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

A treat on Father's Day: Doughnuts at Frost



Frost, a locally-owned doughnut shop that opened in my neighborhood five years ago, may be one of the best of its kind in the world. It bills itself as “the destination for dessert” and aspires to make the “best doughnuts anyone has ever tasted.”

The menu includes mouthwatering creations such as Banana Crème & Walnut Bismarck, Strawberry Champagne Fritter and Root Beer Float Bismarck. Who knew such a simple dessert could come in so many different flavors?

On a day like today, when American families celebrated Father’s Day, the lines at Frost’s new location at the Mill Creek Town Center were longer than usual. And, unfortunately, the bakery had run out of the kind of doughnut my family likes the most: Old Fashioned Salted Caramel.

But the visit was more than worth it, and I’m sure we’ll keep coming back for more sweet treats on birthdays and special occasions. It’s a family tradition now.

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