Tag: Bucket List

Bucket List: A Light Festival

Bucket List: A Light Festival

I’m not being specific here, because there are light festivals in several different countries and I don’t really care which one I see because they all look pretty fantastic.

The first light festival that I learned about was the Light Festival of Ghent, Belgium, which is held every three years.  The last one was held at the end of January/beginning of February 2015.  The next one is set for 2018.  (Plenty of time for me to save up for a trip there!)

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But I have lots of other choices, too.  There’s Lumiere in England.  It’s held in the city of Durham every two years, and always in the winter.  The next one will be in 2017.  (They recently held on in London as well, but I’m not sure if that one will be a recurring event.)

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In Singapore, there is iLight Marina Bay, which just became an annual event and is generally held in March.

iLight Marina Bay Singapore

In the Dutch city of Eindhoven, the GLOW Festival is held every autumn.

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Every December there is a light festival in Kobe, Japan, as well.

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And these are just a few!  It seems most countries that have these festivals hold them in the winter months, which is pretty brilliant, because that’s the time when we have less sunlight, fewer holidays, and tend to become… well, sort of depressed, if I’m being honest.  How amazing it must be to go into a brightly lit city that sparkles in a multitude of colors against the night sky!   Wouldn’t you enjoy going to one of these festivals?

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Bucket List: Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Bucket List: Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

One of the (many) places on my bucket list is Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.  It is a salt flat that is sometimes called the World’s Largest Mirror.

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If you’re wondering what a salt flat (or salt pan, as they are sometimes called) is, I’ll try to give a brief explanation. A salt pan forms when a lake or pond evaporates and leaves behind minerals. Over thousands of years, the minerals (usually salts) accumulate on the surface. These minerals reflect the Sun’s rays and often appear as white areas, giving the salt pan an unusual otherworldly appearance.

There is a salt flat in the US – the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, which was used as one of the settings for Pirates of the Caribbean:  At World’s End.

But back to Bolivia.  The Salar de Uyuni salt flat is larger than Bonneville – in fact, it’s the largest in the world, measuring over 4000 square miles and containing 43% of the world’s lithium reserves.  The only plant life there to speak of is giant (nearly 40 feet tall) cacti. There is very little wildlife in the Salar, but in November, it becomes a breeding ground for three different species of flamingos.

This is one of those places that I just happened to discover while flipping through channels on TV and became almost instantly obsessed with it.  Why do I want to go there? Mainly just to take awesome photos like the one above.

Is this the kind of place you would put on your bucket list?