Ok still sick today but let’s get some fresh air! Walked around the city to make sure I visited everything on my list. Also went to see the Metelkova area that I heard a lot about. But to be honest, this really isn’t my style. Just like Christiana in Copenhagen, it is just a crusty place created by a bunch of acid heads haha. So many Fluor colours, garbage and bad graffiti. I can understand that the avarege joe thinks this is funny and edgy but to me as a creative it is just bullshit, sorry! I did like the big Tivoli Park though! This is another hill situated on the east side of the city, part park, part Forrest like I experienced on my first jaunt to Helsinki back in the days. I just climbed the hill, found a nice spot and draw for a while. Which was really nice and I now have a bunch of squirrels and a drooling Labrador that I can call my friends.
On Friday Helena took me to the castle on top of the hill in the middle of the city. We went to see the museum of puppetry inside the castle which was beautifully made, super funny and adorable! The view from the castletower was amazing and later when we went down we had a Argentinian steak for dinner at the open kitchen food festival. To be honest, I was still a bit shakey… thought this was a hangover from the evening before but it later turned out that I had some kind of flu
First full day here in cold but sunny Ljubljana and I am absolutely in love with this candy coloured city. Really sad to live in such a boring grey country like the Netherlands.
And we’re off! So excited about going on this Jaunt to Ljubljana! My intentions for the trip are, explore and be inspired but also sit down at nice pubs, drink beer and draw as much as possible. So I already started doing this at 11am at schiphol airport. After all it is a holiday so why not. The flight was awesome, very clear sky and lots of beautiful sceneries. I especially loved the last part, alps and Slovenia. The guy next to me in the plane told me he was a climber and climbed lots of mountains, Including Mont Blanc… but I didn’t believe him.
Once I arrived in Ljubljana I went for a quick walk (read, going to the beer shop) and my first impression of the city was that it is so colourful, not too big but lovely and lots to do. I have met up with local illustrator and toy designer Helena Stamulak in the evening and she showed me around town and we had a couple of drinks. Good first day!
Third day in Tromsø. Had a hot chocolate for breakfast then crossed the bridge that takes to mainland Norway. Visited the Arctic cathedral by Jan Inge Hovig (1965) then took the funicular to the top of the mountain. The cold up there was almost unbearable (phone died twice and taking gloves off to report felt like a very dumb choice) but the view was quite something. Thanks The Jaunt for this trip, i probably would have never ended up here without you.
Second day in Tromsø. Last night we stayed up late chasing Northern lights with Northern Soul Adventures. I woke up this morning thinking how can nature be so bizarre sometimes and how is it possible that we survived the cold. Thanks Hannah for everything and the soup.
First day in Tromsø, Norway. The light here is really different, low and warm as if the sun was about to set all day. The wooden houses are painted in white, dark green, mustard and warm red. The architecture is pointy and regular but wide and welcoming. The snow surrounds it and sparkles from time to time. Thanks @thejaunt for the opportunity to see all of this.
The final day of jaunting through Valencia… I rented a bike to take on as much as I could … from beaches , farms on the edge of town, crumbling old port squats, the central market … I even went to see the supposed holy grail …. I am going to miss the density and crush of everything … the mixture of the urban planning which has farm plots , factories , houses , churches all squished together on random blocks … the age and detail and decay of the architecture… my eyes are going to be bored back home ! Thanks the jaunt …
Day 4 : today I left the city and walked out into the countryside… to a strange No-man’s land of rice fields , Roma encampments, pomegranate trees and wild cats …. The sun is strong and my shoes have holes in them … I have walked 110 km in 4 days … in the evening my friend showed up from Berlin and we went on some dive bar exploration … bar brawls and all
Day 3 … Valencia forced me to slow down today … it was a city holiday and everyone was just having coffee in the squares and walking their dogs … I wandered lost … hoping I might bump into a grocery store but only the corner stores were open so I had a diet of oranges , bananas and potato chips … lots of lazy drawing in the park