It’s the weird and wacky places of the world that make us pause and say, “Wow.”

Today, we take a look at some of those wacky and wonderful people out there. These people took it upon themselves to make the world a little more wonderful for us all.

From a 95-year-old man building a cathedral with his own hands to a sculptor determined to bring his economically downtrodden town on the map by building enormous metal sculptures, these are the stories of the marvelous people out there doing the incredible.

So buckle up for this edition of Saturday’s Around the World, because we are headed on a journey around the globe with Great Big Story!

We have all met quirky and eccentric people in our lives whose creativity and passion leaves us with our mouths slightly agape. Somehow they have the energy, the desire, the grit to do the things that most people would think impossible or a failure.

Where would we be without those people? Arguably, in a much more boring world.

We need these people and the things they create to remind us of the boundlessness of the human spirit and to inspire limitless possibility.

So, go be creative, do the things that have never been done, or at least support the weird and wacky people in your life that refuse to hear the no, and keep on pushing. If what you do can bring joy in others, with your work, then by all means, make it happen!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!


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  1. “Great Big Reel 104: If You Build It …” YouTube. Great Big Story, 15 Sept. 2016. Web. 23 Sept. 2016. <>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV