The two most beautiful bars in Little Venice - @semelibarmykonos & @scarpabar - Best ambience, amazing cocktails,food and foot tapping music 🎵 .
These places were open till wee hours of the morning. These bars looked so beautiful in the morning, the view of the water hitting the ends of the restaurant was so beautiful 😍 .
Both the bars were affordable and truly worth the entire experience ❣️ .
Mykonos never sleeps💃💙 A must visit!
📍Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe & Ice Palace, Switzerland: If you zoom in close to the flag you can see this bish pretending to hold it behind me 🙄. There was a line to wait to take your photo and once it was my turn; I saw her running to grab the flag. NOT TODAY, SATAN🛑🖐🏼🚨. Lol I snatched it before she could, but as you can see that didn’t stop her. Infinite eye rolls 🙄. Everyone in line was not too thrilled either haha. Ok, regardless of that little incident, this was incredible to see! We played in the snow and brought Swiss Lindt Chocolate. The Ice Palace made me feel like I was in Elsa’s ice castle and I thought it was so cute they had a frozen Scrat in the ice 😂.
Going to beautiful places is fun!
I admit that.
But sometimes, It's not about the place, but it's about the people who we are going with.
I've been to this places many times, but I always find different stories with different people.
This time, I was hosting my friends from Cambodia. They were asking me which city should they visited in Indonesia?I was just suddenly saying "Palu!"
and at the end, they just said Yes!!! hahaha
I wish you have a great time in Palu!
Meet Nara - a cozy Japanese town located not far away from Kyoto and Osaka. It is famous for its wandering deers (true) and for being less touristish than Kyoto (extremely doubtful).
The only place I’ve been to in Nara was Nara park - a large territory full of temples, trees and deers. If you have seen a pic from Japan with a deer, chances are high that it was taken right there.
I read that Nara deers, being always surrounded by tourists, became lazy creatures, begging for food, despising those who approach them without any, and turning away from the cookies after only a few bites.
Well, being myself, I couldn’t help but find out whether the rumors were true. So I’ve decided not to buy any food at all (the deers are well cared of, don’t worry!) and see what happens. I also did that because I don’t want to be liked or approached only because I have something for the deer to eat. That kinda hurts my self-pride, too, as I think that I could be interesting even if I don’t carry food or anything else.
Well, the results are as follows:
At the beginning of the park, all what was said before about the deer is true. They are enjoying themselves, lazily walking under the sunlight and choosing which tourist’s cookie to take. Can’t blame them, they are really spoiled by all that attention from the tourists.
However, as you go further, the deer become more curious and rather shy creatures, indecisive whether to sniff you first or to run straight away.
Being without any food, I still was approached by a deer and we spend great time together walking around the park and its breathtaking temples. You could see my Nara companion with me in the second pic 💛
43 5046 September, 2019
Never forget all the people that were good to you.
People who did good are way more important than those who didn’t. People that were nice and kind are way more significant than those who weren’t. Never forget all the good things.
We cannot gift each other with anything more important than our kindness. For the true kindness, deprived of unspoken expectations and all sorts of hidden motives, is extremely rare. However, even more than rare, it is precious.
It is widely accepted that the life makes us to be stiff and strong, hard as rocks to withstand pressure, broken hopes, betrayals and so on. But maybe, just maybe, it makes us accepting and understanding instead.
Accepting that people weren’t made to live up to anyone’s expectations (even their own). Understanding of the fact that people can get exhausted from their own battles and thus could only share the inner pain for the lack of light.
Maybe, instead of bitterness, life teaches us the importance and value of kindness. Lighting up the Promethean flame of hope, inspiration and persisting love.
I don’t really know. I guess, we will never know. So far, I strive to remember all the good things said and done to me. All the people, too.
Thanks for being here for me.
Cannot appreciate that enough.
14 4764 September, 2019
Japan is a rather secluded country, which relatively recently allowed the visitors in. It was closed since 1639, less than 100 years after the first arrival of Europeans at the country (can’t blame them tho, but that’s another story). Until the middle of XIX century, it was left on its own, building up its unique style of life and the perception of the world.
Two things are of great importance when we are talking about Japanese culture: the weather conditions and Shinto. Weather conditions, with tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, brought the feeling of ever-changing world and time that destroys everything (無常 – mujo, impermanence, the ever-changing nature of things) as well as the striving to seek something eternal and permanent in it (不易流行 - fueki-ryuko, permanent in the ever-changing). Shinto is the ethnic religion of Japan, in which a multitude of spirits inhabiting the world are worshipped. They could be called kami, when approached with respect. They could be called mononoke, when approached with fear. One of the most important Shinto notions is the purification (the rites are called Harae), as both spirit and body should be pure. From Shinto, life in the world of spirits, emerges the ability to see hidden and mysterious beauty and notions (幽玄 – yugen, hidden beauty) and also notice and appreciate the beauty of the ever-changing things (物の哀れ - Mono – no-aware).
The gardens, such as this one, were made to protect the Japanese houses from the outside dangers. In them, the entire universe was represented, with water and stones standing for yin and yang – the concept of dualism, derived from ancient Chinese philosophy, becoming part of Japanese perception of the world. ♦️If you think I’ve made a mistake somewhere, let me know.
Standing in front of Genbaku Dome, which is also known as Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
This is the only building in Hiroshima city center that even partly survived the atomic bombing of August, 6 1945 (people inside didn’t). It happened due to the fact that the atomic bomb exploded almost directly above the building.
This is a terrifying sight with black shadows on stones being all what was left of people. It has been preserved in the same state as it was immediately after the bombing.
Though nowadays it serves as a powerful symbol, reminding of the destructive nature of war and all the human lives lost in the process, it is also a painful reminder of devastating catastrophe, not easy to handle on every-day basis.
I despise wars. I despise people causing and supporting them even more.
All that arguing for power, territory, resources is just silly. Nothing of that really belongs to humans. And the power is rather imaginable. Nothing tells more about the decline of nation than its history books being overwhelmed with wars and sieges.
When series of bloodsheds, murders, genocides happen, there is nothing more disgusting than calling them glorious, being proud of them.
War is never glorious.
Participation in one is never something to be proud of.
It is ugly, devastating, destructive and something to be ashamed of. Something that leaves scars deeper than a soul could handle. Something that deprives people of humanity.
Something that should never happen again.
37 62528 August, 2019
That’s pretty much Japan in the nutshell: an astonishing mix of traditional and modern.
I can’t admire that enough.
To me, past is not a heavy burden which is being carried around slowing us down and of which we should get rid.
It is more of a ground beneath our feet. Sometimes fertile and lavish, sometimes not so as it depends from us. With time, this ground grows, similar to the occupation earth, bringing us higher, making us notice and see way more than before.
This ground, our past, is in fact all about us. It is how we grew up, which books we loved, who we liked, what inspired us... There are our experiences, still rising up in geysers or sleeping soundlessly beneath our feet, like the conquered monsters they are.
This past could tell a lot about our future, whom we will become. But even more significant is the way in which we treat our ground.
Are you getting rid of it by any means possible, spending all our time with the nose in it or standing upon it steadily?
This choice we make defines us for who we are right now.
Settles the ground of today and right now, being already “a few seconds ago”.
What if you had the entire world? What would you do with it?
What would you do next? Maybe you would head to the other galaxies, invading space, or establishing contacts with other civilizations out there (if there are any), or looking for an Earth-2? Or, maybe, exploring the ocean depths instead?
What would you do with the money? Maybe you would get yourself a nice house, a boat, a plane and all that stuff. Or maybe spend the money on cleaning the planet from the waste? On excavating and preserving the civilizations of the past? On granting everyone free education of good quality?
What would you do with the power? Make people fear you and bend to all your rules, even the silliest of them? Or use it to influence the minds, to fight against prejudices and all the injustices that keep happening daily, every minute. Every minute when women are denied their rights to be treated as living persons and not as servants or property. Every minute when a kid’s dream and passion dissolves due to the lack of understanding from their parents and the society. Every minute when animals are executed to make a meal or a show in a circus.
What would you do with your time? Overburden yourself with the responsibilities? Make everyone else do all the hard work and ripe the fruits? Learning intensively? Or just lie down and succumb to binge-watching, since you already have all the time in the world?
What if I tell you that you’ve already got an entire world?