January 26, 2014

The main attraction, basketball (Miami continues)

Yeap. I'm going to post all the Miami related things in following weeks.

So here is the main reasons why we chose to go to Miami this time: sun and The Heat. And by the heat I don't refer to the weather, but to the basketball team, which happens to be my little brother's favorite. For sure, AAA-stadium was not my idea of perfect destination. But it happened to be guite cool. Although our seats were way too high and I have terrrrible fear of height and vertigo. In spite of that I gathered once again that sports in the States are more than just sports, they're whole package shows and great entertainment. Even when the teams just had a short time-out, something happened. Videos, games, lotteries and Miami Heat Dancers. I found myself enjoying the game quite a lot.

So I think this could become my USA trip tradition: always trying a new sport to watch. I think next up is American football, since I have covered baseball and basketball now. And I also have a awful penkkiurheilu -fever (I have no idea how to translate penkkiurheilu, I think the closest is "spectator sport", something I rather watch than participate in). So next up in my sport list is to go and watch here in Finland my favorite sport, volleyball.

So here are some pictures from the Miami Heat game and the Miami Hurricanes game:

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 photo IMG_5580_zpsd02af330.jpg MaybeI'll slowly develop an ability to follow sports. Or not.

January 25, 2014

Every holiday needs little art (Miami)

I wouldn't say that Miami is the place to go if seeking for great museums and a lot of art. At least compared to some of the places I have travelled, such as Rome or New York. But there are still some cool art stuff to see even in Miami Beach. And although our agenda for this trip was not art (but more like the basketball) we still came across some pretty cool art and history.

Mostly I would say that Miami Beach itself is a "art museum" with all its Art Deco buildings. But besides that we also visited The Wolfsonian FIU museum, which portrays a lot of sort of "propaganda" art and such. I think the mission statement of the museum says it all:
The Wolfsonian uses objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, political, and technological changes that have transformed our world. It encourages people to see the world in new ways, and to learn from the past as they shape the present and influence the future.

 photo IMG_5322_zpsf3fe3708.jpg For some reason I always find propaganda posters really fascinating.  photo Art2_zps8b0427e3.jpg Two of my favorites in Wolfsonian photo Art1_zps4af99078.jpg

We also walked in a gallery in Lincoln Road, which actually happened to be the ArtCenter South Florida. Inside the center you could see the unfinished paintings of the artists working there as well as their finished work and even them as they were working on a piece. I wished we would have known about this place little sooner and got there when more artists were working. However, it was still a great experience. Especially if the process of making art interest you, as it does interest me. Somehow unfinished works seem to be the most interesting ones usually. Anyhow, I could have been there forever, but as said we weren't there for the art, but for the sun and basketball.

 photo IMG_6009_zpscde3fecf.jpg  Artist's workplace  photo IMG_6010_zps83f85dbe.jpg Wish I could have seen the space of this artist, unfortunately she was not there at the moment  photo IMG_6012_zpsddaf89dc.jpg
One of my personal favorites at the ArtCenter. The light in live was really amazing. 

Little pieces of art will also in Miami come across you if you just keep your eyes open.  photo Art_zps9c2fd2e8.jpg Bear in a museum park near our hotel and downtown Miami street art (details were really amazing in those graffitis)

January 21, 2014

Ma linnun maalaan kaikki laulut suussaan

 photo 2014_zps916ebcc8.jpg ja kalan kaikki vedet hartioillaan
ja karhun kaikki raivo kämmenessään
ja käärmeen kaikki myrkky kielellään.
 photo IMG_6157_zps4a6b3a1a.jpg Ja vielä aivan pienen kukan maalaan, 
kuin uinuis siinä kevään tulevaiset
 photo 20141_zpsdcc2589e.jpg ja sateen siunaus ja päivän lämpö
ja siemen sataan kukkaspolveen uuteen.

Mä en koskaan siirrä kouluhommia viimeselle päivälle.
Tänään ei enempää Aila Meriluotoa ja runoanalyysia.

January 17, 2014

Work like a minion

The most common words I use at the time are the s-word, the f-word and all the other swear words of all the languages I know. Why? Because of four deadlines before Thursday! All of which are the part of my final grades. However as I finally saw the Despicable Me movies, I think I have found my mindset of work. Minion. With hard work and little bit of laughter like Minion I will get through this spring!

And because at this point (point where my Extended Essay and Theory Of Knowledge -essay are almost complete) I do not want to take any risks of putting all my faith in file hosting services, I need my old and reliable USB memory stick system. So I bought the most cutest USB at Lincoln Road from a shop called Koto.

Also I think this/he is a good reminder of the work ethics I want to achieve. So here is my Stuart, my muse.

 photo IMG_6149_zps1b4e472e.jpg  I think his face captured the expression I have most of the time when doing school stuff
 photo IMG_6151_zps0101bbb1.jpgThis is how my Stuart serves me