11.24.2008

LIKE A TOURIST IN YOUR TOWN






(a quick stop in Paris)

Two days in Paris:

- Wandering around a park on a canal in the northeast part of Paris. A group of men, all looking Middle Eastern or African, were sitting quietly in a small sectioned off part of the park. Their seemed to be one man with long hair and a beard who was standing facing the rest of them. It looked almost like a meditation session, if you can meditate while looking around and listening to your ipod. They kept calling me over every time I would get near, but my lack of French kept me from venturing over. I wondered about if for the next few days.
- Staying with a friend in a suburb just outside of Paris. The building was old with a nice dusty mirrored lobby. The bathroom was decorated in red carpeted walls and mirrors. There was little daylight, less fresh air, and hardly any hot water.
- People eat well in Western Europe. The food is good, natural, fresh, and decently cheap. It seems like the way it should be.
- Having the best hot chocolate I can recall, ever.
- Realizing how much more of an appreciation the French have for architecture and public space.
- Paris is not much for late-night-life, most things close early (bars at midnight on a Friday?).
- Looking whistfully at all the free city bikes that are EVERYWHERE (Velib!).
- Riding clean, spacious, well-lit subways that run every 2 minutes.
- Doing some tourist sight-seeing, and a lot of walking.
- Being responsible for some of my friends from the Rockaway crew almost crashing a fancy live classical music soiree in a swanky part of Paris. And they would have too, if they hadn't been stopped dead at the entrance by a very unamused host.

Twenty-four hours in Amsterdam:

- There are so many bikes all over the place in Amsterdam that they almost feel similar to the trash that blows around and collects against fences and trees in Brooklyn.
- Trying to go visit the squat ADM, but failing to connect with my friends that were staying there.
- Amsterdam has a pretty space-age library, with handfuls of free public computers on every floor.
- Staying in a hostel that smells like a stadium toilet.
- The weird Xmas music is playing on the plane makes me homesick/depressed/divorced from reality.



MP3:

• Jeff Alexander & Bonnie Beecher - Come Wander With Me

9 comments:

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  2. Bummer on the watermarks bro...

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  3. Bummer on the rampant image theft dude. Not even transparent gif overlays could stop it.

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  4. I love your style. When I grow up I want you to photograph my wedding. I'm serious, you are so awesome, I've been reading your blog for the past year and I can't get enough.

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  5. thanks for responding

    i just got the new rebel xsi

    ive been having a lot of fun with it.

    im super jealous about your Hasselblad 503CW

    its super dope

    i was wondering why you shoot with a Ricoh GX200

    i didnt know if you set out to find this camera for a particular reason.

    what do you normally shoot with your rebel?

    sorry this is super long. but im pretty curious ha

    thanks

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  6. Pretty girl dude...!!!
    I dream one day go to Paris.. this place smells history.. delicious

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  7. Paris is what's left over when a country has been conquered four or five times. We should all be so lucky.

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  8. you live the life dude. gives me hope.

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  9. The GX200 is the best pocket-sized camera out there. And on trips like the rafts, long bike rides, climbing stuff, etc it's really valuable to have a smaller camera you can have on your belt/within reach at all times. Unless of course that camera sucks, which is why I ponied up the dough for a GX200.

    If I didn't shoot it with my Hasselblad (which tends to be square and obvious), and I didn't shoot it with my GX200, then I shot it with my digital SLR. Three cameras are more than enough options as it is, I think.

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