Just in case you didn’t already know (I mean, it’s not as if anyone’s mentioned it at all…), millions of Americans will today be voting for the guy they want to be their president for the next four years – the guy who’s already been doing it for the last four years, or the guy who hasn’t. So, not being immune to all this election fever, we decided to investigate unusual voting systems from around the world.
Now we are in dreary November, it’s more than likely you have said (or heard) this expression of an early evening: “Eurgh, I can’t believe I’m putting the lights on already!” Well, that’s not what the lanternfish says when he lights up, and I’m pretty sure you won’t hear anyone complaining about glowing mushrooms either, because nature’s lights can be pretty spectacular…
If you’re strolling through a grassy meadow, surely one of the last last things you expect to see is a big sandy beach, right? Well, not if the beach you stumble across is Playa de Gulpiyuri in Spain!
When you think of festivals, what comes to mind? What comes to my mind is mud, drunks and unfortunate smells. But it doesn’t have to be like that! Throughout the world, there are some really strange (non-musical) festivals and celebrations… Spain, I’m looking at you! I could have written a whole, separate post about their festivals, but then I wouldn’t have got to share these with you!
The Statue of Liberty, Christ the Redeemer, Michelangelo’s David – they’ve got nothing on these! After extensive research (a bit of Googling), I’ve found what I regard to be some of the world’s oddest statues and sculptures… You’ll be surprised by how many obscene statues there are out there, too. But I’m afraid you’ll have to look them up in your own time…
Food is a wondrous thing. Aside from the whole ‘keeping you alive’ aspect, food can also have a big impact on your mood and, whether you’ve just been dumped or are nursing the hangover from hell, there’s no substitute for a bit of comfort food.
Buying fruit and veg at your local market is very rarely a life or death situation. Unless you live in Thailand, of course… Maeklong Market in Samut Songkhram spends most of its time as your everyday Thai market, but also happens to be a railway line at the same time!
Not every city is divided into two by a 390-foot-deep canyon; but, then, not every city is like Ronda, in the Spanish province of Málaga.
This big lad is an African elephant and he fancied a drink. From a swimming pool. That had people in it. He clearly didn’t mind that there were a couple of humans in his beverage… I can’t say I’d feel the same!
Temples are supposed to be nice, I know… It’s where you go to worship gods and deities, so you don’t want it looking shabby, do you? This temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand is pretty unusual, however…