22nd Sept lazy autumn morning. I'm sitting on the bench observing iron statue in the middle of park fountain. I don't feel cold under the sun, but cool breeze reminds me the first day of autumn is here. Late for work again (cause nobody cares), breathing in last breaths of park atmosphere and trying to prolong the moment. Couple things changed. The park changed, the room (roommates included this time) and my perspective changed. I realized I love mountains more than sea (no idea how that could happen). I still hate coffee and work with papers, trying to convince myself 'the now' moment is finally here. But I'm still delaying important change, cause something took my focus away..
I must admit this year I really keep my feet on the ground, no head in clouds. Last year traveling balance says: 6 countries, 16 cities (some of them twice), 19 flights. This year? 6 countries yes, 1 flight.. let's take it from the beginning! January 1st started on Spanish rooftop of unknown architects' family. They gave me grapes, inspiration and introduce secrets of local New Years' traditions. On the doorstep of new year, Barcelona had strange taste of unknown adventure and to my surprise no fireworks disturbed that sleepless night. I was wondering what will upcoming year bring and hoping to go to the East soon. No reason to stay, seemed good reason to finally go.
Well, I didn't go. Not this time. Instead I felt in love. First time in my life, in the magic Spanish place called Cullera, I looked from the hill to endless seaside and turned my sight to the mountains. Suddenly the view of hills in distance, put my beloved sea in the shadow and I didn't return to the seaside since then.
Start the year with traveling was great decision. Not only black box got full of pictures, also new project was born. With smell of coffee we begin to organize photo exhibitions in cozy coffee place under the castle. Every month! New people cross my road. Some of them walk with me along for a while, some decided to continue their own way. But passion for art remains. My Chinese friends could not see me whining at home alone, so they came to visit me.
And because we all love art & fun, we decided to organize another exhibition. On the castle this time!
You should see the style! As always, everything just in time, busy till last moment. I almost missed the opening, cause my boss didn't give me green light. But this time exhib took place in my hometown, so whole universe collide to help me make it. As reward we spent some time sightseeing around, tasting local food and enjoying fun with multilingual misunderstandings.
Long summer brought artistic break. Chinese flew back home and I started to be bored. So we went with friends to the mountains. And we like it, so we went again and again. Main plan for summer was road trip in Norway. One year planning, couple personal changes in crew, but this travel dream of my friend came true. So I spent 2 speechless weeks in the mountains, came back with lot of pictures and let the summer continue in the name of via ferraty and hiking adventure.
I overcome some of my fears, look beyond my limits and prove that you can handle more than you think you can. That's the reason go beyond your comfort zone.
With upcoming autumn not only temperature goes down, but also number of vacation days are quickly reducing. Time to open black box and select the best shots for you. And keep you posted about the stories autumn brings