Old South Church, Boston

I hardly ever see pictures of this church except from the finish line angle during Marathon Monday. I suppose when you have to compete with the Hancock Building, Trinity Church, and the Boston Public Library all within spitting distance, you occasionally get ignored. Fun facts, the congregation, not the building, was assembled in 1669 and had such honorable congregants as Ben Franklin, Mary Chilton, and William Dawes (Paul Revere’s lesser-known night-riding presumably hell-raising homie).  The building pictured above was finished in 1875 and, as churches go, looks pretty sweet. You can read all about it here and here.

 

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Downtown Double Crossing

 

Mistakes were made and the culprits were dealt with severely.

One of the pleasures of working with old film cameras is that sometimes a mistake is made that turns out better than the originally intended shot. I think this is one of those times. For those of you keeping track, the photos are of Washington Street and the Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. They were shot on Kodak Portra 400 with a Yashica Lynx 14e and processed/printed by the good people at ColorTek Boston.

 

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My Focus on Dalian

Just me on Tianjin Jie near midnight. The locals don't stay out too late during the cold months...or the warm months.

Just me on Tianjin Jie near midnight. The locals don’t stay out too late during the cold months…or the warm months.

During our 18 month stay in Dalian we were lucky to have met a fantastic group of friends on just our second weekend in town. We were in a super smoky loud bar that one of Blondie’s coworkers took us to called Acapella (this was before the local police nixed the ex-pat music scene, the bastards). The bands playing consisted of  Chinese kids, teachers, IT people, and a number of others who, like us, ended up in that far-flung corner of China, and for the most part, the people and the music were great. It was comforting for us to see so early on that there was a community of like-minded folks, both Chinese and other, that we could hang out with on the weekends. Continue reading

Crossroads

It seems that things change around here as fast as they do in the video above. In my last post I mentioned that I wanted to show you more of Dalian, and I will, but rather than spending the next six months exploring the side streets of this city we will instead be moving to Boston, USA at the end of May – which also has a lot of interesting side streets so we all win on this one. In the small amount of time we have left over here we will also be taking trips to the US, Tokyo, Cambodia, and one final trip to Hong Kong so check back often and I will do my best to post the good stuff.

 

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Bengaluru: A Beautiful Mess

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Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, is indeed a beautiful mess. Our visit last November was my first introduction to India and I must say that it wasn’t a good first impression. Blondie was there to attend a conference so, naturally, I tagged along, but I wasn’t ready for the full-frontal assault on my senses. The first thing I noticed was the traffic – millions of cars, auto-rickshaws, scooters, trucks, and buses going somewhere fast – all the while laying on their horns using them as part warning and part bat-like sonar. The second thing I noticed was that there were people everywhere. Bengaluru has a population of nearly nine million people and apparently none of them like to stay at home. Thirdly, and I say this not as an insult but more of as an observation, the city has a dire waste management issue as well as a number of other infrastructure problems, but I won’t get into all of them here. There are piles of trash of varying sizes and consistencies all over the city. Someone told me that occasionally the trash piles spontaneously combust, which must be a solid gold drag for the people who live near them. Lastly, one is never truly ready for their first encounter with a gigantic cow ambling down a crowded city sidewalk or the amount of stray street dogs giving you the stink eye – every time I encountered dogs I either felt bad, like I was sitting through one of those Sarah McLachlan animal cruelty commercials, or I felt like they were sizing me up as a possible meal. Continue reading

Searching Seoul

My very first video on Afield. I set the camera to shoot the intersection below our hotel, went to bed, and this is what I had in the morning. I am accepting suggestions on which music to add to it.

This past summer, long before the Siberian winds started keeping me indoors for days at a time, we made a quick weekend trip to Seoul, South Korea for some shopping and a little dose of the western world (and Mexican food). Blondie, being the family travel agent, made the reservations and bought the tickets well ahead of the trip, but, unbeknownst to her, at around the same time some cosmic jackhole didn’t wash his hands and brought a terrifying infectious disease (MERS, also known as Camel Flu) to one of the most densely populated metropolitan areas in the world. The fallout and general madness that followed the outbreak gave us a little pause – should we be like the 100,000+ other tourists who said “f__k that!” and cancel our plans or should we just go and see what happens? Continue reading

Update From The East Side

Good morning everyone. I had grand plans to fill you all in on a rather trying flight we took recently from Hong Kong to Dalian, but since I am on day two of a two-day hangover it came out sounding forced and contained to many curse words. I had Blondie (who is also on day two) give it a once over to make sure I wasn’t being hard on myself and her only comment was that it wasn’t funny – not a terribly glowing review. I am going to put it aside for now and join it up with a summary of our Christmas trip to Europe, which I will get to you soon. In the meantime I’d like to show you a few photos I have been working on – sort of an appetizer for you, the loyal and or bored reader.
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