To everything I’ve ever lost:
Thank you for setting me free.
Exactly a month ago I was in this beautiful town called Znojmo in Czech Republic.
But first of all, I should tell you how did I get to go to this interesting little town. Obviously from the title you got the point what was the starter for this little weekend trip – it was a Christmas gift from his parents. First of all, I am so freaking thankful for this opportunity to go and see a new place again not to just mindlessly and stereotypically spend my time in my hometown as I do like every single day during the week. Yes, because I have to, and I’ve heard that school is important so a one reason more to visit that institution. But back to the main topic, since we are not here to discuss my stereotypical school life but something slightly interesting.
Well, where to start? Maybe with a first day. We woke up in a lovely looking small hotel (that as we found out two days later used to be a brothel and we had a nice laugh about it), had breakfast and decided to go to explore the town a little.
Firstly we went to see Znojmo Town Hall Tower, and actually it is like one of the highest points in there.
So as a active people with super healthy lifestyle (*beeping of the sarcasm detector*) we got to the very very top of it. And let’s see what was waiting there for us, shall we?
Can you see the church in the back round? Prepare yourselves, you will see it later even more.
Beautiful am I right? But actually I was sticking my hands with the camera out of the window ↓
Is there something I wouldn’t do for a picture? ↓
Jail time in the tower
I know they are both the same, but I couldn’t decide which one to use.
I had to do as much pictures as possible because I always can’t get enough of the beauty of place…
After we climbed down the tower, and our feet slowly led us through the aisles to the church of St. Nicholas.
I am really into doors, sorry to interrupt the journey but I had to.
The perfect sun timing!
What a nice a view ♥☺
After walking we sat down for a while to have a coffee because as a matter of fact- we were only in the first half of our Saturday journey.
After the amazing coffee (and painkillers in my system, because my head hurt like hell!) we went back to the centre of the town to visit the incredible Znojmo Catacombs, that were like a labyrinth under the whole town (as a matter of fact it was like 27 km long and we got to see only like 1-2 km because it was really really cold there, but we still stayed there like 2 and a half hours because the guide couldn’t stop talking)
The first thing that guide did when we entered the Caracombs he said that we are going to play “Hide and Seek” and we are supposed to find him. I was like WTF man it is like 30 km long…how? He said it will be pretty easy just give it a try- actually we got to him like in 3 minutes of running and almost even kneeling because the walls were really narrow and ceilings were really low.
Pretty scary huh?
This is called a Water Grave. I don’t think I have to explain it to you.
The funniest thing was that after 2 and a half hour, freezing, tired and feeling like a canal rat we came out in a completely random old panel house (and I note that that panel house was residential) and it was like three streets away from the place where we started. This is the place where we came out of the residential panel house ↓
Just imagine the faces of people on the streets when they saw a group of people in rubbery coats, rubbery boots (we had to wear them because we went through mud and water as well) and colorful helmets- looking like crazy af.
I was so so hungry I almost didn’t see so we decided to go to the hotel for the dinner since it was almost 5 pm when we left the Catacombs.
On our way home I got to see those two completely different but beautiful buildings!!
I have always been in love with some interesting places because they were extraordinary (at least for me) and I am always happy to go somewhere new where something takes my breath away just by the appearance or by the beauty of it. For example I am trying to find the beauty in simple things like for example nature in concrete:
It is simple, but it stayed in my mind because it was something I want to remember. also simple memories are important. And you know it.
On Sunday we still had one day, but we decided to visit one other town that was even smalled then Znojmo. The town was called Mikulov. Another historic town that caught my attention with its buildings and astonishing “old beauty”.
Even though the building is old and you can see the marks of damaged plaster, but still this is one of the buildings that catch your eye when you pass by.
A very old Dietrichstein tomb
So much beauty in this picture guys, I can’t even express how much I loved that door.
Then we moved on to the castle of Mikulov but unfortunately the tours n the caste were beginning in 2 weeks so we didn’t get to see the inside of the castle but at least we went for a walk inside of the gardens around the caste itself.
I have to admit that this article was a long and exhausting ride till I got it all out. But anyway, after coffee and some desserts we sat into the cars and left Czech Republic and came home all happy and healthy but most of all tired.
Even though it was a month ago I can still feel the good feeling which I felt there. I am incredibly thankful that I was able to go with him and his family and have such a nice time with all of them. It was feeling like a very short weekend because everything that is good will end so quickly that you can’t even spot when.
But really, thank you my dearest, for everything.
“Winter wonderland…I am speechless…”
After all this time I decided to come back again.
I don’t know why, but after almost 4 month of “burn-out” I started to think about all the things that happened, all the memories that resonate in my mind still to this day, all the places I visited. I wanted to share it again and I wanted you all to see the beautiful places I’ve been to. I have to admit it was not that far away (I mean like going abroad) but it was still here in my beautiful country full of nature and mountains. Today, I wanted to show you a winter piece (even though it is already spring here).
That day we decided to go to High Tatras, and also stop by Štrbské Pleso and the area around. We packed our things, sat to the car and drove like 2 hours to see the winter wonderland. We stopped here ↓ because it was on the way to our destination that you will see later in the article. We got out of the car to go for a walk around the frozen lake. It has always been beautiful, but in my opinion, it is most beautiful during winter, let’s see.
This was it, I was immediately enchanted with the white beautiful area around me and for more- it started to snow, which made the place even more beautiful. But, see for yourself.
Just a little info: As you can see in the picture, the trees are little weird, don’t you think? At some places there are trees and maybe there is a missing place? This is why: On the 19th of November 2004, High Tatras were affected by an enormous windstorm/calamity/disaster (118 km/hour strong wind) and it changed the area beyond recognition. In an unprecedented scale destroyed, damaged forests, but also the whole complex of factors governing water regime, climatic conditions, the limits of the various plant and animal species. I remember it even though I was only 8 years old at that time, it was all over the news for a very very long time, and I do know that a lot of people were affected and also some people died there because the ambulance couldn’t get to them. After almost 13 years, the forest is trying to “recreate” all the lost trees, but the amount of nature our country had lost because of this unfortunate happening is irretrievable.
But, back to a happier topic? That would be appropriate, I guess.
After this stop we got back to the car and continued on our way to (*drum rolls*) – Hrebienok, which is a ski resort and a mountain where you can get by your own lazy feet (like 45 minutes) or by a mountain cogged railway (something like a little train) and it is like 15 minutes (5 km) up to the Hrebienok. Since it was not a bad weather that day, so we decided to go by our feet. That same day, there was a national competition in carving ice sculptures from all the corners of Europe and also a Ice Dome that is there every year during winter.
This was the view from there.
And this ↓ is the mentioned Ice Dome, write down in the comments how you liked it, I am curious what do you think about it! It is from more than 90 tons of ice, so check it out.
My hands were literally freezing because the Dome must be preserved in nonstop “frosty climate”, and I was almost unable to take pictures, that’s how cold I was!
There was also an area with a glassy objects that looked like pure art:
But again, I was freezing as hell and I didn’t even feel my own hands so I just snapped the most beautiful one and had to go out.
Here are some examples of the sculptures that were in the competition:
Simply beautiful, pure and artistic experience.
When it started to get a bit darker we decided to walk back down because after like 3 hours of traveling, slight hiking and cold we were too tired to stay longer.
It was another little trip that I am posting like 3 month later, but since I missed the feeling of writing I wanted to share my memories with you, to show you that even though I am not traveling to America or The Great Britain, it still can be a nice experience.
Nature was, is and will always be the shelter where I know I can come back anytime I want and I will always feel relaxed and excited.
P.s: I’ll be back soon. For real.
When I was younger I didn’t really care about traveling, seeing some new places or meeting new people, seeing some culture and I didn’t fucking care about taking photos (I am so disappointed actually of myself so so much). Today? I’d even break my legs to go somewhere like that place.
So as I was laying in bed today, I was thinking of this trip I am about to tell you , and I started to dig deeper into my tablet trying to find some “evidence” that I went there and it really wasn’t just yesterdays dream or so. But after finding out that most of those photos are selfies, I got so angry at myself, you can’t even imagine. But okay, I tried to pick the best ones that show at least a little piece of my memories from a few years to the past.
When I was still on High School, we had opportunities to apply for an exchange program to Germany, to live with a family for some time, to see how they live, where they live, to get more skills in language, to be simply thrown into a cold water and have to learn how to swim very quickly. I actually know German language a little, like I understand while they are talking, but it’s faster for me to respond in English-at least we had this agreement in my adopting family from Germany.
I went there firstly when I was 14 years old and then when I was 16 (both years to the same family). I was staying with a very nice family, they had 4 children and I was supposed to spend my time with their (only) girl, she was the same age as I was so. I have to say 3 much older german boys wouldn’t really have a lot in common with me. I am not going to tell you all the things that happened because we’d be here till the next day.
Anyway, I had such a good time there, saw that beautiful architecture of theirs, met so many nice people, saw the way they live, had family breakfast, lunches and dinners together (which is really rare nowadays), had so much fun in general!
I was homesick, I was emotional, I was staying up late and waking up so early, I was tired and energetic in one, I got better in english that much, when I came home I had difficulties to talk in my language, I was up and I was also down, I experienced something (twice) that most of the people will never go through…it was a fun roller coaster and I am so happy now after so many years that I went there and got this opportunity which I am enormously thankful for.
Cologne – bridge above the river Rhine
I remember us, a big group of students, walking around the town, having a good time. We also had a guide who was telling us a lot about Cologne and history and culture. It was pretty interesting as long as I remember.
I remember that it was one of the colder days there, a lot of people got sick after this, but I think the view is always worth it all.
Have you ever thought about trading your soul for something so freaking deliciously looking like this?
Because it really was a masterpiece!
Out teacher told us that we are going to see a bookstore and after that we were walking around the town- Maastricht (in Netherlands) and she stopped by in front of cathedrally looking building, and I remember asking that why the hell are we stopping here when she told something different? So when I walked in I saw this- so beautiful old and at the same time new bookstore with like 3 other floors. I was amazed.
Streets of Maastricht
We also went to this big and scary looking coal mining quarry, very long journey but it was so huge that we had to see it while we were there.
We also went to a roller caster park called Phantasialand where I saw so many deadly looking roller coasters that I only dared to go on this one. Call me a coward but at the end of the day I was happy that I only went for this one really.
This little guy was so nice to me, didn’t even try to throw me away from the saddle which was a good manners happening.
Tripoint or Dreiländereck -borders of three countries meeting at one place – Germany, Netherlands and Belgium
I went to all of those places twice and more places included, but yea I have no more footage so this is all I have. I really enjoyed it and I hope I will come back someday to make even better photos at more places.
,,Happy New…ahh shut up!!”
Waking up at the beginning of the new day,which is supposed to be a last day of this year. Feeling kinda weird, because I am not laying in my bed, but on a very cosy couch surrounded by beautiful stuff and furniture. So, I am here, still laying, someone’s still sleeping and I am writing this (I have a feeling) endless blog for today.
This year was “hell of a ride”. If you would ask me, a lot things happened, you wouldn’t even believe me if I told you.
But still, I started taking photos “more seriously” only like in June/July and blogging just from August. And I have to be honest with you – I became addicted. I am going somewhere and still “camera ready”, because you never know what interesting can come into your way. Kinda sad, not having the best equiptments, but I believe, that one day it will be better and with my vision of photos, I won’t have any difficulties with that.
As this year started I wasn’t aware that this is gonna happen. That I am gonna write as much as I can, getting support from people ( which I am totally thankful for!), taking photos which people actually like, either on my instagram account ( www.instagram.com/ninu_s ) or here, or whatever on Pinterest. It feels so good and so unique, despite of the 265129264191046 amount of bloggers around the world. Suggesting: Don’t ever give up on something you like, with only even 1cm of your heart believing, that this is something for you.
By the way, I went to check out on them, they are still sleeping, so let me continue.
As this year started, I didn’t really know how hurt I am gonna be, how many people will disappoint me and how I won’t be able to breathe for like 5 seconds, when all of that happen. I didn’t know it and the fact that you will never be ready for hurt, is pretty scary. You can expect it from right or left, but never know how much it will hurt at the very end.
I’ve learned how to ‘say goodbye’ to people who don’t deserve my attention, who don’t deserve me at all. You should try it and you will feel incredibly free.
I am not saying that there were only bad things. Indeed, I’ve experienced so many funny stories, met new people, had so many laughing “5minutes” you don’t even know.
I value those moments, my pressure happy moments that made me feel alive and kicking.
So many things happened- I saw/visited new places, I left this state for some time, I met interesting people, I took like hundrets of photos, talked to my mom and dad, took care of my grandpa, attended such a hard and difficult university (just for a record, I am still there), I was the Happiest and also the most Depressed person.
You don’t know how many things can change in one year! Because like 200things can change in one day, so we can’t exactly count the year amount, couse we would be here like till the next Christmas or so.
Anyway, to all people who’s gonna read this till the end – I am wishing you all the best of luck and strenght for the next year. I hope it’s gonna be how you want it all to be and last but not least, I believe that you will do everything what is in your power to make this year even better. Because that’s why we here right? I don’t really like wishing Happy New Year, because it’s still just a day anyway. But still – enjoy it 🙂
There are like other milion things I really wanted to tell you, about this year, but I feel that this is enough, for now.
Thank you for this amazing time on WordPress, to people who actually do give a fuck about my articles/photos.
Thank you for being here for me, yeah, especially you.
P.s: I decided to post some photos I took these days, a circle called: Black and white December world.
P.s.1: They are still sleeping!! 😐
,,I’m gonna be brave and I’ll be here for you!”
We all have those days – feeling “out of tune” or just out of your regular mood. Even if we won’t admit it, we need to hear some calming words – words that makes us feel a little (or maybe even a lot) better and also warm in the same way.
This is what I am talking about – SUPPORT.
Today I’m going to show you both sides of this topic. There are so many people out there, doing things that deserve to be supported. For example here on WordPress, when I see (or even anywhere in other social media), who is somehow talented and (even just for me) wort of the “nice and appreciating words” I’ll write to the particular person because I really like what he/she is doing and I want them to know it!
Because of one simple reason- You can’t even imagine, how much it means for a painter, a writer or whatever photographer if somebody totally random gives him a praise or appreciation and respect. It’s pushing them on in their work, to reach his/hers goals in their kind of ART, or just to make them smile for a second, because someone pissed them off during the day and your words helped them to swallow all of the hatred they carried inside of them.
If you have somebody who really, truly supports you in your “thing”, be grateful – because so many people are just being fake and talking shit behind your back about something what you are passionate about and after that you meet you and talking the opposite.This is it! People are just constantly hiding behind their insecurities, because they are simply scared, or…have nobody to support them, even they won’t admit it and staying bitter in their shady fake shelter.
There are sometimes those times when you ask yourself: ,,Am I just wasting my time?” ...just because nobody likes your new article even if you tried so hard to write your best at night, you feel unappreciated from the side of your mother because she doesn’t really understand the purpose and the whole point of what you are exactly doing here. There is always a solution: I think that when you really have literally nobody to support you in what you love doing, just simply fuck it- I mean, be a strong person and do it for yourself and don’t remember to keep going- be your own support, tell your brain not even thing about shutting off, tell him that it doesn’t matter, just don’t give up, okay? In some situations you just have to be your own hero, it takes time to understand all of this (‘ve been there, ‘ve done that) I know that this is not perfect at all right now but if you”ll sit around, giving up because at this one period you have a lack of support, life is gonna pass you by while you’re eating ice cream in your pyjamas…just think about it 🙂
A few days ago, I was scrolling down the WordPress Reader and I found one article that caught my attention- kinda about listening to others (here is the link, I hope it’s okay – https://barbarahortonfineart.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/metamorphosis/ ) and I immediately wrote to the author some supportive words, because actually I really liked that one- she was thankful for those words of mine and I don’t know how, but I somehow I was able to feel her happiness too! her reaction just made my day, thumbs up!
In conclusion- I think that sometimes everybody needs some encouraging words to let them know (even if we don’t know them) that we get it, we get them and we supporting their “creative actions” in a true way.
Be here for them and don’t let them quit, because someday when they’ll become famous, they might thank particulary you in their “award speech” or #WeakJokeTuesday (y)
Anyway, big thank you for finishing my todays piece
P.s: If we dig deeper, even this is a support in some way and it has a deeper meaning for me, it’s up to you to find “your thing” in those photos 😉