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Zurich Airport

The swiss are such amazing designers and architects. The elegant and minimalist approach is such a refreshing change for a typically mundane space. Not too mention the clean lines and efficient layout, the airport had some of the best waiting seats I've seen. it was like Eames outfitted the entire airport. Plenty of outlets too! Enjoy the few photos I grabbed on my 45 minute layover. Cheers.. Ben

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First trip to Philly! – Philadelphia – 2012

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Family Reunion – Saint Raphael, France – July 2012

 

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Shaver Lake California – Memorial Day 2012

For Memorial day this year we made it up to Shaver Lake California.  It is about an hour outside of Fresno, 5000' up into the Sierra National Forest. We had a slight surprise on the way up.... it SNOWED on us. Snow on Memorial Day was a first for me.   It made for quite an interesting camp set up.  We made it through the freezing night and woke up to a beautiful mountain lake. Enjoy the photos!  

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Hungarian Sheepdog

We ran across this Hungarian Sheepdog, called a Puli,  in the park the other day. This guys was a total spazz and ran around in circles making it hard to tell which was his front or back. These dogs grow into their dreadlocks after they are puppies. Another interesting fact is that they look extremely similar to the sheep they herd. Picture here. Enjoy the photos.      

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Beijing 2012 Book Published on Blurb. Get it while its hot!

Pick up a copy of the newly published "Beijing 2012" on blurb.com! Beijing 2012 by Benjamin New | Make Your Own Book

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Beijing Day 10

One of the attractions to Beijing are the many markets. There is the Pearl Market, the Silk market and Antiques Market. There also many other markets of the same ilk, but these are the most famous ones.  We had spent several days going through these markets. These markets are known for the fierce negotiation the shop vendors utilize.  They will crowd you, grab you, yell at you... all to get your attention to buy what ever fake good they were selling. It is pretty hilarious. The bargaining is what makes these markets so fun and Leila turned into a master after a few days.  I apparently don't...

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Beijing Day 8 – Hutong Walkabout

After the Forbidden city, (which we went through pretty quickly due to the crowds) we embarked on another Hutong Walkabout.  I love these little neighborhoods. While some are sort of tourist attractions, others just represent everyday life in Beijing. We also went through Bei Hai park which was quite beautiful and serene.  One of the highlights of the park is the water calligraphy guys.  These old guys get out there and create these beautiful (and temporary) works of art using only water and a dusty sidewalk. We were later informed that this was a form of exercise for the older chinese.  One...

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Beijing Day 8 – Forbidden City

I think I skipped Day 7....probably because we were so worn out from the great wall.  Anyhow, to continue on with the tourist attractions we visited the Forbidden City. It was a nice day for it, The smog was think and the air was warm. This made for some compelling photography. I hope you enjoy the photos! Ben Click here for the slideshow

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Beijing Day 6

Great Wall of China. We travelled about 1.5 hours out of the city to visit the great wall. We couldn't have had a better day on the wall. There was no one there and the weather was quite mild! This was one of my favorite sites in China so far (especially since it was empty!).  As you follow the wall through the peaks and valleys of these very unforgiving terrain, you realize how mind boggling this was feat was.   Enjoy the photos! Click here for the slideshow

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Beijing – Day 5

Day 5 was a day of relaxation for Leila and I.  We had walked around so much the previous few days, that we needed to rest our weary feet.  For the most part this happened. We went out to the 798 Art District which is Northwest of town.  798 looks to be a an older manufacturing facility that has been turned into an artist enclave.  It is full of galleries, murals, graffiti, sculptures, boutiques, and cafes. All of this intertwined with the remnants of the old factory.  It was a perfect composition of art and urban decay. I was quite impressed with the quality of the art in 798. The sculpture...

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Beijing Day 4

Ni Hao! Day 4 was another walkathon.  One thing I have realized since we have been here is that this City is massive.  Coming from San Francisco (which would fit in one of the many districts here), getting around takes a little time.   We had two major destinations today: the Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square (and surrounding areas). The Summer Palace sits on the outskirts of Beijing and was used by the Emperor's family and other royalty during the warmer months as a get away destination from Beijing (pretty self explanatory). It is a massive enclave with temples and gardens around a massive...

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Beijing Day 3

After some restful sleep, we were ready to hit the streets running for Day 3 in Beijing. Leila, Nathan, Lina and I had a whirlwind day of hitting up sites around the city.  6 hours of walking and 10km later,  I think I gained a whole new appreciation for this city.  The previous days were spent in the predominantly westernized areas of Beijing.  Today we got to see some of the real Beijing.  The day went something like this: Lama Temple  is the Palace of Peace and Harmony.  It is a Tibetan style Buddhist temple in the northeastern portion of the city.  It was full of breathtaking architecture,...

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Beijing Day 2

Day 2 of our adventures in Beijing involved some serious jet lag. Im not sure how I made it through the first day as well as I did. I got maybe 3 hours of sleep the night before and was a zombie pretty much the entire day. It was also extremely cold outside with gusty winds and near freezing temperatures.  We did make it through some local "hutongs" or alley markets, a few stops at some local pubs and made it to the most bizarre phenomenon (at least to me) in Beijing: the mega karaoke club. One of the highlights of the hutong was the poultry butcher.  He had 2 drums: one for boiling the bird...

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Beijing Trip – Day 1

Ni Hao - Leila and I have embarked on her 2nd and my first time to Beijing. Actually it is my first time on this side of the Pacific. Over the next 10 days or so, I hope to chronicle my trip in Beijing through photography and commentary.  Over the last few weeks before the trip, I was totally unsure of what to expect in Beijing. Third world poverty or a modern city with all the comforts of home.  I was prepared to be in a place where communincation was close to impossible  and I would be utterly lost amongst the city's 17 million residents. I was prepared to be the proverbial "fish out of water". ...

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Vasquez Rocks Nature Area – Agua Dulce, California

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Spring is Here

A different take on Spring bloom from our garden. Look a little closer!

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Embarcadero Drummer

This guy plays his drums for the morning ferry commuters at the Ferry Plaza along the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Enjoy!

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Leila’s Birthday

January 7th means two things... Leila's Birthday and Ethiopian Christmas. Both of which are a great reason to celebrate.  We had a great day on Leila's favorite Daly City hike with Sabra, Kenny, Van and Rosita. Here are some photos of the party! Enjoy!  

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Mt. Tamalpais – Steep Ravine

A couple of weeks back Leila and I went up to the North Bay to finally hike Mt Tam. After 10+ years of living in the Bay Area, I can't believe I have never been up here. The day was a typical January day in the Bay. 60 degrees and sunny! Perfect hiking conditions. The hike is quite amazing and I highly suggest it. You begin at the Pantoll Ranger station on Mt. Tam. There are probably 10 different trails that intersect in this area, so it is a pretty popular area. You can get to Muir woods and Stenson Beach amongst other places from here. The trail is called the Steep Ravine. It descends through...

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