From Oklahoma to Tennessee – A Photo Diary

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„Here are some of the various things you see when driving across the country:

A roadside billboard with the ten commandments – Oklahoma

A roadside billboard with a „We’re breastfeeding friendly“ statement – Arkansas

Here are some of the things you realize:

Arkansas has lots of rest stops while Texas and Oklahoma have few, if any. Ergo, you better have a bladder of steel if you’re driving through here.

Unexpected discovery – Remington has it’s gun/ammo facility north of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Last but not least, the best town name EVER – Toad Suck, Arkansas.

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Today’s photos are from the Oklahoma City memorial commemorating the victims of the 1995  bombing. One of the most beautiful designs I’ve ever seen. The tree is an elm that somehow survived the blast and was incorporated into the design.

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We’re in Memphis tonight, looking forward too finally reaching Virginia tomorrow. Still plan on driving over Thanksgiving to reach Maryland.

Til tomorrow .. .Cheerio!“


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Photos: Gwynneth Anderson

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Do you know the lady in the hat?


No? Then I will explain you. Definitely she is more than just a well-dressed skeleton.


With her colorful plumed and flowered hat, and overtly toothy grin, La Catrina, „The Skeleton Lady“, heralds the coming of November. The most recognizable Catrina is Jose Guadalupe Posada’s etching „La Calaveras Catrina“. Created between 1910 and 1913, she represents the pronounced wealth possessed by the privileged. This class struggle between the haves and the have-nots led to the 1910 rebellion and Mexican Revolution. La Catrina became a „satirical obituary“ for the wealthy. La Catrina has become the foremost symbol of Dia de Los Muertos. La Catrina is portrayed in many forms: Chocolates and sugar, Paper Maché, and perforated paper banners, naming a few.


The first full-length Catrina materialized in the 1947 mural „Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Central Alameda“ painted by Diego Rivera, where La Catrina holds a young Diego’s hand, and Frida Kahlo stands behind them. Prior to the Mexican revolt of 1910s, the social classes were extremely divided; the wealthy enjoying influence and prosperity on their life’s journey to be perceived as „European“, and not people of color. Those of lower social stature, the „invisibles“, were just barely getting by.


Some say La Catrina’s broad grin symbolizes the joy of living in the moment, in the constant face of Death. By 1948 La Catrina had become an important icon of Mexico’s national identity. La Catrina doesn’t just symbolize the Day of the Dead holiday, but exemplifies the Mexican people’s willingness to not only laugh at death, but to celebrate it. Typically portrayed as an elegantly coiffed, well-dressed European lady of means, Catrina represents all rich people. Whereas, there is no „official“ male counterpart to Catrina, male figures do exist, predominately in Paper Maché arms, either alone, in groups, or partnered with Catrina.


Before Posada’s famous Catrina, the Aztec people celebrated Mictecacihuatl, the Goddess of Death and keeper of the underworld. People celebrated death during the entire month of August, but after the Christians occupied Latin America, this celebration of death was moved to coincide with the Christian holiday All Hallows Eve/Day of the Dead at the beginning of November.


Mexican people honor dead in a variety of ways including offerings and alters, songs, and plays and death is treated with humor, respect, or both. November 1 and 2 are looked at as a festive celebration honoring family members with reverence and reconnection, Altars are set up in homes during the month of October to honor relatives, and graveyard visits include meals and treats with a family celebration at the grave site. Those celebrations can be simple or very elaborate. Food and Drink as favorites of the departed, candles and sweets adorn the sites for the evening. Sugar skulls marked with the name of loved ones are munched, to remind family members that dead isn’t the bitter end, but a sweet continuation of life’s cycle.


November 1 coincides with Mexico’s Day of the Innocents (Dia de los Inocentes), or Day of the Small Angels (Dia de los Angelitos), which focuses on the memories of infants and small children. All Soul’s Day on November 2 coincides with „Dia de los Muertos“ or Day of the Dead, and celebrates the past life of adults. No one is forgotten. And Death, the „Great Equalizer“ verifies that all will die, the rich and the poor, the have and the have-nots.

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From Oklahoma to Texas – A Photo Diary

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„Not too many interesting photos today, however here’s what I did manage to get. New Mexico does carve its overpasses with pretty designs. Oklahoma took a picture of our vehicle as we entered the state. That was a bit strange as we weren’t speeding. Texas panhandle is pretty. Even with the huge wind farms and cattle stockyard. Saw my first cotton field (see photo below) and thought it was snow.

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At the Texas state line, we saw a biker pushing a hitch that had a big sign on it that said, „Jesus saves“. And it’s really flat. Now I understand the joke about being able to see your dog run away from you for two weeks straight.

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Traveling has been good, although there was a huge accident that closed down I40 in both lanes…propane truck caught fire after being hit from behind. Fingers crossed this was the worst. We’re heading toward Little Rock Arkansas and Memphis TN tomorrow. Looking forward to some great BBQ. Til tomorrow and hopefully with more fun photos.“


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Photos: Gwynneth Anderson




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The destiny of a roof-top puppy


He is still a puppy. No dog deserves a life like him. I saw him first on November 2, 2017 on a roof across the main cemetery at Guanajuato, Mexico. He lives on a very short lead and I am afraid he remains there all day since his animal feces are all around his small hut. I discovered this dog when I travelled around Mexico.  I put myself in contact with US volunteers of a local animal organization and they put the story on their agenda for investigation. We are going to work on it and we won’t give up. Latest news from an US volunteer from the animal organization:

„I just talked with J. about the roof-top dog. She told me there have been numerous complaints about the owners of the dog and that the people from Animal Control visited the house. But the current law does not permit the authorities to remove even a mistreated dog from a home without the owners‘ permission, and the owners have refused to give up the dog. J. is going to speak with the head of Animal Control again today to see if anything else can be done. One thing we might do is inform the major daily newspaper about the problem and encourage them to publish an article about it. This might shame the owners into taking care of the dog or giving it up for adoption.“

Recent statement of a Volunteer of the animal organization

I am back home now but still working on this case. The animal organization is keeping me posted. If you are interested in that case I can share the follow up informations with you.

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From New Mexico to Oklahoma – A Photo Diary

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„These pictures are from yesterday when we drove through Arizona and New Mexico. We’re currently in Albuquerque and hoping to reach Oklahoma City tonight. I agree that these two states have got some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen, and there’s so much in Arizona itself! By the way, the photo of the log is from the Petrified Forest National Park in the north east of Arizona.“


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Photos: Gwynneth Anderson

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From Arizona to New Mexico – A Photo Diary

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I love driving in the US. And I must admit I miss it. My last US road trip was in 2014, travelling through Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico. Now my university friend Gwynneth sent me some photos of her road trip crossing the US from the West Coast to the East Coast. The impressions are so stunning that I want to share them with you. Here we start with a small serie of a Road Photo Diary. Just lean back, enjoy watching the landscapes and feel the adventure.

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„We’re right at the Arizona border today and hope to reach Albuquerque, New Mexico by tonight … it’s about 500 miles. Wanted to share some photos of where we drove through and where we ate last night. It’s right on Route 66.“

Gwynneth A.

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Photos: Gwynneth A.

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Sehnsucht und Magie

thumb_Sehnsucht_1024Lese-Donnerstag! Hier mal ein Geschenk-Tipp für all Eure Freunde, die gerne reisen. Sehnsuchtsorte sind Sinnbilder unserer Träume. Sie sind Projektionsflächen unserer Fantasie. Sie begeistern durch ihre Atmosphäre und ihre Geheimnisse. Ihre Schönheit, ihre reiche Geschichte und Kultur lassen uns staunen.

Achill Moser hat sie besucht: berühmte Sehnsuchtsorte voller Magie, die seit Jahrtausenden das Fernweh wecken. Die Fotografien und farbenprächtig geschilderten Porträts führen an sagenumwobene Orte, von denen eine ungebrochene Anziehungskraft ausgeht. Moser ist in Kenia, China und im Oman unterwegs, er reist nach Marrakesch, Sansibar, Venedig, Timbuktu und Samarkand. Der wunderschön gestaltete Halbleinenband ist das ideale Geschenk für alle, denen die Sehnsucht eine wundersame und treue Begleitung im Alltag und auf Reisen ist.

Achill Moser: Sehnsuchtsorte, 256 Seiten, 22 Euro

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