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Thank You for stopping by the 24th episode of the “Kelinci Series” – another continuation on our photographic journal with the unwavering, sprightly and brave cotton-tail who traipses the globe while we live vicariously through his travels. Our last check-in came from India - today looks like our friend has gone back to South America
Corcovado. No trip to Rio is complete without paying a visit to this most (in)famous of Brazilian landmarks. Corcovado is actually the mountain itself (translation: “hunchback”), which is punctuated by the towering “Christ the Redeemer” – watching silent guard over the streets and beaches Rio de Janeiro below. At nearly 100ft tall and 635 tons, it is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was designed and constructed between the years 1922 and 1931. Since then it has been a symbol of Brazilian culture, transcending its Catholic roots to become a powerful icon of national pride for all Brazilians, religious or otherwise.
Above we find our old pal taking in the sights with spectacular, breath-taking panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro and its surrounding environs below — the same view that’s inspired countless artists and musicians to create and dedicate many-a-loving tribute to this awe-inspiring place.
If there’s one thing all megacities of the world have, it’s slums. And the slums of Rio, known as “Favelas” — are amongst the world’s most famous. Though some are close to a hundred years old, favelas became well-known outside of Brazil due to their use as a narrative backdrop in the popular film City of God, whose characters and stories played out in the Favela of the same name (“Cidade de Deus”). Communities form in favelas over time and often develop an array of social and religious organizations, and forming associations to obtain such services as running water and electricity.
Here our intrepid traveler has made his way to Favela Rochinha, the largest and most well-known of the Rio favelas. Built in the city’s south zone, Rocinha is home to an estimated 150-300,000 people, though exact figures are hard to confirm. Rocinha is unique in that it developed from a shanty town into an urbanized slum, with almost all the houses in favela now being made from concrete and brick and some buildings rising as high as three and four stories tall — most with basic sanitation, plumbing, and electricity. It also has a better developed infrastructure and hundreds of businesses such as banks, medicine stores, bus lines, cable television, and at once, even a McDonalds — helping to classify Rocinha as a favela bairro, or favela neighborhood.
Here we find K-man soaking up some sun rays, and ahem… views. The two mountains called the Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) rise at the western end of the beach behind our friend (and the famous “girl”).
With its gleaming white sand, warm blue waters, and prime Rio location, it’s no surprise Ipanema Beach has been drawing people to it’s shores for decades. Situated on the city’s south side and alongside Copacabana, it is famously known for its elegance and social qualities, and has played its own role in Rio’s culture since its beginning of the city’s development. The beach’s name and neighborhood has become synonymous with Bossa Nova music, when its residents Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes created their ode to their neighborhood, “Girl from Ipanema.” The song was written in 1962, though it wasn’t until 2 years later in 1964 when Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz created the international hit – a new version with Joao’s wife Astrud singing in English.
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Thank You for stopping by the 23rd installment of the “Kelinci Series” – an ongoing photographic journal of one lucky cotton-tailed miscreant, galavanting the globe while we live vicariously through his travels. Kelinci comes & goes off the grid as he chooses; our last update featured scenes from the southern end of South America & now we catch a glimpse of Kelinci in India.
Above we find our intrepid traveller taking a smoke break at Amber Fort in the city of Jaipur (aka the Pink City), located in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The original Amber Fort was built in 1592, and then expanded on over the course of 150+ years. The Fort has 4 impressive separate entries each with their own massive courtyards. With 68 million people residing in Rajasthan this makes it the largest of the 28 states.
Below, in Pushkar, we see Kelinci getting in the spirit for Holi Festival – an annual Full Moon celebration observed by thousands of Hindu’s. The earliest written record of the Holi Festival dates back to a 7th century Sanskrit drama.
Never able to sit still very long, Kelinci took off to the Southern portion of India towards Kerala. Apparently he caught up with a relative of his and they enjoyed an afternoon of lounging in a boat as they drifted in the Kerala Backwaters .
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It’s been a tad over 3 months since we last caught a glimpse of our infamous globe trotting cotton-tail, better known as Kelinci; featured here as the Kelinci Series – a running photographic essay from around the world featuring our nefarious instigator.
This time we catch a few moments of Kelinci rallying in South America, which he clearly displays some partiality for since he was just there last year.
Back on land and further North, Kelinci immersing himself into the historical city of Qito, Ecuador. Which was built on top of the ruins of another city in 1534.
Finally, back out at sea, approaching the Galapagos Islands.
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It’s been over 6 months since Kelinci last checked in with us, and for those of you just now catching wind of this miscreant cotton-tail, let us indulge you in the world wide photo-journey that we embarked on a few years ago. Without skipping a beat, Kelinci has proven himself to be quite the wanderlust frequenting everything from mountain tops, to exotic tropic isles.
Today we catch up with Kelinci as he settles into one of the busiest places on Earth – Japan
Next, we see Kelinci taking in a bit of Japan’s rich cultural history at the Nagoya Castle. Constructed in the early 1600′s, it is considered one of the three greatest castles in Japan, and parts of it are still undergoing reconstruction with total completion set for 2018. Nagoya is Japan’s 4th most populated city.
Finally, we catch a glimpse of our friend at Tsukiji fish market, which is the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. The markets process over 700,000 metric tons of seafood every year, comprising of over 400 different types of seafood. Even though Kelinci doesnt eat meat, they have some tasty seaweed there we hear, so we’re sure a full belly ensued.
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We are delighted to have you joining us today in another installment of the Kelinci Series, a photographic journey where we attempt to check in with our favorite jet-setting cottontail as he leaves his zig-zagging, meandering tracks around the world.
Today we catch a glimpse of Kelinci soaking up the rays and lovely beaches of the Philippines. Purportedly after a hefty lunch, Kelinci took a stroll and found himself face to face with a Philippine Tarsier.
These small nocturnal primates lead a relatively quite hidden life, and are very shy.
Above we see Kelinci finishing out his day, relaxing on Panglao Island. Stumbled upon by Spaniards in 1803, this Central Visayas Island has been found to contain more marine diversity than Japan and the Mediterranean Sea.
Welcome to the Kelinci Series, in this posting we catch up with our gallivanting, intrepid traveller who finally phones home after a long hiatus. For those of you just joining this series, Kelinci is a fearless, world-traveller, who gets bored easily with the mundane, and thus spends his time globe-trotting while the rest of us hold down regular jobs and lives. He has a predisposition for popping up in various continents according to his liking & enjoys accommodating weather.
Below, Kelinci has taken an affinity to the appealing Mendoza Wine region of Argentina and presumably imbibed till he couldn’t hop anymore.
The chief port, and capitol of Uruguay, Montevideo, finds itself hosting our guest for a few days. Full of vibrant life, art deco and neo-classical buildings, with a few punctuated skyscrapers, the 1.3M residents take pleasure in this off the radar, charming seaside city. Kelinci spoke highly of the chivitos, open markets, and the Tristan Narvaja street fair
Below we find Kelinci cautiously checking out Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires. Originally intended for only the wealthiest of Argentina (several presidents are actually buried here), once the cemetery opened for common people, you often found murderers buried next to the people they murdered.
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Welcome to the Kelinci Series, a photographic, travelling, essay featuring a free-loading miscreant known as Kelinci. Not one to be pinned down in an area for too long, we get sporadic updates and emails about his travels. In this series we find Kelinci in Vienna, Austria.
Are we dreaming idly of what it must’ve been like in the 13th century to have the Mongols knocking on your door? No, perhaps instead we are daydreaming of stuffing our faces with Soviet Era Tea sandwiches at Trzesniewski. Or rather we would spend a lazy afternoon wandering the gardens at the Schönbrunn Palace. Seeing how we like to pig out, we could take a few double-scoops of some Vienna ice cream at Tichy.
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The last time we caught up with our royal-roaming-raging-rallier was over in Venice, but from these recent pics it appears that Mr. Kelinci has moved over to the the North-Western hemisphere, in particular the Caribbean, on a sunny, beautiful, and historically rich island known as Puerto Rico. In case you are just joining us, the Kelinci Series is a photo-journey around the world featuring a troublemaker only known as Kelinci. He has a penchant for snow bunnies, and of course beaches.
The current Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has a long history first as indigenous groups inhabited the 3450 square mile island for centuries; then to the ownership by the Spaniards, until America rested ownership of the strategic asset in the Spanish-American War of 1898. Here’s a nice chronological link of events in Puerto-Rico leading up to those events in 1898. Puerto Rico has even received immigrants from Ireland, France, Scotland, along with slave imports from various other regions of Africa.
Puerto-Rico is the smallest island within the group of Greater Antilles, yet she receives more than a million tourists each year; conversely a massive exodus of workers have come to U.S. cities such as New York (which has the largest U.S. Puerto-Rican population). Yet almost 4 million people inhabit Puerto Rico making it one of the most densely populated islands in the world. Culturally the island spreads its interesting diversity via Criollo/Creole expressions in food, music, and art.
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The last time we caught up with Kelinci he was shuffling through Switzerland — today we catch up with our venturesome sightseer in Venice. Per chance this is your first time meeting Kelinci, he is an intrepid nomad who meanders at will around the world, taking in the sights and sending us updates.
It has been said Venice is not a museum, but a constant creation. The city of Venice derives its name from an ancient tribe called Veneti that inhabited the area during Roman times. The city is most undoubtedly known for its series of canals, as the city itself is built across 117 islands along the Adriatic Sea in Northern Italy. Hence earning the nicknames “City of Canals”, “City of Bridges”, and “The Floating City”.
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After some hiatus, we catch up with Kelinci, our roving, pointy-eared miscreant – yet again in Switzerland. For those of you who are just tuning in, we have an on-going running feature properly titled : Kelinci Series. A photo essay about a smokin’, traveling rabbit that has a penchant for snow bunnies, exotic beaches, and sending me updates of his rabble-rousin’ around the world. Although this time he doesn’t appear surrounded by layers of snow, he has taken quite a fondness to the relaxing countryside.
I wonder if he’s been getting inebriated off of some Rugenbrau
Above we see Kelinci situated by Lake Zurich – which incidentally has some very clean, pure water that gets filtered and fed into the city of Zurich’s water system. Even though the lake is almost 2 miles across and 25 miles in length, it has still frozen many times over the past several centuries – the last time being in 1963.
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time for another update from our spirited and venturous world traveler – Kelinci. It’s been several months since we last heard from our lil’ friend & for those of you who are just joining our program, we have an on-going running feature properly titled : Kelinci Series. A photo essay excursion about a smokin’, traveling rabbit that has a fondness for snow bunnies, exotic beaches, and sending me updates of his rabble-rousin’ around the world.
This particular set of photos comes to us from Barcelona, the capital of Spain. Barcelona, a bustling metro area of almost 5 million people, is situated on the coast of a country of which 77% of it’s population lives in urban areas, and is actually sister cities with Boston and Tel-Aviv (along with 20+ others)
here we see him not far from Sagrada Familia, checking out some locals. Sagrada Familia, has been under construction since 1882, and isn’t expected to be finished till 2026.
Barcelona is not just Las Ramblas, and a few Gaudi houses – its a thriving port where food, art, music and people blend into a vibrant cultural epicenter. With its vermuts, and cargols, to its enormous cache of art found above the normal eye-viewpoint level… well we gotta get a little low for Kelinci
Kelinci in front of Casa Batillo
another long hiatus from our intrepid explorer Mr. Kelinci – we last saw our wanderlust globe schlepper basking in the sun – today we get a much anticipated update after his dad started his diligent search for his rabble-rousing son.
Seems that Kelinci is still kicking it with his cousin and we now catch up with the pair in the bustling city of Istanbul
Istanbul has an extremely rich history, having been settled possibly as early as 3000 B.C., finding itself a very suitable location to be later gobbled up by the Roman Empire in the early 100′s B.C. By the time 306 AD rolled around, it was crowned the Byzantium capital of the entire Roman Empire by Constantine the Great
You can see the spires of the Hagia Sophia in the background to the left
After barbarous wars, antigovernment riots, the rebuilding of the Hagia Sophia, and the final official relocation of the Ottoman Empire capital to Ankara, Istanbul continues to grow at a staggering rate. The city’s population hovering at 13 Million and receiving over 500K immigrants a year – it is the fifth largest city proper in the world and is a crucial cultural and financial center for the country of Turkey.
if you look closely in the pic below you can spot our favorite troublemaker waiting for the light to change
we all know how parents get when they haven’t heard from their kids in a long time – and it has been almost 2 months now since Kelinci reared his mischevious head. I fielded a late night frantic phone call from Kelinci Sr., and unfortunately was unable to provide a recent update to his son’s whereabouts. So it appears now that Kelinci Sr. has set out on his own search for his rabble-rousing son.
Knowing his son’s affection and fondness for the exotic and tucked away locations, Kelinci Sr. starts his journey in the country of Tibet. Widely known around the world for its struggle for independence from China, Tibet has the acquired the nickname “Roof of the World” – its average elevation of 16,000 ft and finds itself sharing borders with Nepal, Bhutan, and China.
Almost 50% of the ethnic Tibetan population is nomadic or semi-nomadic. The Tibetan plateau is the source of some of the world’s major rivers, such as the Yellow River, the Ganges, the Indus, and the Yangtze.
Kelinci and I both share the same affinity for a few things: travel, good times, cute girls, and tropical places. I had caught wind that he was going to hook up with a long lost cousin who had invited him to a nice comfy atoll in the Indian Ocean about 430 miles from Sri Lanka — this slice of tropical eden is known as the Maldives
the Maldives are made up of 26 atolls consisting of over 1100 islets of which only 250 are inhabited. The Maldives has about 400 miles of coastline and covers an area of about 186 square miles. Absolutely gorgeous.
kelinci! i didnt expect you to turn up in Iran my friend.. AND.. you’re smoking again. tsk tsk
spotted out & about.. waitin on a smoothie.. later seen carousing with the cuz in the hills surrounding Tehran
next, he got himself invited to dinner at a local Persian family home, and while they were eating a traditional delicacy, called Kaleh Pacheh, he climbed up into the mix. Something about cow tongue (called zaban in Farsi) drives him wild.
apparently its deee-lish.
finally we see some of the locals weren’t too fond of their rompin’ at the market
The last time I saw Kelinci he was schlepping around North Africa in the country of Morocco; evidently he is still there.
still not smoking, eh?
it appears Kelinci fled from the delights of Italy after getting in a scrap with some local mobsters where apparently he put up a valiant fight and.. also lost his cigarette. He should proly quit smoking anyways
here we see him taking refuge in the dunes of Northern Africa, at Erg Chebbi, in the country of Morocco.
Well, apparently Kelinci also has developed quite the affinity for truffles, here he is spotted in Bra — a small town nestled in the Northwestern Piedmont region of the Cuneo province in Italy. The Piedmont region lays claim to some of the finest truffles in the world. But we can see here that you better know how many Euros you are paying by the gram — else you get stuck with a whopping bill.
’tis Ok for Kelinci he just sticks you with the bill.
clearly Kelinci makes friends where ever it is that he goes.. Given his propensity for wine and pasta I was not surprised to see him catching a few drags in front of a famous Duomo in Italy
I knew he was up to something.. mumbling..between choking on cigs & slurping down 20-year old Scotch — but I didnt know quite what. As I last said , Kelinci had profusely declared he needed a break from SF — so away he went. jerk.
i have a feeling he is nestled up with some snow bunnies right about now.
its been quite a bit since we last heard from my lil friend with his cigarette habit. He started exploring the city some and I havent heard back from him in a bit. This was the last sighting of him.
he mumbled something about taking off soon.. guess we’ll have to wait to see where.