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Silent World.

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“In the Silent World project, we wanted to study and transform our world’s most symbolic metropolises into imaginary, fictional, impossible places. In our work, we always try to study and put into image the frontier between reality and the world of dreams. Our desire was to put the viewers into a puzzling and uncomfortable place, pushing him to put into question notions of time and space, but mostly our role and position towards the becoming of our world.”
Lucie & Simon

There are some places that just don’t look right without people in them. Sometimes, in real life, when I find myself in a setting where people should be but aren’t, I’m seized by a fear that something is terribly wrong, like the Rapture has happened and I’ve been left behind just like Kirk Cameron. Once a person appears, my surroundings seem normal again and, of course, that fear seems completely irrational. Recently, I stumbled upon this incredible series of photos by Lucie & Simon that reimagine some of the world’s most frequented places as completely empty and nearly devoid of human life. My initial reaction to these photos was that same Rapture fear, especially because the crowds at the Louvre in Paris and the hustle and bustle of New York’s Times Square are still so fresh in my memory. But the more I look at them, the more their stillness speaks to me, soothing me rather than scaring me. There is something beautiful about complete quiet and about these abandoned settings, man-made but standing alone, without a human in sight; something beautiful about the fact that I will probably never witness stillness on as large a scale as this in real life.

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You can see more photos from Lucie & Simon’s Silent World series here.

EuroTour 2012: The Video.

songs: “Under My Thumb” by The Rolling Stones and “Laura” by Girls

I knew, before I even started traveling, that this was going to be among the most epic three and half weeks of my life and as a result, I had my iPhone constantly on the ready to record all of the incredible experiences I was having. I think it annoyed the people I was with a little, but I’m so glad I did it. I’ve watched this video probably twenty times since I’ve completed it, and it never ceases to bring a huge smile to my face. It was amazing to live it and now I’m so glad that I have this video as a memento, and that some of my best memories of my travels are preserved in moving pictures for all time. I hope you enjoy watching it too!

New York! New York!

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppWhen I first stepped foot on American soil again after six months away, it was in a place I’d never been before: New York! My parents drove up from Georgia to meet me and spend a couple days in the Big Apple with me. I was beyond excited to finally lay eyes on the epicenter of American culture and see all of the iconic places that I’ve only seen in pictures and on television. Our hotel was just a few blocks from Times Square so that was one of the first things we saw, and it was overwhelming, to say the least. So much visual stimuli! Danger, Will Robinson! And there were so many people everywhere. Of all the cities that I visited in Europe, none of them felt as busy or crowded or simply as big city-like as New York; it’s one of kind, that’s for certain.

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Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppMy mom and I were really excited to see a show on Broadway, and we ended up getting tickets to see “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” starring that little Jo Bro darling Nick Jonas. It was Fantastic with a capital F. It was really funny and well-choreographed and the costumes were very Mad Men-esque, not to mention… NICK JONAS! What a dreamboat. And he’s crazy talented. I feel little weird about having a crush on a nineteen-year-old, but whatever, the heart has reasons of which reason knows nothing. I heart Nick Jonas, in a completely unironic way, and I don’t care who knows it!

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Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppThe Empire State Building was also really lovely. To see the location of such infamous love scenes in films like An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle was awesome, but it was absolutely mind-blowing to look out over all of Manhattan and try to imagine how an island that houses eight million people and supports the weight of thousands of tons of buildings and sky-scrapers doesn’t just sink into the Hudson River. It’s kind of a miracle, if you think about it.

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppMy parents celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary on this trip. Aren’t they adorable?

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Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppGrand Central Station is an architectural marvel, and there are also tons of delicious little food stalls underneath the station. WIN.

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Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppAfter my dad had to leave New York to return to work, my mom and I visited 30 Rockefeller Plaza. We watched ice skaters for a wee bit (the ice skating rink is so much smaller than it looks on 30 Rock!) and then went inside to try to find Kenneth and Liz Lemon. Just kidding. We did, however, go up to the observation deck, the Top of the Rock, and again I must reiterate how massive and expansive Manhattan is. Epic.

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Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppWe also took an afternoon at MOMA to peruse some legendary art. It was pretty incredible to see original works by masters Van Gogh and Monet and Picasso (so many!), as well as contemporary artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. There were also some pretty interesting modern art installations, like basketballs floating in a fish tank and hundreds of cellophane-wrapped candies arranged in a pile on the floor and free for the taking. Moral of the story: ART IS AWESOME.

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Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppThe subject of this painting by Van Gogh is the spitting image of my boyfriend, Nate. No joke.

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppOn our very last day in the city, we decided to take a wee dander across the Brooklyn Bridge. We walked from the Brooklyn side to the Manhattan side and back again, and the whole time I kept thinking of Dan Humphrey and how much abuse he gets for living in Brooklyn from his Upper East Sider friends; surely, I thought, there can’t be that much of a difference between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Boy, was I wrong! Whereas Manhattan is huge and intimidating and fancy, Brooklyn seems more welcoming and low-key, but still really hip. Just driving through, I noticed so many locally-owned shops lining the streets and not a single chain store. It just seems like such a great community, and while I would never want to live in Manhattan (and could never afford to, anyway), I could definitely see myself living in Brooklyn for a time. I guess we’ll see!

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List-O-Mania: 8 U.S. Cities.

I’ve travelled around a lot within the U.S. and seen a lot of cities and podunk towns alike, but there are a few cities that I have yet to see and have set my heart on seeing at least once in my lifetime.

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I feel like Boston is one of those iconic U.S. cities that has to be seen. I want to sit next to the water and talk like Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.

Photobucket 2. San Francisco, California
Another iconic city. I have dreams of riding on a trolley, eat Rice-a-Roni, and finding the house from Full House. And trying to figure out how houses are able to sit so precariously on such steep hills.

Photobucket 3. Omaha, Nebraska
Maybe it’s because of listening to endless records by bands signed to Saddle Creek Records, but something about Omaha has always appealed to me. The words ‘city’ and ‘Midwest’ seem to be at odds with each other, but Omaha looks lovely.

Photobucket 4. Providence, Rhode Island
A moderate-sized city in the smallest state in the country deserves to be seen. And I’m told that Providence is beautiful and has gorgeous seasons.

Photobucket 5. Denver, Colorado
A city with a view of giant gorgeous mountains? Best of both worlds. Sounds like my kind of city.

Photobucket 6. New York, New York
I feel like this is pretty self-explanatory. I want to experience the American epicenter of culture, commerce, fashion, excellent pizza, etc.

Photobucket7. Portland, Maine
Josh is inexplicably obsessed with this Portland. And I must admit, it looks like a beautiful New England city, cozy and right on the water.

Photobucket 8. Austin, Texas
Texas generally has negative connotations, but Austin is the hippest, least Texas-y city in Texas. And Austin also has the best music scene in the country.

i want to move to iceland. or new york.

i keep having experiences with some form of media that make me want to relocate to a new place.

first, i read the geography of bliss, in which a grumpy npr correspondent globe-trots for a year to visit some of the happiest (and unhappiest) places in the world and try to glean some secrets to leading a happy life. (as a sidenote, i think it’s amazing that there are social scientists who actually study the nature of happiness, which seems to me such an elusive and situational phenomenon. awesome.) he visits iceland, which, apparently, is consistently in the top ten happiest countries each year. for that entire chapter of the book, i was thinking how much it sounded like a place i wanted to live: it’s eclectic and everyone is a recreational artist, if not a professional one; it is small and quaint and everyone knows everyone; most people believe in ghosts/spirits/magic as a matter of fact; people change jobs all the time with fluidity because failure is seen as a great try that didn’t quite work out, and trying is admired; it is in an almost perpetual state of night, even in the afternoon; instead of binge-drinking because they’re miserable, icelanders binge-drink because they’re happy. it just sounds like such a pleasant place to live. i’m hoping to make a trip there during the summer.

and when i first jay-z’s song “empire state of mind,” and heard alicia keys belt out the chorus, i started crying because her voice was so beautiful and what she was singing was so inspiring. new york is the epitome of the american city, and is essentially a microcosm of the u.s. as a whole. all the good stuff that happens, happens in new york. i’ve never been there, but hearing that song made me want to pick up and move there immediately. alicia sings that new york is “what dreams are made of! there’s nothing you can’t do!” and i think to myself, “yeah! i can do anything!” and then she sings “these streets will make you feel brand new! big lights will inspire you!” and i think “yeah! i want to feel renovated! i could go for some inspiration, too!” the song just leaves me with a good feeling, and with the feeling that new york is the place to be. i’m going to apply to a few graduate schools in new york next year, so it could be a reality (maybe/hopefully).

i think i must just be restless. i’ve been in seattle for four years, which isn’t really that long, but i’ve experienced the equivalent of a lifetime here. i’m ready for a change of scenery, with the possibility of return.