Back in NY

Friday, July 10, 2009

After over a month i spent in Peru i came back to NYC. It was real pain in the ass to make it through the immigration control. This time they had more stupid questions than ever before. Almost kicked me out of the country for bringing few stones and brazilian nuts with me without marking "yes" in the form they distribute on the board. So i actually did something illegal. So i had spent almost one hour being asked the same questions over and over and over again. At the end the let me go saying: "you are very lucky" and thought i will fall on my knees and kiss their hands for doing so. Gosh how much i hate immigration police everywhere!

PS1

Swiming with my clothes on in PS1

Brooklyn - Williamsburg

"Flee market" in MOMA (MUSEUM OF MODERN ART)

and number 23 again...

Roosevelt Island - really nice and chilled out place to visit. You will find an beautiful old hospital at the south end of it.

Brooklyn Bridge

This is Bluestockings Bookstore in Manhattan. The new home for my diaries. If you ever make it to NY make sure you go there. They have great books, cofe, cakes and really nice people that work there.

Spoonbill and Sugartown in Brooklyn. The second shop in NY that sells my books.

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Exploring Peru

Friday, July 03, 2009

 

Finally i uploaded some pictures from my trip to Peru. I didnt want to take my big camera with me, coz it is too heavy and i  hate carrying it around, but i regret it. Especially because i couldnt really take good closed up pictures in the Jungle. Well next time i will be smarter and put it in my bagpack.

I spent my last week in Peru in the Amazonian Jungle. Took 18 hours bus ride from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and than called this guy Victor a friend of mine recommended me as a good guide in the jungle and next day we hit the road. I spent 3 days by the lake Sandoval and it felt like my childhood dreams coming true. I loved the jugle for it sounds, the smells and even the humidity. And of course for all the wild life there. It was one of these trips when u just smile and smile and get surprised everytime. It was awesome to see the animals i have seen only in the ZOO (where i dont go anymore) or on the Tv screen. If there is something to go back for to Peru its definitely Amazonia.

yeah they are really there and  yeah they are huge and yeah they are beautiful ...

Sunset at Lake Sandoval

i love green

My guide Victor revealing the mystery of brasilian nut. If you dont know where are they hidden - in the coconut-like shell.

Drinking water from wild liana. And NO this is not Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is a liana of the amazonian forest. It is well known and used by the amazonian tribes, they consider it a sacred and master plant; it is the basis of shamanism, taditional medicine and indigenous cosmovisión. It is called Caapi in Brasil, natema in Ecuador, Yajè in Colombia and Ayahuasca in Perù. In the quechua language, ayahuasca means “liana of heaven”, so is called Mihi, Dapa, Pindè, Kamarampi, etc.

paddling the canoe on Lake Sandoval is relaxing and rewarding - you get to see all kinda fish, aligators and numerous kinds of birds

Croc Hunger Victor

and yeah this Dude was on our boat too...

seems like this number is just chasing me. I see it everywhere i go, i get the room in the house numbered 23  and get the room of the same number. Than i have to take the bus to the city down-town and guess what is the number of the bus? and than they change my flight back home to 23rd....and these chase go on and on and on....

 

Protests in Pueto Maldonado. Simillar protests let to the death of at least 45 people in rioting between police and indigenous demonstrators in the town of Bagua in the Peruvian Amazon on June 5th. Fortunataly there were no deaths this time, but still there were really bad vibes in the Air. Happy i didnt withess more bloodshed and happy i didnt miss my flight from Lima. My bus connection got cancelled due to strikes in PM. I didnt mind the extra day in PM, but i was scared i will be trapped in the city for much longer. Fortunately i could take the bus next day.
To read more about the "amazonian issue" go here.

Great thing about this trip was that i could hang out with couple of good friends. Spent week with my oldest friend (and class mate for 11 years!!!) Vita and his girlfriend Ala. Than i spent 5 days with my friend Ludivine who i met for the first time in Cambodia almost 2 years ago and than i had great time hanging out with Greg and Marinell. Imet these guys in India last year and we spentalmost a month together in Tibetan town called McLeod Ganj in Himalayas. I knew Vita gonna be there - in fact they provoked me to go to Latin America and meet them to share some great adventure together. But i didnt know Ludivine, Greg and Marinell gonna be there as well. I just found out when mentioning my travel plans to them in casual email i wrote them before leaving. So it was surprised, but awesome surprise coz i really like them and was happy to have a chance to do some traveling with them again.

 

Lake Titicaca is a lake located on the border of Boliviaand Peru. It sits 3,812 m (12,500 ft) above sea level, making it one of the highest commercially navigable lakes in the world. By volume of water it is also the largest lake in South America.

This is one of the floating islands located few miles from Puno. Its is an amazing and unique thing to see. These islands are all made by people that live on them for centuries. When i first stepped on one of them i had to think about book by Yann Mantel "Life of Pie", coz there is an magic island that floats on the ocean. The island was more dangerous than the one on Lake Titicaca.

 

Taquile Island

Lake Titicaca from Puno

Teaching Greg how to read :-D.

I dont remember it, but I guess Marinell have just told me some dirty joke....

Vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Puno. The food there was delicious!!!

You dont need a bed to take a good nap..

Ludivine buying toys for  orphans in Ayacucho. She is an amazing person with big heart and possitive energy to spread around. And kids she is helping her just love her. U just see them smilling when she enters the room and its her natural gift to make people feel good and relaxed when around her.
Check out her website www.ludivine.webs.com and if you have money u can donate - do it...


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Streets of Ayacucho

Lake near Andahuaylillas

Picture taken from Wayna Picchu which is located just above Machu Picchu

I wondered what this guy is doing. Than i figured it out - checking his email :-).
Cusco


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New York City

Monday, May 11, 2009

So here I am in the New York City, Arrived at JFK and my friend Ann picked me up  and we made it straight to her neighborhood  Brooklyn, walked little bit and ended up eating pizza in the park on Bedfort Avenue. Its always nice to see good friend and know you gonna spend some time together. We bacame friends in Seattle about 8 years .
The second day of my stay in NY i basically just slept and read and ate. Its not what i came here to do, but thats what i felt i need to do being sleep deprived for too long that i just felt i need to sleep and rest otherwise i will fall asleep when walking on the street and falling under the train and will be considered to be another suicidal person who died in NY. Next day i spent with Ann and her friend (Ryler) walking in Brooklyn streets and occasionally stopping to buy a fallafel or vegan cupcake
They also showed me the places packed with Hipsters (like the thrift store by the river) as i wanted to see them so badly, but didnt really know how to recognize them. Well we do have them in Prague as well, but i wanted to see the New York version.

We also went to the exhibition opening which was pretty good and showed work of some really rad young artists. I felt good to be in the place where i dont know nobody except my friend Ann. Still i had been stopped few times and asked about my tattoos and i disappointed this older german couple by telling them “IM NOT MUSICIAN”.  And than they disappointed me by not knowing where Czech Republic is. Its not i would be patriot (opposite being truth), but i would expect them to know coz they were Germans.


I loved work of Sybille Schenker. Reminded me alot of Kara Walker or Nikki McClure.


Funny to meet Blair again. Its one of these kids from the Seattle based Punkin House where i used to live some years ago, who i see quite regularly, coz he has spent  almost 4 years in Czech Republic. He is an amazing guy – smart, funny and its just great to be around him.




Its always great to meet friend in the place where you dont expect to meet them. Amber was my roommate in Seattle and today I met her in Brooklyn.  I just looked outside the window of the coffee shop in the moment she looked in. These “accidental” meetings dont shock me anymore, but always bring smile on my face. Again and again and again Im reminded of how small the World is. So Fuckin small!

more pics....

Kittis cats have pink nails

Richard Colemans artwork

I guess Banksy would call this street art. The workers that spilled the paint there call it an accident...

This is just rad stuff...

Junk thirft store in Brooklyn

Ann and Ryler

Not Warsaw...NYC

With Dave and Davin in Phily

Rocky!!!!

New York calling

This city is just so photogenic..

This wall is changing day...

after day..

after day...


....and there is definitely more to write about NY, but i will do so  when im back from Peru where Im going tomorrow.....

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Sometimes the journey is the destination - but....

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Im on the plane again.
Somewhere between Prague and London. I cant say where exactly, coz the little screen above my head show nothing but speed and distance to destination (125 miles at the moment),  head wind and...and..but cant see the name of the city we are just flying above, but it doesnt matter anyway coz in few minutes we gonna fly above another city, in few minutes we will cross another border. Thats how this kind of traveling works. One minute you  are in one country and in few minutes you are  in another one. Not really seeing how the countryside change, how the people change, how the languages change. You see the beginning of the movie and than the very end, but you have no idea what the story in between is about. So you can just guess or you are lucky enough to have an experience with traveling the same places, but not in the plane, but in the Bus or car or bike...or...you know “on the ground”.
........
Woke up at 4 after sleeping just few hours as the day before and the day before and the day before....woke up and didnt want to leave, felt comfortable in the bed . But still i woke up, went to the bathroom and washed my face, than still more or less sleeping packed my backpack and left. Left as many times before and as many times before i had to ask myself why do i need to leave? Its not what i have to do – its what i feel i should do, but why?
........
Fasten your seatbelt – we are landing on London Heathrow Airport in few minutes.
And than? 11 hours on the airport and than? New York. But the question is why?

 

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