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“Until the lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.” African Proverb (Ewé, Mina) Ever since arriving in Salzburg, Austria almost two weeks ago, I have tried to find words and images that might effectively describe everything that is happening. Sure, a picture can say a thousand words, but words themselves are rather limited in their capacity to accurately translate, one-to-one, the richness of a direct or authentic experience. Anything, that I write or photograph will always fall somewhat short of the actual event. However, it is important that I attempt to transcend the boundaries of language (both written and visual) in an earnest effort to share with you what I have been experiencing here. Firstly, I have never felt more alive. The air is crisp and the views are breathtaking. Clouds blend into mountain peaks which roll into lush hills lined with trees and open fields. Somewhere between all of that, narrow roads bend between humble homes and noble abodes. The entire scene is something out of a movie. Literally. (The Sound of Music was filmed here and tourists from all over the world flock the city to take photographs of locations and landmarks used during filming). The whole thing is completely beautiful and bizarre at best. Ironically, along with the elation of being alive, comes the heartbreakingly concrete awareness of my own mortality—understanding the fact that someday, I too, will die. Perhaps this realization is simply one that develops with age. Either way, the first of only two absolute truths is this: LIFE is DEATH. Regardless of what one believes of...