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the journey…

Am in Medelin!! Lord of the rings style journey to get here…24 hours in all:

Just to leave Biella was hard, they cancelled my train…Then a delightful overnight stay in Linate airport to catch the red eye to Paris. In Paris airport they exploded an unattended bag using a robot…they did not tell us they were doing so…they just stopped us walking around for a bit…needless to say we were somewhat traumatised by the LOUD, unexplained explosion…Then an 11 hour flight to Bogota…

(gratuitous shots of airline food)

…then you have to pick up all your baggage, put it through customs, re-check in amid chaos and a LOT of people…and then finally you can board your final flight to Medellin…


The flight between Bogota and Medellin is wonderful, you see the the mountainous fertile landscape of Colombia all the way…

(leaving behind the urban sprawl of bogota)

I land exhausted and disorientated…i ate may dinner at 9 am for god’s sake!!! I finally come out of arrivals and no one is there to meet me…i have a minor internal freak out as i realise that A. i don’t know where i am going, B. If i did l know i wouldn’t know how to actually get there, C. Neither my Italian nor British cells work in Colombia and D. i have no Colombian pesos to use a public phone…arghhhhh

A nearby guard takes pity on me (thank god i can speak Spanish) and gives me coins to use the phone and shows me how to use the phone (i am too stupid from sleep deprivation to work this out) RESULT! my friend is waiting for me at the airport, he is just at a different part. He turns up and the guard who helped me glares at him unimpressed..!We drive through hairpin bends for 40 minutes to reach the basin of Medellin, sunset and home for the next few weeks…

yet another change of scene…again…

…well sort of, coming back to Italy and especially Biella is kind of like coming home as it was indeed home for many years…and after a few days in Edinburgh living in the heart of the the belly of the beast that is the Edinburgh Festival…(some stats…{though i will spare you images of people juggling on stilts in the streets…some things i refuse to photograph..} last year the Edinburgh Festival sold 1,859,235 tickets for 34,265 performances of 2,098 shows in 265 venues, over 25 days, for an average of over 74,000 admissions and 1,300 performances per day…. ) well a bit of calm is nice…Having said that its not THAT calm…the residency that i am working for (see my current project as collaborating artist for UNIDEE 2010 and the blog i keep for them) has carried on throughout August while i was away and there is a LOT to catch up on…more to follow…

Meanwhile the landscape has changed again, the rice fields that surround us are now starting to turn from lush green to a golden yellow…below is the town of Novara, outside Milan.

and just to remind you, here is how it looked a few months ago in april when the fields were newly flooded for planting…

…and back to now, at ground level…

and the local landscape…

…and in response to the last two posts, this is Edinburgh’s landscape at the moment, no watery rice fields, but instead a patchwork of green peppered with the yellowest of yellow rapeseed fields…


control tower in Edinburgh airport and great Scottish summer

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