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January 30, 2005

Gozo Window 01.30.05

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I think I found their inspiration.

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January 29, 2005

The Neolithic Temples in Malta 01.29.05

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The temples are the very beginning of monumental architecture, 3500 B.C.

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January 28, 2005

Valetta, Malta 01.28.05

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The fortified city of Valleta, Malta has something I have been looking for in Monumental Space. There is a great tension created between the smaller scale rectalinear city and the monumental, angular walls of the city.

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January 27, 2005

Sidi Bousad 01.27.05

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Sameh and me 01.27.05

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Sidi Bousad 01.27.05

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Sameh talked me into coming here. I thought it would be too touristy. It was very beautiful. She showed me a really good time in Sidi Bousad and gave me this really good book on Architecture. The people in Tunisia are great hosts.

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January 26, 2005

Kourian 01.26.05

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The holy city of Kourian with its increadible Mosque.

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January 25, 2005

Matmata 01.25.05

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Matmata is a beautiful little town in the mountains overlooking the Mediterranean. Despite the filming of Star Wars here it has retained its identity.

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January 24, 2005

Nefta 01.24.05

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The Mosque towers in the south of Tunisia were the slimest I have seen yet, very elegent. The brick work in Nefta is amazing as well. Some patterns I have never seen before if you can believe that after my 4 years of brick pattern studies.

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January 23, 2005

Marble Columns 01.23.05

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January 22, 2005

El Jem 01.22.05

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The colliseum in El Jem is monumental in its size. It appears and is from another time and land as it sits in the middle of the existing village. Its many spaces within are subtrated from a pure elliptical form.

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January 21, 2005

Sbeitla 01.21.05

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Three stone boxes set on podiums to create a wall to the forum of the Roman Town where Romans met to discuss the town happenings. A great public space.

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January 20, 2005

Dougga 01.20.05

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The Dougga Capital appears to be a building for the gods. Its massive doorway and columns sit at the highest point in Dougga. Monumental and Heroic with proud tall proportions and rendered ina beautiful yellow stone.

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January 19, 2005

Walleye Mosaic 01.19.05

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I think they have walleye in Tunisia Dad.

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January 18, 2005

Pheasant Mosaic 01.18.05

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The Roman Mosaics are increadible. This one is for my Dad, just like North Dakota, ok maybe a little different.

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January 17, 2005

Tunisian Marble Quarry 01.17.05

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January 16, 2005

Bizerte 01.16.05

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My friends Nasser and Hakim. They showed me a good time in Bizerte, we ate a lot, then we actually did aerobics.

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January 15, 2005

Carthage 01.15.05

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January 14, 2005

Tunisian Louage 01.14.05

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The best way to get around Tunisia is by Louage, no matter who you are. The driver told me he was Mel Gibson, and the sheep, Jacki Chan. Good thing the Jacki Chan had his coat on, it had to be cold tied to that roof. I rode on the inside.

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Uticle Marble 01.14.05

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January 13, 2005

Train ride to Marseilles 01.12.05

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The places seen between destinations are beautiful. The French farm lands are great places for paintings, I undertand the French artists much better now. Train rides are my favorite way to travel. The rhythm that is created on the tracks of steel wheels gliding effortlessly. The torgue of the steel cage around a bend. The momentum one feels. I feel great on a train ride and inspired to write. My favorite is awaking in the morning to a new city. Awaking the same time a city awakes and feeling the city begin its morning routine. The sun washing across the tops of buildings. The fog in the air, like ones own mind, slowly trying to grasp images and thoughts. To awake to a whole new image every morning is a great thing. I think I could travel the rest of my life.

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January 07, 2005

Gretchen 01.07.05

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Gretchen meditating on the Atlantic in Southern Portugal. A good place to relax, we were the only ones on the beach. She was still recovering from Morocco and thinking about her next stops, Greece and India. Gretchen is one the best travelers I have met yet. She is traveling by herself, washes her own clothes, makes amazing sandwiches, carries a bag on her back that I could barely lift, and will not stop till she finds the cheapest place to stay, very impressive. I have learned a lot from her, she is an angel sent from Wisconsin on a mission to the "motherland."

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January 02, 2005

Bush in the Streets of Lisboa 01.02.05

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Gretchen spotted this poster. There is even a store dedicated to Bush, none of it praises his actions. Throughout my trip, weather in Africa or Europe so far, once people find out where I am from, one subject always comes up, Bush. Words that are used after the word Bush: criminal, why?, I don't understand, bad, Iraq, the war, I saw on TV yesterday, terrorist. Luckily everyone admires my courage to travel in Islamic countries and try to learn more about their culture. When America is used in a sentence in discussions, rarely does the message seam pleasant. Everywhere in Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France, Tunisia, and Malta the message is clear, everyone prefers peace over war.

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January 01, 2005

Lisboa 01.01.05

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I celebrated New Years Eve in Lisbon in a 16th Century Castle overlooking the main plaza and the river.

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