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Bob Ramsak
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Attended Ohio University
Lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia
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I was delighted to spend part of the past two days chatting with, photographing and getting to know Guache, one of Colombia and Latin America’s most respected street muralists, as part of a longer story I’m putting together on the street art scene in Bogota. It’s one of the most vibrant on the planet, and Guache is very much at its center.

Its such a joy, almost a rush, to watch mystical birds and proud mythical warriors emerge almost instantly from cans of spray paint, like pre-Incan genies let loose from their bottles.

I was first introduced to his work while exploring central Lima, Peru, just over two years ago, and was immediately hooked. His use and choice of color and design and the dignity and pride his subjects exude is a blend you rarely ever see. It’s one I relish whenever I do. You feel the connection he projects to the past. It’s strong, undeniable.

This week he was leading a community project in Las Cruces, a marginalized barrio less than ten blocks from Colombia’s main seats of power, but a reality that’s an entire world away.

Bogota, Colombia, 31-Jul-2015

For those interested, there are 11 more images here:

http://www.pirancafe.com/2015/07/31/on-the-job-with-guache-in-barrio-las-cruces-bogota-street-art/

#streetart #streetphotography #Bogota #Colombia #LatinAmerica  
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Reflections on the BBB Restaurant, Quito.
A quick snap inside my favorite neighborhood comedor in the Ecuadorean capital.  

A little more here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2015/07/29/reflections-on-the-bbb-restaurant-quito/

#Quito #Ecuador #monochromephotography #blackandwhitephotography  
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Bogota Daysleepers.

There’s a large homeless population in Bogota; by official estimates some 10,000 people sleep on or beneath the streets of the Colombian capital each night. That figure seems suspiciously low to me. But no matter for the moment.

This was taken in the middle of the afternoon today; you can’t tell from the image, but the street was very busy with pedestrian traffic. It took a bit of patience to capture the scene without someone walking through the frame. Which was one of two things that really struck me about the scene: the first, the ease with which people simply walked around the sleeping men, with nary a glance or misstep; and the second, that the two men chose a busy thoroughfare for their afternoon snooze.

At least they were under watchful eyes.

Bogota, Colombia, 25 July 2015

The mural is by Colombia artist Stinkfish. You can view it much larger here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2015/07/25/daysleepers-bogota/

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This is a view towards the center of Toledo, Spain, which is, like the Taj Mahal, the Namib Sand Sea in Namibia, the historical centers of Quito and Krakow, the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Stonehenge, Venice and its lagoon, the Maya site of Copan and about one thousand more of the planet’s most profoundly treasured natural and cultural sites, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cities and countries routinely lobby for the honor to be added to the list. Others work hard not to have the designation removed.

In Texas, people turn out to protest being added to the exclusive club.
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I generally hate cat pictures but there are exceptions to all rules. Especially when they've got the hunter's eye.☺

More from the corner of Calle 15N and Avenida 4, in Cali is here:
http://www.pirancafe.com/2015/07/14/corner-of-calle-15n-and-avenida-4-cali/ 

Cali, Colombia, 14 July 2015

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For all your stuffed animal shopping needs.

#Cali #Colombia #BusStations  
Six images from the Central Bus Terminal in Cali, or the Terminal Intermunicipal de Transportes de Cali, Colombia.
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A reciclador, or trash picker, near central Bogota. Nobody seemed too concerned about the fire.

At Carrera 13 and Calle 25, Bogota, 25 July 2015.

A little more here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2015/07/30/i-dont-want-to-be-here-anymore-cab-driver-monologues/

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I really am loving the energy of the street art in Bogota. And, am really looking forward to meeting some of the artists this week and next.

This is a piece by Colombian artist Stinkfish.

Carrera 8, Bogota, 25-Jul-2105

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The 16th Alcazar de Toledo above the Puente del Sol bridge in Toledo Spain. These days the fortification houses a regional library and military museum.

From a 19-image stock image gallery - check 'em out here:
http://www.pirancafe.com/2015/07/23/toledo-spain-travel-notebook-and-stock-image-gallery/

#Toledo   #Spain   #spaintravel   #UNESCO   #travelphotography  
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I’m back in Bogota which means, among many other things, more of the finest street art on the planet.

I really enjoy the city’s urban scrawlers’ contemporary punk aesthetic. From what I’ve seen so far –and I’ve got enough material to nearly fill a book already– its best exponent is the Toxicómano Collective, whose (primarily) stencil-style multi-colored socially conscious works can be found in most corners the city.

They describe themselves as “a group of anti-social scientists in a fight against stupidity, ignorance, morality and faith through healthy visual attacks”. I sincerely wish them plenty of health and the best of luck.

The one above covered a large wall next to the restaurant where I had lunch today in the city’s Teusaquillo district, just a few blocks from my apartment for the next three-and-a-half weeks.

Bogota, Colombia, 21-Jul-2015

You can view it larger here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2015/07/21/toxicomano-i-back-in-bogota/

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Thanks, +Harold Toro Henao  - it's good to be back!  :)
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A powerful piece by Bogota street artist Toxicomano to head up a post about how a recently hacked email revealed that the US DEA has acquired a tool that will help it collect all internet traffic that passes through ISPs in Colombia.

More here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2015/07/12/hacked-email-us-tracking-all-internet-traffic-in-colombia/

#Bogota   #HackingTeam   #streetart  
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For one long block of Calle San Miguel at the northwest corner of Bogota's central Plaza Bolivar, milliners and hatters are given pride of place.
For one long block of Calle San Miguel at the northwest corner of Bogota's central Plaza Bolivar, milliners and hatters are given pride of place.
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Journalist, editor and photographer. Founder of PiranCafe.com.
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Reporting, copy editing, photography and blogging. Mediation. I'm a peace maker.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Cleveland, Ohio, UA
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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.
Introduction
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:
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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.
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  • Ohio University
    Political Science, Journalism, 1988
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