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August 10, 2012

Daily Life: July 2012

Each month we feature a post on the Big Picture that gives us a glimpse of daily life in the United States and in many, many countries across the world. For July, we represent a little bit of living from Malaysia, Haiti, Guatemala, UAE, Nepal, Sudan, Serbia, Cuba, China, Japan, Pakistan and India (and a few more I've probably missed.) Enjoy our look at the world. -- Paula Nelson (51 photos total)

Chinese girls take pictures with their mobile phones outside a cinema near a bird cage decoration at a shopping mall in Beijing, China, July 29, 2012. (Andy Wong/Associated Press)

A mirror reflects a roadside barber attending to a customer in New Delhi, India, July 29, 2012. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press) #

A man rides his motorcycle toward the Cathedral in downtown Guatemala City as dawn breaks, July 28, 2012. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press) #

Women cull through piles of charcoal pieces, filling plastic bags to sell, at La Terminal in Guatemala City, July 27, 2012. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press) #

A butcher cleans cow's feet at his stall in a market in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 26, 2012. (Dita Alangkara/Associated Press) #

Girls practice during their ballet class at a dancing school in Haikou, in southern China's Hainan province. (Associated Press) #

A visitor dives into a pool from a water slide at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo, July 28, 2012. (Itsuo Inouye/Associated Press) #

A woman leans into the mouth of a plastic shark to kiss her child at the COEX Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, July 24, 2012. (Hye Soo Nah/Associated Press) #

The flukes of a gray whale appear during an outing by Whale Research EcoExcursions in Depoe Bay, Ore., July 26, 2012. Summer Whale Watch Weekend at Boiler Bay State Park offers an opportunity to see whales and wildlife. (Kevin Clark/The Register-Guard) #

Visitors snap photos of jellyfish at Sumida Aquarium in Tokyo, July 17, 2012. (Itsuo Inouye/Associated Press) #

Clouds are reflected in a glass dome Thursday, July 26, 2012 in Shanghai, China. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press) #

A man talks on a mobile phone in front of a tailor shop in Tokyo Thursday, July 26, 2012. (Koji Sasahara/Associated Press) #

Cubans pose for a picture on a sidewalk in Guantanamo, Cuba, on the eve of the country's Revolution Day, July 25, 2012. Revolution Day marks the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. The attack is considered the beginning of the revolution that culminated with dictator Fulgencio Batista's ouster. (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press) #

A livestock seller pedals his bike, towing his newly acquired pig that he plans to fatten before putting on the market, in Guantanamo, Cuba, July 25, 2012. (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press) #

A couple dance in the streets of Guantanamo, Cuba, on the eve of the country's Revolution Day, July 25, 2012. (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press) #

Brides prepare for a race in central Belgrade, Serbia, July 22, 2012. The winner and two runners-up of the Bridal Race, organized by a local magazine, win awards, including the wedding gown they raced in. (Darko Vojinovic/Associated Press) #

A photographer takes pictures of a newly wed couple in the rain at a garden outside an apartment in Beijing, July 21, 2012. (Andy Wong/Associated Press) #

A Sudanese man sits outside his home as children carry food to cook, July 20, 2012 in Juba, South Sudan. After breaking away from Sudan last year, South Sudan recently celebrated it's first independence anniversary. Over the past year repeated conflict with North Sudan, corruption scandals and economic difficulties have plagued the new country. Further problems caused by the shutdown of its oil production have led to a sharp decline in its currency and a rise in the price of food and fuel. South Sudan is one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

Syrians go about their daily life after hard clashes at Atareb near Aleppo, July 19, 2012. Rebels seized control of all of Syria's border crossings with Iraq on July 19, dealing a new blow to President Bashar al-Assad, as China and Russia dismayed the West by blocking UN action against his regime. (Bulent Kilicbulent Kilic/AFP/GettyImages) #

A red trailer provides the backdrop for riders warming up their horses, July 19, 2012 in the schooling ring for the second day of the Oregon High Desert Classics, a hunter-jumper competition at the J Bar J Ranch east of Bend, Ore. (Rob Kerr/The Bulletin) #

Evan Weber, 9, makes some minor adjustments to his "home-made sailer" while waiting for a gust of wind in his Dubuque, Iowa, driveway, July 18, 2012. (Jeremy Portje/Telegraph Herald) #

An Afghan refugee girl takes a break from searching for useful items in a pile of garbage next to a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, July 19, 2012. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Jessica Dunteman, 9, of Big Rock, Illinois, rests with one of her hogs before their turn to show during the first day of the Kane County Fair in St. Charles, July 18, 2012. (Rick West/Daily Herald) #

Corky Corey sets up lawn ornaments he makes and sells in front of his home during the hot summer weather in Darien, N.Y., July 18, 2012. (David Duprey/Associated Press) #

A visitor squats with an umbrella at the Bund, one of the most famous landmarks of Shanghai, on a hot afternoon, July 19, 2012, in China. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press) #

Newly graduated doctors have their picture taken holding their diplomas after a graduation ceremony at the 'Karl Marx' theater in Havana, Cuba, July 18, 2012. (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press) #

People dance at a square near a rebuilt Ming Dynasty city wall in Beijing, China, July 18, 2012. (Alexander F. Yuan/Associated Press) #

A boy plays in a water feature at the Marina Barrage, a reservoir in the heart of the city-state's business district, July 18, 2012 in Singapore.(Wong Maye-E/Associated Press) #

A woman walks during the midday heat, July 17, 2012, in Philadelphia. Temperatures were expected to reach into the high 90s. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press) #

A Nepalese woman walks carrying a child at Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal, July 17, 2012. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press) #

Children play cricket in the back of a parked truck in Mumbai, India, July 17, 2012.(Rafiq Maqbool/Associated Press) #

Brendan Darling, 13, Jacob Polley, 13, Austin Darling, 14, Isaiah Andreis, 12, and Gabe Andreis, 12, two sets of brothers and a friend, all from Greene, Maine, play in No Name Pond in Lewiston, Maine, July 16, 2012. (Daryn Slover/The Lewiston Sun-Journal) #

Leanne Bazinet of Lewiston, Maine, plays with her 2-year-old daughter, Jazmin Bernier, at No Name Pond in Lewiston, Maine, July 16, 2012. (Daryn Slover/The Lewiston Sun-Journal) #

Veronica Caines, 6, Kianna Roman, 4, Juliann Esola, 5, Aliyah Nguyen, 5, and Jayden Jones, 2, cool off in a wade pool under the watch of Brittany Gonzalez, July 16, 2012, in Philadelphia. Temperatures in Philadelphia reached the low 90s. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press) #

Sunflowers grow in a field in Schodack, N.Y., July 16, 2012. (Mike Groll/Associated Press) #

A woman takes a photo of the Atlantis hotel giant aquarium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 15, 2012. (Kamran Jebreili/Associated Press) #

T.J. Gall untangles a red salmon from his dipnet, July 13, 2012, at the Kenai River’s mouth in Kenai, Alaska. The dipnet fishery is open to Alaskan residents only. Gall said he was happy after catching four fish in about a half hour. (M. Scott Moon/Peninsula Clarion) #

A visitor puts a hand on the glass surface of a tank where a starfish is stuck at Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo, July 14, 2012.(Itsuo Inouye/Associated Press) #

Secondary students kiss at the end of a school day in Guatemala City, July 13, 2012. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press) #

Children play during the 2012 Silver State Stampede mutton busting event at the Elko County Fairgrounds in Elko, Nev., July 12, 2012. This is the 100th anniversary of the Silver State Stampede. (Ross Andreson/Elko Daily Free Press) #

Rufus and 10-year-old Kaden Ongers, charge to join Kaden's brothers Darin and Joseph, both 12, for a cooling splash in Mill Creek near Walla Walla, Wash. (Jeff Horner/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin) #

Pakistani Dawlat Gul, 7, enjoys playing on a swing along with other children on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, July 13, 2012. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A window washer repels a downtown building while cleaning the windows, July 11, 2012, in Atlanta. (David Goldman/Associated Press) #

A man walks through a landfill searching for salvagable items in Petion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 10, 2012. (Dieu Nalio Chery/Associated Press) #

A girl looks at goldfish for sale at a night market in Ipoh, Malaysia, July 10, 2012. Night Markets, which are called 'Pasar Malam', were set up about three decades ago as an alternative for small-time traders to sell their goods in the evenings. (Vincent Thian/Associated Press) #

Cassie Bell, 13, of Blakely, Pa. cools off in a friend's swimming pool, July, 9, 2012 in Blakely, Pa. (Butch Comegys/The Scranton Times-Tribune) #

An Indian man gestures as he looks in a mirror while doing his morning grooming in front of his house in New Delhi, India, July 10, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press) #

Two cats rest on a windowsill in a hutong alley in central Beijing, July 8, 2012. (Alexander F. Yuan/Associated Press) #

Pakistani boys, whose families were displaced by 2010 floods from a village in Pakistan's Sindh province, play pool in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, July 10, 2012. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Levon Hucks and J.P. Cribb prime tobacco at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm, July 7, 2012, in Conway, S.C. (Janet Blackmon Morgan/The Sun News) #

Duck statues, used as props by local commercial photographers, are backdropped by the volcano Atitlan, along the shore of the volcanic lake, in Panajachel, Guatemala, July 7, 2012. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press) #