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Coney Island Joy

Coney Island is not only an iconic landmark in the USA, it is also a haven for the inner child. Built in 1904, it’s located on the other side of the boardwalk, overlooking the ocean in Brooklyn. Luna Park, the amusement park, is full of families from many cultures. While standing on the pier overlooking the vast ocean, you can hear the laughter of Puerto Ricans dancing merengue. This is overlapped by the whipping sound of the fishing rods as they stream through the air, followed by an excited hurray, being chimed in a heavy Russian accent. Whether you are eating fried Oreos or conversing with the locals, this wacky wonderland assures a multicultural and colorful experience. dsc09300DSC09506.jpgDSC09497.jpgDSC09472DSC09450DSC09404DSC09482dsc09307



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The sailboat, Grateful has been traveling the waters since 2018. Duane sold his house in California and decided to buy a boat in Turgutreis, Turkey and head out through the Mediterranean. It was interesting sailing and speaking to him about the difficulty of traveling during lockdown, as it can be sometimes difficult to enter ports/marinas in certain locations. Here are some impressions of grateful out on the waters. ⛵️
In many cultures, cemeteries are sacred places that require specific conduct when people walk through them. They are regarded as places that welcome different identities, representing a certain culture. I present to you a graveyard surrounded by cow fields somewhere in Belgium, where WW2 veterans lie and those awaiting to join their loved ones in the family grave, have their name carved into the tombstone.
Over the summer, Budapest’s prestigious, 155 years old University of the Arts and Theatre (SZFE) was placed under the governance of a private foundation. It was another display of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s “war on culture”. In other words, a Fidesz party clamp down on liberalism or even opposition sentiment. The “private foundation” has begun taking charge of the university by welcoming unelected board of trustees, who are directly funded by Fidesz.
It is all about finding the beauty in the mundane. Film developed of a lonely beach house in Caparica, Lisbon 💙
Philomena and her husband, Nuno own a small laundry shop in Alfama. They have a big washing machine that has been kicking for the last 25 years and gets the work done. They have suffered financial setbacks due to the last year and a half of slow business. The pandemic suprised Philomena because of the division she sees in her neighborhood. People seem divided and instead of keeping together and checking in on each other, neighbors show endless disdain and a lack of empathy. Since restrictions were lifted, and a slowly flourishing tourism is returning, money will flow into the neighborhood and she will see a change. “Let’s see, Alfama will have to pick itself up,” she positively says.
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