Hotels that are more than just a place to sleep

All hotels have only one main purpose and that is giving people a place to live while they are away from home. Depending on, how big your budget is, you will be able to get the biggest and the most beautiful room there is, or just a bed to sleep in. Special perks like sauna, gym and tennis terrain are also available. It has been like that for many years and the hotel owners have decided to go a step further. There are not that many things you can change in a hotel but there are some you can.

Let´s see what some hotels can offer you while the others can´t.

Location, location, location

As a tourist or a businessman you most probable like your hotel to be in the very center of the city. It is always an advantage if there is a bus or a metro stop near the location where you are at. What do you say about the wood?

There is a hotel in Sweden that doesn´t go by the urban city rule. The owner decided to build the rooms around the trees and give every room a specific look.  The most regular room you can choose is The cabin. The room is designed for two and furnished like, as you may guess, a cabin. You all know how a cabin looks like, so there is no need to go in too many details.

But, do you know a UFO looks like? Probable the UFO room designer don´t either, but he decided to make a guess. On the outside it looks like a classic flying saucer and on the inside it looks like a not that classic room. It is a family room, build for two adults and two children and decorated with space-themed textures. It can also fly you to the stars, if you dream about it.

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Maybe the one that belongs there the most is The bird´s nest room. From the outside it is designed as… well, a bird´s nest. From the inside however it is pure luxury. There are two separate bedrooms, bathroom, and a living area. Something every bird can just wish for. The other rooms available are The blue cone, The mirrorcube and The tree sauna.

I would like some ice in my cocktail

We are still in Sweden, since it seems that they have the most original ideas about attracting guests to their hotels. We are leaving the forest and entering a very cold place. You can´t expect anything else from a building made of pure ice. The temperature is low enough to keep the ice solid and not as low for you to be just a little cold; supposing that you are well dressed for the occasion. As you may guess, the walls are made of ice, just as the beds, chairs, closets, even forks and spoons. If you are wondering how old the hotel is, the answer is less than a year. The same will be true the next year and the one after that. The reason is that the hotel gets melted every summer and is rebuild every winter. Every year it looks a bit different and has a different layout. The special thing, except the ice of course, is the chapel inside the hotel. Many couples decide to get married just there.

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 What city is this?

The third hotel is not that unique like the others. It is located at the island of Macau, just an hour drive using a boat from Hong Kong. It is build using the same materials as any other modern building and it doesn´t look that different when you look at it.

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Well, there is that little detail… It looks like Venice. Yes, that´s right, Venice. The architects agreed to make it look just like the original. You can drive in a gondola, navigate through narrow water paths, and even gamble. To tell the truth the last is not exclusive for Italy, but it is for China. Macau is the only place you can gamble and it made it the most visited gambling destination in the world. Probable more people heard about Las Vegas, but more actually saw the Macau´s replica of the well-known Venice.

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Will you ever feel the same when you check-in a regular hotel? If you don´t like the nature, cold or Italians you probable will, but I doubt you won´t, just for a second, whish that you are in a UFO room now.

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Using small Lego bricks to create a huge real size models

Legos are one of the best toys ever created. They bring us into their little world that has almost everything the real one has. The secret is that they are actually toys but can be used for much more than just playing. The story of Lego goes 64 year back and puts us in Billund, Denmark. A man called Ole Kirk Christiansen created first well known brick. The brick was made of wood and the name he chose for it was Lego which comes from the phrase leg godt, which means play well. Ole wasn´t aware that, what he just created will become the favorite toy for children and many adults.

The Lego today

 There are some extraordinary facts about the Lego:

–          There are 62 Lego bricks per one man

–          Kids spend around 5 billion hours a year playing with Lego

–          There are 53 different colored Lego bricks

–          Every hour, 2,16 million Lego bricks leave the factory

–          Two bricks with eight pins can be combined in 1060 ways

–          You would need 40 billion Lego bricks to reach the Moon

The Lego bricks are used by many adults. Larry Page and Sergey Brin used them to support the hard drives while developing a well-known product; one that we know today as Google. As the time passed, many engineers decided to combine Lego with the latest technology. Thanks to them, today we have Lego trains and robots that can be controlled remotely. That achievement made Lego interesting for almost anyone and changed the way we look at playing with it. There are numerous sets that people can buy, and are always theme based. Some of them are: ancient Egypt, Wild West, adventure, fishing, sea world, space, Star wars… But the secret behind every Lego is that it doesn´t matter what it was originally designed to be. Your imagination is the only limit in thinking about the story and combining the parts in all the different ways you want.

The real size Lego

What made Lego wonderful in the last few years are the ways people managed to combine the blocks to make some familiar and, most importantly, real size objects.

Egyptian king lego

One of the biggest Lego objects ever build is the replica of Egyptian king. It is 16-foot tall and it weighs more than a ton. It was the biggest Lego structure until last month when a well-known Star wars spaceship beat it almost 20 times in weight.

Star wars spaceship lego

The previously mentioned spaceship is the biggest Lego creation ever. It took 32 people 170.000 hours to build it and the fact that it was revealed in the middle of New York says it all about how big and important that little ship is. Maybe once the technology goes further away in its capabilities, we may even be able to fly it.

Volvo XC90 lego

A smaller version of a beautiful Lego vehicle is a full size Volvo XC90. It was created as a campaign for the safety driving and of course publicity for the Volvo company. There are 1, 3 million annual visitors that just want to see how a real size Lego car looks like. The creators said it was one of the three biggest projects they ever had and the biggest Lego sculpture they ever made.

High pirate tower lego

LegoLand in California features the tallest Lego building ever. It is 93. 3 ft.-high pirate tower made with 465.000 bricks. It´s purpose was to show people that there is no real limit in building with Lego. The tower is the proof that the little bricks are just as good in building as a real brick.

Lego dragon

Katie Aldred spent 2.200 hours building a real size Lego dragon. Well, we can just assume it is the real size, since no one actually has ever seen one. Because of the organic shape, they say it is the most complex and best Lego sculpture made in the history.

Lego house

There is a guy who actually build a Lego house. It is two-storey house with a working toilet, a shower and, as the builder of the house says, one very uncomfortable bed. Unfortunately many problems started after finishing the house. The land owner where the house was build wanted the land back; LegoLand couldn´t afford to move the structure because the creators didn´t consult with professional Lego builders. Because of that, it couldn´t be dismantled and transferred to LegoLand. After some time, the house got destroyed and ended its short life as the first real size Lego structure you could live in. And if I may say, the coolest thing anyone ever build using the Lego.

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