One Day on Earth: Documenting the World’s Story

One Day on Earth is pretty much the coolest thing ever. It’s kind of exciting. Basically, it’s an organization made up of multiple NPOs and other companies, photographers, videographers, and just normal people like you and me taking a look at what’s going on all in one day.

Here’s their site description:

On November 11th, 11.11.11, across the planet, documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens will record the human experience over a 24-hour period and contribute their voice to the second annual global day of media creation called One Day on Earth. Together, we will create a shared archive and a film.

Founded in 2008, One Day on Earth’s first media creation event occurred on 10.10.10. The collaboration was the first ever simultaneous filming event occurring in every country of the world. It created a unique geo-tagged video archive as well as an upcoming feature film.

Together, we are showcasing the amazing diversity, conflict, tragedy, and triumph that occurs in one day. We invite you to join our international community of thousands of filmmakers, hundreds of schools, and dozens of non-profits, and contribute to this unique global mosaic. One Day on Earth is a community that not only watches, but participates.

They have a trailer from last year’s One Day on Earth video (10/10/10):

One Day on Earth is a great way to bring everyone in the world together for one day. The births, the traffic incidents, the sunrises and sunsets, the every day life of everyone on Earth. It’s a beautiful way to remind us that we’re all people living on the same planet going about our lives. That’s some unifying stuff!

 

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Braving the Elements: Unique Travel Beds

The other night I was surfing on StumbleUpon and I’m not sure why all of these travel sites started coming up. Maybe life is trying to tell me something. Maybe the other sites just didn’t seem interesting. Or…it’s just one of my interests. Either way, it gave me an idea: let’s write about places to sleep on the road!!

Why fight the elements when you can live in them?

The most expensive mobile home in the world

The eleMMent palazzo, Australian’s Marchi Mobile’s newest mobile home is complete with a bar, rainfall shower, pop-up roof terrace and working fireplace. It also glows in the dark! Now the asking price is over $3 million, so I suppose that’s all to be expected.  Now this is a car I’d take on the road with me – it’s worth more than 3 decent sized homes in our area. And it moves!

Ice Hotel, Sweden

One night in this hotel is upwards of $1,000 per person per bed. It’s only open during the winter and summer seasons, but man! They have their own chapel in the hotel because of the amount of weddings that take place there all season long. The hotel is remodeled every year when the waters freeze and it represents a type of Swedish art project for the year, creating the hotel around the Swedish landscape, Northern Lights, and nearby rivers.

Treehotel, Sweden

Wow. I don’t know what it is about the Swedes, but they certainly know how to build the most original hotels. The Treehotel is a set of rooms attached to trees in the middle of the woods. Fully furnished, they’re quite expensive, ranging around $1,500 per night per room. Britta’s Pensionat is open for Treehotel’s guests, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in an authentic 1930-1950’s setting. There’s a restaurant, bar, sauna and relaxation area, TV, and internet.

The Uchisar Rock Castle and the Serinn House

Get a sense of Turkish hospitality at the Uchisar Rock Castle and Serinn House. These rooms are hidden in the caves but are delightfully furnished. Uchisar was recently highlighted in the Washington Post, which I read this past weekend. Amenities include a full breakfast every morning, an orthopedic mattress, guest laundry, custom toiletries, and reclining reading lights, as well as all the usual. The castle once hid the early 2nd century Christians from persecution and now houses an amazing chapel. In fact, one Muslim guide claimed that even he would worship there, given it’s beautiful magnitude. Get a look here:

Palacio de Sal, Bolivia

Earlier I posted about the salt flats of Bolivia in my “Wonders” post. As I was searching for more interesting or unheard of (as far as I was concerned) hotels, I found Palacio de Sal, or the Salt Palace hotel. Located on the salt flats, this hotel is entirely made out of salt, including most of the furniture and its 18-hole golf course. Absolutely amazing.

Utter Inn, Sweden

Sweden again? Jeez. Well okay, this looks pretty cool, but I have to say I’m a little skeptical. Or scared of water. Anyway, it’s an underwater hotel! Pretty cool stuff, you enter the house, go down a ladder, and you’re in the room – fully equipped, with the windows displaying your very own live aquarium.

Wander: A Gallery look into rare wonders of the world

There’s always more to the world than we can know or imagine. Some of these have come across my desk in the past few weeks and I’d invite you to flip through them with me. Explore the world one sight at a time, and fill yourself with its wonders.

Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines

Tower of Hercules, Spain

Valley of Love, Ireland - One of the lost wonders, it is over a mile wide and high

Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro

Oceania

Baobab (Upside Down) Trees

Petra, 100BC Jordan - The lost city of stone

Salt Flats, Bolivia

Black Rock Geyser