Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rooms - Photo Challenge

A room is any distinguishable space within a structure.

Usually, a room is separated from other spaces or passageways by interior walls; moreover, it is separated from outdoor areas by an exterior wall, sometimes with a door.
Different kind of rooms in Ecuador's coastal region by the Pasific Ocean.
Historically the use of rooms dates at least to early Minoan cultures about 2200 BC, where excavations on Santorini, Greece at Akrotiri reveal clearly defined rooms within certain structures.

In early structures, diverse room types could be identified to include bedrooms, kitchens, bathing rooms, reception rooms, and other specialized uses.

The aforementioned Akrotiri excavations reveal rooms sometimes built above other rooms connected by staircases, bathrooms with alabaster appliances such as washbasins, bathing tubs, and toilets, all connected to an elaborate twin plumbing systems of ceramic pipes for cold and hot water separately.
Different kind of rooms in Ecuador's Amazonic region.
Ancient Rome manifested very complex building forms with a variety of room types, including some of the earliest examples of rooms for indoor bathing.

The Anasazi civilization also had an early complex development of room structures, probably the oldest in North America, while the Maya of Central America had very advanced room configurations as early as several hundred AD.

By at least the early Han Dynasty in China (e.g. approximately 200 BC), comfort room complex multi-level building forms emerged, particularly for religious and public purposes; these designs featured many roomed structures and included vertical connections of rooms.

Quotes about rooms:

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

“When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”
― John Green, Looking for Alaska

“I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”
Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

“Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
― A.A. Milne
Rooms in the Ecuador's Sierra, or the Andean region.
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

“Time to leave now, get out of this room, go somewhere, anywhere; sharpen this feeling of happiness and freedom, stretch your limbs, fill your eyes, be awake, wider awake, vividly awake in every sense and every pore.”
― Stefan Zweig, The Post-Office Girl
“You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.”
― Dr. Seuss

“Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.”
― Helen Keller

“Did you ever walk through a room that's packed with people, and feel so lonely you can hardly take the next step?”
― Jodi Picoult, Second Glance


  1. I love all the quotes and wonderful rooms. You always have great pictures!

  2. Really nice and different rooms.. I especially like the outdoor rooms..

  3. I love your pictures. What a neat post.

  4. Ecuador has always been a place I'd love to visit! So beautiful and how I'd love to live.

  5. I love seeing all the different places and customs. A kitchen can tell a lot about a person in my opinion.

  6. What an interesting angle to something we all use daily. Interesting history!

  7. the quoets are all heartfelt I love them!!..and you have especially gorgeous photos

  8. Really nice pictures! Great post :)

  9. I never thought there was so much to say about rooms! Love all the quotes.

  10. I would love a room overlooking the beach. Great post!

  11. I love all the pictures and the quotes. I'm going to post my favorite one on my Facebook page.

  12. love the pictures of the beach with the huge stones.

  13. You always have great pictures I love seeing the rooms!

  14. This is an interesting post. Love the pics and the quotes. Especially Ray Bradbury's