Another detail from the Philadelphia Magic Gardens, which are a giant museum of outsider art, with every flat surface of an old building mosaic'ed, often with pieces of mirror. It's a fun spot and worth a moment if you're ever in Philadelphia. On the flip side -- cheesesteak sandwiches are pretty much not worth it. Sorry.
Your intrepid correspondents, stuck for the most part in the U.S. this year, have done their able best to explore everything within reasonable driving distance that we haven't seen on previous spins through Washington/Arlington. In November, we made a weekend trip to Philadelphia, a thoroughly enjoyable city that we had only ever visited previously for exactly 24 hours due to problems with connecting flights to Europe. Philly is a swell town, but somehow other than pictures involving a baby in front of some famous landmark, we only managed to take pictures at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens, pictured above. More soon.
We think maybe we're going to get it together to post some more stuff here. I don't know how. We've been pretty busy learning Portuguese and keeping a baby alive. This will under no circumstances turn into a blog where we post stories about our family. But a lot of our photographic efforts have gone into pictures prominently featuring a baby, lately, and so we've had an inadvertent pause. But we've been doing this thing too long to just let it die out of inattention now, so we're going to try to get some more travel photos up here soon for whatever modest audience we ever had -- hopefully enough to fill the gap until we can start sharing photos from Brazil sometime in January!
This journal once chronicled the experience of a low-level American diplomat living in Guatemala. Then he went to Latvia, and Afghanistan, and then back "home" to Washington, DC for a bit. He is now serving in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. If you are one of the few people of no blood relation to the authors who has come here in search of Guatemalan content, here are a few choices from the archives that we like:
In Afghanistan, the photographic opportunities were often limited to what we could sneak with a point-and-shoot camera out the bulletproof window of a speeding SUV. But sometimes we got out and about. A few favorites from that tour:
We've also vacationed aggressively in each region we've been posted in, and taken some epic home leave trips, usually leading to better photos than those where we were posted. Those photos are included in the blog, but somehow holiday snaps seem beneath this sidebar.