It’s Never the Perfect Time to Travel With 2012 just beginning, many will be thinking of vacations and trips around the world. They’ll be pondering exotic locations and amazing adventures. And then abandoning those dreams as rapidly as they were thought up. Something will come up and plans will be put off until tomorrow as you wait for “the right time.” But, here is a secret: it will never be the right time to travel. Today might not be the perfect day – but neither is tomorrow. Tomorrow, there will still be bills to pay. Tomorrow, there still won’t be enough money. Tomorrow, there will still be someone’s wedding to attend or a birthday party to go to. Tomorrow, there will still be planning to do. Tomorrow, you still won’t know if you are making the right decision. Tomorrow, you will still second guess yourself. Tomorrow, you’ll still find yourself putting off the preparation for one more day. Tomorrow, you’ll find another excuse why you can’t go. Tomorrow, people you know will still sow the seeds of doubt in your head. Just go.
Bus Home or Mobile Converted Double-Decker Community? There was a time when designers were also philosophers, artists and visionaries beyond just being professional architects. Aristide Antonas is a Greek professor of architecture whose imagination pushes the envelope on adaptive reuse, recycled materials and portable dwelling beyond merely mobile homes. This two-story used bus is imagined as a potential hotel or a portable commuting community space for professionals on-the-go. It features seven beds, a living room area and a restroom and would fit int typical mobile home parks, though finding dealers with parts for sale might be a bit trickier. It is an intentionally non-radical work of construction, requiring no contractor or elaborate plans to be built – just a group of people who wish to turn an ordinary vehicle into a multi-person housing unit on wheels. “Typical banal elements show us already how to interact with them.
About John and Eva Gill and their travel adventures We are Eva and John Gill, traveling with our two children. Having sold Rock Springs Guest Ranch after two decades committed to it, we are wanderers on a new path. We have spent our adult lives tied to something that was at once splendid and also unforgiving, our focus on the experience of others. We are ready to move from the role of staying in one place as the hosts, to that of travelers, to those who receive the hospitality of others. We are currently wandering slowly around the world. As travelers, we tend to avoid those places that are contrived destinations. We are far more likely to rent a house or apartment than to stay in a destination resort. It seems that the majority of travelers love sanitized experiences, resorts where the biggest differences are the shape of the sand traps and color of the lounge chairs. copyright© Eva Gill 2009 ~ Web design, photographs,text by Eva Gill, unless otherwise noted.
Project Profile: Innovative Thermal Energy Storage for Baseload Solar Power Generation The University of South Florida, under the Baseload CSP FOA, is researching and developing a thermal energy storage system based on encapsulated phase change materials (PCM) that can meet the utility-scale baseload CSP plant requirements at significantly lower system costs. Approach Existing thermal energy storage (TES) concepts cost about $27 per kilowatt hour thermal (kWht). The University of South Florida proposes a TES system concept that can reduce the cost to as low as $3.54/kWht to make it competitive with fossil fuels and allow for a capacity factor increase to 75% or greater. Specific objectives include: Innovation The University of South Florida's project employs a latent heat storage system that uses a phase change material (salt) encapsulated by a shell (metal) to overcome the barrier of low thermal conductivity. The research team is developing a two-dimensional numerical model to look at diffusion-natural, convection controlled heat transfer in an encapsulated sphere. S.
At The Risk Of Offending All My Family And Friends… Can’t see the video? Click here. I realized something strange about myself a few months ago. At first I thought it was a bad thing, like I was missing a crucial part of my brain or something, but I’ve come to accept that it’s just who I am, and believe that it actually helps me be a happier person. Here it is… I don’t miss people. As in, when I’m away from friends and family, I don’t miss them. This October I’ll be embarking on a three-year round-the-world trip without flying, and it’s likely I won’t see the majority of my family and friends for all that time. Nope, can’t imagine that I will. Why do we miss people? I believe we only miss people when we’re not enjoying the present moment. Funny thing is, when you’re busy missing people, you end up missing whatever’s happening right in front of you. I choose not to fight the now. If I find myself in a situation that truly does suck, I do what I can to change it. Not missing people vs. not caring But what if one of them died? I think so.
HOWTO live in a schoolbus Over at Instructables, user Zim started a series on how to live in a schoolbus. The first installment is about how to get the bus, make it road legal, and gut it for interior construction. Zim also links to Skoolie, an interesting online community devoted to school bus conversion. From Instructables: A few years back, I got tired of living the American Dream and struggling to keep up with a horrendous mortgage and rising credit card debt. Re-use a Schoolbus for Cheap Housing(Instructables) Mr. Chart Jungle Adventures in Pai - Pai Map Thailand Trekking, Rafting, and Adventure Mr. Chart Jungle Adventures in Pai Last Update 2012-11-15 01:54:07 Like no other trek in Thailand. This trip offers a real cultural experience off the beaten track. Survive in the jungle using only natural materials such as bamboo and banana leaves. Visit a Lisu tribal village with a strong history dating back 200-300 years. - No elephants- No rafting You haven't seen the real Thailand until you've trekkedwith Mr Chart and Bamboo House ! Contact / Address / Online Send a message toMr. Postal Address 101 /1, Tambon Wiang TaiPai, Mae Hong Sorn 58130 Online / Phone
Interviewed: The World's First Tiny House Hoteliers The tiny house movement is booming. There are off-grid tiny houses, Airbnb tiny houses, tiny house villages and now a tiny house hotel. The first of its kind (we believe), Caravan Tiny House Hotel, in Portland, Oregon, comprises six tiny houses in the Alberta Arts District. While many tiny house projects intentionally stay under the radar, Caravan is commercially zoned, legally-permitted and connected to the city systems. Deb Delman and her partner Kol Peterson, the creators of Caravan, are passionate about simplicity, sustainability, and tiny houses. Shareable spoke with Delman and Peterson about their mutual appreciation of tiny dwellings, tiny homes as an urban housing solution, how Caravan came to be, and how knowing that you don’t want to live in a tiny house is as important as knowing that you do. Shareable: I understand you've lived in several tiny structures including yurts, trailers, cabins etc. Delman: What appeals to me is probably what appeals to a lot of people.
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