Let your sleep patterns determine your citizenship

Friday, 27 May, 2016

Are you living in one country, but feeling an affinity for another? Your sleep patterns may back up the assertion, possibly. I’m in Australia, but appear to have the sleep patterns of a Spanish woman. Curious. Portugal is a country I very much like, not that there’s anything wrong with neighbouring Spain of course, so maybe that has something to do with it?

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You’ll see more of Mongolia if travelling by bike and packraft

Thursday, 26 May, 2016

One way to see Mongolia, with bikes and packrafts. Possibly not the most comfortable way to move around, but you’d certainly see more than if you travelled by bus or train.

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A glimpse of Bangladesh

Friday, 20 May, 2016

Eyes Wide Open, glimpses of a recent visit by European filmmaker Vitùc to Bangladesh, who is working on a documentary titled “Voice of Bangladesh”.

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Let your smart shoes lead the way in an unknown city

Friday, 20 May, 2016

What a great way to find your way around a new, unknown city. Smart shoes will guide your movements through the streets, by vibrating when it is time to make a left or right turn.

I’ve never seen this neighborhood before, yet without so much as a glimpse at a map, I know exactly where to go and how to get there. The smart shoes on my feet know where I am headed, and vibrate when I must turn left or right. It is liberating. No more consulting a guidebook or my phone, no more asking strangers for directions. I simply enjoy the city.

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Wedding photos by my drone, the art director

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016

There are good wedding photos, then there are wedding photos that are just a tad too… art directed. These images, taken by Tahiti based photographer Helene Havard, with the help of a drone, of recent nuptials that took place in French Polynesia, are clearly art directed, but without making the subjects look like they are part of a tableau, or something.

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A lease agreement that lets you roam rooms across the world

Tuesday, 10 May, 2016

Roam sounds like an interesting way to travel the globe. You sign a lease, pay rent, and then live in a number of houses around the world for a year.

Those who can afford to pay $500 ($A676) per week for “rent” are given their own room, access to co-living spaces, and the chance to travel around the globe, all while continuing to work your regular job (well, if they’ll let you). Founder Bruno Haid told Co.Exist that he created Roam with “home” in mind. “Each location will house more people than a large home, but not so many that the communal atmosphere gets lost,” he explained.

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Yoshinori Mizutani’s photo of Tokyo pedestrians in the rain

Monday, 9 May, 2016

A surprisingly intriguing set of photos by Japanese photographer Yoshinori Mizutani, of commuters in Tokyo on pedestrian crossings, during rain storms.

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I know all about you, and your future… a travel scam or what?

Wednesday, 20 April, 2016

Travellers are often the subject of all manner of scams… what can I say? Beware of strangers who claim to know anything about you, and your future.

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Did you ever see a lake such as Portugal’s Conchos Dam?

Friday, 15 April, 2016

Another reason to return to Portugal… to see the Conchos Dam. Located in Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela, a nature reserve, about sixty kilometres east north east of university town, and former capital, Coimbra, a lake that forms part of the dam sports a, let’s say, slight difference.

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Welcome to the motel voyeur, where you can always be checked out

Friday, 8 April, 2016

For many motel owners, buying, and running, such a business is mainly a means to make a living. I also expect getting to know the stories of some of the guests might make for a bonus.

Denver motelier Gerald Foos set up shop for a somewhat more sinister reason, so he could spy on his guests, through what appeared to be ventilation grilles in the ceilings of their rooms, from a platform he had built in the motel’s attic space. This activity apparently went unnoticed for the three decades that he ran the establishment.

Despite an insistent voice in my head telling me to look away, I continued to observe, bending my head farther down for a closer view. As I did so, I failed to notice that my necktie had slipped down through the slats of the louvred screen and was dangling into the motel room within a few yards of the woman’s head. I realized my carelessness only when Foos grabbed me by the neck and, with his free hand, pulled my tie up through the slats. The couple below saw none of this: the woman’s back was to us, and the man had his eyes closed.

You might want to look more closely at would-be ventilation grilles set into the ceilings of any motel rooms you stay in from now on.

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