Meet the Correspondent: Omar Jaramillo > Berlin$show=/search/label/Omar%20Jaramillo

"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook. I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions. When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches. He brought a huge box full of sketchbooks he had filled since he was an architecture student. I spent a whole day selecting the most interesting drawings. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a new world. In the last 10 years I have the feeling of being in a long journey. I like to discover the cities where I live, to understand why a place is the way it is and what makes it different and unique from others. Drawing is for me a way to learn to love a place, to become part of it. I like to draw architecture but I am more attracted to urban scenery, portraying how people live in the city. Since I’m a foreigner, everything that locals find normal and taken-for-granted, for me is exotic. I always carry a small watercolor travel set from Windsor and Newton and my sketchbook in my bag. I always thought that drawing was a solitary experience until I found Urban Sketchers. It was amazing to find so many people doing the same thing. It is a great place to share!" • Omar's blog. • Omar's art on flickr. • Omar's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

icc to zob


underneath the bearing-out on the entrance side of berlin international congress center is the mouth of a tunnel-system underneath junction messdamm | neue-kantstr. a projected underground train line never was buildt, so the tunnels only provide access to car parking and save crossing of the junction for pedestrians.

on the opposite corner of the junction is the zob (zentraler omnibus bahnhof - central busstation). german intercity bussystem just got liberated (since 60 years the german rail was protected legally from competition of intercity busses). so, beside the usual busses to mainly eastern european cities, there are departing cheap buses to german cities now. these are not the ususal means of transport for visitors of nearby fair and congress center, but for nomadic workers, backpackers or price-concious groups like the women, i spotted waiting inside the bus terminal. they seem to have spend the money, they saved on transport for shopping in berlin.

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