Many travelers just don’t want to go into all the troubles to get an American visa for some two weeks of holidays. But having glanced at pictures of Puerto Rican Mosquito Bay they’ll change their minds instantly.
Dark sea slick, silence… when suddenly mysterious green glow from the depth extends the darkness to shock the public on the shore. That’s how Mosquito Bay greets those striving for magic and beauty. Luminous miracles are created by its inhabitants, microscopic organisms dinoflagellates. In order to turn on the illumination it is enough to disturb the perfect calmness of the water since the bacteria start “blinking” on a slightest impact upon them. Flashes can be distinguished from as far as a couple of kilometers although they last for less than a second. Concentrations of these fireflies is so high that so far here remains a possibility to push ‘on’ by sending a stone jumping along the water or have a plunge by yourself.
The bay used to be a worshiping object for locals. Not understanding the reasons for sudden sea “inflammation” after dawn, they decided that water gods established their Olympus there. In the daytime people used to come to the shore to thank them for given nutrition in the shape of variety of seafood. In the night they used to honor and glorify the green light that served as illumination for onshore settlements and a waymark for lost wanderers. Nowadays no one believes in this kind of “higher powers” but the bay still remains a daily breader generating revenue from touristic visits.
Despite the fact that before dawn the glow is invisible in clean turquoise water, the majority of places at the beach will be taken anyway. Mangroves surrounding the bay help holiday-makers to distance from fussy world and join in the beauty of unique nature here. Pelicans tracking down fish whirl above the water and when they see the bag – they plunge into the sea causing water to splash and tourists to burst out in admiration. Not waiting for the dawn and “lighting effects” the visitors dive into warm and clear water. Here shoals of variegated fish resembling multicolored bowl ones, await tourists, swim close to the shore and tickle them by their swimwear.
Old-timers say that there is a mere one tenth of the former bay glow left. Previously many shining seas could have been found in the waters of the Caribbean. But due to development and population of the coastline as well as environment deterioration the majority of them are lost forever. Armies of water mchines like holiday cruisers and wet bikes invaded a part of Mosquito Bay. Adverse effect on microorganisms is also exerted by creams, deodorants and cosmetics that those willing to dip and flare surrounded by billions of tiny lights bring on themselves.
Those who want to manage and see an extraordinary bioluminescent bay on their own, should put their best forward. It is well possible that soon, on top of American visa, they’ll have to be getting a special permit for the visit. Puerto Rico authorities repeatedly bring up the issue of introducing such measures (but final decision isn’t yet made) in order to preserve exotic effects and primeval beauty of the place.
Australia flies instinctively into our ears with a loud intro from shell of the Sydney Opera, and only after that we recall that the capital of this country is Canberra. Though the city is often seen as a stopover between Melbourne and Sydney, Canberra is not only considering, but has been already implementing into reality a plan how to win hearts of all tourists.
There are hardly many travelers who would go somewhere further than city centre where their hotel is situated when on a short-term journey. And if location is a metropolis on top of everything else, such “outside” trips are sure to be put on hold till better occasions. And vainly so because it is in residential districts where one can have a look at a foreign country with the eyes of its citizens which is far more educative than hurry-scurry tours around castles and squares.
Once upon the time, Pygmy peoples lived on the west coast of Africa. They did not have any conflicts with anyone. When they were hungry, they went hunting, picked up nuts and bananas. Then the Mpongwé and the Fang tribes came. After them, the Portuguese arrived and named these lands Gabon. They were followed by the French who acquired the land and declared it as their colony. Only in the middle of the past century, when Pygmies were very few, Gabon gained independence from foreigners…
Spiegelgasse is originated from German collocation ‘Mirror street’ or ‘Mirror alley’. However, it is not the biggest and the most important street in Zurich. Moreover, it is vice versa, incredibly short and narrow…
Well, being situated in the quiet nooks of the old city in such a way that no tourists could see it, Spiegelgasse is simply ingenious in its history. It is alive legend with the width in only 160 meters…
Impressions of this city depend much on what you have visited before being introduced to it. After Los Angeles it may seem very business-like and culturally rich, after New York – provincial and old-fashioned somehow. In any case, it has a bright and memorable face of a gentleman from Massachusetts. People with completely different interest will discover something to their tastes in it – there is a facet for each.
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The Japanese are very creative people, especially when it comes to rice. If they have some extra spare time and large spacious rice paddies, then routine process of growing an agricultural crop turns into art...
When you first hear about them, you do not believe your ears; when you first see them, you do not believe your eyes. Their passports have no photos, they do not pay taxes, do not do military service, they wear plain clothing, drive horse-drawn buggies, insulate themselves from modern conveniences, and, of course, have the most delicious food in the USA. Would you like to learn more?
Eastern cities are hard to imagine without a huge number of the commercial places. It is in the genes of the local citizens to sell and buy regardless their age and status. Despite the fact that Istanbul is semi-European city, the metropolis has prominent oriental features. So as to know exactly where to go and what to buy, OUTLOOK talks about the most spectacular markets after returning from Istanbul.
Lighthouse - this word evokes beautiful associations: sea adventures, storms, huge ships. And we do not want to dispel these thoughts, but rather to add fuel to the fire.Today we are sharing with you the quintet of amazing lighthouses!
At the bare mention of the word lake, our imagination pictures soothing, nostalgia-laden images of quite pond cosily embraced by the grassy hills. OUTLOOK prepared a selection of the most spectacular lakes, which will change your understanding of this work of nature. Each of them has something to surprise, whether it is unusual water shade, or frightening ability to petrify living creatures.
The Embassy of Palestine in Ukraine and personally Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mohammed Al-Assad organized a trip for journalists to Palestine. OUTLOOK team was among them. We launch a series of videos about this country and start with Bethlehem!
The cold season brings not only such important things as wrapping into a reindeer sweater, drinking hot chocolate and once again reviewing Christmas comedies. Thus, sport has not been canceled yet, so OUTLLOK compiled top five ski resort bucket list for you to cheer up and get out of your winter sleep.
Except for Russian-speaking countries, nowhere else a round metal attraction is called a devil’s wheel. Named after its creator, Ferris wheel first opened panorama of Chicago city from 80-meter height in 1893. Since then rotating upright wheels with multiple passenger cabins began to spring up almost in every big city. OUTLOOK offers you to learn about the most impressive observation wheels.
In the nooks of Earth we want to talk about people live according to very specific rules of nature. Here rains don’t start out of the blue and frosts don’t come unexpectedly. It’s much more serious. Should a good wind once bring you there, you’ll be prepared and may have a grateful memory of OUTLOOK.
Today Outlook travels along the cities and countries that are considered as the most interesting from the point of view of geography and administrative management. Moreover, they are enclaves as they are located within the territories of other states.
As a child I could spend hours gazing at the sky and spying majestic flocks of birds winging their way south. For a kid this movement was a real magic. Today my bookshelf hosts almost no books about magic, though I am still excited about feathered tribes travelling in hope to land on their winter grounds.
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Even being adults, sometimes we are able to bring to life the children’s fantasies, see the stories from childish dreams, and embody what has seemed to be the fairytale. Have you ever dreamt of being in the whale’s chaps? Just imagine that you were swollen by the giant fish, and you were living there for a long time, looked at it inside, settled down there, swam and dived there?
Should we have a look at notes of those who plan their trips to Spain, next to the darling of all hearts, Barcelona, Montserrat is bound to rank second. Also, the mountain of the abbey is a must-visit spot for local dwellers, too – they believe it necessary to visit Catalonia’s religious heart at least once a year.