September 6, 2005
September 9, 2005
Warsaw: Saw War
Warsaw is still reeling from the Holocaust.
A sign for a postcard shop.
A group of tourists posing in front of Heroes' Memorial. Would the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising approve of these tourists cheerfully posing in front of a monument used to portray their sacrifices?
Nathan's Villa Hostel in Warsaw had a sign for walking tours of the Ghetto. I signed up and sure enough, our guide took us directly into the former and present ghetto.
"In the period from Nov 15, 1940 to Nov 20, 1941 this wall marked the limit of The Ghetto."
Bullet holes in the brick.
Umschlagplatz Monument: "Along this path of suffering and death over 300,000 Jews were driven in 1942-1943 from the Warsaw Ghetto to the gas chambers of the Nazi extermination camps."
Art revives the spirit.
September 22, 2005
After Poland, Emily and I zigzagged through Vienna, Austria; Venice, Italy; and Nice, France.
It is important that I kindly greet the cats I pass, but it is not important to the cats I pass that they kindly greet me. Featured in this picture: a scarecrow, a cactus, and a hissing cat in Vienna.
"Tongue". The artist's name resembles "Mickoe Ruzick". Made of polyester. 2004.
Not a pipe behind the reflection.
Me and Emily in Venice
Ponte dei Sospiri
Venice is known as the "City of Canals".
It's not known as the City of Dock.
St. Mark's Basilica
This scene reminds me of Amelie.
Dali's melted clocks for sale
Enrica Borghi's "La Regina" posing on the right with other works at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice.
Roland Flexner's "Tongue in the cheek"
A rejection letter from MOMA to Andy Warhol regarding his gift of "Shoe" for Museum Collections.
The beach in Nice
A manmade waterfall
Ol' skool repruhzentayshun: Sugarhill Gang
September 23, 2005
And then we zipped north from Nice to Paris and then Amsterdam.
This is not a reproduction of not a pipe to not smoke in this section.
The bones of over five million people are resting in Paris' Catacombs. These skulls heart you.
Perhaps I'm obsessed. The cafe where Amelie was filmed.
Out the train window from Paris to Amsterdam
We sell Bad & Douche.
Heavy metal in the air, gas mask on the face.
Drum'n'Bass DJ Goldie playing in Amsterdam.
September 25, 2005
Bangkok: Organized Noise
I zapped India's Mumbai Airport without a visa, got sent back to Amsterdam, and then I flew to Bangkok, Thailand. I'm half-Thai, but I've spent my life considering myself white because I identified with my dad who was Polish. I still find it hard to believe I'm half-Thai since I was nurtured far away from Bangkok.
I can say I've been to India. I can't say I got far. Mumbai Passport Control.
Beggar in Bangkok
A blurry picture of a roach
A shrine on one end of World Trade Plaza
And another shrine on the other end
Lingam Shrine. That guy in the background on the right, possibly afraid that this would be my sole impression of Thailand, gave me directions to another shrine.
Lingam Shrine figurines
A Shrek painting on the ground at Lingam Shrine
Ronald is ecstatic to see you.
Juice and water vendor
We would like to sell you a car in the mouth for thrills.
Incense in the air at Erawin Shrine
The dancers at Erawin Shrine
The wooden elephants at Erawin Shrine
A rough summary of your life
First World in Third World: MBK Shopping Center in Siam Square
A breakdancer practicing on the SkyWalk outside of MBK
Raisin' tha roof at Wat Arun
River by Wat Arun
Roof detail at Grand Palace
It's the restricted places I want to access.
A sculpture of Buddha at Wat Pho
A sculpture not of Buddha
Reclining Buddha. This dude is huge.
Morning yoga exercises in Lumpini Park
On the left is a man napping in Lumpini Park. In the middle and right are lizards who leave him unharmed.
There's no place like phone booth.
Or path in Lumpini Park.
A sculpture at the National Museum.
Me, an artifact, and newfound friend Sarice at the National Museum
Chinatown: Not for the Claustrophobic
I went to an art gallery at Silpakorn University to see a specific piece displayed in my guidebook that was no longer on exhibition, but this piece outside the gallery piqued my interest.
The entrance to Nana Entertainment Plaza. In the middle is a young rose seller. She asked me to take her picture and later she asked me to buy a rose. I asked her to buy my tripod. She whipped out 100 baht (about $2.50) and then demanded that I give her the tripod. I heard her snatch the 100 baht back, but I didn't see it. Sneaky girl! To the right of center you can see a prostitute being hugged by a client. To the left of center in the background, a prostitute covers her face.
Tuk-tuks waiting to tuck you into bed
September 27, 2005
Sydney: A Quiet London
I zoomed through Sydney, Australia for a week. It's like a quiet London.
Skyline at the Harbour
Sydney Opera House
A coworker once told me about a top executive at our company, "He doesn't shit ice cream." Her point was that we're all human. Maybe so, but someone's shitting ice cream and someone else is profitting from it. Unless it's the same person?
When life gives you lemons, give life to an idea. "Capri Battery" by Joseph Beuys.
"Walking in Time" by Dominique Sutton on George St.
A prehistoric-looking bird in Hyde Park
Chess player contemplating his next move on the big chess board at Hyde Park
Chess game on a normal-sized board
Goldie in a Robin suit at a club called "Home"
Goldie started his set with hard drum'n'bass and someone wanted it harder.
Andre the Giant: from LON to SYD
An alley posing with the backs of two people
A festival in Chinatown
Dobell Memorial by Bert Flugelman
A fallen soldier
Stephen Walker's "Campania" by the Harbour
Business peeps at a coffeeshop
Wingara Bridge at Sydney Airport. Poetry forms the base.
Raindrops and a setting sun at Sydney Airport