JAPAN: DougoyART Paintaction – Artists Baki Baki & Mon

We already stood several days in Matsuyama, we visited and explored all the fantastic sights and the interesting city. Actually we wanted to leave to Ōzu in the south the next day. But our friend Mathew Iannarone from the Sen Guesthouse recommended us definitely to stay another night because he has some secret special insider event. This hostel is a place we can very recommend by the way, but there will be an article about guesthouse owner Mathew and his exciting life in Japan in another article which is in preparation. But back to our special event, which really was worth it to stay. Mathew took us to a livingroom-live-painting session with the graffiti artists BAKI BAKI and MON. The name of the event is DougoyART. It´s an relaxed artistique festivity in an homelike atmosphere which was in the befriended guesthouse of Hisatsugu Shimizu. As well there is audio included and musicians are taking part, this time the band The Sun.

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ALBANIA: Tirana Backpacker Hostel

Tirana is the capital and as well a really cool city for going out, getting delicious food and having a lot of fun. The people are all over the country overfriendly and we didn´t have in any case not even rudimental trouble or anger, we couldn´t even notice some anywhere. In a lot of similar situations in Germany there would have been a crash or fight and not only while driving a car. After our arrival we have been the first two days in the Tirana Backpacker Hostel, which is as well the first Hostel in Albania. They have now quite a lot more.

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GHANA: Nursing and Health Assistant Training School Teshie

The Nursing and Health Assistant Training School Teshie (HATS, Teshie) was instituted on 28th January 2008 due to the ministry of health decision to train a middle level cadre to assist the professional nurse in carrying out her duties, and to contribute to the improvement of the staffing situation in the clinical area. One of the tutors – Sandra Opoku – took part at the HITA midwife exchange programme in 2014 and went to Germany for three month. Currently she is teaching at Teshie. As a school their mission is to train competent middle level cadre nurses who will contribute creditably to the health care delivery in Ghana through promotive, preventive and curative services. The school started under a canopy with a teaching staff of four, one non teaching staff and a student numerical strength of seventy-two. Currently, the school has ten staff members with eight teaching staff and three non-teaching staff. The motto for the school is “Service to humanity”.

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GERMANY: Frau Fenster Art & Design

What can I say…. ? #ArtIsMyHeart ?. My friends say, I am a bit crazy, but lovely. I am always late, but when I arrive it´s mostly catastrophically. But in a funny way. Maybe a bit clumsy as well, but more in social and people issues. The childhood was a nightmare and psychic confusions are still present, therefore I have a different and in some ways more sensible view for life, people and things. Altogether there are several eccentric and extravagant habits existent. Tata! The perfect character and history which are needed to be an artist. And that´s what I meanwhile became.

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BOLIVIA: Cementerio de Trenes – Uyuni

While we drove through the salt desert of Bolivia during our South America trip we made a little stop at an old train cementary. The „Cementerio de trenes“. The scene is just fantastic and a cinematic playground, the perfect place for a new Mad Max movie or a zombie apocalypse. The train cementary is located near the desert town Uyuni at around 3600 meters altitude. And you notice the height with every step for sure. In the big salt desert – the Salar de Uyuni – there is annually the famous Dakar Race on the route between Argentina over Chile to Bolivia with Uyuni as one of the main headquarters.

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LUXEMBOURG: Kasematten and The Grund

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Luxembourgish: Groussherzogtum Lëtzebuerg, French: Grand-Duché de Luxembourg) has 602.000 habitants and is the last remaining Grand Duchy or Grand Princedom of formerly twelve existing ones in Europe. The state borders to Belgium, France and Germany and forms the Benelux or Low Countries with Belgium and the Netherlands. The mainly rural shaped region is marked by the compact forests and natural reserves of the Ardennes in the north, in the east there are the rocky gorges of the Müllerthal and in the southeast the Moselle Valley. A dream for all nature lovers and hiking fans. The capital is called Luxembourg as well and is famous for its medieval old town which is located on a hill.

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ISRAEL: Streetart Florentin

Florentin is actually a part of Tel Aviv, we wrote already about its street art. But Florentin deserves a special part about the graffiti and the particular surrounding. The walls are covered with nice artwork and the extraordinary mix with the industrial buildings is phenomenal. It is as well a very interesting place if you want to directly observe and study some kind of half-functioning but still developing gentrification. Some streets are in perfect hipster manner, there are chick bars and nice cafes, a lot of alternative and different styles. But just around the corner there is as well the factory quarter, between dirty roads and market streets all over. Its a fantastic mix. There the stylo cafes, on the other side is one car repair shop next to each other with a scrap head in front of the place. Just the architectural commingling is fantastic.

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SOUTH AFRICA: The Grind Radio & Jade Wood – Pretoria

If you are a journalist and you go into the jungle you can find the strangest things. For example other journalists. But sometimes these other journalists are more interesting than the jungle at the moment. Some kind of these meetings happened in Ciudad del Este in Paraguay near the Iguazu Waterfalls this spring. Coincidental at the same time when we stood there in a mansion there was as well the journalist, national-geographic writer and co-founder of The Grind Radio: Jade Wood from South Africa.

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GHANA: Volta School for the Deaf

The Volta School of the Deaf next to Hohoe is a facility for deaf and deaf-mute children in the Volta Region. Principal Diddy Ntim is running the institution and tries to provide an overall educational and supportive help for all the different ages and life periods. The facility provides a kindergarden, a primary school and a secondary school.

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ISRAEL: Streetart Tel Aviv

We sneaked away again during the cold months. Overwintering somewhere far more in the south, definitly very recommendable. Of course we brougth a nice collection of street art pictures and graffiti material from the place we went to: Israel. As well we went for an interview to the since 10 years existing Montana can shop in Tel Aviv. The country has a lot to offer and is worth an explorative visit.

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