Tag Archives: photos

End of the Line

20 Jan

The Atlantic has a really stunning photo series on the ends of roads. I’m a big fan of the Midway Island one myself. They also have this nifty photo-lapse video version here too.  Check out the series here.


Old London

16 Nov

Part of London’s charm is that it’s just such an old place, lived in place. People have been bouncing around there for over two thousand years. Amazingly, some stuff is still standing. Well, sort of, anyways. No trip to London is complete without visiting the monarchical historical mainstays: the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey.

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Notre Dame

5 Oct

Like I said last time, my class is pretty centrally located. It’s only a fifteen minute walk to the heart of Paris, and some pretty key tourist attractions. Exhibit A: Notre Dame. The cathedral is 850 years old this fall. That’s pretty damn old.

 Not seen: Hunchback of, or moving gargoyles.

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Saint Sulpice

4 Oct

I have class in the center of Paris, over in the 6th arrondisment. This means I get to go into Paris at least three times a week. It’s actually in a really cool neighborhood, even if it’s a 45 minute commute. My language class is from 11am – 1pm, which means I have almost three hours before I need to get back on a train to Sevres.

In other words, I’ve been taking advantage of the lovely weather to wander around. On Monday, I walked right into a giant cathedral. I was pretty sure it wasn’t Notre Dame, since we weren’t right on the river and there weren’t huge hordes of tourists. I had wandered into Saint Sulpice.

I didn’t manage to get a decent photo of the outside (see Wikipedia if you’re interested), but there was a statue along the west wall that I really loved.

Frankly, I have no idea who the man in question is, mostly because all the placards were in French or Latin. (Latin! I mean, come on. I don’t know dates in Latin.)

I was also really impressed with how big everything was and how it’s mostly ignored by tourists. Apparently, it’s only just smaller than Notre Dame. Saint Sulpice’s other claim to fame is a starring role in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, although I’ve been told most of what he wrote is hilariously not true. (“Dan Browned” is a thing for a reason, you know.)

I can foresee me spending a lot more time over there, if only because it’s near my school and not nearly as crowded as Notre Dame.


Laundry In Strange Places

16 Apr

Doing laundry is tedious business, especially when you have to wait three or four days for your clothes to dry. Not a lot of people have dryers in this country, least of all us lowly peons at the dorms. So we hang our wet clothes out on lines or on hangers, hoping to get a few rays of sunshine.  Mostly, you see laundry hanging in windows or on balconies. It’s pretty straightforward. But sometimes, you see clothes hung out to dry in some pretty weird places.

 On top of the Hongwa Hotel

On top of the graduate studies building.

 Doctor hanging up some laundry outside the hospital.

 Hanging up inside the bathroom of the Tibetan Studies department.

Am I a creeper for documenting all of this? I don’t know, probably. But it’s kind of funny. And finally, how I dry my own clothes.