Heard In The World

IMG_6125 Heard in St. George, Utah: “Minimum wage hasn’t kept up with the cost of anything. This article shows that in 1949 minimum wage was 75 cents and you could buy a home for $7,900. Now minimum wage is 7.50, so I should be able to buy a house for $80,000 now, right? No way. That’s why Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are so popular. We regular people are tired of being left behind. We need to speak up and make our voices heard. I feel like I won’t be able to make life better for the next generation for the first time since my family has been in this country. It’s like the American Dream is behind us.”
 IMG_6411 Heard in Palm Springs, California: “We’ve been working together at the same home for elderly for 25 years. She’s in laundry and I’m in housekeeping. We’re a continuing care facility, so some of our residents have been with us for decades. We love them, but sometimes it’s hard to watch them fade away. We have one lady who we’ve known for years. She’s always been so vibrant, the life of the party. But now time is catching up and we can see the difference. The other day she heard a beeping in her apartment and thought it was aliens, but it was only the battery in her smoke detector. It’s hard to watch that, because it reminds me of my own age and frailty.”
 IMG_6143 Heard in Chinle, Arizona: “We are visiting from Belgium and spending six weeks here. He has always wanted to drive the famous Route 66, so we are driving all the way from Los Angeles to Oklahoma. And the whole way, he won’t stop singing the song.”
 Sreethi Heard in Loma Vista, California: “I started traveling when I was 21. This was very unusual for an Indian girl in those days. I had finished my Master’s degree and my dad said “It is time for you to go see the world.” My dad was a very liberated man. He didn’t want me to marry immediately but my mom was pestering him to find me a marriage. My dad won.”
 IMG_4191 Heard in Halong Bay, Vietnam: “I think this is the most beautiful place in the world. And because it’s a UNESCO site it’s protected from getting over-developed. I am so lucky I get to work here every day. Someday I want to get married and live in Halong City so my family can look at this view every day.”
 IMG_6377 Heard in Palm Springs, California: “I’ve been drawing caricatures professionally since the 1980’s. Everything has changed since then. Then, it was me, some pencils and a pad of paper. Now I do it on an iPad with a stylus, and people can watch on a big screen as it develops. That part is really cool – people get interested in what’s happening and wonder what the end result will look like. I get to poke gentle fun at people with my art, but still bring out their best qualities. It’s a great job. People line up to see how I see them.
 IMG_6737 Heard in Little Rock, Arkansas: “My two sisters are in Israel right now. The younger one is in the army, and the older one is in university. We’re a very close family, but we don’t have a lot of money. I want to go over there and visit them, so I sell lemonade every weekend when it’s warm. I hope I can get there next year and stay for a month.”
 IMG_5987 Heard in Zion National Park, Utah: “You saw bighorn sheep? A whole herd of them? Wow, that’s really rare. I’ve been working here for years and I can count on one hand how many I have seen. They are usually very shy. They stay away from the trails and the roads because their survival instincts are so strong and they don’t trust humans. You must have something very special about you.”
 IMG_6642 Heard in Scottsdale, Arizona: “It’s interesting how the media manipulates us to believe what the government wants us to. I was young when I moved to this country in the early 80’s and I remember picking up the Boston Globe and reading about how Tito was a dictator. I had just come from Yugolslavia and spent my childhood there, and this was the first time I heard he was a dictator. To us he was a great leader. But the US was anti-communist and this was during the Cold War, so a communist leader could only be a dictator. There really is no such thing as free press when the government manipulates the messages.”
 IMG_5538 Heard in Sacramento, California: “I had a hard time assimilating back into regular life when I got back from my tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. My world was so different, but the people I left behind hadn’t changed. They just didn’t get me anymore. They kept telling me I needed to spend time on my own to get used to things again, but that was the worst thing for me. I had more than enough time alone with the memories and nightmares. What I really needed was to engage with people in a healthy way. That’s when I found this job as a Community Service Guide with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. It’s perfect. I get to talk to people and help them find places to eat and drink and have a good time, and little by little my life is getting back to normal. I’m so grateful for this job and for the people who hired me.”

 

 IMG_5482 Heard in Palm Springs, California: “I was born in Lebanon but spent most of my life in California. Now I live in Abu Dhabi in UAE. Women are treated well there, with a lot of respect. Maybe it is because there is such a large community of western ex-pats but I see it with the local women too. There is no need to wear a head scarf or any traditional clothing. The fashion is definitely more conservative than in western countries, like you wouldn’t want to walk around in short shorts. You could, but you wouldn’t want to.”
 IMG_5632 (2) Heard in Reykjavik, Iceland: “The older generation still believes in elves, but mine not so much. I do, because I am very spiritual and see into different worlds, but most young people don’t believe it. Up north there’s more belief than here in the city, but in the rural areas almost everyone has had experience with the Little People. Maybe that’s because they’re the caretakers of nature and they hide from the cities.”
 IMG_6073 Heard in Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona: “We all work together on the Navajo reservation. Some people are really talented artistically, so they make the jewelry. Some people are really good at buying the supplies at good prices. Some of us are good at selling it. So we all get together and use our talents to benefit everyone. That’s how it’s been for our people for generations, but it’s changing now. We don’t see that cooperative spirit so much in the young people. We try to teach them the old ways, but we can’t force it. We can only hope our people and our traditions can survive the changes.”
 DSC_0688 Heard in Chiang Mai, Thailand: “We study English in school because our teachers say that’s the language the world does business in, so if we want to be successful we have to learn it. We’re here on a school project and want to interview you. So where are you from, why are you here and what do you want us to know about your country?”
 IMG_6406 Heard in Palm Springs, California: “I was drawn to this area because I am a photographer who loves architecture. When this city was built the architecture was spectacular. Now all the older homes are being torn down and replaced with ugly monstrosities. I’m watching my city lose its character and appeal. It’s really sad to me.”
 DSC_0676 Heard in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina: “I grew up here before air conditioning. I remember when my grandparents were alive we would go up on the roof to sleep for three months at a time, it got so hot. When I was a teenager we would take a cushion and pillow and everyone would go down to the river to sleep, where it’s cooler. It’s not like that now with air conditioning. Sometimes I wonder if my kids will have any great memories like that to look back on.”
 MarkMorgan Heard in San Francisco California: “I grew up about an hour north of here. I didn’t start dancing until I was 39, when my mom died. She used to always say she wanted me to dance, but I never did. I’m not sure what she really wanted was to see me dancing on street corners for tips so I can go buy booze, but at least I’m dancing. I do tap because I don’t need a partner. I had one once, but I couldn’t count on her to show up. Tap takes up less space, anyway. The hardhat and vest? No, I’m not in construction. I just make better tips when I wear them.”
DSC_1479 Heard in Napa, California: “I graduated in 1939 from CCNY. At graduation I was qualified to be a teacher but there were no jobs because it was the height of the depression. NYC had this terrible habit. Nobody got hired as a teacher, you could only get hired as a sub. I discovered you could be a sub for 20 years. At that time Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, a Republican, a very liberal man, innovative man, decided he wanted to upgrade his fire and police departments. It was very corrupt then. The only way to get hired or promoted was to know someone. The Italians and particularly the Irish, were running the police department. LaGuardia devised a new system using an IQ test. When that got out, many of the college grads from all the NY colleges, from Fordham, NYU, Columbia, all of them wanted to take the test. I didn’t want to take it. I came from Jewish parents from Russia. My father came when he was 16 to join his brothers, and my mother came when she was 19. They remembered the Cossacks who used to come to the Jewish ghettos every few years to butcher people and do terrible things. As far as my mother was concerned, becoming a police officer was like becoming a Cossack. She took a dim view of it. But I was unemployed, and a friend urged me to take the test and loaned me the $3 I needed to take it. There was an IQ test and a brutal physical test. 30,000 people took the test, and only the top 300 were hired that first year. I was among them. I think I was number 219. And that’s how I became a New York City Cop.”
 Vegas Heard in Las Vegas, Nevada: “Why are some Philippine names so long? Because ethnic Chinese who left China escaped persecution by going to Philippines because they wanted to be Christian and they couldn’t under Communism in China. Once they were baptized in Philippines they changed their names to a Christian first name. Then they took their full first middle last name and combined it to the last name. And now you know why Philippino names are so long.”
 Stuart Heard in Portland, Oregon: “I am here at World Domination Summit as a volunteer because all the tickets were sold out but I still wanted to participate. My wife has done some events with the founders of WDS and their supporters, so that’s how I got involved. She’s an artist and I am helping her with her latest project, which is called Courageous Woman Project. She paints portraits of women who have gone through some kind of struggle or violence or poverty and come through on the other side creating a community around her to support her and give back to the community. Isn’t that an amazing project?”
Heard in the World Heard in Siem Reap, Cambodia: “All of our university students right now are women because they want to be doctors and lawyers, but at that age the boys want motorbikes and cell phones. Now we make them sign a contract that if they quit school they have to pay is back the tuition, which is $250. It’s not a lot for us, but for them it is a ton of money. It helps them stay committed to staying in school if they know they’ll have to pay us back.”

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Heard in the World Heard in Little Petra, Jordan: “I am the third of thirteen children, with six other boys and six girls. My father drinks camel milk every day and it makes him strong.” Petra, Jordan – My Date With a Bedouin
Heard in the World Heard in Ramallah, Palestine: “I got two scholarships for a Masters program in the UK, but I can’t go. My uncle was shot by the Israeli army – there’s a video on YouTube showing it was an execution – and they were afraid of retribution so the next day they rounded up the men in our family for questioning. My older brother and father are still in jail. My brother’s lawyer thinks there may be a way to get him out in 13 months, but my father is stubborn and won’t admit he’s not angry, so he will stay in ‘administrative detention’ indefinitely. Meanwhile my mother has cancer, so it’s my job to stay here to take care of her.” 3 Things About Palestine the Media Doesn’t Want You to Know
Heard in the World Heard in Podgorica, Montenegro: “My English is not so good because when I was growing up we were still Yugoslavia and part of the USSR, so they made us learn Russian instead of English.” Welcome to Montenegro
Heard in the World Heard in Pai, Thailand: “I have a bad problem with my foot, but I still climb these 500 steps every day at sunset so I can meditate in front of the Buddha. I find great peace here.”
Heard in the World Heard in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina: “The war with Serbia was so hard for us. So many people died, and not just soldiers. They shot regular people too. They had snipers shooting people when they tried to cross the street. We had no heat, no food, no running water for years. The winters were the worst. I think we lost more people to the winters than to the guns.” Dive Into Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Heard in the World Heard in Ra’anana, Israel: “I think Israeli kids grow up faster than Americans. Maybe because we always feel threatened, maybe because we know we’re going into the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) when we finish high school. As seniors we get tested for where we’ll be placed in the IDF. The tests are really hard and stressful but everyone goes through it at the same time, so that makes it easier. But still, it would be cool to stay a kid longer.” Israel: Culture of Fear, Moments of Joy
Heard in the World Heard in Can Tho, Vietnam: “We don’t get many westerners in this part of the country, mostly just people who are passing through on their way to somewhere else. I learned English when I lived in Saigon, but I don’t get to use it much out here. It’s nice to practice again. I forget it if I don’t practice.”
Heard in the World Heard in Siem Reap, Cambodia: “The first time I came here I fell in love with the country and the people, and I knew I had to move here. The work we do at the landmine museum is important. People need to know how much danger there still is from landmines and other unexploded ordinance. It’s getting better, though. 25 years ago there were 4,000 injuries a year. This year we’ve had 72 and it’s already October.”

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Heard in the World Heard in Hebron, Palestine: “I used to have a shop on this street, but after the second intifada the Israeli army shut down all the shops on this street so the settlers could pass without any Palestinians allowed on it. They didn’t even pay any restitution. This shop had been in my family for generations, and now I am not even sure if I own it anymore. If I do, it’s not worth anything if I can’t open it.” Hebron: A Hotbed of Unrest in Palestine
Heard in the World Heard in Istanbul, Turkey: “I will be honest, I am spending time with you because I want you to come to my uncle’s shop to look at carpets. You don’t have to buy, just look. But I am honest about it. Integrity is important in our culture. So is family. That’s why when I am not in school or working I try to help bring people into my uncle’s shop. Tourism is way down in Turkey now because everyone thinks it’s unsafe because we share a border with Syria. But Syria is so far away from here we don’t even think about it. Look around – almost no westerners here. All of these people are from Turkey. Turkish people already have rugs so they don’t shop for them here. Without tourism my uncle’s shop might close. Then how will he take care of his family?” Ottoman Days, Istanbul Nights
Heard in the World Heard in Bangkok, Thailand: “Ladyboys are a big part of our culture here in Thailand. It’s totally acceptable. We have some of the best gender reassignment surgeons in the world here.”
Heard in the World Heard in Budapest, Hungary: “We come here every week in the winter to play chess. It’s good to get away from our wives for a few hours and we always feel healthy and refreshed when we leave. The hot water is great in the winter when it’s so cold out, and there’s not so many tourists here in the winter so it doesn’t get too crowded.” Budapest Bath Houses
Heard in the World Heard in Bali Indonesia: “Most of our country is Muslim, but 95% of Bali is Hindu. That’s why you see all these offerings everywhere. It’s part of our religion to make offerings, but it’s also part of our culture.”
Heard in the World Heard in Cairo Egypt: “Men in this country act like they’re religious, but they really aren’t good men. On trains and buses they try to fondle women. If I complain, they try to turn it on me and say it’s because I don’t wear a head scarf. But the women who get it the worst are the ones who cover up completely. I think they make themselves look like victims.”
Heard in the World Heard in Hanoi, Vietnam: “Can we practice our English with you? We want to get really good at it so we can get jobs in the U.S. I’m studying to be an engineer, and he is studying business. We can get jobs here when we graduate, but they don’t pay well. We have to leave the country if we want jobs that pay well.”
Heard in the World Heard in rural Turkey: “We don’t get many tourists out here, especially not western women. So it’s not every day we get to write a traffic day to American ladies.” Driving Through Turkey
Heard in the World Heard in Gili Air, Indonesia: “There’s not much here for boys to do. We’re too young to work and it gets too hot to kick a football around. So we learn music. Everyone I know has a guitar. We sit around and play and sing almost every day.” Patience: The Music of Bali
Heard in the World Heard in Siem Reap, Cambodia: “The New Headway English learning book used around the world is irrelevant crap here. It’s all cocktail party conversations and what to expect at a resort. How could that ever be relevant to a poor orphan in Cambodia? I don’t know what people are thinking when they write that book.”

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Heard in the World Heard in Pescadero, Mexico: “We work shifts of 24 hours at a time, then we go home to La Paz 90 minutes away for 48 hours. We don’t have barracks and it’s too cold to sleep on the beach at night, so we sleep in our car during breaks. It’s better doing police work here than in La Paz because there’s less crime here. The people here are good to us. I think they appreciate us here more because it’s so remote. In a big city people take the police for granted.” Geckos, Gringos and Greased Palms Times: Lessons From Rural Baja
Heard in the World Heard in Can Tho, Vietnam: “We work hard all the time, but we are with our family and our friends, so it’s fun work. We tell stories and laugh all day while we work. It makes time go fast.”
Heard in the World Heard in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia: “We’re like a family here. We share all the work, all the tips, everything. We take care of each other. We love each other. It’s a good way to work.”
Heard in the World Heard in Hebron, West Bank, Palestine: “We are not just asking for peace. We need it. Unemployment in Palestine is over 50%. We don’t build factories because we know they will be destroyed by the Israelis in the next war. We have nothing left to give up. We used to be able to use the airport in Tel Aviv. Now we can’t. We’re stuck with nowhere to go back to. So we need peace so we can go forward.” Hebron: A Hotbed of Unrest in Palestine
Heard in the World Heard in Ra’anana, Israel: “I’m not sure how being in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) is preparing me for adulthood. It’s just something we all do. I’m sure I’m learning life skills, but I won’t really know what they are until later when I start working. For now I’m just happy I’m lucky enough to be stationed so close to my family. I get to go home every night, but most of the people I’m stationed with aren’t that fortunate.” Shabbat in Israel: Everything You Need to Know
Heard in the World Heard in Ramallah, Palestine: “The best solution? One state. No Palestine, no Israel. Jews and Muslims lived side by side for centuries here without problems. Why can’t we do that now? It’s not the Jews we have problems with, it’s their armies.” 3 Things About Palestine the Media Doesn’t Want You to Know
Heard in the World Heard in Baja, Mexico: “There is no gas for hours in either direction. People who don’t know this get stuck in the desert sometimes. We have no gas station here, so a couple of times a week I make the trip and fill up the cans so I can sell it here to people passing through. Sure, I sell it for a profit, but it helps the drivers and it’s how my family survives.” Pescadero, Mexico: Surf Casitas and Starry Nights
Heard in the World Heard in Jerusalem, Israel: “You can take a picture, but don’t show my face. Wearing this uniform means I have a target on my back.” Israel: Culture of Fear, Moments of Joy
Heard in the World Heard in San Francisco, California: “The tech companies are changing everything in this city. It’s not just housing costs, it’s the restaurant business too. Catering used to just be for special occasions, but now tech companies are feeding their employees every day. If you own a restaurant in this city, you can’t survive anymore unless you also do catering. Catering is completely different from how we run the restaurant. We had to learn that the hard way.”
Heard in the World Heard in Bali, Indonesia: “I’ve lived here my whole life. I live right next to the airport and I see planes coming and going all day but I’ve never been off this island. But every day I get to meet people from all over the world, so that’s like traveling without spending any money. If I could, I’d go see India. And Italy. And California. ”
Heard in the World Heard in Austin, Texas: “I started in retail, selling shoes, but coffee is so much more fun, especially since we stay true to real coffee practices. And we’re the flagship Tom’s coffee location, so it’s exciting to be part of the community we’re creating here. How much of our coffee is fair trade? 100% of course!”
Heard in the World Heard in Ubud, Bali Indonesia: “Taxi drivers need a special license, but anyone who owns a motorbike can drive people around. The taxi drivers hate that. My uncle is a taxi driver but he doesn’t mind me driving people on my bike as long as I don’t take customers away from him. He knows it’s the only way to make money around here. If the tourists stopped coming we would all starve.”
Heard in the World Heard in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina: “Before the war with Serbia we had a strong economy. We had airplane manufacturing plants here, and there were jobs for everything from engineering to metal working. Now we have no jobs. Our constitution is so complicated that no one wants to build factories in a country with three presidents.”
Heard in the World Heard in Hebron, Palestine: “Of course I belong here. I have a title to this land going back to the Ottoman Empire. That’s how long this land has been in my family. Now they call me a ‘settler’ because my passport says I am an Israeli living in land Palestinians think should be theirs. Why shouldn’t we be allowed to carry guns to defend ourselves? There’s almost 200,000 of them and only a handful of us. They throw rocks at us when the army isn’t looking, and in 1929, before Israel even existed, the Arabs massacred almost 70 Jews living here. The Palestinians will never accept us peacefully, which is why we need the army to stay here.” Hebron: A Hotbed of Unrest in Palestine
Heard in the World Heard in La Paz, Mexico: “This job doesn’t pay so well, but it’s a much better job than construction. Those guys are out in the hot sun all day. At least here I have some shade. And I get tips, too. The locals don’t tip so well because they’re as poor as I am. There’s only one gas company in all of Mexico and it’s controlled by the government. They’ve raised the price three times in the last year, even though I see on the internet that oil prices are low.” Pescadero, Mexico: Surf Casitas and Starry Nights

 

 Heard In The World Heard in Ihlara Valley, Turkey: “I lived in London for ten years and had a restaurant. Now my son lives in London and my daughter lives in London. But my wife? She doesn’t speak a word of English.” Spires, Caves, and Power Turk – Cappadocia, Turkey
 Heard In The World Heard in San Francisco, California: “We got kicked out of our apartment this morning under an Ellis Act eviction, and we have nowhere to stay. So I am here making poems for people while my girlfriend is busy tackling all the red tape to find us a place to live tonight.”
 Heard In The World Heard in Istanbul, Turkey: “We don’t expect any trouble, but for the past few years we’ve kept a close eye on the Taksim area because that’s where protesters are most likely to gather. If we have a strong presence here there’s less likely to be problems. With the election coming up, it’s important not to have any issues.” Ottoman Days, Istanbul Nights
 Heard In The World Heard in Little Petra, Jordan: “If you mash these grasses together and add a little water, it makes an oil that softens your skin and is good for your muscles. Bedouins learn these things before we can walk or talk. Nature provides us with everything we need in life. Except wifi. Nature can’t give us that.” Petra, Jordan – My Date With a Bedouin
 Heard In The World Heard in Portland, Oregon: “My superpower is being able to take things apart and put them back together again. Anything mechanical is easy for me. Have you heard of tall bikes? That’s when you stack one bike on top of another to make a really tall bike. I’m working on building one of those now.”
 Heard In The World Heard in San Francisco, California: “For three years I worked in a job serving people with mental illness and substance abuse problems. It’s really rewarding, because you feel like you’re doing something meaningful, but at the same time it can really get to you. After three years I couldn’t take it anymore. I’ve been doing these tours for eight months now and I love it. I still get to work with people, but now I get to see the more positive side of them.”
 Heard In The World Heard in Istanbul, Turkey: “Everyone is talking about the election in November. It’s the first time our government hasn’t been able to form a coalition in decades. It’s also the first time the Kurdish party got so much support, which has the ruling party scared. It’s not because they’re Kurds, it’s because they represent liberal ideas, like gay equality. That has our conservative party worried. Lots of young people, especially in the cities, support more liberal policies. It’s an interesting time for our country.”
 Heard In The World Heard in Goreme, Turkey: “Why is there so much construction? Because we have a big election in November and people have short memories. So the government puts people to work before an election because they’ll hope to keep their jobs if the AKP wins.”
 Heard In The World Heard in Goreme, Turkey: “Of course you can’t find anyone who supports the AKP party. The people you interact with are all educated and speak multiple languages. Those people don’t support the AKP. AKP has been in power for 13 years, and they have changed the education system 13 times in that period. They don’t want an educated society, because educated people stand up to their policies.”
 Heard In The World Heard in Loma Vista, California: “The two years I spent in Saudi Arabia studying to be a Muslim were some of the best of my life. The people there are so kind, and all my needs were cared for. I loved wearing a burka. It made my skin so soft and I never felt safer or more secure than when I wore it. I would wear one here every day if I could.”
 Heard In The World Heard in Wadi Rum, Jordan: “I own this camp for tourists and someday, inshallah, my son will own it. It’s good that people come here, even if it’s only for a day. Our way of life is important. It’s simple, but it serves us well. Now technology is important too – it’s hard to do business without it. But in the end, nature is the most important thing, and I think that’s what people learn when they come here.” Wadi Rum Jordan: Stranded in the Desert
Heard In The World Heard in Pocitelj, Bosnia-Herzegovina: (population: 39): “You want a photo? How is my hair? Maybe I should make a sexy pose?” Dive Into Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Heard In The World Heard in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina: “Don’t talk to me about how great democracy is. If I have a place to live and a safe place for my children to grow up, that’s what I call democracy.” Dive Into Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Heard In The World Heard in Kotor, Montenegro: “We live like bears. We work 100 days straight, two jobs, during the summer, but then there’s no work all winter. Today I will drive for 8 hours and cross 4 borders, then go to work as a waiter. Waiters and bartenders only make one euro an hour. I want to open a business in wine tourism, doing tastings and excursions, but it’s hard because our tourism season is so short.”
Heard In The World Heard in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina: “Most guys want to get married around 28, but you have to have a good job first. We have 40% overall unemployment, but it’s around 65% for young people. We’re not part of the EU or in the Schengen zone, so we can’t get jobs outside of Bosnia. You can’t open a factory here because taxes are so high. If I pay you 1,000 euro, I have to pay 750 euro to the government. I have a degree in economics but I can’t use it here.” Dive Into Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Heard In The World Heard in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina: “Capitalism is a shit system for me. Under communism we had free school and healthcare. Everyone was middle class. When we were communist, Yugoslavia was one of the top five economies in Europe. We had manufacturing, mining and 20 million tourists a year. Now we have rich people and poor people. If I don’t have money for books my children don’t get an education. Yugoslavia was the last communist country in Europe after the Berlin wall fell. We had no pressures here, but then Tito died and the US and Russia put all this pressure on us to join one side or the other. We don’t want to join sides. We just want to be left alone.” Dive Into Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Heard In The World Heard in Pescadero, Mexico: “This is hard work. It gets hot walking up and down the sand every day, but I do it to support my family. My family is everything to me, and God. God and my family saved my life. I used to hang out with bad people and I got into drugs, but I found God and was able to quit. I didn’t want my children to grow up seeing me get high. Now I have to stay away from my old friends. I go to work and earn what I can and then I go home to my family. It’s a hard life but I am grateful for it.”
Diana Heard in New York City: “Voting rights as a civil rights issue matters because voting is the most important part of democracy. If all citizens don’t have the same access to voting, why bother calling it democracy?”
IMG_2965 Heard in Berkeley, California: “I was inspired to start this project right around the time of the first Gulf War in the early 90’s. I’m an artist, but I also needed a way to make money and I didn’t want to sell things I didnt believe in promoting. Peace is something I really want to promote, so now I get to use my clay working and jeweler skills at the same time. So far I’ve made more than a half-million peace pieces.”
amido Heard in Prague, Czech Republic: “I came here as a tourist 10 years ago and stayed because I love it. Here I can be free. If I live in France I have to live up to my father’s idea of who I should be. If I live in Algeria I have to fit into my uncles’ and cousins’ ideas of how I fit into the family. Here I just am me. Westerners call all of the North African tribes Berber but really there are dozens of tribes. We call ourselves Amazigh, which sort of means courage and freedom.”
Jules Heard in Austin, Texas: “I created this gig. I’ve been taking pictures of the art on these walls since 2011 because it’s always changing and I don’t want us to lose even one piece of this creativity. I just did it for me, for my own passion. Then they suddenly showed up with this trailer and just like that I was running a gift shop. I’m telling you, the Universe always provides.” Chasing Austin’s Wall Art – 16 Favorite Murals
American Pride Heard in San Francisco: “I kind of threw this outfit together for the occasion. I bought the jacket last week and sewed the leg warmers this week. I’ve had the hair forever. This Supreme Court ruling is a really momentous occasion for me. My husband and I were one of the first couples to challenge the state of California to marry and we even got our picture in Time Magazine because we’re also mixed race. All of a sudden I was like holy shit, what have I taken on? So even though we already went through our trials, this a great thing for our country. This ruling is the equivalent of the one in 1967 that finally made it legal in all 50 states for mixed-race couple to marry, and today no one even thinks twice about that. This is how democracy is supposed to work and why our Constitution was written the way it was. I’m sorry it took so long, but I’m also proud to be American this week and it gives the Pride celebration that much more meaning.” American Pride
DSC_0115 Heard in San Francisco: “We are visiting from China. We don’t have democracy there, so this is a new experience for us. It is good to see that so many Americans appreciate what they have here.”  American Pride
IMG_2641 Heard in San Francisco: “We’re sixteen years old. We’re not gay but we have friends who are. Even if we didn’t, we’d still come out in support. They try to teach us about democracy and government in school, but this is our first chance to really see the system in action.”  American Pride
 
 heard in the world Heard in San Francisco: “Personal drones are a real thing and will only get more popular as the technology gets cheaper. I agree we need some sort of regulation because not everyone has good intentions and not everyone knows how to fly them. Like if I was driving a car and one of these dropped in front of my windshield and I get in a wreck, how is liability assigned? And how can it be proved? I’d like to be part of that conversation about designing new regulations. It’s one of the most interesting issues to come up in a long time.”
 heard in the world Heard in San Antonio, Texas: “This is what I wear on vacation.”
 heard in the world Heard in Austin, Texas: “Barbecue is going through a renaissance period. Everyone thinks they need to make it Tex-Mex, or gourmet, or healthy. Not me. I like my barbecue old-school – just the meat and the sauce. That’s how it should be.” Food Porn City: Eat Your Way Through Austin
 heard in the world Heard in Austin, Texas: “I am the third generation running this restaurant and my son is the fourth. He just graduated from college. I studied special ed and was a teacher for years before I came back to take over the business. Even though I  was an only child my parents never pressured me to do anything but what I wanted to do.” The Original Hoffbrau in Austin
 heard in the world Heard in Austin, Texas: “We’re from Australia, north of Brisbane. We love Austin – this is our fourth trip here. We always plan our trips around the Lone Star Car Show. And our favorite place to hang out is South Congress. There’s just so much to see and do here. The people watching is the best part. My outfit? Oh, I made it myself.” South Congress Street: 5 Things to Do Deep in the Heart of Austin
 heard in the world Heard in San Francisco: “I take my inspiration from real life happening all around me, especially political, cultural and social issues. This piece I’m working on now is a genetically engineered sunflower attacking San Francisco.”
 heard in the world Heard in Austin, Texas: “How do you come up with ideas for your art?”
“They walk past me every day.”
“So your art is just normal people seen in a more beautiful way?”
“I’m not sure everyone would agree it’s a more beautiful way. Let’s just call it a more creative way.” South Congress Street: 5 Things to Do Deep in the Heart of Austin
heard in the world Heard in Austin, Texas: “If I could change one thing about the world? Let’s see. I’d give little Asian kids a vacation. Did you know they have to go to school all year long over there?” Austin’s Hidden Speakeasy
heard in the world Heard in Austin, Texas: “Tell me something about your body art.”“This one is Quan Yin, the Buddhist goddess of compassion. It is said she put peacocks on the earth because their feathers look like eyes, so they watch over people and animals to make sure they’re treating each other kindly. I’ve always loved cherry blossoms and think hummingbirds are beautiful. This is a Thai elephant. Elephants have great memories and I am a recovering addict and the elephant helps me to never forget where I came from. I’ll have 9 years in 4 months in October, and I didn’t start getting heavily tattooed until I got sober.”
heard in the world Heard in San Antonio, Texas: “I was a nine-time world racing champion. This hat has a serial number registered at Ferrari, so you know it’s authentic. Did you know that redhead in Italian is testarossa, like the car?”
heard in the world Heard in Austin, Texas: “My wife and I used to live in the Bay Area but when we learned our second child was coming we realized we couldn’t afford to live there anymore. I saw a job posted on the internal Apple job board and took a few vacation days to come down and check it out. I told my wife the worst thing that can happen is that we don’t like it here and we move back. So far we love it. I drove Lyft in the Bay Area too. There, people just wanted to get where they were going. Here people like to chat. I laugh when people complain about traffic here. It’s nothing like it was in the Bay Area but since it is all they know, they think this is bad.” Austin Tech Boom is a Bust for Locals
heard in the world Heard in New York City: “I came from Russia 12 years ago to go to Juliard for cello. I didn’t pick the cello, it was picked for me when I was six, but I stick with it because I love its rich tones. I still play concerts around the country and the world, but my day job is in procurement for an investment company. My favorite place I got to play was in Recife, Brazil. Nearby is a town named Olinda that has the most beautiful colored homes. I am surprised to see football, I mean soccer, being shown in a US bar, it’s very unusual. In St. Petersburg, where I came from, the population is 5 million but there is only one football stadium that only holds 21,000 people, so things get crazy in the city when the local team is playing. They are supposed to be building a new stadium in time for the 2018 World Cup to hold around 65,000 people, but the project has already missed about 20 deadlines and the price tag went from $250 million to $1 billion. Everyone is guessing whether it will be built on time, how much it will cost, and how long it will last.”
heard in the world Seen in Santa Cruz, California.
heard in the world Heard in an UberPool car: “Too many people ‘wait’ to be happy – until they have more money, or weigh less, or have a different job. I wrote a book that helps people learn how to be happy NOW instead of waiting for someday. I’ve just launched a YouTube series for kids, too, so they can learn early that they are in charge of their own happiness.” Learn more at YeahDave.com
Heard in the World Heard in San Francisco: “I work for commission and tips selling concessions at Giants games at AT&T Park. I love the ballgames and I love dancing for the fans. I started this job 14 years ago when I was 60 but I’ve been dancing since long before that. I love bluegrass and zydeco. They used to have this festival outside of Sacramento where I got the nickname Crazy Legs Howard because once I start dancing I don’t stop. I’m all over YouTube and the Internet now. Check me out!”
heard in the world Heard in Bethesda, Maryland: “I was born in Milan to Persian/Greek parents, and I lost a fortune in my Iranian import/export business in the Islamic Revolution of ’79. Then my successful restaurant in Montreal failed after NAFTA was signed. Now I sell ladies handbags at Macy’s.”
heard in the world Heard in San Francisco: “Jason Branch, at your service. Box clerk turned barkeep.”
“Is that sweater from when you worked at the Post Office?”
“No, it’s vintage. My mom found it at an estate sale and bought it for me because she was so proud of me.”
“For working at the postal service?”
“No, because I was able to pass the government background check.”

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