I know I’ve said this before, but I like to travel. A lot. If the right song is on when I’m driving on a sunny afternoon, it’s a struggle to convince myself not to just “keep the car in drive and leave it all behind” (I know…I know…I’m better than using a John Mayer reference…it was a moment of weakness). Unfortunately for me, I am a man of limited funds and one gigantic responsibility (i.e. seminary and the rest of my life looming menacingly over every big decision I make right now). So, the prospects of me dropping everything and becoming a world traveler are slim. But what if there was a way to just torture myself with impossibilities by looking at pictures of exotic locales from all over the world?
Enter Woophy. Woophy stands for WOrld Of PHotographY and the site describes itself as attempting to “create an accessible, visual, current, democratic and collective work of art comprised of a database picturing our remarkable world.” As fancy as that sounds, the site is actually very simple: people upload pictures of different places and the pictures are placed on a world map. You can either search through the pictures using a search engine or you can just roam around the map and discover random places that you never even knew existed. Either way, this website will keep you occupied for hours.
So, go to Woophy and explore the world.
PS- If it seems like it’s taking a little while to load, just give it a few seconds. There’s something like 400,000 pictures in the database so it can slow down every once in awhile.
PPS- Check out this video I just linked to on the ‘Who?’ page. It’s about a hobo/hippie village on the river in Columbia, SC (where I’m from). It’s called Zooville and the video shows some good shots of the scenery that I miss so much now that I’m up here in Philadelphia.