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These pictures were taken at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, California. The museum is currently holding an exhibit of works by Ze Frank and Stefan Boucher. (If you don’t know who Ze Frank is I seriously suggest you look him up, he’s done lots of interesting projects, and two TED talks. I’d also recommend watching his Vlog, especially the video entitled An Invocation For Beginnings, it’s really amazing) The weekend we went we actually got to meet him and hear presentations by him and Stefan Boucher, another artist. The MAH has lots of interesting, sort of out there exhibits, it’s not a very large museum, but it has a very different experience to offer it’s visitors. I’d recommend a visit here if you are in Santa Cruz, it’s very unique, and much of the works on display here allow visitors to really participate and become more fully involved in their viewing experience. Many of the works are community oriented, and work to incorporate all viewers who choose to become involved. It’s an awesome place, and it’s absolutely worth checking out!

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This picture was taken inside one of the many Pagodas found in Bagan, Myanmar (formerly Burma). There are over a thousand Pagodas in the area, and each one has something interesting to offer. Some are more ornate on the inside, others have more to offer in terms of architectural design. Many have intricate paintings, some of which, have faded away, or have been lost over time. In this picture you can see, on the wall behind the Buddha statue, as well as in the hall, the remnants of some of these fantastic paintings. Personally, I like the combination of the bricks and the paintings, it really allows you to see multiple aspects of the Pagoda, in terms of it’s construction, and the way it has changed over time. Many of the pagodas are still in use, for religious purposes, as well as for visiting tourists. Often you will see buddhist monks, like this one, praying in front of these statues. If you see this, try not to be disruptive. Walk around rather than in front, and make sure that you do not take any pictures with your back facing the Buddha. Also when visiting these pagodas be respectful in the way you dress, many have signs posted outside to indicate what is/ is not appropriate dress, and make sure you take of your shoes, and socks. I can’t recommend visiting these sites highly enough, they are truly amazing, and pictures (even good ones) don’t really do them justice. If you are visiting Bagan it’s not likely that you will have time to see all of the Pagodas in the area, we were there for four days and we saw twenty-one, so do your research! Get a guide book, or a guide/ driver if you are more comfortable with that, and figure out which of the temples you want to see the most. No matter what you see when you are here, they all have something to offer, and each one is unique and beautiful. If you are in Myanmar try to find time to visit Bagan, it is absolutely worth the trip!

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