Baltic Sea is surrounded by Scandinavian countries on the North, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania on the East and Germany, Poland and Russia on the South. Additionally, Denmark is 'guarding' the entrance on the West. There are many ports serving as hubs for cargo ships from China and other countries. They are reloading the goods on trucks or rails to Eastern countries and those on the South without access to the sea.
As Władysław Sokołowski (Economic Forum) says: "Belarus and Kazakhstandon’t have access to the ocean, Russia operates several ports of the Baltic and the Black Sea, mostly shallow andwith a small reloading capacity. At the same time, significant opportunities of ports in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Poland remain untapped.". There is still a lot to accomplish but major development projects are on the rise - especially in Poland.
George Leonov has visited many of the above ports and made a time-lapse video from his travels . Aboard MV Carat, George was going from Riga, Latvia to Tallinn, Estonia to Klaipeda, Lithuania, Gdynia, Poland, then to the other side of Europe through the Kiel Canal to Hamburg and Bremerhaven, Germany. The movie is great work and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Kudos to Eebpblmah for sharing.
Mountains, in general, are interesting not only because of their beauty but also due to the fact that they often constitute the line dividing countries. When you are leaving in the Schengen Area of the European Union its easy to visit other countries - especially their shelters as they are the closest. A bit earlier this year (on May 15th to be exact) you could read a piece "Early bird catches the worm" and see the sunrise as well as the sunset from Szrenica peak. This was final part of the trip to Karkonosze mountains. Here I wanted to share a bit more about how we go there. You'll read about Polish and Czech cuisine as well as see some of the places we visited. So.. Here we go!
Summer festivals are on around the world. Mostly starting in June and continuing throughout July and August one can experience abundance of concerts and other supporting events.
Poland's concert industry has been changing and developing for more then a decade now. Open'er Festival has played a major role here with the support of Heineken who, allegedly, has been powering the budget with around 10-20 million zlotys ($3-7 mln) each year. This cooperation has ended two years ago in such a form.
Since last few years many competitive festivals have risen. Among them is Warsaw Festival whose main sponsor is Orange. The vibe of the event cannot match Open'er but in terms of bands / price ratio it certainly tips the favour towards Poland's capital event. Three days of music on three stages. See by yourself below (photos from Istagram).
It was on a sunny afternoon that I met the guy. The day before, when browsing through a website with events taking place in London, I noticed the exhibition that I thought cannot be missed. I had only one day which I could devote to any free activities and so I did. As for the kid, we were pals for years now and keeping in touch from time to time. I knew I'll meet him there as we were interested in the subject since... I don't remember when.
Remember how you were climbing the trees in your childhood? Being able to sit on a bench and admire the world from above when you were so small and the world so big - that was awesome! Some of us, when (not only) young, were dreaming of having a treehouse. Few had the chance to build one. These guys have met and done just that. It took them one year of work. Foster Huntington has documented the process with a beautiful video. The project was backed on Kickstarter. Read the the story behind it and watch the film below.
"In the Spring of 2014 a small group of close friends broke ground on a building project in Skamania County, Washington in the Columbia River Gorge. Their primary endeavor was a multi-platform tree house, but also included a skate bowl and a wood fired soaking tub as well. The crew came from all over the country and from a variety of backgrounds. Some were professional carpenters, others learned on the job, gaining experience along the way. The Cinder Cone is Foster Huntington’s short film that documents this year-long process of building his dream home with this community of tight knit friends."
Zdravo! (sr. здраво) is Serbian for 'hello'. Serbia is our starting point for Balkan Experience 2015. The region has it's name from Balkan Mountains crossing most of the countries of Balkan Peninsula such as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, and the European part of Turkey.
Below you can see a draft map of the places we're going to visit. In about two, two and a half, week's time we will not manage to discover all of the jewels that this region has to offer. Nevertheless, we'll visit five countries using a plane, train, bus, car and autostop (just to make things a little more fun) and making over 1500 km.
Tokyo (jp. 東京). Japan’s bustling capital. One of the most expensive cities in the world and one of the most densely populated (6,000/km2). Vibrant, colorfull, sensual. Influencing inhabitants with it's hectic heartbeat and constant influx of information. Sometimes letting them experience a standstill. Brandon Li tells the story of how Tokyo saturates the senses. A story with A.D. Hope's "Tiger" narration read by Tom O'Bedlam. The jungle tiger awakes from sleep. Brilliant work.
Sitting down at a table at The Blackfriars Nicolson's Pub vis a vis Blackfriars underground station is an exceptional experience. The building, constructed in 1905 on the site of a Dominican friary, in which the pub is located is itself interesting. Similar to the New York's famous Flatiron though in a smaller scale it holds a place with over 110 years of tradition on the ground floor.