Lord of The Rings Map by Andrew DeGraff / TumblrStore

Part of the solo art show “Cartography”, opening Saturday March 29th 2014 at Gallery1988 / Tumblr.

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The fact that Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian Mckellen are best friends in real life makes me so happy


the best non-gay couple to ever gay

"But your best friend is still your best friend. Even from half a world away. Distance can’t sever that connection. Best friends are the kind of people who can survive anything. And when best friends see each other again, after being separated by half a world and more miles than you think you can bear, you pick up right where you left off. After all, that’s what best friends do."
tagged → #andelika

I am emerging from the hiatus for this second just to talk about a conversation I had with three Egyptian guys in their twenties.

All of them are university educated men from middle/upper middle class who enjoy European culture and often go to the opera, ballet or symphonic orchestras, read European philosophers, and so on. But they have never traveled to Europe, or other Western countries. The closest this particular guy, let’s call him Mohammed, got to Europe, is Turkey. Which is really not that much European in culture, despite anything they say.  

So, Mohammed was talking about his experience in Turkey and one time the conversarion was steered onto the topic of girls. And that is a complicated topic, because their education might be as Western as anyone’s, deep inside they are still Muslim Egyptian boys who have no idea how to act towards women/girls, and how to act towards a girl that is just his friend is completely beyond them (I guess not all of them are like this, I don’t like to generalize, but a lot of them are). But that is a topic for another time, I just wanted to point this out. 

Mohammed talked about how, despite everything, he liked that almost none of the Turkish girls he knew wore the hijab. He was aware of this contradiction and back home in Egypt, he would prefer his women to wear the hijab. Huh. Then when I asked why, he proceeded to explain this on an example. 

"Imagine," he said, "two candies. One is wrapped and one is unwrapped. You drop them to the ground. Which one will you choose?"

Well, it's obvious which is the correct answer, but when he asked why the wrapped one, our different approaches became starkly clear.  

My mind immediately focusing on the mysterious, forbidden, hidden, I said that it was because the wrapped candy was unknown, mysterious, some kind of forbidden fruit that is automatically more attractive.

I mean, the answer seems pretty straightforward now, logical, but maybe I just didn’t want to acknowledge the existence of this comparison.

But, of course, the correct explanation is, that the unwrapped candy does not get dirty. Unclean. Contaminated. Ruined.

I  couldn’t contain myself, so I just said “Bullshit.”, but then the conversation was hastily directed somewhere else by our friends.

Hm, Egypt.

greetings from Cairo!
i definitely won’t be here, my connection sucks, so

this blog will be on hiatus for  3 months

see you then :)

tagged → #personal #egypt

I finally found the damn camera battery charger, wiped the cold sweat off my forehead and so now i can get some shuteye for a while. And in the morning, finally going to Egypt!

tagged → #photography
Track Title: The Rains Of Castamere String Quartet

Artist: Ramin Djawadi


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that’s a nice piece of communist propaganda
maybe you should get it leninated

you don’t want to get any marx on it

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