Amsterdam Street Art

Amsterdam- a city packed with some trippy people and some trippy street art. It’s funky and filled with wild colors. While being aesthetically pleasing, Amsterdam’s graffiti is also filled with political messages. Currently, the Amsterdam municipal government has attempted to decriminalize graffiti and make it more socially acceptable by creating legal opportunities to paint in specially designated areas. An example is Project ASA.

Look for the political slogans and faces in some of these pictures.

“The Subway That Time Forgot”: New York City’s Hidden Subway Station

Opened in 1904 for the Manhattan Main Line, the City Hall Station was supposed to be the heart of the subway system. With the looks of the Grand Central and the emptiness, the secret station looks like the one from Harry Potter. Due to new, stronger trains, the station was forced to close in 1945 since it wasn’t made for the larger trains. Trains were then forced to get off a stop before at the Brooklyn Bridge. Nowadays, the 6 train passes through the station, allowing passengers to view its glory from inside the car. Even though you can’t get off on the stop, the train travels through slowly enough for people to view the beauty. To make the station even cooler, street artists of the Underbelly Project have turned it into a little, creepy art gallery (look at the picture above). Those who explore deep into the tunnels can see it during the night. However, only go by foot if you don’t mind getting arrested or the small possibility of getting hit by a train…
How to travel to the station: Simply stay on the 6 train instead of getting off at Brooklyn Bridge, the last stop. The train actually makes a turnaround through City Hall station as it starts its return trip uptown.
There’s also some really cool hidden London Tube Stations. Click the links below for some info on them.

Time Traveler: Michael Portillo and The Great Continental Railway Journey

BBC reporter Michael Portillo’s work may be considered time travel by some, but is definitely considered fascinating by all. Portillo embarked on a journey via Europe’s Continental Railway with his only guide being Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide and General Handbook. This doesn’t sound too impressive until viewers realize Bradshaw’s Handbook is from 1913! Portillo’s hundred-year-old guide whisked him through a time period of innovation that spread all around continental Europe. Read his account on the odyssey in The Telegraph.

A Beautiful World

Earth is filled with many illusory-seeming destinations. Some of these places around the world are literally jaw-dropping…. We all need to learn to appreciate our magnificent surroundings while we can. Click on each name to learn more.

The Uyuni Salt Flats- Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Namibia

Zhangye, China

The Richat Structure, Mauritania

Lake Retba, Senegal

The Wave, Arizona

The Wave - Arizona