The pulse of civilization taken in cities and towns around the globe.
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Office Prison Symmetry
behind bars: office or prison?
Looking at it from the outside, I can’t help but seeing bars in the symmetry that comes with the sterile and institutional blueprint of office buildings around the world. see more
allures of the dark side
...for the daring nocturnal creatures among us there is a deserted, silent world waiting after hours; and like moths we flutter towards its discoveries, wherever a speck of light flecks the darkness. see more
when the sun dims down, civilization lights up
...the last fire in the sky ebbs into paler shades of orange and yellow, before wandering down the spectrum towards far tones like indigo, purple and navy blue. Meanwhile, on earth’s surface, civilization lights up its realm to throw artificial light against the interplay of hues... see more
glimpse: BLUE SKY | Drained of its natural blue, the sky over Beijing hasn’t looked like itself for years. The notorious smog is a pale witness to the world’s largest carbon emissions. Long established factories for the world, China’s metropolises hardly get to catch their breath; the less so now that the hungry domestic middleclass is just getting comfortable at the consumerist table. It’s fair enough – the West has feasted for ages, all the while belching out CO2; let India, Brazil and China have their turn! But alas, doctor’s orders are a green diet. For everybody. Right now. And, foregoing its turn at pollution, China has become one of the front runners in role modeling for renewable energy: phasing out coal mines, challenging individuals and corporations by implementing strict regulations, and blowing away the smog with more wind energy than any other country.
glimpse: STREETS OF JAKARTA AT DUSK | One of the many elements I love about countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa is how much life unfolds its stories, characters and ways in the streets of cities, towns and countryside villages. For many, much of the day to day life takes place under the open air, enabling people to abandon the inertia of their own four walls and smothering ceilings. There’s a flourishing sense of vitality and community in that outside-world, much vibrancy and liveliness. Take a closer look at this dusky Jakartan scene for instance and you will see how the quintessence of Javanese “street-life” dwells in the details.
glimpse: EVERY OTHER DAY | When your everyday train only runs every other day, when the spotty schedule is connected by no more than a rough guideline, when there is no shortage of long delays, when the central train station is filled with emptiness, then you might be in Cuba.
Paris / France subway station
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town / South Africa
Cape Flats, Cape Town / South Africa
The Street Next Door
stumbling upon the grandeur of normality in everyday streets
...the grandeur of the streets compiled herein lies in their utter normality... these streets are the subtle voice of the mundane; they are the streets next door... see more
Barcelona / Revolution in the Air, But Where?
people carry on ordinarily while the political stage is in flames
...yet, between these societal lines, where the quintessence of our life as human beings dwells, our situation remains largely the same, despite political turmoil... explore
Tokyo / Lingering Alone
the difference between seeing a place and being in a place
...everybody is keen on seeing these picture-perfect places, but nobody seems interested in actually being there, in staying in these moments. Peek, cross off the list, move on to the next aisle... explore
Santiago de Chile / Outside the Fence with a Whisky Flask
the morals of sneaking in and getting what you pay for
...naturally, Kant's principals are noble, intact, and upright, while mine dangled lazily between mischievous and preposterous. But, from a pragmatic point of view no harm was done and this factual utilitarian reality was more convenient for me that day... explore
Valparaíso / TV, Tsunami, Neruda & the Quintessence of Hills & Timing
a matter of perspective and timing
...still, there was no denying that this little TV set now beamed some baffling information at us: an 8.2 earthquake off the Chilean Pacific coast was sending a Tsunami right our way and suddenly we appreciated every meter our journey had led us up the raven hill... explore
Rio de Janeiro / No Hard Feelings
distinguishing between place and experience
...my harshest criticism towards many travelers and especially the ones armed with blogs – that they don’t distinguish between a place and their experience there... explore