We drove out of the city, across the border separating Valencia and Castilla – La Mancha, and into Almansa. As we pulled up to his house, our old greeted us with a huge smile on his face.
Agente Naranja (Agent Orange) is the title of an art exhibition being shown at the Centro Cultural Carmen, by Edel Rodríguez. With bright colors, simple shapes, and merciless point-of-view, the Cuban-American artist reflects on the Trump presidency. The exhibition is brutal … though, one could argue, perhaps not as brutal as four years of Trump.
Ten years ago, Mike and I started traveling the world with this project called “For 91 Days”. Since then, we haven’t stayed in one place for more than four months… until 2020. Like everyone else in the world, we were suddenly stuck at home. It’s been a difficult adjustment for two guys accustomed to a mobile lifestyle.
Upon seeing pictures of the Hung Galaxy show at the City of Arts and Sciences, I initially thought the Ninot exhibition had arrived early this year. The colorful, cartoony figures would fit right into the annual pre-Fallas event.
When the pandemic started early this year, I don’t think anyone expected it to last until Christmas. But unless Santa is squeezing down our chimneys with a bag full of syringes, we’re going to have to deal with this strange new world for a while longer.
Two years ago, we spent about a month living in Stavros, a small town along the northern coast of Crete, not far from Chania. While there, we embarked on an excellent hike which leads from the town to the Katholiko beach, along a gorgeous, rocky path.
In normal times, Valencia is a lively city. There’s almost always some festival or event going on, and the streets are generally packed with people, taking a walk, occupying cafes, playing with their children in the plazas, or just window-shopping.