By Dialogo July 23, 2011 The 5th Military World Games have yet to be finished, yet the Colombian athletes are already feeling nostalgia for Brazil and want to come back soon. At least that’s the opinion of the track team in the which didn’t win any medals, but garnered sympathy wherever they went. “We’re here to open borders. The country is beautiful and people are very friendly. We trained very hard to get here, but if we didin’t win any medals, at least we want to win friends. As they say in Brazil I’m dying of nostalgia,” said Lt. Sinis Tera, who represented Colombia in the 400 meters at the Joao Havelange Stadium, known as the” Engenhão. “ Tera noted that although he played sports at school as a student, it was in the army where he really developed her skills. He became two-time world champion of cadets in Ankara, Turkey. “I tried to do the same here, but the level of competition is much higher. It was a great surprise to me. I know I have to return to Colombia and train harder. The good thing is that I got a lot of experience and great memories,” he said. Meanwhile, Corporal Jorge Luis Moreno, who competed in the triple jump, says he’ll miss the good food, the beautiful scenery and the staging of the Games. “I really didn’t expect much. Everything was well organized and it shows that Brazil is not where they are just by chance. It also shows that military forces don’t exist just for war but for peace and sports as well,” Moreno said. For Moreno, the nostalgia will be replaced by memories of a country that, according to his point of view, is very much like Colombia in the kindness of people. “I do not think anyone who has participated in these games can forget them, and I hope that other Latin American countries, especially Colombia, follow the example of Brazil and celebrate the World Military Games,” Moreno said.
‘Carinya’ in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Aerial view of ‘Carinya’. With its fertile red volcanic soil and high rainfall, the plateau produces rich crops of avocados, kiwifruit, passionfruit, rhubarb, apples and mangoes. “There’s something special about having a footprint of Australia no one else has,” Mr Douglas said.“One of the very few virgin rainforest properties you can buy, and I don’t know anything else like it. You drive in and you feel like you’re in a different world with one of the best coastal views I’ve seen.”The property is at 32 Carey Pde, Tamborine Mountain. The terraced garden is sculpted within a natural amphitheatre that has a centrepiece dam surrounded by cannas, agapanthus, bromeliads, cordylines and manicured lawns.Fireflies transform the property into a fairyland for four weeks each spring, while butterflies create a wave of colour. Carinya was used as the “deep forest of Bangalla” in The Phantom movie. Beyond the tall iron gates of ‘Carinya’ in the Gold Coast Hinterland is a Jurassic Park-like 22ha ancient rainforest retreat. The terraced garden. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoWhat a view! “We bought the property around ten years ago when Tony came home with a newspaper and this property’s ad was in it,” Ms Smith said.“About halfway down the drive we asked ourselves, how much are we going to offer them? Then we got to the house and saw the view and just went, ‘wow’.”The couple spent two years renovating the house – they recruited a team of locals to not only build their forever home but landscape its immediate surrounds.“All we did was keep the roof and the floor,” Ms Smith said.“It was a huge renovation but we wanted to create something special in this unique environment; a retreat, one that’s private and a place to enjoy and relax.” MORE NEWS: Buyers flocking to Gold Coast beaches The perfect place to relax and unwind. Every room has a view to the rainforest or water, and all have sliding doors out to wide entertainment decks or private balconies. The hub of the home is a sleek kitchen with Miele appliances, which adjoins the living room with built-in television and home theatre system plus a warm fireplace for those chilly mountain evenings.Eat breakfast on the nearby main deck, surrounded by wildlife, and overlooking the gardens below.“We’ll both miss it, there’s no question,” Mr Smith said.“What happened outside the house was such a huge part of the renovation. We were lucky to find some very clever local people, who we became friends with, that helped us design and plant our new garden.” Enjoy a spa in the rainforest. The kitchen. MORE NEWS: Thousands fall for tiny home scam Beyond the tall iron gates of ‘Carinya’ in the Gold Coast Hinterland is a Jurassic Park-like 22ha ancient rainforest retreat. The house has been completely renovated into a luxury residence. Beyond the tall iron gates of ‘Carinya’ in the Gold Coast Hinterland is a Jurassic Park-like 22ha ancient rainforest retreat.A JURASSIC Park-like 22ha ancient rainforest retreat in southeast Queensland has hit the market with a multimillion-dollar price tag.Beyond the tall iron gates of ‘Carinya’ in the Gold Coast Hinterland is the 22ha Tamborine Mountain estate.It is bordered by protected national park and sheer cliff faces, is a vibrant ecosystem of old timbers, ferns, waterfalls, giant rocks, soaring climbing figs, huge staghorns and rare orchids.Donna and Tony Smith have reluctantly decided to sell their private paradise, which is listed through Ray White Rural Queensland’s Peter Douglas for $3.75 million.