Most of us may not even know that India was playing for 2018 WC qualifiers until our social network updates was flooded with India’s embarrassing defeat today v/s Guam . Yes , you read it right. It is a country and India lost against it. Now that you know, check out the 5 things you may want to know about Guam. 1. History : Guam is a pacific island nation. Its population is approx.165 thousand. Its main source of income is Tourism and Us military base. It was a Spanish colony in 1668 till 1898 when spain surrendered it to US during Spanish-American war. It was captured by Japan in 1941 till 1944 when US regained the territory. 2. Food and celebrations : Guam is known for its food and festive spirit. People say that get to gather and celebration and eating is a national pastime. Every week there some sort of festival happening in Guam. Agat Mango Festival , Malesso’ Crab Festival , annual Guam Micronesia Island Fair and Guam Live International Music Festival are very popular events there. 3. Tourism : Guam is famous for its hospitality , festive spirit , friendly residents and happy tourists. Any white sand beach is less than 15 minutes away at any place in the country. Unknown tourists offering a food and striking conversation is very common ( this is called Hafa Adai sprit) . Guam makes a great destination for shopping as most of the goods dont attract sales tax. Its main tourists are from South Korea , US and Philippines. 4. Bio-diversity and threats : Guam has rich bio-diversity. It is known for Coral reef , fruits plantations , innumerable species of birds and aquatic preserves. Commercialization , animal invasion , crop virus , wild fires are known to destroy the nature’s balance. Its KoKo bird has became almost exintct after a snake called Boiga irregularis was accidently put on the island by American stowaway. Due to its humid climate , almost every dry season there are some instances of wildfires occurring in the island. 5. A Place for all : Guam offers something for everyone. Lonely backpack tourists can enjoy water sports. its stunning beauty makes it a great destination for marriage and honeymoon. If you are stressed and need some mental detox , go visit a spa and get distressed. So what are you waiting for , pack your bags and fly to Guam.
The Thinking Chum