Did Not Get Held Hostage for Drug Money

So I’ve been hanging with FARC for the past ten days, and it seems I’ve missed a lot of stuff!  But you guys didn’t, because the number of hits on my blog has gone up dramatically despite the fact that this may have been the longest stretch I’ve gone without posting in… eesh, five years?  There is something afoot in e-ville.

I will not promise a long lyrical piece on my trip to Colombia because I did that after I went to Iceland and it backfired (read: I never did it) and also I am probably going to be writing about a facet of the trip for a magazine and, well, some wells are just likely to dry out faster than others.  I might post a picture or two.  Try not to die of excitement waiting for them.

What happened while I was gone?  Let’s see, the government shut down, which made me feel like I was going to return to a land in turmoil and yet customs at JFK was breezier than it has ever been in my traveling experience, the NYPD found Baby Hope’s mom (and I managed to instantaneously relate it to an episode of SVU), and all of NYC is creaming themselves over Banksy.  The last of these things I’ve decided I’m not going to spend much time freaking out about.

No sooner had my plane landed than I considered dashing past passport check and boarding the next plane to anywhere.  Transylvania, maybe?

INSIDE ZONE TRANSYLVANIA RESIDENCY

http://www.insidezone.eu — The Transylvania’s artist residency InSide Zone will start on 4th of May. It will last two weeks but artists may decide to stay longer. The residency is in the area of Carpathian mountains, in Borsec town, Romania. The upper town, once a famous spa in Austro-Hungarian empire is now “beautiful in its own ruins” and still seems to be an ideal place for inspiration and art. It strongly remembers the landscape of Andrei Tarkovsky’s movie, The Stalker, and the mysterious Zone. Interested writers and artists may apply by email sending their bio and samples of work. At the end of residency between 15 to 17 of May the yearly poetry and arts festival will be organized in the town. The residency’s participants may be involved in it if the work they produced during their stay is related with Zone, Borsec town, the area etc. Email transylvanianresidency@gmail.com for details.

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