Are You Typical?

This video is similar to my last post but still intriguing nonetheless, thanks to National Geographic. With seven billion people living on this planet, who is the most typical? We are all so different in so many ways, but at the same time, we all share similar characteristics and lifestyles that maintain our global connections and interactions.

Some of the facts in this video are very surprising. They make me feel like I live in a bubble because my life seems so easy compared to the people living in Africa, for example, who have to spend eight hours per day collecting water when I can just turn on a faucet.

This use of media is extremely effective. It captures the viewers’ attention and helps them remember facts with visuals and audio. These are journalistic skills necessary in the modern world of media. Being a good writer is no longer enough. One must photograph, edit, digitize, etc. This video taught me the lesson of how important technology is if I ever want to be a serious journalist.

Not to mention, the tune is pretty catchy.


7 Billion


Video Credit: National Geographic

I know this video does not exactly pertain to my usual theme of travel/adventure. However, when I saw this video in my geography class last year, I was amazed. Many people do not realize how large of a number seven billion is. Seven billion people on one planet is insane, yet we are producing more children with every second that passes.

As a journalist, it’s overwhelming to think about how we will cover the news that pertains to seven billion people, especially since we all live in different places with different cultures and interests. It is our job to get the facts straight, find the most newsworthy events, and give the people something to think about because in a world of seven billion, there’s a whole lot to think about.

New App by National Geographic

For all you adventure-lovers out there, check out this new app from National Geographic. In honor of National Park Week, National Geographic is launching a new app in which you can gain access to guides of the 20 most visited parks. In addition, the app provides information about advisories, parking, photos, hiking, and so much more!

From April 21-29, every single National Park in the country is offering free admission. That means that everyone should be getting off the couch and taking advantage of this awesome opportunity. Happy National Park Week! 


African Masks – Photo Gallery – Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine.

I feel like photojournalism is underestimated most of the time. People do not realize just how difficult capturing the perfect photo is. I will admit, sometimes I do not even realize how much work photographers put into their cameras.

The perfect picture is all about expression, in my opinion. Whether this type of expression means human facial expressions or the impact of a beautiful landscape scenery, expression is the key part of a photo that moves viewers. In this photo from National Geographic taken by Phyllis Galembo, for example, the expressions on the boys’ faces make the picture pop. When I saw it, I immediately wanted to know more about why they were dressed in such an elaborate way, how their cultural traditions shape their home lives, and just how different these practices might be from our own.

If every photojournalist could spark the interest and curiosity of viewers like this photo, then the world would never read again.

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No, the title is not a typo. National Geographic explorer James Cameron has decided to take one of the biggest leaps of faith in history and embark on the adventure of a lifetime — the deepsea challenge. He will travel almost seven miles below the ocean’s surface in the South Pacific. Mariana’s Trench is the deepest trench on Earth.

Why is Cameron risking his life to accomplish a feat equal to that of landing a man on the moon? For knowledge, of course! Scientists barely know what lives down there or what the ecosystem is like in the dark, cold, unknown world of Mariana’s Trench.

It’s people like Cameron who inspire me every day. He is not afraid of the unknown. He lives for exploration. I want to be like that. I wish I could take this dive with him. Luckily, National Geographic is doing a great job with this series. I can follow Cameron’s exploration with every mile he gets closer to the bottom.

Check out the video!

Best Races in the World

Back at home, I really enjoy participating in triathlons and any other races I can get my hands on. This article, which I found on National Geographic‘s website, discusses the top ten places in the world to participate in some of the most grueling, yet invigorating races in the world.

My personal favorite is the marathon in Jungfrau, Switzerland because I visited this same exact location when I went on a tour of Switzerland in the summer of 2010.

Photo credit: National Geographic

What’s amazing to me is that I stood in the same spot this photographer stood. This picture actually underestimates the beauty of Jungfrau. You can feel so close to the clouds and the sun but at the same time, you can feel so far from the base of the mountain where the rest of the world lies. I did not know this race existed, and I would really like to learn more about it because if I ever go back to Switzerland, which I would most definitely like to, I would love to strap on my running shoes and give this constant uphill battle a go.

Check this article out, especially if you’re a race fanatic like I am. It explores races from all over the world, including two races in our lovely state of Colorado!

Ice Castles in Colorado

When I first moved to Colorado, I realized there would be a great deal of snow, but I never thought of what some people could actually do with all that frozen water. Brent Christensen, ice artist, patented an ice sculpting method, which he used to create this huge work of art in the form of frozen, solid ice in Silverthorne, Colorado.

Christensen’s art is great for travel because it has become a supreme tourist attraction. Visitors can spend hours exploring the ice castle’s majestic tunnels and caverns. What makes this attraction even more appealing, however, is the use of over 200 florescent lights after dark, creating a plethora of colors through the transparent ice walls.

This seems like a great idea for families traveling together. It’s cute, fun, easy, and cheap. Already adding it to the bucket.