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May 3, 2013

Daily Life: April 2013

I look forward each month to browsing the compilation of "slice of life" images from around the world. They offer us a visual break, if you will, from the tragedies, disasters, wars and violence seemingly so pervasive in our world. Through these images, we can immerse ourselves in the simplicity of everyday life. Daily Life: April 2013 takes us to North and South Korea, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Spain, Indonesia, China, Russia; and around the United States to California, Texas, Maine, Florida, Kansas, Washington state, and more. Enjoy.--- Paula Nelson ( 49 photos total)

A village boy holds a traditional handmade umbrella as he keeps watch over cattle grazing in the field on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, April 20, 2013. (Biswaranjan Rout/Associated Press)

A Palestinian man sells toffee apples on the beach at sunset in the central Gaza strip, April 9, 2013. (ALI ALI/EPA)#

Workers clean a function room, April 23, 2013, in Singapore. (Wong Maye-E/Associated Press)#

Greek men play chess at the Faliron coastal zone near Athens, April 18, 2013. (Petros Giannakouris/Associated Press)#

The grand champion goat is led back to its pen after sale as part of the 45th annual Lamar County Junior Livestock Show, April 12, 2013 in Paris, Texas. (Sam Craft/The Paris News)#

Auctioneer, Wayne Yoder, announces a bid from the crowd during the 9th annual Midwest Select Draft and Driving Horse Sale at the Alliant Energy Center arena in Madison, Wis., April 12, 2013. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal)#

Female honor guards perform before tourists at the Korean War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, April 19, 2013. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)#

Honor guards perform before tourists at the Korean War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, April 19, 2013. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)#

A Palestinian girl holds a toy gun outside her home while playing with other children in the east of Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, April 25, 2013. (ALI ALI/EPA)#

Mari Carmen, 80-years old, walks her dog alongside spring flowers, in Pamplona northern Spain, April 24, 2013. (Alvaro Barrientos/Associated Press)#

Qara Johnson, 10, of Benton, Ark., wears beekeeping clothing before a beginner's beekeeping program for children presented by the University of Arkansas Agricultural Extension Service at Two Rivers Park in Little Rock, Ark., April 24, 2013. (Danny Johnston/Associated Press)#

Indonesian women shop for headscarves at a craft exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 25, 2013. (Dita Alangkara/Associated Press)#

Dylan Starck, 9, of Fridley, Minn. catches snowflakes before the Minnesota Twins baseball game at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., April 12, 2013. (Ben Garvin/The St. Paul Pioneer Press)#

A young couple in Red Square during a warm evening, April 18, 2013, St. Basil Cathedral is in the background. Warm weather arrived in Moscow with temperatures around 18 degrees Celsius (64 F). (Alexander Zemlianichenko/Associated Press)#

Windy and wet weather greeted commuters as they tried to get to their offices in downtown Jacksonville, Fla., Apr. 22, 2013, as storms moved through the Southeast. The wind played havoc with umbrellas and hairstyles as people crossed Bay Street at Main Street. (Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union)#

Miss Texas, DaNae Couch, talks to 4th-grade girls at Martinez Elementary School, April 26, 2013, in Abilene, Texas. Couch spoke about gaining scholarship money to pay for law school, learning to twirl and answered questions about her lifestyle and footwear. (Nellie Doneva/The Abilene Reporter-News) #

Campus School 2nd graders, Hedwig Dodds, Amaria Anderson, Sofia Amis and Willow Mullins, catch a stray butterfly during the University of Memphis Earth Day Event at U of M's Urban Garden, April 18, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn. In addition to crafts, educational demonstrations, and music, U of M students released some 150 butterflies in the garden. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal)#

Spanish bullfighter, Francisco Marco, performs with his assistant during a bullfighter class, in Pamplona northern Spain, April 21, 2013. (Alvaro Barrientos/Associated Press)#

A fisherman brings in his line at the end of the day as the sun sets behind the Olympic Mountains in Dyes Inlet, Bremerton, Wash., April 25, 2013. (Kitsap Sun, Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun)#

A resident walks beside a church at Guryong Village with a backdrop of high-rise buildings of Seoul's wealthiest Gangnam district, Seoul, South Korea, April 16, 2013. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)#

A sales clerk reads at her kiosk in downtown Seoul, South Korea, April 24, 2013. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)#

A North Korean traffic policeman stands at an intersection in Kaesong, North Korea, April 23, 2013. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press)#

Two men chat on a street in Seoul's Gangnam district, in South Korea, April 17, 2013. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)#

Ashoor Mohammad, 60, waits for customers on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, April 24, 2013. (Rahmat Gul/Associated Press)#

An elderly Afghan laborer works at a local brick factory on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013. (Rahmat Gul/Associated Press)#

Jenny Baxter and Steve Swartz, apply tar to the rigging on the schooner Mary Day, April, 5, 2013, in Camden, Maine. The two crew members began their task 70 feet above the water. The Mary Day, a 90-foot windjammer built specifically for passenger cruises, will kick off its 51st summer sailing season in late May. (Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)#

A man is framed by a reflection of the facade of the Axel Springer house in Berlin, April 29, 2013. (Ole Spata/Associated Press)#

Workers take advantage of the region's mild weather, as they prepare a house to be repainted near New Vernon, N.J., April 16, 2013. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)#

Shiekh Irfan dyes fabric in Lahore, Pakistan, April 30, 2013. Irfan earns around 1000 rupees ($10 U.S). (K.M. Chaudary/Associated Press)#

A child jumps to reach his laundry in a back alley in Shanghai, China, April 30, 2013. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press)#

An Indonesian Muslim woman with a 3D art during a Trick Art exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 29, 2013. (Tatan Syuflana/Associated Press)#

A bride gets help as she dresses for a wedding photo in Tokyo, April 19, 2013.(Itsuo Inouye/Associated Press)#

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School second grade student Ella Hassett, 8, helps to plant the new rain garden at Kiwanis Park in Bremerton, Wash., April 24, 2013 The event was an Arbor Day and Earth Day celebration. (Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun)#

Kevin Cronk and Duane Ewigman, both marble masons with Carthage Stoneworks, install one of four bronze plaques, April 24, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. The park, previously named the Kansas City Sculpture Park, has been renamed the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, in honor of Hall's three decades of support to the museum. (Allison Long/The Kansas City Star)#

Mia Cyger, 10, stands at the top of the trail and sketches the area as fellow student Allison Boden, 10, watches at the edge of Murden Creek behind the Bainbridge Island, Wash. school, April 25, 2013. (Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun) #

Afghan refugee boys play on a hill near the slum where they live with their families, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, April 12, 2013. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the U.N. refugee agency. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)#

A woman and her child ride in the back of a taxi in Kolkata, India, April 15, 2013. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

Lester Noyes cruises in his 1906 Cadillac, April 25, 2013, near his home in Falmouth, Maine. The 107-year-old antique car has a single-cylinder engine that starts with a hand crank and features a wooden body. (Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)#

Joe Hayes and his daughter Kate Hayes from Chicago drive a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT in Tehama County, Calif., April 29, 2013, as part of the Mille Miglia ride through Northern California. Hayes was one of 65 vintage sports car enthusiasts participating in the drive that is a salute to the Italian Mille Miglia race conducted from 1927-1957. (Greg Barnette/The Record Searchlight)#

Jennifer Young sits in a living room chair while riding the subway to her home in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 18, 2013. "She's riding first class," said fellow passenger Cecil Campbell, "you just need a glass of wine now," he added. Young, who bought the chair at a Manhattan store, joined many New Yorkers who take advantage of the efficiency of the city subway-- part of "North America's largest public transit system," according to the MTA, to move large appliances and furniture for the cost of a subway ride. (Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press)#

A Palestinian man washes his horses in the Mediterranean sea at sunset in the central Gaza strip, April 19, 2013. (Ali Ali/EPA)#

Tom Karvosky teaches his daughter, Brooke Karvosky, to fly fish in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown, Conn., April 27, 2013. (Jessica Hill/Associated Press)#

Digital librarian Sharon Schwartz hosts a workshop on using the Kindle Fire to borrow eBooks, April 3, 2013, at Oshkosh Public Library to a group of participants including Sharon Riemer, Donna Stevenson and Bob Gill. E-Book downloads at OPL increased 268 percent between 2011 and 2012. (Shu-Ling Zhou/The Oshkosh Northwestern)#

Heather Boyle, 22, and Lance Ippolito, 24, learn to dance the rumba, April 16, 2013, at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. Dozens of business students took ballroom dancing lessons. The students are part of the Corporate Mentor Program and they are the first in their families to go to college. The aim of the dancing lessons is to teach them poise and confidence for their future careers. (Edmund D. Fountain/The Tampa Bay Times)#

People take photos and video as Ross Lynch and Laura Marano, stars of the Disney TV show "Austin & Ally," arrive at the Kidz Expo at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., April 23, 2013. (Doug Strickland/Chattanooga Times Free Press)#

A newly wedded couple pose for wedding pictures among purple flowers of Chinese violet cress in a park at dusk in Beijing, China, April 28, 2013. (Alexander F. Yuan/Associated Press)#

A woman holds a rose while looking at books on International Book Day, in Pamplona northern Spain, April 23, 2013. (Alvaro Barrientos/Associated Press)#

A full moon rises behind a statue of a Kansa Indian on top of the Kansas Statehouse, April 24, 2013, in Topeka, Kan. (Charlie Riedel/Associated Press)#

Tulips soak in the spring sunshine at the Plains District Memorial Park in Timberville, Va., April 16, 2013. (Nikki Fox/Daily News-Record)#