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One thing I noticed: people use the public phones in São Paulo.

One thing I noticed: people use the public phones in São Paulo.

I went to São Paulo.
Same population as New York but it’s twice as dense - the skyline is relentless, mid-rise apartment buildings marching in all directions. It’s frenetic, civilized, industrious. It’s also hard to get your head around so much humanity. Everywhere traffic, buildings, people, traffic, buildings, traffic.

I went to São Paulo.

Same population as New York but it’s twice as dense - the skyline is relentless, mid-rise apartment buildings marching in all directions. It’s frenetic, civilized, industrious. It’s also hard to get your head around so much humanity. Everywhere traffic, buildings, people, traffic, buildings, traffic.

Harvested the fennel seeds from some fronds I cut down in October and let dry.  
I was a little late in getting to this task - should have done it in December, January. Still, the seeds pop with an anise flavor that’s much more intense than anything I could find at Kalustyan’s. DIY takes this round.

Harvested the fennel seeds from some fronds I cut down in October and let dry.  

I was a little late in getting to this task - should have done it in December, January. Still, the seeds pop with an anise flavor that’s much more intense than anything I could find at Kalustyan’s. DIY takes this round.

What I did on Saturday, Part Two.
The last day of winter.

What I did on Saturday, Part Two.

The last day of winter.

What I did on Saturday, Part One.

What I did on Saturday, Part One.

How Emily helped me keep the wines straight at the River Cafe.

How Emily helped me keep the wines straight at the River Cafe.

To visit the Barbican is to step back into how the future was going to look.

To visit the Barbican is to step back into how the future was going to look.

Most know the Barbican Estate through catching a show at the Barbican gallery or theater.
The details are gorgeous, like these beveled elevator openings cast into the wall. You can get in close, see the exquisite craft. 

Most know the Barbican Estate through catching a show at the Barbican gallery or theater.

The details are gorgeous, like these beveled elevator openings cast into the wall. You can get in close, see the exquisite craft. 

Waterfowl live in the reeds.

Waterfowl live in the reeds.

Brutalism can be beautiful.
There’s the Barbican Estate, a 35-acre campus in a part of central London flattened by the war. Fewer than 50 people lived in the area; now there are 4000 residents. It’s a village in the city.
The apartments are in demand. It can take years to snatch one up. 

Brutalism can be beautiful.

There’s the Barbican Estate, a 35-acre campus in a part of central London flattened by the war. Fewer than 50 people lived in the area; now there are 4000 residents. It’s a village in the city.

The apartments are in demand. It can take years to snatch one up. 

Some find the buildings monotonous, inhuman. Fair enough.

Some find the buildings monotonous, inhuman. Fair enough.

The concrete architecture of London. 
The city is the home of Brutalism, a muscular, sculptural style that I find fascinating. I’m in the minority on this one.

The concrete architecture of London. 

The city is the home of Brutalism, a muscular, sculptural style that I find fascinating. I’m in the minority on this one.

Even the seat belts in his car are red.

Even the seat belts in his car are red.

Steve has a thing for the color red.

Steve has a thing for the color red.

From London, took a Virgin Train to Stafford, and Has Bean.
Steve recently moved Has Bean into a new warehouse. It’s an enormous operation. What you can do when you’re not boxed in by a city.
The little guy in the back on the left is the original roasting machine

From London, took a Virgin Train to Stafford, and Has Bean.

Steve recently moved Has Bean into a new warehouse. It’s an enormous operation. What you can do when you’re not boxed in by a city.

The little guy in the back on the left is the original roasting machine