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I stumbled upon this enchanted place one morning during one of my long walks through the area. Isn’t it magical? The light was incredible. I felt like I was in a fairy tale. I wouldn’t have been surprized if the birds had started talking to me.

What you see here is the traditional style of roofing with reeds and building with bricks you tipically find in northern Germany. This house is actually a hotel. Wouldn’t it be incredible to wake up in that place and look out of the window and hear the birds sing in the morning? After a cup of great black tea (another product of the area), you could walk a quarter mile and see the ocean. Unless it’s ebb. Then you would only see black slime with lots of birds on it.

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I just finished writing an article on Angkor for my university newsletter and I’m still full of awe. The architecture is amazingly beautiful und was perfected to the smallest detail. I was attracted to the subject because pictures of Angkor look really romantic in a “lost world” kind of way, but scientists are actually researching Angkor’s history to find out what caused the demise of the civilization in this area.

Turns out it may well have something to do with overusing the land for agriculture, having an ingeneous, complex, but very fragile irrigation system, some climatic changes, and a very large population. Does any of that sound familiar?

I’m going to keep smiling anyway 🙂

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All images via Wikipedia.

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I hope this picture will help you find some calm in your busy lives. I would love to be back on vacation.

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Some crazy colors at the German North Sea. I have a lot of pictures yet to share. I’m sorry I haven’t been very active lately. Times, they’ve been a-changin’ …Image

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These past two weeks I was on vacation at the German North Sea with my family. Everything there is very flat and empty if you’re used to seeing mountains, like I am. The wind was strong and freezing. Our apartment was freezing until we found the switch to turn on the heating.

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Or in this case, a free sprite in form of a willful Irish pony that goes by the imaginative name “Mr. Pony.” He even made it into the bus tourism brochure of the Galway area.

He really was worth the stop and all he wanted as a bribe to endure our caresses were old apples…though fresh apples would have worked, too, I guess.

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Some buildings on the campus of the Università di Sapienza in Rome, Italy. They were built during the fascist era in Italy in the 30s.

I think they fit in quite well with the political ideology of the time because the architecture looks stark and functional at first glance, but is actually suffering from a seriously inflated ego…

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I picked the picture above for two reasons. One of them is that I really like medieval art and the many creative ways it depicts the brutal, the disgusting, and the abnormal – for the last, Hieronymus Bosch is one of my favorites.

You should really check him and his fantastic creations out. Take a look at this detail from one of his paintings, for example:

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He actually made a painting titled “The Temptation of Saint Anthony”, BUT virtuoso that he is, he managed to include an overweight guy riding on a fish with a chick while holding some kind of lantern in his hand. Dude’s got a great hat, too. I mean, what’s not to love? The dadaists could have learned a lot from him. In fact, they probably did.

However, I am losing my train of thought, just like Bosch probably did when he was painting that picture.

The second reason why I picked this picture is that I have to write A LOT of papers during my break and I am seriously in pain being hot and sticky all day in front of my computer. But unfortunately, no artist will ever include me in a bronze relief with lovingly detailed spikes, distorted limbs, and faces crumpled in agony. I complain too much.

The solution is obviously to stop lamenting my dire plight on earth, and adopt a more positive outlook on things. It doesn’t matter that I won’t have a life for 2 months. I should look at my laborious efforts as the path to the sacred temples of knowledge.

 

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In case you’re wondering, the picture below is from the Vatican, best known for having the most functional mail system in Italy. Seriously, postcards mailed from the Vatican State will arrive like two days earlier than those mailed from Rome.

 

 

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What I really love about Naples, Italy, is that it is a city incredibly rich in history: it begins as a Greek colony in antiquity and goes through centuries of occupation that have left their marks everywhere. Today, Naples is struggling with the poverty and corruption that are common in the south of Italy, unfortunately. Naples has gained dubious publicity through the mountains of trash that rise up on its streets when the mafia-controlled garbage collection decides to punish the Napoletani to get whatever it is they want.

I haven’t been following what has been going on in Naples lately, but last thing I heard, things were picking up a little and a promising new mayor was introducing some changes. Let’s hope for the best: Naples is an amazingly beautiful city, and it needs somebody who will take care of the archeological treasures unearthed every time a new construction site opens.

I don’t actually mind the graffiti in the picture above. Although they looked out of place to me at first, I think they show really well how past and present clash in Naples.

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