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Bob Ramsak
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Lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Sunset, Medellin.

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Wow, this looks scary :-)
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A brief warning to 2017: beware. We’ll all be watching you like a hawk. (Or, at least like a Saker Falcon.)

All the best in the new year to everyone who’s stopped by, commented, shared and connected, both here and elsewhere. It’s very much appreciated and means more to me than word can express.

Cheers and be well!


And for the record, since the blog's daily pic project will next week enter its fourth year: today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,093rd straight, was snapped on 3 May 2016 in Doha, Qatar.

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+Bob Ramsak Thanks for sharing this wonderful photo. I wish you all the best for 2017!
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On a Raymond Carver kick this week, which means that six people-and counting- can expect Carver collections in their proverbial stockings. For those not on my immediate Xmas list, this is for you. ;)
Here is a link to Guardian's excellent short story podcast site! This specific link goes to Richard Ford reading an early short story by Raymond Carver. 
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No escape from reality. A little Friday lunchtime entertainment. May the creativity this song inspires never end.

My favorite bit? Probably the beginning of the standoff which brings these lyrics to full blown post-Technicolor life:

_I see a little silhouetto of a man,
Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?_
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Window Seats #1

Kicking off this new occasional series with this scene, snapped through a dusty van window, from a stretch of road between the Chilean and Bolivian border check points in the most extreme reaches of southwestern Bolivia. This area marks the southern tip of the Andean Altiplano, or ‘high plain’, an area where the South American mountain range is at its widest. The Altiplano, home to several pre-conquest cultures including the Inca, is the largest high plateau on the planet outside of Tibet.

A few minutes beyond this view lied the Bolivian border post at Portezuelo del Cajón, a mountain pass that separates it from Chile in the high Atacama. At 4,488m (14,724 ft) above sea level, it’s home to one of the highest immigration and customs check points on the planet.

That was also more or less the entrance to the Reserva de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa, or Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. And that in turn was a gateway to the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world.

Few places on the planet conspire as well to provide non-stop window seat enchantment.

26 March 2013

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What a beautiful view and landscape!
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Freddie Mercury passed away 25 years ago today at age 45. It wasn’t until the passing of his occasional collaborator David Bowie last January that I came across this “a-capella” version of the 1981 Queen song “Under Pressure”, a duet with Bowie, when it was making the social media rounds.

It blew my mind. On this day when friends and family in the US celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s one of the things I’m truly thankful for, that this bit of immeasurable beauty found its way to me.

I remember liking the song when it was released back in my late high school years, but my appreciation for it now doesn’t even inhabit that same universe. Like many of you, I’ve probably heard the song a thousand times over the past three-and-a-half decades. But I hadn’t heard all the lyrics clearly until listening to this version just a few months ago, one that isolates the vocal tracks and rips it to its barest essentials, with Mercury and Bowie’s astounding voices building to a powerfully desperate but sublime sliver of illumination.

Enjoy, and be thankful for artists like Mercury and Bowie who make our souls grows and make life on this very imperfect planet all the more bearable and just a little bit more beautiful.
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Tram Driver, Bydgoszcz. She smiled after I took the photo.

Bydgoszcz, Poland, 21 July 2016
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+Bob Ramsak I see, but it is an awesome photo. Perfect to see her face so clear
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Finally! My 2016 Airsickness Bag Collection Update

My better half says I collect too many things. I have no idea why she’d think that.

Here’s a snap of airsickness bags I’ve accumulated over the past couple years that I finally got around to organizing when sorting through a few boxes of paper potpourri this morning. It’s especially heavy on Adria (Slovenia’s national carrier) and Turkish Airlines, but a few other somewhat “exotic” additions slipped in — exotic to me anyway.

I always get a kick out of out-of-the-ordinary usage of quotation marks. They appear especially ludicrous on motion sickness bags.

“For motion discomfort and baby diaper disposal”. Yeah, like, you know, “Nudge nudge, wink wink.”

Now I just have to find the bulk of my collection so these parts can finally be joined and a better accounting made. That’ll be awhile, thus this year-end partial inventory.

Consider this an invitation to any other barf bag collectors out there who are looking to trade; my dupe stock is obvious from the photo below. But remember: you must use real stamps on the packages we trade because I collect those too.

for the barf bag-curious, a bit more is here:

#AirTravel #Travel #BarfBags #collections
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That's a #quirkycollection alright!
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If you were looking for some quick video footage illustrating what it’s like to land at the end of the world, you’re welcome. :)

This is three minutes of the final approach to Malvinas Argentinas Ushuaia International Airport (USH), the southernmost international airport in the world in (arguably) the southernmost city in the world.
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Along a windy Lake Erie Shore.

This was snapped during a stop at Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor, Ohio, two Decembers ago. A brutally cold wind was blowing from Lake Erie, which made the visit a brief one. Even the birds didn’t stay long.

I was the only one there, a solitude that allowed the entire scene to sink into every exposed pore of my body, quite unlike the scenes I last experienced there, one summer some two decades ago, along the mile-long natural sand beach, Ohio’s longest. I preferred this one.

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Snapped on 18 December 2014, the site's 1,067th (!) straight Pic du Jour. Should you desire, you can view it larger here:

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin


+BTP Daily Highlights the Best Photo +BTP Editors' Choice (Top Photo page) +BTP Landscape Pro
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Wonderful and dreamy! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with the #LandscapePhotography theme!! It's my pleasure to share your amazing photo to the +Landscape Photography page! Check out all the great photos there including yours!!
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Ljubljana flicked the on switch for its Happy December/Christmas festivities last night, the only municipal holiday light exhibit that I know of where sperm are represented alongside atoms, chromosomes, DNA molecules, planetary rings and shooting stars, all part of the installation’s ongoing “cradle of life” motif. As good an excuse as any to head out for some mulled wine. :)

Ljubljana, Slovenia, 25-Nov-2016

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#Ljubljana #Slovenia #holidays #Christmas
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Hey all, would love your thoughts:

I'm in the process of compiling a selection of street shots for a gallery exhibit proposal, between 20 and 25 images from my six month stay last year Quito and Bogota, tentatively grouped under the working title "Urban Ballads".

I’m considering including this shot, taken on Palm Sunday near the edge of Quito's central Plaza Grande, a lively hub of socializing and commerce. This woman was doing both and more during a late afternoon storytelling performance, typical of the multi-tasking you'll encounter in most plazas and public areas.

It's an unconventional portrait in that her face isn't visible -- indeed she will forever remain anonymous. That's one thing that actually drew me back to this shot: that its focus isn't on her as much as it is on her actions and immediate environment. So for now, I'm including it in the exhibit's first round batch.

Thoughts? Would love to hear 'em.

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Quito, 29-Mar-2015

#Quito #Ecuador #Travelphotography #LatinAmerica #streetphotography
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I'm a reporter, editor, photographer and blogger with a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I've visited 54 countries and counting.
I'm a reporter, editor, photographer, blogger & roaming rambler with a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I've visited 54 countries and counting.

Born in Slovenia (then Yugoslavia), I spent much of my life in the U.S. midwest before returning permanently to Slovenia in 2004.

I’m a long-time professional journalist with more than twenty-five years’ experience as a reporter, editor, copywriter and translator. I’ve reported and written extensively on culture, politics, development, travel and Olympic sport.

From 2000 through 2012, I focused almost exclusively on coverage of international track & field and distance running. I covered the last three summer Olympic Games, several World Championships and dozens of other international, continental and regional competitions on four continents. I worked closely with the IAAF, the international governing body for track and field, first as a chief correspondent and later as an associate website editor where I oversaw the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. I regularly reported for Reuters, The Press Association and dozens of newspapers, magazines, and news and specialist websites.

Founder of Piran Café.

I'm a frequent traveler and love sharing tips, insights and photos from the road. You'll find quite a bit of that on my G+ stream.

As a photographer, my work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Slovenia and the United States.

If you're looking to add me to a circle I would suggest topics such as (but not limited to) the following:
  • Travelers
  • Bloggers
  • Photographers
  • Writers
  • Expats
If confused, please ask. :)

Travelers, travel bloggers and other kindred spirits:
If you're planning to visit Ljubljana, and have any questions or are seeking suggestions, feel free to get in touch. I'm happy to help in any way I can, and will be delighted to meet up for a drink and even play tour guide for a bit if I'm in town and have the time.

Circling Policy (v 1.1):  :)
I enjoy connecting and engaging with people from all walks of life and all corners of the planet. Note however that I'm continually at or very near the G+ 5,000 limit, so as much as I'd like to I can't automatically follow everyone back. That said I regularly remove inactive G+ers, with 14 days of inactivity generally set as the cutoff, to make room for others I'd like to circle.

Rules? Just a few: I will not tolerate racism, hatred, religious extremism or bigotry in any form. Also know that I'm not a fan of cat GIFs or empty profiles.
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I've witnessed four of Usain Bolt's world records and I've had cholera. Not in that order.
  • Ohio University
    Political Science, Journalism, 1988
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Reporting, copy editing, photography and blogging. Mediation. I'm a peace maker.
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