Spent over 40 hours in airports, from Bologna to Paris to Abu Dhabi to Kathmandu. Lots of ups and downs, bread, sweets, airplane food and friends. The most friendly airport is Abu Dhabi (also the biggest). It has a lovely library with comfortable chairs and couches and sunlight. Never saw anything like that. Wow! Who still reads these days! I made a friend from Oman, Yusef, who works at the transfer desk. He told me I must visit his home someday, beautiful beach, turtles, fish…his parents live there. He loves kungfu, got excited when he heard I have martial art training and almost jumped out of his desk to spar with me.
As for the air food, the prize goes to Etihad airline, great service, tasty food, and clean toilets. The flight attendants all look like Miss Universe, stately, tall, blond…taller than the men. It feels like I was being served with beauty pageants and women’s basketball team. When they towered over me, I buckled up without a protest. haha.
From the air, the country is all sand, no water, except for the sea. the plain reminds me of the Mid west prairie. How did it all become sand? I know it used to be green, fertile…would this also be the fate of Minnesota?
I took a few shots from the air, and what I saw took my breath away.
· a hungry blog from Paris Airport, on route to Kathmandu:
Saturday, May 7, 2016
just arrived in Paris. Got the most expensive cup of mint tea: $6.50. I wanted to use the wifi at Starbucks.
the airport here is so chaotic and haphazard. a huge maze, and I had to take 3 buses in the aiport to get to my gate, three customs to have my passport checked and rechecked…all the security here and selling. part of the maze is the high end stores: perfume, gucci, liquor. Most of the stores cater for Chinese tourists, who have so much money they buy Gucci and Louis Vuitton in carts.
Hungry but spent my money on transporting the flags (already cost me more than $300). I tried to carry half of the flags in my bagpack (it weighs over 50 pounds), but got caught at Bologna airport. It would have cost me another $200, but I begged them, and Guy Lydster told me I was a poet from Shanghai and America, and they let me check the second bag for free! Meanwhile, I lost my bag, so I’m carrying my camera, purse, hat, gloves, thermos, and everything else in my arms, around my waist, hands…my waitress skill from NYC came in handy! hahaha
Fortunately the flight tonight will serve me food, though they didn’t serve anything yesterday. I got lucky! chaotic but warm, that’s European style. I like it!
food on air France is quite good. I hope the next flight will be good too.
at least the wifi in European airports is free, unlike America!
Next stops are Abu Dhabi, Kathmandu. I hope the hotel will pick me up in Nepal!
Ciao for now, my friends. The gate is calling my name to verify my route and passport.
Wang Ping shared Patti Campani’s album: – Kinship -.
· Kinship (of Rivers) opening in Bologna. I met so many great artists there. very thrilling.
Patti Campani added new photos to the album: – Kinship – — at duepuntilab.
· Guy Lydster, Paolo Quartapelle, Simone Garagnani, Alessandro Menegoli, Lucia Trebbi, Wang Ping *** a cura di Patti Campani Guy Lydster, Paolo Quartapelle, Simone Garagnani, Alessandro Menegoli, Lucia Trebbi, Wang Ping *** Curated by Patti Campani
Wang Ping added 4 new photos.
Check out new photos from Bologna. Goodbye to the beautiful city:
Saturday, May 7, 2016
from the Po to the Everest Last day at Bologna.
The installation at the DuepuntiLab Gallery was a great success. Italian friends made many beautiful flags that will go to the Everest with the other flags from the Mississippi, Yangtze, Ganga, Amazon, Fraser…I’ve been blessed with the light, food, friendship, and laughter in Bologna, by Bologna artists: Guy Lydster, Simone, Paoblo, Alessandro, Lucia, Cornelia… Can’t wait to come back in September.
· Under the river flags, around the river stone sculptures by Guy Lydster, hundreds of people gathered. The Cultural Minister of Bologna introduced us, and I read the sonnet crown with my two lovely translater Vennessa and Margeritta. Before that gathering, Guy took me to the river where we found a bomb, rusty, almost fossil. after the opening, I was treated with the most delicious tortellini and tortelloni.
Kinship opening last night at Gallery Due Punti Lab-hundreds of people gathering under the river flags and around Guy Lydster’s magnificent sculptures:
KINSHIP a cura di Patti Campani Guy Lydster Paolo Quartapelle Simone Garagnani Alessandro Menegoli Lucia Trebbi Wang Pin Kinship è un termine inglese che non…
The Global Water Crisis Humanities Alluring Wang Ping The global water crisis has grown to such a degree millions of people will face death within a few short months. In some regions people resorted to gathering mud simply for a drink of this precious fluid. Now drinking water costs approximately $9 a gallon as compared to gasoline at 2 buck a gallon. Speculators will surely exploit this crisis since their moto is “Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste”
Communities around the world are suffering and people have already begun to die. What we’ve taken for granted for so many years will soon become a commodity that most impoverished people will not be able to afford. They will die along with their raspy whispered pleads for a simple drink of cool fresh water. Out of sight and out of mind, they will die simply from the lack of concern for their caste.
The world is looking for a political & corporate solution, casting blame, passing bills and legislation over this crisis, a day late and a dollar short. For this was old news many years ago when people used real pencils. We should have already addressed the pending environmental crisis and moved to save massive populations that face extinction, and it happened many times before in earths history.
Regardless of the true root cause of this catastrophe contingency plans should already been written and alternative solutions explored and invented. There is no excuse for the pending mass die-off set to occur. The blame game will not save lives, but science was well aware of the hard facts about climatic change long before “Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste” became an axiom and business model. We all will share in the blame because there was no excuse.
Fortunately there are humanitarians who are on the front lines of humanities struggle. and Wang Ping is one of these selfless individuals who has taken on this noble cause, ‘Sacred Water’. With her flagship Kinship of Rivers Project she managed to offer focus on the lives of those who live and depend on our most hallowed natural resource, water.
There is no politics in Kinship of Rivers for this is all about humanity, awareness, and the indomitable spirit of a courageous woman named Wang Ping who has chosen to crusade for people who live along the rivers. Now their stories will be told and their hopes, dreams and prayers will be releases on Mt. Everest.
Is Wang Ping politically motivated? Not a chance for she is the real deal not a wannabe community leader who runs her mouth and says nothing like most self centered politicians. Frankly Wang Ping already achieved the impossible career wise so she is not spoiled by success like so many people before her. She is a true advocate for all that is good in humanity and deceit is not in her vocabulary.
Maybe if there were more people like Wang Ping, this planet would not be such a superficial world where social position, greed and disregard human life are well within the realm of political correctness and conventional wisdom. She’s as a dedicated Water Warrior the ‘people of the river’ call friend, and so do I.
· my first day here, struck by the colors and smell. My host Guy Lydster took me around, showed me the wonders of the old city, its people, old trades, old university and churches…Getting ready for the installation of river flags and sonnet crown at Gallery Due Punti Lab in Bologna.
Today is the day! 3000 river flags from the Mississippi, Yangtze, Ganga, Amazon, Fraser, Colorado, and many others, all packed…first stop at the Po River, then to Nepal, then we’ll trek 2 weeks to the base camp. Your prayers for peace and harmony will spread along the rivers, mountains and air from the roof of the world. Send us your wishes and we’ll take you all to the Everest. Please follow us http://koreverest.blogspot.com/
and see the interactive map of the Everest trek
We Are Water: Kinship of Rivers (Wang Ping lead artist and curator) …
May 30, 2014 – Uploaded by TheSoapFactory
Published on May 30, 2014
The Soap Factory presents We Are Water a month-long curatorial collaboration between Wang Ping’s Kinship of Rivers and The Soap Factory; artists from Twin Cities and New Orleans, music, performance, interactive creativity, poetry, food and celebration. …