Arabic/Chinese calligraphy intersects at a Chinese Muslim temple in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia - Oct 2012Arabic/Chinese calligraphy intersects at a Chinese Muslim temple in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia - Oct 2012
Camels!!!!! Inner Mongolia, Oct 2012Camels!!!!! Inner Mongolia, Oct 2012Camels!!!!! Inner Mongolia, Oct 2012Camels!!!!! Inner Mongolia, Oct 2012Camels!!!!! Inner Mongolia, Oct 2012
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Lamassary (Monastery) in inner mongolia - October 2012Lamassary (Monastery) in inner mongolia - October 2012Lamassary (Monastery) in inner mongolia - October 2012
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Torpids (Oxford end of term intercollegiate crew races) go Magdalen! (not sure if people really ever say that) Hilary Term 2013 (almost a year ago now!)Torpids (Oxford end of term intercollegiate crew races) go Magdalen! (not sure if people really ever say that) Hilary Term 2013 (almost a year ago now!)
Wandering around colonialism: we came across these structures that were tributes to the 1492 voyages of Columbus and to Isabella and Fernando. Madrid celebrates in a way I don’t approve of. History is history, though.Wandering around colonialism: we came across these structures that were tributes to the 1492 voyages of Columbus and to Isabella and Fernando. Madrid celebrates in a way I don’t approve of. History is history, though.Wandering around colonialism: we came across these structures that were tributes to the 1492 voyages of Columbus and to Isabella and Fernando. Madrid celebrates in a way I don’t approve of. History is history, though.Wandering around colonialism: we came across these structures that were tributes to the 1492 voyages of Columbus and to Isabella and Fernando. Madrid celebrates in a way I don’t approve of. History is history, though.Wandering around colonialism: we came across these structures that were tributes to the 1492 voyages of Columbus and to Isabella and Fernando. Madrid celebrates in a way I don’t approve of. History is history, though.Wandering around colonialism: we came across these structures that were tributes to the 1492 voyages of Columbus and to Isabella and Fernando. Madrid celebrates in a way I don’t approve of. History is history, though.
"Birds converge on abandoned stroller""Birds converge on abandoned stroller"
Palacio Real, the largest royal palace in Western Europe!
Plaza Mayor, Madrid 2013
Me too, Audrey. Me too.
One of my favourite things about this summer has been the New York Public Library. Outdoor reading room at Bryant Park and the Rose Reading Room are great, that’s expected. But the most incredible thing is that I can get ANY book amongst the 15,634,320 books in the NYPL catalogue delivered to ANY library location - including the one INSIDE my subway station! WHAT IS THIS PARADISE!?! I do not know what to do with all the riches bestowed upon me.

(pictured: eclectic fourth of july long weekend reading)

yesterday in Bryant Park, I stopped to consult the giant park map and overheard two kids say to their parents: “Well thanks Mom, for bringing us to the most boring place ever.”

I always think things but never say them out loud (especially not to unknown children) but this time I just said, kindly, “This place isn’t boring, this place is great! You should thank your parents for bringing you here.”

I said it with a smile, to make it better, but the parents definitely appreciated it, they looked at me and smiled and said “Thank you,” then to their kids,”see what that nice girl said?”

I like seeing parents bring their children to parks and libraries and museums and I hope those kids had a good day and appreciated what their parents were trying to do for them.

Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid
we couldn’t go inside, but the exterior was stunning enough and I was happy just being around a library :) also we got to take cool album cover photos on the imposing steps so yeah that happenedBiblioteca Nacional, Madrid
we couldn’t go inside, but the exterior was stunning enough and I was happy just being around a library :) also we got to take cool album cover photos on the imposing steps so yeah that happenedBiblioteca Nacional, Madrid
we couldn’t go inside, but the exterior was stunning enough and I was happy just being around a library :) also we got to take cool album cover photos on the imposing steps so yeah that happened

starting off the fourth of july

with a beautiful mug of Earl Grey*

After that, Inhye and I are going to go to the Highline and then Chelsea Market and then…well, I don’t know! We might join Marissa in the evening for fireworks. :)

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*more detail on the mug to come, August 10th