It wasn’t too long ago that I hit my 100th reviews. Wow, time surely slips by and now I’m at my 2nd 100th! Hip, hip, hurray!!! That makes this review #200! Amazing! Incredible for someone who doesn’t even like to write. It does say something about persistence although not about progress, LOL… I mean for someone who doesn’t like to write, I certainly have lots to say and share. That makes me… what? Opinionated? I guess that must be it! ;-)
[Read my review on Writing if you are a little teeny tiny bit curious ;-)] I'm learning a little about blowing one's own horn here (or is it tooting? tweeting, tooting, whatever...), courtesy of American authors :-)
I didn’t begin to write about reviews. I did begin writing travelogs on VirtualTourist.com. And despite the name of the site, many of its members are real world travelers, not virtual tourist at all! I’m one of those ‘crazy’ members, naturally.
When it comes to travel, I’m obsessed.
Possessed? Perhaps too!
God knows the last decade was my golden era in traveling. I didn’t plan for it nor did I pray for it. I did get by it. By that, I don’t mean I got a job that took me around the world. Neither do I take business trips. There were, essentially, all, yes, all leisure trips. Envious? Wanna shoot me?
Don’t be. You can do it too. You can travel from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle (which I did, naturally ;-)), set foot on all the 7 continents in a single year (which I also did; I know, aren’t I bad? ;-)) or you can visit half of America or whole of China (I know, shoot me, LOL…).
Jokes aside, one thing I’ve yet done (would have done if they didn’t change the rules of the game, that is) is to see one of the new 7 wonders, Christ Redeemer in Rio (Brazil). Oh, I did go to Brazil, just not Rio. Iguazu Falls is a must! Trust me.
So, what’s this NEW 7 wonders? Well, on July 7, 2007, the world voted in tandem and elected a new set of 7 Wonders of the World. Here’s a list of them:
The point to all this is… there is another round of voting for the next batch of NEW 7 wonders (of nature). This time round, it is Natural Wonders! AND, you can decide along with the rest of the world. You can be part of history, isn’t that great? Yes, the new 7 wonders of Nature will be unfold in 2011. I’ve voted, have you?
I’m curious as to why Mount Everest, Sahara Desert, Canadian Rockies and Carlsbad Caverns didn’t make it onto the list! Are you NOT curious???
Those with the country next to the sites are the ones I’ve personally visited. As for the rest, well, whichever that got into the new 7 wonders of nature, here I come! :-D So, guys, don’t make it so tough I’ve to go all 7 of them! ;-)
New Seven Wonders of the World was a project that attempted to update the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World concept with a modern list of wonders. A popularity poll was led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber and organized by the Swiss-based, government-controlled New7Wonders Foundation, with winners announced on July 7, 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The theme song of the contest was written by Tony (a/k/a Taloch) Jameson of the UK medieval folk/rock band, The Dolmen. The band performed the song live at the Lisbon ceremonies.
The New7Wonders Foundation claimed that more than 100 million votes were cast through the Internet or by telephone. Nothing prevented multiple votes, so the poll was considered "decidedly unscientific". According to John Zogby, founder and current President/CEO of the Washington-based polling organization Zogby International, New7Wonders Foundation drove “the largest poll on record”.
The program drew a wide range of official reaction. Some countries touted their finalist and tried to get more votes cast for it, while others downplayed or criticized the contest. After supporting the New7Wonders Foundation at the beginning of the campaign, by providing advice on nominee selection, The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) distanced itself from the undertaking in 2007. Many monuments were supported by ...