Second part of the saying “Repair your cart in December, in July your sledge remember” is hardly topical for inhabitants of one of Portugal regions. Why wait for snow if they slide perfectly on asphalt. It is this as well as other kinds of transport – from low-cost public to exclusive and luxury– that we are going to tell you about today.
Zoo-shuttles run along the streets of Guatemala. One won’t meet exotic animals in them whereas domestic creatures – easily. Fowl, calves, piggery and other livestock is transported directly in saloons together with people. Due to its quite peculiar passengers these means of transport got popular nickname “chicken buses”. For locals such transfer is common practice while for visitors to have a ride to the accompaniment of bleating and mooing, at the same time acquiring an exciting job of removing feather off the clothes as a bonus, is something of a novelty.Photo lonelyplanet.com
In fact, these cars are nothing but ordinary American school buses. Only in the USA they would long ago have been pensioned off due to permissible operating life expiry. But Guatemalan drivers ride narrow streets on souped up scrap metal after having soundly veiled rust and other “time prints”. There is no telling initial purpose and it is almost impossible to figure the age of transport painted with bright colors and decorated with various trifles.
At least equally exciting trip will be ensured with a ticket to amphibious bus that shuttles along channels in the Netherlands. Locals, who are accustomed to traversing not only dry land but also water, created a special automobile that functions under conditions of both elements without problems. The sight of it is a bit shocking. On spotting such a “boat” for the first time, one cannot make out whether an accident has just occurred and it is necessary to rush into the water and save poor drowners or it is the way things should be… Photo amsterdamcitytours.com
Inhabitants of Finnish Kuusamo municipality possess distinctive high-occupancy cars. They offer tourists a moving steam room and karaoke. Sauna-bus accommodates up to 20 persons and constitutes a great bathing service: with switches, shower, changing rooms and other conveniences, it is only a pool with cool water that there wasn’t enough space for. However, it isn’t quite a problem in winter, all you need is to ask a driver: “Make a stop by that snow pile over there, please”.
In Ukraine such miracles of automotive equipment haven’t been introduced while it is perfectly possible to have a ride on a caterpillar. An entertainment called “peat-land” can be found in farmsteads of Kherson region. Tourists are packed into a trailer of an old DT-75 and sent for a journey under the control of an experienced driver. The question reads, of course, in the eyes of watching the scene countrymen for who such transport is routine: “What’s so fun about it?” But visitors keep shrilling in fear and amazement now and again when a vessel partly inks into boggy holes.
Among tourist means of transportation in Canada a new mobile has recently emerged: a cross-country vehicle with its track going by high snowdrift sights and enormous ice blocks. It is meant for polar safari. The car resembles in appearance a truck’s cab with huge wheels attached.
Meanwhile in Madiera – Portugal’s autonomous region – they give you a ride on sledge, which is hard to imagine without snow, on usual asphalt. It looks like a big twiggen “basket” made of cane with local name “monte-toboggan”. The vehicle is designed to accommodate one or two persons that are being pulled along downhills with habitual paving by a couple of men who run nearby for the whole 5 km long route.Photo experiencemadeira.wordpress.com
For those who can spare a couple of hundred or even thousand dollars for individual transportation, carriers in some countries came up with ever more impressive mobile communications. For instance, as an alternative to warm cruise on board a ship travelers are suggested to literally cut through frozen water by the North Pole on nuclear icebreaker. Exclusiveness of the trip is ensured at least by the fact that there are merely a little over a dozen such vessels in the world therefore the price is in tune – 20 thousand dollars for a week-long trip. Only rockets are more expensive for being extra exotic. But space tourism continues its development and, probably, such transportation will soon be available not only for millionaires.Photo apex-expeditions.com
When touring this small-sized but very exciting country through the length and breadth, our OUTLOOK team selected unusual facts about it. We bet you did not know that familiar to us "at" sign @ in the Hebrew is called "strudel"? It is. Keep on reading and we'll tell you more interesting things most of which you have never suspected!
OUTLOOK studied the brightest Pakistani holidays, because the saying goes for a reason: people live same way they hang out. An amazing game of history. Pakistan appeared on political map relatively short time ago yet one doesn’t have the heart to call it ‘young’ for it is inhabited with heirs of one of the most ancient civilization.
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.
The best way to escape reality and relieve stress is a cinema trip. For traditional reasons one of must-do conditions of such pastime is popcorn chewing. Title sequence and opening credits appear on the dark screen; some people have cozily settled in soft chairs and stay in entranced anticipation of a new film.
For better or worse, travelling to distant planets and stars exists only on the pages of science fiction and in Hollywood film industry. Although the possibility of space tourism crept close, yet, Jupiter and Saturn are still way not close. Nevertheless, from long ago there are special objects that seem to shrink the universe making it accessible. We are talking about planetariums and observatories.
Grinding away at their books to master basics of algebra and geometry, or memorizing years of monarchs’ reign skimming history textbooks is commonplace for schoolchildren all over the world while getting ready for a test in cybersecurity or boasting to have “A”s in beekeeping is strange at the vey least. Hereafter we are going to touch upon these and other unusual classes taught in foreign schools.
Airports, railway and bus stations are almost always erected at a human whim, while ports and harbours are joint creation of homo sapiens and nature. In this article OUTLOOK presents you the most beautiful port destinations with their own unique character worth exploring.
All too often when bulbs in our apartments get burned out, we throw them away without a second thought: what’s the use of it now? But add a dab of imagination – and “properly made” hands can work miracles. If you have a child, then a burned out illumination tool may turn into a wonderful handmade toy...
When skeptics say that the greatest things have already been built by humanity, pointing at various and really outstanding works of engineering thought, they are most often poorly informed and hardly look beyond developed Western countries. In the meanwhile, for example, in China, the state raises simply unheard of infrastructure projects.
A mini toast, a slice of cheese and a sip of strong coffee. "That is not a buffet!" a waiter will pronounce indignantly, looking at the disgruntled tourist’s face. The generous Ukrainian soul cannot understand how locals manage to eat their full with that. Therefore, before going to a new country, you need to know exactly whether in the evening you should prepare a couple of sandwiches to indulge them in the morning,...
A few centuries ago sea transport was not just the most popular, but the only way to get from point A to point B. However, as you know, force majeure occur on any roads, even on water routs, and through a long history of mankind many ships did not manage to reach their destination ports and ended underwater. Nevertheless, the relative "reservation" allows wreck vessels to live a second life as a museum.
As practice proves, even the most utilitarian items can be made a work of art. Using some imagination and without “killing” creativity, everything becomes extraordinary: bridges, for instance. Logically, principal purpose of such constructions is to connect two banks therefore main thing about them is security. Yet sometimes people follow other criteria.
OUTLOOK cannot imagine life without travelling. However, tickets, schedules, tardiness – all those things can spoil any trip. Therefore it is great to have either at home or in you garage a kind of transport that can allow you to see and to experience something new and forget all the problems.
Hotels that offer “all inclusive” for dogs. Hotels where adults are being lulled asleep by a fairytale or a unique place where work isn’t held in honor while laziness is encouraged. This is not a dream or a parallel reality – these are stalky hotel services…
All of us, one way or another, strive for freedom, personal or national, material or spiritual, which is illusory and unachievable, and at the same time very real in terms of our ideas about it. An alternative village of Christiania in the centre of the Danish capital is another attempt to achieve complete freedom from the laws of the material world.
The first thing every tourist shall learn in a country is a transport system. Very often it seems to be complicated and confusing, and it takes weeks or even months to make head or tail of it. OUTLOOK reader Natalia Usenko visited Japan and is sharing her impressions about the most comfortable and safest transport in the world.
About Picasso as a distinctive artist, graphic artist and sculptor, we know to some extent everything. Meanwhile, his other incarnations are pushed into the background. Ilya Ehrenburgh once very concisely described Pablo Picasso’s relations with his era: “20th century found in him its own dynamite expert, its own philosopher and its own poet”.
Do you happen to get hungry? That is great as we go on with our story about the most popular street food from around the world. It’s freshly cooked - fall to, you guys! Let's start with the South Asian countries, namely Singapore - seafood-rich in vitamins and minerals occupy a key place in the diet of residents ...
It is an open secret that this world is full of paradoxes. Outlook, in its turn, tries to figure them out therefore today we’ll tell about armed forces of the world’s most militarized state that, however, hasn’t been at war with anyone for over two centuries. Our feature is about the army of Switzerland.