We found this video via the AMAZING site The Kid Should See This and I had to add these cool sculptures to my wish list. Six different sculptures hidden in six different nature areas around Copenhagen. They are like modern trolls, so cool! The artist is Thomas Dambo and he makes his work out of recycled materials. Cool stuff!
A lovely new children’s book about the similarities and differences between a typical day in seven different countries. The video ad makes me hungry! ^_^
A nice little video from the New Yorker on the effect of light pollution and its impact on star-gazing by the general public:
I’ve said it before, but visiting parts of the globe that have minimal light pollution is one of the things I am most excited about for our world trip plans.
If a little bit of beautiful calm is what you need in your day, then this video could be just the answer. I’m not sure if we’ll make it to Norway during our RTW trip (considering the cost), but it would be a wonderful way…
Next year, the world’s advanced economies will reach a critical milestone. For the first time since 1950, their combined working-age population will decline, according to United Nations projections, and by 2050 it will shrink 5%.
As Dave Pell writes in Nextdraft:
In other words, it turns out that the big problem in the world isn’t that there are too many people, but rather that there are too few (Thanksgiving dinners excepted).
I love watching these videos since it gives me a sense of what my family will be encountering during our round-the-world trip. This one is of a couple that travelled to 17 countries in a single year. Have a look and be inspired!
With the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death last week there was quite a bit of talk about the bard.
I came across this link of “Pubs That Shakespeare Actually Drank At” list and wanted to bookmark it for future reference, cuz you know, beer:
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in another country? Well, wonder no more! A website titled If It Were My Home attempts to compare your country with another in a wide variety of data points. For example, here’s a small number of comparisons between Canada and Costa Rica:
Of course, the comparisons can be a bit sketchy since we’re not only talking about averages within an entire country but also comparing statistics that are collected differently in different parts of the world (e.g., unemployment isn’t counted the same way everywhere). Nonetheless, the site is an interesting look at the grass on the other side.
Here’s a destination for our travel wish list — the longest mountain range in the world, The Andes. Below is a beautiful time lapse video by photographer Eric Hanson. Hanson took hundreds of thousands of photos during his seven month trip along South America’s Andean…
Listening and watching the news this month has been causing me to try to wrap my head around some issues that are too big for me. I don’t see an easy solution, I just see continued conflict and violence as cultures clash.
I’ve tried to put my thoughts into words but I am finding it too challenging. So I am just going to share a couple of resources that I have found recently and revisit this later.
Now, while this video by Dignity Without Borders doesn’t paint the most accurate or objective picture, I do think it helps shine a light on areas of thought in regards to the surge in violence against women that has been occurring in Europe:
And this video by Amer Albarzawi from a woman’s perspective:
And this recent interview with Gloria Steinem on the Charlie Rose show in which she recommends “Sex & World Peace” by Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli, and Chad F. Emmett: