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July 6, 2012

Daily life: June 2012

In the post that follows for the month of June, I've collected images from many places. Single images from Guatemala, Lisbon, California, Israel, Australia, Nepal and Pakistan. Small "picture groupings" from Greece (a country in the news for the challenges it faces economically), from Pakistan (attending classes at a madrasah and outside a brick factory), from China (fun in the sand and eclectic street scenes), from Spain (the Corpus Christi procession and an intimate moment on the street), from Thailand (life in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border and lessons in an Islamic school). Visual slices of life around the world. -- Paula Nelson (54 photos total)

A Chinese couple bury their children in the sand on a manmade beach in a Beijing park, June 16, 2012. (Andy Wong/Associated Press)

An Israeli man digs a hole in the sand at Tel Aviv's beach, Israel, June 4, 2012. (Oded Balilty/Associated Press) #

A security guard stands near a painted wall on a hazy day in Beijing, June 18, 2012. (Alexander F. Yuan/Associated Press) #

Chefs move a food cart outside a new car dealership for its opening celebrations in Beijing, June 18, 2012. (Alexander F. Yuan/Associated Press) #

A pedestrian runs across Bay Street in Toronto's financial district, June 14, 2012. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press) #

A young woman, a member of Lisbon's Alfama neighborhood association, practices before taking part in Lisbon's popular parade during the Popular Saints festivities, June 12, 2012. During these celebrations, old Lisbon's neighborhood associations parade during Saint Anthony's Day to compete for the best overall parade, music, costume and choreography. (Francisco Seco/Associated Press) #

A Pakistani girl sits on a merry-go-round, hoping to have a free ride, at an entertainment park in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, June 13, 2012. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A couple dance in a public park in Guatemala City, June 13, 2012. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press) #

Ceramic statues of Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China, are displayed for sale at a street antique shop, June 13, 2012 in Shanghai, China. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press) #

A child plays between two cartoon military statues on display outside a shopping mall in Beijing, June 14, 2012. (Andy Wong/Associated Press) #

Pakistani girl Saima Hashim, 5, whose family was displaced by 2010 floods from a village in Pakistan's Sindh province, lives in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, June 18, 2012. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A family begs on the street, June 13, 2012 in Athens, Greece. The Greek electorate went to the polls in a re-run of the general election, June 17, 2012 after no combination of political parties were able to form a coalition government. The general election could determine whether Greece retains the Euro as its currency. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

A woman begs for money outside a church in Omonoia, June 12, 2012 in Athens, Greece. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

A woman and child rest in their shelter in the converted back of a pickup truck in Psyrri, June 12, 2012 in Athens, Greece. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

Members of the public buy fruit and vegetables from a street market in Omonoia, June 12, 2012 in Athens, Greece. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

Members of the public peruse items for sale in a discount '1 Euro' shop, June 13, 2012 in Athens, Greece. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

The Dafni district of Athens at sunset, June 11, 2012 in Athens, Greece. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

A man begs on the street in Syntagma Square near Parliament, June 11, 2012 in Athens, Greece. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

A man cycles along an empty street, June 11, 2012 in Athens, Greece. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

A man runs onto a bridge over a canal in Santos, Brazil, June 5, 2012. (Yasuyoshi Chibayasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/GettyImages) #

A woman is soaked by a wave at Bronte Beach, June 6, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. Wind speeds of up to 127km/h were recorded as Sydney was lashed by wild weather caused by the arrival of a low pressure system. A high tide and a large swell heightened the risk of sand erosion at local beaches on the NSW coast. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) #

A couple kisses in downtown Madrid, June 9, 2012. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press) #

Women take part in a Corpus Christi procession in Calle Mayor, Madrid, Spain, June 10, 2012. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press) #

A young girl prays during a Corpus Christi procession in Sol square, Madrid, June 10, 2012. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press) #

Jewelry repair specialist, Ramses Said, examines a heart pendant after he reaffixed the top loop in his booth in New York's Diamond District. Said, 51, from Cairo, Egypt, has been working in his family's business since he was 14 years old. (Richard Drew/Associated Press) #

Anthony Smith, 7, gets a close-up view of a Monarch butterfly inside a butterfly tent at the annual "Bugs & Butterflies at Riley" at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto De Caza, Calif., June 3, 2012. (Ana Venegas/The Orange County Register) #

Nepalese children play in front of a closed store near Durbar Square in Katmandu, Nepal, June 12, 2012. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press) #

A child talks on his mobile phone as he looks after a street jewelry vender, June 11, 2012 in Shanghai, China. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press) #

A kindergartner buys a drink from a vending machine in Tokyo, June 25, 2012. (Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press) #

Several Polish children play outside of an old wagon in the small Baltic sea coastal town of Hel, north of Gdansk, Poland, June 24, 2012. The discarded train wagons have become home for several families there. (Alvaro Barrientos/Associated Press) #

Israeli Arabs enjoy the beach in Jaffa, a mixed Jewish and Arab part of Tel Aviv, Israel, June 24, 2012. (Oded Balilty/Associated Press) #

North Korean military band members leave after a performance for peasants working in a field in Hwanggumpyong, near the border town of Sinuiju in North Korea seen from across the border with China in Dandong, northeastern China's Liaoning province. (Associated Press) #

Burmese medical staff examine a child at the SMRU hospital inside the Mae La refugee camp, June 6, 2012 in Tak province, Thailand. The camp is situated along the Burma-Thailand border and is home to around 50,000 refugees. Mae La is the largest of nine camps along the Thai border where the Burmese live in a stateless limbo for many years. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

Pah Taw sits on a chair smoking a cigarette at the Karen Handicapped Welfare Association dormitory inside the Mae La refugee camp, June 5, 2012 in Tak province, Thailand. Pah Taw lost his sight and his hands in a land mine explosion while he was a soldier with the KNU. Mae La is the largest of nine camps along the Thai border. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

Burmese girls take a break from their studies at the Haydayatul Uloom Islamic school inside the Mae La refugee camp, June 4, 2012. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

Burmese students sit in class at the Haydayatul Uloom Islamic school inside the Mae La refugee camp, June 4, 2012 . (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A Burmese student studies at the Haydayatul Uloom Islamic school inside the Mae La refugee camp, June 4, 2012 in Tak province, Thailand. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

Burmese boys hold religious studies books at the Haydayatul Uloom Islamic school inside the Mae La refugee camp, June 4, 2012 in Tak province, Thailand. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

Ethnic Karen Burmese students study at a middle school inside the Mae La refugee camp, June 7, 2012 in Tak province, Thailand. The camp is situated along the Burma-Thailand border and is home to around 50,000 refugees. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A Pakistani girl stands in the line with other women and children to receive a ration of rice during a donated food distribution at the Beri Imam shrine, dedicated to the Sufi saint, in Islamabad, Pakistan, June 8, 2012. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Pakistani Layla Hazrat, 5, whose family fled their village due to fighting between security forces and militants in Pakistan's tribal area of Bajur, attends a class to learn how to read verses of the Quran, during her daily madrassa (Islamic school) set up in a local mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, June 7, 2012. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A Pakistani boy who lives near by a brick factory, covers his face with a scarf to avoid a sand storm, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, June 6, 2012. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Pakistani children covered with a mosquito net, sleep in the back of a vehicle parked close to their home, on a roadside on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, June 25, 2012. Many Pakistanis sleep outdoors to escape the heat trapped in their homes during the summer months. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Pakistanis work in a brick factory as rain falls in Islamabad, Pakistan, June 6, 2012. (B.K. Bangash/Associated Press) #

Pakistani children play during a light rain that brings relief from hot weather in Islamabad, Pakistan, June 6, 2012. (B.K. Bangash/Associated Press) #

Pakistani Zareeba Afzal, 27, collects water with other women, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, June 6, 2012. Pakistanis are facing shortages of water due to the low level of water in the country's dams, according to Pakistani Meteorological Department. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Jordanian farmers, Khalefa al Abbadi, 69, and Falah al Abbadi, 50, harvest wheat on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan, June 16, 2012. (Mohammad Hannon/Associated Press) #

A man sits in front of mannequins on display at a shop in Shanghai, China, June 8, 2012. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press) #

Tourists take photos near a panoramic photo of the Houses of Parliament in London, exhibited inside China's National Aquatic Center, also known as the "Water Cube", in Beijing, China, June 7, 2012. The "Water Cube" was the 2008 Beijing Olympic venue for swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, and water-polo. (Alexander F. Yuan/Associated Press) #

Tourists are silhouetted as they look out of the observation deck of the Willis Tower in Chicago. (Sitthixay Ditthavong/Associated Press) #

An honor guard soldier stands in a doorway as a Quechua Indians attend a ceremony at the government palace in La Paz, Bolivia, June 1, 2012. (Juan Karita/Associated Press) #

A Nepalese man prays as he is reflected in a window at Boudhanath Stupa, a World Heritage site, in Katmandu, Nepal, June 6, 2012. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press) #

Nomad women milk buffaloes on the outskirts of Amritsar, India, June 4, 2012. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press) #

The International Space Station appears as a streak of light as it passes over the area at 8:51 p.m. providing a 6 minute long viewing opportunity, June 7, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala. (Hal Yeager/The Birmingham News) #

A Chinese man rides a bicycle across Tiananmen Square before the customary ceremony of lowering the flag, June 9, 2012, in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #
 
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