Friday, August 17, 2007

WHO THE HELL WROTE THIS

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TRAVEL/08/17/disappointing.destinations/index.html

This recent article named the top 10 best and most disappointing global and UK sights. I am more concerned with the global sights, so here they are (according to the article):

TOP TEN MOST DISAPPOINTING GLOBAL SIGHTS
1. The Eiffel Tower, Paris; 2. The Louvre, Paris; 3. Times Square, New York; 4. Las Ramblas, Barcelona; 5. Statue of Liberty, New York; 6. Spanish Steps, Rome; 7. The White House, Washington DC; 8. The Pyramids, Egypt; 9. The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin; 10.The Leaning Tower of Pisa.

THE PYRAMIDS ARE DISAPPOINTING???? WHAT???? SEEING HOW ENORMOUS THEY ARE, THE ABILITY OF PEOPLE TO BUILD THEM, GOING INSIDE THEM...... PEOPLE MUST BE INSANE TO SAY THIS! THE LOUVRE IS DISAPPOINTING???? WHAT???? SEEING THE MONA LISA, ANCIENT ISLAMIC TREASURES, ETC. IS NOT FUN???? LAS RAMBLAS IS DIASPPOINTING???? WHAT????

I AM HONESTLY MOST BAFFLED ABOUT THE PYRAMIDS.

Quote: Travel expert Felice Hardy explained why many tourists, often after spending inflated amounts on reaching and then viewing the most famous places, are left with a feeling of anti-climax. "It's easy to be swayed by brochures that opt for the mainstream and focus on clich├ęd tourist sights around the world," she said. "But many of them are overcrowded and disappointing."

WHATEVER. I am too miffed to even talk about this.

At least the article had enough sense to put Kapadokya and Lake Titicaca (which my mom went to and loved) on its 10 best.

TOP TEN BEST GLOBAL SIGHTS
1. The Treasury at Petra, Jordan; 2. The Grand Canal, Venice; 3. The Masai Mara, Kenya; 4. Sydney Harbour Bridge; 5. Taroko Gorge, Taiwan; 6. Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia; 7. Cappadoccia caves, Turkey; 8. Lake Titicaca, Peru and Bolivia; 9. Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia; 10. Jungfraujoch railway, Switzerland.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

You know you are bored at work when...

... you look up the engagement and wedding announcements from your hometown online newspaper.

... you check your bank statement 3 times in a day. Logging in separately each time.

... you get excited when someone IMs you. Not that I wouldn't ordinarily, but even more so now.

... you send emails to people and hope they are bored too and respond right away. Especially coworkers bc you know they are bored too.

... you eat every hour at your desk.

... you look at the poster on your wall and study the topographical features of every country of the world.

... keep looking at your cell phone to see if someone has texted you. And the last time you checked was 8 minutes ago.

... you blog.

... you go to the bathroom even when you don't have to go.

... you start sorting out your email inbox. Oh, and outbox too.

Any other fun things?

Friday, August 03, 2007

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Papua New Guinea

So I have been watching SHARK WEEK :) and last night was the best night: the show was called Shark Tribe. It's a native tribe of Papua New Guinea (I think on Buka Island-I forget the town names) that calls and captures sharks by hand (like the Lemon, Blacktip, Mako) by banging shells like rattles on the water's surface and under it. It was so amazing. The most amazing part was that the people on this remote island spoke English-even the elders (and the oldest living shark caller who is 70!). All through the episode, I was even distracted by thinking the whole time "Man, these people know English". And it's pretty good. :S

So the guy who went there (who has also hosted specials on Discovery like one where he was determined to be able to sit by a lion pride w/o them attacking... and he did it) and his friend a shark specialist and PhD student, also showed the shark callers a video of the Great Whites they study. The shark caller looked at it in awe and said yes I can capture that too. His confidence was really amazing! I know I am using amazing a lot, but it's the only word that fits.

Great episode-maybe I will put the DVD on my birthday present list. :)