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The Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas is known for its intense reflections of sunlight.

10 Strangest Buildings in the World You Have to Visit

This isn’t any ordinary travel list, but then again, you’re not an ordinary traveler. For the unorthodox globe-trotter, no bucket list is complete without some of the strangest buildings the world has to offer. From Brazilian museums to amazing Las Vegas hotels, these architectural works are definitely not your average buildings.

Habitat 67 in Montreal, Quebec

Lovers of strange architecture must visit Moshe Safdie’s vision of the ideal community. Originally created as his master’s thesis at McGill University, Habitat 67’s oddly stacked 146 homes of different shapes and sizes is constructed from 354 pre-made concrete blocks.

Mind House in Barcelona, Spain

Antoni Gaudi’s creative masterpiece Mind House is a mix of practical and whimsical. Located on the el Carmel hill in Parc Guell, Mind House was commissioned by Count Eusebi Guell and built between the years 1900 and 1914. With ethereal curves and eclectic accents in tile, ceramic and glass, this strangest of the world’s buildings is also one of the most beautiful.

Kansas City Library in Kansas City, Missouri

Designed to look like a shelf of classic books, the “Community Bookshelf” is the exterior of the Kansas City Public Library’s parking garage. The structure is 25 feet wide and nine feet tall, with a total of 22 different titles displayed that range in genre and literary period from Tao Te Ching and Romeo and Juliet to Lord of the Rings.

Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas

Spanning a massive 1,600,000 square feet, the Las Vegas hotel and spa Vdara opened in 2009. Designed by architect Rafael Vinoly, this hotel has a claim to fame that no other Vegas hotel can boast: Due to its surface materials and unique, curvy design, the sun’s reflection creates dangerous “hot spots” that focus on the pool deck and change positions as the sun moves throughout the day. Tellingly, visitors have nicknamed this phenomenon the Vdara Death Ray.

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, Netherlands

Home to an impressive collection of more than 750,000 hours of multimedia, the Netherland Institute for Sound and Vision is encased in colorful, shimmering glass panels. This impressive structure proudly represents all the amazing work visitors can find in the museum and archives housed within its walls.

Visit these fantastical structures and take a peek into a world of creative architecture that spans the entire globe. Drop by for art, shopping, entertainment and more, but for once, those can all take a backseat to the buildings themselves. For once, it’s what’s on the outside that counts.

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CityLove: Granada, Spain

Granada has established itself as one of Spain’s youngest, hippest, and most energetic cities while simultaneously boasting some of the country’s most historic architecture. Plan to explore this city in true Spanish style, by setting out after a relaxing siesta and staying up late into the night.

Start the afternoon with tapas at the renowned Bar Los Diamantes, which has been serving up remarkable food since 1942. If you’re still hungry, try the seafood or aubergine slices. Snap a pic of the meal and earn bragging rights by tweeting it our way.  

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Take an after-lunch stroll to the historic Corral del Carbon, the city’s oldest Arab monument. Built in the 14th century as a coal yard and converted into a space for stage performances in the 16th century, the site now consists of a pavilion, center square, and courtyard encircled by galleries and craft rooms. It’s also home to a bookstore and tourist information office, so remember this spot if you have questions later in the trip.

Climb (or take a cab or bus) toward the famous Alhambra, but don’t get caught up in the tourist crowds. Instead, head to the southern portion of the hill (below the Alhambra) and the beautiful Carmen de los Mártires, a secluded park and historic house featuring Islamic architecture, ornate gardens, an ornamental duck pond, and free-roaming peacocks. 

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Head back downtown for an evening you won’t forget. Le Chien Andalou (aka The Andalusian Dog) is center city’s only Flamenco Cave. Take in the art of Andalusian dance and music in an intimate setting that also features a tasting menu, wines, and beers. 

Tuck in for the night at El Ladrón de Agua, a 16th century noble house that’s since been restored into a modern and beautiful hotel in the heart of Granada. The hotel’s amenities include a café, Wi-fi, library, air conditioning, and monthly art exhibitions featuring regional painters and sculptors. Tweet us your favorite part of the day from the comfort of your hotel room!

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El Teide

Take a look at the gorgeous scenery and skies of El Tiede, a mountain in Spain, in this video filmed in 2011

Here are a couple photos I found online

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Source: http://redius.deviantart.com/

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Source: http://magazine.magix.com/

Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon & Oh Hey World. He worked for Zillow from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and myKRO.org, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. As passionate as you get about travel.

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The Luxury of a Comfy Chair (& Office) While Working as a Digital Nomad

Living a nomadic life certainly isn’t without tradeoffs. I remember the days when I had a comfortable office chair to sit in. I tell ya, as a digital nomad traveling the globe, those days are few and far between. Most of the chairs at Chiang Mai wifi spots I frequented consisted of wood chairs. Many without cushions. If there were cushions, they were extremely thin. Same in Spain and Greece. Worse in Africa.

I’ve been in Barcelona a little over a week, heads down working on Oh Hey World — in not so comfortable chairs. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear from Jonathan Hayes at Dinube (working on a digital wallet in the cloud), who responded to my message on a Meetup Group for Barcelona entrepreneurs where I asked about co-working space. His co-founder is currently in Boston, so the timing of having an extra desk available at his office worked out great. And there would be no charge.

So I spent yesterday working from an office with a real office chair in a real office with great WIFI. It was glorious.

Thanks Jonathan (and Dinube) for the Spanish hospitality.

Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon & Oh Hey World. He worked for Zillow from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and myKRO.org, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. As passionate as you get about travel.

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Drew and a HUGE Umbrella

Rain, Rain, and More Rain – and the Biggest Umbrella You’ve Ever Seen

I seriously need a big, fat, heaping umbrella for all the rain I’ve experienced in Northern Europe. Luckily, I found just that in Brussels yesterday (see below).

I’m from Seattle so I know all about the rain. But I’m just a tad tired of it. After almost a month in Northern Europe (Stockholm, Amsterdam, Belgium), I was beyond excited to wake up today to see that big warm thing in the sky they call the sun shining through my window. Where? Barcelona. Don’t get me wrong, I had an unbelievable time in northern Europe even though it rained the majority of the time. But everyone needs to see the sun every once in awhile. Barcelona and a few weeks of solid sun is exactly what I need right now.

Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon & Oh Hey World. He worked for Zillow from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and myKRO.org, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. As passionate as you get about travel.

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La Tomatina Camping in Bunol for Those on a Budget

While supposedly camping in Bunol is not allowed for the La Tomatina festival, five of us spent 2 nights camping for the 2010 festival yesterday. We slept in two different spots. The first night we slept down a driveway in a field (take a left at the roundabout at the bottom of the hill and walk about 20 meters). The 2nd night we walked halfway up the main hill toward the train station and set up our tents in the park to the left (if walking up) of the main road. The ground there was extremely hard, but the place was lit and fairly secluded. Whereas the first night, we spent all night listening to raging techno music from a nearby club — the 2nd night was actually quite peaceful with a water fall right next to our camping spot in the park.

So it is possible to stay in Bunol for La Tomatina — you just have to be resourceful and willing to tough it out in the wild. If we had to do it all over again, we would have slept in the park both nights of course, and would have brought more padding to sleep on top of so our backs didn’t ache so bad in the morning. Oh well; live and learn.

Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon & Oh Hey World. He worked for Zillow from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and myKRO.org, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. As passionate as you get about travel.

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