Monthly Archives: June 2012

Picture by: Rtr. Jehan Gamalathge, Rotaract Club of Panadura

Panadura is a town in the Western Coast of Sri Lanka, south of Colombo. It is situated in the Kalutara District. Panadura is home to over 100,000 citizens and it is an emerging commercial town adjoining to the Colombo District with new facilities and infrastructure. The town was initially mostly a residential area which is now steadily becoming a commercial and merchant attraction due to the rapid development which takes place in the country and Panadura being one of the key access points to the Southern Expressway.

Panadura is rich with historic and cultural values. Panadura is a home to a majority of Sinahala Buddhists but also has a good blend of other religions and ethnicities as well. It is famous for the great debate in 1862 which is known as ‘The Panadura Debate which was the climax of the first phase of the Buddhist revivalist movement which began with the establishment of the Society for the Propagation of Buddhism at Kotahena and the establishment of the Lankopakara Press in Galle.

Picture by: Rtr. Aiste Rugeviciute, Rotaract Club of York

North York Moors is a national park in North Yorkshire which is known for its stunning views. It is full of hills and small waterfalls. One of them is Thomson Foss which is 10 feet high and quite close to the small village Goathland. Close to this waterfall there is another one called Mallyan Spout which is famous for being the highest in this region - drop of 60 feet!

Picture by: Rafael Ferrarezi, Rotaract Club of Burnaby visitor (Originally from Sao Paolo's Taquaritinga Rotaract)

At night, the movement of people does not stop. Many places to go, many things to do, in the day or night. This is Granville Entertainment District located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, with many clubs, pubs and lounges for all to gather around.

Picture by: Rafael Ferrarezi, Rotaract Club of Burnaby visitor (Originally from Sao Paolo's Taquaritinga Rotaract)

Canada Place is one of the more beautiful places in Vancouver. There you can spend many hours seeing the landscape. There is a brand new convention centre built here in 2009 and it hosts many events every month bringing international and local visitors in for a look at its state of the art building using green technology.

Picture by: Rafael Ferrarezi, Rotaract Club of Burnaby visitor (Originally from Sao Paolo's Taquaritinga Rotaract)

Named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and of the Dominion of Canada, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1841. The city has retained a large number of its historic buildings, in particular its two most famous landmarks, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings (finished in 1897 and home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia) and the Empress hotel (opened in 1908). The city's Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco's. The region's Coast Salish First Nations peoples established communities in the area long before non-native settlement, possibly several thousand years earlier, which had large populations at the time of European exploration. The Neo-baroque buildings face north on Belleville street facing the Inner Harbour and diagonally across from The Empress Hotel. A statue of Queen Victoria stands on the front lawn as well a statue of a soldier to commemorate the province's World War I, World War II and Korean War dead. Atop the central dome is a gold-covered statue of Captain George Vancouver. Free guided tours of the facility are offered year-round.