Barcelona: En Fuego

Last night was our first night in Barcelona: the second half of our trip and from what I can tell by niche número uno it also promises to be the more exciting half. Don't get me wrong. Paris is lovely. Rife with fashionable locals and drenched with European culture but most certainly the more bourgeois … Continue reading Barcelona: En Fuego

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Street Art In Montmarte: From The District That Inspired A New School

Today was the last day of our trip to Paris and we spent it enjoying the D'Orsay museum that houses the more "provocative" art from the late 19th century and early 20th century. I went expecting the impressionists to be the period that I would find most inspiring, but was introduced to an education on … Continue reading Street Art In Montmarte: From The District That Inspired A New School

The Best Art In Paris: The Locals, Not The Louvre

Today is our last day in Paris and I am pleased to say that I feel like I have had proper "anthropological" experiences outside of the tourist obligations. We have enjoyed people-watching and chats with strangers (as best we could...finding that my limited Spanish was a big help in communicating with the French), walks through … Continue reading The Best Art In Paris: The Locals, Not The Louvre

Some Paris Art and Montmarte

It's about noonish and we realized its time to get up after a very full day and night taking in the scenery. Here is some of the view from day two. I even found a space invader (google it) under the bridge to the Louvre. The photos and anything I can talk about in Public … Continue reading Some Paris Art and Montmarte

There’s No Vacation From A Commitment

So I am leaving tonight with my wife on our "official" honeymoon to Paris and Barcelona ....one year after the big event.. Because who has the energy or cash to go on a big European vacation after spending all of it on a big damn wedding? Well, maybe some people. But I am, after all, … Continue reading There’s No Vacation From A Commitment

The Anthropological Dog: Observing Humans From a Canine Point of View

Probably the biggest challenge for any cultural anthropologist is in the practice of objectivity:  removing what you know or believe about the world so you can look at social and cultural facts without judgement and try to understand them from a neutral, scientific point of view.  In that vein, I often explain to my friends, … Continue reading The Anthropological Dog: Observing Humans From a Canine Point of View

Defining Street Culture?

It's easy in conversations about urban culture and even youth culture to lump in the concept of "street culture" as an overlapping component. The topic I am currently pondering is where, exactly, those overlaps exist. When I think about urbanization and urban culture, a lot of definitions come to mind:  fast pace, limited space, multicultural … Continue reading Defining Street Culture?