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Bob Ramsak
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Lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Today Fernando Botero, one of my favorite contemporary artists, is celebrating his 82nd birthday. Here's my humble tribute. Please do check it out and wish Medellin's favorite son an exceptional day.  :)
A celebration of Fernando Botero, Medellin, Colombia's favorite son, in 49 photos from his eponymous square.
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Yet another reason why +Open Culture is among my favorite websites.
 
Watch John Coltrane Perform "A Love Supreme” Live. The first and only time. July, 1965. (How can you not love that?)  http://cultr.me/1jNjYHK 
John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme came out in 1964, an “album-long hymn of praise,” writes Rolling Stone, “transcendent music perfect for the high point of the civil rights movement” as well as Coltrane’s growing spiritual awakening after kicking his heroin habit.
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About 2,000 people gathered in Kongresni Trg square in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana on Wednesday to protest a proposed sweeping higher education reform law. The law, known as ZViS, would introduce tuition fees for the first time, essentially ending free universal higher education.

A handful of photos with the Demotix story below; a dozen photos in all are here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2014/04/17/slovenia-protest-proposed-higher-education-reform-law-dozen-photos/

#protests #Ljubljana   #Slovenia  
An estimated 2,000 people gathered in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana to protest a proposed higher education reform law. The law, known as ZViS, would introduce tuition fees for the first time.
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From a visit to Iški vintgar, or the Iška River Gorge last Saturday, shortly before I got drenched in a rainstorm. Just 20k from Ljubljana's city center, it's a very simple, quick and nice escape. I'll bring a tripod and ND filter next time. :)

For the Iški vintgar-curious, 13 pics in all are here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2014/04/14/iska-river-gorge/
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+Surfing the Planet English - 0.6sec. Returning with filters next time.
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In today's Pic du Jour a woman takes a brief break to watch and listen to a marching band on a Sunday morning in the central Plaza de 25 Mayo in Sucre, Bolivia.

Snapped on 14-Apr-2013, exactly one year ago.

You can view it larger here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2014/04/14/music-break-sucre/

#travelphotography #Sucre #Bolivia  
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The first photo I snapped on film in 122 months. :)

Ljubljana, Slovenia, Apr-2014

#monochromephotography #monochromemonday  
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Haha - Medium format is something I'm trying to shy away from +Henry Lee - I don't need yet another camera. :)  I will however only shoot B&W with my old SLRs. I like that this old Soviet Zenit came with an f2 lens, something I've never had with my DSLRs.
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Morning mist over the Gulf of Corcovado, Chaiten, Chile.

To view large and for more from Chaiten please visit here:
http://www.pirancafe.com/2014/04/15/morning-mist-gulf-corcovado-pic-du-jour/

#travelphotography #monochrome  
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Free is a pretty good deal on either one of these. :)
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I'm in for the Nikon too. Mine has served me well for 5 years.
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Today’s Pic du Jour comes with a little Balkan conspiracy vignette. Enjoy!
I just finishing chimping this shot when the owner of the small stall, made up mostly of used books and cheap trinkets, approached. He asked what I was taking the picture for. “Just for me. I liked the composition, Kennedy there and Tito there.” “Of course you know he was a phony.” He was referring…
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Great Q&A (and mini portfolio) with photojournalist Renee C. Byers. Do check it out.
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I wonder how many people would be prepared to try and live on a dollar a day?
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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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I recently wrapped up a seven-month overland trip from Tierra del Fuego to San Jose, Costa Rica, where I was halted by a bout of Hepatitis A. Now I'm writing a book about it.
Introduction
I'm a reporter, editor, photographer, blogger & roaming rambler with a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I've visited 51 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.
Education
  • Ohio University
    Political Science, Journalism, 1988
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