Poll: Cultural Reasons For Traveling

We all travel for different reasons. I love to just walk around new places and explore, stopping in to galleries and museums as I see them, trying out the menus at local eateries and cafes, and investigating history at archaeological sites.

If you are a reader of this site, you probably do too.

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What are the cultural reasons for your travels?

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Add to the discussion in the comments area below. The reasons for traveling are usually not cut and dry – tell us about what you like to do when you are out and about!

Space Travel: Robert Bigelow and The Inflatable Space Pods

I’m still on a space travel kick … Here is an interview from “60 Minutes” with the CEO and Founder of Bigelow Aerospace, Robert Bigelow. He’s talking, and showing off, his inflatable space pods – and he’s talking aliens.

There’s a new space race and it’s not between the U.S. and Russia. It’s between private companies and it’s attracted multimillionaires and billionaires, like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. A less likely player is Las Vegas real-estate tycoon, Robert Bigelow, who, at 73, is making the biggest gamble of his life — not on rockets — but on expandable spacecraft, large, lightweight structures that inflate in space, a technology that could dramatically change how humans live and work in zero gravity.

What do you think?

Out Of The Archives:
Virtual World: Chinese Culture

My Avatar with the Terracotta Warriors in Second Life

There is so much history in China, its kind of silly to think that a post like this can, in any way represent Chinese culture. So, it doesn’t. In a way the sims of Chinese culture in Second Life are a testament to how much the Chinese value the ability of someone to imitate something. I took an afternoon one day last week to continue my ongoing study to see virtual world simulations of real life art exhibitions and archaeological sites in Second Life, and I couldn’t resist teleporting in to see The Terra Cotta Warriors:

In the spring of 1974, farmers digging a well in the eastern suburbs of Xian, Shaanxi province China, were startled to discover an intact terracotta head. From there acheologists began to unearth an astonishing scene — a cavernous vault containing an entire army of warriors meant to guard the Emperor Qin Shi Huang as he made his journey into the afterlife. — From the site description in Second Life

Below you’ll find me taking a break to watch the sun set on The Great Wall of China. Because I have never been, I don’t know how accurate it is, and it definitely isnt over 3,000 miles long. I did walk the entire sim, which instead of going in a sort of straight line across the landscape, ended up going in a circle, so that the entrance and exit were at the same point.

My Avatar on The Wall of China in Second Life

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, later joined together and made bigger, stronger, and unified are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall. Especially famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Little of that wall remains. Since then, the Great Wall has on and off been rebuilt, maintained, enhanced; the majority of the existing wall was reconstructed during the Ming Dynasty. — From The Great Wall Wikipedia page

Find these sims in Second Life:
The Terra Cotta Warriors
The Great Wall in Second Life

Find Real Life information on these sites Wikipedia Pages:
The Terra Cotta Warriors
The Great Wall in Second Life