Brussels

Brussels is an amazing city filled with history and charm. It started out as a small town, and is now the center of European politics.

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One of the many things I find so interesting about Brussels is that there is a major divide in languages – between dutch and French speakers. There are three regions of Brussels that cater to Dutch, French, or Bilingual speakers. This reminds me a little bit of some neighborhoods around the U.S. as well. It seems to be that people generally bond together with their own. I wonder if this is how these regions came about? All the dutch speakers moved where they could understand their neighbors, as did the French speakers, and Voila!

Fun fact! Brussels is made up of 27% foreigners. How exciting is that? Not only is the city so beautiful and historic, there is no telling what type of people you will get to meet and what cultures you will be able to experience.

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In addition to all the history and culture, is the food. They are famous for waffles, chocolate, and beer. That should really be all that my post said. Waffles, chocolate and beer – sold!

One day I will go to Brussels, and I hope it’s better than my imaginary adventure.

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Mount Emei, China

The scenic area of Mount Emei, China is home to the sacred Leshan giant Buddha.

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Mount Emei is also home to the first Buddhist temple built in the 1st century C.E., and is considered part of the Sichuan Province. The giant buddha that draws tourists and buddhists from around the world, was carved out of a hillside in the 8th century C.E. and it looks down over the confluence of three rivers.  This buddha is the largest Buddha in the world, and stands a t 71 meters tall.

In addition to the Buddha, Mount Emei has an incredibly diverse vegetation and some of the threes are over 1,000 years old!

Paysage panoramique du mont Emei, incluant le paysage panoramique du grand Bouddha de Leshan

How amazing would it be to see the place that introduced Buddhism into China? While I am not a Buddhist, I  very much enjoy the study of religions and history (of course).  This mountain is not the home to over 3o temples build within hillsides.

Mont Emei is protected and managed by the General Administrativ Plan of Mount Emei which follows the government’s regulations on scenery areas. Just thinking about all the history and sacred temples just blows my mind.

If you would like much more information on Mount Emei, click here.

One day I will go to Mount Emei, and I hope it is better than my imaginary adventure.

North Brother Island

I would love to vista North Brother Island on the East River of New York. The island used to be Riverside Hospital, for patients with infectious deceases, such as Small Pox. The island has been deserted since the 1960’s when the hospital was forced to close.

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The island was bought in 2007 and is now designated as a bird sanctuary. Even though the island is owned by the city, none of the old building have been torn down. The island is slowly taking back over. Pictures such as the one below, make it seem as though everybody just picked up and left, leaving everything behind.

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All of the books were left behind, the furniture, everything. I think that this would be an amazing place to visit. It is a prime example of what nature can do when humanity steps out of the way. Even though North Brother Island used to be greatly inhabited, once it was deserted, nature began to reclaim the land.

Boilerplant from Morgue Roof, North Brother Island, New York

Riverside hospital housed patients with Small Pox, drug addictions, and it seems like anybody that posed a potential threat to the health of others. Seeing an island so close to the hustle and bustle of New York that is completely deserted; it is incredibly intriguing. If you want to learn more about North Brother Island, see Getting Lost on North Brother Island.

One day I will go to North Brother Island, and I hope it’s better than my imaginary adventure.