are modelling the changes on the successful port regeneration that was carried out prior to the 1992 Barcleona olympic games. The new area will include hotels, olympic infrastructure, inviting recreational beach front areas and also other key infrastructure venues.

Check out the video and the exciting developments ocurring in Rio – the whole city is literally being transformed (notably the pacification of the hillside favelas)

Information obtained from: http://rio2016.com/en/news/news/implosion-of-perimetral-viaduct-paves-the-way-to-revitalisation-of-rios-port-area

San Andres Island (Colombia)

San Andres island is unique in that it’s located quite a distance from Colombia in the middle of the Carribbean sea. Is not far from Nicaragua and that has led to Nicaragua successfully gaining the rights around these areas (it’s a hot topic). The island is unique also as it was formely a stop over point for pirates and other shipping activities around the region. Easily accessible from the mainland via direct flights for example from bogota and Cartagena, its really a place you must visit.

Travel Brazil – The Heart Of Carnaval

Brazilian Carnaval – what a sight. It’s enticed me so much that I’ve already contacted my travel agent to plan a potential trip in February 2015 (for the carnaval then). The energy, music and vibrancy (not to mention the elaborate floats) is really just jaw dropping.

 

 

Colombia – Magical realism (Overall)

The country of our families’ heritage and full of life / energy. The national tourism organisation has put together great promotional material showcasing the country in various mediums. Quashing the stereotypical view that the country is a haven for drugs and gurerrilas. there definately more than meets the eye.