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Yesterday we went to the International Bazaar held by the local chapter of the United Nations Women’s Guild annually here in Vienna, Austria.

On the top floor of the bazaar there are booths from around the world, with handmade arts and crafts from each country or region of the world. Doesn’t that already sound lovely? But wait. When you head downstairs, you find yourself in a room twice the size, filled with stands serving food from each of the countries represented upstairs. Live music and tons of people to accompany, all with the same international background. How fun!

One our way back into the city, we caught the last of the sun falling behind the Vienna International Centre’s modern structures.


This afternoon we took a long walk into the city center. We kept a look out for new details we’d like to show. A theme that developed from our escapade was on typography. We find this type of design quite fascinating – how we communicate to the world; how we understand the meaning of things. Here’s an array of some of the fonts we found today.

The normal typeset used for Viennese street signs.

An old-style street sign in the 1st district of Vienna.

The electronic reader on a Viennese streetcar, likely dating from the 1970s.

The sunset over the enormous letters of Kunsthalle.

For more information and very interesting articles on typography, visit I Love Typography.

The other night I was home alone, Andrea was out at her parents’ place, and a couple friends invited me spontaneously to join them out for dinner. We used to work together at the Vienna Review, so I knew to bring my camera to capture something for an upcoming review.

This image is clearly an outtake, taken at Yak & Yeti, a Nepalese restaurant in Vienna, Austria, after sunset on a warm summer night. Wrong ISO, shutter speed, and out of focus, but still captured something of the atmosphere in this covered, outdoor patio.

Check for the review at the J Franz Spiegel blog.

One of our recent adventures while in Oregon was out to the Coast, to an extraordinary estuary called Whalen Island. We camped there for five days, nearly completely isolated from the scurrying societies we know too well. Here are some shots and descriptions:

the coast

The vastness of the Oregon sky with a low-tide beach at Whalen Island. During low tide, we crossed through the river out to the Pacific Ocean, where the water was, at the more shallow point, just above knee level. During some of the crossings, the girls had to be carried across as to avoid getting too soaked.

banjo & guitar

Music is always part of our adventures. Here, a banjo, guitar and good friends begin a long venture of music that lasted well into the night.


As the sun set, the tide was on its way back in. During high tide, the rivers surrounding the “island” become lake-like and much deeper. It isn’t until the middle of the night that low tide returns, and we were able to venture out into the water-soaked sand to look for phosphorescence, or the emission of light by bioluminescent¬†plankton, in this case.

adventuringLong hikes down the beach and in the passing Coastal Mountain Range, brought a refreshing sense of self in relation to the nature that surrounds us all.

Sun, water, mist, wind and the sand beneath our feet, was part of our long days of venturing. The coastline seems never ending. Once back at the campsite after a long days trek, we would get the fire started and dinner was underway. Corn, tacos, guacamole one night, and salmon or sausages on others. We never got tired of it.

Every now and then we would head out to an ocean side restaurant for some delicious clam chowder. The trip made us realize how much we have to appreciate in life.