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  1. Eyebrowsbv31

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    I know you're a history buff, is it American history that you study?

    Either way, cool snaps.
     
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    Great topic title.
     
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    More into a specific area, but I mainly focus on Nuclear, Russian, and Roman history.

    Still, pictures like that are amazing to me; when you live in the rust belt and are constantly surrounded by physical decay of what once was, it's nice to see what it was like beforehand only to see the new built on top of the old again. Decay replaces decay, nice layers.

    Yeah, fun site when you want to get the news equivalent of shouting. orange.co.uk is good too for the quirky section.
     
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    Bretimus_v2 So tired.

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    This sounds stupid, but it's hard to identify with black and white photographs. It just further instills the generation gap for me. I've seen similar pictures before and for some reason they just resonate better with me, give me a greater connection.
     
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    those pictures are amazing. the picture of the dude on the horse and his dog is my background right now.

    p.s. since you're all history buffs, is there anything important you can share with me on the Cold War? Since I was in guatemala, I missed the whole unit and have been struggling to make it up, and we have a test on it Friday that I'm totally unprepared for. Anything on the Cuban missile crisis or the Vietnam war would also be wonderful and greatly appreciated. :)
     
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    I recommend a serious reading of cracked.com
    http://www.cracked.com/article_18519_6- ... -life.html

    I mean, what specific information do you want? Reading Wikipedia will get you what you need; each of those topics are so huge, could dedicate a library to the Vietnam war alone.
     
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    Yeah, Wikipedia is such a great source of information anymore.

    Both of those topics are pretty damn complex...Especially the Vietnam War, your best bet is to just start reading from the beginning.



    Fun tidbit, I used to think the world was actually black and white since there wasn't any color cameras back before WWII...
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:pano-chicago.jpg

    Here's a big panorama taken in 2009 from near the same spot as the picture in Eyebrows post. These buildings seen in eyebrows post ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribune_Tower http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrigley_Building http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbide_%2 ... n_Building) are still there today and are Chicago icons. The PBR sign is long gone however, and a great park(including the orchestra pavilion seen in the panorama) has been built over the railyard which still exists underground but is only used by passenger trains anymore.

    Also Keepit, where were you in Guatemala? I've been there myself and loved it
     
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    Aw cool pics. That guy in front of his train looks the happiest.
     
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    Kapow, I was in San Miguel Escobar which is about 20 minutes outside of Antigua. I went there for 16 days to work on a coffee plantation, which was really fun and even more informative. My group (two kids from my school and about 25-30 others from neighboring schools in Seattle) learned the whole coffee process; harvesting, sorting, de-shelling, sorting again, roasting, and packaging, and we also spent a week digging 3x3x3 foot holes for new coffee plants to be grown (they need a big hole so the soil can be softened up a lot before the seeds are planted). We also visited a lot of areas such as the slowly shrinking forest to the north, the town square in Antigua during the Easter processions (awesome time to be there, lots of parades and artwork) and the city dump, which was really sad because there are hundreds of people living there. Basically, if you have no other job choice, you work there; a lot different from the unemployed in the States, and i learned that there are kids my age that live there and have never seen anything outside of the dump since they were born. Really depressing and life changing stuff.

    But I also learned loads of Spanish so I'm finally not the worst student in the class anymore :p
     
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    San Miguel Escobar... is that also known as Ciudad Vieja? I stayed in San Miguel Duenas where I have some family.
     
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    I've heard Ciudad Vieja but I'm not sure if that's another name for San Miguel Escobar or not. I'd only taken Spanish for 4 months before I left, with a pretty shitty teacher nonetheless, so I had a bit of trouble understanding what a lot of people were saying, but by the end I could get almost everything. I'll ask somebody who went on the trip next time I see them though (should be tomorrow night at a party lol)
     
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