World Guide

  • Exploring Panama – Panama City, Boquete, Bocas Del Toro

    Exploring Panama – Panama City, Boquete, Bocas Del Toro

    This September, I had the opportunity to explore Panama with H. A few pics, and our trip notes. Thu Sept 13 Flew Denver to Ft. Lauderdale Tight connection Flew Ft. Lauderdale to Panama City Took Uber to Casco Viejo AirBnB Finally got in bed in AirBnB around 3am. Slept! Fri Sept 14 Woke up late…

  • World Guide – Tuned Mass Damper of the Shanghai Tower

    World Guide – Tuned Mass Damper of the Shanghai Tower

    World Guide List Item – Investigate the Magnetic Tuned Mass Damper of the Shanghai Tower From Gizmodo: This is where the ‘tuned mass’ damper system of the 2,073-foot Shanghai Tower comes into play. The physics of the damper work exactly as normal — a 1,000 ton weight hangs from steel cables. But two systems…

  • Berghain Music Club – Berlin, Germany

    Berghain Music Club – Berlin, Germany

    Suggested to my by both Jan Nick and Alex Takashima, who said I should go if I love electronic music! Thanks guys for the suggestion. From Rolling Stone: Berghain: The Secretive, Sex-Fueled World of Techno’s Coolest Club Berlin’s Berghain is famed for its groundbreaking sounds and X-rated sights, but the club is also a test…

  • Hallstatt, Austria

    Hallstatt, Austria

    Tucked away in the mountains of Austria you’ll find the tiny town of Hallstatt. Hallstatt and its population of less than 1000 residents rest on the southwestern shore of the Hallstätter See. In addition to the picturesque view of the town on the lake, tourists can see the world’s first salt mine, enjoy nearby skiing,…

  • Bonjour Records, Tokyo, Japan

    Bonjour Records, Tokyo, Japan

    Bonjour Records There’s not a huge selection of CD’s, but you’ll want everything: mixes created by Parisian fashion labels like Kitsuné and acoustic cover compilations, including one featuring Nirvana’s ‘‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’’ 24-1 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku; 011-81-3-5458-6020.

  • Kamawanu, Tokyo, Japan

    Kamawanu, Tokyo, Japan

    Kamawanu Load up here on tenugui, traditional dyed cloths printed with images of everything from Mount Fuji to musical notes. Locals use the fabrics for wrapping wine bottles and presents (for the constant gift-giving), and they can easily double as handkerchiefs and napkins. 23-1 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku; 011-81-3-3780-0182.

  • Franz Joseph Land

    Franz Joseph Land

    Franz Joseph Land Franz Josef Land, Franz Joseph Land or Francis Joseph’s Land (Russian: ????? ??????-??????, Zemlya Frantsa-Iosifa) is an uninhabited archipelago located in the Arctic Ocean, Barents Sea and Kara Sea, constituting the northernmost part of Arkhangelsk Oblast in Russia. It consists of 191 islands, which cover an area of 16,134 square kilometers (6,229…

  • Bechyovinka, Russia

    Bechyovinka, Russia

    Bechyovinka The submariners’ secret town – The town’s name is Bechyovinka (in the name of Bechyovinsky bay) or Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky-54 (in accord with the last figures of the postal code).

  • Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

    Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

    Marina bay sands hotel Singapore marina bay sands complex consists of three hotel towers connected by the magnificent sands skypark. designboom’s editors had the great opportunity to stay and test out the newly opened hotel. with over 2,500 rooms and suites, it is the biggest hotel in singapore. the sands skypark with pool is…

  • Love Hotel Jzauruss, Beppu, Japan

    Love Hotel Jzauruss, Beppu, Japan

    In the city of Beppu in Japan’s ?ita Prefecture, you can visit Hotel Jzauruss, a love hotel modeled on Jurassic Park. Finally, a place that can accommodate all of your Dennis Nedry roleplaying fantasies. You didn’t say the magic safe word, ah-ah-ah! For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of a love hotel, it’s…

  • Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany

    Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany

    Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein, pronounced [n????va?n?ta?n], English: “New Swanstone Castle”[1]) is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the…

  • Palace of Versailles, France

    Palace of Versailles, France

    The Palace of Versailles (English /v??r?sa?/ vair-sy or /v?r?sa?/ v?r-sy; French: [v???s?j]), or simply Versailles, is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. In French, it is known as the Château de Versailles. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a wealthy suburb of…

  • Las Lajas Sanctuary, Magui, Columbia

    Las Lajas Sanctuary, Magui, Columbia

    Dangling church built over a Colombian gorge Many places of worship are built around relics and icons. However, most of them are not built in such precarious and dangerous locations as Las Lajas Sanctuary, which crosses a forested gorge on the border between Colombia and Ecuador. In 1754, an Amerindian woman and her daughter found…

  • Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia

    Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia

    Langkawi Sky Bridge Background: This curved pedestrian bridge is 2,000 feet above sea level at the top of Mount Mat Cincang in Malaysia. Tourists who want to walk across the 400-foot long structure must ride up to it in a cable car. Why It’s Innovative: Set above the treetops, the Langkawi Sky Bridge is one…

  • Hotel Gellert Thermal Baths

    Hotel Gellert Thermal Baths

    In Budapest – Hotel Gellert and its thermal baths — an art nouveau gem that first opened in late 1918. Construction of the Gellert began in 1911 and was delayed due to the First World War. Its glorious baths reflect the grand style of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Thanks to Joanne Goodman for this info!

  • Király Thermal Bath

    Király Thermal Bath Király Bath or Király fürd? is a thermal bath that was first built in Hungary in the second half of the sixteenth century, during the time of Ottoman rule. The bath and its neighborhood have since become part of the consolidated city of Budapest. Found via:

  • The Most Popular Countries In The World

    The Most Popular Countries In The World

    I love maps, and especially this one. According to, these are the top 50 countries by yearly visitors. Based on this, how about we take a trip to Mali, Nigeria, or East Timor? I was THIS close to going to East Timor last year while hanging out in Flores, Indonesia.. darn! Top 50 most…

  • Infographic: Kowloon Walled City

    Infographic: Kowloon Walled City

    Infographic for today is a cross section of the now-destroyed Kowloon Walled City. I certainly wish I had a chance to explore this marvel before it was torn down.. From Wikipedia: Kowloon Walled City was a densely populated, largely ungoverned settlement in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Originally a Chinese military fort, the Walled City became an…