Greenland is the 12th largest country in the world, yet its entire population would just barely be able to fill Michigan Stadium to half of its capacity. Virtually all pictures taken on the enormous island encapsulate this sparsely populated, remote nature, such as this one taken by Mads & Trine on Flickr. Greenland is a place with towns so small they have almost no signs, as residents already know where everything is. This photo was taken in Sisimiut, a town with a quaint population of just over 5,000 where the local school turns into a hostel for the summer. Located just north of the Arctic Circle, it’s an ideal place to catch the Northern Lights.
It’s the first Monday of October — and you know what that means, right? FALL is here. It’s time to hike and check out the fall foliage! There are some other great travel reads for this Monday, so let’s get started!
- Some people like traveling to find strange or unique architecture, so why not tour the world’s upside-down houses? [via Been-Seen]
- One of my old students is traveling in Argentina, and I stumbled upon this nice photo essay of Buenos Aires by night. The city that gave birth to the tango is still very much alive. [via Matador Trips]
- You don’t have to head to the hills to see the sights. This handy guide to scenic trails in Paris shows us how urban centers can be just as lovely. [via BootsNAll]
- My travel writing buddy Mary Jo offers up a great review to the new film on Cuba, Lost Son of Havana, and wonders just why the trade embargo still exists. [via Fly Away Cafe]
‘Til tomorrow, have a great evening!
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They say that “home is where the heart is,” but I have to wonder when I look at the at the “Gravity-Defying Homes” gallery over at design site PointClickHome. Perhaps the expression is better written as “home is where the crazy is?” Point Click Home’s gallery features a slideshow of some of the most surreal and interesting houses from around the world, including strange structures in Russia, The Netherlands, Indonesia, the U.S. and Canada, among others.
It’s hard to pick a favorite from this bunch. I think the Russian gangster house wins the award for the poorest planning – it’s probably because the owner was incarcerated before he was able to finish it (no joke). Meanwhile, the Dutch seem to be quite adept at building whimsical houses, offering an assortment of homes in the shape of cacti and cubes. And I have to hand it to the American houses – the “mushroom house” and “pod house” are certainly the most trippy.
While I can’t imagine these bizarre buildings are practical to live in, they certainly make for some great voyeurism. Check out the gallery below to see them all. And if you still haven’t gotten your fill, take a look at Justin’s post last year for some more examples.
[via Josh Spear]