All posts tagged: photography

You Are My Witnessess

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum tells a story that is not alien or unknown to us. And while may have studied the historical facts surrounding the events of World War II, the exhibitions at the USHMM are shocking. Once inside the museum, a sequence of emotions hits you all at once. For me, it was anger, sadness, and aching. I was there last summer, and I remember feeling the discomfort even in my bones. I was recently invited to the screening of a movie here in Panama. Denial (2016), directed by Mick Janson and starring Rachel Weisz, tells the story of professor Deborah Lippstadt who is sued for libel by a Holocaust denier. I must admit, prior to watching this film I had never heard of such thing as a Holocaust denier and can not believe they even existed (exist?). The film is great, by the way: well acted, intense, and effective at delivering the message of the importance of truth and justice. It was screened at a local theater, organized by the Friends of Yad Vashem. One …

Souvenirs from the South Pacific: Bondi to Coogee Walk

My friend Jess had told me that a must-do while in Sydney was the cliff top coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee. It was early October and it was finally starting to get warm and sunny outside. I had been to Bondi a few times in the winter but was eager to witness the beautiful Sydney coastline in less layers! I had a Monday off from work and woke up early to begin my commute to Coogee. I packed snacks, a large water bottle, headphones, and my camera – the photos from this walk are probably my favorite souvenir of my time in Oz.  The sun was shining and the ocean was a beautiful turquoise color, the waves alluring dozens of surfers from Coogee to Clovelly and Bronte, all the way up to Bondi. I encountered runners, hikers, dog-walkers, photographers, and children all throughout the 6km walk. It was hotter than expected, but needless to say I found plenty of shade under trees. The walk takes about two hours, but I kept finding beautiful photo ops and perfect areas to meditate. It was …

Biarritz on a Gloomy Day

Last week, I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon in one of the most charming gems in the Basque: Biarritz. Having relatives in San Sebastian, Spain, allows for occasional visits to this region known for wine, pintxos, and Game of Thrones-esque sceneries. The best part is the drive from San Sebastian to Biarritz is short, sweet, and full of hidden, magical coastal towns. It was a chilly and sunless Fall day. Still, there’s something about Biarritz… No wonder Victor Hugo is quoted to have said, “I have not met in the world any place more pleasant and perfect than Biarritz”. Located in the Bay of Biscay, the city has been extremely popular amongst European royalty since the 19th century – its Hôtel du Palais being a favorite of Empress Eugene, Napoleon III, Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, and Alfonso VIII. Today Biarritz is one of the top surf spots in Europe. I have only visited in the Fall and Winter, but hear repeatedly  from friends and family that Biarritz in the summer is a must. Hopefully I can …