Picture Postcards: Funny photo from Jersey, The Channel Islands

Oopsie Daisy!

This photo was taken by our contributor Anna, who snapped this photo in Jersey which is one of the Channel Islands. The islands are in the Channel between the UK and France and they are quite small. Is that why the cars don’t fit in the garages?

See more photos:
Funny photo from Spain
Love in the USA
Pasifika in New Zealand

April 18, 2011 Comments disabled

Road rules in Austria

Test your cultural expertise with our weekly quiz. This week’s question is from Austria.

When either a pedestrian or a driver in Austria, you should be extra careful to observe the road rules and etiquette.

True or False?


February 24, 2011 3 comments

Should we talk about the weather?

One of the peculiarities of living in a country as big as the USA that touches two oceans, two major gulfs, straddles the continental divide, and has climates ranging from sub-tropical forests, to snow-covered mountain ranges, all the way to sub-arctic (if Alaska counts)… is the differences in the weather, and to a lesser extent, natural disasters. The East Coast gets hurricanes, and the Northern seaboard can also get hammered with snow and “Nor’Easters” (storms blowing from the Northeast). The Midwest has abysmal snowy winters, thunderstorms, and tornadoes and in the Spring and Summer. The West coast has earthquakes, torrential rains, wildfires and sometimes mudslides. In the Pacific Northwest, it rains, then it rains, and sometimes it rains some more. The South sees severe Thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and ice storms in the winter.


February 23, 2011 6 comments

Winter Driving in Canada

Across the country, this past week has seen huge snowfalls. Together with the snow come the unique driving conditions of our Canadian winter.

From driveway to sidewalk to road, it's all whiteness.
From driveway to sidewalk to road, it’s all whiteness.


January 14, 2011 5 comments

Buying a Car in California

The state of California leads the way for the rest of the United States when it comes to environmentalism and air quality. It has the toughest automotive emissions controls of all states and after the U.S. Government balked at signing the Kyoto Protocol, California enacted Assembly Bill 32 which mandated hefty reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Despite this, people have been slow to buy hybrid cars. As long as gas was relatively cheap, Californians could pay lip service to environment and still drive their gas guzzlers. Americans pay a third of what Europeans pay for gasoline, primarily because they don’t pay the “true cost” of gasoline. Americans go crazy when the price of gas gets above US$3.00 per gallon but even at that price it is not covering the cost of ensuring supply (Iraq War) or the full cost of cleaning up the environment.

2010 Toyota Prius
2010 Toyota Prius

November 24, 2010 8 comments

Horse drawn carriages in Bucharest

Green Carriage at Bucharest Days

Red Carriage at Bucharest Days

These beautiful horse drawn carriages are from Bucharest days, by Carmen in Romania.


October 29, 2010 1 comment