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9 Surreal Places You Need To Visit Before You Die

9 Surreal Places You Need To Visit Before You Die

“Unbelievable”, “bizarre”, “surreal”, “dreamlike”, “out of this world”… These are just a few words you can’t help using to describe the places featured here. A lot of this scenery resembles something out of a surrealist painting. Some of this awesome imagery looks like scenes from sci-fi films. Many of them give you the feeling that they are images captured from another world.

I firmly believe you must visit these truly amazing locations before you die.

Salar De Uyuni – Bolivia

Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
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      Photo Credit: Tomas Rawski

      Salar De Uyuni is the largest salt plant in the world. During the rainy season in Bolivia, it turns into a gigantic mirror. Its span is so huge and reflective that it is actually used for the calibration of satellites. The Salar was formed through the centuries after several prehistoric lakes joined together to form one humongous body of water.

      Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo Island – Maldives

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          During daylight, it looks like any other beach, but once the sun goes down this place comes to life! It turns into a spectacular sight at night. The bioluminescent phytoplankton look like hundreds of bright stars glistening like a starry sky as the night grows old.

          Tianzi Mountains – China  

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            Tanzi China

              These uniquely tall and thin mountains are so alien-like that they were used in James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Formed underwater 380 million years ago, the flow destroyed surrounding sandstone, leaving only resilient stone pillars. Some of the columns have reached over 4,000 feet above sea level.

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              The Antelope Canyon, Arizona – United States

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                  Rainwater during monsoon season runs into the basin above the slot canyon sections, and speeds up with sand rushing into the narrow passageways. For hundreds of years the passageways eroded, turning the corridors deeper and smoothing its hard edges to form beautiful “flowing” lines on the rock.

                  Deadvlei – Namibia

                  Deadvlei, Namibia

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                      Artists would be inspired by these photos. Yes, it’s hard to believe, but these are not surrealist paintings. These are photos of the “Dead Valley” in Namibia. Perhaps the scorching heat killed all life in this former forest? It’s now a dry desert.

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                      Santorini – Greece

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                        Photo credit: Bodtur Yachting and Travel
                        Santorini
                          Photo credit: Bodtur Yachting and Travel

                          Who would have thought that an island devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century would become a beautiful and popular place for tourists? That’s exactly what happened to Santorini. These pictures above say it better than any “1,000 words” I could ever come up with.

                          Red Beach, Panjin – China

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                            Photo Credit: Douglas_Beijing via Compfight cc

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                              Photo: Jia Mi

                              Let’s talk about a phenomena that causes a beach to turn bloody red. It’s brought about by a type of seaweed called Sueda. This rare seaweed starts growing in April and May. It stays green all summer, but when autumn comes, it turns vivid red. If you are tired visiting blue beaches, this is definitely a unique beach to check. It’s one of the places I really must see for myself before I die.

                               Wilhelmstein Island – Germany

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                                  This strange looking island was built in 18th-century. It’s artificial, tiny, and located on Lake Steinhude. Perhaps it’s the reason the world pays attention? The stark contrast is unmissable. It’s a tiny island located on the largest lake in northwestern Germany. The island’s base is made of piles of stones, carried there by local fishermen using their boats. Between 1765 and 1767, this gem of an island was turned into a military fortress by William – Count of Schaumburg-Lippe. It was designed in the count’s vision, as an impenetrable getaway to the land he owned.

                                  The Road to Heaven, Huashan Mountain – China

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                                      Photo credit for both photos: unusual places.org

                                      Mount Huashan is located in Huayin, a part of the Shaanxi Province. It’s where you can see the Road to Heaven. Many tourist around the world go there to test their courage and their limits. It’s one of the most dangerous places in the world, after all. All the daring souls who climb this place risk their lives with every step they take. Climbing the rickety stairs, and paths made of planks nailed on the side of a mountain, will surely give anyone a rush they will never forget for the rest of their life. You have to agree, it’s a breathtaking view as well. Look at those photos again.

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                                      Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                      4. Feed Your Brain

                                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                      6. Write it Down

                                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                      7. Listen to Music

                                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                      8. Visual Concepts

                                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                      9. Teach Someone Else

                                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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