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    Sounds and Sketches 1

    Nick Sowers Oct 3 '09 3

    One of the requirements of the Branner Fellowship is to give a lecture in Berkeley at the end of your travels. You and the other fellows are alotted 20 minutes each. Unless you give your lecture to the tune of the Johnny Cash song: I've been everywhere man, I've been everywhere. ...Oklahoma, Tampa, Panama, Mattawa ... rattling off like auctioneer, you're gonna leave a lot of great sites unmentioned.

    So it is with the last six weeks of intense travel between France, England, and Germany: I've seen so much my eyes are bulging, my ears are topped up with sound, and my hands feel the indent of sketchbook and pen. And still, the show rolls on as I write this on the flight from Berlin to Venice. My wife and I have a month left in Europe before returning to Berkeley. Zo…the question remains how to catch up in one blog post, in anticipation of the task to distill the barrel of an entire year into a 20 minute shot of moonshine.

    The idea is simple enough: it's a series of travel sketches on two types of media. 1.pen and paper 2.microphone and mp3.



    Camping out in a WWII battlefield in St. Malo, France


    stmalo








    plumbing the depths of the U-Boat Bunker in St. Nazaire, France


    stnazaire







    hunting for bunker towers in Il de Re, France

    bunkertypes






    Boat trip out to the Maunsell Forts, England

    maunsell forts





    ...more to come shortly!



     

     
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