Sakhalin is the largest island of Russia. It is more than 900 kilometers long and is home to many abandoned light houses. This island is located in the middle of Okhotsk Sea and Sea of Japan. The Aniva light-house was built by the Japanese. They made this island in an attempt to expand their control over the island. In 1905 the Russians invaded and took back control of the entire area. Now the Aniva light house was in their control.
Who Did It!
The Russians with their dumb minds restructured the light house. They nuclearised it! The nuclearised light house served their purpose for many years. There were many times when Russians wanted to build something which required no human interference. The ships of trade and military which passed these routes wanted some sort of navigational map. These light houses functioned as instruments of navigations for many ships. However they were located in remote areas with no human population. The accessibility issue was a great problem. Not all the times a person could be present to control the light house.
How Are They Powered
What Russian’s did was they produced light weight nuclear reactors and Radio-wave controlled equipment. These reactors could power the light houses for years. They were Nuclear. Read the full story
Tokyo used to be a city full of life and lights. It inhabited 13 million people, and bustled with activity. However, the earthquake that hit Japan has changed everything. Now Tokyo lies creepily in gloom.
Electricity Shortage in Japan:
The lights of buildings in Tokyo are turned off at night in order to save electricity. This is done to conserve electricity and avoid a massive shortfall later. The neon signs and street lights are also turned off. As a result, the city streets are creepily dark at night.
Fear of Radioactivity:
The people of Tokyo are aware that the Fukishima power plant located 148 miles away, is spewing radioactive chemicals into the air. People don’t venture out of their homes because they don’t want to come in contact with contaminated air. As a result the city has now become a dead man’s land.
A large population had their homes destructed by the earthquake and subsequent flood. They are living in shelters with meager resources. The need to save electricity forces young students to study under the light of kerosene lamps at night.
Lack Of Business In Tokyo:
There is virtually no business taking place in Tokyo city. The streets and shops are deserted. Read the full story
These are no ordinary gardens. Situated in UAE, Al Ain gardens are a mystic beauty in themselves. The hanging gardens have been a place of immense tourist attraction. The hanging gardens of Al-Ain have been certified by the Guiness Worlds Records for having the largest display of hanging baskets achieved by Akar Landscaping Services and Agriculture in Al Ain, UAE, on 20 March 2010.
It’s a land of wonders
The Al-Ain paradise is spread over 21000 square feet area. These hanging gardens are home to more then 10 million flowers. These flowers are imported from many different countries like Italy, Uganda and Japan. The Hanging Gardens were closed down previously when visitors picked up many of the flowers and left litter on the floor. The Hanging Gardens of Al-Ain are milestone in irrigation technology.
How Does it work?
These flowers are not replaced every few days but other plants grow in their place. This was the real challenge for the administration of this park. The Hanging Gardens of Al-Ain are very unique. Read the full story
While many would use culture as something that bonds them together, Traditions amidst the culture becomes another interrelating aspect. With the changing race, attitudes and beliefs at every other corner, a specific set of practices that holds them together also take many different forms. Below are a set of traditions that various sects carry out and are more dangerous than fun and games.
1. New Years Dive:
On the day of the New Year, countless divers gather around and take a dip into the Baikal lake. As if this isn’t dangerous enough, one specified diver carries the new year’s tree to plant it at the bottom of the lake.
2. Polar Bear Plunge:
The event aims to gather donations for the Special Olympics and welcomes a huge number of participants every year. The participants have to jump in cold water during the winter season, and the dodgy part is, that it may cause paralysis, hypothermia, and even death but fortunately, nothing of that sort has happened as of yet.
3. Firework Battle:
This is a battle between two churches on an Easter Sunday in Chios, Greece. While the service session carries on, these churches aim at each other’s bell with the help of 150 people. The crowd’s fires over 24,000 rockets and have caused damages to homes and even deaths in the past.
4. Baby Dropping Ritual:
This is a ritual where countless Muslim children are dropped down from a 13 meter tower into white sheets. The babies have been dropping in at Solapur, India for over 300 years with the faithful claim that no baby is ever harmed. They believe that the children grow up strong and healthy.
5. Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling:
In Gloucester, England, a Double Gloucester cheese is rolled down a steep hill and a bunch of daring people chases it down. Read the full story
The skylines of each big city are the symbol of its development and modernity. The city centers of big cities around the world are the cultural and economical centers of that country. The days and nights of these skylines with the city’s tallest skyscrapers are the great architectural view to see.
10. Seattle, USA
Seattle in the Northwest of USA is a most important port city as a trade centre for Pacific and Europe. It is important for its commercial, cultural and technological advancement. It has four skyscrapers which are more than 200m among which one is the famous 184m Space Needle observation tower.
9. Shenzhen, China
Shenzhen was the small fishing town on the border of Hong Kong in 1970. But now it is capital with more than six million people. It has 20 skyscrapers of higher than 200 meters tall. Shun Hing Square is also among these which is the 8th tallest building in the world.
8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is the most impressive in the world which has very beautiful and wide sky lines. It has 10 skyscrapers build over 200 meters tall. three of the ten are among the 25 tallest buildings worldwide.
7. Toronto, Canada
Toronto is a multi cultural and ethnicity city. Including the amazing CN Tower which is 553 meters tall, Toronto has 7 skyscrapers in its skyline that are more than 200 meters. It is the tallest free-standing structure in North America which has the world’s highest observation deck.
6. Tokyo, Japan
The world’s most populated city Tokyo is also referred to the capital of the Eastern world. It has very dense skyline with 18 skyscrapers at over 200 meters tall. Read the full story
If you visit any new country, you have to taste their national drink also. Many countries have their famous beers and wines but here is the list of different drink which is particularly related to a specific place:
1. Czech Absinthe
This drink is the most popular drink introduced by the best wine makers of Czech Republic. This drink was banned in 1800s because of the increase of violent crimes in different areas of the country. But it still maintains its best position as it is the bestselling drink there. It is made from the leaves and flowers of wormwood plant.
2. Bulgarian Rakia
Rakia can be made from the sweet juice of grapes, plums, pears or cherries. Its manufactures make a wide range of this drink in summer season because of the excess availability of all these fruits. It meets best with your finance and taste.
3. Japanese Sake
One of the most amazing facts about this drink is that it is made from rice. It has very sweet taste just like wine but it is also available in other sour tastes. In japan, it becomes the important part of different meeting, ceremonies and other night parties.
4. Mexican Tequila
Another extremely tasty and most drunk liquid is tequila which is made by cactus plant. It is usually taken with lemon, salt, orange or cinnamon by people of different areas just according to their taste. But in Mexico, people love to take it straight.
5. Greek Ouzo
This drink is totally different from other drinks of sweet tastes. It has a very bitter taste but it end wildly. Read the full story
If you have grown tired of drinking the local beer and find Jim Beam a little too soft, then it’s the right time to take a trip down the below stated places. The following list contains a list of countries, which are well known for their alcohol and its taste.
At the top of the list is Thailand with its Rice whiskey or Lao Khao. Although this place is famous for its sage-like people, Thailand is also well known for its local favorite. In Thailand, receiving invitations for a taste of the local brew from middle aged men isn’t unusual. You might end up highly drunk, but the experience is worth it.
Amidst the political coups and violence, Ghana follows Thailand in the list with its palm wine at the purest. With the history of Ashanti and their hospitality, if you are a man and earns an invitation to a home brewery, then this may be the beginning of a lifelong friendship.
This is an inhuman form of Brazilian beauty that is loved by the young and the old alike. The advantages of such a drink include finding a good substitute for water, more friends and a lot of savings. Cachaca is also used as an important ingredient while making the Brazillian national drink, the Caipirinha.
4. South Korea:
This place has an age old drinking tradition in its culture. Although an economic power house, this place is highly famous for its Soju and Dongdongju.
With a Mayans history, Mexico stands at number five with Octli.
Now out of the shadows, this place is also famous for Tej. Read the full story
Are you searching for something really exciting for upcoming vacations? Or just want to explore something unique and bizarre this time that you have never seen? If you are looking for all these things then you should try hot air balloon festivals that take place at different places all over the world? Yes these festivals are a great way to make your vacations memorable especially if you are on vacations with your family. Let’s have a look on the top 4 hot air balloon festivals in the world.
1: The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – New Mexico, USA
This is the world’s biggest hot air balloon festival that takes place in New Mexico in the United States every year during the first week of the month October. It lasts for over a period of nine days. During this fiesta, balloon races are held and viewers can enjoy a great number of balloons competing with each other. This festival doesn’t end here as there are many other competitions that are held during this fiesta. These competitions include speed and accuracy of hot air balloons. You will also like learning from balloon educational centre. Various exhibitions also take place like shaped balloons exhibits, balloons representing various nations. For adventurous participants, rides will be the great fun.
2: Astra Bristol International Balloon Fiesta – Bristol, UK
It takes place in the month of August in Bristol, United Kingdom. It is the largest balloon festival in both UK and entire Europe. It takes place for four days. It offers free entry. Read the full story
Festivals are celebrated around the world, in every part and country of the world, a few of these festivals are very unique in one way or the other and gain worldwide attention.
1.Monkey Buffet Festival
This festival is celebrated in Thailand, where monkeys are treated with a feast, over the years this festival has started gaining worldwide attention. Monkey here is thought to be God “Hanuman” and this festival is celebrated in the honour of the God Hanuman.
2.Near Death Experience Festival
This festival is celebrated in Spain in honour of Santa Marta de Ribarteme. People who have experienced near death experiences or have escaped death narrowly are carried in coffins around the church and to the cemetery. Thousands of people come together for celebrating this festival where they sought blessings and make offerings.
3.Colour Throwing Festival
This festival is celebrated in India in honour of Lord Krishna. People in this festival play with powders of different colour which are known as gulal, people throw these colours at each other. Another interesting factor about this festival is that people do not buy a new dress for this occasion. On the other hand they prefer to wear the oldest one in their wardrobe for the fear of ruin of the dress by the colours.
4.Fish Swallowing Festival
This festival is celebrated in Belgium where people gulp down fish which is yet alive and is soaked in red wine. This festival is known as Krakelingen festival which is celebrated in remembrance of an unsuccessful siege of the city. The fishes which are gulped down along with the wine are known as grondeling which are small and grey coloured fishes.
This festival is celebrated in the cold month of January, where people wear nothing except a loincloth which is a very small red cloth. Read the full story