Thursday, 29 August 2013

Reflections and Shadows - Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow

When I came back from my Eurotrip I had the everyone asking me the same questions.  Which part of your trip stood out the most?  Which place was your favourite?  Did the Camino change you?  To be honest I was so overwhelmed spending 26 days abroad and trying to absorb all the cultures, scenery, new people and food, that the last thing that I was thinking of was the answers to those questions.  I first wanted to process my experience and then draw these conclusions at a later stage.  It's been two months since I came back and thing that I can answer the questions now.  So here goes:

What part of your trip stood out the most?
What I loved the most was spending time with the locals to experience how they lived from day to day.   I was blessed to have met or knew a few individuals that showed me a good time in their city.  A few cool nights with the locals worth pointing out:
  • When Nicolas took me to his friends house where they made us food and I was stuck in a bachelors flat with 15 other Frenchies and then we had an after party in the basement.  Read about it here.
  • When I was in Toulouse with my mate Joe and we went pub hopping.  Read about that it here.
  • When we went to Anglet to my friends aunts house and ate a four course meal and the beach day was lovely.  Read about it here.
  • When I spent some time with my friend Diego in Pamplona and he took me out on town.  Read about it here.
  • When our Couch Surfing host invited his friends over and made us Mexican Food.  Read about it here.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Camino Shells on the Way

Two years ago I got the idea in my head to walk the Camino. Read up more about it here. I was going to try and hike about 12 - 14 days, but got tendinitis in my foot, so only did 9 days.  A lot people will walk the whole Camino from St Jean to Santiago (most popular route) which is a nearly a total of 800 km's. This usually gets completed in 30 -33 days.  I only had time for a few days, as I wanted to see a few other cities in Europe while I was there. 

Many people do the Camino for spiritual / religious reasons, but I just wanted to do it for some soul searching. If you haven't watched the movie called 'The Way', then do yourself a favour and watch it! You will get a very good feeling what the Camino is about.  I wouldn't say that I found my soul, haha,  but I definitely learned a few things about myself.  I walked alone, which was great, as it is easier to meet people.  Everyone that is hiking are from different walks of life, you are stripped from everything that makes you unique in your normal life. On the Camino it doesn't matter how much money you have, what profession you specialise in or what car you drive, because you are just a hiker like everyone else.  You all have the same common goal, to walk each day from town to town until you reach your destination.  This taught me not to be so quick to judge others as you don't know their history to make them who they are today. Everyone's journey is different.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Graffiti Gives Scenery Character

Whilst in Europe I snapped a few pics of any graffiti that I walked past.  It wasn't really at Bansky's standard, but was pretty cool.  If you haven't watched 'Exit through the gift shop' yet, then you should.  Its a rad documentary about graffiti which is very interesting.  

Here's a few of my favourite snaps:

Bairittz, France

Bairittz, France

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground

This is a series of photos I took of mostly my own, but also other people's feet during my Eurotrip.

To keep your eyes on the stars means to have great aspirations, to dream big dreams, to set ambitious goals for yourself.
To keep your feet on the ground means to be sensible and practical in the way you pursue your dreams.

Some wise words to live by.

Airport Escalator

A French couples feet on our walking tour in Porto, Portugal

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Wear your heart on your sleeve

I sketched this on the weekend. Anatomical heart with mandala patterns inside.  This is just the first one of a series I want to draw.  I got round canvasses from my friend for my birthday and I think this will be the perfect artwork for them.  Let's hope I find time this weekend to work on them.

To wear your heart on your sleeve derives from the custom at the middle ages jousting matches.  Knights are said to have worn the colours of the lady they were supporting, in cloths or ribbons tied to their arms.  The term doesn't date from that period though and is first recorded in Shakespeare's Othello, 1604. In the play, the treacherous Iago's plan was to feign openness and vulnerability in order to appear faithful:

It is sure as you are Roderigo,
Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago:
In following him, I follow but myself;
Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,
But seeming so, for my peculiar end:
For when my outward action doth demonstrate
The native act and figure of my heart
In compliment extern, 'tis not long after
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.
To wear your heart on your sleeve means to display one's emotions openly.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Window Silhouette’s

I absolutely love these window silhouette decals that is placed above the bed in this picture.

I wrote about how this house inspired me for my apartment here.  I asked my friend Herman to whip up the artwork for the decals so that you can download and get it printed.  Putting decals up on your wall is such a simple, cheap way to enhance any room.  I hope you can use it in your space!
Download it here.

Thanks to Herman for the decals.  He's such a talented guy, please have a look at his work here. Like his page on Facebook here and follow him on Twitter here.