Americas

Andrés Carne de Res

09
Feb
2014
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Andrés Carne de Res
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Most people visit Chia (Colombia), a small town just outside of Bogota to have a fantastic evening in the world famous “Andrés Carne de Res”.

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Straight lines in Sao Paulo

07
Dec
2013
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Zebra crossing in Sao Paulo
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

“There are no straight lines or right angles in nature.” That’s a very common believe and it’s definitely a fact that most of the times you see them, they are man made.

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Shark Attack

03
Apr
2013
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Shark above your head
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Nature

I shot a shark. Well… a photo of a shark in the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta (USA).

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Jogando Capoeira

23
Mar
2013
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Capoeira
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

If you read about capoeira, you inevitably make a journey through Brazilian history. Origins of the martial art lie in Angola, from where traditions were shipped across the Atlantic ocean along with countless African slaves. In their hostile environment slaves would say they were dancing when a colonist came along but really they were practicing fighting and preparing to fight back.

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The Lemmings of Teotihuacán

04
Nov
2012
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Tourists climbing the pyramids of Teotihuacán, Mexico
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

I am sure you remember the Lemmings video game. It was originally developed for the Comodore Amiga but in case you don’t know what I am talking about, you can play it online here.

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Mexican Bridesmaids

24
Sep
2012
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Bridesmaids
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

Bridesmaids are members of the bride’s party in a wedding including the maid of honor who is often a close friend or sister. She attends to the bride before or during the wedding.

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The Bulls of Barretos

25
Aug
2012
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Rodeo
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Barretos (Brazil) is a small town in the northern part of the state of Sao Paulo. Founded in 1854, with currently about 100,000 inhabitants it would probably have stayed a rather insignificant rural town if it wasn’t for 20 young men.

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(Everyone Is) One of a Kind

07
Aug
2012
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School Parade
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Isn’t it funny – on one hand, we learn in very early years of our lives that every single person in the world is unique. It still impresses me that there are not two people on this planet who have the same finger prints.

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3 Memories of Bogota

06
Jul
2012
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Plaza de Armas (Bogota)
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Two weeks back I have been to Bogota (Colombia). It’s a fascinating city and as I only had a vague and maybe distorted imagination of the place, it was a place full of surprises. Here three of the many I took as memories with me:

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Beyond the Clouds

10
Jun
2012
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Above clouds
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

For a big part of last week, this is how I saw the world: from above.

Dubai-Washington D.C.- Dallas and the same route back within 7 days is definitely not a usual week. When I was flying over this beautiful carpet of clouds I wondered how they form. After a bit of reading: the ones in the picture probably happen to be fair weather cumulus clouds which generally come with good weather. They have a flat basis, don’t grow very tall and rising air makes flying below them rather turbulent (as you can see, it was not the case during my flight). This is also the kind of cloud that imaginative people can see all kinds of familiar shapes in (dogs, cats, elephants, faces,…) and that painters often capture on canvas when painting landscapes.

Their massive appearance early in the morning was a reliable sign that parts of Tennessee (USA) probably still saw some thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening of that day.

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Illumination

05
May
2012
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Christo Redemptor
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Today’s story is about the illumination of the statue “Christ the Redeemer” in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

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Guerrilla Marketing

28
Oct
2011
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Fashion shop in Guatemala
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Dios bendiga este negocio de ropa americana y quienes lo visitan  − God bless this American fashion shop and all its visitors. (Quezaltenango/Guatemala)

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Classy Cuba

24
Oct
2011
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Oldtimer in Cuba
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Cars are probably the most valuable luxury items in Cuba.

Up until the revolution in 1960, Cuba was the largest importer of American cars, mostly the huge ones that so many of us look back on today as a romantic relic of the past.

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Walk like an Inca

17
Oct
2011
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Women walking on shore of Lake Titicaca
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

The Incas did not know the wheel, nor did they have horses. Nevertheless, they built the most elaborate network of roads and bridges of any ancient culture. It  linked together about 40,000 kilometres of roadway, more than 23,000 kilometers of it were nicely paved.

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Eye-to-eye with the jaguar

11
Sep
2011
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Jaguar - Pantanal/Brazil
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Nature

Wow, what an encounter. Drifting in log boat down a river somewhere in the Pantanal (Brazil), I suddenly looked into the face of a female jaguar. It was a short moment of eye-to-eye before the lady followed her cub.

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