Earlier this month, I saw a good friend of mine posting a photo on Facebook of the new book she was reading, “Into the wild” by Jon Krakauer. I’ve read the book and saw the movie also, so I was curious on her opinion on the book. She wasn’t exactly thrilled with it and said that it wasn’t just because she didn’t like it, but because she was still under a spell from the previous book she had read. “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
Unfortunately, I don’t read as much as I’d like to, and to my embarrassment, I didn’t know anything about the book or the author. But I got curious and after reading a little about it, I downloaded it to my Kindle. Just two days later, I had finished and was completely under Zafon’s spell. If you’re just like me, you’ve also probably fallen in love with the mystery in the books, the dark atmosphere and especially the amazing way he describes Barcelona. Right now I’m reading the second book in the “Cemetery of the Forgotten Books” series, The Angel’s Game, which is just as good as The Shadow of the Wind” (though perhaps a little more “Hollywoodian”), with the third one, Prisoner of Heaven in the queue. While all the plots have things in common, the most important one is that they all take place in the same beautiful city, Barcelona.
After finishing the book, I was extremely curious to see the locations he so beautifully described in the book, so here are some of the most important locations in Zafon’s book, which you might like to see if you’re ever in Barcelona and loved “The Shadow of the Wind”. The locations are also very convenient to see as they are within walking distance one from another since most of the action in the book takes place in the old city. The area is also very touristy, so easy to get around. [click to continue…]
Every once in a while we stumble across one of these amazing travel videos that simply make us stand up from our chairs and rush to the nearest airport or train station. Ok, maybe we’re exaggerating a little, but the thing is that this video is absolutely beautiful. It was filmed by Alex Chacón from The Modern Motorcycle Diaries which, among other things like public speaking or being a professional photographer or videographer, also likes to travel with his motorcycle. And when we say travel, we mean it, because Alex has just posted this video showing his travel through 36 countries and over a total of 125,946 miles. It took him 600 days to film all these and the result is absolutely spectacular. Enjoy! [click to continue…]
Don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of Cmd. Chris Hadfield, the former ISS commander which took space to social media. And I’ve “devoured” all his materials, including videos, photos, articles and even his recent TED talk, since the odds of me getting into space are slimmer than Leonardo DiCaprio winning an Oscar. And now NASA has done something really, really cool recently, when they installed a few HD camera on the outside of the International Space Station. And these camera video stream live 24/7 showing what only astronauts saw so far.
To be honest, I’m impressed with the video’s quality and can’t believe we have this chance. I absolutely love the video feed and can’t get enough of it. I’m actually thinking of doing a video capture, a sort of a time lapse, which I will publish soon, for those of you in a hurry. Meanwhile enjoy the view! [click to continue…]
How would it feel to travel for 6 months all around the world for free, but also getting paid to do that? Sounds like a dream job for someone with itchy feet and for one lucky guy it will come true. Because yesterday SWISS Airlines announced a contest whose winner will become the official “Swiss globetrotter” and will travel for 6 month, all expenses paid including a salary. He or she will have to publish impressions on the SWISS Airline website, video blog or post updates on the company’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. [click to continue…]
The World Press Photo awards is one of the world’s best known photography contests, being organized by independent, non-profit organization with the same name. Each year, thousands of incredible photographs are being submitted, with only a few being chosen as the best. There are several other categories, but what I find most interesting is the Nature category, which has two sections, Singles and Stories. The first one awards a single photograph, while the second one, Stories, awards a set of photos on the same subject (more like photojournalism). This year, almost 100,000 photographs entered the contest and the winners have just been announced, so let’s take a look at them: [click to continue…]
Europe is a great place to visit if you’re going on holiday no matter which part of the world you are from, this is because depending on which part of Europe you go to get a very different experience compared to everywhere else in the continent. This along with fantastic history of Europe makes it a fantastic place to go and enjoy a great holiday. One kind of holiday that you might expect from Europe is a casino holiday, when most people think of casino holidays they think of Las Vegas and America. However this is not the case as many European countries have casinos much older than America and there is actually quite a heritage in terms of casino history in Europe. [click to continue…]
Amsterdam is undoubtedly one of the most well-known cities in the world. This famous Dutch destination is a popular spot for people who want to spend their time unwinding and relaxing within the city. Amsterdam may have been known for its red light districts or legal use of cannabis—which may cause families to think twice before heading here—but this should not hinder people to come and visit the place because there is a wide variety of clean and fun holiday activities and destinations that can be found here. [click to continue…]
Every time you go to a new city you try and gather as much information as possible…where to stay, how to get there, what places to visit, where to eat, etc. Also, another thing experienced travelers usually do is get informed about what areas to avoid. However, there are times when you just couldn’t find enough information about a certain city, you forgot or you got lost. So, how do you know you’re in the bad part of town? Dangers are different from area to area, country to country or city to city. [click to continue…]
Around 200 people (205 at the 2009 census) live on the Aogashima volcanic island in the Philippine Sea. The island is part of the Izu archipelago, being administered by the city of Tokyo as part of the Hachijo Subprefecture. Located 220 miles south of Tokyo and 45 miles south of the nearest populated island, Aogashima is the most isolated populated island in the archipelago and is also considered the least populated municipality in Japan. [click to continue…]
Located in the middle of Karakum desert in Turkmenistan (former Soviet Union), the crater near the Derweze (Darvaza) village is famous all around the world as “The Door to Hell” and it’s not hard at all to figure out why, because this 80-foot (25 meters) deep and 230-ft (70 meters) wide hole is home to an extremely odd phenomenon, burning for more than 40 years. So what exactly happened over there? [click to continue…]