In places of strife and of peace — in places at the center of globalization, as well as at its edges (if it is possible to distinguish the difference) — we institute amusements.  Some are rooted in ethnic identity, like the defunct park edging the alpine lake of Issyk-Kul, a poignant reification of the ethnic Kyrgyz comprising the majority of the authoritarian former-USSR republic.  Others manifest the collision of west meets east (Cold War style, rather than orientalist) / cartoons meet art, as with Gabaland, high in the Azerbaijan Caucasus Mountains.  And others illuminate the power of the globalist imaginarium, like Mickey Mouse at the edge of a forgotten coastline of the Mediterranean in Tripoli, Lebanon.  Among the things I confront about globalism is the communal human quest for amusement.

On the Route to the Skazka Valley—Abandoned Cultural Heritage Park, Issky-Kul, Kyrgyzstan (2018) ; from the On the Route to Ruins series

On the Route to the Citadel of Tripoli—Dado Land, Tripoli, Lebanon (2018) ; from the On the Route to Ruins series

On the Route to the Karkara Valley—Abandoned Amusement Park, Balykchy, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan (2018) ; from the On the Route to Ruins series

On the Route to Baalbek—Little Minnie Mouse, Amusement Park Off Season, Zahlé-Baalbek Highway, Lebanon (2018) ; from the On the Route to Ruins series

On the Route to Petra—Amusement Preparations, King’s Highway, Jordan (2018) ; from the On the Route to Ruins series

On the Route to Gabaland—Gabaland, Gebele, Azerbaijan (2018) ; from the On the Route to Ruins series

On the Route to the Karkara Valley—Bosteri, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan (2018) ; from the On the Route to Ruins series

On the Route to Gabaland—Gabaland, Gebele, Azerbaijan (2018) ; from the On the Route to Ruins series

On the Route to the Skazka Valley—Abandoned Cultural Heritage Park, Issky-Kul, Kyrgyzstan (2018) ; from the On the Route to Ruins series

On the Route to the Citadel of Tripoli—Dado Land, Tripoli, Lebanon (2018) ; from the On the Route to Ruins series

On the Route to the Karkara Valley—Restaurant outside the amusement park, Bosteri, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan (2018) ; from the On the Route to Ruins series

On the Route to the Karkara Valley—Abandoned Amusement Park, Balykchy, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan (2018) ; from the On the Route to Ruins series

Luna Park, Beirut, Lebanon (2018) ; from On the Route to Ruins series

On the Route to the Citadel of Tripoli—Dado Land, Tripoli, Lebanon (2018) ; from the On the Route to Ruins series

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