Book And Bed is not so much a bookshop, as it is a library where you stay overnight. With a tariff of about A$40, or US$30, per night for a “compact” room, cost would be no excuse for not partaking of the experience, for at least one night, while visiting Tokyo.
Be careful what you wish if asking your travel agent to send you somewhere “warm” for your next holiday… you might end up being sent off to The Danakil Depression, in northern Ethiopia, where it can get really, really, warm:
Four days here, where the average year-round temperature is a world-topping 34.4 degrees and the mercury frequently tips 50, pushes the body and its sense to the limit.
We’re talking Celsius rather than Fahrenheit here, by the way. If you can brave the heat though, the experience sounds like it is unforgettable, and that’s before you even think about visiting the lava pools of active volcano Erta Ale:
At sunset we drive out to the massive salt lake, where the clear sky meets the endless white plains surrounding the shallow lake. The horizon and ground beneath our feet blend into one dream-like space, silent and lifeless; a landscape defined by nothingness and occupied only by visitors.
When it comes to driverless cars there is an abundance of questions, though possibly the answers may not be equally plentiful. For my part, I’ve wondered for a long time how such vehicles see their way around, because, without knowing, it could be I’d find being a passenger in one nerve-racking to say the least.
3-D laser scanning might have something to do with it, and this video by ScanLAB, filmed in London, offers us a driverless car’s view of the world. Picture yourself in the passenger seat. How clearly do you think the car’s sensors perceive the roads they are travelling along?
Are you a toilet designer who aspires to win – the doubtless – coveted “toilet of the year” award? Be warned, it won’t be easy. You’ll need to think outside the cubicle. You’ll need to redefine toilet design as we know it. But it’s possible, perhaps by making a place most private into a place most public, as Japanese bathroom company TOTO did at Narita Airport.
Have you ever picked fruit to pay your way through overseas travel, or because there was no other work, or because you simply wanted to do something different for awhile? How would you describe the experience? The best of times, the worst of times?
Sweet Cherry, a short film by Kevin Millet, follows the toils, and frolics, of fruit pickers working in British Columbia, Canada. And if you’ve never partaken, you may just see the fruit in the bowl on your table in a new light.
This spine-tingling short film, titled C’était un Rendez-vous, made in 1976 by French director Claude Lelouch, appears to be filmed from what sounds like a motorbike, being driven across Paris just before sunrise.
At speed. Up to 160 kph apparently. Without regard for red lights. Or intersections. Or the pigeons that strut the waking city’s narrow lanes.
This clip (flick on subtitles for the translation) explains how, and why, Lelouch made the film. So it’s not a motorbike he’s on. Somehow that makes the escapade all the more hair raising.
Having travelled from Antarctica to Zanzibar, and a whole lot of places in between, the question has to be asked, where has Mexican photographer Anuar Patjane not been? Whatever, he has taken some incredible photos of his journeys to date though.
Being labelled the world’s remotest city probably isn’t as bad today as it might have been fifty, to one hundred, years ago. In the past, trying to reach such a seemingly inaccessible place might have deterred many would-be travellers. Now it would probably be the destination of choice, on account of its apparent isolation.
The problem is though, which “remotest city” in the world is in fact the remotest? There are a number of contenders for the title, including Nuuk in Greenland, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in Russia, Mêdog in Tibet, and Perth in Western Australia.
Then there is Perth, with a metropolitan area of more than two million people, way on the other side of the outback from Sydney, 2,045 miles away. Geographically it’s actually closer to East Timor (1,731 miles) and Jakarta, Indonesia (1,865 miles). There’s no city of comparable size anywhere in the world that’s so remote.