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Tony Dunnell is a freelance writer based in Tarapoto, Peru. He has traveled extensively throughout Peru, writing about every aspect of the country, including tourist attractions, food and drink, Peruvian culture and the history of Peru.
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16 Quotes About the Wonder of the Moon

05 Aug 2022  |  inspiringquotes.com
The moon has been a source of fascination and inspiration throughout human history, regarded as a deity in ancient cultures and associated with various myths and legends. Despite scientific advancements demystifying the moon as a celestial body, its wonder persists in cultural expressions. The article presents a compilation of 16 quotes from various historical and contemporary figures, reflecting the moon's enduring allure and its impact on human imagination.

The 15 Funniest Misunderstood Song Lyrics

29 Apr 2021  |  inspiringquotes.com
The article discusses the phenomenon of mondegreens, which are misheard song lyrics, and provides a list of 15 humorous examples from popular songs. The term 'mondegreen' was coined by Sylvia Wright in 1954, and the article highlights how both children and adults can misinterpret lyrics, often with amusing results. It includes misheard lyrics from artists such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Manfred Mann, The Go-Go's, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bryan Adams, Madonna, Elton John, Bon Jovi, R.E.M., Oasis, Taylor Swift, and Selena Gomez.

Honke Owariya

14 Feb 2020  |  www.atlasobscura.com
Honke Owariya, established in Kyoto in 1465, began as a confectionery shop and evolved into a respected soba manufacturer and supplier to Zen and Buddhist temples, as well as the Imperial Household. Post-World War II, it became a soba restaurant famous for its horai-soba and other dishes. The restaurant's success is attributed to the quality of Kyoto's underground water used in their dashi. Honke Owariya maintains its historical significance, with a monthly visit from a Zen monk who chants a sutra before enjoying a soba dish.

MUMAC Coffee Machine Museum

30 Jan 2020  |  Atlas Obscura
The MUMAC Coffee Machine Museum in Binasco, Italy, showcases an extensive collection of coffee machines, including vintage espresso machines from various companies. Established by Gruppo Cimbali to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the museum features brands like LaCimbali and Faema, and offers a chronological exhibition space that takes visitors through the social and technological evolution of coffee machines. The museum also includes an academy for coffee professionals and enthusiasts, and a café where visitors can enjoy expertly brewed coffee.

Dabous Giraffes

03 Dec 2019  |  atlasobscura.com
The Dabous Giraffes are over 800 petroglyphs located in the Tenere Desert of the Sahara, first recorded by Christian Dupuy in 1987. Among these, two giraffes stand out, believed to be between 6,000 and 8,000 years old and representing the largest petroglyph in the world. The carvings, which include a variety of animals and human figures, showcase impressive detail and size, with the larger giraffe standing almost 18 feet tall. The petroglyphs may indicate a symbolic relationship between giraffes and humans or ancient attempts at domestication.

Seneca Quarry

31 Oct 2019  |  atlasobscura.com
Seneca Quarry, located along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal on the Potomac River, was once a bustling site that produced red sandstone for buildings in Washington, D.C., including the Smithsonian Castle. Established in 1781 by Robert Peter, the quarry thrived with the construction of the C&O Canal. However, after changing ownership and facing mismanagement, the quarry closed in 1901. The workforce included immigrants and possibly enslaved African Americans. Today, the quarry is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, with visitors able to explore the ruins and the restored quarry master's house.

Uphill and Down: A Female Porter’s Life on the Inca Trail

23 Oct 2019  |  New Peruvian
The article recounts the experiences of a female porter on the Inca Trail, highlighting the challenges and discrimination faced by women in this role. It discusses the harsh working conditions of porters, the gender-based harassment, and the slow progress towards equality and improved working conditions. The narrative emphasizes the need for change, inclusion, and mutual respect among porters, tour companies, and tourists. The article also mentions a new porter's law implemented in early 2023, which aimed to improve working conditions but was undermined by the political crisis, leading to increased mistreatment and exclusion of women porters.

Seikan Tunnel

21 Oct 2019  |  atlasobscura.com
The Seikan Tunnel, completed in 1988, is the world's longest tunnel with an undersea segment, connecting Japan's main island of Honshu with Hokkaido. It was built after the Tōya Maru Typhoon in 1954, which highlighted the need for a safer transport option than ferries. The construction was a massive undertaking, with 34 workers dying during the process. The tunnel, which cost US$7 billion, is 33.46 miles long with 14.5 miles under the seabed. It accommodates about 50 freight trains and 30 Shinkansen bullet trains daily, though the bullet trains must slow down in the tunnel to prevent disrupting freight trains.

Meeting Place

17 Oct 2019  |  Atlas Obscura
The 'Meeting Place' statue in Dublin, created by Jackie McKenna in 1988, depicts two women chatting on a bench with shopping bags at their feet. It honors everyday city life and has a local nickname, 'Hags with the Bags.' In 2017, it became part of the Talking Statues Dublin project, allowing passersby to hear voices of famous Dubliners through their phones.

Newspaper Rock

09 Oct 2019  |  atlasobscura.com
For around 2,000 years, Native Americans have carved petroglyphs into a sandstone slab in San Juan County, Utah, creating one of the world's largest collections of petroglyphs. The earliest carvings date back to the Archaic, Basketmaker, Fremont, and Pueblo cultures, with later additions by Utah, Navajo, and Anglo tribesmen. The petroglyphs, made by chipping away the desert varnish to reveal lighter rock, include a variety of designs from abstract shapes to recognizable figures, with the older designs being darker due to repatination.

Krapina Neanderthal Museum

04 Oct 2019  |  atlasobscura.com
The Krapina Neanderthal Museum, opened in 2010 in Krapina, northern Croatia, is situated near a significant paleontological site where Croatian paleontologist Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger excavated over 900 Neanderthal fossil bones between 1899 and 1905. The museum features multimedia installations, thematic units on the origin of life and human evolution, and realistic dioramas of Neanderthals. Trails from the museum lead to the Hušnjakovo excavation site, enhancing the educational experience with lifelike figures of Neanderthals and Pleistocene animals.

Stack Rock Fort

26 Aug 2019  |  Atlas Obscura
Stack Rock Fort, located on an island off the coast of Wales, was built between 1850 and 1852 to protect the Royal Dockyard at Pembroke Dock and later upgraded. Initially proposed by Thomas Cromwell in 1539, the fort was constructed to defend against potential French invasions under Napoleon III. It housed a garrison and artillery but became less important over time, being disarmed in 1929. After changing hands several times, it was sold in late 2020 to a private buyer who intends to make it a 'living ruin' accessible to the community.

Ashtabula Bridge Disaster Monument

23 Aug 2019  |  Atlas Obscura
On December 29, 1876, the Pacific Express train crossing the Ashtabula Bridge in Ohio collapsed, resulting in a catastrophic accident that killed 92 people and injured 64. The disaster, known as the 'Ashtabula Horror,' led to the deaths of notable individuals like gospel singer Philip Bliss and his wife. The city of Ashtabula has three memorials commemorating the event, including a monument in Chestnut Grove Cemetery dedicated to the unidentified victims. Charles Collins, who was responsible for the bridge's maintenance and had expressed concerns about its stability, died the following year, with some believing he committed suicide due to the tragedy.

Upside-Down Charles La Trobe Statue

14 Aug 2019  |  Atlas Obscura
Charles La Trobe, the first lieutenant-governor of Victoria, Australia, is commemorated by two statues in Melbourne. The more recent statue at the State Library Victoria is traditional, while the earlier one, created by sculptor Charles Robb and named 'Landmark,' is upside-down. Located at La Trobe University's Bundoora campus, 'Landmark' challenges traditional commemoration and has ironically raised La Trobe's profile due to its unconventional presentation.

Capital Gate – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

30 Jul 2019  |  atlasobscura.com
Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi, standing at 525 feet with a 35-story, is known for its 18-degree incline to the west, four times the incline of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Completed in 2011 by RMJM Architects, it features a 'pre-cambered' core for stability and a foundation of 490 pilings reaching 89 feet deep. It holds the Guinness record for the 'farthest manmade leaning building' and includes a stainless steel 'splash' for aesthetic and solar shielding purposes.

GRIMMWELT Kassel (Grimm World Kassel) – Kassel, Germany

17 Jul 2019  |  atlasobscura.com
The Grimmwelt Kassel is a museum in Kassel, Germany, dedicated to the Brothers Grimm, showcasing their fairy tales and the Deutsches Wörterbuch, a comprehensive German dictionary. The museum features interactive and multimedia exhibits, including original copies of the Grimms' Fairy Tales and modern art installations by Ai Weiwei and Alexej Tchernyi. It offers a modern space with over 20 exhibition rooms, providing a playful yet respectful exploration of the Grimm brothers' legacy.

Siachen Glacier

20 Jun 2019  |  www.atlasobscura.com
Since 1984, Indian and Pakistani forces have occupied positions on or near the Siachen Glacier, the world's highest battleground in the Himalayas. Despite a 2003 ceasefire, tensions persist. The conflict began after both nations claimed sovereignty over the area following the U.N.-mediated Karachi Agreement in 1949. India preempted a Pakistani assault in 1984, securing the strategic Saltoro Ridge. Both countries maintain a troop presence of about 3,000 each, with most fatalities resulting from the harsh environment rather than combat. The glacier has suffered environmental damage, including significant retreat and threats to local wildlife such as snow leopards and brown bears.

Kendall Band

29 May 2019  |  atlasobscura.com
The Kendall Band is a three-piece musical sculpture by Paul Matisse located in Kendall Station near MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Commissioned by the MBTA's Arts on the Line program, it was installed in 1987 and consists of Pythagoras, Kepler, and Galileo, all interactive musical elements. Despite Matisse's efforts, the sculpture faced operational issues over the years. In 2007, Matisse ceased maintenance, leading to disrepair. In 2010, Seth G. Parker and MIT students, forming the Kendall Band Preservation Society, began restoration efforts, which continue to this day.

Bomi Blue Lake

20 May 2019  |  Atlas Obscura
The Bomi Blue Lake in northwestern Liberia, formed in an abandoned pit mine left by the Liberia Mining Company, has become a natural wonder with clear blue waters. Despite its mining history, the lake is clean and stable, attracting attention for potential tourism development. Senator Richard Devine has promoted the lake, though development around it remains minimal. The lake was once a source of bottled mineral water, and there have been sightings of large snakes in the area.

Among the human cargo on a boat down the Amazon River (for Paste Magazine).

An interview with Ted Alexander, one of the new wave of craft brewers in Peru. Published by International Living magazine.

A short food-focused guide to Lima for Crave Magazine.

Music Concerts in Peru in 2020, Including Major Festivals

26 Dec 2016  |  New Peruvian
The article provides a comprehensive list of major music concerts and festivals taking place in Peru in 2020, featuring both local and international artists. It includes information on where tickets can be purchased and highlights that most events are in Lima, with some in other cities like Arequipa and Trujillo. The list covers a variety of genres and includes well-known acts such as Soda Stereo, Guns N' Roses, and Kiss, among others.

Why Peru’s Altiplano Farmers Eat Clay with Their Potatoes

03 Aug 2016  |  www.vice.com
The article discusses the culinary journey of Chef Virgílio Martínez and his team in Peru, highlighting their discovery of arcilla de chaco, a type of clay used in traditional cooking, in the Puno Region. The team, known for their work at Central, a globally acclaimed restaurant in Lima, traveled across Peru to explore new ingredients and culinary traditions. The chef recounts their experience of finding farmers using the clay to bake a variety of potatoes in a rustic oven, which was a new discovery for them about ten years ago. Central was voted the fourth best restaurant in the world in 2016.

What It’s Like to Brew Beer at 11,000 Feet

04 Dec 2015  |  www.vice.com
Craft beer is gaining popularity in Peru, with breweries like Cerveza Zenith leading the charge. Despite challenges such as altitude and import issues, breweries are producing a variety of craft beers, including those with local ingredients like quinoa. The industry is still developing its own style, influenced by trends from the US and Belgium.

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