Way out in the desert (seriously, it was a long, long walk), There are three desert sculptures, or art/home installations, built by German Artist, Hannsjörg Voth. From the town of Jorf, or sometimes El Jorf, it’s about a seven mile hike to the nearest piece. Then, it’s several miles between each of them. We thought we could do it all in one day, but we only … Continue reading Desert Sculptures Part One: Golden Spiral
Salvador Dali was born in the town of Figueres, Spain which lies near the Spanish border with France along the Mediterranean coast. It is also the site of the Dali museum, the place in which he spent his last few years, and the place he is buried. It’s a wonderful little town quite proud of its most famous artist. Below are images of the town, including … Continue reading Figueres and the Dali Museum
Not too far from Cadaqués, just north across the peninsula in fact, is the long-time home of Spanish/Catalonian artist, Salvador Dali, in Port Lligat. He loved to this small fishing village, so he bought a simple fisherman’s shack with the intention of living simply and honing his craft, though over the years, he purchased adjoining shacks and build extravagant additions to his home. After the death of … Continue reading Port Lligat and the Home of Salvador Dali
Today concluded the art camp I hosted for local kids over the last week, and we had a great end-of-camp party that included smashing a piñata open and eating lots of sweets. The kids who attended the camp were quite sweet themselves—each day we did a different craft project and they always seemed engaged and open to learning new ways to express themselves through art. … Continue reading Summertime, Moroccan Style
That old adage about pictures being worth words? In that spirit I will keep written words brief and share pictures of what I’ve done since my last post: I am back in town after a very fruitful week of In-Service Training (IST) with other Peace Corps Volunteers in Rabat. Lots and lots of good information was shared by both Peace Corps staff and 2nd year … Continue reading Here’s 10,000 words. No, not really.
Thomas and I arrived in Rabat on Saturday, after a slightly tearful goodbye with Lala Fatima and Zakia. After a much needed long, hot shower, I went to see the newly opened Mohammed 6 Museum of Modern Art with my friends Esther, Noa and Alice. While I enjoyed the current exhibit, Medieval Maroc, I favored the permanent collection, which left me very sated in terms of … Continue reading Enchanting Rabat!
The last five days we have been in Bulgaria, first in Sofia (the capital of the country) and now in a smaller city called Ruse (Rus-ah). After our long stretch in Greece (a little over 2 weeks), being in a new country feels strange. In Greece we had finally started to use some basic Greek words to communicate, and could recognize signage when we walked … Continue reading What Bulgaria is like for me.
Athens is angry, it seems. It’s a tempered anger, for the most part, but it is lies always below the surface. One always has the feeling of underlying tension, not with each other, but with people and social systems in power. This is most evident in the ubiquitous graffiti. In Greece, especially in major cities but also in the countryside, graffiti is everywhere. From government … Continue reading Athens is Angry
I realized today I have not posted a travel update in a week! For those following our trip, my apologies for not writing more regularly. Truth is, we are soaking up so much experience each day that at the end of the day my energy is sapped and I decide to put off writing until the next day…and this cycle keeps repeating. So here’s an … Continue reading Continued travels in Greece
The weather during the first week of our trip has been hot and sunny, with yesterday being the most acutely hot. While touring Gallipoli on a large tour bus with Australian and New Zealanders (we were the only North Americans on the tour), the temperature reached 90 degrees. There were moments when getting off the bus to see the various monuments and memorial sites seemed … Continue reading Rain in Turkey? We’re down with that!