Jumping for Peace at the Lennon Wall

We had so much fun jumping at the Lennon Wall in Prague! What’s your signature pose when you visit new countries? Let’s go jumping for peace.

Jumping at the Lennon Wall in Prague!

The colorful Lennon Wall is one of Prague’s many attractions. I’ve already written about the rich history, so this post is on the photogenic background. Soak up the significance or just enjoy the colors of free speech!

Jumping for Peace Lennon Wall in Prague

What is the Lennon Wall?

The John Lennon Wall in Prague (Czech Republic) is named after former Beatles singer John Lennon. It’s been a home to messages of peace, free speech, and non-violent rebellion (as well as some Beatles lyrics) since the 1980’s.

Lennon’s message of free speech resonated with young Czechs, who made the wall into a tribute to Lennon. The government would paint it white, but within days it would be filled with more words of peace. I wrote about the history of the Lennon Wall here.

The Importance of Free Speech

As a travel writer and citizen, free speech is immensely important to me. I’ve been to places without free speech or freedom of the press. China might be the worst offender here. It was startling being in a place where people can’t say certain things in public, out of fear of punishment from the state. I can only imaging how significant the Lennon Wall is to people that grew up in Communist Czech.

Photos: Jumping for Peace at the Lennon Wall!

These jumps are in support of the Czech youth. They would sneak to the Lennon Wall in the night to put words of peace back on it, despite the risks of getting thrown in jail. In the meantime, enjoy some fun jumping photos at the Lennon Wall!

Everybody's Jumping for Peace in Prague

Jumping at the Lennon Wall in Prague

After a few jumps, everybody wanted in on the fun jumping photos. Come join!

Jumping with new friends at the Lennon Wall in Prague

Weeee! Jumping for Peace
Weeee!

Want more jumping photos?

Want to see more awesome jumping pics? There’s two places to go:

  1. I’ve put together all of my Jumping Photo posts at this link on the Visit50 travel blog. On here I include jumps from my travels. This includes both my jumps, as well as others that joined.
  2. If you’re on IG, check out @JumpingATW on Instagram for the best jumping photos from around the world. These are both of me and of others around the globe.  If you’d like to be featured, tag your Instagram posts with #jumpingatw on IG.  I include both photos of me jumping as well as feature posts that use my hashtag.

Lennon Wall in Prague Czech

For the rest of my posts on Prague and the Czech Republic, click on this link.

 

Bahrain World Trade Center: Wind Turbines on Twin Towers?

The most interesting architecture in the world?

Where’s the most interesting architecture you’ve seen? Have you ever seen a building with its own massive wind turbines? When you travel to visit the middle east, check out the Bahrain World Trade Center. It might be the best example of wind energy integration.

The first thing you’ll notice is the unique shape. Those twin tower triangle shapes are to help maximize the wind power.

me at the Bahrain World Trade Center
This is what I look like on less than an hour of sleep. Impressive architecture though!

How big is it?

The Bahrain World Trade Center is 787 feet (240 meters), 50-floors, with three wind turbines in between twin towers. The turbines are 29 meters, 68 tons, and generate 1100 megawatts per hour. Impressive!

Did you know

Bahrain World Trade Center was the first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbines into its design.

Wind Power, in an Oil country!

It’s great to see a country with an oil economy innovate. I never would have guessed that the first country to have a building with wind power integrated is an oil rich economy.

I was fascinated to learn how it was specially designed to maximize wind power. Perhaps you will be too –

Bahrain actually has two skyscrapers with twin towers right near each other. The Bahrain Financial Harbor is even larger than the Bahrain WTC.

How the technology in the Bahrain World Trade Center works:

The tapered, elliptical towers act as airfoils, channelling offshore winds to drive three massive wind turbines set between the towers on a series of skybridges. Engineers say the turbines are designed to generate between 11 percent and 15 percent of the centre’s energy needs.

– Otis (full case study linked here)

Engineers say they used computational fluid dynamics and sophisticated wind-tunnel tests to determine the ideal shape of the towers to maximize the power generated by the wind turbines. Their analysis led to an elliptical, tapered design that funnels offshore winds between the towers and creates negative air pressure (or lift) from behind. That innovative design accelerates the wind’s velocity as it hits the turbines “

More info on the design

The elliptical plan forms and sail-like profiles act as aerofoils, funneling the onshore breeze between them as well as creating a negative pressure behind, thus accelerating the wind velocity between the two towers. Vertically, the sculpting of the towers is also a function of airflow dynamics. As they taper upwards, their aerofoil sections reduce. This effect when combined with the increasing velocity of the onshore breeze at increasing heights creates a near equal regime of wind velocity on each of the three turbines.

research by Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Bahrain World Trade Center - Visit50
Bahrain World Trade Center

More from my Bahrain trip

I found Bahrain to be really interesting! My Bahrain trip was compressed into just 19 hours on my way to Jordan.

The “500 camels” might have been my favorite part of my Bahrain trip, and I hadn’t even planned to visit!

The Bahrain WTC isn’t the only fascinating architecture in Bahrain

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one of the many camels I met in Bahrain
Bahrain map
Bahrain connects to Saudi Arabia via highway

Update: Visited 50 Countries!

Here’s a quick but really big update on my travel goal – I just visited my 50th country!  It’s been quite the adventure! As a quick reminder, I started this site based on my crazy travel goal, to inspire people to visit 50 countries by age 50 (click to learn more about the goal).

Over the past few years I’ve gone swimming in shark infested waters, ziplining in a cloud forest, been just steps away from orangutans in the wild, hiked up a volcano, gone snorkeling with massive whale sharks, hiked to the top of Machu Picchu, had a monkey literally jump on my back, climbed The Great Wall of China, gone volcano boarding, visited the real Tomb Raider locations in Cambodia, eaten brains in a hotpot Chengdu, explored the pyramids in Teotihuacan, and photographed animals in the wild that I had never even heard of (tarsiers?) .

I’m long overdue to post the stories and photos from my last few trips on here – Portugal, Spain, Tulum, and now Iceland. I loved all of them! I’ve been posting on Instagram regularly and will include more extensive posts here.

Below is from the Instagram announcement that I reached my 50th – if you haven’t already, do follow me on IG as well.

visiting Iceland, my 50th country

Many of you know I’ve had this crazy travel goal, to visit 50 countries by age 50. Iceland was my 50th! It’s been quite the adventure!

I’l be putting together a larger full post on Iceland, because it was really amazing, but in the meantime here’s a quick photo from our very first day. We loved it so much!

Visit 50 countries? Done! I visited Iceland my 50th
sneak preview for my upcoming Iceland post

Visiting 50 countries – reflection

When I made the goal, I really didn’t know if I’d ever make it to 50. That number just sounded crazy! I was already 22 years old when I finally got my passport, and at 25 my visit number was still at about 4. It all changed during my Costa Rica trip. That’s when I truly caught the travel bug. I’ll be writing about why that experience had such an impact on me in a future upcoming post.

Now that I’ve visited my 50th, I’ll look back at some of my top experiences, Some of the requests I’ve received to reflect on include my craziest adventures, most beautiful views, best beaches, most delicious foods, scariest moments, travel failures, photography tips, and more!

What would you like me to weigh in on?

I count countries visited, but it’s not about the number. It’s about the experiences!

7 Reasons to Visit Easter Island

Easter Island is a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. It’s most famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai.

Why visit Easter Island?   7 reasons, via this guest post:

Easter Island coastline at beach. credit

  1. To throw claim to the fact that you’ve been to one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world.

Easter Island is part of Chile, but located nearly 2000 miles (3000 km) away from the mainland. It doesn’t get much more remote than this!

Moai at Rano Raraku - Easter Island

2. To watch the sun come up over Ahu Tongariki – breathtaking!

I recommend heading there as early as you’re able to wake up. Rent a car to make the experience truly memorable.  Sunrise Ahu Tongariki Easter Island

3. To climb a real volcano, stand at the top and take in nothing but fresh Pacific Ocean air… and this stunning view!

The photos don’t even do it justice. There are several hiking paths around the crater and a visitors center. Views of Hanga Roa town are also spectacular!

Top of Volcano in Easter Island

4. To wander in the footsteps of the ancient Rapa Nui people through the quarry of Rano Raraku.

Admire the unfinished moai and puzzle over just how these (sometimes huge) sculptures ended up scattered all over the island!

Quarry Easter Island
The statues, called moai, were created by the early Rapa Nui people.

5. To make new friends.

Wild horses and cows frequently appear in the road. They have the freedom to roam as they wish so be sure to move aside if you spot them ahead. Don’t be afraid to stop and snap some photographs; they’re renowned for their quiet temperament.

animals cows in Chili by the blue water

6. To see some incredible wildlife up close and personal.

These beautiful birds of prey were plentiful in number. They were more than happy to sit and pose for photos.

bird landing on a rock in Chile7. To watch the sunset over the statues at Tahai in Easter Island.

Arrive early to set up your spot. Everybody in Easter Island wants that perfect sunset photo. The sky changes color so quickly – enjoy every moment!

Sunset silhouette of moai in Chili

Know before you go

Easter Island is far, hard to get to, and expensive. But it’s special, and very few people get to visit.

Details below:

Getting to Easter Island:

Comprised of three (now extinct) volcanoes, Easter Island is accessible via a daily flight from Santiago (or a weekly flight from Tahiti).

map of South America, including Easter Island

Budget – Easter Island:

If you’re planning your trip, be aware that flights are expensive and hotels aren’t cheap.  Only a handful of people get to visit Easter Island in their lifetime

This was a guest post by Jess, who writes the awesome travel blog Jess is a Wanderer.  Join Jess’ adventures around the globe, to top tourist spots and off the beaten track.

Come wander with us!

Photo credit:  featured photo and 1st photo, and the rest of the photos  were from Jess’s blog.

I’ve been to many remote places, including diving in Sipadan and Mabul

Visit 50 Countries by Age 50