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Humanity In Technology

So odd to think…twelve years ago today I was having my first big adventure. I had flown from Minneapolis to Amsterdam. Endured a six hour layover in an uncomfortable plastic chair at Schiphol, back when smoking was still allowed at the gate (gross), then I hopped my next flight to Madrid. Only to immediately take a train to the south of Spain and then? I boarded a ferry from Algeciras to Tangier, Morocco (while the soundtrack to the movie “Grease” was being played over the PA system). Where I took yet another train - with some delays along the way - to the capitol of Rabat, to end up on my friend’s doorstep just as her birthday was ending. And there I blurted out, upon arrival, “Happy Birthday! I’m pregnant!” Yep. Strange days. That was an exhausting but amazing trip. And I documented the entire thing with my very first and obscenely expensive digital camera, which wasn’t half as nice as what most cell phones are now equipped with. It was about $1,000 per megapixel back in the olden days.

Today’s five good things:

The original street photographer, Bill Cunningham, is still at it after decades of visually documenting New York City. A documentary has been made about him. I adore his quotes from the trailer like “the best fashion show is definitely on the street” and “fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” I’ll be putting on my armor tomorrow morning, for sure. A photographer from the Minnesota Daily will be snapping my photo for an article about Friday’s opening night, which is great, but I really do prefer being on the other side of the camera.


One Comment

  1. Tim wrote:

    You are a traveling superstar! Love your stories of abroad. Never been to Morocco, but Schipol is the best place to get slippers that look like wooden shoes, hands down!

    Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

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