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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (MELROSE) GRAFFITI: “CAN’T BE STOPPED” ~ CBS CREW

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END OF YEAR PRODUCT REVIEW: RHODIA NOTEBOOKS & WRITING PADS

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ― Anaïs Nin

Last December I was sitting in a cafe and got to thinking about what a friend had suggested to me ~ she said “since your blog is growing and you lead a rather unique existence traveling from city to city, country to country all year long, why not ask for some sponsors to help you along your journey?” 

I didn’t know what to think of that because I don’t want a lot of stuff, I just need the essentials. In the cafe, I looked at what was in front of me: a coffee (Hey Lavazza, wanna sponsor me?) and a pen and my Rhodia pad. And I thought, since I’m always buying a supply of Rhodia pads once a year to get me through to the next — why not try to email them and see if I might be able to explain my history with their stationery and to see if I could get a few for my 2017 travels and to help promote their brand at the same time ~ the response came quickly and within a couple of weeks, I got my Rhodias for the year! 

I use my Rhodia pads for trip planning, for artist interview notes, for anecdotes intended to go into a much larger written work at some point, and for general observations on my adventures. 

I love my Rhodias because of the various sizes I can use, and because sometimes I want dotted, sometimes blank, and most of the time, lined paper to write on.

I took my Rhodia Pads all over the world with me this year to:

Beirut, Lebanon ~ Cocoa Beach, Florida ~ Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu, Timisoara, Romania ~ Budapest, Hungary ~ Salzburg, Vienna, Austria ~ Munich, Frankfurt Germany ~ New York City ~ Chisinau, Moldova ~ Transnistria

Please check out their website for all of their stationery collections. There will be a collection that’s just perfect for you: https://rhodiapads.com

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Leaning against a mural for an artist interview in Cocoa Beach, Florida
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Writing thoughts on a train from Salzburg, Austria to Munich, Germany.
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Writing morning thoughts on my balcony in Beirut, Lebanon.
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Sitting in a garden in Bucharest, Romania.
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Trying to figure out where to go next whilst sitting somewhere in Romania
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With me on my very first visit to the most famous restaurant in Bucharest, Romania: Caru cu Bere!
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Artist interview with Izzy Izvne in Chisinau, Moldova
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Writing notes in Transnistria. Photo by: Svitlana Bulkina
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Having a beer at Caru cu Bere in Bucharest, Romania
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For jotting thoughts down on long bike rides
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On the subway in New York City

December 2017

NEW YORK CITY & BROOKLYN: THE WORLD IN ITS HYPOCRISY

“I won’t tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world’s voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose!”  ― Oscar Wilde

Artist Phoebe New York

Newest Ron English piece on St Marks and 1st

Artists Voxx Romana, City Kitty, and Turtle Caps
By artist Praxis, a Colombian now based in NYC
Killing Kermit. East Village, NYC
Artist Golden 305
Unicorn by Miami-based artist Golden 305in Bushwick, Brooklyn
Warhol by SacSix

Basquiat

YEAR-END PRODUCT REVIEW: VIVITAR DKS-20 CAMERA BAG

It’s been a great year with my Vivitar DKS-20 bag! I started the year using it solely as a camera bag with my laptop, but by the end, it became my primary backpack; enough space to add clothes and journals, all of the things I needed quick access to as I travelled to Lebanon and around Moldova, Transnistria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany, and the UK.  It is THE most comfortable camera bag I’ve ever carried on my back. I sincerely mean that. And with as much walking around cities and towns that I do, this comfort is no small thing. For any size camera bag and more (!), you can check out their website:

http://www.vivitar.com

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Bucharest, Romania. My Ukrainian Rushnyk (ritual cloth), my Canon 6D, and my suede Adidas Hamburgs nestled securely in a side pocket of my Vivitar bag. 
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In a valley in Moldova in July. Photo: Ahmet Yildiz
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Waiting on a train platform in Sibiu, Romania. September 2017.
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A beach break in Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA. June 2017.
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With a graffiti wall in New York City, USA. April 2017. 
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Transnistria. July 2017. Photo: Svitlana Bulkina
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Another train platform. Salzburg, Austria. September 2017

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Transnistria. July 2017
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Leaning against a David Rothman mural in Cocoa Beach, Florida. June 2017.
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Acknowledging the presence in Moldova. July 2017.
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Coffee break. Cocoa Beach, Florida. June 2017.

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Transnistria. Photo: Svitlana Bulkina

FRANKFURT, GERMANY: 1944

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Alte Oper (Old Opera) House. Completed in 1880, but destroyed by bombs in 1944. It was rebuilt slowly and reopened in 1981.

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Standing since 1983 in Zeil Promenade: “David and Goliath” by Richard Hess.

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“whoever gives up his freedom to gain courage will lose both in the end” 

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15sep17 Frankfurt, Germany

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA 🇦🇹: ROCK ME AMADEUS

I saw this in a window, but I don’t know why. Jean Claude Van Damme is Belgian.
To mark the seventh Salzburg Art Project, the English sculptor Anthony Cragg has installed an approximately 5 metre-high sculpture made of patinated bronze on the Makartplatz. The title “Caldera” is a geological term denoting a volcanic crater, which in English also carries poetic connotations. Here the artist is exploring space and matter, suffused with the energy and emotion unleashed by dramatic processes. And, not least, he is alluding to the bowl-like location of Salzburg itself. http://salzburgfoundation.at/en/salzburg-art-project/anthony-cragg-2008/
Salzach River runs between the Old Town and New Town.

Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church). Completed in 1707.

Mozart’s birthplace. He was born here on January 27, 1756. The family lived on the third floor from 1747-1773.

The oldest delicatessen store in the festival city of Salzburg has been in operation since its establishment as a colonial goods trader in the Getreidegasse over 350 years ago. The lovingly maintained antique shelves guarantee a sense of nostalgia. Four generations of the Kopp family have now run the business since 1919. https://www.salzburg.info/en/travel-info/infos/r.f.azwanger_az_10646
Selfie time.
Love ❤️ locks 🔐 on the bridge.
Passage for ‘schmucks’ only.
Mirabellgarten
Dreifaltigkeitskirche. Completed in 1702.

The Mozarts lived here from 1773-1787.

13sep17 Salzburg, Austria 🇦🇹 

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: EINBAHN

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St. Stephens Cathedral in all of its Gothic Glory

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Wustenrot is an insurance company that happens to be housed in a gorgeous architectural wonder in the city center. The statue in front is of Johannes Gensberg, a.k.a. Gutenberg, the inventor of the modern printing press.

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Mozarthaus, Mozart’s House 1784-1787

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Josef is a political prisoner who was jailed in 2014. He was arrested in an anti-fascist demonstration against the right-wing group Akademikerball. 

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He lives!

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It’s not just Vienna. It seems like just about every city throws up this slogan somewhere. 
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Mozart lived in this building between 1784-1787
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Older piece from Puerta Rican artist Alexis Diaz, standing the test of time off of Favoritenstrasse.
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From Colombian street artist, Stinkfish.
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A Space Invader spotted up high
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The wear and tear brings even more character to this piece by Miami-based Evoca 1.

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Happy Pez next to a brooding image.

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11&12Sep2017 Vienna, Austria