Sydney, part 2
Is it just me, or is anyone else offended by the town planning laws that allow Starbucks and other such chains of stores to infect our cities like a virus? Seems like every corner had one in
Sydney. It worries me that our city centres are becoming so generic - sad, really.
I've been researching overseas trips on the net, and came across Pun Pun in Thailand - a organic farm which holds workshops in natural building, seed saving, sustainable agriculture, etc.. you can just go for a visit if you can't do a workshop.
That site led me to another one, with 2 to 3 day Thai cooking classes - with the meeting point on the first day in Chiang Mai being....
Now, while I understand that there are probably very good reasons for meeting there (coffee addicted westerners like me can get a familiar-tasting cup and will then probably be much nicer to be with for the rest of the day, plus it's an easily recognisable meeting point)... the idea of going to Thailand to do an authentic cooking course, then beginning the whole experience by meeting at Starbucks just makes me want to say some very unpleasant words.
(yes, I've used that quote before - from The Waifs' Sweetness)
and thanks Petrina for the name of the junk sculpture artist from the last post - it's John Dahlsen. Also, check out the cover of the new Scrapbook Creations to see her beautiful daughter and layout - congrats Petrina!
oh, ignore the date up there - I started writing this post last week, but had computer troubles. It's Monday April 21.