A day in Krakow (wish it could be every day)

You can walk forever in the green park that surrounds the center of Krakow.  Really.  You can.  And you will, unless you realize the park is actually in the shape of a ring so you never reach the end.

Park in Krakow

Drifting through an endless sea of green

I keep getting lost here.  But so very pleasantly lost in the cool leafy shade.

I couldn’t meet my friend last night at all to give her the painting, and she won’t come back until I am gone, so I have to leave the painting behind at the hostel for her to pick it up.

Not exactly the moment of triumph I had been expecting.

The hostel I am at (The Mosquito Hostel) is wonderful, and I got a delightful comfy bed with clean crisp sheets for a mere 11 Euros a night, but I was unlucky enough to get  a roomful of really annoying people – the first time that has ever happened to me there.  I’ll write a post about rude hostel behavior later when I get home.

This is the only full day I will spend in Krakow, and that makes me sad because I love this city like no other.  I would live here if I could.  Perfect weather in summer: cool, misty and rainy.  (Well, that’s perfect weather for me.)  And it’s green, green, green.  And they have wonderful beer.

Tomorrow I will take a long long ride to the Polish border and try to cross it on foot.  With luck I’ll be blogging from Lvov, Ukraine.  (Actually they call it Lviv now.)

Oh, before I go:  check out this kid playing guitar on the streets of Krakow.

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I took the video with my digital still camera (and it’s a super-cheap one) so I apologize for its low quality, but…this kid is talented.  I didn’t get his name.  He was too busy playing for me to ask him.  After each song he just went right into another one.   I could only get a few minutes of it because my camera will only hold that much.

See you in Ukraine.

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I’m a star. Sort of.

No time for a long post – I have a trip to prepare for and a large painting to finish first – but I just want to say how funny it is that this search phrase is now the #1 reason people visited my blog in the last couple of days:

“new movie wayland song richard jobson m k hajdin”

This is probably because I talked to Richard on Twitter about his new movie Wayland’s Song, and Google is indexing my tweets.  I still think it’s funny because it implies I’m a movie star.  Definitely not!  I’m an exiled star.

Hypervelocity Star

Exiled Stars are officially “Hypervelocity Stars”

But you can still go to Richard’s website and buy all his movies if you want, and you would be vastly entertained if you did.

Here is Richard singing “New York City” with the Armoury Show sometime in the 1980s.  Cheery git, isn’t he?  😀

Up All Night

I am staying up all night working on a portfolio and grant proposal which is due later TODAY, so here is a music video from the 80s on this very topic:  “Up All Night” by the Boomtown Rats.

I am sorry for making you watch Bob Geldof lick a python and then try to argue with it, but the song is great.  Listen for this truly classic line that still makes me laugh out loud:

It’s an agreeable town

It’s neat and sedate

Why even the muggers

Are off the streets by eight

Joy Division Christmas lyrics: “Wilderness”

The Joy Division Christmas Special was a great success; now I’ve got a bunch of their lyrics burned into my brain, in particular these:

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Happy Effing Holidays

Christmas at Richard Jobson's house

Nothing in my house is nearly interesting enough to make a Christmas card, so this will have to do.

I vandalized an innocent picture taken by my twitter pal Richard Jobson, who is still smoking hot after all these years.

This I do for you, dear readers, because I really care.

“Shadowplay” by Joy Division, Reanimated

I just found this on Rhizome and was completely blown away.  It’s an animation by Yoshi Sodeoka.

Shadowplay

“This video project was inspired by the famous album cover art of 1979 album, Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” designed by Peter Saville. Original video footage is from Joy Division’s TV performance of “Shadowplay” on Granada Reports. The video footage was animated with the same topographic style of the album cover design.”  (Rhizome)
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