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.




Grateful for the Technology

Sometimes there are advancements in technology that filter down to the consumer that simply astonish me. Here are a few that make me stand in awe.

Google Translate
We are in Batumi, Georgia and the clothes washer is in Russian. Using the scan option in google translate, I am seeing translations immediately without having to retype.

Washing Machine
Washing Machine in Russian
Washing Machine EN
Washing Machine in Russian, magically translated as I watch, the light purple decodes as: START and PAUSA.

Wunderground Weather Map

Georgia Weather
Up to the minute weather in Georgia, Armenia and other republics

Google Maps work in a bus and a taxi.

Google maps work even if wireless card plan not activated.
I have a SIM card from Italy. Here in Georgia, I would need to exchange for a local one to have Internet connectivity. Howerer, just having any SIM card allows Google Maps locate where I am and the streets around me.

My Neighborhood
My Neighborhood

Here are a few scenes from the streets of Batumi

May26 Park
Our Place in the center, overlooking May 26 Park
Along the Beach
Looking North from the Beach at the Caucasus Mountains.
Valentines Day
One for Valentines Day
Warm Guesthouse
View from Warm Guesthouse