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theonion.comMan Driving While Making YouTube Video To Explain How PC Culture Destroying AmericaCORYDON, KY—Glancing back and forth between the road ahead of him and the camera that was apparently mounted on his dashboard, local man Ron Saganash was reportedly driving around in his car Wednesday while he made a YouTube video denouncing the “toxic politically correct culture” that he said is destroying America. “Hey guys, Ron S., a.k.a. Nash-1776, here checking in again, and I just want to take a moment today and break down why this country is falling apart,” said Saganash, who then sharply criticized the media for being too scared to “call things what they are” while turning his head several times to check his blind spot, before explaining as a tractor-trailer visibly passed by behind him that elected officials who refuse to use the word “jihad” are putting Americans’ lives at risk. “Look, it’s not health care or income inequality or so-called climate change we need to worry about—it’s this PC bullshit. Maybe we should stop worrying about whether we’re hurting Muslims’ feelings and instead keep an eye on them to find out which ones want to attack our country.” Saganash’s later series of arguments supporting his claim that “gays and feminazis” are trying to rewrite the Constitution was reportedly rendered largely inaudible by the continuous sound of his left blinker.
travelingpartyof4.comPuerto Rico: Top 10 Must See Attractions in Puerto Rico ~ Traveling Party of FourThe citizens of Puerto Rico are fiercely trying to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, a category four hurricane, considered their worst storm in 85 years. Many Puerto Rican citizens rely solely on tourism dollars to live. Now is the time to travel to Puerto Rico. They need tourism more than they ever have. You can provide a huge boost to their struggling economy, while visiting an enchanted island with stunning views and a unique charm. We recently traveled to Puerto Rico for the first time since the storm. I could see resilience, rebirth and regrowth. The island is as beautiful as it always was, but there is still alot of work to do. https://travelingpartyof4.com/my-thoughts-on-traveling-to-puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria/ Puerto Rico is packed with adventurous, educational and fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. Even as the island rebuilds after their most devastating storm in history, it is absolutely worth a visit. Many areas are still working on recovery and are not yet open for tourism, but many are going strong. If you need reasons to travel to Puerto Rico, start with the climate. The weather is perfecton with year round temperatures between 70 and 90 Fahrenheit. It is perpetual beach weather. It can be muggy, but there is always a nice breeze. Sometimes it rains, but wait a few minutes and the rain shower will have passed. On to the cuisine, which is easily my favorite attraction. Mofongo, beans and rice, fresh seafood, plantains, lechon, fresh tropical fruits…I could go on and on. I average about five pounds of additional weight after vacation. But, it is so worth it. This is Snapper Mofongo from El Patio de Sam. It is very easy to travel from the United States to Puerto Rico. You do not need a passport. You do not need to go through immigration. Most Puerto Rican citizens are at least bilingual, so there is minimal language barrier. And there is no currency exchange. Plus, the island is a quick three hour flight from Orlando. I composed a list of my personal favorite fun things to do when I travel to Puerto Rico. The list includes attractions that are still closed to the public due to the hurricane. I will note whether they are open or closed below as of July 2018. Here is my Top 10 Must-See Attractions in Puerto Rico! Castillo San Felipe del Morro is guarding the entrance of San Juan Harbor. It may be one of the most recognized images of Puerto Rico. In my opinion, there are two ways to see El Morro, from the inside and from the outside. While touring the inside of El Morro, you and your family will learn (or be reminded of) the history at this beautiful fort beginning in 1539-1540. As you may remember from history class, Christopher Columbus claimed Puerto Rico for Spain in 1493. Initially, El Morro was a tiny fort built at the entrance of the harbor for protection. However, pirates continued to invade and attempt to claim the island as their own. The tiny fort needed fortification as pirate invasions became more frequent and more protection was needed. About 150 years of enlargements and enhancements began in the 1700’s. The fort now stands at six levels of defense. And it is breathtaking. El Morro was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by the United Nations. The entry fee of El Morro is $7 for adults and kids are free. Operating hours are 9AM-6PM. You will be given a map at the entrance and you can tour all six levels of the fort, self guided. There is a park movie every fifteen minutes that is definitely worth the time. Allow yourself about two hours to tour the inside of El Morro. You will find stairs, tunnels and ramps which take you all around the fort. Walk into the garitas, the small enclosures where the guards stood watch, and imagine what the men saw while protecting their land. This job must have been quite lonely, but wow, what a breathtaking view of the Atlantic. Take a picture with one of the old canons still in place in the fort. Or even some cannon balls! You will see the kitchen where their food was prepared. And the bathrooms are seriously a room with a view. Some of the staircases are tight and spiraled making for some pretty cool images. The kids love hiding in the garitas. Family lineup! The inside of Castillo San Felipe del Morro is truly astounding. But, in my opinion, spending time exploring the outside grounds of El Morro can be just as fun. Before or after exploring inside of El Morro, spend some time on the grounds in front of the fort to fly a kite. There are vendors all around selling kites. You can buy them in many stores in Old San Juan. Once, we found a perfectly functional kite that had been abandoned and we made use of it for hours. You will see so many people out there on the grass, picnicking, chatting, watching their children run free. My kids even borrowed a skateboard to travel down the hills, like 1000 times! There are some serious kites out there, but most are perfect little kid’s kites being flown by laughing children. And some adults who have turned into laughing children. It is really something not to be missed. Now head towards La Puerta de San Juan (the San Juan Gate). Once you walk through the gate, you will discover Paseo del Morro to the right. This trek will take you towards the entrance of San Juan Bay while walking alongside the majestic walls of El Morro. It will be hot and sunny. Wear sunscreen and bring some water. And be on the lookout for these guys. There are lots of them. There was a time when this walk dead ended below El Morro and you had to turn back towards the gate. Even then, the hike was absolutely worth it for the stunning scenery from this point of view. However, last time we walked this area, we were able to walk all of the way around. We ended up in a picturesque coastal cemetery with incredible views of Old San Juan and La Perla. Walking through the cemetery was peaceful and beautiful. La Perla was the site of the music video for the song, “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, a famous Puerto Rican singer. Now it is time to grab a Piragua from the closest Piragüero and cool off. She couldn’t get enough of this cold sugary treat! Have a seat in the Plaza Del Quinto Centenario and watch the kids play in the fountain. You may wish to bring a change of clothes for them as they may not be able to resist! These kids were having a blast. It must have been a summer camp. I think she dared him to run through! Touring El Morro inside and outside are totally worth your time spent. You will capture amazing images, get some exercise and spend quality time with your family. It is always one of my favorite things to do in Puerto Rico. How many times have we explored Old San Juan? Countless. Always a crowd pleaser for many years. Old San Juan is a combination of history, art, architecture, culture, culinary delights, colorful scenery and shopping. Plan on at least half a day, maybe even a full day of exploration. Old San Juan is a popular cruise ship destination, so be sure to check the cruise ship schedule and plan accordingly as it can be super busy. I am quite sure that there are cruise ships on every Sunday and likely three days a week. It can be pretty hot, so dress accordingly. Wear sunscreen. AND wear comfortable shoes because there is lots of walking, uphill and downhill and on surfaces such as cobblestone and uneven sidewalks. We always eat at El Patio De Sam at 102 Calle San Sebastian. Typical Puerto Rican food that never disappoints and the Mojitos are amazing…particularly the Coconut Mojito! This is a great start to your day. I assure you that you will walk off most of those calories. Walk up Calle Cristo toward the Chapel of Christ the Savior. As you walk up Calle Cristo, you will see that this street has so much to offer. Shops, restaurants and art galleries. The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is Located in the heart of the city. The cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in San Juan and the oldest cathedral in the United States. This is where the tomb of the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León is located. Old world architecture is prevalent in the area of Old San Juan. The colors vibrant. The doors unique. I could dedicate a single post to just the doors of San Juan. They all seem to scream individuality. At the end of Calle Cristo is the Parque de Las Palomas. This is a must for the kids. They will love it. Buy some bird feed from the lady and watch the doves become your best friend. The kids insist on this every time we visit. At one time, they were nervous about the doves. However, the doves are very friendly and dove poop, I hear, is good luck. If you put the feed in your hair or line up the seeds down your arm, you will have friends for life. Lucas ducking for cover when he was younger! Now they are best buds! Another Piragua is the perfect way to cool off. You will find an adult version of Piragua disguised as a Margarita at El Parnaso, a Mexican Restaurant with seating out on the cobblestone street. The area is usually pretty busy and is the best spot for people watching. Here is a bit of advice on exploring Old San Juan. If you go early in the morning, you will beat the crowds and you will be able to take lots of pictures before everyone arrives. The lighting in the morning is gorgeous. And it can be quite peaceful at this time of day. Go off of the beaten path. The architecture and art of the city are fascinating. You will find hidden treasures in the sights, sounds and scents off of the beaten path. This is how I found this amazing façade. Take your time. As many times as we have had the opportunity to explore Old San Juan, we still see new things every time. Each year of life with the kids brings a new point of view of the city. Travel from the beach to the stunning tropical rainforest of El Yunque National Forest in less than an hour from San Juan. We have hiked a few of the trails of El Yunque. We have stopped the car to get out and take in the the view of the most beautiful waterfalls. But our favorite hike, one we have done year after year, is the Big Tree Trail to La Mina Falls. The hours of operation of El Yunque National Rainforest are from 6AM to 6PM. They will close the gates if the park becomes full so arrive early. You can access the rainforest for free, but I suggest you check in to the Visitor’s Center for directions to Big Tree Trail. There is a charge of $4 at the Visitor’s Center, but it is worth it. It is full of information, as well as a gift shop and coffee shop. You can try to find the trail with your GPS, but so far I have had no luck with this option. GPS is hit or miss on the island, so best to find the Visitor Center and get proper old fashioned directions. The hike from the trail head to the falls may take about an hour, give or take. Back when the kids were little, it took sometimes...3
brooklynstreetart.comPop Culture at Citric Festival in Torreblanca, SpainCelebrity, photorealism, illustration, fantasy, spectacle. These have always been part of popular art culture and have had an increasingly strong representation in Street Art culture, particularly in the last decade and a half as well. Pablo lurking over the wall by Cobre Art. Citric Festival 2018. Torreblanca, Spain. (photo © Lluís Olivé Bulbena) Since the earliest reproductions of comic-book characters and voluptuous women by graff writers on subway cars in the 1970s, the chasm between your life and this art in public is short. From pin-up girls to stylized Dali’s to adorable animals, its the thrill of recognition, the associations you have with the figure’s back-story, and the familiarity with the visual nomenclature that makes it popular. Audiences in Torreblanca, Spain have been responding strongly to these images for their local Citric Festival, and photographer Lluís Olivé Bulbena was on the street from last month's events and he shares some of his shots with BSA readers. Our thanks to him. Dados Punto Cero. Citric Festival 2018. Torreblanca, Spain. (photo © Lluís Olivé Bulbena) Dados Punto Cero. Citric Festival 2018. Torreblanca, Spain. (photo © Lluís Olivé Bulbena) Dados Punto Cero. Citric Festival 2018. Torreblanca, Spain. (photo © Lluís Olivé Bulbena) Dados Punto Cero. Citric Festival 2018. Torreblanca, Spain. (photo © Lluís Olivé Bulbena) Dados Punto Cero in collaboration with Asier Vera. Citric Festival 2018. Torreblanca, Spain. (photo © Lluís Olivé Bulbena) Dados Punto Cero in collaboration with Asier Vera. Citric Festival 2018. Torreblanca, Spain. (photo © Lluís Olivé Bulbena) Dados Punto Cero in collaboration with Asier Vera. Citric Festival 2018. Torreblanca, Spain. (photo © Lluís Olivé Bulbena) Daniela Volchkova. Citric Festival 2018. Torreblanca, Spain. (photo © Lluís Olivé Bulbena) Danielle Weber. Citric Festival 2018. Torreblanca, Spain. (photo © Lluís Olivé Bulbena) Uruginal in collaboration with Kenor. Citric Festival 2018. Torreblanca, Spain. (photo © Lluís Olivé Bulbena) Uruginal in collaboration with Kenor. Citric Festival 2018. Torreblanca, Spain. (photo © Lluís Olivé Bulbena) Lezzart. Citric Festival 2018. Torreblanca, Spain. (photo © Lluís Olivé Bulbena)
brooklynstreetart.comMartha Cooper And Adele Renault: Pigeon Fanciers In MoscowBSA is in Moscow as curators of 50+ international artists in the Artmossphere Biennale 2018 for its 3rd edition called Street Art Wave. Till the end of the month we’ll working with a stellar cross section of people involved with Urban Art/Street Art/Graffiti at curious and fascinating intersections. We’re meeting with Street Artists, academics, collectors, gallerists, museum curators, organizers, and thoughtful pontificators of all sorts in studio, on the street, behind the scenes, and on display. Come with us! As curators we were asked to write a text about Martha Cooper and Adele Renault and their collaborative project for the Artmossphere Biennale 2018 in Moscow. We think it is equally appropriate for the work in process photos here and the interviews BSA had with both: A perfectly paired duo of artist and photographer who each engage with Street Art from two distinctly different perspectives, this collaborative project puts the focus on a shared interest. Adele Renault grew up in the Belgian Ardennes and at a very early age began traveling the world; sometimes solo, quickly developing an adept eye at studying places and people. A classically trained painter with a realistic style, she focuses her camera and her brushes on smaller details that may sometimes be overlooked but which add texture and rich interest to the mundane or unrecognized. With her beautifully realized portraits she is able to capture the depths of her subjects by the expression in their eyes, the details of lines on their face, and the candid innocent smile that flashes quickly. However her love is with pigeons. Her pigeon paintings and murals give the oft-derided birds their rightful place in our cities where they are often considered pests that are equal to rats. Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Teaming up with famed photographer Martha Cooper is a pure coup d’état. Ms. Cooper's fame within the graffiti and Street Art community is legendary but her photographic interests are many. A documentarian and ethnographer, she grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, a US city that is famous for its once-thriving community of pigeon fanciers - and their elaborate coops. For Ms. Cooper the intersection of pigeons and their fanciers presents a fascinating and educational opportunity to capture with her lens the relationship between humans and their aviary friends in their habitats...the coops. Ms. Cooper has been photographing pigeon coops in Baltimore and in New York where she currently lives - and in many other cities that she visits every year. For Artmossphere both Ms. Renault and Ms. Cooper have found a shared passion that drives them both even harder to create. Designing a site-specific environment and using locally found materials; both artists have trained their attention to the Russian tradition of painting pigeon coops. They hope that their installation respectfully represents the local culture and history while combining Adele's paintings of pigeons and Martha's photographs of the pigeon's coops. Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Pigeons were the original Internet, email, messenger. As carriers they were the quickest and most efficient way for people across cultures to communicate. Cooper and Renault have created the ultimate exhibit that ties together the themes of OFFLINE in a very local and global way. With Martha's photographs of pigeons from over forty years and Adele's uncanny ability to faithfully create the plumage and character of the bird over the last decade on city walls everywhere, the original message carriers are more than getting their due in Moscow. BSA: Yesterday at the round table discussion someone made the connection between this show being “Offline” and pigeons carrying messages. Can you talk about that a bit? Martha: That was a brilliant connection because neither of us had thought about it. Yes there were lots of pigeons that used to carry messages, specially during wartime. The messages were secret and written in code stuffed in little capsules and attached to the pigeon’s legs. The pigeons were able to fly across enemy lines. So here we have the Internet and the name of this exhibition is “Offline” so what can be more offline than a pigeon carrying a message. Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) BSA: About this project in Moscow. What was the most surprising element? Adele: When I travel I try not to have expectations but for this project the most surprising thing was the location. The space is so beautiful and it’s inspiring being here. And the people of course. Sabina, I knew she was going to be nice because Martha has been telling me great things about her but she and her team are wonderful. It is very nice to work with nice people. The most important thing is the people. BSA: Where were the photos being shown here taken? Martha: Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. BSA: Adele, what’s your fascination with pigeons? Was it from childhood? Adele: No, I grew up on a farm but we had more chickens than pigeons. The first time I saw a lot of pigeons was in Venice in the Piazza San Marco. My parents had a hard time pulling me away from them. I just wanted to stay with the pigeons. The fascination is mostly that they are everywhere, in every city and they look the same everywhere and I never run out of subjects. They are like a metaphor for people. In 2007 or 2008 I painted the first oil close-up painting of a pigeon and my first mural of a pigeon was in 2010. Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) BSA: You found an Icon at the flea market in Moscow. Martha: We did! And it has a pigeon painted on it. BSA: So was the found icon the inspiration to make the display wall in the shape of an icon? Adele: No it was the other way around. I knew that in Russia there are a lot of religious triptychs with Madonna and other religious imagery in gold leaf and inside the churches. When we came in and saw the exhibition space with all of these arches we thought that we wanted to have an arch and actually paint the arch directly on the wall but because the building is a landmark we were not permitted to paint directly on it. So we asked if the temporary wall could be a triptych instead of a simple long panel. So then at the flea market we found the triptych with the Madonna and two pigeons painted on it. So everything about this installation makes so much sense and the process has been entirely organic. We also wanted to have real pigeons inside the coop but we found that that wasn’t permitted. So we then thought about having a porcelain pigeon or something like that inside the coop. Today a Russian girl who I gave a book to a couple of days ago came back to visit and told me that she had a present for me; a souvenir from Russia and she proceeds to pull out this porcelain pigeon! So we are going to hang it in the coop. Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) BSA: What was the genesis of this collaboration with Martha? Adele: Every time we see each other we talk about our attraction to pigeons and she tells me that she has been taking photos of pigeons for a long time. We were together in Los Angeles for “Beyond The Streets” and she mentioned to me the Moscow Biennale and how in Moscow artists paint the pigeon’s coops on the outside. So she encouraged me to send an application for us to participate in this year’s biennale in collaboration and I did. Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) BSA: Can you tell us about the small pigeon on the front of the pigeon coop? Adele: The small one on the front is the last passenger pigeon who died in 1914. The original passenger pigeons are extinct. And this pigeon's name was ironically Martha - and it resides in taxidermy in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. So we named this coop “Coop's Coop” because Martha’s friends call her Coop. So it really is Martha Cooper’s coop. But passenger pigeons were used in the two big wars to bring messages in code and they were rewarded with medals for their service. Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) BSA: So what about the old, paint peeling off frames you are using to display the photos? Martha: When we first thought about putting photos up we wanted rough looking frames and I had this idea, based on my previous visits to Moscow and the flea market that we would be able to find them at the flea market and we found tons of frames actually. We got them cheaply and it was a lot of fun going around collecting them. BSA: Martha our eyes gravitated to the B & W photo of the boy holding two pigeons. What’s his name and who is he? Martha: His name is Edwin but his writer’s name is He3 and he introduced me to Dondi. I was working on a project on the Lower East Side and I was interested in his pigeons and he asked me why didn’t I take pictures of graffiti and proceeded to show me his notebook with his drawings in it. He said “I can introduce you to a King”. And the King was Dondi. So I said OK let’s go. We drove to East New York in my car and directed me to Dondi’s house. We knock on his door and Dondi was there. He recognized my name because when he opened his black book on the first page he had a clipping from The New York Post with a photo of a very simple throw up and I was amazed that anybody would identify it and it said CIA, Crazy Inside Artists. That was his crew and I didn’t know anything about crews. When he saw me he knew I wasn’t a cop but instead he saw me as someone that could help him get fame. Boom! BSA: So the B & W photo above is 40 years old? Martha: Yes BSA: Can you talk about the large painting of the pigeon in the center of the triptych? Martha: This is a painting of a pigeon that we actually met in Moscow in a pigeon coop. One of the pigeon fanciers showed this magnificent pigeon and Adele took a photo of it with her phone so this is the portrait of the pigeon and I took a photo of Adele taking a photo of the pigeon and that photo is included in this exhibition. Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Martha Cooper / Adele Renault work in progress at Vinzavod for Artmossphere Biennale 2018. Moscow. August 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Click on the link below for more details about the opening of this exhibition: OFFLINE: The 3rd Artmossphere Biennale Of Street Wave opens this Thursday August 30th at Vinzavod in Moscow.
brooklynstreetart.com“Monumenta Talks” Guests Raise the Intelligence of ManyWith every flashpoint on the cultural landscape it is important to give it voice and understand/consider its perspective. BSA hosted an important yet wide collection of perspectives addressing issues as varied as art, architecture, green energy, automatic traffic, art collecting, graffiti, Street Art, public art, kinetic sculpture, new cultural think tanks, new approaches to curation, and laboratories that facilitate greater interaction between art and people with the aid of new technologies. While some of the talks captured passersby whose interest was piqued enough for them to grab a seat, others were anticipated by many and filled the room before they began. Left to right, top to bottom: Genefer Baxter, Marco Voight, Denis Leo Hegic, Martha Cooper, Nika Kramer We were also pleased to host a few revered folks to give us all a perspective on the long game and how it is run – the heralded graffiti/Street Art photographer Martha Cooper and the famed member of the artist group Mülheimer Freiheit and the Junge Wilde (German for wild youth) movement, artist Hans Peter Adamski, who was joined onstage by Michel Victor Adamski, a lecturer, organizer of salons, and co-founder of the agency La Maison Victor Schilly & Friends. Each of them shared insights about their respective paths and held the audience in rapt attention. Cooper shared her stage with colleague and co-conspirator Nika Kramer, who showed images of her work in the B-Girl and B-Boy scene as well as her images working for the Urban Nation Museum of Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin. With an exhibition theme of “Intelligence of Many” we continued to reiterate that our collective knowledge and intelligence is being raised now thanks to the digital transformation that societies and systems are undergoing – and a general flattening of traditional hierarchies. The presentations lead us in different directions for sure, but so did the conversations in the audience and with the speakers that were generated. Other speakers included Isabel Bernheimer, the respected German gallerist (and Art Factory think tank founder) whose family has been dealing and collecting art for five generations – and her business angel Birgit Strobel, who volleyed questions to one another about how the modern gallery has to be responsive to social, political, and technological changes and the shifting priorities of the new generation of collectors that distinguish them from other buyers. Left to right, top to bottom: Jeremy from Snøhetta, Martha Cooper, Hans Peter Adamski, Michele Victor Adamski, Silvan Engelmeir Sasha Krolikova spoke about Eastern Block Street Artists, the formulas of traditional religious iconography, how they were used by the Mexican muralists, Leninist propaganda, and are being subverted now to talk about the emerging Precariot via neo-muralism – Precariat being a social class and generation across many countries of the so-called “developed world” who have been artfully engineered out of a social net. Christiane Arnscheidt spoke about the coming revolution of automatic traffic and her current involvement with the only entirely green fleet of car sharing in the world at CleverShuttle, an app-based service spreading from five German cities to 19 at the end of ’19. Speaking of green technology, journalist and CEO of Green Window talked about “future science” and environmental sustainability. The new generation of curators spoke as well – Genefer Baxter spoke about co-founding IMRSV Arts and there work to make art exhibitions that people can interact with physically with the help of emerging responsive technologies, virtual, augmented, and mixed. Cultural Manager and curator Elisabetta Pejer spoke about founding laNori Art Management and the artists whom she is representing in the Urban Art scene. A foundational member of the team that built the new UN Museum for Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin, Pejer has curated the IMAGO exhibition currently running at the Munich Museum of Urban Contemporary Art that includes 31 international artists involved in the Street Art scene reinterpreting the portrait. A significant show that references the historical, geographical and a number of artistic movements in its interpretation of the traditional practice of portraiture. Michelle Houston talked about curation of shows like the successful “Wandelism” project in Berlin this year and how Street Art/Urban Art carries subtleties that compare and contrast with her perspective as a former Christie’s agent and while employed at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Left to right, top to bottom: Michele Houston, Joachim Sauter, Isabel Berneheimer, Birgit Strobel, and Elisabetta Pajer. Real Estate developer Silvan Engelmeier spoke about his perspective on community involvement in the development decisions that go into projects that affect their neighborhoods, and Jeremy of Oslo/New York based Snøhetta architects gave insight into that firms team culture and progressive projects in private and public space. Kinetic sculptor Joachim Sauter blew people’s minds with his eerily fluid and complexly dancing large scale sculptures in public spaces, including on in the Singapore airport that endeavors to “slow” the behaviors of people who are there to catch their flight. Finally we also heard from both of the co-curators of the Monumenta exhibit itself, the art historian Jan Fieldler who talked about “Space and Emotion” and the manipulating of the environment in art exhibitions while Denis Leo Hegic spoke to the need to democratize access to art, to eliminate obstacles and gate keepers, to access the intelligence of many when conceptualizing and creating exhibitions – a credo put to work at this show. It was a total honor to steer this boat and to meet the Leipzig audiences, to hear the perspectives of the presenters, and to consider the state of Street Art, Urban Art, and public art somewhere and everywhere in the mix. Our sincere thanks to the tireless team of really thoughtful and hardworking people who have made Monumenta the culturally impactful show that it is.1
tv.avclub.comCarpool Karaoke recharged late-night TV, but it's running on fumesTonight on CBS, The Late Late Show With James Corden will air its fourth primetime special focused around the late night series’ most significant contribution to popular culture: Carpool Karaoke, the recurring segment where Corden is joined in a car by a celebrity to sing some songs, share some intimate moments, and bring the carnival of the late night talk show out into the streets of Los Angeles and beyond. Installments featuring Justin Bieber, Adele, and One Direction remain the most-viewed late night YouTube clips of all time, and tonight’s special is focused on the most recent success story: an extended version of the already lengthy Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke where Corden tours Liverpool with the former Beatle, a segment with over 30 million views on YouTube in under two months.
kgbinwanderland.comSeoul Family Travel: Everland Theme Park | KGB in Wanderland BlogKnown as South Korea's largest theme park, Everland certainly has every activity and every ride imaginable, guaranteed to excite the thrill-seekers and put a smile on every park-goer's face. I was torn between choosing to go to Lotte World Theme Park and Everland. I'm pretty sure a lot of other travelers, especially those traveling with younger kids, are in the same predicament. We only had 6 full days in Seoul and with a jam-packed itinerary, I can only squeeze in one full day at a theme park. More often, families would choose to go to Lotte World because of its location. But allow me to share with you on this post my family's experience (including how to get to there) and see why Everland should be on your itinerary. I have visited Lotte World before during my first trip to Seoul and so it was a natural choice for me to want to go to Everland on my next trip. We, however, are traveling with a 3-year old girl, who's happiness and comfort are always our top priority. Lotte World seems to be the obvious choice. But I want to make sure that every member of our family gets to enjoy the things that we individually like. My thrill-seeking husband who would always try the most daring ride at every theme park we visit, lots of kiddie rides that my now 3-foot kid can enjoy, and me, the mother who doesn't particularly care for the crazy roller coasters but instead would take a million photos for the family album. I've asked the experts at TripAdvisor for well, their advice. Most have suggested Lotte World because it's more accessible than any of the other theme parks. We have been told that it would take at least 1.5 hours to go to Everland (including the many train transfers) and our kid might get bored or too tired because of the travel. Another plus point for Lotte World is half of it is an indoor park. No need to worry about weather conditions. It also has a fair good amount of kid-friendly rides and directly connected to a mall. With so many pros, why am I still longing to go to Everland? After much deliberation, my husband and I finally made the decision to choose Everland. The next step was buying our tickets online and finding the best way to travel to/from the park. I was about to purchase shuttle bus tickets from Klook, including our theme park tickets, when after deeper research, I found out that Trazy.com has an even better offer for us. Klook's shuttle service would require us to board the bus at the Gangnam Station while Trazy's service (Everland's official shuttle vendor) has a pickup option in Myeongdong, just a 5-minute walk from our guesthouse! The park ticket rates pretty much the same so we booked the ticket+shuttle package from Trazy.com. So convenient! (At the time of posting, Klook is now offering a similar shuttle service that includes a discounted Everland Ticket. I'll be providing the details and links of their services on this post so you know your options!) The pickup schedule time for Myeongdong was 9:40 AM but passengers are required to be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the departure time. We arrived about 9:30 AM, I showed the bus organizer a screenshot of our voucher, he looked for our names and gave us our 'ticket' for our 6:30 PM ride home. We left Myeongdong as soon as all confirmed passengers have arrived (about 9:35 AM) and we're on our way to Everland! Everland Regular Park Ticket Rates: Adult - ₩54,000 Child - ₩43,000 Under 36 months - Free *Some of the attractions inside the park will require an additional fee (such as the Safari World Special Tour and Kizcovery playground regardless of where you bought your park tickets. Klook's Everland Options: Everland (Ticket Only) Everland Roundtrip Shuttle Service Pickup Stations: Yeongdeungpo Station, Sindorim Station, Sinnonhyeon Station or Gangnam Station Everland Full Day Package (Ticket + Roundtrip Shuttle Service) Enjoy Everland from opening until closing time (Shuttle departs 15 minutes after closing) Pickup Stations: Myeongdong Station, Hongik University Station (Hongdae) or Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station Trazy.com's Everland Options: Everland (Ticket Only) Everland Roundtrip Shuttle Service (Seoul/Suwon <> Everland) Pickup Stations: Hongik University Station (Hongdae), Myeongdong Station, Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, Seoul Station, Sinchon Station, Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station, Sinnonhyeon Station, Gangnam Station, Suwon Station Everland Full Day Package (Ticket + Roundtrip Shuttle Service) Enjoy Everland from opening until closing time (Shuttle departs 15 minutes after closing) Pickup Stations: Myeongdong Station, Hongik University Station (Hongdae) or Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station Everland Shuttle Bus Package (Ticket + Roundtrip Evening/Night Shuttle Bus Service) Pickup Stations: Hongik University Station (Hongdae), Myeongdong Station, Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, Seoul Station, Sinchon Station, Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station, Sinnonhyeon Station, Gangnam Station, Suwon Station * Rates vary depending on the season and current exchange rate so it's best to check each option on your preferred travel date to know the most updated rates. ** Park tickets can be booked on the day itself for you will be given instant confirmation (QR code will be emailed to you within a few minutes) but the shuttle service (and the Everland Full Package) would need to be booked a day in advance. *** Your Everland ticket comes with free admission to Hoam Art Museum (same day) located inside Everland Resort. There is a shuttle that can take you between the museum and the park. Remember when I told you that it would take 1.5 hours to get to Everland. With Trazy.com's direct shuttle (no other stops after Myeongdong), we arrived in Everland in just 40 minutes! I guess when they said that it would take 1.5 hours, they also counted train travel and walking time from central Seoul, to the Gangnam Shuttle Bus Station and the bus ride itself to Everland. Just a few steps away from the shuttle bus parking lot is Everland Shuttle's pickup station. We boarded the next bus and in 5 minutes, we arrived at the entrance of the park. Because my child was technically less than 36 months old the day we went to Everland (it was the day before her third birthday), we didn't purchase an advance ticket for her. Discounted rates from Klook and Trazy are for adult tickets only anyway, so we decided not to buy her a ticket and just confirm directly with Everland to see if she needs one. And if she does, we still have the option to purchase a regular child park ticket for her anyway, only about $8.00 more than the discounted adult tickets so not a big deal. And so, yes, we entered the park with no incident. The ticket officer just scanned the two QR codes I saved on my phone and we're in! No lines at the entrance since we were early. Right by the entrance are these guide maps that will help you navigate this huge theme park. Welcome to Everland! Spring has just ended and it was the start of summer so the weather was absolutely perfect! The sun is out but it's not scorching hot. It was cool and not too humid. The flowers are in full bloom everywhere! Such a pretty sight! There are plenty of people already in the park but it's not overly crowded. I convinced my husband to ride the T Express first so we don't have to worry about more people queuing for the ride later. We boarded the Sky Cruise to take us down to where the T Express is. Families with strollers need not worry because you can take your stroller with you, you just need to fold it up. But first, we rode the Royal Jubilee Carousel. Every child's favorite amusement park ride. We intentionally came on a Friday, even if it was not my daughter's actual birthday, so we can avoid the crazy weekend crowd. Since it was not even 11:00 AM, some shops and restaurants were still closed. It was nice to stroll and take in the surroundings without the crowd. Surprise, surprise! There's an 80-minute wait already for the T Express ride. I guess everybody had the same plan! We left my husband here so he can enjoy the wait (haha!) and the ride. My daughter and I spent the next hour and a half strolling, checking out the souvenir shops, taking photos and eating ice cream. This area right in front of T-Express has carnival-style games but I've never had luck with those so I skipped that! Pretty colors everywhere! As soon as my husband finished the ride, we went hunting for lunch. Most restaurants open at 11:30 AM. There are plenty of restaurants and food to choose from but my husband saw KFC when we were on the Sky Cruise so that was the plan. We had trouble finding it though so we settled for China Moon, which is near the Royal Jubilee Carousel. We ordered Spicy Seafood Soup, Cantonese Chicken Fried Rice (not pictured) and Chicken Wings and Fries for the little girl. My husband liked the Seafood Soup so I ended up eating the Chicken Fried Rice. I intentionally did not include the photo because it did not look appetizing (black sauce and all that). The food was just okay but a little pricey. Our total bill came up to ₩27,000. My rating: 6.5/10 We came in at a time where Mamonde hosted the Everland Rose Garden. Mamonde is one of Korea's popular skincare and cosmetics brand. The roses, in shades of white, pink and red, were in full bloom. I think if we came in a week earlier, we would have seen perfectly bloomed roses. We also passed by the Holland Village, which has restaurants with outdoor seating. The Sky Way can take you back up to the American Adventure from the European Adventure, like the Sky Cruise. Next, it's time to see the animals at Zoo Topia! The line for Lost Valley was long and the staff had no idea how long the waiting time is so we decided to just skip that. Our little girl was very excited to see many animals up close. Zoo Topia is definitely her favorite part of Everland. She had fun identifying the animals and just couldn't wait to see the next one! After covering all areas of Zoo Topia, we went back up to American Adventure. Kizcovery is a nature and animal-themed indoor playground for young children. Infants (up to 12 months old) are free of charge and toddlers (up to 36 months old) are charged ₩5,000 (no fee for the parent/guardian). It is a timed-entry playground and the children are given 45 minutes per entry to play. My daughter absolutely loved running around and playing with the different slides and figures inside this playground. There is also a small play area exclusively for infants so that they won't be bothered by the older kids running around and there's also a cafe inside the playground. We still had about an hour to spare before we need to leave the park for our 6:30 PM shuttle back to Seoul. We went back to Magic Land where most of the kiddie rides are. I mentioned that we were scheduled to take the 6:30 PM shuttle back to Seoul, right? Well, we missed the bus. We left the park itself right on time BUT we boarded the Everland Shuttle going to Parking Lot 1 instead of Parking Lot 4/5. My husband and I did not see that there were two boarding stations in front of the park entrance and just went straight ahead to the one with a waiting bus. So yeah, imagine our surprise when the bus U-turned and headed back to the park. We already knew then that we missed the bus going back to Seoul but we decided to still check anyway and see our options. Fortunately, there was a private car driver from1
kgbinwanderland.com30 Best Activities To Do in Seoul with KidsSeoul's Best Activities for Kids Traveling is a great way to spend some valuable family-bonding time. And Seoul is the perfect destination because there's so much to see and do, just in the city alone. However, traveling with children, especially little kids can be a challenge. You have to keep them well-fed, rested and constantly entertained to ensure a tantrum-free day out. Seoul is best seen on foot so if you are traveling with young children, better bring a stroller. But, strollers can also be troublesome because not all subway stations have an elevator or even an escalator and some tourist spots are not exactly stroller-friendly (narrow alleyways, crowded areas, steep hills, and cobblestones). My husband and I had to carry our little girl and her stroller up and down flights of stairs at subway stations. But you know what, it was all worth it because our daughter enjoyed Seoul so much that she can't stop talking about the fun things she did in this wonderful city! On a side note, taking the subway was just our personal preference. Taxis are also an option for traveling families. The fares are reasonable and of course, it's convenient! If you are in the planning stages of your trip or are already in Seoul looking for ideas on what to do next, you've come to the right place! Here is my compilation of the best and fun activities you can do in and out of Seoul, suitable for both kids and their adventure-seeking parents. Taking a day trip outside of Seoul is one great activity you can do with your family. The best part? These activities are great and available any time of the year! *Most admission/tour tickets are available for purchase online and are usually at a discounted rate. To help you plan your trip and get the best deals, I have provided (affiliate) links from two of the most trusted Travel Provider for South Korea --- Klook and Trazy. If you click a link to a certain product, I might earn a small commision from it - at no extra cost to you. Any concern you may have regarding your purchase must be directed to the website or service provider. 30 BEST ACTIVITIES TO DO IN SEOUL WITH KIDS 1. LOTTE WORLD THEME PARK One of Korea's popular theme park, it has both outdoor and indoor attractions so you don't have to worry about the weather or being too cold or too hot outside. There are rides suitable for different age groups. Duration: 6 to 8 hours Location: 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul Operating hours: 09:30-22:00, daily How to get there: Subway Line 2 or 8, Jamsil Station, Exit 4 Buy tickets here: Lotte World Seoul Theme Park Tickets 2. LOTTE WORLD AQUARIUM A few steps away from the Lotte World Theme Park, see different marine life forms inside the Lotte World Aquarium. Duration: 2 to 3 hours Location: 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul Operating hours: 10:00-22:00, daily How to get there: Subway Line 2 or 8, Jamsil Station, Exit 1 TRAVEL TIP: Buy combo tickets for the Lotte World Theme Park and Lotte World Aquarium for double the fun and even better savings! 3. LOTTE WORLD UNDERSEA KINGDOM THEME PARK Ocean-themed play zones. Perfect way for the adults to relax and let the kids run around and play. Recommended for kids aged 8 years and below Duration: 2 hours Location: 3F Lotte Mall, 1050 Tongil-ro, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul Operating hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-20:00/Sat-Sun 10:00-21:00 How to get there: Subway Line 3, Gupabal Station, Exit 4 Buy tickets here: Lotte World Undersea Kingdom Theme Park Tickets 4. EVERLAND One of Korea's most visited tourist attractions, one whole day is needed to fully enjoy this theme park. There are plenty of kiddie rides and play areas for the young ones and if they can also enjoy seeing pandas, monkeys, birds and other animals in the zoo area of the theme park. Duration: Whole day Location: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea Operating hours: 10:00–21:00, daily How to get there: By Subway: Travel to Giheung Station on Bundang Line and transfer to Everline. Get off at the last stop on Everline and take the free shuttle bus to move to Everland and Caribbean Bay. By Bus: 5002: Sinnonhyeon Station - Gangnam Station - Yangjae Station 5700: Gangbyeon Station - Jamsil Station - Songpa Station - Suseo Station 1500-2: Sadang Station - Nambu Terminal - Pangyo Station - Bundang (Seohyeon Station) 1113: Gangbyeon Station - Gangdong Station - Gwangju City Hall - HUFS Buy tickets here: Everland Korea Theme Park Tickets TRAVEL TIP: If you are staying near at any of these subway stations (Hongik University, Myeongdong, Dongdaemun H&C Park, Seoul, Sinchon, Jongno-3(sam)-ga, Sinnonhyeon, Gangnam and Suwon), you can also take advantage of this shuttle bus service from Trazy.com. 5. CARRIBEAN BAY Carribean Bay is open throughout the year because it has both indoor and outdoor pools. Expect a whole day of fun in one of the largest waterparks in the world. Duration: Whole day Location: 199, Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea Operating hours: 09:00–18:00, daily How to get there: By Subway: Travel to Giheung Station on Bundang Line and transfer to Everline. Get off at the last stop on Everline and take the free shuttle bus to move to Everland and Caribbean Bay. By Bus: 5002: Sinnonhyeon Station - Gangnam Station - Yangjae Station 5700: Gangbyeon Station - Jamsil Station - Songpa Station - Suseo Station 1500-2: Sadang Station - Nambu Terminal - Pangyo Station - Bundang (Seohyeon Station) 1113: Gangbyeon Station - Gangdong Station - Gwangju City Hall - HUFS Buy tickets here: Caribbean Bay 6. N SEOUL TOWER (plus Hello Kitty Island and SSentoy Museum) Take the cable car up to the N Seoul Tower and enjoy beautiful views of Seoul from the Observatory. You can also visit the Hello Kitty Island and SSentoy Museum by purchasing the combo ticket. There are several restaurants and coffee shops in case you're hungry and an arcade to keep the kids happy. Duration: 1 to 2 hours Location: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul Operating hours: N Seoul Tower: Sun-Fri 10:00-23:00/Sat 10:00-24:00 (times may vary) Hello Kitty Island Seoul: 10:00-23:00, daily SSentoy Museum: 11:00-20:00, daily How to get there: Namsan Circulation Bus (every 15 to 20 minutes): Subway Line 3, Dongguk University Station, Exit 6, take the bus 02/03/05 Subway Line 3 or 4, Chungmuro Station, Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema), take the bus 02/05 Subway Line 4, Myeongdong Station, Exit 3, take the bus 05 Cable car: Subway Line 4, Myeong-dong Station, Exit 3. After you see Pacific Hotel, keep right and walk 15 minutes then you will see an elevator, take the elevator up to the Cable car boarding point. Cable car operating hours: 10:00-23:00 Buy tickets here: N Seoul Tower Ticket 7. TESEUM TEDDY BEAR MUSEUM Multiple exhibition rooms (Teddy Bears dressed in different outfits and themes) and a Mirror Maze plus purchase your very own Teddy Bear souvenir! Duration: 1 to 2 hours Location: CIZN Building B1, 19 Jibong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul Operating hours: 08:00-19:00, daily How to get there: Subway Line 1 or 6, Dongmyo Station, Exit 6 Buy tickets here: Teseum Teddy Bear Museum Admission Tickets 8. SEOUL GRAND PARK Seoul Grand Park has several attractions and amusement facilities inside its compound which includes Seoul Grand Park Zoo, Theme Gardens, Seoul Land Amusement Park, Children's Grand Park and Zoo, Giraffe Land, Forest Park and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Duration: 4 to 6 hours Location: 102 Daegongwongwangjang-ro, Makgye-dong, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Operating: Mar-Oct 09:00-19:00/Nov-Feb 09:00-18:00 (Extended hours during summer) How to get there: Subway Line 4, Seoul Grand Park (Seoul Land), Exit 2 Buy tickets here: Seoul Land Theme Park Ticket 9. L'ATELIER MUSEUM An interactive art museum that will surely keep kids entertained. Duration: 1 hour Location: 11/F 20 Jangchungdan-ro, 13-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul Operating hours: 10:00-21:00, daily How to get there: Subway Line 1 or 4, Dongdaemun Station, Exit 8 Buy tickets here: L'atelier Museum Ticket in Dongdaemun 10. SEOUL CITY SIGHTSEEING BUS If you're looking for the most convenient way to get around the city and see the highlights, the City Sightseeing Bus is the way to do it. Hop On and Hop Off with your kids to any of the city's landmarks. Duration: 2 to 4 hours Location: Redeem the vouchers for your bus ticket at the Koreana Hotel in front of the main entrance Operating hours: Times may vary depending on the route How to get there: Subway Line 5, Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 6 Buy tickets here: Seoul City Sightseeing Bus 11. HAN RIVER PICNIC AND CRUISE Enjoy the views of the Han River while having a picnic with your family. For the ultimate Korean-style picnic, chimaek (chicken and beer) shops can also deliver Korean-style Fried Chicken to your picnic spot! After which, you can enjoy a Han River Cruise with Eland. Duration: 2 to 3 hours Location: Yeouido Dock: 290 Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul Opening hours: 12:00-21:00 (Cruise times may vary) How to get there: Subway Line 5, Yeouinaru Station, Exit 3. Go towards Yeouido Dock (about 12 minutes), then you will see E-land Cruise ticket office. Buy tickets here: Seoul Eland Hangang River Cruise 12. GYEONGBOKGUNG AND NATIONAL FOLK MUSEUM OF KOREA Stroll inside one of the most important landmarks of Seoul, the Gyeongbokgung Palace and end your walking tour at the National Folk Museum for some Korean History and Culture appreciation. Duration: 3 to 4 hours Location: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul Opening hours: Gyeongbokgung Palace: Nov-Feb 09:00-17:00/ Mar-May, Sep-Oct 09:00-18:00/Jun-Aug 09:00-18:30 National Folk Museum of Korea: Mar-May, Sep-Oct: 09:00-18:00/Jun-Aug: 09:00-18:30/Nov-Feb: 09:00-17:00 How to get there: Subway Line 3, Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit 5 OR Subway Line 3, Anguk Station, Exit 1 OR Subway Line 5, Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 2 Optional Tour: Seoul Palace and Temple Guided Tour 13. SECRET GARDEN AT CHANGDEOKGUNG The Changdeokgung is a very beautiful palace and inside is the Secret Garden. Only visitors joining a tour can get inside and enjoy this must-see attraction. After which you can enjoy strolling along Samcheongdong to Bukchon Hanok Village. Duration: 4 hours Location: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul Opening hours: Feb-May, Sep-Oct 09:00-18:00 / Jun-Aug 09:00-18:30 / Nov-Jan 09:00-17:30 How to get there: Subway Line 3, Anguk Station, Exit 3 Optional Tour: Changdeokgung, Secret Garden and Bukchon Hanok Village Walking Tour 14. SEOUL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM An interactive museum with various activities and displays especially curated for kids. Duration: 2 hours Location: 216, Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul Opening hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed on Mondays) How to get there: Subway Line 7, Children's Grand Park (Sejong Univ.) Station, Exit 1 OR Subway Line 5, Achasan Station, Exit 4 OR Subway Line 5 or 7, Gunja (Neung-dong) Station, Exit 6 15. EAT STREET FOOD IN MYEONGDONG Choose from savory to sweet street foods. Tornado potatoes anyone? Duration: 2 hours Location: Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul Opening hours: 15:00 onwards How to get there: Subway Line 4, Myeongdong Station, Exits 5, 6, 7 or 8 OR Subway Line 2, Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station, Exits 5, 6 or 7 Optional Tour: Korean Street Food and BBQ Tour 16. EAT KOREAN-STYLE FRIED CHICKEN It's no secret that Korea is known for the crispiest and juiciest fried chicken. Don't leave Seoul without trying any of their Chicken joints! I'm sure your kids will love it! Duration: 1 hour Location: Any chicken joint in Seoul. The popular ones are BHC, Kyochon, Two Two Chicken and Chir Chir. Opening hours: Times may vary Optional Activity: Korean Fried Chicken Cooking Class with Market Trip (OME Cooking Lab) 17. SHARE A BINGSU Korea's version of shaved ice dessert, mixed with creamy condensed milk and various toppings. It's big enough to be shared with the family. This will always be a sweet ending to any meal. Duration: 1 hour Location: There are many Bingsu Cafes all over Seoul. No bad choice here! Opening hours: Times may vary 18. COEX AQUARIUM The largest aquarium in Seoul with the most varieties of marine animals. Kids will also enjoy the special exhibitions. Duration: 2 to 3 hours Location: COEX Aquarium, 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul Opening hours: 10:00-20:00, daily How to get there: Subway Line 9, Bongeunsa Station, Exit 7 OR Subway Line 2, Samseong Station, Exit 5 or 6 Buy tickets here: Coex Aquarium in Seoul Admission Ticket 19. HELLO KITTY CAFE1
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Goal based investment helps one to be systematic, disciplined, focussed and unaffected by any short term volatility LONG TERM INVESTMENT GOALS (RETIREMENT): Retirement in simple terms is the withdrawal from one's position or occupation or from one's active working life and is just about the last thing on the minds of those in their 20’s. However, investing for retirement is never too early. One does realise the importance of it but not the urgency of it. Starting to invest for retirement early in life is a brilliant financial move. The reason being the magical word “Compounding” – the ability of an asset to generate earnings, which are then re-invested to generate their own earnings. IMPORTANCE OF RETIREMENT PLANNING: The below points highlight the importance of retirement planning and building a corpus to help you lead a comfortable stress-free retirement – Self Sufficiency: Retirement is that point in life wherein the regular fixed income seizes to exist. The question that arises at present is, “Will you have adequate funds to provide the kind of retirement lifestyle you envision?” For this purpose, it is your compounded money that will come into play and allow you to lead the lifestyle you envision not requiring any aid, support or interaction. Medical Emergencies: With increasing age, come more health problems. Medical Expenses can make significant damages to your wealth post retirement. Failure here could lead to liquidation of assets as well thereby reducing your net wealth. Fragmentation of Families: It is vital to plan your retirement without any help from your family. Our country is witnessing a cultural change which too would compound by the time of retirement. Nuclear families are getting more and more fragmented. The above explanations have spelt out the basics of Mutual Funds and also highlight the essence of investing in Mutual Funds to meet short term and long term goals. Happy Investing!1
occupythebronx.orgWhite cops vs. black men? Nope: Data on police killings reveal a more complex and stubborn dynamicWhite cops vs. black men? Nope: Data on police killings reveal a more complex and stubborn dynamic. Eric Garner died while being arrested by police in Staten Island on Thursday, July 17, 2014.Several years ago, I found myself questioning the validity of news accounts that suggested that white police officers were choosing to exercise lethal force when interacting with black male suspects. After locating reliable sources for police killing data, my colleagues and I began collecting and processing data for 2014 and 2015.Based on analysis of every use of deadly force by police officers across the United States, we can confirm that the killing of black suspects is definitely a police problem.That is, we found that African Americans are killed by police more than twice as often as we would expect, all else being equal, given their share in the general population. While only about 12% of the American population is black, 28% of people killed by police during this two-year period were black. We also found that Latinos were killed slightly more than would be expected and white citizens less often.But is it a white police problem?High-profile killings of unarmed black men in the last few years — like that of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, which gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement — have led many to speculate that white police officers may target nonwhite suspects with lethal force. And that many are unarmed.Our research found that white police officers actually kill black and other minority suspects at lower rates than would be expected if the killings were randomly distributed among officers of all races.In addition, we learned that fewer than 1% of victims of police killings were unarmed. Across all racial groups, 65.3% of those killed possessed a firearm at the time of their death. The gun could be in their car, or on them, but it was there at the time they were killed.While there may be some bad apples in police departments, white officers are no more likely to use lethal force against minorities than nonwhite officers.This doesn't mean the killings aren't racist; it simply means they require a different set of remedies if we are to change the culture and stop them from happening.For me, the research suggests that the disproportionate killing of black men occurs because institutional and organizational racism in police departments and the criminal justice system targets minority communities with policies — like stop and frisk, investigatory stops, racial profiling and the war on drugs — that have more destructive effects.Appropriate reforms for a fundamentally institutional problem would target racism in police department practices and criminal policy that result in over-policing of minority populations.Today, we have politicians who are arguing for tougher stances on immigration. These things have a way of trickling down to other things like tougher sentences on crime and policies that have a disparate impact on minority communities.For starters, the U.S. Department of Justice needs to enforce the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013, which requires police organizations to report data on police killings. This data will allow researchers to thoroughly investigate each case and determine if other variables are driving police behavior.In addition, police departments need to bring in external reviewers to examine all of their institutional practices including hiring, promotions and training.There is definitely a problem: People of one background are being killed by police at much higher rates than other populations. We must fix it.Charles E. Menifield is a professor and dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark.Read More:Bad Policing, Bad Law, not ‘Bad Apples,’ Behind Disproportionate Killing of Black Men by Police. Read up on the latest blogs on Occupy The Bronx1
jalopnik.comThe Rise and Fall of Duesenberg, America's Most Luxurious Race CarThe pre-Depression car culture in America was something truly incredible to behold. Car companies were popping up left and right, and innovative minds were easily able to make their own dreams and ideas a reality by building consumer cars of their own. Worldwide empires sprung up seemingly overnight only to come crashing down in a heap of rubble mere decades later.