Once again I thought I’d play with random.org’s geographic coordinate generator to find ten random spots around the world that I’d never heard of before. The first time I did this I learned about everything from Cochabamba to Dossor, so let’s see what previously-unknown places might pique my interest (or not) this time around.
10. Louisa, USA
My gut is to call this Louisa, Kentucky, but when I identify other cities only by country (as opposed to state) then I feel I should do the same for the ol’ USA. Louisa is connected to Fort Gay, West Virginia by a quarter-mile bridge.
9. Boa Visa, Brazil
Boa Vista is a city in northern Peru. It initially grew around the local mining industry; the statue above is in honor of the region’s mining tradition.
8. Ha’il, Saudi Arabia
Ha’il has roundabouts with big statues of traditional objects like coffee pots and animal-skin canteens in the centers.
7. Ile d’Yeu, France
One of France’s greatest haiku writers used to live on this island.
6. Arba Minch, Ethiopia
This city’s name translates to “forty springs”. The town’s residential district is also the gateway to Nechisar National Park, where you can see zebras, crocodiles and hartebeest.
5. Tahoua, Niger
Tahoua serves mainly as a market town for the farming communities nearby.
4. Wenzhou, China
To be honest, I’m not 100% sure that I haven’t heard of Wenzhou. Maybe I have? I mean, it is the hometown of people such as the creator of China’s flag and Sui He (the second Chinese model ever to walk the Victoria’s Secret catwalk!).
3. Salekhard, Russia
Salekhard is in Siberia. Some of its suburbs stretch north into the Arctic Circle.
2. Agios Efstratios, Greece
Two islands this time around! Do you think random.org is trying to tell me something? This island is named after Saint Eustratius, who ran away from home at a young age in order to live off bread and water in a monastery. Runaways sure have come a long way.
1. Banswara, India
The metropolitan region of Banswara is home to 51,941 males and 49,236 females. In case you were wondering.