The Art of Sleeping

As you read this right now you might be at work or class, or have taken a "professional day" off. I'm sure that most of you are wishing you were back in bed cuddled up inside the warm covers and sleeping. If you're not maybe you have some secret energy trick that I don't know of, or maybe you are lying to yourself because the truth is everyone is tired. I have been coming across very interesting articles about public sleeping online recently and thought that I would share some of the best ones with you while at the same time wishing I were asleep with the television on. A girl can dream, can't she? A private member's club in London offers a "Lazy Lawn" designed by Tom Dixon where members can lounge, sleep, or sunbathe their days away. In Toronto, The Z's by the C project is encouraging people to participate in a napping initiative aimed at promoting citizens' rights to public space. In Austria, visitors can spend a night at the Das Park Hotel where the hotel's "pay as you wish" policy allows them to sleep in sections of used pipes. Now I don't think I would ever go here, but if you are interested in going to prison without a sentence then you can visit the Karosta Prison in Latvia. At this "hotel" which was formally (as recently as 1997) a prison, visitors can pay to be treated as prisoners and sleep on a wooden plank or a dusty single bed.
The Museum of Science and Industry is looking for someone to move into the museum 24/7 for thirty days this fall as a part of a unique experiment. If you become the museum's "roommate" you will win $10,000 dollars.
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Hiya America!

I am finally back home after an extended vacation. Out of all the things to think about before going abroad a volcano eruption was certainly not something I had anticipated. If you have been keeping up with the Dookyblog then you already know that I went to England for my cousin's wedding and feared that as a bridesmaid I would end up looking hideous. Luckily, the dress was not as bad as I had thought and all was well for the most part. I had a great time in England and definitely felt a bit of a culture shock. Below are a few things I learned abroad: 1. Everyone says "Hiya"; not "Hello", "Hi", "Hey", or "What's Up". Just "Hiya". 2. When someone says "cheers" they are not about to make a toast; they are saying "thank you". 3. Most houses, most commonly called flats are not equipped with dryers, so be prepared to hang your clothes everywhere if you want them to dry. Oh, how I missed my dryer. 4. If you are a card carrying member of "Overpackers Not-so Anonymous" like me then feel free to laugh at everyone who tells you not to pack so much. My over packing helped me survive the extra week. 5. What we refer to as "fanny packs" are known as "bun bags" in England. Turns out that in their culture "fanny" means "vagina". I learned that one the hard way. 6. For those of you who are not fans of the typical English breakfast shown below head to your local grocery store and befriend a jar of Nutella. 7. If you want to look "fashionable" then wear false eyelashes, hair so big it almost rivals Snooki's from Jersey Shore, a bright orange tan, and a denim on denim outfit with Union Jack Ugg boots. If you want to walk around without being laughed at by me then don't wear any of that. Below are some pictures from my trip for your viewing pleasure:
You can see all of London from here (the thing that looks like a ferris wheel). I wasn't willing to wait an hour in line though.
Graffitti
This person was protesting against everything from Marks and Spencer's to Sri Lanka, to concentration camps. It was hilarious. My advice for protesters is to choose ONE thing and run with it; don't protest everything.
Big Ben. Funny story: I almost bought my friend a condom that said, "Have you seen Big Ben?", but then remembered my father's name is Ben and that would just be horrbily awkward.
A "performance artist" whose job is to not really perfom;just stand there like the tin man.
A positive aspect of my extended vacation was that I got to attend London's Alternative Fashion Week. Yes, there was a silver lining.
Oh hey! That's me being very touristy in my trenchcoat which they refer to as a "Mac". Why? I'll google it and get back to you because no one else seemed to know why.
In case you were wondering how I survived the extra week I was lucky enough to have stayed with family during my time there. So, no I was not stranded at the airport. Hallelujah, holla back!
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