Saturday, May 05, 2007

...not fade away

I'm glad I've been to Tokyo before, because if I hadn't all the cultural stimulation here would have erased my fresh memories of Riga, Latvia. My insane day of travel is over, and I have arrived in Tokyo. My friends Clint and Julia took me to a Sento (public bath) where I jumped from hot pool to cold pool and rejuvenated my senses, and then we ate at this amazing little cocktail food spot that is on a little street corner with an outdoor eating area composed of grass and bamboo huts...In NYC its nice to sit out on the concrete in the summer, but this is a whole next level to sidewalk dining. Anyway, I want to post a bunch of Riga shots before It's too late. Tokyo juices pumping, these art projects are gonna be fun....

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Hey from Riga, Latvia

Tomorrow is my grandfather's 101st birthday, and also the opening of his museum show out here, right down the street from the house he grew up in in Riga's Old city. I wish I could upload some of the pix I've been shooting in Gypsy graveyards, cellar bars, and soviet era block house ghettos...But it will have to wait till maybe when I'm in Tokyo at the end of this week and can upload some photos. It's so very cold here, and the sun sets late, and I have the only beard in sight, which keeps my face warm but elicits lots of giggles, and comments like "Borat!" and "....bin ladden...."
I've been meeting some very friendly and warm people here, and am sad to leave after only a few days...