Tag Archives: travel

Welcome to Seligman

Seligman Arizona, January 2005


Brooklyn, New York

Ecosystem anchor

Tree of life, La Ceiba, Playa Chiquita, Costa Rica.

Tree of life

Primate Friends

Funny combo of experiences–we watched Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Monday, then had an amazing visit today to the Jaguar Rescue Center in Playa Chiquita Costa Rica.

Howler Monkey_Costa Rica

Tweetus Interruptus

After a recent tweet failed to send, I ended up in my Twitter Drafts folder for the first time. I was surprised to see that the handful of Tweets I had posted while on a trip to Shanghai last summer were sitting in the Drafts folder with “Failed to Send” labels.

failed to tweet

I’ll leave the implications alone, but here are those images:

music and commerceShanghainese news vendor getting creative with his evening hours.
eamesyRepurposed bent plywood chair, Shanghai.
SumoStreet art Sumo, Berlin.

Golden Hour

Last autumn, outside Boston, MA.


Fast Foodie

I love a high-end meal, but when it comes to food, context truly is king. It’s often the cheap eats–the no-money-in-your-pocket, nothing’s-open-this-late, no-choice-but-what’s-in-front-of-you–feasts that end up being the most memorable.

Patat Met man
Late night Patat Met, Amsterdam

Train coffee
Railway car cappuccino, somewhere in France

Convenience store Stroopwafel, Amsterdam

European Graffiti

It’s striking how much free expression is happening on vertical surfaces everywhere. Here are three of my favorite sightings from a recent trip to Europe.

Eye chart
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bern, Switzerland

Venice, Italy

Outsider Art – Portland, Oregon

One of my favorite things to do is go somewhere and wander. I love the feeling of being a complete outsider, no gravity, no connections yet.

The landscape and the technoscape

We’ve been renting our Airstream trailer on airbnb, and had some unusual guests last week. Alex and Luke, two Canadian travelers also known as alexandluke.com, stayed with us on the 151st night of an extended journey around North America.

What’s unusual about Alex’ and Luke’s trip is that they are using social networking platforms to determine their whole itinerary.

Without a route or any preconceived idea of what we will see and do, we are calling on the communities behind the most popular social media websites to act as our compass (pointing us where to go) and our guidebook (telling us what to see).

Luke says that, for him, the technoscape rather than the landscape was the real inducement to hit the road, and their trip is as much an exploration of the borders between online and offline worlds as the geography of North America. An ecotone is the transition area between two adjacent ecological communities, and by pairing the intensive use of social media with the highly physical and interpersonal nature of travel, Luke and Alex are really probing the unique possibilities of the space where digital and physical meet.

We sat down underneath the redwoods and recorded a 30-minute conversation about what it feels like to have your destination determined by the Twittersphere, how they decide what to share and what to keep private, what social networking tools they wish they had but don’t (Twitter analytics and more fluid map sharing via IM, etc.), and how this unusual experience is changing them.

You can listen to some audio excerpts from the interview here.