I just recently checked out the Bosch 500 Visions Alive exibit at the Art Play Center. If this is the direction art exhibits are moving, I'm going to be visiting a lot more art shows. The main room of the exhibition projected Bosch's paintings 360 degrees, focusing in and out on different areas and moving in a way that told a story. Use of computer graphics made certain elements of the paintings move to the tune of the eerie music without detracting from the integrity of the art. Addition of performance art, such as the shadows of modern dance, also helped the exhibit pop and come alive. It was a fascinating display that I could have watched for hours.
Checking out the deck on one of the first nice days of Moscow spring
All my life, I've struggled with skin troubles. Blackheads, whiteheads, redness, and acne have plagued my skin since adolescence. I've tried every product under the sun, with varying effectiveness. But never has my skin looked as good as it does right now. What is the secret? Honey. Raw, natural, honey. I'm so mad that it's taken me this long to hear that raw honey and water is the perfect way to achieve clear skin. It's light, exfoliating, natural, and most importantly, makes my skin look good.
The transformation has inspired me to switch other products in my life for natural substitutes as well. I've started making body scrubs, face masks, shampoos, and conditioners with household items. I don't need to blog about them, because you can make a quick google like I did. All I'm saying is that the slow shift from plastic bottles and chemicals to healthier, simpler alternatives has been very rewarding. Advertising tries to trick us into thinking we need all of these perfumed purchases in our lives. We can be just as clean, and even healthier without them :)
Watching the American primaries abroad has brought a unique perspective. Mainly, the knowledge that the world is laughing at us. It's pretty common for people abroad to ask me about what's going on. As the only American in the room, you become the default expert on topics you might otherwise consider yourself pretty un-expert about. On several occasions, I've been cornered into these conversations about American politics, and my reactions are pretty much just like this:
Watching the American primaries unfold from abroad
When Someone Makes a Joke About Trump and You're too Embarrassed to Deal
When someone mentions the "Wall"
Feeling the need to apologize for the state of our affairs
When someone mentions "sanctions"
There are a lot of potential landmines to navigate when talking with Russians about American politics. And I can honestly say I have no idea how we have gotten to the sticky mess we're in choosing a candidate right now.
The writer of Not Home Syndrome can be seen wandering around Moscow, searching for pour-over coffee