Antarctica.

August 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

I have a dream journey in life.

It started by reading Sara Wheeler’s book Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica.

This is a phenomenal book, especially for anyone who thinks that travel is the best way to expand and enhance your perspective both internally and externally. To me, travel is both selfish and selfless – if I don’t learn something new about both myself and another person, it was a failed trip. I go in with a completely open mind.

Terra Incognita shows just that. It is a beautiful read, and teaches you something without leaving the comfort of your own chair. It made me want to go to Antarctica more than anything.

Yes, I know that it is a harsh environment. Yes, I know that it is a challenging experience to even just get down there. But that makes it even more enticing for me.

And reading the adventure and seeing the pictures of any individual just makes me want to go even more.

I highly recommend the National Geographic’s piece on an excursion there: A man decided he wanted to climb Queen Maud Land. It is because of people who challenge themselves that we gain an understanding of our world. And if you prefer not to read, just look at the gorgeous and amazing pictures.

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Big cows.

October 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Clearly, Design-Milk has decided that it is Leah Rug Week.

Land Carpet by Florian Pucher

Land as see from a plane.

My second favorite place.

April 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Second only to libraries in the ranking of my favorite built spaces are train stations.

And once again, thanks to flavorwire and the fug girls, I can continue my conversation on architectural photos and the loveliness of places I will forever hold dear–even if I’ve never visited them.

I love traveling, and traveling in a train offers the best of it all. You don’t have to worry about traffic, you can sleep, or watch lazily out the window as beautiful scenery passes, or read a book. There is the rocking motion that will forever be a calming sensation, you can walk around whenever you need to instead of sitting couped up in one location for hours, or eat whenever you feel like it.

But most of all, it just feels different than going from point A to point B. The journey is part of the experience. And people watching is FANTASTIC.

Whether you are taking a train into work, or going on a vacation, it is very distinct, and the spaces reflect that. Terrifically tall, open spaces flooded with light that are warm, inviting and more personal, which is a difficult feat considering most materials used are stone.

While I’ve only personally experienced a couple of these, I have loved train stations all around the world. The energy, the light, the excitement. Oh, how I want to take a train now!

 

 

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