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15 Surreal Images of Abandoned Places Around the World

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15 Surreal Images of Abandoned Places Around the World

Human movements from one place to another have been proof that we are affected by changes and are capable of adapting to them. This collection of surreal images of abandoned places from different parts of the globe demonstrates that humans adapt and, if needed, relocate because of political and social changes, man-made and natural calamities, and loss of resources.

1. Beelitz Military Hospital

Beelitz Military Hospital

A large hospital complex comprising of about 60 buildings at Beelitz-Heilstätten in Berlin, the Beelitz Military Hospital was constructed beginning in 1898. At the onset of World War I, the site served the Imperial German Army. Here, Adolf Hitler recuperated from October to November 1916 after he got wounded during the Battle of Somme. The hospital buildings were completely abandoned as of 2007. 

2. Buzludzha Monument

Buzludzha Monument

More popularly known in its longer name as the Monument House of the Bulgarian Communist Party, the Buzludzha Monument characterizes the futuristic architecture common among state-sponsored buildings in Communist countries during the Cold War. Built on Buzludzha Peak in Central Bulgaria, the saucer-like monument was abandoned after the fall of Communism in 1989.

3. Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Eastern State Penitentiary began its operations in 1829. Instrumental in refining the concept of separate incarceration, the penitentiary pioneered the system, emphasizing the principles of reform rather than punishment. Due to overcrowding problems, solitary confinement was abandoned in 1913. Eventually, the edifice operated as a congregate prison until it closed in 1971.

4. Field Station Berlin

Field Station Berlin

Another remnant of the Cold War, the Field Station Berlin refers to the listening station established by the United States on Teufelsberg, a man-made hill. The site is notable for its radomes (radar domes) which were used by the Americans in listening to East German, Soviet, and Warsaw Pact nations military movement. The facility remained operational until the fall of the Berlin Wall marking the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990.

5. Garnet Ghost Town

Garnet Ghost Town

Once a thriving gold mine village located in the Granite County of Montana, the Garnet Ghost Town is now just a shell of its former self. Dating from the 1860s, Garnet reached its peak in the 1890s with a population of around 1,000 people. The site had a total of thirteen saloons and three hotels, catering to passersby and miners searching for gold. People abandoned Garnet when the gold reserves ran out at the onset of the 1920s.

6. Hashima Island

Hashima Island

Belonging to Nagasaki’s group of 505 uninhabited islands, Hashima Island is also known as Gunkanjima or Battleship Island. With a land area of 6.3 hectares, the island houses undersea coal mines, starting their operations in 1887 during the rapid industrialization era of Japan.

The coal reserves eventually depleted, forcing mines’ closure in 1974 and the gradual abandonment of its residents. Today, the island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

7. Hitler’s Olympic Village

Hitler’s Olympic Village

Constructed in response to Nazi Germany’s hosting of the Summer Olympics in 1936, Hitler’s Olympic Village consisted of a swimming facility, gymnasium, track, dormitories, training facilities, and a large dining hall dubbed as the Dining Hall of the Nations.

After the Olympic Games, the facility was utilized as a hospital and a training school for the military during World War II. Eventually, it was taken over by the Soviets in 1945 and was practically abandoned in the late 20th century. Restoration efforts were revitalized in recent years.  

8. Janovas 

Janovas 

Located in the Ara Valley, Janovas was a Spanish town abandoned by residents due to the troubles caused by Iberduero’s (Iberdrola) hydroelectric project. Beginning in 1951, the project’s activities resulted in flooding not only in Janovas but also in the neighboring villages of Lacorte and Lavelilla.

At the onset of 1960, some villagers resisted the project, leading to the dynamiting of their houses. With backing from the government, the company continued plowing the fields, destroying the irrigation system, and cutting light and water services. The town was finally evicted in 1984. 

9. Kolmanskop

Kolmanskop

Established in response to the Namibian diamond rush, Kolmanskop was named after the transport driver Johnny Coleman who left his ox wagon during a sandstorm. With the discovery of diamond in 1908, the area attracted miners.

The residents started to put up a village patterned after a German town complete with amenities and institutions. The depletion of diamond reserves led to its ultimate abandonment in 1956.

10. Lee Plaza Hotel

Lee Plaza Hotel

Also known as the Lee Plaza Apartments, the Lee Plaza Hotel in Detroit, Michigan is now a vacant 15-story high-rise apartment building. Registered by the Michigan state as a historic site, the edifice constructed in 1929 is an excellent example of Art Deco architecture. With the waning popularity of luxury apartments, the Lee Plaza had started to lose its residents until it finally closed in 1997.

11. Maunsell Forts

Maunsell Forts

Situated in the Mersey and Thames estuaries, the Maunsell Forts are armed towers constructed during World War II to assist in protecting the United Kingdom. Named after its designer Guy Maunsell, the site consists of four naval forts, namely the Rough Sands, Sunk Head, Tongue Sands, and Knock John. With a design resembling of offshore oil platforms, the forts were decommissioned in the late 1950s. 

12. Nara Dreamland

Nara Dreamland

Taking a leaf from Disneyland’s book in California, the Nara Dreamland was a theme park opened in 1961. Being the closest thing to Disneyland in Japan during its lifetime, the Dreamland at its peak reached 1.6 million visitors each year. Ironically, Dreamland’s inspiration was the one caused its gradual decline.

Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983, followed by Universal Studios Japan in 2001, leading to a drop on yearly total visits of 400,000. After its 45 years of operation, the Nara Dreamland ceased operations in 2006 and was demolished in 2016.

13. Presidio Modelo

Presidio Modelo

With a name translated as “model prison” in English, the Presidio Modelo was erected on the Isla de la Juventud in Cuba during the administration of president-turned-dictator Gerardo Machado between 1926 and 1928. Comprising of five circular blocks, the prison complex houses cells constructed in tiers with observation posts in the middle. Capable of housing up to 2,500 prisoners, the site was permanently closed by the government in 1967.

14. Pripyat City

Pripyat City

A Ukrainian city located near the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history, Pripyat was officially closed on April 27, 1986, the day after the Chernobyl disaster and more than 15 years after its establishment in 1970. One of the most notable spots in the city is its amusement park; its Ferris wheel has become a symbol of the Chernobyl disaster.

15. Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Originally called Rajavihara, Ta Prohm was built during the reign of Khmer King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century as a way of honoring his family. Constructed following the intricate Bayon architecture, the temple located in Siem Reap, Cambodia was abandoned in the 15th century, along with the collapse of the Khmer Empire.

Neglected for centuries, trees grew out among the ruins, giving Ta Prohm a picturesque ambiance with a jungle backdrop. It has been included in UNESCO World Heritage List since 1992. 

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This Young Couple Earns a 6 Figure Income by Travelling The World

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Meet this young couple from New Zealand, who chose a slightly different model for earning a livelihood. Well, their mode is not just different but also admirable. The couple took a lot of people with a shock when they left their previous career in order to pursue their new career, which is travelling. Who doesn’t want this life? It seems a nomadic one but every single day is exciting worth living. They don’t just travel for fun but they do earn a 6 figure income by their travelling.

And now they are sharing their secret of such a life and how they are taking it.

Nathan Buchan, 26, left his previous career and chose to be a travel blogger for earning a livelihood out of it. Later, his girlfriend Hannah Martin, 25, joined him, too. And the couple earns in 6 figures from their new job.

 

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Nathan worked as a plumber, he knew that this wasn’t his ideal job. He wanted to do something different. Something that would make him happier. It was three years ago when he decided to take up travelling as his fulltime job. He thought things over and started blogging World Nate.

“It was the middle of winter and it was so wet and started hailing. I was getting hit in the face with hailstones that were bouncing off the ground and I was lying in the mud. I never thought ‘screw this I want to be a travel blogger’ but I wanted to create a life on my own terms, where I could be my own boss. I knew if I could make a living online somehow I could travel more so I focused on that.” – Nathan

Also read: 21-Year-old American Girl Lexie Alford Becomes the Youngest Person to Travel to 196 Sovereign Countries

 

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Nathan spent some money on creating a blog and saved some for his trip to Vietnam.

“I thought if I could live somewhere cheap while getting it rolling I would be able to make it work. So I lived in a cockroach-infested hostel in Panama for a month, did a lot of activities around there and it paid off.” – Nathan

 

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“Numerous times I questioned what the f**k I was doing and I think most of my friends and family were wondering the same thing. My boss was angry when I quit but I just had to try something different.” – Nathan

Also read: 7 Awesome Female Solo Travel Bloggers Who Can Give You The Best Travel Advice

 

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His girlfriend Hannah Martin still had a year to complete her degree in accounting. After finishing the degree she soon joined Nathan. She says “As soon as I grabbed my pretty little piece of graduation paper I packed everything I could into a backpack and left.”

“Since then we’ve worked and travelled around countries like Ecuador, Bali, Colombia, Thailand, Canada, the states…the list goes on.” She puts on the website.

 

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Nathan explained how they make money “I make commission per sale I make for the company I promote these posts on Facebook and over time, I can make thousands per post.” The couple earns on based of commission they make via recommending a link of a company.

 

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These are The 8 Countries You Should Choose from if You Plan to Raise A Family Abroad

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8 Countries You Should Choose to Raise A Family Abroad

Uprooting from our own country and settling into a new one is surely pain. It is even more difficult when you have a family to settle theirs all over again. Children’s school, wife’s job and a lot can cause trouble. But we believe what makes your decision even tougher is the hostility or unfriendly country that you are probably planning to settle in. According to a survey by the Expat Networking group InterNations, there are some countries that are best to raise a family in.

Also, there are some countries that are the least friendly to raise children. Check the list below

1. Australia

Australia to raise children

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According to the survey, Australia is one of the friendly countries that you can raise a family. The country is very good to raise your children.

2. Turkey

Turkey for Kids

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The survey is based on 3000 families living abroad and according to them, Turkey is very friendly to kids especially.

Also read: 6 Parenting Mistakes that Hinder Growth of your Child

3. Greece

Expat says that the country is very friendly to newbies but in terms of educational needs it may lag behind.

4. Costa Rica

91% agreed over the friendliness of this place. Also, the place is loved by kids.

5. Thailand

Thailand is welcoming to the newbies

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The country is very welcoming to the newbies with great and close to natural surroundings.

6. Mexico

According to the survey people in Mexico not only welcome the newcomers but also “Expat in general.”

Also read: Only A Single Child Can Understand These 7 Things That How It Exactly Feels Growing Up Solo

7. Uganda

Parenting in Uganda

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Wow, the survey says “Every single parent rates the friendliness of the local population towards children extremely positively.”

8. Taiwan

Taiwan has been rated as best for everything that has to offer. Be it quality or finance everything is in control which we call necessity.

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6 Best Things to Do in Atlanta When You Are On a Budget

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Atlanta serves many people with the beautiful life that they deserve to travel. With several buildings and magnificent architecture capturing the eye of many visitors and several tourist sites as a source of entertainment, there are a lot of things to do in Atlanta. While many people consider this as a toll on the pocket and an expense on the budget, there are many things that you can do for free.

Budget-friendly locations are undoubtedly the most popular ones and once you are in the aura of visiting this fantastic Georgian capital, do whatever it takes to have a free day. Eat, see and do activities for free and have the time of your life without diving deep in your wallet.

Top Best Things to do in Atlanta when you are on a budget

No money? No problem!

Here’s what you need to do

1. Art Walk in Atlanta

During the first Thursday and second Friday of the month, Atlanta offers a free art walk at the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll. The event takes place by introducing people to various art galleries in Atlanta. They allow visitors to take a stroll through various art galleries in Atlanta. The final art walk comprises of Castleberry Hill that represents the history and artwork of this famous district.

This is a fantastic way to get in contact with the momentous history of Atlanta. Not only this but, you will also find yourself wandering in some new and unexplored areas.

2. Olympic Park

The Olympic Park is a 21-acre park that acts as a living legacy of the Olympic Games that were hosted in 1996. Except for the history of the place, there is a lot to do and have fun. Don’t worry about what you will be spending in the park because all the activities, including lunch, music, and concerts, are free.

Every Wednesday the park hosts a mini-concert with a talented local musician; this is the time when you have to pay $5 upon entrance. Don’t forget to visit the beautiful Fountain of Rings when you are there.

3. Woodruff Park

Woodruff Park Atlanta

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Woodruff Park offers a lot of things to do within the boundaries that enclose this park. They do not charge you anything for all the fun activities like book-reading and indoor games. Value the newly opened “open-air” reading room that is readily open for the public from the start of blooming spring in April and continues to be available till the rustic autumn in October.

Indoor games like chess and table tennis are also available. Still, if you are looking to have a quiet time, this place is perfect for reading your favorite novel with a view (perfect for your Instagram!) Every Wednesday, the park caters to a free yoga class.

Also read: 8 Tips To Make Student’s USA Trip Safe & Fun

4. Atlanta Beltline

The newest outdoor area in Atlanta features more than 21 miles of abandoned railways around the center of town. Here you’ll notice some parks and green spaces, a skate park and many walks through the diverse communities of Atlanta. The Beltline is free to explore, and the activity schedule is filled with free wellness, meditation and walking tours.

The area is covered with markets and eateries but if you want to explore Atlanta at its finest, don’t forget to jump on the bus that drops you right outside the Beltline.

5. Atlanta Contemporary Art Gallery

Free art and culture by regional, national and international artists in the Atlanta Contemporary Art Gallery holds six to ten exhibits annually. After 2015, access to the gallery is available. Bonus: When you remain in town on a Thursday, you can go to an exhibition and attend a special event or show in the museum, called Modern Cocktails. The entrance is free, but a cash bar serving drinks every week requires another regional bartender.

6. Brewery Tour

Get yourself drowning in some of the best booze in the city or even the state! Throughout Georgia, there are many craft breweries so that beer lovers can taste their local produce throughout a few ways. Almost all of these tours are inexpensive and cost approximately $12, but that means five or more samples of around 36 ounces, including a pint glass of souvenir. The Second Self Brewery, the red hair pub, and Monday night brewing are some of the divisions to be tried out.

Also read: What Are The Forest Places to Visit in the USA?

Conclusion

There are a lot of things to do in Atlanta while you are there. In case you have a watch at your pocket, or you are looking forward to having a great time at the naturally exquisite sites in Atlanta, then there are a lot of places that can cater to your needs. While you are there, make sure that you make the best of your time by spending very little to nothing.

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