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federico ochoa constructs rhomboidal church in argentina making use of residential materials

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committed to one of argentina’s initial saints, the chapel is brilliantly illuminated by an opening in the ceiling that stays concealed.

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Making Maui’s Hook From Disney’s “Moana”

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Texas-based artist Bobby Duke has made a magical fish hook that can slow down the sun, pull islands out of the sea, and battle monsters. His home-made wooden replica of Maui’s hook from Disney’s “Moana” looks just like the original Polynesian one! The best part? It glows in the dark as well! Unfortunately, Bobby can’t sell this hook or others like it, because Disney owns its design.

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This is How Catherine Opie Thinks About Making Portraits

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The artist on the importance of asking questions

Catherine Opie talks about what it means to make—and look at—portraits.

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I Photograph People Making Love In Public Places

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Ok, yes, this title is definitely a clickbait and I apologize to anyone who thought they would now get to see pictures of people having sex in the public space – if you really wanna see that though, I’m sure you know where to look for it 😉

I wasn’t lying though, I do take pictures of people making love, but do you really have to be naked to make love? Isn’t a hug, a kiss, or even just a smile, just as much a part of love making?

So for all the hopeless romantics out there, here’s a collection of lovebirds I caught right in the act…

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This seems hearfelt (Montréal)

When a kiss on the cheek is worth a thousand “I love you”s (Montréal)

In French, love is a masculine word (Montréal)

They said goodbye here… (Paris)

… and then again there (Paris)

Exactly one week after the November 13th attacks. Love wins. (Paris)

Not even afraid – Place de la République, memorial for the November 13th attacks (Paris)

Hold on tight during the bus ride (Montréal)

Lovers de la Montagne (Montréal)

I think she found the assistance she needed (Montréal)

A kiss on a hand may be quite sentimental but… (Paris)

And suddenly it’s like there’s no one around (Montréal)

What’s warmer than a hug? A hug with a scarf. (Montréal)

The hour seems happy indeed (Paris)

I’ll take a waffle and a kiss (Paris)

There’s something quite sexy and romantic about a Vespa… (Montréal)

Night club love (Paris)

A good hug slows time down (Montréal)

Classic “where do I put my hands?” problem (Montréal)

You saw nothing (Montréal)

Love is beautiful in black and white

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I Quit My Boring Office Job To Start Making Mini Paintings On Recycled Wood

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Growing up surrounded by trees, I’ve found a deep affinity for the life force present in the natural world. For years I worked long monotonous hours in the city, in front of a computer, and felt like I was contradicting my very existence. So, five months ago, I decided to make a change.

Today most of my time is spent making mini paintings and wood-burned pieces on recycled and free fallen wood. When there is no fallen branches from the trees around our house, I turn to my neighbors and community. Thankfully, there has not been a shortage on materials waiting to be re-purposed.

I love working small, it creates an intimate experience between myself and the natural world. I have learned to appreciate the process of crafting and have come to adore the unique quirks in nature, working to enhance its beauty, instead of forcing my own concepts.

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Automakers Commit To Making Automatic Emergency Braking Mandatory

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Top 10 global automakers have committed to implement AEB on its vehicles and working with the US transport department to implement the system and also decide a timeline to mandate the same.

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Mercedes-Benz was the first company to offer Brake Assist as standard equipment

We all know that safety and pollution reducing elements have become an integral part of vehicles. USA and Europe are one of the foremost markets where the same are implemented effectively; setting up a benchmark for the rest of the world. Raising the bar of safety standards, the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) wing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that ten major vehicle manufacturers have committed to making Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) a standard feature on all new vehicles built.

Automatic Emergency Braking system is designed to address the large number of crashes, especially rear-end ones wherein drivers do not apply the brakes or fail to apply sufficient braking power to avoid or mitigate a crash. AEB systems use on-vehicle sensors such as radars, cameras or lasers to detect an imminent crash, warn the driver and, if the driver does not take sufficient action, engage the brakes automatically. For example, if the driver falls asleep while driving or does not pay attention on the road.

The US Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx stated “We are entering a new era of vehicle safety, focused on preventing crashes from ever occurring rather than just protecting occupants when crashes happen. But if technologies such as automatic emergency braking are only available as options or only on the most expensive models, few Americans will see the benefits of this new era. These 10 companies are committing to making AEB available to all new-car buyers.”

The 10 companies in question include Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo (with a cumulative market share of 57% in light-duty vehicle). The companies will work with IIHS and NHTSA in the coming months on the details of implementing AEB on vehicles and also including the timeline for making it a standard feature. The DOT and IIHS is also encouraging other light-vehicle and trucking manufacturers to bring automated vehicle technology to all vehicles on US roadways as soon as possible.

The evidence is mounting that AEB is making a difference. Most crashes involve driver error and this technology can compensate for the mistakes every driver makes because the systems are always on alert, monitoring the road ahead and never getting tired or distracted, states IIHS President Adrian Lund. Several studies have claimed that AEB technology can reduce insurance injury claims by as much as 35 percent. Earlier this year in January, NHTSA announced its proposal to add automatic emergency braking to the list of recommended advanced safety features included in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

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Volvo offers City Safety system with Emergency Braking as standard on all its models

 

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Spy Shot: Will Subaru finally be getting around to making a BRZ STI? They just might…

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Spy Shot: Will Subaru finally be getting around to making a BRZ STI? They just might…

Subaru is coming in from still left discipline with what seems to be one truly hot BRZ.

A spy shot popped up on FT86 Club Message boards Instagram, which seems to have snapped a new BRZ STI Principle in the works for a reveal above the up coming two days right here in New York.

Needless to say, we want to know what it is too…calm your tits. We’ll find out shortly.

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Experiential travel – making the journey the experience

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Experiential travel – making the journey the experience

What makes a great travel experience? I’m not talking about taking selfies with your friends at the beach with fruity cocktails in hand. I’m talking about those meaningful travel experiences that change you forever. The special moments that reshape the way you think, act and feel.

There’s a new buzzword floating around the travel industry these days – experiential travel.

Basically, experiential travel is an approach to travel that goes beyond tourist attractions and manufactured entertainment. It’s about connecting with a destination and its people on a much deeper level.

Often times, the most impactful and memorable moments are the ones that happen unexpectedly.

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We’ve all heard the quote, “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”.

Experiential travel is about making the “journey” the experience. It’s about choosing your own adventure and letting your curiousity guide you, instead of having the travel experience that your outdated guidebook told you to have.

“The vacations that impact us in lasting and powerful ways are the ones where we aren’t ‘going away’ from something but rather ‘going to’ something, where it’s more about the experience than the destination,” says Julian Bolster, life coach and motivational speaker. “Travelling can help you reprogram your brain, recharge your energy, reconnect with loved ones and cultivate an appreciation for daily tasks.”

It’s not a new concept. Backpackers and long-term travelers have embraced this travel style for years. But what has changed in recent years is the number of people that now prefer experiential travel experiences over traditional vacations.

Whether the experience is learning to cook traditional Italian food in the foothills of Tuscany or volunteering at an elephant orphanage in northern Thailand, today’s modern traveler wants more interaction and authenticity. They want travel experiences that reflect their personal style and individuality.

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Why are we talking about Experiential Travel?

We read a press release last week that talked about why vacations aren’t just for soaking up the sun anymore. In the article was the results of a recent TD survey that revealed “approximately three-quarters (74 per cent) of Canadians have already taken or are interested in taking an experiential vacation, and almost two-thirds (62 per cent) would consider it if they could find ways to save on the cost of those trips”.

We found the results quite interesting, especially the number of Canadians that perceive experiential travel to be more expensive than traditional all-inclusive-style vacationing.

We snipped the below graphic from the press release.

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Is experiential travel really more expense?

“A lot of people think experiential vacations cost more than ordinary vacations, but that doesn’t have to be the case,” said Christine Hunter, Vice President, TD Credit Cards. “It all depends on where you want to go and what you want to do, but you can always find ways to help you save that could make your trip more affordable.”

We’ve always had a backpacker mentality. We prefer to stay in guesthouses and hostels (though we’ve had to adjust that travel style since having kids) and we would much rather create our own itinerary. In fact, I think the only time we’ve ever used a travel agent was to plan our destination wedding to Mexico (and we still ended up booking our personal itinerary separately from the group).

“While there are some really exotic examples, such as an African safari, that can have a hefty price tag, there are also lots of less expensive activities closer to home you can do,” says Christie. “Or you can make the experiential element part of a more traditional vacation and spend the rest of the time enjoying the pool or beach.”

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We actually find experiential travel more cost effective, contrary to the perception of many Canadians. 

We find that accommodation and food prices are often less expensive when you stay away from tourist zones. We look to redeem our loyalty rewards whenever possible, which significantly reduces travel expenses. We try to stay at apartment rentals whenever possible – this allows us to cook at the apartment instead of eating out at expensive restaurants multiple times a day. You’ll be amazed at how quickly these food expenses eat up your budget (pun-tastic!).

That said, don’t overlook redeeming miles/points for hotel stays – you rarely have to pay taxes or fees and, in some cases, you’re points will go much further than redeeming miles/points for air travel.

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Experiential travel vs traditional beach vacation

When we hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, a travel experience that ranks high on many people’s wish list, we booked with G Adventures after doing much research. On the surface, one might think this type of adventure would be insanely expensive. Surprisingly, we only paid $ 1,300 each at the time (Note – we were backpacking in South America at the time, so this trip did not include our original flights from Vancouver to South America). 

This particular tour was 11 days and included a 3-day jungle adventure to Peruvian Amazon, staying at a beautiful jungle lodge located deep in the rain forest. The trip included flights from Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and back to Cusco. The hike to Machu Picchu included several porters, camping gear, a personal guide and all food and water required for the 4 day hike. Not a bad deal, right?

Comparatively, we spent $ 2,200 each for an 8-day vacation at a 5-star all inclusive resort in Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. We thoroughly enjoyed our beach vacation (this is where we stayed) and we feel like we received good value for our money. Sure, we could have easily found a last minute deal for half that price, depending on where we stayed and what time of year we visited, but the same can be said for our trip to Machu Picchu. Ultimately, you get what you pay for.

My point is that you can always find a great deal online if you are patient and persistent (Here’s a link to save on adventure travel packages to South America).

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu remains as one of our most memorable travel experiences of all time – and it cost us less than a traditional beach vacation to Mexico.

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Sure, a last minute all-inclusive package may be economical and convenient, but if we only have a few vacations per year, we want to make them count. We want to experience as much as we can on every trip we take and sometimes your best memories will happen while cruising down an unknown street.

You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll stumble upon!

For example, a highlight from our trip to Kyoto, Japan was drinking beer on the banks of the Kamogawa River. At night, hundreds of locals flock to the riverbanks to socialize with friends.

Instead of dining at an expensive restaurant that overlooks the river, we grabbed a couple large bottles Asahi beers from the convenience store and sat on the riverbanks. We people-watched for hours and helped a few locals practice their English with us. It was a fantastic cultural experience! And the best part, it only cost $ 10.

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Another inexpensive adventure is simply showing up unannounced. 

When was the last time you showed up to a new destination with nothing planned? No hotel, no tours booked, no guide books, no plans. You just arrive and let the city take you under its wing. It’s exhilarating!

You’re instantly forced to step outside your comfort zone and trust the kindness of people. You’re forced to talk to strangers and ask questions, to learn the transportation system and to learn how to order food in the local language.

Without question, you will connect with the destination and its people on a much deeper level.

If you’ve never done this before, we highly recommend you give it shot at least once in your life. You never know what adventures you’ll get up to.

The infographic below shares a few easy ways to make experiential travel more affordable.

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What about you? Do you prefer to take traditional vacations? Or do you look for experiential travel opportunities? 

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Experiential travel – making the journey the experience is a post from: Traveling Canucks


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Making Of: Victoria Will’s Tintype Celebrity Portraits From Sundance

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Last 12 months during Sundance Film Festival, photographer Victoria Will wanted to try something a small different in her pop-up studio. Will, who has been taking pictures famous people in the course of the film competition for the very last five several years, made the decision to set up a tintype portrait studio in addition to her conventional electronic portrait booth. “The digital studio can start off to come to feel like you are reinventing the wheel a small bit,” she tells American Image. “The tintypes have been an additional innovative reward for me.”

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Creating Of: Victoria Will’s Tintype Celebrity Portraits From Sundance

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Weekend Brief: Making Sense of Photo Contests, a Vintage Space Selfie, and Susan Sontag Doc

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