Into literary travelogue. Been to 22 countries, 46 US states. Now studying archaeology in the Mediterranean (Master's). Ditch negativity. Get offline more, man.

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Hello! I'm collaborating on an exhibition in Barcelona showing the diversity of Filipino identity: at home and abroad, and from the distant past until today. If you know anybody who might want to support Philippine heritage, please pass 'em this! Thank you!ulule.com/exhibition-filipin…
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Chasing war on the 18th-century #GrandTour. On @JSTOR, why young men on holiday sought out battlefronts across Europe. @S_Goldsmith_ explains the allure of danger in contemporary masculinity. jstor.org/stable/j.ctvk3gp1g… #twitterstorians
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Approaching Queenstown, on the South Island of New Zealand. Taken with an antique square-format camera from West Germany. The film was damaged physically-- by crushing, I guess, and then radiation from X-rays at the airport.
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The truck dropped us off at the bus pickup spot-- a sort of strip mall with a fried chicken restaurant inside-- after dark. There was no light pollution here. I looked up: Honduran stars. Our bus roared in, full of yellow light, rather unreal, curtains flapping in the windows
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Apologies for the self-retweets. I rather liked some of this stuff I posted in December
I rented a sleeper cabin and got a little drunk on a train from Bucharest to Budapest. Snow was falling. I lay on my back on the lower bunk, propped against the interior wall with a pillow, looking out the window. Darkened countryside and scattered rural lights glided past.
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In Amman I bought paper cups and a new packet of Egyptian razor blades from a kiosk down the street. I went back to the apartment kitchen at dusk and made mint tea on the propane stove and gave it to my friends. When I was done, I was careful to close the valve on the tank
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winter travel the thrill of discovery howling wind
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Sunset on a summer evening at New Year's. Buenos Aires, about a decade ago
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For those who haven’t yet discovered Ellen Meloy, this #book can serve as a gateway drug to her profound, sometimes deceptively breezy work. hcne.ws/2M4aVs0
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Not a book, but an artist, Hiroshi Yoshida. Japanese woodblock painter recording South Asia & Near East among others. One of most wonderful non-western travel artists.
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Last travel shot for today. This was taken in the abandoned Postclassic/Contact-era Maya city of... Well, Tulum. 2014. Seems I was there just before the tourist boom. I lay on an empty beach in my hammock in moonlight. Place was half-empty during the day. Suppose it's changed.
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Somewhere over Hispaniola (the island with Haiti and the Dominican Republic on it) in 2014. Just a shot from a passenger jet. Turns out, film gets extremely grainy at altitude because of all the UV flying around up there. The vintage effect was worth it.
On the southwest coast of New Zealand, I took a sightseeing ferry out into Milford Sound. It was autumn. This is a film shot: Kodak's landscape-focused Ektar 100. The camera is a late-nineties Canon Rebel G.
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Hello! I'm collaborating on an exhibition in Barcelona showing the diversity of Filipino identity: at home and abroad, and from the distant past until today. If you know anybody who might want to support Philippine heritage, please pass 'em this! Thank you!ulule.com/exhibition-filipin…
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tea smoke rising into the New Year sky Issa
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a new year begins before sunrise cold morning Ogawa
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I'll be going to a New Year's party here in Barcelona in a few hours with a bunch of good-hearted Filipinos. In the meantime I'm pregaming on Martiniquais cane rum, listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival, and baking a loaf of bread to surprise one of my friends with later.
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So I spent a few seasons in tech support, memorizing poetry in the quiet hours of the night
To see a World in a Grain of Sand Where in sunshine reaching out, Eastern cities, miles about Something lost, behind the ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go! ...And though thy soul sail leagues and leagues beyond,— Still, leagues beyond those leagues, there is more sea.
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A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. Italo Calvino
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“No two countries that both have a McDonald’s have ever fought a war against each other,” Thomas L. Friedman wrote in 1996. Soon after, the U.S.-led NATO bombing campaign against Serbia started. From November 2020: buff.ly/3fOUahm
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