I remember my first arrival in Venice. The boat was shaking and so were we. Although winters in Italy are usually a pleasant thing, La Serenissima (the most serene of all cities) is often piereced by cold currents which can cut to the bone.
I remeber everyone who had already been there had completely conflicting stories of what the city is like:
“Oh, it’s overrated. And the channels smell so bad”
“It is the best city in the world: never seen anything quite like the Carnival”
So which one was it? Well, for me it was love at first sight. It can be a bit claustrophobic if you get phased by large crowds but as soon as you take a random street in the opposite direction of Rialto and San Marco you will soon discover the real charm of the city. As an art history buff I don’t underestimate Venice’s most famous spots, but trust me: its real appeal is away from the crowds.
Grab a gelato and choose the smallest, emptiest street you can find. Getting lost in Venice is a travelling delight and trust me: sooner or later you will reach the central spots again.
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University of Washington is not only one of the best places to study and explore the endless pile of things you want to learn about the world: it has one of the most beautiful campuses out there.
Among the trademarks of the campus scenery are the gorgeous Japanese cherry trees, which cover the Quad in white and pink during the Spring Quarter.
Yoshino cherries originate from Japan and were first planted around 1939 at the Washington Park Arboretum.
“The cherry blossom represents the fertility and beauty of life,” Prof. Tetsuden Kashima said. “In their country, the blossoms are a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful, but it is also tragically short. When the cherry blossoms bloom for a short time each year in force, they serve as a visual reminder of how precious and precarious life is.” Read more
The tradition to weave bracelets and charms from white and red yarn (Martenitsa, Mărțișor, Martinka, Martos) has been around for centuries. The Bulgarian legend goes back to 7th century A.D and the wife of the first khan, while the story of the Romanian Mărțișor is usually traced as far back as the Roman empire. According to the early Roman calendar, before switching to January (in honour of Janus), New Year’s Eve was celebrated on March 1 – called ‘Martius’ (after Mars) just before the equinox in Mid-March.
Last year around this time I spent some time in South-Western Thailand, where I met these adorable little kids from the indigenous Karen community. I had brought some martenitsi for presents and my luck did not fail me: I had just a few bracelets left and they were exactly as many as the children : )
Ah, those adorable youngsters: gleaming even though they have nothing. Meetings like this one really make you re-evaluate your situation in life and appreciate what you’ve got.
Nat Geo Landmarks Assignment: a shot taken in Otztal Naturpark in Austria: home of gorgeous mountain landscapes, gorgeous ski slopes and crisp Alpine air.
Sunny, sapphire blue sky above the magnificent immensity of the mountain.
National Geographic is like my ultimate childhood dream when it comes to Globetrotting, Adventure and Wildlife photography.
They have been doing a great job at developing a community of aspiring photographers through the Your Shot section on the site. It has wonderful (bi)weekly Assignments: curated, assessed and published by inspiring experts in this field where you can see some of the most amazing travel photos from around the world. Take a look around because there are some wonderful photographers out there.
2016 is the centennial year of the US National Park Service and Nat Geo is especially interested in Landmark photos and stories from National parks in the US and around the world
Grandfather cuts loose the ponnies
Above you can see a link to an old shot of mine from Vantage, Eastern Washington: the horses you see there are in fact a series of monumental metal sculptures called Grandfather cuts loose the ponnies.
These steel mustangs, frozen in time by David Govedare is a magnificent and confusing sight, overlooking the Columbia river: art which plays games with your eyes and imagination.
You can read more about it in Atlas Obscura.
Today I was looking at the cool work done by Reddit user Your_Post_As_A_Movie (h/t: ultralinx, you can see some examples of his work below) who takes random photos and turns them into realistically looking witty movie posters.
A friend called me out on this and challenged me to use 3 of my own photos and turn them into fictional film posters.
Here is the first attempt- based on the portrait of a friend whose stunning beauty really reminds me of Olivia Wilde.
Here is the original photo taken during snowboardin:
And the third poster based on a photo from a motorbike trip:
P.S Here is the inspiration behind the challenge:
Deep white powdery snow is the highlight of the day. You can see What Borovets looked like in the photo above and a video shot during riding by our friend Andrey Tsolev shows a GoPro version of the route and gives you an idea of how much fun it was.
Riding offroad (and almost literally swimming in meters deep soft snow) made me think I should really check out mountain survival guides just in case.
At least I know the basics about surviving an avalanche from Jo Nesbo’s chilling (pun sort of intended) book The leopard.