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Chichicastenango Market

This picture was taken in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Chichicastenango, also referred to as ChiChi, is one of my favorite places to visit in Guatemala. On Thursdays and Sundays they have market days, which are absolutely phenomenal. I’ve never been to the town on a not market day, though i’m sure it’s still really interesting, but the market itself is just a great experience. The streets are lined with stalls selling all sorts of hand made things, ranging from tapestries to wooden statues, to purses to jewelry. Some of the stalls sell things that aren’t handmade too, Machetes and knives can be found here, as well as some antiques. ChiChi is just a great place to walk around, but it’s also a really fun place to shop, a place where you can find really unique Guatemalan souvenirs. The vendors are friendly and are usually totally willing to haggle on prices. ChiChi also has numerous stalls for food, and, if you aren’t feeling adventurous enough for street food (or if you want a place to sit down and enjoy a cold beverage for a bit) there are also a few restaurants around. Aside from the market itself, ChiChi is also home to a really unique church. The church, which is sort of in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the market, has a large set of stairs leading up to it’s doors, on market days these stairs are covered with people hawking flowers. The church is also worth a visit, and, at least when I was there last (June 2011) the church was opened to visitors. If you are visiting Guatemala definitely try to swing by ChiChi on a market day, it’s a fantastic experience!

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This is the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. While it was in use it would have been able to hold up to 50,000 spectators who would have been watching the games that were held here. The colosseum is most well known for housing gladiator games, the flat space in the center of the Colosseum would have had a stage covered in sand. Now there is only a small section that has a stage, even without it though, you can totally picture what the Colosseo must have looked like when it was in use. It’s a little expensive to visit, (discounts are available, especially if you are a student from the EU, but you need proof of this with ID) but it’s totally worth it! It’s a really cool site and a fantastically preserved piece of the Roman Empire that really allows the visitor a glimpse of the past, and all of the history that has built up to the current city of Rome.

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This is a series of pictures taken at the Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is really REALLY cool. It’s considered to be a ‘creepy’ tourist attraction, but I don’t really think of it that way at all, it just seems interesting. The Ossuary is decorated entirely with skeletons, and every bone found in the human body can be found somewhere in this church. It’s just outside Prague, trains run to the town where its located fairly often, and it’s an easy walk from the station to the church. Seriously though, if you have the chance, go! It’s super cool 🙂

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For those of you who watch Doctor Who, you know exactly what this is. This old blue police box (I think it’s the only one in London) looks exactly like the time and space travel machine used by The Doctor, the main character of the incredibly popular BBC series Doctor Who. So for those Whovians out there, if you are visiting London, this Tardis can be found just outside Earls Court Underground Station. (Sorry the picture isn’t that great, we were mostly taking pictures with it, as we are total Doctor Who dorks, I think this is the only picture I got without anyone in it)

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Skeleton Chandelier

Taken at the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. The Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the bone church, is located in the small town of Kutna Hora, about a 45 minute train ride outside of Prague. The inside of this amazing church is decorated with thousands of human bones. This is a picture of the chandelier, the design of which incorporates every bone in the body. The inside of the church is decorated with over 40,000 human skeletons. It’s an absolutely amazing site. I’m interested in physical anthropology, so I thought this was absolutely amazing, but even without knowing anything about the human skeleton I think anyone can appreciate the uniqueness of this place. It is absolutely worth the visit, and the train ride over there is beautiful.

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Pottery in ATM

Taken in Actun Tunichil Muknal cave in Belize, unfortunately there was an accident where someone dropped their camera on an ancient skull in the cave, and as a result of this more conservation effort is being put into the site and cameras are no longer allowed. HOWEVER given the opportunity to go you absolutely should, i’ve been twice and I would gladly go many more times, it’s an amazing experience!

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Green Frog

another one from the Cal Academy of Sciences. Seriously, if you can, go. It’s super awesome!

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