I am living in Cork at the moment and I still had some holidays to take so I decided to visit my hometown Bratislava. Instead of flying from Dublin directly for two hours, I took a detour: Cork Amsterdam-Berlin-Dresden-Prague-Vienna-Bratislava– London-Cork. Visiting Galleries during the day (I study art history) , exploring “culture” during the night, staying with friends or couchsurfing, it was great. I managed to lose all the pictures from second day onward in a weird technological accident, which was less great.
This one is from the first night in Amsterdam showing Rembrandt being protected by his own painting The Night Watch, brought to life by Russian artists Mikhal Dronov and Alexander Taratynov, illuminated by huge lights.
My second picture is showing people in Paris dancing under electric lights. It is a painting by Jan Sluijters called Bal Tabarin (1907), seen during my visit in Stedelijk Museum.
The End. Lights out.
in response to Weekly Photo Challenge
In response to weekly photo challenge from The Daily Post
Last Tuesday I visited the beautiful Dursey Island, a small island in West Cork, Ireland.
You have to use the cable car to get over. The only cable car in Ireland and the only cable car over open water in Europe. It takes about 10 minutes.
Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea and the Dursey Island
Creative Ink writing prompt here
At midnight and at noon from the depths of the lake he comes forth, right when the reality weakens, his strength peaks. He comes out of the water dry, but somehow there is always a puddle under him. Sitting in a willow tree, smoking a pipe or playing a fiddle, he watches and lurks his victims in the water. He waits for an inexperienced swimmer to be careless but many times he helps things ever so slightly. Little push or little pull is all it takes. Sometimes just a whisper. He commands the creatures of the lake, often taking their form to fool the humans, but he has only little control of the water. Nobody can control the elements. Other times he places things in the water to make the curious girl lean over and after the shove, comes the splash. Oh…How he enjoys the Splash. He hates the lake and he loves it in equal measures, the absurdity of it drives him crazy.
Continue reading Writing Prompt: Vodník
My first try on Five Sentence Challenge from Lillie McFerrin Writes prompt: Learning
picture by Marion Doss (flickr photo)
He moved silently and unnoticed until he found the right spot, where he blended into his surrounding, ability perfected by centuries worth of practice, and started to absorb the vast amounts of information.
This world was so special, all the plants, animals, oceans (oh the oceans) and then of course there were these…humans, they were just so close.
His superiors will be very pleased with this one, he simply has to wait and collect as much data as he can before he gets picked up, which can take months or even years, but he was not in a hurry.
Worlds like these are very rare and in future they will have to be careful when interacting with this one, not to interfere too much but they can provide valuable lessons to help them evolve.
Although they were alien to him, he felt immense love to these creatures, these humans and so he started his report: Earth time 10:00am, 09th August 1945, small settlement called in local dialect Nagasaki…
please check out the other submissions on Lillie’s site…
My six words about my life would be: Never stop wondering. Never stop wandering.
But I also had a video in my phone, on which our rabbit Freya meets our neighbour’s cat for the first time. I posted previously a picture of our rabbit trying to stare down the cat and this video is from the same day. I heard cat videos are very popular so I decided to share it with you. I could not post it directly so I had to upload it on YouTube first, the first time ever I uploaded anything on YouTube.
Continue reading Weekly Writing Challenge: 6 words and a cat video
Creative Writing Ink – writing prompt http://creativewriting.ie/writing-prompts/
The gunslinger stopped and listened. He thought he heard a scream but must have been only in his head. He was on the edge and he desperately needed a drink. He looked around and thought how familiar this abandoned town appeared to him. But most of the towns look alike. He shuddered and resumed his slow pace down the row of empty buildings towards the silent church in the distance. The air smelled of rotten wood and oddly also of freshly cut grass. There was no wind, not even a breeze. The town was abandoned in a hurry by the looks of it probably some years ago, but he still felt he was being watched. Continue reading Ghost Town
This weekly challenge will be very easy for me, because I can just use my profile picture to show one my favorite masterpieces – The Belvedere Torso. (note to myself – do not change your profile picture for a while). Currently “sitting” in the Vatican Museum it was also the favorite piece of grand master Michelangelo. In fact you can find it with added limbs and head in twenty different appearances on the ceiling in Sistine chapel.
We visited Rome with my Art History class last May and I must admit I just fell in love with the city. I have been to Italy few times before, but this was my first visit to Rome and I am definitely going back. I threw a coin to the Trevi Fountain so according to the legend I will be returning there ( I found out about this legend only afterwards, I was only mimicking the other tourists). The Trevi Fountain is another masterpiece by Bernini, I recommend to visit at night time, there are less people and it is beautifully lit. Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Standing next to a Masterpiece
Daily prompt http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/daily-prompt-distance/
This daily prompt got me thinking (I know, right?). How far can you go from home? And what is home? Do not worry, I won’t go that deep. For the purposes of this post I will consider my home the place I grew up. My hometown Bratislava.
Here is a website which let you see the furthest point from your home – the direct opposite of Earth – Furthest Point Continue reading Far from Home – How far can you go?
Describe your first memorable experience exploring and spending time in nature. Were you in awe? Or were you not impressed? Would you rather spend time in the forest or the city?
Photographers, artists, and poets: show us NATURE.
I would like to share with you my favorite place in Cork, Ireland. It is called Old Head and it is roughly 10km from Kinsale. I would consider myself a typical city boy, but this place could turn me over.
Especially when the weather is nice, which isn’t very often in Ireland, this place is just magical. You want to just sit down and write poems. It is absolutely peaceful and it is not well known by tourists so most of the time there aren’t any other people. This is why I prefer it to the much more famous Cliffs of Moher. And it is only half hour drive from the city which isn’t something you would do every day but every time I get a chance I will drive up here. Every time someone comes to visit Ireland(friends, family or couchsurfers) this is one place I definitely take them and enjoy their awe.
My mother and my cousin came to visit Ireland for the first time ever(I live in ireland for 6 years now) so naturally I took them to old Head.
Here is my sister taking picture of our mother, but she has fear of heights not when she is close only when me or my sister are. Not sure what that phobia is called. So my cousin had to hold my sister to stop her panic attack.
And here is me – old man and the sea.
There is a great restaurant on the bottom of the cliffs called the “Speckled Door”. I brought so many people here and recommended it to so many others I should be getting free meals there. You should try the oysters, they are delicious . And the view is amazing as well.
And roughly five minutes walk from there is Garretstown Beach. Or G-Town how the locals call it. It is popular for surfers, you can even hire a lesson there with all the equipment provided.
So if you ever visit Ireland let me know I will use you as an excuse to come here again…
I think when wishing for immortality people do not realize how long forever is. You get some idea while waiting for your girlfriend to get ready, or watching the clock during the last hour at work but that is nothing. I would like to read all the books, see all the movies, visit all the countries and just try just about everything but how long will this take. Ten, twenty thousand years? How long until you get bored. I also imagine myself after the Earth gets destroyed by an asteroid, just floating around in space for all eternity hoping to get picked up by aliens or loose my mind whichever comes first.
But here is the promised recommendation for a movie that in my opinion deals best with this question. The movie is “Man from Earth” (2007). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0756683/?ref_=sr_2
It is about a college professor who invites all his colleagues to his cabin to a farewell party. Here he reveals he never ages and that he has been walking the earth for thousands of years. The whole movie is just a conversation between them, trying to expose him as a fraud or trying to get some answers about life. I really enjoy one-setting movies, this one being my favorite.