Starting in Beijing and ending in Moscow, this trip isn’t for those even remotely leery of trains: over 4,660 miles of rail were traversed.
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While Namibia is plagued with many economic and physical hardships (half the population lives below the international poverty line, and the nation has suffered heavily from the effects of HIV/AIDS, with 15% of the adult population infected with HIV in 2007), its stunning landscapes provides a certain sense of sublime salvation.
The World’s Most Mind-Blowing Natural Phenomena: Catatumbo Lightning
Confined to the skies above Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo, the ceaseless streaks of Catatumbo lightning have captivated the interests of scientists, explorers and artists for centuries. For nearly half the year and up to ten hours a day, the natural methane and oil deposit-caused phenomenon can be observed in the bucolic Venezuelan horizon up to 280 times an hour.
And if you happen to visit Venezuela when the lightning isn’t able to be observed, fret not; while these flashes of light are technically momentary, Catatumbo lightning has manifested itself into the melody of the state’s anthem.
A chorus of women are borne from the movements of a single dancer in this dreamlike “pas de trente-deux.”
“Choros” premiered at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2012 and has gone on to play dozens of festivals worldwide. The film is currently broadcast in Europe by Canal+.
It is impossible to visit Peru and not bask in its sublime history, culture and landscapes.
Some animals continuously steal the top spots on various lists of the world’s dangerous and deadliest animals. While great white sharks, cobras, and ferocious African felines may be experienced predators, there are just as many little-known yet equally threatening animals lurking in the wild:
World’s Deadliest Animals: Asian Giant Hornet
Once you notice the size of the Asian giant hornet—nearly as big as one’s thumb—you’ll know why it needed to be included on this list. The hornet’s wingspan is bigger than that of some hummingbirds, and can fly at an impressive 25 miles per hour–even faster when in a hive. This huge hornet, also referred to as the Japanese giant hornet, is responsible for numerous deaths in Japan every year.
To fully grasp the size of the Asian Giant Hornet, check out this video of a man’s “pet” hornet: