COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA: LET IT BE

๐™น๐šž๐šœ๐š ๐š•๐šŽ๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š๐š•๐š˜๐š . ๐™ป๐šŽ๐š ๐š’๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ.
๐š‚๐šŽ๐šŽ ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š™๐š›๐š˜๐š๐šž๐š—๐š๐š’๐š๐šข ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ๐šŠ๐šž๐š๐šข ๐š˜๐š
๐šœ๐š˜๐š–๐šŽ๐š๐š‘๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š— ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐š“๐šž๐šœ๐š ๐š˜๐š‹๐šœ๐šŽ๐š›๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐š’๐š๐šœ
๐šŽ๐šก๐š’๐šœ๐š๐šŽ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š’๐š–๐š™๐š˜๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š—๐š˜๐š๐š‘๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐š
๐šข๐š˜๐šž๐š›๐šœ๐šŽ๐š•๐š ๐šž๐š™๐š˜๐š— ๐š’๐š.
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๐™ฒ๐š˜๐šŒ๐š˜๐šŠ ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŠ๐šŒ๐š‘
๐™ต๐š•๐š˜๐š›๐š’๐š๐šŠ
๐™ฝ๐š˜๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š–๐š‹๐šŽ๐š› ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿถ

COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA: NEVER SETTLE

๐šƒ๐š‘๐š’๐šœ ๐š๐š˜๐šŽ๐šœ๐š—โ€™๐š ๐š“๐šž๐šœ๐š ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š™๐š™๐šŽ๐š—. ๐šƒ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽโ€™๐šœ ๐š™๐šž๐š›๐š™๐š˜๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ. ๐šƒ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽโ€™๐šœ ๐šž๐š—๐š’๐š๐šข ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šŒ๐š˜๐š—๐š—๐šŽ๐šŒ๐š๐š’๐š˜๐š— ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ. ๐š†๐šŽ ๐š๐š•๐šข ๐š๐š˜๐š๐šŽ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›, ๐š ๐šŽ ๐šœ๐š™๐š’๐š— ๐š˜๐šž๐š ๐š’๐š— ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š˜๐šœ ๐š๐š˜๐š๐šŽ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›. ๐™ฝ๐šŽ๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š› ๐šœ๐šŽ๐š๐š๐š•๐šŽ ๐š๐š˜๐š› ๐šŒ๐š˜๐š—๐š๐š›๐š’๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š ๐šŒ๐š˜๐š—๐š๐š’๐š๐š’๐š˜๐š—๐šœ. ๐™น๐šž๐šœ๐š ๐š”๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™ ๐š๐š•๐šข๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š’๐š ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐š‘๐šŠ๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐š๐š˜. ๐™น๐šž๐šœ๐š ๐š—๐šŽ๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š›, ๐šŽ๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š› ๐šœ๐šŽ๐š๐š๐š•๐šŽ.

๐™ฒ๐š˜๐šŒ๐š˜๐šŠ ๐™ฑ๐šŽ๐šŠ๐šŒ๐š‘, ๐™ต๐š•๐š˜๐š›๐š’๐š๐šŠ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐ŸŠ ๐™ฝ๐š˜๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š–๐š‹๐šŽ๐š› ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿถ

COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA: SOLITUDE

๐’ฎ๐‘œ๐“๐’พ๐“‰๐“Š๐’น๐‘’ . ๐’ž๐‘œ๐’ธ๐‘œ๐’ถ ๐ต๐‘’๐’ถ๐’ธ๐’ฝ, ๐น๐“๐‘œ๐“‡๐’พ๐’น๐’ถ ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿค๐“ƒ๐‘œ๐“‹๐Ÿค๐Ÿข๐Ÿค๐Ÿข

LIJIANG, CHINA: “NAXI LIFE”

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Rooftops of Lijiang

Beautiful early morning view from my hostel’s 3rd floor.

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Small Square, Early Morning.

I love to get up early and explore places with the feeling of being virtually alone. Fortunately, I got that feeling this morning. This is a small square that by the afternoon, was overrun by tour groups with flag-waving guides.

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Water Wheels

‘Water Wheels,’ divide the ‘Old Town’ from the ‘New Town.’

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Early morning shot of a canal on the ‘New Town’ side.

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Chairman Mao. In a square near the business district. Taller than a mountain.

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‘Old Town’ Scenery

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My hangout for coffee and Tibetan beef momo dumplings. LAMU’S HOUSE OF TIBET. Tibetan Beef Momo Dumplings. Delicious!

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Smells Like Dead Spirits

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Bridge connecting two important trade streets back in the day. When they used to travel via horse carts…‘New Town’ Waterway

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Samurai Doggy & Girl

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Naxi woman

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Boy Praying

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The Naxi created a written language over 1000 years ago using an amazing system of pictographs. The ONLY hieroglyphic language still in use.

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Three wells that people still use for drinking and washing clothes.

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Three Friends in a Cafe

Lijiang has been the base of the Naxi minority for the last 1400 years. Naxi women wear blue blouses and trousers covered by a blue or black apron. The traditional cape apparently symbolizes the heavens.

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“I was lost for about two and a half hours in the windy, maze-like streets of Old Town…and came upon one of the coolest places ever — providing me with one of the coolest moments in my life...I happened upon this little door…it said ‘bar,’ but…it was just one room, dark room, with a voice that said (i couldn’t see anyone) ‘come in.’ I said ‘no, thanks’ and walked away…but ended up returning due to the intrigue…one room with a couch and pillows….”

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So, this is it. My dream dwelling. He just lies on the couch and listens to music…So, from the doorway, you can see the whole room. There’s no bar, really. He just hangs out here to relax during the day then has jam/drinking sessions with his friends every night…

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This is my favorite aspect of the room. A small stage with a chair and amplifier…a solitary black and white photo on the brick wall of hands strumming a guitar…a mini-horse’s saddle (?), half-drunk liquor bottles….just love it!

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Sorry for the blur — it was so dark in there, but I hate using a flash, distorts the color too much…so, this is him. We didn’t exchange names, he didn’t speak much English…see his guitar and the Bob Marley pic. We’d try to speak a little, then he would just recline and listen to his Chinese rock music…

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As I walked in, the beer shelf was to my right. There were only two kinds of beer, 1 Chinese and 1 Budweiser. I opted for the Chinese and then asked how much. He said ‘no money. free.’ And that’s how my afternoon with this cool guy began…

Lijiang, China. June 2009

BOGOTร, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: PEZ & RANDOM FRIENDS

I’m in the process of streamlining my blog and it’s forcing me to revisit my past – the many places I’ve been…whilst sitting here in lockdown. A flurry of emotions…Gratitude & Wanderlust…

This is a classic smiling Pez – his character has evolved over the years, but this is one I snapped early on in Bogotรก back in 2012.

Bogotรก, Colombia. October 2012.

PINGYAO, CHINA: “WALLED IN”


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Yamen Hostel, Pingyao. 30 rmb/ nt. around 5 usd.

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Yamen Hostel courtyard

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One of a million archaic archways leading to homes and courtyards…

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Sakura Cafe. The place to hang when you’re in Pingyao.

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Sakura Cafe Apple Pie

The Apple Pie at Sakura Cafe. It’s a whole pie. Naturally, I expected just a piece. I was even getting impatient, asking them how long it takes to get a piece of pie out here. Then, this came. I was like, a whole pie? How much? It was what it said in the menu…24rmb…in general, the Chinese eat big portions of everything. In KFC or McDonald’s, couples will get two sandwiches, chicken on the side, and ice cream for dessert….I love to watch the Chinese eat unabashedly. Whereas, in Vietnam, they sit in KFC for hours to see and be seen with a small fries and small Pepsi…not the Chinese!!!

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Men on Bike Carts in a Narrow Alleyway

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Bike Cart

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Looks like a house built into the wall

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The best-preserved ancient walled city in China – Pingyao.

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Pingyao residents

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Through another winding gateway

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Ancient walls built in 1370

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Its residences and shops, and even the government office are all STILL in the style of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties

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The most sedate cats and dogs in the world. Maybe they’re opium-heads? I dunno. It’s a bit disconcerting. I watched an owner play ‘chase’ with her dog today and the dog didn’t make a sound…just ran all around the room…I kept watching and thinking ‘Bark, dammit! Bark!’

April 2009. Pingyao, China.