lunes, 22 de abril de 2013
Along the malecón of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, lie a range of sand sculptures, onsite lighting making them even the more striking at night. I find this sculpture itself out of place in Puerto Vallarta, a highly commercialised, tourist town, hinted at in the lit up buildings in the background. The malecón is not designed to be a peaceful walk at night alongside the incredibly detailed sculptures and statues. Even more so than in less touristic places it springs to life at night, with a seemingly endless trail of food venders, toy and trinket sellers, and performers.
There is too much peace in the sculpture to fit. It's also not very Mexican. But I think the sculpture, standing taller than I, deserves my forgiveness this time. I wish I could keep so composed facing the constant threat of being washed away. Maybe if I stretch my ears and grow some bonsai trees it will help. I think I'll do that.
miércoles, 10 de abril de 2013
Wandering through the suburban streets, you only have to navigate a couple of corners to come across this church from my house. It's not a very pretty church, simple red brick, although it does have some stained glass windows, it doesn't appear very remarkable at all. The denomination in Uniting, a common Christian denomination in Australia. What intrigues me about it though, if you look at the sign, is that it's Korean. I also really like their minibuses with the Uniting Church insignia and Korean writing on the sides. I have seen a couple of churches in Australia that are something like - Chinese Baptist Church - or something of the sort, and they always stick out at me, but they are still so rare. To me it seems quite bizarre, it poses many questions, but mostly: are their services normal, but just in Korean? Is that the only difference? I really want to attend one of their services to find out, but my conspicuousness concerns me: I don't exactly look Korean. And really, if I went, I don't speak Korean, and even if I did, I don't know what a normal Uniting Church service is like to compare it to. But despite all that, it is very intriguing. Every time I walk past I find myself staring at it and wondering. So many mysteries around this small Korean church...