Jul 24 2010
This is really how google maps are made.
Jul 24 2010
This is really how google maps are made.
Jul 01 2008
Dubai does it again, building something incredible with their oil money and luring more and more tourists to what used to be a desert. The Dynamic Tower, or Da Vinci Tower is designed by Italian architect David Fisher and is set to be complete by 2010. The rotating skyscraper looks to mesmerize people and cause many car crashes, but this is solved by the ability to park your Ferrari Enzo in your apartment! The building is purely residential, and some units can move on command.
May 11 2008
Apr 20 2008
Thinking about taking a trip into space but not sure what hotel to stay at? I recommend this one.
Mar 13 2008
One of the greatest things one can do is travel, not only to see new places, but to learn about new cultures. It is one of the most interesting things to experience and one of my favorite things to do. If you’re looking to travel somewhere interesting travel to Europe. You can visit so many places in such a short amount of time because of the common currency and the train system. I went last year for a full month and have never taken a better trip. My trip started in London and went east, south, west, and back up north to London again.
My Top Five Cities:
5. Berlin: Berlin was by far the most modern city I visited. This was obviously due to the Wall and separation of East and West Berlin (West Berlin was much nicer) and the fact that 70% of the city was destroyed during WWII. People were extremely friendly and most spoke or would try to speak English. By the way, to save money in Europe eat a lot of McDonald’s. It’s a much better quality there! Also, do not visit the Jewish Museum! I have nothing against Jewish people, but it was very boring-one exhibit was a spoon. I would suggest going from Berlin to Prague and plan a stop in a small town called SchÃ¶na. It definitely had the most beautiful scenery in Europe.
4. Vienna: Vienna was one of the more modern cities in Europe, but one of the most beautiful. The first thing I noticed was how it was planned. The city planner was a genius compared to other European cities, with all kinds of awkward alleys and small, crooked streets. Vienna has large, open streets and beautiful parks and landscaping every where. If you visit there I would suggest using one of the many, what I call, “bicycle vending machines” and ride around the city at night. The night life there is great, but is more refined and has a more affluent atmosphere. I believe it was a Monday night when I was there and there were a few upscale parties going on. The city was also extremely clean. There weren’t as many tourists there and people were so hospitable and the women were starting to look good .
3. Prague: Prague was the most historic city I visited. Literally every where you look there is an interesting old building with a long story. The first day I was there I walked around the city the entire day. The next day I took a tour and I think I saw everything except the castle there, which is actually the largest castle complex in the world. Prague is also the place to go to save money. They have not switched to the Euro yet, but are in the process-go soon! The one knock I have on the city is the people. They are not the most friendly and many don’t wear deodorant. But most people we dealt with were tourists any way! If you want to try some good food there go to a pizzeria and order some capaccio with lemon on top, mmmmm.
3. Paris: It’s a tie! Prague is all about history while Paris is all about fashion and shopping. The best places to visit were Champs Elyees and the Eiffel Tower. Champs Elysees is the most expensive street in the world and has every expensive brand you can think of. I went into almost every store there and they were all unique and much better than in the U.S. They are expensive however! The Eiffel Tower is beautiful at night. You should go a little early though, because I got there a little late and couldn’t go to the top. The Louvre, the big museum, is also very nice. I even got a picture of the Mona Lisa and almost got kicked out for it!
1. Barcelona: Barcelona was easily my favorite city. It is super modern and some of the greatest architects in the world have designed buildings there (Gaudi, one of my favorites). It also has the most amazing building I have ever seen: La Sagrada Familia. Trust me, you want to visit that building. There are beautiful women there and a beautiful beach (lots of topless women ). There are good clubs and it has a great night life. It’s also a good place to buy something because it’s pretty cheap.
Don’t go on any river boat tours. They are so boring and it’s usually cold and windy!
Try to not sound or act like an American. You’ll realize how ignorant we can sound.
Always carry change with you because you will have to go to a bathroom and you will have to pay to use it.
Keep a diary during the trip. It’s a great way to pass the time on the trains and it’s great to look back on, especially if you want to visit again.
Don’t plan your trip too well. I made a general time line for the trip, but there were several times where I completely changed my plans and couldn’t have been happier. It’s much more fun to be spontaneous!
Do not visit Budapest. It was by far the worst city we visited and took forever to get there from Prague.
Don’t get first class for the trains. There were hardly any trains with nice first class sections and there really wasn’t much difference.
Make time for Greece! I didn’t get to visit
Bring lots of deoderant. There will be many nights sleeping on the trains and no time to shower. By the way, please make sure you book a bed as soon as you arrive at a new city if you know you will have to take a night train that night or the next. It is no fun to have to sleep in a chair with a room full of strangers.
The most beautiful girls are in Italy, and the guys there will stalk you if you’re pretty. Related to Italy, eat a lot of gelati. It is the best ice cream I’ve ever tried, and I would suggest visiting islands like Capri rather than big cities there. Rome and Venice are really overrated.
Make sure to keep a look out for an Internet cafe when you’re walking during the day. I used them a lot when there was nothing to do late at night and I wanted to call back home.
Walk every where! I guarantee you will have more fun exploring yourself than taking a tour. One nice thing was renting headphones with mp3s describing the different places.
Buy giant backpacks. They’re much easier to carry when you’re walking every where.
Learn to wash your clothes with soap and water in a sink.
Talk to people. Meeting people from different worlds was one of the most memorable parts of the trip.
Eat in small restaurants in alleys; those were definitely the best.
Other notable places:
Monte Carlo, France