Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New London, Connecticut, USA

New London, once one of the world's largest whaling ports, has its very own whaling wall. It was a week-long project done by America's most well-known mural artist, Wyland. (See his signature?) Between 1981 and 2008, Wyland painted over 100 whales on walls all around the world. [2008]

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Whangarei, New Zealand

Rainy days are perfect for capturing whales on walls. Where? In Whagarei. You may think that is perfect alliteration, but: Whangarei is pronounced Fongaray, with an F. Does that mean whale is pronounced fale in Whangarei? [2011]

Monday, May 2, 2016

Seoul, South Korea

What could be better than one computer at your fingertips? Four computers, each one the size of a cell phone. In fact, they are cell phones, and they help him make his deliveries each day in the Yongsan electronics district of Seoul. Think they are made by (a) Apple or (b) Samsung? [2016]

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Yerevan, Armenia

Let's strum in the month of May. Strum: it's an example of onomatopoeia, a category of words that originate with the sound of whatever inspired them. Hum is another example of onomatopoeia. Strum and hum: It's what we do with the guitar. [2015]

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

He has spent every year of his life waiting for the direct rays of the sun to arrive. When they do, he orders them to stop and go back to where they came from. Apollo always heeds the admonition. The Never Alone people of Todos Santos have the power of saints: They reside on the Tropic of Cancer! [2016]

Friday, April 29, 2016

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In the center of Kuala Lumpur, at the point where the Klang and Gombak rivers meet, not even the mosques can win the battle with skyscrapers for visual dominance. Commerce comes before creed in most world cities, and KL is no exception. [2011]

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hong Kong SAR, China

The Arch celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The archway itself permits dragons from the hills on the mainland side of Hong Kong to pass directly through on their way to the water. Keeping the dragons happy brings good luck, just ask any feng shui master. The whole idea of feng shui is to block negative energy and allow positive energy to flow. [2011]