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Weekly Photo: Small Town Galicia

by Elena on April 22, 2010

Disappearing GaliciaSmall towns across Galicia are left deserted as their inhabitants make their way to the cities where jobs are more plentiful.

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Weekly Photo: Mothers of Plaza de Mayo

by Elena on April 14, 2010

Abuelas de Plaza de MayoEvery Thursday you will find women with white scarves tied around their heads marching around the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires.  The white scarves symbolize baby blankets, in memory of the lost children of the Dirty War.  During this war, people mysteriously “disappeared,” and were often tortured and then killed.  The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo met in an effort to find their missing sons and daughters.  The mothers have since turned into grandmothers, and while the motives have changed over the years, you can be certain to see women marching on Thursday.Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo

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Weekly Photo: Plaza Mayor Madrid

by Elena on March 17, 2010

Madrid Plaza Mayor

The Plaza Mayor is always packed with people wandering around taking pictures or sitting down for a drink.  It is as much touristy as it is beautiful, which explains the exorbitant prices for a cafe con leche and tapas, but the Plaza Mayor still merits a visit, just go for tapas elsewhere.   We saw many people drinking a bottle of wine underneath the statue of King Phillip III, and while the practice of drinking in public (the botellon) is quite popular, it is still very much illegal, so do so at your own risk. Madrid Plaza Mayor

The Plaza Mayor is the main plaza in Madrid and is situated just a few blocks away from the Puerta del Sol, the busy square that marks the official starting point for Spain’s national roads.  The plaza is surrounded by residential buildings with balconies overlooking the plaza.  If you look closely to certain buildings, you will see painted façades.Madrid Plaza Mayor

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Weekly Photo: Pulpeiro in Galicia

by Elena on March 4, 2010

Pulpo Octopus in Galicia Spain

Pulpeiro is a person who sells pulpo (octopus).  Every week, in the small towns surrounding Ourense, Galicia, there are markets where locals can buy a ration of pulpo to take home to their family.  This market is in the town of Cartelle.  People here buy the pulpo and eat it at the local bar.  The man above has been a pulpeiro for a very long time, quite the expert on these little critters.  My great-grandfather used to order octopus from him when my grandmother was a child.  He was very willing to show us his merchandise and let us taste before we made our purchase.

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Weekly Photo: The Stone Tree In Bolivia

by Elena on February 24, 2010

Stone Tree In BoliviaSouth of the Salar de Uyuni, en route to San Pedro de Altacama Chile, sits El Arbol de Piedra or the Stone Tree.  Wind and sand formed the stone structure in the middle of the Bolivian Altiplano.  Most tours of Salar de Uyuni pass through the Altiplano, one of the highest plateaus in the world.

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Weekly Photo: Modern Art at MOMA New York City

by Elena on February 18, 2010

MOMA in New York CityEnjoying modern art at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

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Weekly Photo: Giant Chess In Geneva

by Elena on February 11, 2010

Giant Chess in Bastions Park Geneva Switzerland1

The Promenade des Bations in Geneva, Switzerland used to be a botanical garden, but now it is a park full of statues of important figures and event in Swiss history.  We stopped to watch a game of chess, giant chess, but were way to intimidated to consider joining in.  Although one of the spectators was friendly enough to invite us, everyone else was enthralled, ignoring the two American girls looking on.  I got to say I am curious what they do with the chess pieces at the end of the day.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they leave them there.  I felt a sense of safety in all of Switzerland, where everything seemed to run effortlessly and with almost too perfect precision.  Leaving something out in the open would never fly in Washington Square Park, another popular chess spot, where some privileged fellow would certainly snag them.

Giant Chess in Bastions Park Geneva Switzerland

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Weekly Photo: Greek Soldier in Athens

by Elena on February 2, 2010

Greek Soldier in Athens GreeceThe men that guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are called the Evzones.  They used to be a part of the Greek army and today they are an elite ceremonial unit.  There are strict requirements, including a height requirement of 1.86 meters, if you want to become a Evzone.  The tomb they guard is located in Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece.  The tomb honors the anonymous Greek soldiers that have died in combat.  Every hour you can watch the change of the guard ceremony and on Sundays the ceremony is much more ornate and elaborate.  The skirt, knee garters, and pom poms may seem contradictory of a soldier to some, but the uniforms are very similar to the Bavarian style worn in the past by fighters in the Greek War of Independence.

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Children Playing in Cuernavaca Mexico

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Weekly Photo: Vancouver Cloudy Skyline

by Elena on January 20, 2010

Vancouver Skyline

This picture was taken from Stanley Park in Vancouver, on a particularly cloudy day.

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