Travel Theme: Decoration

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Art Institute Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

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Each week Ailsa invites bloggers to post photos based on her travel theme. This week the theme is Decoration.

If you’d like to see more interpretations of Decoration, click here.

 

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At the Mitchell Museum

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The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston, Illinois is a small museum focused on sharing Native American history and culture. Entry is just $5 with discounts for students and seniors. It’s a good little museum that I wrote about for an assignment. They have artifacts from tribes from coast to coast and currently have a temporary exhibit on storytelling.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Room

squalid room for teachers in Korea at KNUE

squalid room for teachers in Korea at KNUE

Nanjing, Presidential mansion

Nanjing, Presidential mansion

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced. 2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. 3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge. Other great photos:

Jinan Art Museum

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I went to the Jinan Art Museum on the west side of town on Monday, Dragonboat Festival. Not only did we get to see lots of intriguing art, we met one of the artists. I’ll have to get one of those photos from my students.

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Beijing Weekend

I arrived last Friday evening, checked into a hostel/2 star hotel before heading off to the Silk Market for some DVDs. The selection isn’t what it once was. Then I went to “Food Street” to take pictures of the exotic delicacies, starfish, scorpions, and whatnot. I’ll photograph them, but I’ve reached my limit for bizarre food with the pig intestines. Then I walked through some gentrified and not so gentrified charming shopping streets to Alice’s Teahouse.

Alice, whom I’ve mentioned before, speaks great English and runs a small tea shop near my hostel. She’s great to chat with to get the real scoop on Beijing and China in general. When I got back to the hostel I chatted with a young French guy who’s embarking on an 11 day tour of North Korea. I can’t imagine what that’ll be like.

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Sunday I tried out a new café near the hostel and had carrot-ginger-beer cake for breakfast. It’s quite good. Then I went to the China National Museum of Art. It’s pretty small considering the country’s long history and huge size. They had some mediocre photos in one gallery. The photographer’s niche was blurred photos of geese and swans flying or paddling through water. The best art was an exhibit of ink paintings from four painters. Gorgeous landscapes and portraits. One artist, who fixated on cartoonish water buffalos, didn’t wow me.

Then I met a friend, Spurgeon, I’d taught with in Guangzhou. He’s now teaching AP calculus at a super high school. We went for a late lunch at a Persian restaurant. The food was great, though Middle Eastern food seems all the same to me.

Next we set off to find teal ties for his students’ school uniforms. Evidently he volunteered to procure them. There was a big market (for knock offs) nearby. Some had “silk” ties in every color of the rainbow, except teal. In the end he found one teal tie and got a weak promise that if he came back next week they’d have more. Spurgeon’s from Sierra Leon and has a good bargaining technique. I hope I remember his approach for my next negotiation.

I checked into a better hotel, the Novotel, because I needed good internet to sign on to my online course’s Saturday meeting. I thought the hostel wouldn’t have reliable service. What a mistake. I tried signing on for 2 and a half hours. Even with the help of the tech whizzes, I had no luck. Such aggravation! On top of that the bed was hard as rock and there was a nightlight that reflected off the fridge that kept me up all night. It was impossible to turn it off. God knows I tried. Around 6 am the neighbors started shouting at each other. I was better off in the $9/night hostel than in the $80/night hotel.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

Suzhou, China

Suzhou, China

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other great photos:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object #2

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other great photos:

Travel Theme: Silver

Here’s my entry into this week’s travel photo theme of silver. All these items are found at the Art Institute of Chicago

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

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Regal robe, Shandong Provincial Museum

Regal robe, Shandong Provincial Museum

New Orleans Altar

New Orleans Altar

 

Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Jinan’s New Cultural Complex

I got a later start that I wanted but I went exploring this afternoon around the new cultural complex. Far on the westside of Jinan there are two new museums, two theaters (just one is open) and a big new library.

To get there, I suggest taking the 7 bus west till it turns left. Hop off and retrace your steps to the earlier street. Then walk three long blocks west till you get to another bus stop for the 133 bus. (In between no buses travel yet.) 133’s come about once every 15 minutes. The bus will continue a mile or so further west and turn right by the semi-spherical heaters that look space age. The next stop is right in front of the museums and library.

By the time I explored the exterior of the theaters and got to the library and museum, they’d closed. I plan to return during work hours tomorrow.

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