Archive for June, 2010

World Cup upcycling

Monday, June 28, 2010

Hello from Bloemfontain,  stop #2 on my World Cup tour of South Africa. I had the amazing opportunity to see Brazil and Portugal play in the group rounds. The brand new stadium where that game took place was BEAUTIFUL. However, after reading about Greece and other host countries of large sporting events going broke building stadiums…and after driving from posh Durban through South Africa’s poor neighbor Lesotho to my next game in Bloemfontein, all these new venues started to seem excessive. So it was with great joy that my friends and I discovered that our knock-out round tickets to see Germany blow England away was in a spruced up EXISTING stadium.

Bloemfontein aka Manguang stadium

See for yourself, it was a lovely place to watch and EXCITING match.

Germany v. England in the round of 16

Fans (it was Germany's day)

After seeing a nil-nil game in the opening round, I was dying for goals…and got five (well, six but one was unjustly thrown out) for an end score of 4-1 to take Germany to the quarterfinals (next stop: Capetown to see the Germans and Argentines take their age-old rivalry to the pitch).

Cute Canadian campaign

Friday, June 18, 2010

Checkout Vancouver, BC’s “Watch Your Waste” campaign, complete with short, informative videos from Vancouver residents on how the cut back on the trash in various ways from composting doggie-do to using reusable coffee mugs.

Les Balayeurs

Friday, June 18, 2010

There are many days when I wake up wishing I lived in Paris, especially when I see things like Facebook updates from artist Douglas Brodoff announcing a new expo of his paintings on display in the 2nd. It’s called “Les Balayeurs,” which means “The Sweepers.” You may recall from past posts that Douglas has an ongoing series featuring the green-clad garbage men of Paris. Another interesting fact about Douglas is that he is trained as a professional clown. Perhaps that’s why the children and trashmen visiting in this photo appear to be so charmed by him and his work: he’s clearly an expert with a crowd!

Douglas Brodoff with French kids and trashmen

This and other photos of the expo made my day. And made me seriously evaluate how long it’s been since I’ve visited one of my favorites cities.

What’d I miss?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Apologies, trashies. I didn’t mean to go so long without sharing neat garbage-related stuff with you. It’s been a wee bit hectic lately: I’m changing jobs, I spent a week in Burkina Faso with limited internet access and I’m gearing up to go see a few games of the World Cup in South Africa next week. I share all that not to brag about my awesome summer, but to offer piddly excuses for slow updates of late. Oh, and Victor moved back to Sweden, where he’s been busy with his dream job. Anyway, hiatus ends now. I missed you! Post updates in the comments if there’s important waste news I’ve overlooked in the interim. xoxo Leila

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