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USA: The Best Of Washington Life?

USA: The Best Of Washington Life? | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it

Perhaps Washington’s life lies in places far away from the National Mall, all scattered with majestic monuments boasting freedom and sovereignty. Sports bars with happy hours and slider specials colonised by navy-blazered, beige-trousered, brown-loafered boys, as desperate to turn their internship into a job as they are to catch the attention of the girls at the booth next to them.

 

This was the Washington I saw when I first arrived in the New World I have come to consider my New Home. Washington life is the tree-lined sixteenth street, the pedestrian part of Penn Avenue, the green patch of mall where Sunday football teams meet for a good (net)work-out.

 

Though border control reminds me I’m an alien with a delightful accent, my DC community welcomes me back and assures me I’m home.

When the notion of ‘Washington’ is erased, people can think of ‘DC’ as their own ‘District’ to build their popular monuments on the less celebrated avenues of Rhode Island and Georgia. We make music on streets lower down the alphabet and dance in basements that the interns with their hairdos couldn’t know about. Neighbourhoods once notorious for fear now adopt global bass beats and throw parties, revellers in glitter and wigs, quasi-pyjamas, or shiny pants.

 

The colours clash and muddle, they melt and curdle like tropical beats on the Blandensburg Road. While Washington looks on, magnanimous and free, we live to create a new story for DC. The tale won’t be sports bars and obelisks, but capoeira on Malcom X Park, the ladies of Batalá leading the parade, and stereos harking back to local legends: Mr. Hathaway and Roberta Flack, and Marvin Gaye. You have to look closer for beauty beyond monuments and avenues to admire murals by anon, taste Ethiopian spices, and sway to the analogue soul of the streets lower down the Alphabet, higher up the map.

 

Nischa Pieris

 

 

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Introducing our guest contributor Nischa Pieris

 

and here's a taste of her Washington DC

 

Batalá Washington !

http://youtu.be/Oz9ooJDGdks

http://youtu.be/rdDGBuO9khI

 

and capoeira on Malcom X Park

http://youtu.be/gzo4pgLzOyc

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Welcome to Beyond London Life!

 

 

 

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This year our travels, both real and virtual, will take us beyond the borders of London. We are excited by the prospect and hope to bring you something mad and magical from around the globe.Expect eclectic and quirky.

 

 

 And to whet your appetite, why not download this Lonely Planet ebook for free

 

 http://media.lonelyplanet.com/pdfs/Around_the_world_40_Lonely_Planet_Bloggers.pdf

 

Get in touch

 

Guest bloggers always welcome!

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I'd love to hear from you

Happy Travels!

 

Ursula

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Norway May Be Dark These Days, But Never Fear—Oslo’s Art Scene Is as Luminous as the Northern Lights

Norway May Be Dark These Days, But Never Fear—Oslo’s Art Scene Is as Luminous as the Northern Lights | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
NetJets, the global leader in private aviation, works with the industry’s most experienced pilots, specializing in their aircraft type.
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Mandala Lab | Rubin Museum of Art

Mandala Lab | Rubin Museum of Art | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
An Interactive Space for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning The Mandala Lab, located on the Museum’s remodeled third floor, invites curiosity about our emotions. Consider how complex feelings show up in your everyday life and imagine how you might have…
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Agnes Martin: The Distillation of Color | Pace Gallery

Agnes Martin: The Distillation of Color | Pace Gallery | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
A new Agnes Martin exhibition in New York featuring a range of paintings from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.
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10 of the World’s Weirdest Museums

10 of the World’s Weirdest Museums | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it

These treasure troves around the globe will satisfy your strangest curiosities.


"Picture of a scuba diver at the Cancun Underwater Sculpture Museum (MUSA) in Cancun, Mexico
A diver drifts over a submerged vehicle at MUSA, the underwater museum of contemporary art in Cancun, Mexico.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MAURICIO COLLADO, XINHUA/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO 


What turns an ordinary object into something extraordinary? Put it in a museum. No matter how seemingly odd or mundane, objects offer us windows into history and connect us to our past. They expose our darkest preoccupations, most brilliant ideas, and the limitless creativity of the human mind."

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Top 20 Most Colourful Places in the World

Top 20 Most Colourful Places in the World | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Bucketlist at the ready! From Canada to China, WOW has named the 20 most colorful places in the world you have to visit in your lifetime.
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Australia: Step Inside a Swirling Mirror Room of Interactive Ocean Vortices by teamLab

Australia: Step Inside a Swirling Mirror Room of Interactive Ocean Vortices by teamLab | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Colossal | Art, design, and visual culture
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Experienced Team Lab @ Pace Gallery London in 2017.  Could have stayed in a trance all day! 
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Isolated Facades Stand Precariously in the Twilight by Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy

Isolated Facades Stand Precariously in the Twilight by Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
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Lisbon: City of Books

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"I always thought the title "City of Books" belonged to Paris or Dublin, but now I've visited Lisbon. In four days I only scanned the first page but I sense volumes more beneath. Let me set the scene: This is a city where the first time tourist needs a 3D map."

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A Compendium of Abandoned Greenhouses

A Compendium of Abandoned Greenhouses | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Today I opened my computer and typed in my chosen search words of the day: "abandoned greenhouse". Little did I know how many photographs I was about to scroll through. So many, too many! Why is that? Surely we still all eat greens and enjoy decorating our houses with them. Why have so many of these

Via Ricardo Lourenço
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I have loved following Messy Nessy for years do visit het website for unique insights into Parisian Life & Beyond  
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36 Hours in Bangkok

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From upstart creative spaces and obscure bars to neighborhoods where a surprising urban tranquillity reigns, Bangkok remains ripe for discovery.
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Bangkok. Often spoken about with affection by those fortunate enough to have visited/lived in the City of Angels. Somewhere so familiar to many, yet still full of new discoveries! 
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Abu Dhabi : Edoardo Tresoldi  Sculpture  

Abu Dhabi : Edoardo Tresoldi  Sculpture   | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it

Edoardo Tresoldi  Sculptor Fills Pavilion with Stunning Series of Wire Mesh Architecture

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 Europe: Abandoned Buildings

 Europe: Abandoned Buildings | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it


" As far as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by abandoned places, so there’s no surprise that after a few childhood explorations, I decided to take a camera with me to bring back memories of my trips. I started giving more and more importance to the place I was shooting, to get the satisfaction of perfectly capturing the spirit of the spot I was visiting. It has been nearly three years now that I have travelledromainveillon around Europe, to find and capture these amazing locations. From communist relics in Bulgaria or Hungary to the incredible villas and palaces in Italy, passing by the tremendous factories and power plants in France or Belgium, I try to grasp the aesthetic beauty that emerges from the chaos of decay. I love when nature takes over human constructions which creates a unique and unreal atmosphere. It puts in perspective our presence on earth and reminds us that we are only passers-by. For me, it’s like traveling in time. Every room is special and has its own history."


Photographs credited to Romain Veillon.

    


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Atmospheric, sometimes eerie photographs depicting Europe's decaying buildings..

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The dynamism of Italian Futurism | Boccioni | UNIQLO ARTSPEAKS

Hannah Levine manager of patron programs in the Department of Membership, takes a stance—quite literally—in praise of the Futurist artist Umberto Boccioni’s dynamic sculpture "Unique Forms of Continuity in Space."

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Estudio Herreros-designed Munch museum opens in Oslo

Estudio Herreros-designed Munch museum opens in Oslo | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
The aluminium-wrapped vertical structure on the Norwegian capital's waterfront provides expansive spaces for the iconic artist's work Words by Will Jennings When Oslo’s opera house opened in 2008 and people discovered they could climb up and across
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Brittle Skeletons Crocheted from Discarded Textiles by Caitlin McCormack

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" Philadelphia-based artist Caitlin McCormack continues to explore the decay and remains of once-living things in her intricate crochet work. McCormick constructs her pieces using a labor intensive process that involves stiffening discarded textile materials with enamel paint to create brittle bone-like material. She then crochets fantastical intertwined skeletons of humans, birds, snakes, devils, and two-headed bats, which are displayed with stark black backdrops, glass cases, and lathed bases that reference old-fashioned displays for scientific specimens.

Her new show, Lazarus Taxa, refers to the paleontological concept of species that disappear and reappear in the fossil record. Lazarus Taxa is currently on display at Paradigm Gallery + Studio. '

November 2017
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Slow Living in Corsica  in 2021

Slow Living in Corsica  in 2021 | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
The human warmth and connection that is Corsica . 
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The joys of slow living on a French Island. Regardless of a global pandemic. 
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Slomo - Video - NYTimes.com

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Dr. John Kitchin quit a medical career to pursue his passion: skating along the boardwalk of San Diego’s Pacific Beach. He calls himself “Slomo.”
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Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky — Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

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Magical Towering Castles Made with Icicles

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Igloos and ice hotels we've seen in the past were typically constructed with a mixture of ice blocks and snow, but inventive designer Brent Christensen fou
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An Astonishingly Small Stone Carving That Has the Power to Change Art History

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Paris , Le Pantheon daki olağanüstü performans

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Turner Prize nominee Rosalind Nashashibi: 'Gaza was under a spell'

Turner Prize nominee Rosalind Nashashibi: 'Gaza was under a spell' | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Rosalind Nashashibi has deserved a Turner Prize nomination for years. In 2009, I, like many people, thought her ICA exhibition made her a shoe-in for the following year’s list but it didn’t happen. Now, after a period in which she has steadily continued to make poetic and quietly political films, everything has come at once for the 44-year-old Croydon-born artist.
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The new Our Place Kauai restaurant in Kapaa is 100 percent locally sourced

The new Our Place Kauai restaurant in Kapaa is 100 percent locally sourced | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Opened late last year, Our Place uses Kauai-grown ingredients to create beautifully plated organic dishes.
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A great example of what can be done by a restaurant. Take note other places that serve food in Hawaiii. Take note all eateries, all over the world. 
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The Fantastic Street Art by Kislow

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This Ukrainian artist is as original as it gets. Just randomly found his pieces. But how good are they? http://www.lostateminor.com/2012/10/16/ukrainian-street-art-by-kislow/
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it's great to stumble upon something new and exciting. In this case it's street art from the Ukraine.
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Iceland: 19th century green-roofed church is straight out of a fairy tale

Iceland: 19th century green-roofed church is straight out of a fairy tale | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Although sod-topped structures may seem like they're straight out of a movie, the fascinating earthen-enclosed Hofskirkja church was built in 1884.
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