Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
As I see it, it probably really is good for the soul to be a tourist, even if it’s only once in a while. Not good for the soul in a refreshing or enlivening way, though, but rather in a grim, steely-eyed, let’s-look-honestly-at-the-facts-and-find-some-way-to-deal-with-them way. My personal experience has not been that traveling around the country is broadening or relaxing, or that radical changes in place and context have a salutary effect, but rather that intranational tourism is radically constricting, and humbling in the hardest way—hostile to my fantasy of being a real individual, of living somehow outside and above it all. (Coming up is the part that my companions find especially unhappy and repellent, a sure way to spoil the fun of vacation travel:) To be a mass tourist, for me, is to become a pure late-date American: alien, ignorant, greedy for something you cannot ever have, disappointed in a way you can never admit. It is to spoil, by way of sheer ontology, the very unspoiledness you are there to experience. It is to impose yourself on places that in all noneconomic ways would be better, realer, without you. It is, in lines and gridlock and transaction after transaction, to confront a dimension of yourself that is as inescapable as it is painful: As a tourist, you become economically significant but existentially loathsome, an insect on a dead thing.
(From: Andrew Sullivan)
Monday, May 18, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Russian built Tu-95 "Bear" is a strategic long-range bomber. Big, cool, and 15,000 lbs of thrust in each engine
Anastra "Antrasal" Reconnaissance Aircraft built in 1917-18 in Odessa
They even had a re-enactment with the Soviet soldiers defeating the Fascists!
Be-12 Anti-sub amphibious Soviet Aircraft. Very cool and built in Ukraine
Everyone who went with the engines of an IL-18 behind us
Outside the entrance to the museum
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Also, here's a shout out to Laura Libassi's mom! Thanks for reading our blog!