Greg and his new ride. 9'4 singlefin shaped by Richard Prause, thanks to Rogue Wave surf shop. It is SICK!!!! I haven't ridden it yet but I had so much fun watching him take it out on its maiden voyage today. I'll take it for a spin soon, for sure.
During the holidays, I think a lot about family. The excitement of seeing each other to celebrate, shopping for everyone, lots of phone calls back and forth...it's a great time of year. This year, I've been thinking about family in a different way because my friend Arianne came up with an amazing idea for a project and has given me the privilege of being able to get involved.
The project is called One Foto, One Family. In a nutshell, our goal is to give families in rural communities a family portrait, and in return, use their images and stories to create compassion, empathy and understanding in our society. We want to use photography and storytelling to help remind people that even though we are all so very different - whether it is where we live, how we live, what color our skin is, what language we speak, etc - at the core, we are all very much the same. Our lives are so busy and consumed by daily distractions that it's easy to forget about people you don't actually see every day. However, as our communities become more united and more global (thank you, internet), it's important to remember our sisters and brothers across the globe, many of which are struggling and living lives that people with the technology to read this blog don't imagine.
Above images from Goslar, Germany, Christmas market.
Window displays, Belgium & Holland
Now that it's December, we can all safely post holiday pictures on our blogs without being accused of celebrating too early or some other heinous crime. It was so cool to be overseas for the holidays last year and learn about the different ways people celebrate. One of the most interesting traditions I learned about was rumtopf: in Germany (specifically in the Hartz mountains, I believe), they harvest their berries in the summer and put them in a big jar/crock. They add sugar and liquor to it (something like 90 proof vodka, or moonshine) throughout the summer months and let it ferment until Dec 1. Then, they crack it open and add it to their gluwein all month long. It's delicious and such a fun thing to look forward to!
Some more images from our time in Goslar....the train ride there from Amsterdam was the last time we saw the sun for weeks! Despite the cold and the gloom, we loved being there, it was incredibly relaxing and peaceful. Goslar is also known for having one of the best Christmas markets in Germany, so that was an extra special treat. More to come on that front this weekend.
Isn't it weird that the car says Germany instead of Deutschland? I'm just sayin....
Did you know Berlin is full of abandoned places? I had no idea it was so prevalent until we went. These places are evidence of the drastic changes the city has gone through in my lifetime, and even very recently as artists continue to make the city their canvas. Graffiti artists flock to these places to hone their craft; it's amazing to see their work, and to think of what goes on in these spaces at any hour of the day.
Our friend Jesse took us to one of his favorite spots, an abandoned beer factory. It was massive, creepy, and really fun to check out. Yes, those are burned out cars and in one image, you'll see what appears to be a military gurnee that would be used in a combat zone. You never know what you'll find :)