Oregon-based freelance photographer Michael S. Den Beste (aka “Nite4awk“) has created an absolutely wonderful series of photoshopped images that place the classic comic strip characters Calvin and Hobbes into real photographs.
I was born and raised in Europe (Switzerland). It’s a perfectly fine country in its own right, and I (personally!) believe it’s one of the best countries in Europe for sure.
With that being said, my life changed when I discovered America.
I remember going to the US when I was younger and being amazed at everything I could buy. Everything was so cheap. Not only that, but there was EVERYTHING. Capitalism in the US has created a culture where if you want to sell sweaters for cats, YOU FUCKING CAN. THERE’S A MARKET FOR THAT. I remember flipping a shit when I opened my first SkyMall magazine. America had everything, and I was in shock. I don’t think it’s clear just how excited places like costco made me.
But that wasn’t all.
In my home country, there’s always been this sense of self-defeatism, in the sense that people are extremely realistic and at times pessimistic. You essentially come to terms with the idea that nothing extraordinary will happen to you, sort of, it’s hard to explain. But arriving in America made me realize how different the American spirit is. They were dreamers. The boldest people I had ever met. It was absolutely amazing. Americans aren’t afraid of the impossible, they see it as just another obstacle to surmount. They have this confidence that, while it may lead to mistakes, also leads to the extraordinary, and makes the world go “holy shit that’s incredible.” And in a way, this all makes sense; the people who are today Americans were those who had to tame an entire landscape and survive. They were rugged pioneers and people who clung on to their dreams. This is something that is still see in the American DNA today, and I love it. If you have an insane idea that may change the world, and you believe in it, America is your land. It is the home of the dreamers and shakers. The wildest, most independent minds who refuse to just accept things as is.
In 2008, Singapore Airlines introduced their Suites Class, the most luxurious class of flying that is commercially available.
The Suites were exclusive to their flagship Airbus A380, and they go beyond flat beds by offering enclosed private cabins with sliding doors that cocoon you in your own little lap of luxury. The interior was designed by French luxury yacht designer Jean-Jacques Coste and comes along with a plush soft leather armchair hand-stitched by the Italian master craftsmen Poltrona Frau. Perhaps most well-known of all, Singapore Airlines became the first and only commercial airline with a double bed in the sky.