The city and its light signature

Thursday, 17 April, 2014

Can you name the city, based only on an aerial photo of its night time glow as emanating from street, building, and other lighting? Being a frequent visitor to these centres, by way of flights that arrive after dark, would be a distinct advantage.

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In perspective, familiar landmarks seen from unfamiliar angles

Thursday, 27 March, 2014

The Taj Mahal

Stonehenge, the Pyramids at Giza, the Brandenburg Gate, the Forbidden City, and the Taj Mahal… we’re used to seeing these landmarks presented in a certain context, usually the most appealing photographic angle, but step back, way back, and you’ll see them in a considerably different light. Such are the perspectives travel will afford though.

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To search for yourself, you must first find yourself

Tuesday, 25 March, 2014

A woman holidaying recently in Iceland went missing. Apparently. She was found not too much later… among the ranks of those who were searching for her:

Toronto Sun reports that a tourist group traveling by bus to the volcanic Eldgja canyon made a pit stop near the canyon park. The woman in question went inside to freshen up and change her clothes at the rest stop, and when she came back “her busmates didn’t recognize her.” Word spread among the group of a missing passenger, and the woman didn’t recognize the description of herself. Next thing you know, a 50-person search party was canvassing the area, and the coast guard was mobilizing to deploy a search party of its own. About 3am, some genius in the group finally figured out that the missing woman was actually in the search party, albeit in different clothes, and the search was called off.

You couldn’t make this stuff up even if you tried to.

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Un-introducing the backpackers favourite means of travel

Monday, 24 March, 2014

Kombi un-introduction advert

The Volkswagen Bus, or Kombi van, has for a long time been the budget traveller, or backpacker’s, go-to means of transport. Not for much longer though, according to this un-introduction advert, informing us that production of the vehicle ceased at the end of 2013.

It’ll probably be decades before Kombis finally disappear from the roadways though… they’re pretty sturdy after all.

(Thanks Christine)

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Sharm el-Sheikh’s desert cinema… there’s outdoor cinema for you

Monday, 17 March, 2014

End of the World Cinema, photo by Kaupo Kikkas

If I’d have known about this place, the End of the World Cinema, or, the cinema situated in the Egyptian Sinai desert, some ten kilometres from Sharm el-Sheikh, I’d have surely gone along.

Having travelled to the coastal resort village in the Sinai from Israel, I met friends there before we crossed the Red Sea to Hurghada, en-route to Luxor. Taking in a couple of films here though would have just made the trip.

(Photo by Kaupo Kikkas)

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Half the fun of visiting Pitcairn Island is getting there

Tuesday, 11 March, 2014

It may be a challenge to reach, being located about halfway between Australia and South America in the South Pacific Ocean, but a stay on Pitcairn Island, population forty-eight, would doubtless be an unforgettable experience.

Although the Pitcairn economy relies partly on tourism, usually the island can only be reached about four times a year, by way of a supply ship that visits every three months. One person who is clearly not deterred by the difficulty in reaching the remote British overseas territory is Tony Probst, who has been to the island four times in the last three years.

He also takes photos, pretty good photos, while in town, which is a good thing, as it offers a glimpse of the island, and some of its inhabitants, to those of us who may not ever have the opportunity to travel there.

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Photos of Ani, and other travel tales from the far east of Turkey

Thursday, 20 February, 2014

I once spent a month in Turkey. A month, however, was way too short a time for a country as diverse as Turkey though.

And while I like to think I saw a fair amount of the nation that links Asia and Europe, I remember feeling the trip could have been better planned, after seeing photos a friend of a friend had posted on Facebook, of their own journey there some years ago.

It seems they’d spent a pretty full month there as well, yet I only recognised a handful of the places they’d visited. If two people can go somewhere for a month, and travel on itineraries that result in neither staying in any of the same places, what does that say about how varied a country must be?

Ani, an abandoned town in the east of Turkey, is another place I missed, though I did come close, we stopped in Kars, the capital of the Kars province, where Ani is located, while visiting the Ishak Pasha Palace, among other locations.

Fortunately then for me, and others who may have missed out, the people at In Focus however have put together a collection of photos taken in and around Ani. Not as good as actually being there, but definitely the next best thing.

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Crowded yes, but there’s never a dull moment on Migingo

Monday, 10 February, 2014

Migingo, an island located in Lake Victoria, in Eastern Africa, of some two thousand square metres in area, was, until the early 1990s, solely the domain of weeds, birds, and snakes.

Somehow the island became a desirable spot to live, possibly something to do with the lucrative fishing opportunities the lake offers, and now some one hundred and thirty people call the spot home. Despite its relatively small mass, and population, the island sports a surely disproportionate number of attractions:

Although tiny in size, the island is home to 131 people (according to 2009 census) living in crammed huts made of corrugated sheets and wood. Despite shabby living conditions, Migingo Island boasts of five bars, a beauty salon, a pharmacy as well as several hotels and numerous brothels.

Another, somewhat larger island, called Usingo, is but a few minutes boat ride away, and looks far more hospitable, yet appears to remain uninhabited.

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A collection of photos of the Amish way of life by Lottie Hedley

Thursday, 6 February, 2014

Over the course of several months New Zealand based photographer Lottie Hedley built up a collection of photos of an Amish family living on a farm in the US state of Maine. It’s not just the images that are intriguing though, the story of how she met the family, and came to be permitted to photograph them is equally as compelling.

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Airports hold up quite well considering their high usage

Monday, 16 December, 2013

Especially for those of us who will be flying, or meeting travellers who have been flying, more so than usual over coming days and weeks. Airports always seem to be busy whenever we’re at one, but what we see is often only a small part of the picture. They’re probably equally as active, if not more so, at all other times as well.

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