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A Street Performer Gets Ready

In Seville, Spain, I sat just across the street and watched this street performer get ready in plain view for her act: becoming a water fountain sculpture.

This woman who parks herself near the Triana Bridge, grabs a lot of attention because of how elaborate her costume appears to be. Water is pumped from under her garment as she sits still for hours, moving only when someone gives her money.

There are dozens of street performers around the world and I have noticed a trend to make their get up more complex, more involved and more interesting and attention-grabbing as the public grows more accustomed to seeing people who turn themselves into human sculptures. It is safe to say the trend has lost some of its appeal. So these human sculptures have to give the public something more to get attention and get more in the way of loose change. Simply sitting or standing motionless does not seem to cut it any more.



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Switzerland: Water, Water Everywhere!

Water fountain in Bern

Water fountain in Bern

Don’t try this any place else in the world,

but in Switzerland you can drink the water flowing from those fancy, artsy, grand and beautiful fountains that are usually found in many squares or areas where people congregate.

Unless there’s a sign that says not for drinking, the water is safe to drink.

Its source is usually the Swiss Alps – the source of much of the expensive bottled water around the world – or some other pristine body of water, which Switzerland has plenty of.

And certainly it’s probably of better quality than that bottled water you just bought from a store. (Unless, of course, you bought it in Switzerland, in which case you are likely drinking the same water flowing from one of those fountains, except you just paid good money for it).

So there’s no sense in buying water when you come to Switzerland. Just carry your empty water bottle and fill up at will. It’s free and it’s very good.


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