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Budapest: castles, pinball and deliciousness

once again I totally adored the history, and if you fancy a castle Budapest is totally your city. so blessed to have arrived after the snow, so the benefit of the sparkly gorgeousness but zero of the dealing with the actual fall of it.

museum curation was not a strong suit of the city but for my favourite museum who needs a curation….

Danube meanderings

Danube meanderings

Danube meanderings II

Danube meanderings II

awesome space : house of terror (terror haza)

awesome space : house of terror (terror haza)

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flippermuzeum.hu

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for anyone who ever said not another boring museum....your antidote the Pinball Museum. Hell yes.

 

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the whirlwind of highlights : 7 months based out of england

time in england, meant a superb base for travelling in Europe - and there was a a lot  of that.  time for the next new thing: Ibague, Colombia for 2018.

capturing what I saw and did here is pretty simple: the Thames

 

from the belltower to the start line of the Henley Royal Regatta

from the belltower to the start line of the Henley Royal Regatta

Henley on Thames at its gloaming best

Henley on Thames at its gloaming best

well maybe second best

well maybe second best

boating

boating

winter bike commutes do pay off

winter bike commutes do pay off

countryside walking

 

summer storms

summer storms

dartmoor national park

dartmoor national park

sunday morning are made for snow walking 

sunday morning are made for snow walking 

galleries, museums and public spaces

the ghastly and awesome surgery museum London

the ghastly and awesome surgery museum London

chester catherdral

chester catherdral

cathedral st andrew

cathedral st andrew

leake street

leake street

and the two things I'll miss the most:

Reebok CrossFit Reading

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RCFR has definitely been one of my favourites about living in England - had such a great time training with everyone over the last 6 or so months, was made to feel so incredibly welcome. 

And these amazing Henley gentlemen:

 

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sure there’s the antiquities, but

yes I adored the history, walking in the footsteps of the Romans, being blown away by the opulence of the Medicis but really the surprising highlight of both Roma & Firenze was the street art 

Roma: by @tvboy for Greenpeace 

Roma: by @tvboy for Greenpeace 

Roma: can’t remember the last time I saw this, and complete with tagged insides too

Roma: can’t remember the last time I saw this, and complete with tagged insides too

Roma, as close as I got to faux gladiators 

Roma, as close as I got to faux gladiators 

Firenze the everywhere art of @cletabrham, @exit/enter, @apo_art and plenty more legacy from #fcvfirenze

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and then the last walk before leaving - ironically to the Uffizi  - threw up a few more.... 

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the winter that wasn’t meant to be

So the original intent wasn’t to do a European winter, almost a month in and the past week has proved to me there are some redeeming aspects. 

Exhibit I: Urban area snow 

Hambleden

Hambleden

getting to lay the first footsteps, Hambleden weir

getting to lay the first footsteps, Hambleden weir

Exhibit II: Public Art on the stark Vitava riverside and surrounds of Prague

David Cerny - babies

David Cerny - babies

David Cerny - hanging man (with bird) 

David Cerny - hanging man (with bird) 

Jaroslav Róna - Kafka

Jaroslav Róna - Kafka

Exhibit III: Prague = barren parks, icy breath and awesome buildings

a city solely of throw-ups

a city solely of throw-ups

National theatre  

National theatre  

Prague Castle complex totally enthralled me...proving nothing can be too over the top

St Vitus Cathedral I

St Vitus Cathedral I

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St Vitus Cathedral II

St Vitus Cathedral III

St Vitus Cathedral III

Old Jewish cemetery   

Old Jewish cemetery

 

another city stealing my heart

bizarre end to the bike lane 

bizarre end to the bike lane 

Lisbon has totally captivated me - is it wrong to have a list for what a city needs, I am definitely erring on the not side. 

So the attributes required to make it gritty and liveable I've learnt for me are comprised of four simple things:

Amazing urban spaces and art

street scapes and buildings where too much decoration is never enough.  The 18th and 19thC building tiles have morphed for 21stC into tags, throwups and murals; adornment seems to be in the DNA here.

 

why limit yourself to one lion

why limit yourself to one lion

crazily they get stolen off the walls and sold : who does that? 

crazily they get stolen off the walls and sold : who does that? 

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can't believe I found @utopía.artist again - Valparisio via loads of places to Lisboa  

can't believe I found @utopía.artist again - Valparisio via loads of places to Lisboa  

Killer coffee and food 

since 1950 cork tree wood fired coffee roaster  

since 1950 cork tree wood fired coffee roaster  

where coffee with milk is an abberation

where a steak sandwich is dessert

where a pasteis is breakfast

where you get ripe cheese and aged port at the local store 

when I grow up my bodega will only sell cheese, fruit and port too

when I grow up my bodega will only sell cheese, fruit and port too

where you can eat barnacles

Gooseneck barnacles and an imperial the best second lunch 

Gooseneck barnacles and an imperial the best second lunch 

Close to the water

Pedestrian friendly

and lastly totally walkable ideally with hills and doubling back narrow roads (and yes ok, old school gyms) 

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relics and reclaimed city

So Berlin, totally captivated.

It's the simple stuff super connected public transport, a city brought back to life by immigration, repurposed public space, super cool legacy reclaimed spaces.

been about street art    

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can't remember last time I saw #paintedtrains

can't remember last time I saw #paintedtrains

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sunsets and beer 

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unbelievably awesome linked up public transport, with essentially an honour system ticketing approach plus crazy on the spot fines

beer gardens like you imagine, plus crazy arts/music/outdoor space mashups  

and rhubarb juice @https://www.pratergarten.de/

and rhubarb juice @https://www.pratergarten.de/

and coffee @raw-gelande

and coffee @raw-gelande

and trying to get a handle on the Cold War, I now know I wouldn't cope in a 14 day shelter with 3338 people!  lucky they've all been decommissioned  

Machinations of Stasi, completely worth exploring, gorgeous furniture vs appalling techniques and legacy  

subway station Pankstrasse doubling as a fallout shelter

subway station Pankstrasse doubling as a fallout shelter

H1 Stasi main administrative building, now http://www.stasimuseum.de/

H1 Stasi main administrative building, now http://www.stasimuseum.de/

Prisoner transfer van, disguised as delivery truck 

Prisoner transfer van, disguised as delivery truck 

stained glass

stained glass

Minister's Secretariat phone - complete with instructions about who he would speak to and how his breakfast had to be laid out

Minister's Secretariat phone - complete with instructions about who he would speak to and how his breakfast had to be laid out

NYC in delay

NYC - and to be specific Brooklyn was all about art and walking.

Manhattan storms  

Manhattan storms  

So much beauty in the street art, all the way back to the subway commissions to memorials to pieces.  

words not in the least necessary

 

little Italy @solusstreetart

little Italy @solusstreetart

East Harlem #segoyovbal

East Harlem #segoyovbal

Bushwick

Bushwick

bed-stuy #rockoandzimmer

bed-stuy #rockoandzimmer

Bushwick 

Bushwick 

East Williamsburg FC Crew

East Williamsburg FC Crew

7th Avenue subway  

7th Avenue subway  

back in CDMX

back to one of my favourite cities, CDMX.

proof made it out of the city limits : Avenue of the Dead, Teotihuacan

proof made it out of the city limits : Avenue of the Dead, Teotihuacan

Six pretty simple reasons: 

1.  unbelievably good food wherever you look from the street vendors to the local restaurants to a world top 50

market tostada <$2

market tostada <$2

2.  gorgeous - even if some is a little tired - architecture

 

could that slant have anything to do with abandonment? 

could that slant have anything to do with abandonment? 

3.  old school muscle cars in regular use 

Miguel Hidalgo hood

Miguel Hidalgo hood

4.  informal urban planning from fantastic street art and sculptures

 

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5.  quirky local barrio museos and the world class serious ones too

 

Museo del juguete antiguo México  

Museo del juguete antiguo México  

Museo de la memoria y tolerancia

Museo de la memoria y tolerancia

6.  a wonderful city for walking, moving through each barrio feels like a change with new vibe and feel, always new

multiple countries in one (and a lot of 70s/80s)

astonished by how diverse Colombia is: the climate, geography, flora/fauna and cities

it's been like spending time in four different countries

heydey? contemporary cars are plated by city  

heydey? contemporary cars are plated by city  

Bogotá: far, far colder than I care for, kickarse street art, Museo de Oro which is going to pale every future gold museum I go to into insignificance, corner stores doubling as bars

bling to covet - articulated joints &amp; around 40mm2

bling to covet - articulated joints & around 40mm2

Totally in a time warp, made all the more amusing by what appeared to be a 1970's gangsta movie being shot in the main plaza

main plaza Villa de Lleyva

main plaza Villa de Lleyva

Medellín: suddenly warmer, super agreeable spring weather, pockets of green loads of neighborhood parks, one way loop streets and the cleanest metro I have been on worldwide.  Fell in love with the tea salons and the la memoria museum photos and video montages

 

La Memoria : Medellín  

La Memoria : Medellín  

Guatape in the background of what was obviously a drug money summer house

Guatape in the background of what was obviously a drug money summer house

Cartagena: indescribable light, gorgeous colonial buildings, boganvillia, pretending to be a pirate and an inquisition museum with real gallows and guillotine.  Who does that?

 

the cliche sunset Cartagena shot

the cliche sunset Cartagena shot

Pretending to get lost in the jungle, 4 days lost city hiking.  I didn't know there was so much green.

 

tiny portion of all the greens

tiny portion of all the greens

And just off the coast, Caribbean islas with national parks and views to melt for

 

Isla Grande - sunset

Isla Grande - sunset

Isla Grande all the blues

Isla Grande all the blues

Bogotá + rain = finding the street art

wanting to be outside but rain hampering biking meant the day on foot with the streets as my gallery

 

wall of cats : APC www.animalez.org

wall of cats : APC www.animalez.org

@orfanatostudiograffiti

@orfanatostudiograffiti

sublime stencil work : @stinkfishstink

sublime stencil work : @stinkfishstink

mandala : APC www.animalez.org

mandala : APC www.animalez.org

metamorfosis : nepo son corographico apc records

metamorfosis : nepo son corographico apc records

saint hell cat exert : @wardesignco

saint hell cat exert : @wardesignco

Bogotá via Mexico : @Hugo.Huitzi

Bogotá via Mexico : @Hugo.Huitzi

@veraprimavera

@veraprimavera

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1/3 wall : APC www.animalez.org

1/3 wall : APC www.animalez.org

@stinkfishstink APC www.animalez.org

@stinkfishstink APC www.animalez.org

DJLU @JuegoSiempre

DJLU @JuegoSiempre

DJLU @JuegoSiempre

DJLU @JuegoSiempre

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eyes I : @rodez_art

eyes I : @rodez_art

eyes II : @rodez_art

eyes II : @rodez_art

nómada : nomadagraffiti.blogspot.com.co&nbsp;

nómada : nomadagraffiti.blogspot.com.co 

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centre of the world

both hemispheres / w the literal equator line

both hemispheres / w the literal equator line

ended up in Quito for longer than planned - the flood disaster in Perú closing the Pan American both north & south meaning flying here

turned out fortuitous - everywhere you turn is sublime architecture

 

Quito Cathedral

Quito Cathedral

under renovation Teatro Bolívar

under renovation Teatro Bolívar

Basílica del Voto Nacional

Basílica del Voto Nacional

over the top gothic and to add to the bizarreness there at the same time as an Ecuadorean boy band filming.  Bad beyond description 

decay too

decay too

even more than usual taking advantage of public transport, security guards in the strangest places and vibrant murals  

 

as best I could tell - from the bus - guarding a torte vendor... 

as best I could tell - from the bus - guarding a torte vendor... 

when the bus terminates unexpectedly in places unknown, and the down hill walk throws up this gorgeous wall

when the bus terminates unexpectedly in places unknown, and the down hill walk throws up this gorgeous wall

the centre of not just the world but also access to brilliant day hikes: think volcanoes, craters, canyons, gorges

Quilotoa crater hiking and wildflowers

Quilotoa crater hiking and wildflowers

zumbahua canyon &nbsp;

zumbahua canyon  

and the cutest and smallest ice-creams I have ever seen, more or less 2 teaspoons  

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for good measure one last archiporn  

temporary home : old town

temporary home : old town

time travelling Lima

evening street food highlight sweet potato donuts....

evening street food highlight sweet potato donuts....

taking time with Lima - especially as it's going to be the nearest place I can call to home, for a while.

to be more specific, it feels like there's a multi faceted time portal here, accompanied by some kick arse urban planning [well at least in my bubble of the Pacific sided districts and downtown].

Huaca Pucllana: contemporary Lima all but swallows up the clay &amp; adobe stepped pyramid, unbelievably even more in middle of town than Giza pyramid&nbsp;

Huaca Pucllana: contemporary Lima all but swallows up the clay & adobe stepped pyramid, unbelievably even more in middle of town than Giza pyramid 

parks, playgrounds, bike paths, plazas

the eras that have left indelible marks in Lima and with me

18th &amp; 19th century churches and palaces, especially the sunset azure of iglesia la recoleta

18th & 19th century churches and palaces, especially the sunset azure of iglesia la recoleta

1920's bars and 1930's apartments  

1920's bars and 1930's apartments  

1960's cafes: cafe, chilcanos &amp; limonada  

1960's cafes: cafe, chilcanos & limonada  

back at sea level and well and truly back on my caffeine habit [surprised how easy my self imposed cold turkey of six weeks went, no shakes, no headaches, no convulsions].  Gotta love a bow tied waiter, no?

 

1980-2000 - civil war, incredibly impressed with the commitment to remember through photo and video documentation&nbsp;

1980-2000 - civil war, incredibly impressed with the commitment to remember through photo and video documentation 

 

and those Pacific sunsets

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marker of the city : La Paz

Always a marker of how much I like a city is the street art.  La Paz has it in spades running the gamut political, murals, tags, pieces, throwups. All over.  Love this city^

no further words necessary

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&nbsp;El Marsh ojocerrado.com

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@jodidodiego

@jodidodiego

@jodidoiego

@jodidoiego

acme2

acme2

#asarte21

#asarte21

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#21F Día de la Mentira [day of the lies] one year since the referendum results ignored

#21F Día de la Mentira [day of the lies] one year since the referendum results ignored

^21F tear gas and all

^21F tear gas and all