Saturday, August 27, 2011

more on earthquakes

I laughed so hard at this. The way he cuts his eye and then gets wind of something.
"Is that a ... .. a building shaking?"
"Should we... go somewhere?" 
"I've been in two, THAT was an earthquake."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Earthquake on the East Coast

I got the news from basically every news channel I come across in the day: NPR, news feeds through email, people in the streets. Everyone talking about the earthquake on the east coast. I called my parents. Everyone's okay. My dad said a gargoyle may or may not have fallen off somewhere in Washington DC.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


We had a wild time at Lollapalooza! E had an iphone, so here is the trip via Instagram:

Chicago architecture: I love the buildings in Chicago. The brick and els are all so old and historic. It's like walking back in time, peering through the alleyways into the Industrial Revolution.

More Chicago sites. I took a late night walk around town and up to the Chicago River. There's nothing better than exploring a new city.

...and Lollapalooza. We had a pretty whirlwind schedule, preparing / performing three concerts.

 The backdrop is impressive - the entire skyline of Chicago. At night it's magical. 

The first night, Elizaveta played at the Galapalooza. Love this shot from backstage. The songs with the strings sounded fantastic. Can't beat that setting either!

The bike cop stopped to admire the music. Second photo: main festival next day.

This was a window into the life of a rockstar.

The backstage passes were triple-threat-powered. We were in the back-back artist lounge eating next to Frodo and drinking punch next to Muse. Beirut half-heartedly enforcing microphones in the lounge (above).

Unfortunately, because the concerts were in the daytime, we didn't get to see much of the line-up. Only Muse and Coldplay Friday night. They were both pretty good, but I'm not a huge fan of either so it was just nice to kick back and absorb the energy and watch the fireworks.

I'm working on putting my drawings together for a little "Chronicles of." I have a feeling in years to come, we will look back on this trip with nostalgia. Viva la aventura!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I love the Channel Islands

So you know in my mind I said, well I'll put up one picture for Merky. I was looking for a good pictures and this is what I ended up with.

The Channel Islands are so beautiful. We had a fantastic time. I recommend it for every outdoors person in Southern CA. You can just boat in for a day and do some cave kayaking, which was by far the highlight of the trip. Or.. maybe it was the view from the top of the cliff. Unbelievable really. Having great company with you surely helps too.

Part 1: Cliffs

We were making fun of Ravi. Here we all were backpacking water weighing a ton on our backs, sleeping bags and tents strapped to every limb. Then there he is with a roller suitcase the size of shoe.
No trip is complete without my token cliffhanger shot. 

Part II: Kayaking

The caves were AMAZING!

This is a bad photo, but I had to include it because this cave was unbelievable. To enter during mid-tide in the morning, we had to lay flat in our kayaks and squeeze through a small area, which opened up into a huge cavern. On the outer edge below the surface were holes in the rock which let in light from outside. The light under water made everything glow. It was magical! The holes also let in the ocean current so it was pretty turbulent inside. I wanted to go back, but the tide had lowered later in the day, so we couldnt get over the rocks.

Part III: Life Aquatic