Okay, this is my last where in the world quiz for a little while…see if you can guess where I am now! In the last quiz I was in Barcelona, Spain. You get one (imaginary internet) point for guessing the continent, 5 for guessing the country, and 10 for guessing the city! I’m curious to see how many people guess this one…I’m not sure how well known it is!
As was easily guessed yesterday, the answer to the second where in the world quiz was Barcelona, Spain! I took a shuttle bus from Vianden to Luxembourg City, then a train from Luxembourg City to Paris and a separate train to Barcelona from Paris. I didn’t really get any good photos from the train because a) they are bullet trains which can go up to 180 mph, which is too fast for photos b) it was very foggy and not great for photos anyway and c) the train windows were very dirty.
I have always wanted to go to Barcelona, mostly because I fell in love with the work by Antoni Gaudi in university, and his work is all over Barcelona (although I discovered you have to pay a steep price to see any of it, haha). But in particular, I have always wanted to see La Sagrada Familia, and that was the major giveaway in my photo quiz. I’ll do a separate post just for that soon, but in the meantime, here are some other photos of Barcelona.
Construction on the Sagrada Familia is visible across the city
This is a hospital, can you believe it?
I bet my uncle (who is a doctor in the US) would like to work here!
Construction on the Sagrada visible from Avenida Gaudi (Gaudi’s street!)
Random statue I liked
Headless street performer
More views of the Sagrada
I accidentally found a mountain and climbed it
I thought it was cool how these two streets are linear from above
Human domination as far as the eye can see in every direction
And now for some nature I found on the mountain!
I don’t know the plants here, but this looks sort of like our button bush
Something in the Apiaceae
Mustard family, Brassicaceae
Some little sawfly type wasps mating on the Apiaceae
Also, I’m still on the move, so there will be one more quiz soon!
The answer to the quiz was Vianden, Luxembourg, in Europe. A lot of people guessed very close by, which just shows how smart and well-traveled my readers are. 🙂
Here are some more photos of Vianden.
I love these dark misty mornings
I think this looks like a painting haha
View from the top of the castle
View of the city from above
A little patch of forest in town
The castle Vianden is famous for…parts of it were built at different times, as you can see by the different styles and colors of stone. Also, I just learned that for world heritage sites, it must be visible where the reconstruction took place.
Lots of fancy desserts…I don’t normally like sweets but these were very pretty
From the mountain looking over Vianden
As I’m still traveling, there will be a new quiz for you soon! (I think this one will be easier😉 )
I’m traveling today, so while I’m gone, here are some links to peruse:
This awesome graphic of Olympic athletes compared to other animals (it blows my mind that a sailfish can swim 68 mph…I swim…about 1.8 mph (for long distances (don’t judge me))) (also, I passed a butterfly on a run the other day, which I’m actually pretty proud of now) (although, now that I think of it, it’s kinda unfair to compare the butterfly and the falcon to ground runners; ditto for free divers compared to the beaked whale): http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/a-graphic-comparision-of-how-the-worlds-greatest-human-athletes-fare-against-average-animals
More evidence that pesticides are linked to pollinator declines: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37089385
This Chinese Olympic swimmer is awesome for multiple reasons: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/08/17/490121285/a-swimmers-period-comment-breaks-taboos-in-sports-and-in-china
Eucalypts are fascinating! http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/blogs/wild-journey/2016/08/our-gondwanan-gum-trees
I❤ ant-plant mutualisms! http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/peaceful-ant-plant-partnerships-lead-genomic-arms-races
This is amazing! A photographic journey with beewolfs: https://maptia.com/milanradisics/stories/hidden-life-of-the-beewolf
Gotta catch em all (and let school kids name em)! http://www.wnyc.org/story/bernardo-santos-named-more-species/?.com
YES! This (one of my favourite photographers talking about one of my favourite things): https://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/the-worlds-ride/
I was looking up wingless wasps and I found this webpage: https://bugtracks.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/wingless-wonderings/
Have you ever seen such an adorable wasp?