August 19, 2014

Bled – preview

by ada

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August 18, 2014

Ljubljana street art

by ada

Ljubljana is a city for street artists (and for everybody who wants to publicly express their feelings and wishes them to stay permanently expressed). Lots of the graffiti works are just some scribbles on some walls…

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…but very often they carry important philosophical messages.

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They blend into the cityscape…

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hand graffiti 1

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…or stick out of it.

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graffiti house Ljubljana

You can find them at unexpected places, too.

Ljubljana balcony graffiti

Sometimes they display personal political views…

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…and offer practical advice on how to survive in our society without getting hurt.

enjoy the rules 1

A wake-up call for the nation…

Europe is stepping into a grave

…to prevent an impending biological disaster.

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Sometimes it’s about gastronomy (Ljubljana street artists seem to have developed a healthy obsession towards donuts)…

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… or important culture references.

Papa Smurf 3

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An artist’s manifesto…

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…and the confessions of a misanthrope.

ich hasse Leute

Sometimes it’s a call for self-love…

when are you going to notice you Ljubljana

…and sometimes it’s thoughts on loving somebody else.

dum vita est sevdah

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Is this meant as the evidence for praiseworthy family feelings or is it a confession about having necrophiliac tendencies? I really can’t tell.

I love mummy

Sometimes the artists are eager to create a portrait of the loved one…

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…and sometimes it’s just about them giving some general life advice…

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… or an unasked for personal info on the family physician’s love life.

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Most of the graffiti are pictures of cute (even if somewhat creepy and often really distorted) animals, though.

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bear graffiti

cute animal

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Ljubljana graffiti (2)

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wolf graffiti

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August 9, 2014

Ljubljana – day 2

by ada

Karlovška cesta Ljubljana

Rožna ulica Ljubljana 7

Rožna ulica Ljubljana 5

Ljubljana 6

Ljubljana

Super Mario graffiti Ljubljana 2

Gornji trg 16

Gornji trg 7

Gornji trg 10

Ljubljana 2

August 8, 2014

Ljubljana – Central Market (Osrednja ljubljanska tržnica)

by ada

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flower lady 1

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raspberries

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August 7, 2014

Ljubljana – day 1, part 2

by ada

Gornji trg 3

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Mestni trg 6

Mestni trg 1

Ciril - Metodov trg

Tromostovje 1

Adamič - Lundrovo nabrežje 2

Petkovškovo nabrežje

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Central Market Ljubljana

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Central Market Ljubljana 2

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August 6, 2014

Ljubljana – day 1, part 1

by ada

Umbrella Ljubljana 2

Ljubljana Trubarjeva cesta

Ljubljana shoes at Trubarjeva cesta 1

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Hribarjevo nabrežje 6

Tromostovje 6

Tromostovje 2

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Cobblers' Bridge Ljubljana 2

Ljubljana Hribarjevo nabrežje girl

houses on Cankarjevo nabrežje 2

Ljubljana house

Ljubljana window at Hribarjevo nabrežje

Križevniška ulica 1

Ljubljana is asleep

August 3, 2014

hail, proud July

by ada

This is my 1000th post and it is just too appropriate for it to be about books. Or shall I say ironical? Because that’s what remained of my intellectual life: a monthly photo of (more or less) crappy books. But! I’m on my way to a change. It’s about time; depression took almost three years of my brain this time. It seems that every time it hits it takes me more time to recover than it previously did. Quite depressing, isn’t it? But let’s not talk depression, let’s talk travel!

Although I totally love playing with quotes (like, reading Victorian poetry for the purpose of finding fitting blog titles, haha), I hate “inspirational”  quotes on blogs (or, anywhere). The kind I hate the most are the motivational ones, usually from an “unknown” source*, that seem to rule tumblr nowadays, and that command people to do things, like “Get up early!** Watch the sun rising with a cup of tea in your hands! Take a walk! Enjoy your life! You only live once! Love yourself (kiddo)!”

So I will post an uninspirational quote to balance all the inspirational ones on the internet out. And because I’m so hip meta tumblr-worthy unoriginal that I read books on travelling while actually travelling, it’s a quote from the short story Big Trip to Europe by Jack Kerouac, from the collection Lonesome Traveler. It isn’t featured on the photo because I haven’t finished it yet.***

* I suspect these Unknown Sources to be the bloggers themselves, usually not a day older than twenty, that would like to pass as wise pioneers from the woods

** I never got behind the mystic of getting up early. If we believe the Unknown Sources, it helps you become a Better You. Unfortunately, while I get up fairly early almost every day (because I have to), all I noticed is that it makes me grumpy. And a Grumpy Me is definitely not a Better Me. I would sell my soul for a life without shift work where I can sleep as long as my circadian rhythm desires

*** spontaneous prose may be extremely quick and easy to write, but it’s also extremely exhausting to read

So after all the footnotes and stars let’s have the honest opinion on travelling of the greatest traveller of the twentieth century literature:

“Of course world travel isnt as good as it seems, it’s only after you’ve come back from all the heat and horror that you forget to get bugged and remember the weird scenes you saw.”

You’re welcome.

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July 31, 2014

my nights are more beautiful than your days

by ada

Piran Tartini square by night

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Piran ships

July 31, 2014

little town in old country down

by ada

Guess in which town I am right now!

Piran

Small clue:

Tartini

July 26, 2014

south of the border, west of the sun

by ada

Guess in which city I am right now!

Ljubljana Drache

July 25, 2014

things that make me happy

by ada

I can’t believe it’s been more than a year since I last posted in this series. That tells tales about my circumstances lately. I’ve failed miserably with my New Year’s resolution of sharing more of my life here anyway – not that I don’t have a life because I rather do, but it seems I’m not good at getting personal. What I’m good at is taking photos of buildings and flowers, so this place has inevitably became kind of a travel blog, but without the joys and excitement of actual travelling. You know, something like an unofficial Budapest Guide for Weirdos (and for all who enjoy looking at dead butterflies and old medical instruments). This is a lose-lose situation, I’m afraid.

But there are still the small things, like…

…this super cheap waffle place and their raspberry mousse that tastes just like I remember it from my childhood.

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…pretty bees on pretty flowers.

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…visiting museums.

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…doing small trips.

Hungarian train

…summer food.

Vácrátót arboretum wild strawberry

…thrifted summer clothes. Too bad I’m seven kilos overweight (oh well, waffle place, hello).

SUMMER CLOTHES

…the first outdoor swim of the year at Vadaš Thermal Bath in Štúrovo, Slovakia. (Okay, it happened more than a month ago. I’m actually  writing this post since years weeks. I hope one day – if life allows me – I can get back to real-time blogging.)

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…going on a holiday! I haven’t been on a summer holiday since 2009 (ten days at the Bulgarian coast. I’m still dreaming about it). (I usually do budget travelling, that means Venice in February, Prague in October and that epic Moravian road tour in December. I haven’t felt a cold that freezing in my entire life than I did at a bus stop in Moravske Budejovice at 22.30 pm last winter.)

VONATJEGY

July 21, 2014

Budapest – Kresz Géza Mentőmúzeum (Museum of the Hungarian Emergency Medical Services/Paramedics)

by ada

wounded soldier Metőmúzeum 5

old paramedics clothes

mentőmúzeum paramedics bag

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old photo 1

paramedic museum modell cars

old paramedic suitcases

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old infusion bottles

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Mentőmúzeum old medicine

needles 1

Iron lung Mentőmúzeum

old defibrillator

old paramedic reanimation kit

old Socialist paramedics hat

old Socialist paramedics badge

Mentőmúzeum phones

paramedics board Mentőmúzeum

Ambu Mentőmúzeum

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July 17, 2014

M&M

by ada

M&M

July 13, 2014

Budapest – Sziget Eye

by ada

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Parliament from Sziget Eye

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Szent István Bazilika

Citadella

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Sziget Eye 1

Deá tér

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July 12, 2014

Budapest

by ada

Szent István Bazilika 4

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