is the Islamic month of fasting, which means no food or drink between
sunrise and sunset. The dates for Ramadan shift every year by about 11
days, depending on the lunar calendar rather than the solar calendar.
This year, Ramadan was right in the middle of summer.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is known as the best one-day hike in New Zealand,
and one of the best in the world. The look of the terrain changes
throughout the trek and gives you glimpses of moon like valleys, active
volcanoes, and beautiful lakes.
Every year the Mekong River backs up and increases the size of Tonle
Sap, the largest lake in Southeast Asia, from 2700 to 16000 square km.
A prime breeding ground for fish, Tonle Sap is responsible for 75% of
Cambodia's inland fish catch, and 60% of it's protein intake.
Unfortunately, pollution (you can see in green), and planned dams along
the Mekong threaten the lake, and the people who depend on it.