See Views From Windows Around the World

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Author: Vijayalaxmi Hegde

View of an orange sunset over a city-scape with high-rise buildings.

The view from Robin's window in San Francisco, USA.


Ever wonder how the setting sun would look from half way around the world?

Without traveling to that place, of course.

Or do you want to see something different than what you are used to seeing from your window?

View through a window of a small bird on hanging bird-feeder. In the background: a blue sky, wooded landscape surrounding a blue lake.

The view from Andrew's window in Seattle, USA.


WindowSwap is the website you need to go to:

The website shows videos of the views from people's windows.

The videos are uploaded by people from all over the world.

A city-scape of high-rise buildings against a blue sky with some fluffy clouds.

The view from Suyeon's window in Seoul, South Korea.


The WindowSwap website reminds me of how excited I was when I first saw Google Earth.

Google Earth is a website showing satellite photographs of the world.

WindowSwap is more personal.

A person somewhere in the world is sharing the view from their window with me.

I'm seeing the view from their window on my computer screen.

A window with a view on a garden. The pull blinds are half down. There's a mirror leaning against the wall on the right.

The view from Igor's window in Ryazan, Russia.


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View out on to a a field and trees with snow. Flowering potted plants are on the windowsill.

The view from Wayne's window in Sidney, Australia.


A few minutes from someone's life, somewhere in the world.

Better than travel in a sense, I’d say.


View of plants on a windowsill, a grey building in a neo-classical style in the foreground. On the horizon a castle with turrets on top of a hill.

The view from Mauro's window in Bellinzona, Switzerland.


Some of the views I saw on the WindowSwap website are incredible.

Like this one from Mauro Caccivio’s window in Bellinzona, Switzerland.

There is a castle in the background.

It has turrets too.

Mauro must be looking at it everyday.

Seeing a castle is nothing unusual for him.


View of a flat city-scape with a large river.

The view from Mars' window in London, England.


Or, this view from a window in London, England.

I'm at my computer in the southern state of Karnataka in India, enjoying the view from a window in London.

View of a wooded hill with some houses. In the foreground a balcony with plants in pots.

The view from Janet's window in Seattle, USA.


The gardener in me loves this view of a lovely balcony garden.

It is from Janet’s home in Seattle, USA.

View through a window of a residential block. There are raindrops on the glass.

The view from Chloe's window in Taipei, China.


Rain looks lovely everywhere.

Just like outside Chloe’s window in Taipei, China.


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A over slated roofs with a old square tower of huge blue sky with some white fluffy clouds.

The view with blue sky from Michael's window in Cork, Ireland.


Looking at the sky, the rain, and pets outside someone else’s window feels joyful.

It makes us realize we as human beings are part of the same earth.

We all want a little beauty in our lives, a little something out-of-the-ordinary.

And the creators of WindowSwap understand that.

A window overlooking a drive-way bordered by a lawn, a house and trees. A bird-feeder is in front of the window. A small brown dog is looking out of the window.

The view from Sarah's window in Paducah, USA.


Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam created the WindowSwap website.

They work at advertising agencies in Singapore.

They told The Hindu newspaper they were bored with the same view out of their window.

In the foreground a balcony with a table, chairs and a washstand with clothes drying. In the background white residential houses in front of wooded trees.

The view from Suzan's window in Fethiye, Turkey.


One day, they saw a photo of the view from a friend’s balcony in Barcelona, Spain.

That gave them the idea for the WindowSwap website.

They started with putting video clips from friends on the WindowSwap website.

Then other people sent videos.

They now receive about 200 videos from more than 80 countries daily.

View down to a cross-roads with traffic and a cafe on the corner.

The view from Vavin's window in Paris, France.


Anyone can send a video of the view from their window.

They recommend that the camera should not be shaken while recording.

But Sonali says they were touched when people with little experience took shaky videos and uploaded them.

Sonali and Vaishnav check the videos before putting them on the website.

They make sure there is no bad language, nudity, or disturbing content.

Otherwise, the videos are unchanged.


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The New Yorker Magazine wrote:

You see lots of different views from other people windows.

You might spot 6 teen-age boys strolling along an Amsterdam canal.

Or a white bird flying high across the pyramids of Giza, Egypt.

A half opened window with a view down to the garden.

The view from Margret's window in Robertsbridge, UK.


View of an orange sunset over a city-scape with high-rise buildings.

The view from Varum's window in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Looking at the window views is like traveling the world from your computer.

Visit the WindowSwap website:

Photos: WindowSwap

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