Dananjaya Hettiarachchi from Sri Lanka is the winner of the 2014 World Champion of Public Speaking competition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi) and a major tourist destination in Bolivia, devoid of wildlife or vegetation but home to an estimated 10-billion tons of salt.
What is no less incredible is that people who visit this amazing place, stay. How does one build something in the middle of vast emptiness? The answer is astonishing.
This exotic part of the world is in for a real treat, and a stay in one of the world’s most unique hotel is a real experience. A lack of conventional construction materials in the area means that hotels are built entirely with salt blocks cut from the Salar itself. The most famous is Palacio de Sal, Spanish for "Palace of Salt".
The hotel is made of 1 million 4-inch salt blocks, used for the floor, walls, ceiling and furniture, including beds, tables, chairs and sculptures. The hotel has a dry sauna and a steam room, a saltwater pool and whirlpool baths for guests to relax in and enjoy this unreal place.
Imagine what it’s like, sleeping on salt beds, sitting on salt chairs and eating at salt tables. How beautiful everything in this hotel is, although that beauty is nothing compared to the views.
The salt flats are so white and clear that they often show a perfect reflection of the sky and the objects above them. In fact, because the Salar is so flat and has such a strong reflection, similar to that of ice sheets, it is used for calibrating the distance-measurement equipment of satellites in space!
The white, endless flats also offer visitors a unique opportunity to take some truly mind-bending pictures. With no other objects in sight, the human eye loses its ability to establish a proper field of depth.
The results are some of the most creative and bizarre pictures you will ever see.
The Salar is truly a place like no other, a magical kingdom of salt and beauty where one can drive on the endless flats and see the sky both above and below him. It is just one of many places on earth that prove that beauty has no rules and that nature always has one more trick up her sleeve.
This will give you goose bumps or tears! It was recorded at D/FW International Airport on February 13th, 2013.
As you watch the video, notice the number of people watching from inside the terminal. Most people have no idea Delta does this. Hat’s off to them. This soldier was a K9 soldier with a dog trained to find IED’s. And yes, the second small coffin is his partner.
In the US, we celebrate Halloween each 31st of October. It is a night when ghosts, goblins, witches, and all kinds of scary creatures come out. Most are about 3 foot (1 meter) tall and come to your door asking for candy. So in consideration for this event, I offer the following:
This one is really cool. Click on the link below. It will take you to a website that has photos of the same location almost 70 years ago and today. Give the page a moment or two to load. Then click and drag your mouse pointer from right-to-left to change the picture from old-to-new. Drag it left-to-right to go back to the old picture (if you want). Then scroll on down to others. It is really well done.