Monthly Archives: April 2011
Monday’s Links for Curious People
Because traveling isn’t an end in itself, here is this week’s installment of things you might find interesting with help from the injured Jodi Ettenberg.
- VIDEO: Penguins are ticklish (Warning: this is very cute)
- The last two speakers of the Ayapaneco language in Mexico refuse to talk to each other.
- VIDEO: Beautiful time lapse over one of Spain’s highest peaks with bonus sandstorm sweeping in from the Sahara
- Why don’t Brazilians emigrate?
- Shannon O’Donnell visits the Great Wall of China
- Expats vs Migrants: What’s the difference?
- Another great 360° panorama, this time from Bangladesh, from Dan and Audrey at UncornedMarket.com
- Kyaiktiyo Pagoda aka The Golden Rock, Myanmar from Deb and Dave of ThePlanetD.com
- VIDEO: Two planes collide on the runway at JFK (no one was hurt)
- Songkran (Thai New Year) in Chiang Mai
My Photography Gear
I couple of things have lead up to this post:
- I am always asked by people what camera gear I use. Most people who dabble in photography are always curious what sort of cameras people use. I ask the question myself when I meet other photographers so I completely understand it.
- My new sponsor, B&H Photo, recently set me up with brand new gear which makes the discussion sort of relevant. I’m heading off to Europe for a few months and I’ll be doing so with camera gear I haven’t used before, so the subject has been on my mind the last week.
Unlike most professional travel photographers, I am traveling all the time. I don’t just fly into a location to do a shoot and then go home. Because I’m traveling so much, weight and space are the biggest factors in determining what gear I use and how much of it.
I find myself sandwiched between a high end photographer carrying around several pelican cases full of lenses and a traveler who just wants a point and shoot to cut down on the weight. This means that I carry around far more photography equipment than the average traveler, but far less than a pro who parachutes in with a particular objective in mind. (more…)
UNESCO World Heritage Site #127: La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site
From the World Heritage inscription:
The main elements of the massive fortification of San Juan are La Fortaleza, the three forts of San Felipe del Morro, San Cristóbal and San Juan de la Cruz (El Cañuelo), and a large portion of the City Wall, built between the 16th and 19th centuries to protect the city and the Bay of San Juan. They are characteristic examples of the historic methods of construction used in military architecture over this period, which adapted European designs and techniques to the special conditions of the Caribbean port cities. La Fortaleza (founded in the early 16th century and considerably remodelled in later centuries) reflects developments in military architecture during its service over the centuries as a fortress, an arsenal, a prison, and residence of the Governor-General and today the Governor of Puerto Rico.
San Juan is the second oldest city in the Western Hemisphere after Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The old city of San Juan still has the feel of a Spanish Colonial city. The fortifications of the city are still mostly intact and served to defend the San Juan harbor. Tip: If you visit the old city of San Juan, make sure to stop by Carli’s Bistro and listen to former Beach Boy keyboard player Carli Munoz play jazz.
View my complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites