10 Surprising Facts about Tanzania, Africa you never knew

 

 

So Alex and Sam introduced you to the spectacular Tanzania, Africa in ALEX HUNT and The Chase for Rhapta, but here are

10 Surprising Facts about Tanzania, Africa you never knew!


1.  Dr. Leakey, the famous East Africa archaeologist, discovered the earliest human skull in the world, which dated back 2 million years in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.

 

2.  The coconut crab is the world’s largest crab and native to Tanzania.  Apparently it is also one of the tastiest crabs in the world!

 

3.  Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the rock band ‘Queen’ was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

 

4.  The world’s longest river, the Nile, originates from Lake Victoria, Tanzania.

 

5.  Once a year a million wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya. The world-renowned migration is so epic that it became one of the seven natural wonders of the world!

 

6.  Tanzania sports the famous mount Kilimanjaro which is the world’s tallest free standing mountain at roughly 5900 meters (19340 feet) above sea level.

 

7.  The moon shines so brightly at night that you won’t need a flashlight to see where you’re going.

 

8.  The most expensive wood in the world comes from the Mpingo trees commonly seen in Tanzania. This wood is used in many top quality music instruments.

 

9.  Tanzania houses the world’s largest volcanic crater, Ngorongoro, which has a diameter of 19kms (11.8miles) and is 600 meters (1968 feet) deep.

 

10.  Tanzania is home to the world’s only tree climbing lions!

 

 

Let me know which is your favorite fact you never knew about Tanzania!  Leave a comment at the end of this post or email me.

 

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The Golden Urn Unveiled

Photo by AP

 

Since the release of ALEX HUNT and The Golden Urn (Book 2 in The Alex Hunt Adventures), my inbox has been flooded with questions about the Golden Urn.

Thank you to all of you who have already purchased my book!

 

 

Similar to the lost city of Rhapta in ALEX HUNT and The Chase for Rhapta (Book 1 in The Alex Hunt Adventures), the Golden Urn is indeed a true-life relic which was in reality stolen.

So, in the spirit of sharing the history and true facts behind this remarkable ancient relic, I have put together a couple of images and a news article for you to enjoy.  Of course it is important for me to reiterate that my book, Alex Hunt and The Golden Urn is purely fictional; based on the events surrounding the urn’s theft and not necessarily real.

 

 

 

This was the float they used to transport the Urn with in a massive parade up the mountain to the Oudong temple.

 

 

 

 

Thousands of people gathered in the streets along the 40km (approx. 24 miles) journey to Oudong.

 

 

 

 

The Royal family and dignitaries arriving at the Oudong Temple to return the Golden Urn to the shrine. 

 

 

 

The majestic Oudong Temple

 

 

 

 

Oudong Temple at the top of the mountain displaying the four stupas.  The largest on the right is the one the Golden Urn is kept in.

 

 

For those who would like to read a little more about the actual incident, please click here

 

Now that you have some of the facts and visuals down, I’d like to just mention that I am incredibly proud of this book!  I started my writing journey exactly one year ago with two light novellas that are not worth mentioning!  I fondly refer to them as my bicycle training wheels.

In December 2017, I self-published Alex Hunt and the Chase for Rhapta and, 5 months later, Alex Hunt and the Golden Urn was born.

I had an incredible virtual journey through Cambodia and Vietnam as I dug my heels into this baby of mine in the hope of having you, my readers, join me on my imaginary relic adventure.

With at least five more ALEX HUNT books brewing, I am beyond excited to show you what Alex and Sam get up to next!  So, watch this space!

If you haven’t subscribed to my VIP Reader list yet, please do so here.  My VIP Readers get special behind the scenes emails packed with exclusive information on upcoming books.  (I don’t spam your inbox.  I’d far rather be writing another book!)

Should you have any questions about ALEX HUNT and the Golden Urn, you’re welcome to shoot me an email at books@urcelia.com  or leave your comments at the end of this blogpost.

Lastly, Alex and Sam would love to go on Summer vacation with you, so don’t forget to pack at least one (or two!) of their adventures! You can pick them up here

 

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Disclaimer – Alex Hunt and the Golden Urn is a work of fiction. Characters, events and dialogue found within are of my imagination and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events or persons, either living or deceased, is purely coincidental.

Our South-East Asian Family Adventure

ALEX HUNT Adventures Book 2: Another action-packed Treasure Hunt laced with conspiracy and crime!

With just 10 days to go before ALEX HUNT and The Golden Urn releases on Amazon Worldwide, I thought to share a few of my personal experiences in South-East Asia!

Having recently enjoyed an adventure holiday with my family in fantastic Phuket, I had the advantage of recollecting the sounds and smells of a South-East Asian jungle, the scorching heat, and humidity in the middle of the day and the fascinating culture that greets you on every curb!  So it wasn’t that hard to pour these experiences into the pages of my latest book which is set in neighboring Cambodia, for you to enjoy.

Our family adventures took us deep into the jungle on an elephant safari in the midst of torrential rains.  To adequately describe the exhilarating sensation of feeling a giant elephant’s scruffy skin under my bare feet as it slides through the muddy mountain paths is just about impossible!  At this point, I must mention that I do not support animal cruelty and captivity of these majestic creatures!  Our elephants were roaming the jungle freely and exceptionally well taken care of by a certified veterinary run sanctuary.  Touching their flapping silky ears and feeding them bunches of organic bananas was an experience we will never forget!

With three boys (and a husband that permeates positivity) no adventure is ever complete without some sort of risky water activity so, again, we headed deep into the lush jungles where the locals made the most rural of rafts from a couple bamboo poles held together on both ends by jungle vines!  The mountain river was in full flood with the seasonal rains so balancing on these rafts were quite a skill.  Of course we got wet!  The water was crystal clear as we navigated the raging rapids through the winding jungle river.  Coiling green jungle snakes just missed our heads as they hung from the branches above us.  Scary indeed, but, boy!  What an adrenalin rush?

We visited several shrines and temples allowing us to acquaint ourselves with the Buddhist faith and culture.  As a Christian, watching their discipline and reverence for their god was admirable.  One cannot but have respect for their centuries-old traditions and practice.

Remnants of the December, 26th 2004 Tsunami that left thousands injured and dead was evident throughout our visit, but what struck me the most was how dedicated and humble the people were.  Many have lost loved ones, and yet, they smiled and displayed total contentment in their overly simplified lives.  Happy and satisfied with very little!

Our adventures also included snorkeling in the middle of the Andaman Sea.  I got some solace in learning that the sharks were all vegetarian! (Yeah, right!)  Thankfully, they decided to stay away, and all limbs remained intact.

Now, in the event, some of you are wondering where this is leading.  My visit to Phuket planted the seed for my latest release, ALEX HUNT and The Golden Urn which is available on Pre-Order Now!

Though the culture was very hospitable, there were certain alleys and neighborhoods one would just not dare to venture into.  Day or night!  So this sparked my research into the crime related activities that are rife in most of Asia.  And when I found the news article on the Golden Urn that had been stolen from a mountain shrine in Cambodia, my creative mind ran away with it!  YES! ALEX HUNT and the Golden Urn is based on a true story!

If you’re interested in reading more about this incident, please click here.

Now, if you are curious to find out what exactly our sassy Alex Hunt and her sidekick, Sam Quinn got up to in Cambodia, click on the Pre-Order link below and pick up your copy of my latest book ALEX HUNT and The Golden Urn now!  It is currently in Ebook format but will also be available in Paperback on May, 26th 2018!

What I will say is that Alex kicked some serious butt! I had a lot of fun writing this Adventure Thriller, so I do hope you enjoy it.  For those who have already ordered your copy, THANK YOU!  Your support is much appreciated!

Over the  next 10 days I will be sending some extra tidbits out on the book, so if you’d like to be included in it, please do sign up to my VIP Reader’s list below!

See you between my pages!

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