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The Beautiful Sphinx Observatory in the Swiss Alps

Tuesday 08.21.2012 , Posted by

It might only be the 14th highest observatory in the world, but the Sphinx observatory in Switzerland is possibly the most beautiful and unique. Located at Jungfraujoch on a treacherous peak at 11715 feet (3,571 meters), the classic structure is reached via the worlds highest railway, followed by a tunnel and then an elevator… it’s very remote, but still accessible year round thanks to the hard work of past adventurers. [Read more...]

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Street Art Project Brings Color to Jama Ecuador

Saturday 07.14.2012 , Posted by

Noticing the plethora of talented artists in Jama Ecuador, Lisa Brunetti of Zeebra Designs & Destinations, had a clever idea that livened up a community and brought shy artists into the spotlight. It began with Brunetti colorfully painting a single light post outside of her friend’s cyber cafe on Jama Avenue to catch the eyes of the passersby who used to overlook it on their way to the city. This bright addition did not go unnoticed. The tourism director of Jama was so impressed that he decided to start a pole painting contest open to artists of all ages encouraging them to “tap into the creative influence of the Jama Coaque precolombian indian designs and blaze Jama Avenue with paint!” [Read more...]

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Travel Like a Local: San Francisco’s Best-Kept Secrets

Tuesday 07.10.2012 , Posted by

Seeing the majority of a city through a camera lens, hanging out at the busiest tourist spots, and wearing tan shorts with black socks isn’t the way everyone wants to travel and experience new cities. Some people hate the idea of sticking out like a sore thumb when they’re on vacation, and will go to great lengths to make sure they fit in with their surroundings. San Francisco is one of the best cities in California, and there’s so much more to enjoy than the Golden Gate Bridge or Fisherman’s Wharf. [Read more...]

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The Streets of Varanasi- A Photographic Journey

Saturday 06.09.2012 , Posted by

Regarded as one of the most sacred cities in the world by the Hindus, Varanasi, historically known as Benares, has been touted as “older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together” by Mark Twain. The Ganges River runs through the heart of Varanasi and many Hindus take pilgrimages to bathe in the sacred river, washing themselves of their sins. Fascinated with the people in one of India’s oldest cities, James Hotham, a photographer from Bath, England, began a project in January 2012 photographing the communities living along and behind the riverfront. [Read more...]

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Driving UK to Mongolia: 10,000 miles in a Wheelchair!

Tuesday 06.05.2012 , Posted by

The Mongol Rally is one of the most adventurous charity rallies in the world today. With over 200 teams taking vehicles ranging from Volkswagens to Volvos (the car must have less than a 1.2L engine), cars drive over 10,000 miles from the UK to Mongolia, passing through all sorts of terrain and weather. Now imagine doing it if the driving team had all sustained spinal cord injuries and now use a wheelchair instead of their legs! Let me introduce you to the Wheelie Wanderers! [Read more...]

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The Honey Hunters of Nepal

Monday 06.04.2012 , Posted by

When we think of honey, we don’t think of scaling a cliff with giant bees to get it. These images tell the photographic story, shot by Eric Valli, of the Himalayan Gurung men of Nepal harvesting honey.  The images, shot in 1987, are so modern for being an almost 25 year old shoot and while the unbelievable nature of the photos make it hard to believe that they are not staged, they simultaneously have an intimate feeling that is so natural and real. Valli captures the essence of these astounding men on their incredible journey to do something that seems so simple, but is not in the least. [Read more...]

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How Hitchhiking is Helping Street Children in Uganda

Monday 05.28.2012 , Posted by

Quitting your good job at Cambridge University to go hitchhiking to Uganda is foolish, right? Why give up such security, status and comfortable living? For Pawel Huk the answer was street children. His heart was moved by the reality that there are over 10,000 children who have to survive on their own in Uganda. So, he quit his job and decided to hitchhike to Uganda while raising money and awareness about the social issue throughout the journey. The support he raised was donated to the UK based organization Street Child Africa. [Read more...]

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Souvenirs: Iconic Spots Remade by the Gift Shop

Thursday 05.17.2012 , Posted by

It seems like Michael Hughes has been all over the world… and he has the souvenirs to prove it. This London based traveler has been journeying far and wide, checking out landmarks both famous and forgotten. When he finds a good one, he hits the gift shop and finds something he can use to replace part of the iconic scene in his image — a toy Eiffel Tower, a blow-up London Bus, a shell from the Camino de Santiago — he’s covered a lot of iconic spots, but there are still many to go. [Read more...]

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A Snapshot of Kyoto by Nomadic Matt

Wednesday 05.16.2012 , Posted by

Nomadic Matt is a traveler who starting exploring the far reaches of the world in 2003… and never looked back. Finishing his Masters of Business administration, he left corporate America for good. Through his travels he flies about 25 times a year, enjoys eating Kangaroo and currently everything he owns fits into one bag. Making an unusual living while he travels and writes on his blog, Matt decided to journey to Kyoto to document some of the magnificent temples and gardens there. [Read more...]

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Movie Mimic: Reenacting Scenes from Famous Films

Friday 04.27.2012 , Posted by

If you’re like most people, you’ve wanted to be in the movies at one time or another. From playing a hero like Indiana Jones or Wonder Woman to dating some hot star like Ryan Gosling or Megan Fox, we’ve all had the thought cross our mind. Then it comes to the incredible places those films take place: Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco… many of the iconic locations are burned into our memories, with moving plot and dialogue to match. Well, here’s a guy that’s putting himself in famous films, or at least one frame from a memorable scene. [Read more...]

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