domingo, enero 25, 2009

When the Terracotta Army went to Europe (and America)

As long as I can say, today's Chinese New Year. Will be calm for me (only today, this year I think will be the most challeging ever for me!). I found Chinese culture amazing. By the way, I realized better that in 2004, that I witnessed one of the most amazing expositions I have ever seen: Terracota Army.

For historical details take a look to the information online,

I will talk about the experience, by far shocking. Detail of the faces, clothing is simply amazing. Forum of the Cultures at Barcelona was, a wonderful place to show them:

I spent most of my time, as I remember, trying to figure out how they made this magnificent art piece. All the environment in the Forum was about globalization, culture, and taking care of our world. This exposition perfectly fitted there. Actually, it was their first visit to Europe.

Later, as a coincidence I met them again in Bogota (2007)

And remind me, how small is the world, how globalized it is and how lucky I am to be in contact with all this culture mixes. Love these.

sábado, enero 24, 2009

Back to home (for a while)

The semester ended early in december and I decided early go back home. And I went. I'm so lucky to live in the south hemisphere, here is Winter and there, full summer. Amazing Summer in Lima, not to cold, not so hot. Adequate to walk in the street. To visit friends, spend time with them. To go to the beach. To go partying.

Lima is such a beatiful city, and ugly too. The sky is never blue, even in the summer. It never "rains" never snows. There are not tropical storms, but earthquakes from time to time. Poverty is obvious in many parts of the city. Actually not in the notorious and touristical pictures I took in my visit (by the way was not on purpose).

Now I'm back to the hardest winter, at least for me. DUH. Love the snow, but hate the cold,thaaaat cold. Well, it's just a new experience. See you.
By the way I did the paragliding thing. I took the first flying over the coast, landing later on the top of the cilff :)

Honolulu, Cusco - Cosmopolitan Cities

I need to say that being in a new city is always challenging. And more if you're on your own (alone). I went to Hawai'i last month, to Honolulu. And found it cautivating myself with its mood. What I mean is that, there were a lot of people looking for the same: a new experience, just look, know people, most of this people are not looking for commercial tourism, just some experience.

There are a lot of foreigners. The day I arrived I found the streets full of Japanese people, just before the Honolulu Marathon. I watched them, not all of them be be unfair, but in the commercial mood, you know? On the other hand there are people living there, because they move from crowded cities, or another rhythm of live. May be surfers, or just travelers.

I found it interesting, because Cusco is about the same, in terms of people moving there, working or running business, just because the city is magic, and you can find people from everywhere. As in Honolulu, in the commercial mood, or just the mystical mood. I went there in both so I can explain how it feels!.

Both are not big cities, one is right in front of the sea (or in the middle of nowehere in the Pacific Ocean) the other, in the middle of the mountains. In both, you can feel the mood of the native people, or the people that just move there lo enjoy living on sush a place like this.

By the way, take the "Cosmopolitan" definition in the way you want. For me it is just to have different cultures, and moods in the same place.