Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Occupy Oakland

With their permission, this is a from an email I received today from a good friend in Oakland:

"I'm sure you heard, but shit went off today. We met at the library and marched to the jail to demand those arrested in the "cleanup" of the occupation be freed, we occupied and marched through the city streets blocking traffic and enticing the cops to create a big motorcade and blocking streets with riot police whose guns were drawn. It was surreal in many ways. Upon arrival we were met with rubber bullets and tear gas. I haven't heard of arrests, injuries, or goodness forbid deaths. But here's a vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bytMNoKNeRA&feature=youtu.be ...[expletive]. 20,000 people are called to action tomorrow, we'll see if it happens."

I'm told that flash grenades were used by the police, who are trying to say it was protestors throwing m80s. Additionally, one of the people the police shot in the head with a rubber bullet was 2-tour Iraq injured war vet and Marine named Scott Olsen. There's a video on youtube.

The state of this country is in uprising and the tipping point may be on the horizon. I'm only posting these things to you because I'm currently in contact with many good friends around our beloved nation who are, collectively, helping me understand the escalating magnitude of the Occupy movement. I feel compelled to share with all of you what I'm learning and trust that you'll make your own informed opinions/decisions individually. Your readership is flattering!

Obrigada,
Q

Email me if you have any local updates you'd like to share.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More on Occupy

Still in solidarity with the Occupy movements around the world, but with several hesitations and criticisms. Here's an important article:
http://www.truth-out.org/occupiers-have-convince-other-99-percent/1319466407

And here's the trailer of a badass documentary that I saw last night with Dru. I encourage everyone to check it out... an especially interesting perspective from Swedish filmmakers during the Civil Rights Movement. Features commentary by Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, and Questlove; also a fly soundtrack. (Y'hear Joaq?)



In the spirit of these times, if you're looking for a good, quick nonfiction read: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train by Howard Zinn is damn inspirational. (I believe there's also a documentary about Zinn by the same title).

Beijos e gritos,
Qbeeee

Update from Arlo!

"Hi guys,
Just wanted to send you a quick update.
I am currently in the Canary islands, and ready to get out of here quickly.  It's like the Jersey shore meets Cancun, with all of the gawdy beach boardwalk stuff alongside mega-resorts.  Curiously, the beaches are full of (elderly) Scandinavian nudists.  The sand dunes at Maspalomas were amazing, though -- the sand was blown over the ocean from the Sahara desert.  I've heard the other Canarian islands are worth visiting, but I'd rather get back on track with my lusophone itinerary.
So I'll be going to Cabo Verde tomorrow, where I'm hoping to do some couchsurfing.  From there, I think I can get flights to Fortaleza or down to Sao Tome, another African island nation.  Not sure yet which direction this trip will take.
Hope to be able to send more complete updates soon!
-arlo"

Update from Erica:

It is cold and crisp and cider donuts where I am.
Lots o' love.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Some classics from the Azores and Madeira islands

This is basically a photo blog (phlog?) these days.
Hope you're all doing splendidly during this beautiful autumn.
I'm off to Part II!
Love, Erica

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Drinking at gas stations

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This was actual a double rainbow!!


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The spooky capela where we stayed in madeira

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Hah, epic. 

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Post climbing the windmill

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The beautiful pools from Porto Moniz on a blustery day

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For Shy and Sara Quinn

Climbing things

From endless stairs to sibling dares:


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Arlo: "jumping fences lead to the best adventures"

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Traversing across an old fort above jagged rocks and ocean

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Playground

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Climb on,
EBQ

Friday, October 21, 2011

Island #6: Porto Santo

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Arlo's homemade deck of cards: (he's so proud!)


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Cheers!
Eriquinha

Monday, October 17, 2011

Picturesque

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Don't hate me.  

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Charks. 


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Uncapturable Sea Poppies!


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... abandoned hotels... part II?


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Love from the Mowglis 


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I'm working on my candids. 


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I love you.
Quinha

Nausea and Beauty

Though disparate, two very real phenomena
from one cliffside drive (Funchal to Porto Moniz):


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Royal, is that you?

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Trees in the clouds


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Whimsical


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Another Roadside Attraction


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A private canyon? Pshhh. 

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Sneak Peak

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Com cariƱo,
Eriquinha