Lots of daily inconveniences can have unexpected side-benefits. Waiting for the bus can bore you to the point of great ideas. Fighting to pedal your bike uphill can make its lights work – bicyclists have used dynamos for this for years to keep their front lights running.
There's so much to love about travel, but it's hard not to cringe when excessive luxury hotels are part of the deal. Then again, cockroach-infested budget accommodation might not be your thing either. The best way to avoid this? Track down some creative ecotourism options which will beat both alternatives, hands down.
People living in the city need to feel that nature has not only come to them, but that it's sitting comfortably. Vertical gardens get this done by fixing normal-looking gardens onto walls. Gazing up at one is like looking at the sedimentary layers in the side of a cliff – grasses, little firs and creepers all converge only to be subsumed by the next strata of vegetation. You feel the building is moving as the clouds fall by at the edge of your perception.
Historically, Sydney's inner city suburb of Surry Hills has not exactly been an 'oasis'. Many of the older buildings attest to this past, with factories and warehouses still dotted throughout the streets. The housing was primarily tiny cottages or terraces, crammed into a complex network of laneways, housing the workers of the industrial employers.
Unhappily for giant fast-food chain McDonalds (or perhaps very happily) anything you add Mc to immediately becomes super-sized, abundantly available and a symbol of crass consumerism. The label McMansion, also known as the ‘garage Mahal’, is no exception but let’s be nice here – we all have either lived in one, or know of someone who does.