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On January 14, 2013 citizens of Cuba will be permitted to travel abroad. However, there will be restrictions on highly qualified professionals. President Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz hopes to improve living conditions in the country by promoting free travel. Presently, Cuban exiles send hard currency home to their relatives and it is this money that greatly contributes to the national economy. Today a teacher is paid a salary of Euro 200 (in Peso) for a year’s work whereas a Jinetera (prostitute) earns the same amount on a weekend.
But the State gives free medical care and free education to all its citizens.
Visit Cuba now before the old world fades into sterile modernity.
Our best wishes to Cuba for the New Year 2013. V
Varanasi (Banaras), one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India, is situated on the banks of the holy river, Ganges, in the Northern Indian State of Uttar Pradesh.
Geikos (that’s what Geishas are called in Kyoto) always remind me of Zen monks – a Westerner can’t imagine discipline, ascetic life and dedication necessary to perform this art.
Captivating photo exhibit of the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shinto temple complex in Kyoto is breath taking.
Well Joo has done it again…this time in Saigon!
Stunning photographs of Holi celebrations in Barsana, India. Images of holy places in the mountains of Laos. There are spirits in nature everywhere, so these places are considered holy. People built Buddhist shrines here, and in times of war took refuge here.
Photography – it’s about who we are. I began as a visual artist, studying art and working in theatre, which is an ancient multi-media art that combines all forms of art. All cultures I meet while travelling are part of our common, interwoven identity. Right now, I am on a one-year-travel through Asia. I love to do background research about history, religion, customs, daily life and language.
Aka Joachim Peter is a Visual artist and writer based in Southwest Germany, presently working on documentary & travel photography in Asia. He loves to explore and combine all arts in his work. Joo has studied Arts; painting and graphics, worked for theatre ( designing stage, costume and light) , did some work for television and film, went into teaching. He writes essays and a blog in his native tongue, German, for he feels his language combines philosophy and humour. http://joo-peter.photoshelter.com