Originally posted by Capt Steve:
To answer circusoflife's questions:
Ever seen a deep open pit mine? Yes (arizona)
A large fish market? Does Pike's Place count?
An auto assembly plant? Not yet.
Tea plantation? Not yet.
A bird market? Yes (hong kong)
Strip coal mine? Yes (arizona)
Oil refinery? Yes (toured one in TX)
Major shipping port? Yes (many)
A cattle stockyard/auction? No, but have seen a "stock show & rodeo"
A major red-light/working girl zone? Yes (amsterdam, naturally)
Aircraft graveyard? Yes, (Davis Monthan, & many others in my aviation career)
Nuclear missle in a silo? Not yet.
Great stuff. These are the things I seek out in my travels as well. Am inside look at the day-to-day life and what's behind it all. Let us know when you publish the list.
A kindred spirit!
I can see myself publishing a book on it someday. A guide to these places. With explanations about how our world is globalized and connected. Not any time soon as I'm neck deep in fiction...for now, the somewhat disorganized section of Ideas and Dreams on my website will have to do. A VERY complicated subject to be sure. At least I'm a few steps above cluelessness - which is where I was before I started traveling and making a concerted effort to find these places.
In response to your list ---
- Pike Place doesn't count. http://www.panoramas.dk/fullscreen3/f36d.html
...and that is only one section! the big tunas get flown in from all over the world.
- Tell me about the bird market in HK. Where was it? You have a weblink?
- Stock show and rodeo...hmm..not sure. How many cattle we talking? The one I went to has 1.25 million going through every year.
-Amsterdam counts...but also check out Bangkok. The scale and corporateness of the industry there is large to say the least and is a different beast altogether than just walking through (I ain't talking about touristy Patpong either) Amsterdam.
It's like a string of mom and pops vs a bunch of superstores. Scary. There was even a super upscale men's club next to a upscale mainstream dance club I went to in Bangkok. I was with a neighbor in my apartment and his girlfriend and we didn't know what it was at first. Upon walking in though...let's just say the ornate decoration could match or exceed what you might find in some rooms of European palaces.
-Would be curious to know of other large aircraft graveyards other than AMARC/Monthan in Arizona that you have seen. Next time you are in Arizona - the TITAN MISSLE MUSEUM. Only $6! 100 foot missle in a silo. Minuteman missle site opening in the Dakotas soon, if not already.