Have you ever had one of those days when you realize that half of your closet is filled with things you haven’t worn for years? or you have clothes that you keep planning to wear, but never do? This couldn’t be more true for me.
Our last full day in the Yucatán Peninsula has been fantastic. Thankfully I was able to sleep on the (4 hour) van ride to the small beach town of Puerto Morelos (on the other coast) after waking up at 4:30 am to leave. Continue reading “Last Day in Mexico”
Today we went into the city of Tikul, visited a pottery maker, and hiked a set of Mayan ruins called Uxmal. The day was terribly hot but everything was incredibly beautiful. Continue reading “Uxmal and the Rain God”
All of us have adored working with the children at the Kids Camp. The children are split up (loosely) according to age group and are learning English through games & activities.
Continue reading “Kids Camp”
We have spent the past few days working within the Mayan Village of Yunku and it has been an amazing experience. Continue reading “The Village of Yunku”
Today we had the unique and rare opportunity to meet one of the leaders of the Yunku community who is a beekeeper. Continue reading “Melipona Bees”
It has been a wonderful first few days! Travel has been easy, the food has been delicious, and everyone has been extremely welcoming.
I finally received my sparkly new passport in the mail yesterday and I’m halfway to the point of relief. I have my appointment set up for the Greencard (update) and I’m crossing my fingers that it is a painless process.
…and we’re definitely not snoring!
It’s our first night in Orlando and we’re enjoying an incredible storm from our hotel window. We actually got to see the storm roll in after our (delicious Brazilian) dinner and have been enjoying the lightening display ever since. If you look closely at the photo, you’ll notice the lightening is hitting almost directly over Universal Studios. Talk about a light show!
For those of you who are starting from the beginning… welcome! This is a blog dedicated to my journey across the world to teach design in Dubai. It is about adventure, friendship and embracing the unknown.
All I want for Christmas is… my two front teeth? Not anymore Mom! There are so many great things out in the world, it can be hard to decide what I really “want.” But, if I had to narrow down the gadgets and gizmos on my list, here’s a few that would definitely make the cut:
1. Ona Bags The Union Street – camera and laptop messenger bag all in one.
2. Freehands ~ gloves with thumb/forefinger hoods for iphone(ing) in the cold…
3. Life Calendar (how was your day?) where you can fill in the emoticon of how your day was.
I had a whirlwind vacation with friends and family in Manitou Springs (Colorado) this past weekend. We were visiting the area for a wedding, but, managed to check out the lovely downtown area for a few hours of fun beforehand. The downtown area was not only beautiful – but also had some tasty signage I just had to share. If it’s carved in wood, hand painted, or made out of a unique material – my heart starts to flutter.
An interesting aspect of my first trip to the Middle East was the extensive bilingual branding and typography found throughout Qatar. I was struck by the many creative and innovative solutions to the challenges of designing in the two languages of Arabic and English. From large scale signage, to rows of alternating product placement in the grocery store, to the business card of a vendor at the Souq – bilingual design in Doha is ubiquitous.
With the mass availability of American products in the backdrop, the prevalence of Latin-to-Arabic logotype conversions was consequently no surprise. I paid particular attention to design solutions that seemed to capture the spirit of the English counterpart using similar scale, weight, color, and curvature of the forms. I understand that my Western-eye and lack of Arabic knowledge cannot fully embrace the beauty (or meaning) of each solution, but I have to say I was more than inspired. With that said, I plan for this to be the beginning of many posts that will lead me through the exciting and growing landscape of bilingual communication and design.
We had a lovely baby shower for my friend Courtney this past Sunday filled with good friends, good eats, and some designerly fun. We based the decorations around a family of woodland creatures we painted in her nursery a few weeks earlier (scroll down a little further to see) and although it was a little tough matching the colors with my crazy orange walls, I think we pulled it off. In lieu of shower gifts we were proud to support the Rex Special Care by donating to the NICU.
We had a fabulous Saturday painting the nursery and I was glad to include the same elements from the room in the invitations that went out for the shower.