Lake Travis non stop

In almost five years in Austin I never rented a boat on Lake Travis, but this summer I made an effort to catch up and yesterday was my 5th time going to the lake!

It was Olimpia’s goodbye party because she is going back to Poland on tuesday, but I’m sure she’ll come back to Austin soon, and we’ll have another excuse for a welcome party!

Take a look at the pictures

Austin, Texas 1973-2006

33 years ago my parents came to Austin for three months because my dad needed to take an english course before going to the University of Michigan to obtain his Masters. Back then photography was one of his hobbies and I remember growing up watching several times the slides of the pictures he took in those two years they spent in the United States.

Back in 2001 when I knew I was going to move to Austin, I remember looking back at the pictures from Austin, but since I’ve never been here before, the pictures were not that interesting.

A few months ago, while having a conversation with my friend Justin who also loves photography, I mentioned the pictures my dad took in Austin 33 years ago and Justin told me that he would like to see the pictures. So a few weeks later when my mom asked me if I wanted someting special for my birthday I told her that if she could scan and send me the pictures that would be a great present.

She then scanned the slides and sent me around 100 pictures from Austin. I was a bit dissapointed because most of the pictures were from the important buildings in Austin like the State Capitol, the University of Texas campus, the Saint Edwards campus, and those buildings haven’t changed much in 33 years. But I did found find 3 pictures that showed parts of the city that I recognized and that have changed a lot.

One saturday I uploaded the three pictures to my camera and headed downtown where the pictures were taken. My goal was to find the same spots where my dad took those pictures 33 years ago and take the same pictures.

The first location was Congress Avenue and 10th St. facing south. It wasn’t very difficult to find the exact location, but I was having trouble to take the picture from the same spot. It seemed that my dad took the picture standing in the middle of Congress Ave. so I had to wait for the pedestrian light to be green to take it. I took several pictures to then choose the best one.

The second location seemed to be Guadalupe St. and MLK (18th St.) but I couldn’t find the same buildings and I gave up on that one.

The third picture was also from Guadalupe and 24th St. facing north. It seemed that my dad had better zooming in his camera because the pictures I took look more distant. I also had to use the pedestrian green light to take the pictures from the middle of Guadalupe.

Enough talking: here are the results of my little experiment.

Photograph: Congress Ave. and 10th St.

Video: Congress Ave. and 10th St.

Photograph: Guadalupe St. and 24th St.

Please leave your comments about the pictures. Do you think they would make a cool poster?

Colombia: Superpower in Speed Skating

No, I’m not joking. Colombia has won the last few world championships of speed skating and it is very close to win it again this year in Anyang – South Korea.

It really amazes me that Colombia can beat countries like the USA, Italy, Spain, France, New Zeland, among others. I really can’t understand the reasons for this situation. I know that speed skating is not an olympic sport and that might be the reason why other countries do not invest much into it and maybe Colombia realized that it had a shot into becoming very good at it and it did it.

Congratulations Colombia!