KRAKÓW , POLAND: Niedoskonałość jest doskonała (Imperfection is Perfect)

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Pierogi ruskie topped with fried onion (filled with cottage cheese and potatoes) 
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The Battle of Grunwald, fought between the joint armies of Poland and Lithuania against the Teutonic Knights on July 15, 1410, is considered to be one of the greatest battles ever to take place in medieval Europe. A defining moment in Polish history, the battle was immortalised in Kraków with the unveiling of this weighty monument in front of an estimated 160,000 people on the 500th anniversary of the event in 1910. Antoni Wiwulski’s (1877-1919) original masterpiece was, not surprisingly, destroyed by the occupying Nazis during WWII and the copy that now stands in its place dates from 1976, having been faithfully reproduced using sketches and models of the original. At the top on his horse is the King of Poland Władysław Jagiełło, his sword pointing downwards in his right hand. At the front is his cousin the Lithuanian prince Vytautas (Vitold), who is flanked on either side by victorious soldiers from the joint army. The dead man at the front is Urlich von Jungingen, the Teutonic Order’s Grand Master, who lost his life during the battle. https://www.inyourpocket.com/krakow/grunwald-monument_21891v

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Street musicians (Muzycy uliczni)
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Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven (also known as Saint Mary’s Church; Polish: Kościół Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny, Kościół Mariacki) is a Brick Gothic church adjacent to the Main Market Square in Kraków, Poland. Built in the 14th century, its foundations date back to the early 13th century and serve as one of the best examples of Polish Gothic architecture. Standing 80 m (262 ft) tall, it is particularly famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz).
On every hour, a trumpet signal—called the Hejnał mariacki—is played from the top of the taller of Saint Mary’s two towers. The plaintive tune breaks off in mid-stream, to commemorate the famous 13th century trumpeter, who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before the Mongol attack on the city. The noon-time hejnał is heard across Poland and abroad broadcast live by the Polish national Radio 1 Station. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mary%27s_Basilica,_Kraków

19sep2018. Krakow, Poland.

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the ever-popular antique horse-drawn carriages that line the market square
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Adam Mickiewicz Monument in Kraków, (Polish: pomnik Adama Mickiewicza w Krakowie), is one of the best known bronze monuments in Poland, and a favourite meeting place at the Main Market Square in the Old Town (Stare Miasto) district of Kraków.
The statue of Adam Mickiewicz, the greatest Polish Romantic poet of the 19th century, was unveiled on June 16, 1898. (wiki)There’s a fascinating history behind the monument which is as interesting as the statue is recognizable. One of the most curious facts is that Adam Mickiewicz had never actually been to Krakow. His remains arrived to the city posthumously in 1890. This was 35 years after his death in Istanbul in a cholera epidemic in 1855. Meanwhile in the same year, the remains of the poet are put onto a ship, which transports him to France, before finally burying him in Paris. After transporting the remains to Krakow in 1890, the great Pole poet was put to rest in the crypt of the Wawel Cathedral. http://www.absolutetours.com/blog/adam-mickiewicz-monument/
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Cafe Culture (Kultura kawiarni)

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KIEV (КИЇВ), UKRAINE (УКРАЇНА): GLORY FOR UKRAINE (СЛАВА ДЛЯ УКРАЇНИ)

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Slava duly Ukrayiny: “Glory for Ukraine”

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St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery Михайлівський золотоверхий монастир

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St Volodymyr’s Cathedral Патріарший кафедральний собор св. Володимира

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Sviato-Pokrovskyi Cathedral

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Kyivska Perepichka ! A perpetually long queue moves quickly towards a window where two women hand out pieces of fried dough enclosing a mouthwatering sausage. The place became a local institution long before the first ‘hot dog’ hit town. AN ESSENTIAL KYIV EXPERIENCE. https://www.lonelyplanet.com/ukraine/kyiv/restaurants/kyivska-perepichka/a/poi-eat/1276912/360928

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NARIZHZHYA & NOVYI KALKAIV (VILLAGES), UKRAINE: HUMILITY AND GRATITUDE

I visited the villages of Narizhzhya (population 300) and Novyi Kalkaiv (population 30) (about a 4 hour car ride from Kyiv)  this past weekend and it was humbling to see how villagers live. We were welcomed with food, beds, and warm smiles.

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bus stop ~ автобусна зупинка
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bicycle ~ велосипед
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Katya and her cat. Unlocking the basement door to take steps down to pickled tomatoes.
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Kitchen in the ‘summer house,’ separate from the main house.
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Ducks ~ качки
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Cheese dumplings ~ пельмені з сиру
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Tomatoes ~ помідори

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Borscht
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Cabbage dumplings ~капустяні пельмені
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Katya’s farmhouse.
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A kalunya (sp), hut, where she keeps hay.

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Organic cherry tomatoes.
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With beetroot for the rabbits.

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The next morning I walked out of the main house to this scene ~ cleaning onions 
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Katya’s favorite cake from Kyiv, a special treat for her.
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For breakfast, last night’s cheese dumplings, fried. Awesome. Delicious ~ смачно
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Breakfast spread: coffee, dumplings, jam, sour cream, and cake
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This cabinet is over 100 years old and was a gift from her best friend of 60 + years, whose childhood home, it used to be in.

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with humility and gratitude
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The doorway into another meal in another village: Novyi Kalkaiv. The husband and wife who live here, are 2 of the 30 people living in the village.
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A meal of kapusnyak (Ukrainian sauerkraut soup) and stuffed red peppers.
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In Luda’s kitchen.

9sep18. Narizhzhya & Novyi Kalkaiv, Ukraine.

LAHORE , PAKISTAN : A PIECE OF ME میرے ایک ٹکڑے

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Picture of me. Peering into a jewelry shop on Ichara Street.
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I’m not sure if Pakistanis have ever seen a camera they didn’t like. 

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Narrow alley off of Ichara Street.

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“Action Child.” A lot of hustle and bustle on the narrow paths off of Ichara Street.

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Dangerous, hard work on a hot Saturday afternoon.
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The Elections (finally over) caused quite a stir for weeks leading up to July 25th…

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Apples

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21jul18 Lahore, Pakistan.

 

CHIȘINĂU , MOLDOVA 🇲🇩 : TE IUBESC MOLDOVA

“I Love Moldova 🇲🇩 .”

“A Rose 🌹 by any other name . . .” = “Un trandafir cu orice alt nume . . .”

Old Roman Columns disintegrating in plain view. A graffiti tag from Bust, a Romanian graffiti writer…

Mysterious BNE has left his tag all over the capital city. No one knows who he is, but as someone who travels the world, I can tell you that he is arguably the MOST prolific sticker slapper in the street art universe. I’ve seen them in tons of cities around the globe. BNE is a proponent for clean water 💦 for everyone… I’d say go to his IG, but, he’s taken all of his posts down…? I want to meet this guy so badly!

The back of the Chișinău Water Tower.

3LB Crew

The Waiting is the hardest part.

An unattended dog , quite possibly the Queen’s , walks past a rundown house.

There’s still life inside these walls.

BNE. The sticker below is what I was referring to earlier. The tags that I’m seeing all over the city, are a first for me, I think. I thought he just did stickers.

Another sticker for mayoral candidate, Constantin Codreanu .

I love seeing books in different languages other than English . But, don’t read about that asshole, though. In ANY language.

Moldovans exit a bus 🚌 on Stefan Cel Mare Street .

Cafea cu graffiti mele, te rog .

Locals hang out in front of the opera house on Stefan Cel Mare str.

Politics are a part of the fiber of Moldova 🇲🇩 . Russian Matryoshka dolls for sale at the market in the park next to the opera house.

Kitty on LSD. Because, why not ?

I love it when street art naturally merges with the urban landscape .

FVCK your politics. Serve the people ! “Jack” sticker is from Zacharie Bodson, à Lille, France-based artist.

May2018. Chișinău , Moldova 🇲🇩 .

CHIȘINĂU , MOLDOVA 🇲🇩: ETERNAL

Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame 🔥: dedicated to Chișinău’s unknown soldiers who died in World War II .

“For me, TREES 🌲 have always been the most penetrating preachers.” – Hermann Hesse

Francysk Skaryna ~ First Belarusian Book 📚 Printer.

Sitting Still.

“Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree 🌲.” ~ Hermann Hesse

Artistic planter pots line Str. Mateevici .

Constantin Codreanu. Running for Mayor of Chișinău .

28,29May2018. Chișinău , Moldova 🇲🇩 .

NEW YORK CITY: PERMANENTLY CONFUSED

“Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.” ― George Saunders

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25oct17. Lower East Side, NYC