Backstugas – earthen cabins in Sweden

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A backstuga (literally “hill cottage”) is a cottage built into the southern slope of a hill, alternatively with a low floor and its walls stretched halfway down into the ground. This phenomenon is known from the early 1600s and was disliked by the government seeing it as a way to evade taxes. Such cottages were typically raised on land useless for farming. Backstugas may have been inhabited by craftsmen, or by those of the peasantry not active in the productive life of the community, such as old people who could no longer work, retired servants and the community destitute who had no relatives to care for them. Nowadays earthen cabins built partially buried in the ground like Little Jon’s (photos) can be rent on Airbnb.

Sources: Wikipediatheworkofcastor.com

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Salt Wonderlands

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). It is located in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes.

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10 Outlandish Lighthouses

Tourlitis Lighthouse, Andros Island, Greece

The Lighthouse was built in 1879  on the rocky islet of Tourlitis in the harbor bay of the city of Andros. The location on an isolated rock is a unique element in Greece. The tower is accessible by stairs excavated in the rock.

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Sleep in an owl-shaped cabin for FREE in rural France

“Les Guetteurs” (The Watchers) was designed and built by Zebra3. The three enchanting owls are huddled together as a single mass, creating a large cabin with two floors. Giant circular windows are installed for the owl’s “eyes.” The shelter is built atop a boardwalk elevated over a wetlands area.
You can stay in the cabin for free but only for one night. Since the project was made to be off-the-grid, the place doesn’t have electricity, running water, or heat.
It consists part of the Refuges Périurbains (Peri-urban shelters) in the Bordeaux region. The Watchers is the sixth unique cabin of the series designed to encourage urban hiking and exploration of lesser-known sites.
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Spectacular Natural Monoliths

Monoliths are geological features consisting of a single massive stone or rock that were formed in prehistoric times by violent eruptions, tectonic shifts or erosion. Here is a list of some of the largest and most recognizable monoliths on the planet.

Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

Uluru is often referred to as the biggest monolith, but that is generally avoided by geologists. While the surrounding rocks were eroded, the rock survived as sandstone strata making up the surviving Uluru ‘monolith’.

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A Photo Journey Through India | Mehdi Hasan

Dhaka-based photographer Mehdi Hasan work focuses on the diversity of people, places and the cultures of South Asia. Hasan has been to India a couple of times. Each journey lasts from a couple of weeks to a month.  His favorite places include Darjeeling, Kolkata, Hampi, Varanasi, New Delhi.
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Baltoro Glacier, a river of ice in Pakistan

By Mahnoorrana11 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Baltoro Glacier, at 63 km (39 mi) in length, is one of the longest glaciers outside the polar regions. The glacier gives rise to the Shigar River, which is a tributary of the Indus River. It’s located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, home to some of the world’s highest mountains. The glacier runs through part of the region’s Karakoram mountain range, near a mountain known as K2. The trough of this glacier is very wide. Small valley glaciers form ice falls where they meet the trunk glacier. The sidewalls vary from very steep to precipitous. The glacier has carved striations on the surrounding country rocks. Moving ice has formed depressions, which serve as basins for numerous glacial lakes.

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