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:: Kelinci Series : Eastern Europe : pt 25 ::

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Thank you for stopping by the 25th episode of the “Kelinci Series” as we move right along with catching up with our 2-eared miscreant rabble-rouser.. although it’s been several months since we’ve last checked in with our globe trotting friend, he has lots to share with us. Our last check-in saw Kelinci reporting from South America, now we catch up with our cotton-tailed contact in Eastern Europe.

First we catch a glimpse of our friend taking in some water luxury in Budapest, Hungary. Swimmin’ time! Bath-houses have been a part of Hungarian culture for centuries, and Kelinci was definitely not going to miss an opportunity to get a nice soak! Here he is visiting Szechenyi Bathhouse, one of the most famous and iconic bathing venues in the city and the largest of its kind in Europe. The complex dates back to 1913 and has 3 massive outdoor pools and 15 indoor pools, ranging in temps from 110(F) in the hot tubs all the way down to 55(F) in the fridgidarium. BRrrR!!

Kelinci taking a late afternoon break along the Danube River, Prague

Above we see Kelinci in Josefov, the Jewish Quarter of Prague. This is considered one of Prague’s world-renowned popular historic districts. The Jewish people’s history in the city dates back to as far as the 10th century and to this day still holds some of the region’s oldest standing structures, including the Old Jewish Cemetery and the gothic-style “Old New” synagogue, which dates back to the 13th century and is the oldest operating synagogue in Eastern Europe. The neighborhood was also home to famed Franz Kafka, who was born and raised in various locales around the area

Kelinci at St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague –  considered one of the largest and most important churches in the country, it has its early roots seated in the early 900’s A.D., but the present day Gothic architectural portions of the site residing in the 1300’s.

Whilst in Budapest, a city known for its nightlife, Kelinci thoroughly enjoyed taking in some libations in the Kerts or “Ruin Pubs” – which are unique pubs that started springing up around the 70’s or 80’s in abandoned, dilapitaed tenements in the Old Jewish Quarter, and now there are dozens around town. The Kerts are known for their eclectic, bohemian character and decor and attract revelers by the hundreds every weekend. Above Kelinci takes in a view of Parliament in Budapest.

Below is what happens when you order a “Czech Snack” in Prague.

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May 5, 2014 at 6:39 am

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:: Kelinci Series : Brazil : pt 24 ::

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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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November 20, 2013 at 8:22 am

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:: Kelinci Series : India : pt 23 ::

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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 .

We hope you enjoyed another episode of the Kelinci Series.

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September 13, 2013 at 5:43 am

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:: Kelinci Series : Patagonia & Ecuador : pt 22 ::

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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.

Here we see Kelinci shivering on a balcony against the beautiful backdrop of the Perito Moreno Glacier located in Argentina Patagonia.

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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March 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

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:: Kelinci Series : Japan : pt 21 ::

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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

Below we see him taking a break amongst the notoriously busy intersection of Shibuya, which reportedly sees upwards of 1 Million people crossing through the intersection every day.

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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November 29, 2012 at 1:14 am

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:: Kelinci Series : Philippines : pt 20 ::

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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.

Kelinci in Bohol at the popular Chocolate Hills – which are limestone formations from coral reef deposits when Bohol was once submerged during the Ice Age. There are over 1700 of these mounds.

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April 26, 2012 at 8:04 am

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:: Kelinci Series : Uruguay & Argentina : pt 19 ::

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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.

This time we see that Kelinci has made his way over to South America (rumor is by boat), and landed in Uruguay and Argentina.

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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March 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

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