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
Day 2 : met up with a Canadian friend last night and wandered the maze of the old city drinking beer and looking at all the murals and architectural wonders … somehow managed to get up early today and go for a short freezing swim in the Mediterranean … my mind is boggled by the layers upon layers of history and color and the motion of all the people in the streets … this afternoon I am going to take a break from the sun and try to conjure up a drawing of my time in Valencia so far …
Day 1 : Valencia … my watch tells me I wandered over 20 km today … I haven’t been to Europe in almost 5 years and had forgotten how beautifully Europeans engage with their cities … the parks … the squares…the bars spilling out onto the streets … kids playing football down the alley … sounds reverberating off the rows of buildings late at night … laughter and the clink of bottles … I love you already Valencia
Dublin was a completely different experience than Kells Bay or Kerry, Ireland. One of the first things I noticed was the grit and texture of the streets and buildings. I was staying in The Liberties which is one of the oldest parts of the city. Dublin was settled by Vikings in the 10th century which was still evident today especially in how the roads are laid out.
I also had an opportunity to work on my screen print in a studio close by while in Dublin. This was great because I had just come off several days in the countryside and was really inspired and refreshed.
A few photos taken today on my trip through the Ring of Kerry, Ireland. I have to say, this was probably one of my top travel experiences as far as seeing such rich history and beauty. The castle ruins and forts are truly something to see and have a sculptural feel given the context and amount of work it must have taken to create these amazing structures. I love the contrast of old rock and stone with the grass and natural landscapes.