An African childhood. Part 5*

My sister and I spent most of our childhood in Africa, West and East, from 1959 to 1971 with a brief interlude in Amsterdam. What you learn as a child stays with you always. Above: munching elephant in Uganda, Murchison Falls, source of the Nile, 1969. White rhinos, Uganda, 1969. The term “white” is a…

A morning walk, Yucatán

Pete the pelican, Akumal, Yucatán peninsula. Dic. 2019. A stairway to heaven. Cobá, Yucatán. (Note: Technically the eastern part of Yucatán became a full-fledged state, called Quintana Roo, in 1974. Cancún, Tulum, are in “Quintana Roo”. Yet, geographically, historically and culturally it still is Yucatán, the land of the Maya. Cobá, near Tulum, is one…

World street art tour. Cont’d.

Paris, métro Nationale. 13th arrondissement. 2019. Many buildings have been painted over. A unique display of immense street art. A great initiative from City Hall. Just noticed the artist’s name. Inti is a Chilean artist born in Valparaiso whose work can be seen from Chile to Colombia (I’ll pay more attention on my next trip)…

A morning walk, Singapore

Sir Stamford Raffles (1786-1821). National Singapore Museum. Raffles founded the city and harbour of Singapore in the early 1800’s, negotiating a deal with the local Sultan. The strategy was to create a British stronghold to balance the Dutch domination of Indonesia. Raffles was born on a ship off the coast of Jamaica. A “colonial” of…

Travellers 3.14159

Ms. Fox and Catwoman. Tlalpan, Mexico city. Travellers 79 & 80. Welcome to the 21st. Like your hair. Traveller 81. Line 1, Paris. Like your shoes. Same Time-Space continuum. Traveller not identified. “Uhura? Could you adjust the cameras a tad? Thank you.” “Yes, Captain. Roger that.” Second thoughts? Montmartre, 2019. Travellers 61 & 62. “Shema…

Welcome to Fear City

Welcome to Fear City. A survival guide to the city of Mexico. The 8th annual Acme contemporary art expo sounded promising. (Back in February) Our friend N. who runs the show gave us the grand tour. With her usual bright smile and utter elegance. This leaflet was the first exhibit. “A: Well there’s three weapons.…

The street is Art. World tour.

“Black magic man”. Carlos Santana. San Francisco, California. 2016. Rue de Seine, Paris. c.2016. Bogotá, Colombia, 2017. More of this artist in a later post. Asunción, Paraguay. 2019. (c)ourtesy Alex. The saké man, Bangkok, Thailand. 2018. Mexico city, 2020. The divine dancers, Angkor, Cambodia, 2018. Around 9th-10th century AD.  I define street art as anything…