26 Of The Most Mysterious Places On Earth, #23 Looks Like Another Planet.
Depending on who's talking, there are about 196 countries in the world today. If I didn't spend so much on coffee, San Francisco Bay Area rent, and student loans - all of which are non-negotiable - I would probably see more of it. Besides the United States, I spent four years of my childhood in Spain and two and a half years of my adult life in Japan.
Last year, I had the opportunity to visit Isamu Noguchi's Moerenuma Park in Hokkaido. Though a manmade project with plenty of greenery, it felt as though I was in an alternate universe. Everything was immaculate and there were different forms of pyramids around every corner. In the middle of the park, there was an elderly woman selling soft-serve ice cream. It was the kind of place that you have to see for yourself - whatever words I choose to describe it will do no justice. I spent four hours there, and I'll never forget it. Have you ever been to a place like that?
Below, you'll find 26 places across the globe that are out of this world.
#1. Rubens would love this full-figured tree.
Bottle Tree, Socotra Island, Yemen
#2. Cue in the villain music.
Door to Hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan
#3. Isn't it wonderful when we leave nature be? This is the stuff of dreams.
Marble Cathedral, Patagonia, Chile
#4. Baobab trees are believed to live for several thousand years and can grow up to 25 meters tall.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
#5. To learn more about these sandstones, researchers risked their lives in the northern region of Laos. Do some research to find out what happened to Laos during the Vietnam War.
Plain of Jars, Laos
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