The Acropolis

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I’d heard the name before, but I didn’t really know what the Acropolis was until reading “Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy”; a phenomenal introduction to the subject and one of my favorite books this year. If you are interested in Philosophy, then definitely pick up a copy.

Acropolis means ‘citadel’ or ‘city on the hill’. People have lived in the Acropolis in Athens since the Stone Age. That’s 9000 years of history on one hill!

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The Paprika Parade

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Video footage from the October 23, 2006 protest in Budapest, Hungary. Shot and edited by my new friend William, an independent animator from NYC who is currently residing in Budapest.

Taxi Driver from Anywhere

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Late at night, awaiting the last arriving ferry, yellow taxi’s sit double parked on both sides of the street outside of port Piraeus near Athens, Greece. It’s a huge collection of idling Mercedes Benz’s and during the winter months there are about twice as many of them as there are passengers getting off the ship.

Outside the gate, Desiree and I are sized up and lightly harassed by the most desperate of drivers who have left their post by the sides of the humming, yellow cars. They have come here to the gate, where they are surest to make a catch.

Calmly and thinking back to those much more aggressive fellows back east, I report to the three men who surround us that we will be taking the bus. We maintain our cadence to further express this position.

One man falls back, but two others keep on. They ask where we’re going. I tell them, but they are expecting the usual and so try desperately to decipher a hotel name from of the words “Volkswagen” and “parked”.

“No thanks, we’re taking the bus,” I reiterate.

“Buses are no more. Too late!” blurts one of the men.

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Santorini

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Paros

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Maceraperest

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Turkey 1km, Bulgaria - Near  the Turkish Border Captured November 2, 2006.

I spent my last Bulgarian Leva on the way through de-immigration, customs and taxes, and then learned I needed to pay $20 for a Turkish visa. I hadn’t thought about a visa since arriving in Europe, so it caught me off guard. Also, since finding and changing money hadn’t been a challenge, I was surprised to find there was no ATM at the Turkish border and that the exchange office would not purchase the only money I had; Lei from Romanian, a country only four hours away.
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Istanbul Images

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Between Continents

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From the bridge at sunset, men throw lines towards small fish riding the tide out of the Black Sea, through the center of Istanbul and into the open Aegean. Some get caught on hooks and are carried straight upwards like a spider climbing its string, then get tossed into a white pail, which when full the fisherman carries down concrete stairs to where he can sell his heaving pail of silver slime and gasping gills to fine restaurants lining the lower level of the bridge.

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Whirling Dervish

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Basilica Cistern

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We almost skipped this when I saw the entry price was $10, but I’m glad we didn’t. The Basilica Cistern is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.

Imagine entering a small, cement, single story building in the middle of downtown Manhattan, then walking down a long flight of stairs to the depth of the subway and coming into a single giant underground room the size of a professional football stadium. That’s how big the Basilica Cistern is.

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