I passed by the Museum of Modern Art in Rio and outside there was this large iron art piece that was probably 30 feet long and 10 feet wide.
It was almost as if the art was alive. Check out this short video to see it move.
I walked by the Municipal Theatre one day and happened to pass by another interesting piece of art.
There was this large transparent triangular glass structure with people inside.
The name of the piece was Labirinto de Vidro (Glass Labyrinth). And the experiential piece of art allowed people to walk within the art. It was a strange sensation... as I walked around inside of the labyrinth I found myself looking outside. And people on the outside were looking inside of the labyrinth at me. I really enjoyed the experience.
Check out the video to see for yourself what it was like.
About two weeks later I passed by the Glass Labyrinth once again. Unfortunately some idiot had vandalized the art by breaking one of the pieces of the wall.
I spoke with a person standing nearby that was responsible for the piece of art and they did convey to me that they would be repairing the piece shortly.
Even though the art was broken... there was still something very beautiful about it... it was just a different type of experience. People were still looking through the labyrinth from the outside. And there were these layers and textures that were not present previously.
In August 2011, I purchased a new 2011 Suzuki DR650 motorcycle for a trip through South America. The engine, exhaust, chassis and suspension have been maintained in the original (stock) configuration. This approach was chosen to increase reliability and facilitate repair or replacement of items with original parts while traveling. The modifications were only made to the motorcycle to add durability, safety, comfort and protection. The prices listed below were the original costs of the items. The prices are listed to serve as a reference point for the cost of the build.
Many of you that follow this blog know that I really enjoy hiking, camping and backpacking. Whether it is camping in the front country or back country... it is all good.
I recently came across a resource that has really made it easier for me to research and plan my trips. The website, app and community are called TheDyrt. "The Dirt" is an idiom which means the gossip or real story. So getting TheDyrt is a play on words which translates to finding out the real story about campgrounds.
TheDyrt.com website allows users to search for campgrounds in the U.S. (currently only available within the U.S.) and read user generated reviews of the campgrounds. Sometimes the reviews are very general and sometimes very specific - down to the campsite number or cleanliness of the facilities. The website markets itself and its service as the Yelp.com of camping.
UPDATE as of April 2015. The roll-on roll-off ferry service Ferry Xpress to cross from Panama to Colombia has suspended their service.
The Darien Gap is a 30 mile stretch of land that lies between Panama and Colombia. It is thick jungle that is pretty inhospitable to most human beings. There are some indigenous people, guerrillas and drug runners that do inhabit the area.
There was one group of adventure motorcyclists that crossed through the Darien Gap in 1995 on specially modified motorcycles. Their journey is documented at Outback of Beyond.
For most adventure motorcyclists there are a few options for crossing the Darien Gap.
1. Ship your bike from Colon to Cartagena on a cargo ship and buy a ticket on a separate ship or airplane for yourself.
2. Ship your bike from Colon to Cartagena on a passenger sailboat that will carry both you and your bike.
3. Ship your bike from Panama City to Bogota on a cargo airplane and buy a separate airplane ticket for yourself.