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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka
The elephants playing in the river at the Elephant Orphanage

At the time I was travelling from Colombo to Kandy in Sri Lanka, I didn't even know the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage existed. I saw a few signs and my driver asked if I wanted to stop by; I love elephants so of course I did. Not sure what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't really as much of a zoo-type facility as I presumed. For the 2 hours I was there the elephants (most of them) were free to roam around and play in the river as they pleased.

Fukushima A Tourist Destination In 20 Years?

Monday, December 12, 2011
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Chernobyl Abandoned Amusement Park
The abandoned amusement park in the town of Pripyat, Chernobyl Dead Zone

25 years ago, after the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, nobody would have predicted the zone of alienation would become a tourist attraction. Although it's no Eifel Tower, and never will be, today Chernobyl and the abandoned town of Pripyat are one of the most popular attractions for visitors to the Ukraine. Fast forward another 25 years, will Fukushima be the next post-nuclear disaster tourist destination?

Amazing Timelapse Video Of The Himalayas

Thursday, December 8, 2011
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Annapurna, Nepal
Annapurna Circuit in the Nepali Himalayas

I just stumbled upon this amazing timelapse video of the Himalayas in Nepal. Some cool shots demonstrating how quickly the weather can change, and an overall high quality video worth checking out. Filmed on the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake in Nepal.

Cool Video of the World’s Fastest Human Base Jumping in Norway

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
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Man Flying in a Squirrel Suit
Espen Fadnes flying down a mountain wearing a squirrel suit in Norway

A cool video of a guy base jumping in Norway. They have all sorts of cameras strapped to him and setup around the area of the jump, as well as microphones so you get the full experience. He's also wearing a squirrel suit which allows him to control how fast and where he goes. The video runs through the jump from planning to execution and review, very cool if you're into skydiving, base jumping, or extreme sports in general.

Rats on Cats on Dogs in San Francisco

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Rats On Cats On Dogs
2 rats sleeping on a cat sleeping on a dog

Somebody trained their pets to pose like this and now sits on a corner in San Francisco asking for money. Sorry for the poor quality photo, it was taken on my phone. If you can't tell, its a cat sleeping on top of a dog, and 2 rats sleeping on top of the cat.

8000’s: The Mountains Of The Himalayas

Sunday, December 4, 2011
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Dark Mountains With Snow
Looking back up towards Everest from the memorial area above Dughla

The Himalayas, which in Sanskrit means “abode of snow,” is a mountain system in Asia that rises sharply from the Gangetic Plain, in many parts over 8000 meters high. It forms a broad, continuous arc for nearly 2,600 kilometers along the northern fringes of the Indian subcontinent and the south of the Tibetan Plateau (Qing Zang Gaoyuan). It extends from the bend of the Indus River in the northwest to the Brahmaputra River in the east, averaging 320 to 400 kilometers in width.

The Sydney Fish Market

Sunday, December 4, 2011
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Some Kind of Red Fish, Sydney Fish Market
Some kind of a red fish

If you've got more than a few days in Sydney, Australia, check out the Sydney Fish Market in the Pyrmont area. It's the third largest fish market in the world, and they've got some cool fish on display. Pretty sure they do guided tours, but we went on our own and just walked around for free. To get on the floor you'll need a bright colored vest, long pants and shoes, but you can walk around the top floor and look down on the action without proper attire.

Cool Afghanistan Video

Friday, December 2, 2011
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Cherry Trees In Afghanistan
A boy running through the cherry trees in Afghanistan

My friend sent me a link to this really cool Afghanistan video focusing on day to day life in the war torn country. I hate it when media ruins public perception of a country, and while I have yet to visit Afghanistan, I'm confident real life for most of the 34 million people living there is closer to what we see in this video. It's really well done, HD full screen this bad boy and have a look.

Travel Vaccinations – The Hidden Expense

Thursday, December 1, 2011
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A Trash Pile in New Delhi
A massive pile of trash outside Jama Masjid Mosque in New Delhi

Travel Vaccinations are one of those things people generally don't plan for at the beginning of their trip. Everybody thinks about the big expenses like flights and accommodation, but if you don't have any of your vaccinations yet and are headed to areas like Africa, SE Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, travel vaccinations can be as expensive as a flight. The parts of this article relating to money may not apply to people from countries which get free health care, but as an American, getting vaccinated can be quite expensive.

An Idiot Abroad TV Series

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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An Idiot Abroad Wing Walking
Wing Walking on Route 66

If you're looking for a good travel show, check out An Idiot Abroad. Now finished with it's second season, it's about an uncultured bald man from Manchester, England who is a friend of Ricky Gervais. Basically he loves England and hates everything else and they stitch him up by sending him around the world to places they know he'll be miserable. The first season is 8 episodes, to The New Seven Wonders of the World, with a recap episode of "the idiot", Karl Pilkington, discussing his journey's with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The second season is about "Bucket Lists" and is 8 episodes as well. The series is broadcast on Sky1 and Sky1 HD in the UK, and The Science Channel is the US. For other international listings check wikipedia.

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