Artifacts 2: Rain Jacket

I thought about sharing some of the lessons learned from our travels. One direction on this path involves what we carry. This is a theme I have touched on before.  It is interesting to me to experience how the artifacts both physical and electronic define the modern self and its relationship to its environment. No tips and tricks here except to keep experimenting and be observant.

Our rain jackets are essential for any trip. Beyond keeping dry and warm, they offer freedom to explore even during bad weather.  This has led us to many interesting discoveries and appreciations of the neighborhoods we visit.

My simple jacket folds itself neatly into a zippered pouch which I store in an outside compartment of my bag for easy access (see below). Sometimes, it stays stowed for a month. Here I remember Malta, Kuala Lumpur and Cape Town.  At the other extreme, I wore it every day in Vancouver.

 

 

 

My photos provide more of a documentary experience than an artistic one. Over the past seventeen years, this raincoat became a central theme of my travels and showed up in way too many photos.

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A Memorial in {Berlin, Krakow, Budapest}

I have mulled over this post for several weeks.  There is no easy way to approach a history in a few words or a few photographs. Here is a list of influences that have matured for me during our walks of the old cities of Eastern Europe:

  • Diary of Anne Frank
  • Live performance of Fiddler on the Roof
  • Friends erased in the Civil War of Angola
  • Los Desaparecidos de Argentina
  • Standing at Latin Bridge in Sarajevo in 2014
  • And on and on

We stumbled upon the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Denkmal für die Ermordeten Juden Europas). Even not knowing at the time what the monument represented, the atmosphere generated by the stone slabs is powerful. Some of the pictures are touched by innocence, some by mystery. Regardless of the criticism and controversy of this monument, it creates a powerful atmosphere.

Continuing down Eastern Europe, we came upon other monuments that are found below.
  


The site of the Krakow Ghetto lies a few hundred meters from Schindler’s Factory.

Plac Bohaterów Getta memorial to the deported Jews of Krakow
Plac Bohaterów Getta memorial to the deported Jews of Krakow

A fifteen minute stroll from our place in Budapest brings us along the Shoes on the Bank of the Danube.

An artist photographs her shoes at the Shoes on the Danube Bank Memorial
An artist photographs her shoes at the Shoes on the Danube Bank Memorial